UniqueLA Holiday 2012
Dec05

UniqueLA Holiday 2012

This 3rd year of UniqueLA did not disappoint. My day there began with full parking lots and full elevators up to the Penthouse of the California Market Center. I love the handmade, eco-friendly and sometimes recycled items at this upscale flea market style event. Here are a few of my favorites from that day: Grace & I: a beautifully-crafted  and delicious collection of artisan fruit and nut presses. An elegant way to satisfy your...

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Wreck-It Ralph … an 80s kid must see!
Nov02

Wreck-It Ralph … an 80s kid must see!

Many of us that went to the arcade in the 80s now have kids. And Disney knew how to capitalize on that … making a great-animated movie for our kids, with lots of important messages, that is so perfectly retro and relevant for us! Old school game graphics start the movie, setting the stage of poor Ralph and his life in the dumpster. Meanwhile Fix-It Felix and the Nicelanders party it up every night in the penthouse apartment. Our 1st...

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What a SWEET time we had at Hollywood & Highland
Oct14

What a SWEET time we had at Hollywood & Highland

My son wanted to ride the Metro train for his birthday. So of course we planned a day trip, on a Thursday, from Redondo to Hollywood (so we could meet Daddy after work to celebrate the big 4!) The train trip itself was LONG for a just turned 4 year old … and was still too long for my 6 year old. Probably not a smart idea after a full day of school. But I’m sure they’ll remember it … crammed trains with rush...

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Hoppop Triplo Bath Toys: I can see my bathtub again!
Apr13

Hoppop Triplo Bath Toys: I can see my bathtub again!

No one ever told me that having kids meant never seeing your bathtub again since every open space would be covered with BATH TOYS! I had learned to live with it after 5 1/2 years. Then someone gave us the Hoppop Triplo toys … OMG!!!!!! (yes I really just said that about bath toys) I have no idea how they came up with such a simple design that BOTH my 5 year old and my 3 year old LOVE. But they did! Scoop, pour, stack, swish .....

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No More Bored Kids This Summer: Summer Camp Expo
Mar12

No More Bored Kids This Summer: Summer Camp Expo

We all dread that common spring break and summer phrase rolling off our children’s tongues: “I’m Borrrrreeeeeeeeeedddddddddd mom!” That is exactly what the premiere South bay and Westside Kids’ activity magazine, What’s Up for Kids,  is combating with their Summer Camp Expo. 2 days, 2 locations with over 50 camp destinations to keep your kids happy, active, learning, entertained, engaged and … well … NOT bored. I thought I had gotten...

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