Every single time I am invited to Universal Studios I know that I am in for something new and a memorable day. This Summer there was so much fun stuff that I was looking forward to checking out and sharing with all of you.Read More
The long wait is over, the #Incredibles2 is now in theaters. For years and years every now and then my Dad would ask me, "When are they coming out with another Incredibles?" Well, now! It's out and what I loved about it, is it picked up right where the first one ended. Like no time at all has passed. Except 14 years ago when the first one came out, I was a teenager. This past weekend I took my daughters to see Incredibles 2 at an early screening at the El Capitan Theater.Read More
This Summer head down to Universal City Walk and spend the day exploring all of the fun and beauty that CityWalkLA has to offer. Universal City Walk has the new IMAX theater, VooDoo Donuts, Margaritaville and Johnny Rockets- just to name some of our favorites.
More information about Universal CityWalk is available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com.
Regular updates also can be found on CityWalk’s Twitter @CityWalkLA, Facebook page Universal CityWalk Hollywood and Instagram @CityWalkLA.
With a whole day to celebrate everyone’s favorite pastry, doughnut-lovers need look no further than Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood to get their fill on National Doughnut Day, which takes place on Friday, June 1.
Between the open-air entertainment complex and theme park, guests have plenty to
celebrate with lots of sweet indulgence in all shapes and sizes at Voodoo Doughnut, Sparky’s Mini Donuts, and Springfield’s famous Lard Lad Donuts. Guests can also capture their love of donuts at the recently-opened retail shop, Nectar Bath Treats which features a delicious “Donut Love” photo op wall display and selection of donut-inspired soaps.
The ever-popular Voodoo Doughnut, created by Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres
Shannon, serves a range of 60 eclectic doughnuts, including vegan options and the Hollywood
Cream, created exclusively for Universal CityWalk. A variety of scrumptious flavored doughnuts
include Grape Ape, Mango Tango, the Voodoo Bubble and Bacon Maple Bar as well as their
signature Voodoo Doll. To commemorate National Doughnut Day, Voodoo Doughnut will also
offer an exclusive Strawberry Confetti doughnut throughout the weekend, from June 1-3.
Mmmmm donut! Who doesn’t love them, and at Universal Studios Hollywood, guests visiting Springfield, hometown of America’s favorite animated family, the Simpsons, can delight in the sweet circular treat – LARD LAD DONUTS, an amazing cooked cake confection made fresh daily. Selections include “The Big Pink” famous giant creamy pink-frosted sprinkled donut,
and the “Flavor of the Day” giant donuts, including Maple Bacon, Chocolate Glazed and
S’mores. Sparky’s Mini Donuts was created by food entrepreneur Trish Conklin and made famous at San Francisco’s Pier 39. At the Universal CityWalk location, guests can watch donuts made fresh to order right before their eyes where they are served plain or sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. A party-size bucket of 36 mini donuts is also available.
For a unique and captivating experience, Nectar Bath Treats creates bakery-inspired
products that look good enough to eat. Their plant-based and cruelty-free handmade bath treats include donut-shaped soaps complete with a variety of scents and sprinkles, including Candy Kiss, featuring a sweet blend of pink sugar and cotton candy aromas; Coco Bliss, featuring the perfect blend of juicy pineapple an exotic coconut scent, and Razzle Dazzle, featuring a blend of blackberries and sweet vanilla fragrances. The highly Instagram-able store also showcases a “Donut Love” wall to capture a sweet moment with friends.
I am a huge fan of Disney's Dream Big, Princess campaign. Every time I see the commercial on Disney Channel (check it out below) it makes my heart so full and happy. When my girls were very young, I was not crazy about the idea of calling my daughters princess, in fact I would say, "They're not princesses. They're little monsters." But, Disney has changed the tone of being a Princess, and I am on board. No longer do Princesses wait around for a Prince to kiss them or fall victim to a villain. Nope. Princesses take their lives into their own hands, accomplish goals that others wouldn't even dream of attempting, they save the day and save their families and proudly seek out adventures.
If you can dream it, you can do it. Which princess inspires you to follow your dreams?Read More
Where are my Harry Potter fans?! If you haven't visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood then get ready because it just keeps getting better and better! We were invited by Universal Studios to get a preview of the all-new "The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle" and I have to say... I LOVED IT! #WizardingWorldHollywoodRead More
The Hollywood Bowl 2017 Season Line-up is here! I have to admit, I have lived in Los Angeles my entire life and I have never been to the Hollywood Bowl. I have always wanted to, but have never made it out. This year, I will be taking my girls to see Harry Potter while accompanied by a full live orchestra, this is going to be an awesome experience to share with my girls. Perfect for a family Summer outing here in Los Angeles. Check out what other fun family friendly concerts you can find this Summer at the Hollywood Bowl.
- June 24th / Sound of Music
- July 6-8th / Harry Potter
- August 4-5th / Raiders of the Lost Arc
- September 8-10th / Muppets
There is something extra awesome about cultural celebrations. I love living in a city, in a world where we can come together and learn about other cultures and take part in the traditions and celebrations together, as one. Universal Studios Hollywood has transformed their central plaza to help everyone celebrate this Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rooster.Read More
The Holidays are here! I just love this time of year, hopefully the weather will get cooler here in SoCal and with the kids on Winter break from school, we definitely need to find some fun stuff to do. I was so excited to hear that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Live on Stage at the Dolby Theatre was coming to Hollywood right before Christmas. This is going to be soo much fun! Keep reading for details, Promo Code for 15% off and a Giveaway!Read More
I have loved the Fast & Furious movies since I was in high school. I remember watching the first movie in the theater and just falling in love. Yes, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker were hot but I really loved the action and fast cars. Over the years I would get so excited every time a new movie was coming out and when I heard there was going to be a Fast & Furious ride at Universal Studios I could not wait to check it out! Fast & Furious -- Supercharged is the grand finale to the world famous Studio Tour.
The 3D-HD ride is so fun! The whole story builds up during the Studio Tour and my kids were so concerned when our tour guide would mention a criminal on the loose. It's kinda like you are part of the cast riding along on a high-speed chase that literally feels like you are going faster than 100 miles per hour. It's so much fun, above is a video I took of the intro, I didn't want to spoil all the fun for you so I stop before all of the action.
This is a video of the making of Fast & Furious-- Supercharged. I like learning about all of the behind the scenes info and this is pretty cool. Oh! and now through August 16th Fast & Furious--Supercharged is open 1 hour before the rest of the park opens.
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Disclosure: I was invited to attend the media preview of the Grinchmas tree lighting at Universal Studios.
It’s that magical time of year again for
to ring in the holiday season! The Entertainment Capital of L.A. will Cel-Who-brate with the 20 Days of “Grinchmas,” including family activities like Who-bilicious Cookie Dec-Who-rating and Story Time with Cindy Lou Who. Universal CityWalk will also deck the hall with free concerts, nightly snowfall and special appearances by Santa Claus!
runs weekends on December 6-7, and 13-14, then continues daily from December 19, 2014 through January 3, 2015. The 60 foot tall tree is a spectacle to be adored by all who visit, the perfectly imperfect colorful tree topped with a ginormous star is straight out of the classic book and movie. Universal Studios has done a wonderful job of recreating the magic from the timeless family favorite.
The Whoville Whos are the most friendly people you will ever meet! Every time I turned around, a character was chatting up my daughters asking them their name and age, and reminding them to make sure to be good for Christmas.
offers a variety of fun activities designed to create long lasting memories for the whole family:
- Who-ville Post Office – Visitors will have a chance to partake in the “Grow Your Hearts 3 Sizes” campaign when they share their good deeds on a postcard and mail them to The Grinch. In return, Random House Children’s Books, the publishers of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, will pay it forward by donating a book to a child in need through First Book on behalf of the sender.
- Trim up the Tree Lot – Guests can design and personalize their own “Grinchmas” ornaments to help decorate the venue’s other “Grinchmas” trees or take them home as a keepsake.
- Who-bilicious Cookie Dec-Who-rating – Freshly baked, ginger bread cookies will be available for purchase, and guests can create their very own amazing treats with an assortment of delectable frostings and tasty toppers.
- Story Time with Cindy Lou Who – Cindy Lou Who and her Who friends will gather guests of all ages – tall and small—for an engaging storytelling show of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, featuring special effects and audience participation.
The holiday season is the perfect time to visit
not just for the fun rides like the new Minion Mayhem, but
is included in the price of admission to the park. Make sure to check out the world-famous behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, where fans of the blockbuster film, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” can enjoy a close-up view of the original Who-ville film sets and a one-of-a-kind performance by unforgettable Who-ville Whos re-enacting popular scenes and songs from the family favorite.