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  Guests can link directly to the Preferred Hotel Program by visiting 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.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Beach Party with Ju-Ju-Be

Two weeks ago, my little boys and I had a party perfect day at the beach celebrating Ju-Ju-Be's newest line, "The Onyx Collection." The first annual Ju-Ju-Beach event was held at the beautiful and exclusive Abalone Beach. Marque Communications knows how to throw one heck of a party and with Missy's Pop Up Shop hosting...every little detail was perfection! 

The kids had a blast playing on the beach with Surfer Dudes...Caiden's new favorite beach toy! 
The Crown Collective was on hand making beautiful flower crowns, while The Modern Pop kept us cool and refreshed...and Wahoo FishTacos kept our bellies full! There was also a Caricature artist that was nice enough to add a picture of Danny. :)

The highlight of the day was being one of the first people to preview the new Onyx Collection. Since I'll still be using a diaper bag, I'm LOVING the Modern designs and the new matte black hardware on all the bags! The best's all MACHINE a Mom of 2 boys, this feature is very important to me! A diaper bag that's stylish, functional, easy-to-clean and doesn't look like a diaper's a win,win for this Mommy!  
My favorite bag was the B.F.F. Diaper Bag in Black Magic...I love the stripe print and the detachable shoulder/messenger straps (so I can wear it in different ways). Everyone left with their print choice of the new Be Light bag that was filled with goodies! This bag is super light and the two front pockets are insulated...perfect for water bottles. 

April 26th. is Launch day for the new collection and you can check it out here: 

And to celebrate, Ju-Ju-Be secretly placed 30 "Golden Tickets" in random bags that are purchased today, Launch day! If you recieved a ticket, you can win anything from a $50 gift certificate to a new stroller! Good Luck and Happy Shopping! 

...and Thank you again Ju-Ju-Be for having us!! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A deal you can't B U I L D yourself!

This Weekend its Community Days at Legoland California
And that means...
$35 Admission to Legoland (can't beat that!)

Specially-priced $35 tickets include admission with Park hours extended to 8pm for even more family fun! All to support local science, arts and after school programs in the San Diego area! 

For Saturday Tickets: Click here! 
For Sunday Tickets: Click here! 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Yosemite National Park || Travel

Last month, my Party of 4 took a road trip up north to Yosemite National Park! It was a first for all of us and I've been planning this weekend getaway since last Fall. Since we were traveling with another family...who also has little kids, I did a lot of research. I googled "Traveling to Yosemite with kids," which helped a lot. Through that search, I found Yosemite Pines, which is located in Groveland, CA and is only a 30-minute drive to Yosemite's West entrance. 

And since we were traveling during the Winter Season, I opted for a Yurt. I originally reserved a campground for a tent, but the weather forecast said possible next time! The Yurt sleeps 5, and had a small refrigerator and this was Glamping!

The kids had a hard time leaving the grounds...but who can blame them! There was a Petting Farm, a play ground structure and hiking trail. I'm so happy we stayed outside of Yosemite (I was debating whether to be inside or outside of the park) because the kids got to play and explore...and we didn't have to worry about wildlife, a.k.a. BEARS! 

We also got to explore the town of Groveland and visited the Iron Door Saloon, which is said to be the oldest, operating saloon in California (cool, right?)...and it was family friendly! And because the kids got worn out from the day...the adults got to have a lovely dinner at Fork & Love, a farm-to-table restaurant located inside the charming, Hotel Charlotte.  I wish we took a picture of the kids sleeping in the booth while we dined! 

The drive to Yosemite's entrance was beautiful and once we were in the park...the view was simply breath taking. We drove to Yosemite Valley and made a few scenic stops a long the way for photos. We only manged to do one short hike to Yosemite Lower Falls...but we'll be back again! As the boys get older, we'll be doing a lot more hikes. because I want to see Half Dome, up well as the other summits!  Since it was our first trip...we just wanted to relax and take in all of Mother Nature's beauty. There's so much to do and see, but with small kids...our weekend trip was perfect. 

During our drive, we saw a "Snow Play" we did! I luckily packed up snow gear (Mom points)! 

We had such a fun, memorable trip! We can't wait to go back...soon! 

And did you know it's National Park Week? So from April 16-24th., National Parks are FREE its the perfect time to get out and explore!!!  

...and this year, on August 25, 2016...the National Park Service will be celebrating its 
100th Birthday!!! Go here for more info

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Green Cleaning with #GrabGreen + #MomsMeet || Review + Giveaway

Let's talk Dirty right now. 
And I mean that, literally...because my home is filthy. 

Being a work-at-home Mom with 2 active boys and living an active lifestyle  (a.k.a. always on-the-go), I don't have a lot of time for cleaning. But when I do clean, I love using products that are non-toxic and safe for my family. With a teething baby, I find Ronan chewing and putting everything and anything in his mouth. So it's important that I use products with no harsh chemicals. 

So when I was selected by Moms Meet to review Grab Green...I figured, why not? I've seen the products in the "Made to Matter" aisle in Target, so it couldn't hurt to try. And there's a reason why it's in that particular aisle...

"Grab Green creates effective, non-toxic laundry and home care solutions that are gentle on you and the planet. Their mission is to innovate the best eco-responsible products on the market that perform even better than the leading brands. Grab Green was the first to launch a pod-based laundry detergent, solvent-free power degreaser, non-toxic garbage disposal freshener, and a naturally derived cookware/bakeware cleaner. Their promise to you is that their products will always be effective, eco-responsible, healthier, and innovative. Grab Green products also smell amazing, thanks to their unique and handcrafted aromatherapeutic blends of essential oils."

My kit included the 3 in 1 Laundry Detergent Pods, Bleach Alternative Pods, Automatic Dishwashing Pods, and their 
Garbage Disposal Freshener & Cleaner Pods. 

I have to say, I was very impressed with all of the products I used, especially with the Automatic Diswashing Detergent Pods. I was using a well known, eco-responsible brand and Grab Green was distinctively far! There were no left-over grime and streaks on my dishes! I really enjoyed the subtle smell of red pear with magnolia. It also made me comfortable washing the kids' dishes since the pods are free of dyes, chlorine, and phosphates.

I've never really thought about cleaning the garbage disposal before. I would just put used lemon slices and run it...but never an actual cleaner. So I'm happy I got to try the Grab Green Garbage Disposal Freshener & Cleaner pods. You simply let warm water run, drop the pod in, wait for a minute or two, and turn on the disposal. It works triple duty to remove odors, prevent clogging, and loosen grime. Free of phosphates, chlorine, and dyes, these power-packed freshening pods are the healthier, safer way to keep your disposal clean and fresh. You can instantly smell the freshness! 

Okay, so with my first baby, I washed his clothes separately from ours and only used the leading baby laundry brand. With Baby #2...I just mix our clothes together to get the job done quicker (sorry kids)! So it's important that I use Green laundry products. 

I liked that the Grab Green 3 in 1 Laundry Detergent Pods are pre-measured. I tend to use more than I should with the liquid this is perfect for me! I loved the subtle smell of Gardenia that's been handcrafted from essential oils. They also have fragrance-free which is perfect for those with allergies. The pods left my clothes so fresh and so clean! And the Grab Green Bleach Alternative Pods helped my whites stay whiter! Both Free from harsh chemicals. Woohoo!  
Tip: you can use the Bleach Alternative Pods to clean grout and remove carpet stains. 

Want to see how awesome Grab Green is for yourself? Enter to Win your own Grab Green Kit! 

Also, shop at Target to save 10% on Grab Green, but hurry offer expires 4/23 (no coupon code required). 

Want to save another 50%? If you email a copy of your Target receipt to they will send you a 50% coupon to be used on 

Good Luck!! 

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog.My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Healthy + Happy with SoCal Moms || Event

Join SoCalMoms for the ultimate Wellness Event for New and Soon-to-be Parents held on the Green at The Grove on Sunday, April 10 from 12PM to 4PM 
co-hosted by Berlin Wellness.

Get pampered, relaxed and informed! Enjoy complimentary services at our Nature's Belly Bar, browse nursery, maternity and post partum fashions, sample products and services from our favorite brands plus get maternity or new baby photos in our photo booth!  
Amazing speakers on everything from pre & post natal care, healthy sleep, organic products, food and healthy lifestyles for women. 

Its an afternoon not to miss! First 100 tickets come with gift bags! 

Get your tickets here - 

**Use promo code "PPP50" ...only good till April 5th!**

Monday, March 28, 2016

Teething Baby || Review + Giveaway

Teething is some serious business for my 10-month old! Ronan has been teething since he was 4 months old (yup, on the early side)...and that means, he's been chewing on EVERYTHING in sight. So far, he has 8 teeth and his molars are starting to break through. 

I've never given my boys anything over-counter for teething (just my preference) and luckily its never caused any bad discomfort. Give him the right tool, a.k.a. teethers, and he's good to go! 

As a Nuby Parent Blogger, Nuby sent me their new teethers that you can find at Walmart. I love the different options they offer, because let's face it, babies lose interest real fast. I give him these teethers at different times of the day so he doesn't get bored and start chewing on things that he shouldn't be.

The Nuby Teeth & Play has vibrant colors and different textures that he loves to play with. He loves to make "crinkle" sounds with his teeth! I love being able to put this teether in the fridge till the water-filled side gets's the perfect way to help soothe his gums. 

The Nuby Squeezy Teeth is made of a soft, natural rubber that's been providing both comfort and entertainment for Ronan. He loves it because every time he chews, it SQUEAKS and we all laugh! Think this is his favorite teether because he gets a reaction from us. 

The Nuby Vibe N' Teethe Wristband is my favorite "on-the-go" teether! It fits securely on his wrist, so I don't have to worry about losing it. I almost lost the other two Nuby teethers because he likes to throw them when he's done. So now, those stay home. The Vibe N' Teethe is perfect to take outside and every time he bites the soft silicon, it starts to vibrate and soothe his gums. Win-Win for us! 

For your chance to Win a Nuby Teether, go to my Instagram page and make sure to follow both Project:PartyPerfect and Nuby! Enter here- 

Good Luck!