DISNEY ON ICE presents Dare to Dream – Review

This our 3rd year in a row that we’ve attended Disney on Ice. The kids love going and it’s a new show every year. “Dare to Dream” did not disappoint!

Moana made her debut this year and her segment was my favorite. We also really enjoyed the Rapunzel act as she sailed through the air and performed acrobatics on dangling silk fabric. And what would Disney on Ice be without Ana and Elsa?

Disney on Ice is always so much fun for us and like I said, this year’s show is brand new. We were even serenaded by Miguel from “Coco” before the show started! We attended the show at Staples Center and parked in a lot 2 blocks away for $10. We also saved money by buying a light up wand from a local street vendor instead of at the show.

Disney on Ice is the perfect event if your family is staying in the LA area for the holidays. Use code Mom20 on select dates below for a 20% discount. Have fun! IMG_7231

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Ahoy Mateys!

Celebrate Christmas with Pirates Dinner Adventure! From December 1st – December 25th, laugh and cheer as the pirate crew tries to steal Christmas. Will they succeed? Will Santa escape? Will the season be saved? Find out at Pirate’s exciting Christmas spectacular!

Our family set sail for Buena Park and The Pirate Dinner Adventure over the weekend and have returned safe and sound and thoroughly entertained!  We give The Pirate Ship set two “hooks” up and whether you team up with Blue, Orange, Yellow or Red Pirates you will have a great time.

And yo ho ho, Santa Claus is on board for the holidays and your little Pirates are pulled out to “sea” (audience) to rescue Santa Claus and the Christmas treasures from those silly looters!

In addition, you will watch an amazing flying performance by Santa’s Elf and her heartie Pirate mate. All of that while you dine on yummy grub (roasted chicken for the adults, chicken nuggets and mac and cheese for the little ones).

So all hands on deck for this incredible adventure, your little Pirates will absolutely love it!

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Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse – Movie Review

We were invited to attend a preview screening of the movie and the press junket where we had the opportunity to meet the film makers and cast of the movie. The movie did not disappoint!

I knew nothing about this movie beforehand. Yes, I knew Spider-Man but I had no idea who Miles Morales was. We would drive by the billboard and my son would shout out, “I want to see that!” And in the quick moment that I could look while I was driving I knew it was a Spider-Man movie and that there was also a pig.

Mile Morales is not your typical Spider-Man. I love that he comes from a multi-racial background. In fact, all of the super heroes in this movie are not what you would expect to see. The movie is also pretty funny, which the adults can appreciate. I would say that this movie would be good for ages 7 and up but of course, it depends on the child.

When meeting with the cast and film makers, you could tell that they felt an enormous amount of passion for this movie. In fact, Shameik Moore, who voices Miles Morales, told us that he before he was cast for the movie, he had written in his journal, “I am Miles Morales.” Talk about the power of visualization and realizing your intentions!

This is a great film that both kids and adults will enjoy. It opens December 14, go see it!

 

 

 

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Coming Soon: Disney on Ice!

We’ve gone for the past 2 years and the kids love it! The show is different each year and it’s a great activity for the holidays. Use code mom20 on select performances for 20% off!

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Vampirates Pirate Dinner Adventure Show

We were invited back to the Pirate Dinner Adventure Show for their Halloween-themed show, Vampirates! It was a whole new swashbuckling Halloween themed treat that runs October 5th-October 31st. The kids loved it! The show was super entertaining and there were many comedic moments that made the kids laugh out loud.

Every guest is assigned a team color when they enter and we were on the purple team again. I have to say our purple pirate team leader was the funniest pirate of them all. We IMG_6754 loved the sword fighting, stunts and acrobatics. Those Vampirates know how to put on a great show.

The food is pretty good: chicken, shrimp, veggies, mashed potatoes, cake and soup or salad for the adults. Fruit, mac n’ cheese, and chicken nuggets for the kids. We all got dessert and non-alcoholic drinks are included. Tip: if you want to drink alcohol, get there about 30 minutes early and buy your drink at the bar before you enter the theater. The bar closes once the show starts and you may have to wait a while for a drink server.

Want to go? Use this SPECIAL OFFER CODE V-TRAIN18. The offer is $32.95 adults and $26.95 Children.

Call (866) 439-2469 or go to www.piratesdinneradventureca.com and mention code V-TRAIN18 at the time of purchase. Tax and applicable fees are additional. Gratuity not included, will be charged for parties of 10 or more. May not be combined with any other discount, promotion, or group reservation. For general seating only, upgraded seating available at an additional cost. Not valid for prior purchases or special shows. Vali

d 10/5/18-10/31/18 Monday-Thursday Only. Subject to availability. Reservations required.”

Have fun!

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What Moms REALLY want for Mother’s Day

I’m not a big fan of Mother’s Day. Or Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, Father’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day or a lot of other holidays. Do we really need to celebrate every single holiday throughout the year? I think not. But since I’m a mother, I guess I am entitled to day celebrating ME! So how do I want to celebrate? I want to be home, ALONE! I want their dad to take the kids out for the day, all day. Feed them, entertain them, take them to the potty, anything really as long as they are wearing sunscreen and staying hydrated and I don’t want have to do it. Why go out to an overpriced brunch? I can make my own eggs at home for a fraction of the cost.

So what would I do at home? Lie on the couch and binge watch my favorite shows. Eat ice cream out in the open since I’m usually hiding it from my kids so I don’t have to share. Cook the food that I like to eat that no one else in my family does like beets, eggplant and mushrooms.

Mother’s Day should be a day off from parenting, in my opinion. How do you like to spend Mother’s Day?

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Pirates Dinner Adventure – Review

My family and I had the pleasure of attending Pirates Dinner Adventure on Saturday night in Buena Park and it was awesome! It’s an interactive dinner show that entertained us the entire time we were there – about an hour and 45 minutes. You can arrive up to 2 hours before the show starts for free appetizers but we didn’t think the 3 year old would be able to sit still for 4 hours.

The food was GOOD – adult meals consist of a quarter chicken, mashed potatoes, shrimp skewer and veggies. You can upgrade and get the lobster if you want. Kids meals include mac n’ cheese, chicken nuggets, veggies and mashed potatoes. All meals come with soup or salad, cake and soft drinks. Alcohol is extra.

The show was amazing! The pirates were funny and entertaining. There were sword fights, acrobatics, comedy and even a loch ness monster! Kids even have the option to participate in the show if they want. The boys, ages 4 and 8, loved it. Some parts may be a little scary for the 3 and under crowd.

Overall, it was a really fun night for the family, and definitely worth the drive if you are coming from LA. Find more information here: http://piratesdinneradventureca.com/.

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Kango – Uber for Kids!

As parents, we often feel like all we ever do is drive our kids around – drop off/pick up from school, after school activities, play dates…it’s endless! Are we parents or are we chauffeurs? That’s why the Kango app is so convenient – you can schedule rides, childcare, or both! All drivers are background-checked, fingerprinted caregivers who are trained to transport kids. And all cars have carseats and/or booster seats!

We scheduled a ride from West LA to downtown this weekend and it was awesome. The app is very user-friendly and within minutes of setting up my account, I had a driver confirmed. The kids LOVED the ride (note: not all drivers use the company van, many use their own vehicles). Each seat had its own media screen for movies, shows and games. I think they enjoyed the ride as much as the Grammy Museum and the Harlem Globetrotters!

At each step of the way, the app sent me notifications, which comes in handy when Kango drives my kids around and I’m not with them. I know exactly when my ride is confirmed, when they’ve picked up the kids, and when the ride is complete. Since you can also book childcare, you can have the driver stay with your kid for as long as you need.

This service is so convenient, I will definitely use it again! 

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Harlem Globetrotters Ticket Giveaway!

Producers of smiles, togetherness, and “How do they do that” wonderment, the Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their “Amazing Feats of Basketball 2018 World Tour” to the southland Feb. 17 to 25. It’s a great family adventure of wholesome fun that makes for special memories. We went last year and it was a blast!

As America’s icons of sports entertainment, they have broken down barriers and dazzled and dunked their way into the hearts of more than 142 million fans, performing in 123 countries and territories on six continents over the past nine decades.

Their one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment with incredible ball handling, hilarious comedy and loads of fan interaction, including a post-game autograph signing.

  • Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario: 17, at 2 p.m., and 7 p.m.
  • Honda Center in Anaheim 18 at 2 p.m., and Feb. 24 at 1 p.m., and 7 p.m.
  • UCSB Events Cetner in Santa Barbara Feb. 22 at 7p.m.
  • STAPLES Center in Los Angeles Feb. 25, at 2p.m.
  • Please mention: For $7 off your tickets use the promo code: CALI when you visit: http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/socal

We are giving away a Family 4-pack to see them at Staples Center on February 25 at 2pm. Please visit www.facebook.com/mommytrainla to enter!

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Ju-Ju-Be Bag Review

My kids are out of diapers (yesssss!) but I’m still not at that stage where I can go back to my nice, pre-mom bags (ladies, you know what I’m talking about). I still need a bag that I can bring to the park and hold water bottles, snacks, wipes, etc. and still look cool. I also wanted something that would allow me to be hands-free because I am often out alone with my two kids and need all the help I can get. That’s why I LOVE the Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back back pack. It’s big but not too big and has enough pockets but not too many so that I can find everything I need. It’s also extremely comfortable to wear and machine washable!

It comes with a memory foam changing pad but since I don’t change diapers anymore, I use it to cushion my laptop. Yes, it holds my 14″ laptop and since I work from home, it’s nice to be able to carry my work stuff after I drop my kids off at school.

I love this bag. It suits my lifestyle because I’m either out with my kids, working at an event, or toting my computer around. If a backpack isn’t your style, Ju-Ju-Be has a ton of other lines that suits anyone’s needs. Great for travel, too!

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