Archives for December 20, 2019

Holiday Book Suggestions!

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the books featured in this post. No other compensation was received and I only feature books that I highly recommend. Images were also provided.


 Playfully drawn collections of near-look-alike stuffed animals or robots invite young children to explore shapes, colors, and details until they can put their finger on the exact toy shown on the previous page. Close attention to detail, focus, and memory are developed through this seek-and-find book. Children can play by themselves or with friends and with family to see who finds the match first, or even upside down. On each page there is also a stray object that doesn’t belong—can you find them all? Each stuffed animal or robot is uniquely and vibrantly drawn. I received a copy of one of the books and I highly recommend!


Laurent Richard was born in Brittany, Saint Brieuc. He is a graduate of the Estienne School and the University of Paris 1. He lives in Binic at the edge of the sea, where he continues to develop his visual universe. He resides in Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, France. 

Also from Schiffer Publishing, Ltd this following book is just delightful!

The Lobsters’ Night Before Christmas

by Christina Laurie
Illustrated by Elizabeth Moisan

Creatures of the ocean celebrate Christmas Eve in an undersea retelling of “A Visit by St. Nicholas” by Rev. Clement C. Moore. Under the waves and surrounded by swaying ocean eel grass, Sea Santa makes his yearly Christmas journey. Pulled in his clam shell sleigh by his eight faithful minnows, beautiful watercolor paintings illustrate his visit to a family of lobsters. Told in sweet and clever rhyme, The Lobsters’ Night Before Christmas combines a holiday classic with delightful newness. After the poem, children can learn fun facts about lobsters, such as what they look like, what they eat, and how they molt. See if you can find the lobster hiding in the eel grass throughout the book!

This book has beautiful illustrations and a delightful story for all ages!

Celebrate the Holidays with Clever Publishing!

Looking for holiday books for younger children? These are a few more of my favorites for the season!

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This first book is really fun with the spinning wheel. Children ages 2+ will love the story!

Olivia’s Holiday Adventure is another delightful board book!

Max The Rabbit includes a puzzle which I think is really cool! Below are some more favorites and most of these can be found on!

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Here are a few more!

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Universal Studios Hollywood Ushers in 2020 With EVE, Hollywood’s Biggest Party, Featuring Live Music, Dancing, Fireworks and a Night of Thrills on All Rides and Attractions

Photo: Universal Studios Hollywood’s EVE event, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018.

Universal Studios Hollywood Ushers in 2020 With EVE,

Hollywood’s Biggest Party, Featuring Live Music, Dancing,

Fireworks and a Night of Thrills on All Rides and Attractions

EVE is Included in Theme Park Admission or Guests Can Upgrade to the

Ultimate EVE Package, Offering Exclusive VIP Lounge Access,

Gourmet Buffet Dinner, Private DJ Entertainment, Reserved Fireworks Viewing Area, Preferred Parking and Unlimited Universal Express Access

Click Here to Purchase Tickets for EVE or Ultimate EVE

Annual Pass Members Can Purchase Tickets Here

 Universal Studios Hollywood invites guests to ring in 2020 with EVE, Hollywood’s biggest party of the year, on Tuesday, December 31, with extended theme park hours to 2:00 a.m.  EVE is included in the price of theme park admission, or guest can enhance their celebration with the popular Ultimate EVE package.

Guests can visit Universal Studios Hollywood on December 31, 2019 and leave on January 1, 2020 after enjoying a full day and night of fun experiencing the park’s many thrill rides and attractions, including the all-new “Jurassic World—The Ride.”

EVE officially kicks off with a special park-wide celebration at 9:00 p.m., featuring multiple DJs and live music areas, that culminates at midnight with a traditional New Year’s Eve countdown and spectacular fireworks display. Giant, spirited photo op locations add to the festive environment, offering bragging rights to share with friends on social media.

To purchase tickets for EVE or the Ultimate EVE package, guests can click hereAnnual Pass members can also benefit from a variety of special incentives devised especially for these valued ticket holders. To learn more and to purchase tickets, Annual Pass members can click here.

The Ultimate EVE package takes the celebration to a whole new level. Package highlights include theme park admission starting at 6:00 p.m., VIP Lounge access with gourmet buffet dining and cash bars with specialty cocktails, private DJ and dance floor, reserved VIP viewing area for the dazzling fireworks display, a complimentary midnight champagne toast, commemorative 2020 party favors, preferred parking and unlimited Universal Express access to all rides and attractions.

At a glance, EVE begins at 9:00 p.m. with Universal Plaza, Simpsons Plaza located in Springfield™ and an area near “Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride” transformed into three uniquely-themed party areas, featuring a variety of music, from rock ‘n’ roll to electronic dance music to Latin pop, and the celebration will continue with enhanced DJ shows and after-party entertainment until 2:00 a.m.

A selection of food and beverages, including desserts, champagne, beer, wine and cocktails, as well as 2020 memorabilia will be available for purchase.

More information, including special EVE Preferred Hotel Packages, is available at Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, an Annual Pass makes the perfect holiday gift, providing guests with the opportunity to experience the theme park’s thrills and adventures again and again.  Visit for more details and to save up to $60 on an Annual Pass when purchased online. Offer valid through March 2, 2020; restrictions apply.

More information is available at Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter. Admission to Universal CityWalk is free.

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Looking for Holiday Travel Snacks For the Family? Lance Sandwich Crackers will be a hit!

Lance Sandwich Crackers are a perfect choice – made with real peanut butter and available in their classic flavors, such as Classic ToastChee, as well as bite-sized ToastChee Peanut Butter Minis! These really taste great and I love that they are the perfect snack for on-the-go this holiday season!

These are my favorite!

Available at national retailers, these classic snacks are ideal for those long family road trips or travel days this busy holiday season!

Happy Holidays!

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

EDM Duo Young Bombs to Perform at the Queen Mary’s New Year’s Eve: Past & Present

(Image Courtesy of the Queen Mary, Credit: Mathew Martinez)

Cheers to 2020 aboard the historic Queen Mary with a full evening of dazzling entertainment at the Queen Mary’s New Year’s Eve: Past and Present on Tuesday, December 31, 2019. From strolling performers to dancing LED robots and flapper girls, holiday revelers can indulge in diverse styles of live music including main stage performances from Canadian EDM duo Young Bombs and Colombian cumbia group La Sonora Dinamita

Dance through the decks of themed festivities, ending the night with fireworks lighting up the Long Beach sky directly over the Queen Mary’s stern. The Past & Present celebration offers an evening of Art Deco glamour with a nod to the over-the-top Roaring Twenties, but with a modern twist found in some of its themed ballrooms and incomparable live performances. 

Canadian EDM duo Young Bombs will captivate the crowd with their adventure pop remixes at the Live Wire Quay party on the Verandah Deck, as strolling LED hula hoopers, cryo robots and dancing bots mingle with the crowds and dance to the EDM beats.

Colombian cumbia group, La Sonora Dinamita, will bring the Latin heat to Casa Nueva in the Grand Salon with a colorful, Cumbia-style party complete with samba dance performances and a lit dance floor. 

As attendees roam through celebrations of the past and present they can step into the Queen’s

Salon, transformed into The White Canary for a glittering champagne party, or paint the night neon at the Cat’s Meow in the Royal Salon, both of which will showcase a balloon drop at midnight. Partygoers can also try their hand at finding the hidden speakeasy, and VIP guests can revel in a tantalizing burlesque show in the Britannia Salon or gain access to a nightclub experience like no other. The exclusive Boiler Room VIP Experience welcomes guests to adventure to the ship’s most secretive and historic area for an intimate gathering complete with a live DJ, steampunk mixologists, and more!

To cap off the celebration, the Queen Mary’s iconic 15-minute-long fireworks display, seen from miles away, will light up the Long Beach skyline at the stroke of midnight on the Verandah Deck. New Year’s Eve Past & Present aboard the Queen Mary runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend. Early Bird Tickets are on sale now through November 2, General Admission tickets are $100 and VIP tickets are $200. VIP tickets include a champagne toast, access to all parties and main music stages, as well as access to exclusive VIP areas and premium fireworks viewing. Private cabanas with bottle service are available. For more information, pricing, hotel packages and more, visit or call 877-342-0742. 

Credit: The Queen Mary.