Monday, May 23, 2016

Zombies will take over Universal Studios Hollywood || LA Happenings






Okay, so I'm deathly afraid of Zombies. I try real hard to be brave and peek at the screen whenever there's a promo for AMC's "The Walking Dead,"...but I'm just too scared! My husband is a huge fan...so I just had to help share the news (I'm being a good wife)...

Universal Studios Hollywood reveals a behind-the-scenes look into the making of its new permanent walk-through attraction based on AMC’s record-breaking television series, “The Walking Dead,” and announces that the eagerly-awaited experience will debut on Monday, July 4, 2016. So mark your calendar! 

The captivating two-minute video features insightful commentary from Greg Nicotero, executive producer and director of “The Walking Dead” as he tours his LA-based special effects studio, KNB Efx, which is responsible for masterfully creating the show’s—and now the attraction’s—realistic decaying walkers.  Please click here for the sneak peek.

“After six years of working on ‘The Walking Dead,’ we have a great opportunity to take ‘The Walking Dead’ out of the studio, off the soundstage and into an attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood where guests can come face-to-face with walkers,” said Greg Nicotero.

He continued, “It’s very exciting to be able to make the attraction as 100 percent authentic as possible. We’re getting the chance to utilize molds that were created specifically for the show and translate them into parts of the attraction.  We’re creating animatronic walkers that guests will be able to see…it’s never been done before….it’s one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art….and I can’t wait.”

Universal Studios Hollywood has worked collaboratively with AMC’s “The Walking Dead” for years as a signature “Halloween Horror Nights” maze.  This newly enhanced venture will take the highly sought-after experience from a seasonal, limited time offering to an exciting 365-day opportunity, raising the bar for themed walk-through attractions.

To ensure authenticity of the attraction, Universal Studios Hollywood is partnering with “The Walking Dead’s” creative team, including Greg Nicotero and KNB Efx to develop prosthetics, utilize original molds and painstakingly apply paint and detailing to attraction walkers.  The integral involvement of the creative team will not only inspire the emotional connection fans experience, it will be among the attraction’s key distinguishing characteristics that will define it as a living representation of the show.

Coupled with authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, “The Walking Dead” attraction will deliver an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most watched show in cable television history.

The “The Walking Dead” attraction will be located within an entirely new, custom built structure, situated within an expansive building complex just inside the theme park’s main entry. Due to the intense nature of this experience, the attraction is not recommended for guests under the age of 13.

The past five years have been a remarkable time for Universal Studios Hollywood as the destination embarked on an unprecedented revitalization that has substantially altered over 75 percent of its familiar footprint to effectively characterize it as an entirely new theme park experience. The introduction of the all-new “The Walking Dead” attraction continues the theme park’s unparalleled investment in its ambitious epic transformation.





More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Great Big Family Play Day! || Giveaway



Join us at the 3rd. Annual SoCal Moms Great Big Family Play Day family festival and expo, taking play on Sunday, May 22nd. at The Autry in Griffith Park! This is SoCal Moms' biggest event of the year and one you do not want to miss. This year features a full day of live on stage entertainment from Lisa Loeb ("Stay" is one of my favorite songs!), The Beat Buds (my kids' love them), The Hollow Trees and the Best Native American Hoop Dancers. Plus a fashion show from FabKids! 

There's also gonna be lots of interactive activities for kids of all ages, food, products, samples...and prizes! 
More more info and tickets:

Good Luck! 







Thursday, May 5, 2016

#NinjagoWorld is Now Open || Travel


Ninjago World is officially open today at Legoland, CA
and last week we got to attend their Media Preview! 

It's located near the park's entrance, so you can conveniently enjoy your Ninja training when you first come in or before you leave. But it's so much fun...you're gonna want to start & end your day mastering your Ninja moves! 

The Opening Ceremony is something my boys and I won't forget! Legoland truly knows how to put on a show. They had amazing Taiko drummers set the tone as Sensei Wu introduced the 4 ninjas that are based on the elements: Fire, Lightening, Earth, and Ice. They amazed the crowd (especially the kids) with some serious Ninja moves! 

Check out my video of the Taiko drummers on Instagram, HERE!  



We also got to sample Asian street food from their new eatery, Ninja Kitchen. They offer Bahn Mi (which is my favorite) and it was on point! The steamed Bao Buns with crispy pork were pretty good, too. For now on...this will be my dinning spot! There's also a new retail outlet, Wu's Warehouse so guests of all ages can shop after the ride. :)


NinjagoWorld features five attractions all designed to test guests balance, agility, speed and creativity: Zane's Temple Build, Kai's Spiiners, Cole's Rock Climb, Jay's Lightning Drill and NINJAGO The Ride!



My boys had a lot of fun on NINJAGO The Ride! The ride is open to everyone as long as guests are able to sit by themselves. Ronan sat between me and Caiden and was a little scared at first...but he was fine after a few seconds. The Ride enables guests to demonstrate ninja skills by simply using their hands instead of a hand-held device. Caiden and I got a really good arm workout!! Up to four guests sit in each ride vehicle and are guided through 13 different scenes. The ride starts with instructions from Master Wu and then we were ready to battle together! 


Thank you again Legoland and Master Wu! 
We had the perfect day!! 

For more information about Ninjago World, click HERE


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Birthday Giveaway

Since Ronan and I share the same birthday...I want to celebrate with a Giveaway with some of the brands we LOVE! It'll run from 
May 1-8 and the Winner will be announced on our birthday, 
May 9th! 



Unfortunately, this Giveaway is only open to U.S. Residents. Sorry.
One Winner will get: 
1) Nuby Sippy Cup (read my review HERE)
2) Pack of Bambo Nature Diapers (read my review HERE)
3) Fresh Wave odor removing gel (read my review HERE)
4) We Are Minors Bib
5) $25 Target Gift Card
6) Yoobi Journal 
+ extra goodies! 


Good Luck! 

Congrats to @tata4now

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Want more chances to win? 
Go to my Instagram page for more entries!


Drinking with Nuby || Review + Giveaway

Ronan loves drinking water (thank goodness)...so luckily his transition to Sippy Cups has been easy for me. It does help that he sees his big brother always drinking and he clearly wants to be just like him. :)

I only had 2 sippy cups for Ronan, so thankfully Nuby asked me to review their new cups for them. When it comes to cups, the more the merrier! 






1st. Sipeez Designer Grip n' Sip

First, I love how these sippy cups come in packs of 2. Ronan likes to throw his cup when he's done and based on experience...I know I'm gonna lose a few, so buying in packs is best. Also, my baby finds it hilarious to shake his cups, so with the other brands, I find puddles and trails of water everywhere. But, with Nuby's 1st. Sipeez Designer Grip N' Sip, the liquid only passes through the spout when your child sips. Yay! 
The No-Spill silicone spout is so easy to clean and with their Clik-It Technology, you hear the "click" to know the base is locked to the lid. Both so helpful when you've got two kids screaming for you! You can now find these at Babies R' Us stores. 





Clik-it Flip n' Sip with New 360 Weighted Straw Cup



This is my favorite cup...and I think it's also Ronan's! It's the perfect cup to take on-the-go because it holds 8 oz of water and the flip top keeps the straw clean. Since he's learning to drink from a straw, the New 360 weighted straw allows him to drink from any angle and that's awesome when the water is low...he's able to drink it all without tilting his head back! The cup also has the "click" sound, so no leaks...and with the No-Spill Soft Silicone Straw, no spills! 


Want to Win a cup? 
Enter my BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY!! 


Friday, April 29, 2016

Gas that doesn't stink!

Anyone else hate going to the gas station, like me? I'm so bad...I wait till the last drop before I fuel-up. My husband reminds me that he had to rescue me years ago (while we were dating) because my car had zero gas. Luckily I was still at our garage, but he had to run out and buy a gas can. Sure we were both late to work and I learned my lesson!
However, with 2 kids...it's become harder! The slow-moving LA traffic already makes it hard with a baby in tow and I dread when I see the "low fuel" flashing, because that means, I need to stop and get gas. Between picking-up Caiden from school, running errands, going to auditions, and driving to the kids' extra-curricular activities...when do I actually have time to stop?

But now, there's a new helpful solution! Busy Los Angeles parents can order gas to be delivered and pumped in their vehicle, at their convenience. With the new app, Purple, you can get gas during a time and place that works best for your schedule. The hassle and time saved for busy stay-at-home moms, working moms, and families in general, is life-changing.

The Purple app allows users to choose the type of fuel, the amount they want, and the time frame they need it in. There is no need to be present while gas is being pumped! Also, there is no delivery fee for a 3 hour window, and gas prices are the same as local gas stations, which are all provided by Top Tier gas. Purple was founded by two Los Angeles dads who understand that time wasted at the gas station, is time away from being with family.  

On top of the major convenience benefits, this gas service offers: 
Less exposure to germs - gas pump handles top the list of filthiest public surfaces! The 5 minutes filling up, is more than enough time to pick up nasty cold and flu germs. Especially with children, no thanks! 
Less exposure to chemicals- gas fumes contaminate the air up to 300 feet away with potential health hazards such as airborne benzene and hexane. Not something we want our little ones to breathe in.
Decreased time spent in unsafe environments - gas stations are notorious for crime, and their unique setting allows thieves to catch their victims by surprise.

The app uses geolocation to match users with nearby gas or service stations that participate in the program. Prices for fuel are in line with the area average.


Want to give Purple a try? 
Project: Party Perfect readers 
get $10 worth of free gas! 
Use Promo Code "PPP10"




More information about Purple is available at http://purpleapp.com.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Universal Studios Hollywood || Travel with Benefits

Universal Studios Hollywood is rolling out the welcome mat to guests booking their stay at any one of over 20 Los Angeles partner hotels as part of the destination’s newly launched Preferred Hotel Program.
The diverse array of hotels extends from ocean side in Santa Monica to the heart of the San Fernando Valley, and from a vibrant Hollywood and West Hollywood to a bustling downtown L.A., providing travelers with a broad selection of neighborhoods that best suit their vacation and business needs while visiting the City of Angels.

The Preferred Hotel Program, accessible through Universal Studios Hollywood’s desktop and mobile websites, features a listing and descriptive overview of each of the hotels along with a “book now” option designed to make the process as easy as possible. Many of the select hotels also offer a variety of amenities, including complimentary shuttle service to Universal Studios Hollywood, free hotel parking and complimentary breakfast. When guests confirm their hotel package, which consists of hotel accommodations and tickets to the theme park, they will receive the added benefit of one hour early entry to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.”

Over the past five years, Universal Studios Hollywood has undergone an unprecedented revitalization. Today, over 75 percent of the destination has been re-imagined and can be characterized as an entirely new theme park experience. 

In addition to the just opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter," the summer arrival of The Walking Dead permanent attraction, and the recent additions of Fast & Furious: Supercharged as the grand finale to the world-famous Studio Tour, “Springfield,” “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,” “Transformers: The Ride 3D,” the “Nighttime Studio Tour” and the new “Special Effects Show,” Universal Studios Hollywood is continually exploring new, groundbreaking ways to provide guests with the ultimate Hollywood experience.
More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.  Guests can link directly to the Preferred Hotel Program by visiting www.universalstudioshollywood.com/hotels. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.


Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter TM” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and Flight of the Hippogriff™, Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s flagship attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”  The destination also features the Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, including the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue.