Red Hot Teen Retailer Five Below To Open Its First L.A. Stores, April 21st! Grand Opening at the Hawthorne location this weekend!


Looking for a really cool store for ‘Tweens and Teens? This is the store to visit!

Starting April 21, LA area teens, tweens and their parents will experience a greater degree of “cool” when the trend-right, extreme-value retailing phenomenon Five Below opens its first nine stores in California.
You may not be familiar with Five Below (after all, the Philadelphia-based company’s closest location to LA is Oklahoma), but it is a hip, high-energy destination for the younger demographic looking for “gotta have” stuff — including backpacks, sporting goods, iPhone cases, books, candy, makeup and hundreds of other items — all for $5 or less.  (  The company currently has nearly 600 stores in 32 states (plus Washington, D.C.).
My 13-year-old son and I had the opportunity to visit the store the other day and were quite impressed! It is already open but there will be some Grand Opening specials this weekend such as hotdogs for 5 cents!
My favorite things were the T-shirts and the Big Pinwheels! My son loved the BIG candy selection!
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Everything there is between the prices of $1-$5. I like that there is such a variety of products. They have a really great selection of Mothers Day cards by the way! 😉
I really think that both Tween and Teenage girls and boys will like the store! I know that my son wouldn’t mind going back to this one again soon!
Self Disclosure: I received a gift card to shop with my son. No other compensation was received. 

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que Teams Up With Autism Speaks To Increase Acceptance and Understanding of Autism

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Family-owned, award-winning barbeque destination Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que is teaming up with Autism Speaks to help increase understanding and acceptance of autism. The April campaign marks World Autism Month.

During April, Lucille’s will donate to Autism Speaks the Round It Up America contributions – in which guests “round up” their purchases to the nearest dollar – at 22 participating locations throughout Arizona, California and Nevada. Team members at Lucille’s restaurants will wear buttons and blue beads, the color of Autism Speaks, to show their support. Tabletop signage will share information about autism and Autism Speaks.

To kick off the promotion, on Sunday, April 2, for each donation of $5 or more, Lucille’s will give guests a $10 bonus card good for a return visit. (One per table, please.) Lucille’s will also be serving up a ‘Blueberry and Basil Margarita,’ a blue drink inspired by the color of Autism speaks, that combines El Jimador Reposado Tequila, fresh basil, vibrant blueberries and is then hand-shaken with agave nectar and fresh lime juice. For each drink sold, Lucille’s will donate an additional $1 towards their final donation to Autism Speaks.

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People with autism spectrum disorder may have challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech or nonverbal communication, but they also may have unique strengths. An estimated 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum.

“Autism hits close to home for the Lucille’s family,” said Brad Hofman, president of Hofman Hospitality Group, parent company of Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que. “This year, we are expanding our support to include all of our restaurants. Together with our guests we can make difference in the lives of those affected by autism.”

Last year, Lucille’s two Las Vegas restaurants raised about $2,000 for Autism Speaks. This year, Lucille’s hopes to raise more than $30,000 to help the nonprofit organization support research into the causes and better interventions for autism.

“We’re thrilled to work with Lucille’s on a larger scale this April,” said Autism Speaks Vice President of Corporate Development Peter Morton. “This fundraising campaign helps us ensure that children and adults with autism have access to reliable information and services throughout their lives.”

Lucille’s restaurants are reminiscent of a Southern roadhouse with a distinctive Southern décor that features reclaimed wood outline doors and windows for a rustic yet contemporary look. Lucille’s features blues-inspired art throughout the restaurant and the Flying Pig lounge.  Lucille’s has been participating in Round It Up America, a platform that encourages restaurant guests to donate change; over the past ten years, Round It Up America has collectively raised millions of dollars for charitable organizations and programs across the country.

My husband and I had the opportunity to visit Lucille’s and the food is simply fabulous! The service is great and we both highly recommend! Here are a few of our favorites:

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They have the best BBQ and my personal favorite is the Fried Chicken with gravy, mashed potatoes, and veggies! It is soooo good! They have a great selection of appetizers too! And, you simply can’t leave without having dessert!

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They have the best Banana Pudding! 



Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences. An estimated 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum.


Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. We empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span. To find resources, join a fundraising walk or make a donation, go to


About Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

Signal Hill, Calif.-based Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que ( offers award-winning, savory, Southern-style food in 22 full-service, high-energy restaurants throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. Signature slow-smoked barbeque, flavorful appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, sides and desserts are served with a large helping of down-home, friendly service. Lucille’s restaurants are reminiscent of a Southern roadhouse replete with its distinctive front Southern decor, and select locations offer live blues entertainment at the Flying Pig Lounges. Family-owned, Lucille’s has plans to expand its unique brand of Southern hospitality to more locations in the future.


For more information, visit or

Self Disclosure: I was able to review Lucille’s prior to posting. No other compensation was received. 

Say Aloha to Pineapple Season at Islands Restaurants SoCal restaurant celebrates the tropical fruit’s peak season with new pairing menu and you have to try the New Limited Items too!

Synonymous with warm weather and beach days, sweet and tangy pineapples hit peak season from March through July. Islands Restaurants, known for its surf-inspired menu and ice-cold tropical drinks, is celebrating the tropical gem with a special Pineapple Pairing Menu this spring.

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Starting April 1 and running through May 31, pineapple lovers will find a limited time Pineapple Pairing Menu with suggested pairings of popular pineapple dishes from the main menu. Favorites include the Hawaiian Burger, topped with fresh grilled pineapple and teriyaki sauce, paired with the Big Island Iced Tea; the Yaki Tacos, topped with a house-made grilled pineapple salsa, paired with a refreshing Piña Colada; and the Hoisin Beach Bowl, made with chunks of fresh grilled pineapple and grilled vegetables, served over brown rice with mahi mahi or chicken and paired with a signature Mai Tai. Each pairing is meant to complement and bring out the sweet and savory flavors of the fruit.

Kids can join in on the fun with a themed coloring contest, which will also run through the end of May. To enter, kids simply design and decorate the pineapple coloring sheets provided in restaurant, and parents or legal guardians post the colorful creations to social media using #PineappleParadise and #IslandsBurgers for a chance to win $50 to Islands. Ten lucky winners will be selected. For kids that love pineapple, Islands Gremmie Menu features a dish popular with both kids and parents, fresh pineapple spears with yogurt dip.

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My husband and I had the opportunity to visit our favorite local Islands in Redondo Beach this past week and were quite impressed with the service and the food! I do have to admit that I am always quite impressed with the friendly service and delicious food at this local restaurant.  But, here’s some news! Islands has two items that are only available for a limited time!  They are the Moa Kaneohe Crisp with fried chicken, applewood smoked bacon, Swiss cheese and tomato and the Moa Mauna Loa Crisp with fried chicken, topped with buffalo sauce, bleu cheese crumbles and tomato.  We tried the Moa Kaneohe Crisp and it was delicious!  I am hoping that this one will stay on the menu for a long time!


We also tried some of the Pineapple menu items and I do have a favorite new Taco! The Yaki Tacos are really tasty! I just loved the house-made grilled pineapple salsa! Another hit is the Hawaiian Burger!  I have to agree that pairing these meals up with a Pineapple drink such as a Mai Tai is a really great idea!

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My husband and I also had to have two of our regular favorites!

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I simply can not go to Islands and not start my meal with their Spinach & Artichoke Dip! My husband loves their Buffalo Wings! 

We highly recommend going to Islands this month! I suggest going there as soon as possible and try their delicious Moa Kaneohe Crisp and their Yaki Tacos!  I know you will love the food and I still think that they only pick the friendliest of staff!  


Follow Islands on Twitter and Instagram at @IslandsBurgers and like Islands at Don’t forget to share your favorite pineapple moments by using hashtags #PineappleParadise and #IslandsBurgers!

About Islands Restaurants

Founded in 1982, Islands focuses on providing the finest quality food and an outstanding guest experience. The company’s philosophy that eating out should not be complicated is reflected in the simple, fresh ingredients found in its signature burgers that are never frozen, daily fresh cut fries and the best tropical drinks around – all served in a laid back, beach-inspired environment. The Carlsbad-based company operates 55 restaurants throughout California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. For more information visit

Celebrate National Burrito Day April 6th with Burritos from Rubio’s!

Grilled Shrimp Bacon Burrito

National Burrito Day is coming up this Thursday (April 6), so I know that I’ll be heading to Rubio’s! Known for its coastal cuisine, the SoCal based restaurant is celebrating the foodie holiday by offering any burrito on the menu for $5 all day long. Favorites include the sustainable Grilled Shrimp and Bacon Burrito (a savory combination and personal favorite), the Burrito Especial with all-natural chicken, and the new Panko-Crusted Crispy Shrimp with a sweet chile aioli.

Panko Crusted Crispy Shrimp Burrito

Guests just need to print out or show the coupon, which can be found online here:


See you there! 🙂


Circus Vargas Unveils Original New Production- Steam Cirque!

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Circus Vargas embarks on a brand new epic adventure under the big top! Bringing their innovative new production to Burbank and Woodland Hills, Circus Vargas will divide performances between the locations from April 20th to May 22nd.


The show:

Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for Circus Vargas’ 2017’s retro-futuristic production, SteamCirque!  Join them on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey!

Arrive 45 minutes early for an entertaining, interactive pre-show celebration, where kids can create their own magic under the big top, learning circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more!   Meet and mingle with the entire cast after each performance.  Capture the fun by posing for pics or selfies with your favorite cast members, all part of an unforgettable Circus Vargas experience!


The storyline:

An eccentric group of adventure seekers stumble upon a traveling circus in an imaginary Victorian city, far, far-away. SteamCirque’s peculiar protagonist, part magician- part inventor, attempts to industrialize the circus by incorporating his steam powered mechanical contraptions into the ordinary, typical circus rigging, filling the big top with new, imaginative acrobatic apparatus for the artists to perform their acts.


“SteamCirque is inspired by adventure, colored by imagination and brought to life by the amazing cast of Circus Vargas!


Join us for an amazing experience, under the big top as Circus Vargas celebrates its 48th year and create new and treasured memories for generations to come! This wonderful show has something for everyone! It’s 2 hours of amazing music, lights, magic, acrobats, aerialists, daredevils, comedians and more!


Ticket Information:

General admission tickets are $17-$32 for children and $27-$37 for adults. Reserved Ringside seating is $52-$67 for children and $57-$72 for adults. For Circus Vargas performance dates, times and to purchase tickets, visit, call 877-GOTFUN-1 (877-468-3861) or visit the box office at each location. Follow Circus Vargas on Facebook and Twitter for updates, discounts and behind the scenes video.


Thursday, April 20 – Monday, May 8

Burbank – Burbank Blvd at 1-5 Freeway (777 N. Front St, Burbank, CA 91502)

Thursday, April 20 – 7:30pm

Friday, April 21 – 7:30pm

Saturday, April 22 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, April 23 – 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

Monday, April 24 – 7:00pm

Thursday, April 27 – 7:00pm

Friday, April 28 – 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Saturday, April 29 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, April 30 – 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

Monday, May 1 – 7:00pm

Thursday, May 4 – 7:00pm

Friday, May 5 – 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Saturday, May 6 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, May 7– 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

Monday, May 8 – 7:00pm


Thursday, May 11 – Monday, May 22

Westfield Promenade (6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91367)

Thursday, May 11 – 7:30pm

Friday, May 12 – 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Saturday, May 13 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, May 14 – 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

Monday, May 15 – 7:00pm

Tuesday, May 16 – 7:00pm

Wednesday, May 17 – 7:30pm

Thursday, May 18 – 7:30pm

Friday, May 19 – 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Saturday, May 20 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, May 21 – 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

Monday, May 22 – 7:00pm


   We have exciting news!! We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a family 4-pack of tickets to attend a show of their choice! To enter, leave a comment below! Tell us your favorite thing about Circus Vargas! If you haven’t been before tell us why you would love to go! Deadline to enter is April 17th, 2017 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via


Credit: Photo Credit: Circus Vargas. No compensation was received although free tickets will be received.  SoCal City Kids will select the winner. 


Brunch with the Easter Bunny at The Queen Mary

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Hop onboard April 16 for the Queen Mary’s legendary Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch and a day of family fun complete with a bunny & friends petting zoo, Easter egg hunt, face painting station, balloon twisting artist and games! Easter activities are complimentary for guests visiting the Queen Mary as a dining, hotel, tour or exhibit. The Easter Bunny himself will pose for a special family photo (and a nominal fee). Activities 11AM-3PM. For brunch reservations and more details:



Named by Conde Nast Traveler one of the top hotel brunches in the world, the Queen Mary Sunday Champagne Brunch takes you on a worldwide culinary adventure and features over 50 unique dishes.

Special Easter Hours: April 16th, 9:00AM – 3:30PM

Restaurant Validated Parking: Self-parking is $8 with restaurant validation and valet parking is $15 with restaurant validation (up to 3 hours).

Flat Rate Parking: $10 flat rate on Easter Sunday

Prices: $69.95 General Admission, $24.95 children (4-11) Tax and gratuity is additional.

Reservations: Recommended: Call 562-499-1606 or


Information: (877) 342-0738


Credit: The Queen Mary. 

Easter Bunny Photos Available at Lakewood Center

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Lakewood Center is welcoming the Easter Bunny to kick of the spring season with festive photos and a visit with the Easter Bunny.


Lakewood Center invites families to hop over for a visit with the Easter Bunny and receive a free gift. Create special holiday memories that will be cherished for years to come with a fun Easter photo package or customized photo gift. Reservations are not required but are available online for convenience.

Now through Saturday, April 15
Monday-Thursday: 11am-8pm
Friday-Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 11am-7pm

Lakewood Center in the Center Court

500 Lakewood Center Mall, Lakewood, CA  90712


Information: Visit  for details.

Credit: Lakewood Center.

Kids Krazy Krafts Day @ The International Printing Museum in Carson, CA Saturday April 8th 2017

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“KIDS Krazy Krafts Day” Sat. April 8th 2017

                         10:00 am-4:00 pm

All day on-going activities at
The International Printing Museum
315 W. Torrance Blvd, Carson, CA 90745
(310) 515-7166
Admission:   $10 (non-participating kids under 5 yrs “free”)

For Kids and the” Kid-at-Heart”….A fun event for the upcoming Holiday weekend!

Where budding ” Gutenbergs” and “Horace Greeleys” can observe and join in on demonstrations in Printing, Paper Making, Cartooning, Book Arts, Origami, Calligraphy, Screen Printing (bring a T-shirt), as well as mini-tours of the museum’s extraordinary collection of “operating” antique printing presses and the casting of type via the wonderfully noisy Linotype machine.

New This Year!  Paper Marbling with guest Artist Jack Conway…create wonderful marbled paper under the guidance of this magical expert!

Plus other surprises!!

Big Kids always welcome!


Ample Free Parking as usual!


“The Little Printer Dude” represents all the hands-on printing, cartooning, calligraphy, origami, paper making and screen printing activities among other surprises @ The International Printing Museum’s “Kids Krazy Krafts Day” Sat. April 8th 2017 in Carson, CA. Credit: The International Printing Museum.