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The Rose Parade 2016 & The Dole Float

parrot wing on Dole Rose parade float 2016

January 1st, 2016 will mark the 127th Tournament of Roses Parade, a beloved Southern California tradition also known as the Rose Parade, and it will also mark Dole’s 6th time entering a float in the parade. They’ve won the Sweepstakes Trophy for “most beautiful entry with outstanding floral presentation and design” five years in a row, and while they are hoping for another win this year, they readily acknowledge that the ... Read More »

Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Open in Los Angeles April 7, 2016

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Hollywood Opening April 7 2016

Get ready to wave your wands, Hogwarts fans! Universal Studios Hollywood has just announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open in Los Angeles on April 7, 2016, another of the awesome Things To Do in Los Angeles with Kids. This newest attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood is sure to appeal to fans of the Harry Potter book and movie series of any age, with highlights such as ... Read More »

Winter Camps in Los Angeles 2015

Best Winter Camps for Kids in Los Angeles, SummerKids Camp

Los Angeles Public Schools take three weeks off during the Holidays, leaving working parents in need of camps for their kids. Here’s a list of Winter Camps in Los Angeles for 2015. Aerial Warehouse (310) 397-2200 Dates: December 21 – 23 December 28 – 30 January 4 – 8 (Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.) Code REV (310) 450-4984 Dates: December 21 ... Read More »

Why Shop Local? Small Business Saturday #MakeItMarVista

Make it Mar Vista stores-collage

After the turkey is eaten and the Black Friday deals at the Mall have run out, Small Business Saturday begins. And one place it’s happening in a huge way is at Make It Mar Vista – click over to read about all the activities and fun happening this Saturday 11/28. Why is it important to shop at your local small businesses at the holidays, especially? For one thing, the small ... Read More »

Johnnie’s Pastrami: A Classic Sandwich Joint in West LA

pastrami sandwich and fries at Johnnie's Pastrami

If you haven’t eaten at Johnnie’s Pastrami, it’s about time to get yourself over there. This classic diner has a vintage feel, long-time employees and some of the best Pastrami you’ll ever eat. Located on a busy corner in between Mar Vista and Culver City, Johnnie’s was founded in 1952 by two brothers, and has been a popular hangout practically ever since. They claim the table-top jukeboxes are original! And ... Read More »

BED|STÜ Flagship Store Grand Opening in Malibu

low boots at Bed Stu

BED|STÜ opened their flagship store in the Malibu Country Mart with a celebrity-studded party Thursday evening. The store stocks beautiful leather goods, from belts to boots to bags, and the décor feels as comfortable as a friend’s living room. The evening was fabulous, with catered bites and a wine selection from Malibu Family Wines. Actress and model Jaime King, along with Ali Landry & Brooke Burke-Charyet, Disney’s XD Lab Rats’ Kelli ... Read More »

Disneyland Holidays and Season of the Force

Disneyland Holiday slider

Disneyland has launched their annual Holiday celebration, this time with a dose of the Force. In anticipation of the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and of the ultimate opening of Star Wars Land, Disneyland has created an experience sure to thrill every Star Wars fan around. Season of the Force Star Wars Season of the Force has debuted in Tomorrowland and there are so many reasons why ... Read More »

Thanksgiving Camps in Los Angeles

autumn-tableau- Thanksgiving camps in Los Angeles

Los Angeles schools take a week off for Thanksgiving this year, so here’s a list of Thanksgiving Camps in Los Angeles, especially for working families. Or those parents who need time to prep for cooking a turkey without the little ones underfoot… Thanksgiving Camps • Aerial Warehouse (310) 397-2200 Dates: November 23-25 (Closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday.) • Code REV Kids (310) 450-4984 Dates: November 23 – 27 ... Read More »

California Pizza Kitchen New Menu: More to Love

CPK slider collage

My family and I got a treat recently when we were asked to sample the new menu at California Pizza Kitchen. We’ve eaten at CPK many times in the past; my sons love pizza and I am a longtime fan of their Waldorf Chicken Salad. Plus they help support schools with their generous fundraising nights. But now that they’ve expanded their menu and redesigned the interiors, there is more to ... Read More »

Cold and Thirsty – Fresh Juice and Frozen Nipples

juice from Renew Juicery

I voluntarily stepped into a chamber pumped full of liquid nitrogen at sub-zero temperatures, and since I did it completely in the nude, I was utterly convinced at one point that my nipples would get frostbite and fall off. But luckily that didn’t happen. And before you run out to get me professional help, let me tell you I did this crazy-sounding thing at Cold & Thirsty, located on the ... Read More »

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