Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Skechers Womens Shape-Ups, a pair of Bootights AND a $25 Cold Stone Creamery Giftcard Giveaway!!!!

This is the MAMA of giveaways! ONE lucky winner will get an awesome pair of Skechers Womens Shape-Ups, a pair of Bootights AND a $25 Cold Stone Creamery Giftcard!!!

Primary Entry:
Post a comment on what you do to stay fit and be healthy.

Bonus Entries: (leave a separate comment for each entry)
1) Follow my blog publicly (if you're already a follower it counts so leave a comment)
2) Follow me on Twitter-bernadette923
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4) Follow Cold Stone Creamery on Twitter
5) Like Coldstone Creamery's Facebook page.
6) Like Bootights's Facebook page.

This contest is open until Sunday July 4, 2010. I must have a valid way to reach you, so leave me your email address in your comment OR be sure your profile has your email address visible. No duplicate comments will count. This giveaway is open to US residents. Winners will be selected via and must respond within 48 hours of being notified by me or I will select a new winner.

Good luck and comment away!


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Barnum's FUNundrum is coming this summer!

Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey’s “Barnum’s FUNundrum” is coming this summer and 2010 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the greatest showman of all time, P.T. Barnum, and “Barnum’s FUNundrum” is a celebration of his living legacy. You and your family will LOVE the show!


Nominations are currently being accepted for “The Barnum Award,” a Southland search to honor three stand-out kids who are making a difference in our community. Attached is a flyer on how you and your readers can nominate a child between the ages of 8-14 who are demonstrating the entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit of P.T. Barnum. Nominating is easy, by answering a few brief questions on the online application at First, second and third place winners will receive cash prizes to continue their service. The award ceremony will be on opening night at the Honda Center, July 28th.

There is also a MOM Ticket Discount!

The multi-ticket discount returns this summer, with a special $48 Family Four-Pack Offer on select performances or $4 off single ticket prices on select shows. The discount can be redeemed online at or by calling (800) 745-3000. To redeem, use the discount code “MOM”.

Cold Stone Creamery $25 Giftcard Giveaway is...

Kelli Shane!!! Congrats Kelli and thank you to all of my readers for participating.

The next giveaway is for a pair of Skechers Women's Shape-Ups, a pair of bootights AND another $25 Cold Stone Creamery Giftcard! I will post details shortly.

Thank you.


XBox 360's Kinect and Cirque du Soleil Project Natal

The fun started at Loft 7 where a select number of guests sampled the new Xbox 360 games Kinect Sports, Kinectimals and Kinect Joy Ride. The cool thing about these video games is that you are the controller. That's right! So if you want to hit, kick or grab something go ahead and do it because Kinect uses a sensor to pick up the player's movement and it works with any Xbox 360. My niece loves to play video games so I brought her along to preview Kinect from XBox 360, formerly known as Project Natal.

Some of the new Kinect games we got to preview.

I had a blast shaking my tail feather while playing Dance Central. If you like dancing in your own living room to tunes like Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" or doing the John Travolta finger point to "Funky Town" then this is the game for you! The goal is to mimic the steps and keep up with the dancer on the screen. The better you dance the more points you get. Needless to say crowds gathered and cheered for each dancer as they showed off their moves. XBox also has a new console available with a 250GB hard drive with built in Wi-Fi which retails for $299.99. This game is definitely on my list to Santa this holiday season.

Feelin' the beat during Dance Central!

My hubby and niece playing Kinect Adventures.

Daddy and baby enjoying the XBox 360 event at Loft 7.

My niece getting her first tattoo from Mr. Hoodbrush.

The fun didn't stop there! After sampling all the games we moved on the Galen Center where we got to preview a live performance by Cirque du Soleil which incorporated all the awesome features of Kinect. Upon arrival we were given shoulder-padded ponchos which made the entire audience glow inside the theater. There were a lot of mystical characters floating about that urged us to interact and be part of the performance.

Cirque du Soleil performers.

Me and my niece wearing our ponchos.

The glowing ponchos during the performance.

Words simply couldn't do this show justice so here is a link to a preview on YouTube. At the beginning of the show we witnessed a life-sized elephant with built in video monitors on its side, a couple on a couch hovering above the audience and a family of four who played the new Kinect games as their platform rotated 360 degrees. I think the highlight for me was when the father played "Star Wars" using a light-saber to defeat the dark side. The combination of the electronic elements and live actors made for an awesome show.

Thank you to XBox 360 for making me the coolest aunt on the universe!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

"A Time For Heroes" Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Fundraiser

My family and I recently attended "A Time For Heroes" fundraiser for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation . This star-studded event went above and beyond to pamper their guests with amazing food, fun activities and an abundance of entertainment.

When we first entered Wadsworth Great Lawn we could see hundreds of people walking around enjoying the festivities. Of course our first stop was for food and boy was there plenty of it! We started off with a yummy chili-dog from Pinks, then sampled some tacos from Chipotle and moved on to dessert with ice-cream from the Big Chill and decadent mini-cupcakes from Miss Priss Cupcakes.

Our next stop was the Kodak PhotoSharing tent where we took a safari-themed family picture. All the guests were excited for the opportunity to take photos with celebrities such as Denise Richards, Billy Crystal, Evan Lycasek, Mark Whalberg and Olivia Munn. Check out this video where the celebrities share their favorite "Kodak moment"

There were multiple stations for entertaining kids like decorating a pair of 77 Kids jeans by American Eagle Outfitters, coloring a custom-made Oopsy Daisy night light and personalizing a Harambe drum circle. My daughter actually sat on Joey Lawrence's lap as he decorated a "Lakers" drum circle while paparazzi snapped away. She was a natural grinning for the camera. My favorite activity was probably decorating and assembling a Tunaweza care package kit that will be sent to an expectant mother in Africa. We colored the bag with fabric markers and wrote messages of love and hope on the outside. The package included a baby's hat, some gauze, a syringe and additional medical supplies. The Disney volunteers were so helpful during this activity!

When we weren't sampling the delicious cuisine, taking our Kodak photo or decorating a souvenir we were busy celebrity spotting and there were lots of them! Dick Van Dyke was adorable dressed as a pirate, Howie Mandel and Joel McHale were both hilarious as my husband and daughter spoke to them, Wayne Brady was friendly, David Duchovny was charming and Seth Green was gracious. Oooh and my husband looked extra excited, although he'll probably deny it, to meet the sultry and very sweet Carmen Electra. I could go on an on listing more celebrities that we met so let's just say that most of Hollywood was there. With all those A-listers my daughter's FAVORITE was undoubtedly Minnie and Mickey Mouse! She spotted them at the Disney Safari Photo station and didn't want to leave. Luckily Timone from "Lion King" was there to relieve them so she was equally as excited to meet another Disney character.

Here are some of the celebs that stopped by the Kodak booth to take photos and sample some of the lates Kodak products.

Billy Crystal

Denise Richards helping guests at the photo booth and checking out the new Kodak demos.

Mark Wahlberg and family checking out their safari photos.

Jesse McCartney who also performed at the event.

Lori Loughlin with Billy Bush and Howie Mandel and Lori checking out the Kodak photo Kiosk.

Laila Ali and her adorable son.

Billy Bush helping guests find their Kodak souvenir photo and posing with Howie Mandel.

Seth Green cozied up to a lion in the Kodak Photo Sharing Booth.

This generous foundation was started by Elizabeth Glaser who acquired HIV through a blood transfusion and unknowingly passed the virus onto her daughter, Ariel, and her son, Jake. Following Ariel's death in 1988 Elizabeth joined with her close friends Susie Zeegen and Susan DeLaurentis to create a foundation with one mission: to bring hope to children with AIDS. Sadly, Elizabeth lost her own battle with AIDS in 1994 but thanks to the work of the foundation her son and hundreds of thousands of other children have the opportunity to lead longer and healthier lives. It was very touching to hear Jake talk about his late mother and sister and also see some moving testimonals by kids and teens living with AIDS and HIV. The successful event raised $1.3 million for pediatrc AIDS.

The three women who pioneered the foundation: Susan DeLaurentis (left), Susie Zeegen (center), and Elizabeth Glaser (Photo: EGPAF)

Everyone came together to help support this great cause including Kodak, United Airlines, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Google and many more. Disney was acknowledged for underwriting the "A Time For Heroes" picnic. Their commitment to children and families worldwide is truly an inspiration. With the continued support from the public and these generous sponsors the Elizabeth Glaser foundation will undoubtedbly continue to help more children for years to come.

"People say they care but it's action that saves lives."
-Elizabeth Glaser

Thank you to Kodak for allowing me to be their guest at such a remarkable event!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post and the views expressed within it is my own honest personal opinion.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Get your BBQ ON with Fresh and Easy!!!

I cannot say enough good things about Fresh and Easy. The prices are good and the food is great! Now they have some new summer items available for BBQing. Some of my favorites are the the Il Fornaio Buns, Malt Vinegar Kettle-cooked potato chips and cranberry oatmeal cookies pictured below.

I love this apron!

Last but not least my all time FAVORITE item is their Grill Pack! My husband and I barbecued it this during Memorial weekend and it was DEE-licious!

If you're lucky enough to have a Fresh and Easy close-by make sure to check out their new summer items!!! Happy BBQing!

LAMomsblog- Date Night Doldrums

This is my current post on LAMomsblog.

I was in a music class with my daughter and six other kids and their moms. During a break one of the moms said, "I'm excited because it's date night tonight!" and another mom responded, "Wow you're so lucky!" Being a comedian, I could resist saying, "My husband and I LOVE date nights. He goes on Tuesdays and I go on Thursdays."read more...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Marriott's "Tots Travel Too" Program with Coverall

I love learning about products that help make parenting easier especially during travel since my in-laws live in Indiana. I recently attended a Ladies Who Launch event held at the Marriott Residence Inn in downtown Burbank which focused on the partnership of Coverplay and the Marriott to present their "Tots Travel Too" program.

Coverplay is an ingenious product created by two business savvy moms, Allison Costa and Amy Feldman. As a new mother, Allison designed a stylish collection of comfortable, kid-friendly sheets and slipcovers that fit any play yard and design aesthetics. Her good friend Amy was a designer who honed her business chops while launching a successful line of diaper bags sold in Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, and Babies R Us. She brought her Hollywood baby connections to the table and Coverplay was born.

Click on this link to see the ladies tell their story.

Since then they have signed a deal with five Marriott brands to offer Coverplay for the new Tots Travel Too program now available at more than 2,500 Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites Residence Inn, and Towne Place Suites hotels. The package offers a travel crib accompanied with a beautiful Coverplay on it, nightlights, tub toys, electrical outlet covers, baby toiletries and even disposable bibs. Traveling will be much easier for parents when these items are waiting upon arrival.

I also wanted to give a special thanks to Lexington Nannies for providing childcare which made it possible for me and other mommies to attend this special event.

So if you have an infant or a toddler and you're planning a trip in the near future make sure to look into the "Tots Travel Too" program at the Marriott!

Disclosure:I was not paid for this post. The views expressed in this post is my own personal opinion.