Archives for January 2019

Burke Williams Offers Gifts of Love this Valentine’s Day with Special Gift Card Packages!

Burke Williams offers gifts of love this Valentine’s Day with three special Gift Card Packages. Celebrate the season of love and treat loved ones to a transformative Valentine’s experience they will never forget. Each package includes a collection of Burke Williams signature treatments that are sure to make loved ones feel appreciated and adored. Packages are available now at all ten spa locations. Standard packages are listed below, prices vary by location. 

Give a gift “With Love” for $150 (valued at $200), includinga 50-minute Pure Relaxation Massage or 50-minute Spa Style Facial with two enhancements of choice (excluding eye lift), and a $25 H2V Skincare bonus gift card. 

Share a gift “From The Heart” for $250 (valued at $325), including a 50-minute Pure Relaxation massage with an enhancement of choice, a 50-minute Spa Style Facial with an enhancement of choice (excluding eye lift), and a $25 H2V Skincare bonus gift card.

Enjoy “Love Always” for $350 (valued at $445),including an 80-minute Pure Relaxation massage and an enhancement of choice, an 80-minute Spa Style Facial with an Advanced Eye Lift Enhancement, and a $25 H2V Skincare bonus gift card.

WHEN:

January 22, 2019 – February 14, 2019

WHERE:

Gift Card Packages are available at all Burke Williams spas, prices vary by location. For information on Burke Williams and to find a spa near you visit www.BurkeWilliamsSpa.com or call 1-866-239-6635

Self Disclosure: Some form of compensation may have been received to post. Credit: Burke Williams.

Get Your Kids Ready for Kindergarten! They will have fun too!

Looking for fun ways to teach your pre-schoolers? These two games are a must-buy! They are sure to teach them the skills they need for Kindergarten and they will have a lot of fun! I’m sure that young children will also relate to these characters!


Pete the Cat Missing Cupcakes Game
Preschoolers learn to work together – a key component to Kindergarten success – as they rally to get the missing cupcakes back from Grumpy Toad, singing songs, acting, and identifying favorite animals, foods, and more. MSPR $19.99. Ages 3+.

I really love Pete the Cat and it’s such a great way for young children to learn to identify animals and many other things!


Let’s Feed the Very Hungry Caterpillar™ Game
Kids master number recognition and counting as they move their caterpillars from fruit to fruit, collecting unique butterfly pieces and assembling them into beautiful butterflies! MSRP $14.99. Ages 3+.

This is a very fun and unique game! I really love the colors and creativity of this one! It’s a real must-buy! I recomend both for ages 3-5.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images were also provided.

The Kid Who Would Be King – Heartwarming Film About How Anyone Could Be A King

Old school magic meets the modern world in this epic adventure. Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) thinks he’s just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical sword in the stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin (Sir Patrick Stewart), take on the wicked enchantress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson). With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Damon F. comments, “…it is a good combination of an action movie and a heartwarming storyline that gives it a great message.” Zoe C. adds, “I like how it starts with illustrations that look like you are reading a book, then transitions to a live action film. While watching this, it made me think about Harry Potter, although it is very different than other magical and majestic films like the Harry Potter films, Fantastic Beasts and other fantasy movies.” Juanita L. wraps it up with, “It is a family film full of adventure and a very timely version of a classic tale about the famous Excalibur sword of King Arthur and his knights of the round table. Writer/Director, Joe Cornish gives us a fresh look at the King Arthur tale.” See their full reviews below.

The Kid Who Would Be King
By Damon F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11

The Kid Who Would Be King is a heartwarming film about a boy named Alexander who finds out that he is the future king of Britain. Now he, his friends and his enemies, must embark on a quest to defeat a wicked enchantress named Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson) before the end of a solar eclipse. This film is based on the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, including the legend of the magical sword, Excalibur. At night, everyone disappears from the world except for Alex and anyone he has knighted. This way they can take whatever they want and try to defeat all of Morgana’s minions. When they are all gone, Alex and his knights stay where they are and everything else returns to normal.

There are lots of cool scenes in this film that involve exciting sword battles. In my interview with Sir PatrickStewart (Merlin), Rhianna Dorris (Kaye) and Louis Ashbourne Serkis (Alex), I learned that the cast used real swords to train with to learn the real feel and heaviness of medieval swords and armor. However, in the actual film they used realistic plastic swords, because otherwise it would be too dangerous.

My favorite character in this film is Merlin (Angus Imrie/Sir Patrick Stewart). He is serious and gets things done most of the time, but he also does a lot of funny and cool things that are really appealing to watch. For example, when he does his magic, all the stuff around him is flying through the air and all the lights are flickering. That is a really interesting effect.

My favorite scene is when Alexander and a few of his knights are rushing through the woods on horses, while trying to defeat a large army of fire monsters on fire breathing horses who are trying to take Excalibur away from them. This scene is very exciting and has a few funny parts in it too.

The message of this film is that anyone can be a king; you just need to have a good heart and follow the knight’s code which says that you must “honor those you love, refrain from wanton offence, speak the truth at all times and persevere in any enterprise until the end.”

I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18, because it is a good combination of an action movie and a heartwarming storyline that gives it a great message. I think adults will enjoy watching this with their kids. This movie opens in theaters on, January 25, 2019. Look for it!

The Kid Who Would be King
By Zoe C. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10 

This movie is very interesting.  I like how it starts with illustrations that look like you are reading a book, then transitions to a live action film. While watching this, it made me think about Harry Potter, although it is very different than other magical and majestic films like the Harry Potter films, Fantastic Beasts and other fantasy movies.

The film is based in the King Arthur story and retold in a modern way. It’s about a boy named Alex (Louis Ashborne Serkis) who finds the Excalibur sword and embarks on an adventure trying to battle bullying and injustice. He teams up with his best friend in his journey to become a great leader. Alex and his enemies conform a group of brave knights to fight monsters and defy great dangers. 

In the beginning, Alex and his best friend Bedders (Dean Chaumoo) are victims of bullying at their school. They believe they are regular boys, until one day Alex comes across a sword in a big rock. He pulls it out and he shows it to Bedders. Later, they realize that everything that happens to them is similar to what happened in a book Alex’s dad gave him with a very special dedicatory. It is a very special book because, despite that his father left, he has feelings for him. He and Bedders go on a quest that replicates in many ways the story of the King Arthur legend. Alex not only discovers his power for being a leader and doing good deeds, it is also a self discovery of loss and acceptance.

This spin on the classic King Arthur tale has a different purpose than other films or interpretations of this classic tale: – to show todays’ kids the power of classic tales, the importance of books and to find the good within ourselves by retelling the story in a contemporary way and making it relatable to a new generation.

The film reminds us why books are essential in our education and how they show messages about perseverance and loyalty. In the movie, the main characters face lots of obstacles and some are very scary! 

The scenes with the medieval villain Morgana are particularly exiting. I also love the scenes with Merlin, especially the younger one. They are funny and obviously magical. I like that Alex and Beddders team up with their enemies in their journey. I enjoy the sets in London from the landscapes near the city to the beautiful Stonehenge. The sets and costumes are well done. The acting is very good and the special effects believable.

The story flows well, although there are so many scenes that make the film longer than necessary. Another thing that bothered me is that it references so many things we have seen in other films. That makes it not very original. Also, some scenes are a little too over dramatic. I do like how this film shows the classic tale based on someone pulling a sword out of a stone and becoming king.

The message of this film is that nobody is just ordinary. We just have to discover the great powers we have within ourselves. I give The this film 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids 6 to 18. It opens in theaters on January 25, 2019. So look for it.

The Kid Who Would Be King
Juanita L., KIDS FIRST!  Adult Juror

I enjoyed watching The Kid Who Would Be King. It is a family film full of adventure and a very timely version of a classic tale about the famous Excalibur sword of King Arthur and his knights of the round table. Writer/Director, Joe Cornish gives us a fresh look at the King Arthur tale.

I like that the story is retold using the book given to Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) as the source for his adventure. We see Alex along with his fellow students at school and going about their daily activities as they hear and see negative news about a divided United Kingdom. It is similar to the type of activities we are experiencing in the United States today.  

We see Alex defending his friend Bedders (Dean Chaumoo), a would-be magician, which leads him to become the target of bullies Lance (Tom Taylor) and Kaye (Rhianna Doris). After running from them, Alex discovers a sword in a stone. He and Bedders deem it to be Excalibur.  Alex is reminded by Bedders and his book of King Arthur of his mission to unite and fight the evil of Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson) sister of King Arthur.

My favorite scene is when young Merlin (Angus Imrie) appears at the school as a lanky new teen student with an ill-fitting uniform. To me, he steals the scene with his hand actions, clicking and snapping to perform his sorcery.  The repetition of his sorcery provides some elements of humor and, at one point, I tried to duplicate his hand actions.

The CGI and other visuals and music are acceptable. Be aware that there is fantasy action violence, scary images with bullying. The Kid Who Would Be King has an important and timely message. We see young people standing up to wrongs and taking on what is right.  Age is not a deterrent and a group victory can be achieved.

I recommend this film for ages 8 to 18, and some adults. I give it 5 out 5 stars. This opens in theaters January 25, 2019 so, look for it.

Photos © Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

The Littles, Jan. 31st Pets of the Week!

Meet our trio of tricksters! We call them the Littles, but they each pack a lot of spunk and personality. From left, Daisy is a female black-and-white Chihuahua, about 5 years old—note that Daisy will bond fast and firm to one person and anyone else is chopped liver. Charlie, the tan fellow in the middle, is about 7 and still plays like a kid! Li’l Bit rounds off the Three Pupsketeers—she’s a loving girl who likes to play with her doggie friends. Meet them on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A616759 for Daisy, ID##A616902 for Charlie, and ID##A618139 for Li’l Bit.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village. 

The Original Farmers Market Gears Up for a Year of Festivities at Third & Fairfax

 The Original Farmers Market announced this month its lineup of events for 2019, featuring treasured family-friendly activities, performances, and of course, delicious eats! Locals and tourists alike can kick off the Year of the Pig at the Lunar New Year Celebration, enjoy retro muscle cars at the 25th annual Gilmore Heritage Auto Show, and dive into the autumnal season at the Market’s Fall Festival. Celebrating 85 years as the neighborhood’s favorite gathering place, the Market continues its long-standing tradition of bringing people together in 2019 with events for the whole family.

 Feel the Mardi Gras magic at the 30th annual weekend celebration, dance along to sounds of summer during our Friday Night music series or enjoy delicious bites from our incredible merchants at the Taste of Farmers Market. Whether it is the nostalgic charm of the open-air dining patios or the smiles from the vendors, The Original Farmers Market has created countless memories – with even more to come!”

The schedule of 2019 Farmers Market events can be found below:

Lunar New Year Celebration, Year of the Pig

February 16th,  2pm-5pm.

To celebrate the Chinese Year of the Pig, the Farmers Market will be hosting a day full of activities in conjunction with The Grove. The afternoon will kick off with an unveiling of the handmade pig statue in honor of the zodiac symbol, which will be followed by an authentic Kung Fu demonstration, a magic show, acrobatics performances, traditional lion and dragon dances, and themed craft making stations.

30th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration

Saturday, March 2nd & Sunday, March 3rd, All Day; Fat Tuesday, March 5th, 6-9pm

Party in true New Orleans style at the Market’s 30th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration. The weekend will feature bead throwing, beignets, Dixie beer, face painting, Cajun gumbo and jambalaya from The Gumbo Pot, along with performances by Eddie Baytos and The Nervis Brothers. The Dog Bakery will also host its annual Mutti Gras Pet Parade and Costume Contest for our furry four-legged friends.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Sunday, March 17th, Afternoon & Evening

Get into the Celtic spirit this St. Patrick’s Day by celebrating at the Farmers Market. Enjoy authentic Irish food, such as the famous corned beef from Magee’s, green beer from EB’s and Bar 326, live music and more!

Friday Night Music at the Market

Friday Evenings through the summer, May 31st-August 30th, 7-9pm   

Make the most of LA’s warm summer nights by enjoying live music every week at the Farmers Market. Open and free to the public, the West Patio will come alive every Friday night to feature a range of musical genres from jazz to salsa, rock & roll to reggae and much more.

 25th Annual Gilmore Heritage Auto Show

Saturday, June 1st, 11am-5pm

One of the Market’s most iconic events, The Annual Gilmore Heritage Auto Show will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. The theme will be the ever-popular Muscle Cars! More than 100 American classics including lowriders, hot rods, and trucks will be on display.

11th Annual Taste of Farmers Market

Tuesday, July 23rd, 5-9pm

The tastiest event of the summer is back! Spend an evening strolling through the Market sampling flavorful bites from your favorite vendors, along with live entertainment and friends from LAFD and The First-In Fire Foundation. Ticket information to follow in early June.

Metropolitan Fashion Week

Thursday, September 26th, 6:30 pm

The Market Plaza transforms into a runway in honor of Metropolitan Fashion Week. Come watch the opening ceremonies and experience the costume designers’ competition – attendees can also help pick the winner via Instagram!

Fall Festival

Saturday, October 12th and Sunday, October 13th, All Day

The Farmers Market’s oldest annual tradition, Fall Festival, is back for another year of seasonal fun. Featuring live music, a petting zoo, crafts, pig races, and a pie-eating contest, the weekend-long event has activities that the whole family can enjoy.

Christmas Festivities

Wednesday, December 18th – Tuesday, December 24th

Spend the most wonderful time of the year at The Original Farmers Market with festivities for family and friends of all ages. Enjoy cheerful music, holiday crafts, and carolers, all of which are free and open to the public. Be sure to snap a photo in front of the Market Christmas tree!

 Hanukkah Celebration

Sunday, December 22nd, 2:30-5: 30 pm

Kick off the eight-day Jewish holiday known as the ‘Festival of Lights’ in the heart of the Fairfax district. Celebrate Chanukah at the Market with live music, arts & crafts, and special lighting of a giant Lego menorah.

Additional details on these events will be available in the coming months. For further information, visit www.farmersmarketla.com. The schedule is subject to change.

 

Credit: The Original Farmers Market. 

About The Original Farmers Market
The Original Farmers Market has been Los Angeles’ favorite gathering place since 1934. With more than 100 grocers, retailers and restaurants—as well as year-round activities for the whole family—the Farmers Market is a beloved place for locals and one of the top tourist destinations in Los Angeles. For more information visit www.farmersmarketla.com. Follow the Farmers Market on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates Lunar New Year and the “Year of the Pig” Starting February 2nd

Universal Studios Hollywood ushers in the “Year of the Pig” as the movie-based theme park celebrates Lunar New Year with uniquely-themed programs featuring beloved global pop icon Hello KittyDreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda masters Po and Tigress and a Mandarin-speaking Transformer’s MEGATRON from Saturday, February 2 to Sunday, February 17, 2019.

This spectacularly-themed Lunar New Year tradition will take place within Universal Plaza, located at the heart of the theme park.  Under a curtain of customary red Chinese lanterns and stunning plum blossom Wishing Trees, the festivities will come to life as guests discover the 12 zodiac animal signs accompanied by their symbolic attributes.

The centerpiece of the Lunar New Year festivities will feature DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda Jade Palace Performance Stage and the exciting Dragon Warrior Training Show based on the beloved Kung Fu Panda franchise. The energetic experience is designed to engage guests of all ages in an interactive martial art demonstration performed by Master Po and friends. The immersive event will also feature seasoned animators teaching guests techniques to draw Po and the Furious Five as keepsake mementos.

DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda’s famous Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop is back by popular demand to serve up delicious culturally-themed food such as Po’s Dumplings, Dragon Warrior Bao, Oogway Eggrolls and Secret Ingredient Stir Fry Noodles. Mr. Ping himself will be on hand to interact with guests and take memorable souvenir photos.

Beloved global pop icon Hello Kitty, created by the global lifestyle brand Sanrio, will further complement this year’s Lunar New Year celebration when she steps out in style wearing her signature red bow and specially-designed Lunar New Year attire.  Hello Kitty will be available to meet guests at the Hello Kitty Shop located within the new Animation Studio Store.

Keeping with Universal Studios Hollywood’s Lunar New Year tradition, a Mandarin-speaking Transformer’s MEGATRON will greet guests at the entry of the festivities. The imposing 12-foot-tall robot leader of the DECEPTICONS will interact with guests, engaging them both in Mandarin and in real time conversation reflective of his persona. A resident of Universal Studios Hollywood, MEGATRON is one of the stars of Universal Studios Hollywood’s thrill ride, “Transformers™: The Ride-3D.”

Illumination Entertainment’s Minions from the theme parks’ popular Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride will also join the festivities, stepping out in style and dressed up in brightly colored traditional Lunar New Year attire.

Uniquely themed experiences offered in Mandarin include the theme park’s signature Studio Tour and the exclusive VIP Experience, both of which provide two distinctive and revealing looks at an authentic movie and television studio.  Featuring expertly-trained Mandarin-speaking tour guides both opportunities provide insight into the world of movie-making magic as guests enjoy a front row seat and behind-the-scenes access to one of the largest production studios in the world.  In-language park maps are also available for guests.

Guests can continue their Lunar New Year celebration at Universal CityWalk’s Dongpo Kitchen restaurant featuring upscale and modern Sichuan cuisine. Inspired by China’s premier restaurant Meizhou Dongpo, Dongpo Kitchen offers the comforts of a casual dining environment with both indoor and al fresco seating and caters to an eclectic palate with a variety of signature dishes.

Universal CityWalk’s newest restaurant, Vivo Italian Kitchen, serving freshly prepared authentic Italian fare in a newly designed modern setting, also invites guests to toast the “Year of the Pig” offering its haute cuisine menu in several languages, including Mandarin.

With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the all-new 2019 Season Pass invites guests to experience the fun all year long for $139 when purchased online.  Details and restrictions available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Mandarin-speaking guests can learn more about the Lunar New Year event at www.ush.cn.  Information is also available on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Weibo @好莱坞环球影城.

Credit: Universal Studios.

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with Chinese New Year: Shanghai Nights Aboard the Queen Mary Feb. 5th

Photo Credit: (Wushu Shaolin Entertainment)

Celebrate Chinese New Year aboard the majestic Queen Mary on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Chinese New Year: Shanghai Nights will honor the Year of the Pig with traditional Chinese culture, cuisine, and entertainment featuring Wushu Shaolin lion and dragon dancing, Wushu Warriors Shaolin acrobatics, a guzheng ensemble, and much more.

Located on board the Queen Mary in the famous Queen’s Salon, this limited seating event will be a feast of the senses surrounded by stunning decor. A buffet-style dinner featuring classic Chinese cuisine will begin at 6 pm, followed by live entertainment.

Wushu Shaolin Entertainment brings Chinese martial arts, acrobatic artistry, dance and music together to captivate audiences. Lighting and stage effects compliment feats of athleticism, grace, and gymnastic prowess. Throughout the evening, Wushu Shaolin will perform the dragon dance, Chinese face changer, lion dance with drums, Chinese ribbon dance, traditional fan dance, acrobatics, and more. The Sound of China Guzheng Ensemble will perform traditional guzheng music to conclude the evening’s festivities.

Tickets to Chinese New Year: Shanghai Nights aboard the Queen Mary are currently on-sale starting at $99.99 general admission adult and $49.99 for children ages 4 to 11. VIP tickets start at $129.99 for adults and $59.99 for children ages 4 to 11, and include seating closest to entertainment and two beverages of choice. All tickets include dinner and entertainment. To purchase tickets and for more information on pricing, events, and hotel packages visit queenmary.com.

Credit: The Queen Mary.

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