This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RibsAndABigYellowCup #CollectiveBias. There’s something about Fall and the start of Football season that makes me crave ribs. During the Summer I might be in the mood to make them myself, but once the weather starts cooling down and the sun sets a little earlier, I kinda want someone else to make them for me. It just so happens to be perfect timing because starting October 1st through October 28, you can get all you can eat ribs for $19.99 at Dickey's Barbecue Pit.Read More
What better way to celebrate Mexican Independence Day than with Los Tigres del Norte at the Hollywood Bowl?! Socio-political corrido pioneers Los Tigres del Norte will headline the Bowl’s first-ever concert dedicated to música norteña. They will perform with an orchestra, including all-star musicians from the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA). Los Cachorros de Juan Villarreal and Los Cadetes de Linares de Los Primos Tijerina make it a star-studded norteño night.Read More
Visiting the Hollywood Bowl during the Summer concert series is one of those things you kind of have to experience. Last year was my first visit to the Hollywood Bowl and I could not wait to come back this Summer. To make it an even more amazing experience, we attended the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ - in Concert featuring conductor Justin Freer and the incredible Los Angeles Philharmonic. If you are a Harry Potter fan, this is something you need to check out next Summer. Hearing Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score live-to-picture is... magical.Read More
Oh man oh man, I am still recovering from our week of fun. Why didn't anyone warn me that filling our week with so much fun would be so exhausting? Haha. As tiring as it was, it was completely worth it. We spent the week touring our beloved Southern California. We went from Santa Monica, to Hollywood, to Long Beach, all the way down to Carlsbad... and back! Luckily for us we were traveling in both style and luxury in the 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir.Read More
One thing that East Los Angeles lacks is Pumpkin Patches! I didn't even know that Pumpkin Patches were a thing until I ventured out of my little bubble and saw this giant carnival disguised as a pumpkin patch. I thought everyone bought their pumpkins at the market while doing their weekly grocery shopping. But now I love visiting pumpkin patches as a Fall family must do activity. Irvine Park Railroad is one of the best, most fun Pumpkin Patches you will find in Southern California.Read 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
Summer has just begun and already we're having way too much fun! Guess what's back this Summer... Ghost Town Alive at Knott's Berry Farm. It is definitely one of our family's favorite times of year at Knott's Berry Farm and it just keeps getting better and better. If you haven't been in a while, it's time to come back and not only check out the fun, but be a part of all the fun!Read More
Road to the Races, a nationwide tour inviting fans of #95 to gear up for the upcoming big-screen release of Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3.” Fans will take part in a host of activities and get a sneak peek of the movie. Come check out life-size, character look-alikes of five-time Piston-Cup champion Lightning McQueen and tech-savvy Cruz Ramirez will be rolling into town to celebrate “Cars 3” with local fans.Read More
Okay, so technically we are 1 month away from the official start to Summer. But here in Southern California, do we follow any of the rules? Especially when it comes to the weather? No way! This past weekend we had the most perfect weather for the opening day of Knott's Soak City water park. As much as we love our beloved Knott's Berry Farm, this was our first time at Soak City- and we loved it! #KnottsSoakCityRead More
If you haven't been to Medieval Times yet, you definitely need to add it to your list of things to do. Whether you are in the mood for a fun family night out, date night or to celebrate a birthday, Medieval Times will make the night memorable.Read More
Disclaimer: I was provided tickets for my family and I to attend Universal Studios to check out all of their latest attractions. As always, all opinions are my own.
If you live in or visit California this Summer, add Universal Studios Hollywood to your list of places to visit. Universal Studios is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year with a few new attractions that are definite must sees! Today I want to share a peek at “Springfield,” an-all new immersive experience surrounding the super fun “The Simpsons Ride.”
Are you a Simpson's fan? Then you are going to love walking into "Springfield," hometown of America’s favorite family, The Simpsons. Even if you are not as familiar with the show, like my girls who are a little too young to understand the humor, you will still enjoy entering a bright, silly town filled with fun characters. “Springfield” is designed to capture the spirit of the animated town and engage visitors and fans of the show in the intensely absorbing and colorful world made famous throughout the series’ record-setting 26 seasons.
Guests visiting “Springfield” will have the pleasant sensation of being hurled through their television sets and into the accurately depicted town, complete with signature eateries such as BumbleBee Man's Taco Truck, Krusty Burger, Cletus’ Chicken Shack, Luigi’s Pizza and Phineas Q. Butterfat’s Ice Cream Parlor, along with Homer’s favorite hangouts, Lard Lad Donuts, Moe’s Tavern and Duff Brewery.
If you are hungry, then Springfield has a lot of delicious options for you to choose from. I just had to try the Krusty Burger and it was delicious. It was actually just what I needed to satisfy my hunger from walking around all morning, a fresh and delicious charbroiled cheeseburger and fries definitely hit the spot.
Walking around "Springfield" you are welcomed by all of the characters that you have grown to know and love over the past 26 seasons that they've lived in your television. Say hello and take pictures with Springfield's finest, Chief Wiggum.
Make sure to pick up one of Homer's favorite treats from Lard Lad Donuts. This giant pink donut covered in sprinkles is delicious. The most fun part of Sprinfield is going on the Simpsons ride at Krustyland. The whole experience builds a lot of excitement and the ride is AMAZING! It was almost too intense for me, almost. It definitely made my palms sweaty and I promise, you will LOVE it!
Taking pictures with the characters is half the fun for my kids. If you notice Homer was being particularly rambunctious on this day and was determined to look inside my daughters bag, which of course was holding our donut from Lard Lad Donuts. He even covered my daughters face during the picture, Lisa on the other hand was as sweet as could be.
Of course, I needed a photo of my girls with Millhouse. Classic! Check out Universal Studios on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and come back in a few days when I share more about our fun day at Universal Studios including the new “Fast! & Furious!—Supercharged” and the “Nighttime Studio Tour.”
Tell me: Have you ever been to Universal Studios? What is your favorite attraction?
Here's a bit of Chronic Tacos back story: It all started with a craving for tacos in 2002 in Newport Beach, CA by friends Randall L. Wyner and Daniel A. Biello. Those must have been some powerful cravings because more than 10 years later, Chronic Tacos has over 30 locations spread throughout California, Nevada and Canada.
*all photos courtesy of Tricia Russell
It had been about 20 years since I last went to Universal Studios with my elementary school, so I had no idea what to expect. All I remembered was Jaws, King Kong, and the ET ride, boy has it changed. For me, there were two things we
to do on our visit, meet a Transformer and of course go on the new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride! My girls have been asking to go visit the Minions all Summer long and on this day, Lexie's 4th birthday, we did.
As soon as we walked through the gates, we headed straight to the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride. It was my girls first 3D experience and they loved it! They were a little nervous as they waited because they could hear the screams from behind the door. But the characters from Despicable Me were making us laugh the whole time we waited in line, just think, fart gun.
The Minion Ride was so fun, in fact, it ended with a dance party. As we exited the ride, we were greeted with Super Silly Fun Land, just like in the movie! My girls ran straight for the playground and we hung out there for a bit before heading to the Silly Swirly Fun Ride and then on to the water play area.
My girls will always say yes to a water fun zone and the one in Super Silly Fun Land is lots of fun!
The minions are the best!
I am not a fan of roller coasters or rides, to be honest I was a little afraid of what the 3D rides were going to be like. But that's the awesome thing about
there is so much more to do than just standing in line for a 10 second ride. Their 3D rides are like a movie and an experience. My girls are still a little too little to get on some of the rides, but we had so much fun tracking down our favorite characters, meeting them and taking pictures. As you can see, I found Bumble Bee!
Make sure to check them out on
and if you buy your tickets
, you can save $5 per ticket. Oh and another tip, when you are at Universal Studios, go to the mobile site on your phone and you can get wait times and arrival times for your favorite characters as well as all the info you need on height requirements for the rides and a map.
Have you been to Universal Studios lately? It's a super fun place to spend a day with the family in Southern California.