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Free Museum Day in Los Angeles

I didn't grow-up going to museums - other than school field trips. So when I became a mom, they were first on my list of places to go. I wanted to start them young to encourage a love for history and inspire them to wonder, imagine, and ask questions. 

We fortunately live in a city that's home to a variety of museums - from art, history, to cultural heritage. And we love to spend family-time at our favorites, like the California Science Center. But a museum outing can get pricey, especially for a family of 4. So if you're in the Los Angeles area, be sure to take advantage of the Museums Free-for-All on Sunday, January 28th. 
Please note that participating museums are only offering FREE general admission and not for specially ticketed exhibitions. Parking fees still apply...so take the Metro instead! 

Here's a list of family-friendly museums participating, for the full list and exclusive discounts, visit: https://www.metro.net/service/discounts/museums/socal-museums-free-all

Autry Museum of the American West

The Broad 

California African American Museum 

California Science Center 

Columbia Memorial Space Center 

Craft & Folk Art Museum 

Descanso Gardens 

Getty Center 

Kidspace Children’s Museum 

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum - tarpits.org/freeforall 

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) 

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) 

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County - nhm.org/freeforall 

Petersen Automotive Museum - Tickets must be reserved in advance https://www.eventbrite.com/e/museum-free-for-all-day-tickets-41631960314#tickets  

Skirball Cultural Center - Noah’s Ark timed-entry, one-hour tickets are limited and distributed first-come, first-served. 

Zimmer Children’s Museum

Mini Marmalade Pies Inspired by Paddington 2

Everyone's favorite bear is back in theaters January 12th.! If you grew up reading Paddington, you're gonna wanna take the kids to see the movie this weekend. After the worldwide success of the first film, the sequel finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the local community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.  

Paddington 2 Synopsis

While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it.  But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

The boys and I had a chance to watch a special screening of Paddington 2 last month and we ALL loved the movie. It had humor, it was endearing and heartfelt...and honestly it was better than the first film (something I don't often say about movie sequels). 

One of my favorite scenes was Paddington making his oh-so-famous marmalade. Of course my boys wanted to know if it was really that good. So it inspired me to make Mini Marmalade Pies

  • Pie Dough (I used the Trader Joes Pie Crust)
  • Flour for rolling
  • 1 large egg 
  • Orange Marmalade (store bought)
  • Cookie Cutters (I used 2-inch round + a bear shaped cutter)
  • Lollipop Sticks (optional)


Preheat oven 350 degrees. Flour your surface. Roll out your dough till its smooth and about 1/4" thick. Cut out as many shapes as you can using your cookie cutters. Repeat using all the dough scrapes until you've got all your mini pie crusts. Put about a teaspoon of marmalade in the center of half of the shapes. 

To make Mini Pie Pops, gently place the lollipop sticks on each crust with a little bit of pressure so it'll stick to the dough. Careful not to use too much pressure or you'll end up pushing it through the other side. 

Beat the egg with a tablespoon of water to use as a seal for the top crust. Using your fingertip, spread the egg wash along the edge of the bottom crust before placing the top crust over it. Use a fork to pinch the edges together. Brush a little of the egg wash on top of the crust for a nice, golden touch. 

Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden and Enjoy!  

Will you be watching Paddington 2? For ticket info, http://www.paddington2tickets.com.

Disclosure: Thank you Warner Bros. Pictures for the screening. All opinions in this post are my own. 

Broiled Lemon Chicken over Fettuccine with Rao's Homemade

This year, one of my goals is to eat out less and cook more at home. Not only will we be saving money - it's also healthier. Sure it's gonna be a challenge...especially with two kids. Heck, I almost made my husband pick-up dinner the other day. 

Meal planning and prepping is something I'm working on getting better at. Shopping for food at my favorite online market, Milk and Eggs, has made it easier for planning out my week. AND cooking with products that my picky kids approve of...is a win. 

That's why I love cooking with Rao's Homemade. Their sauces are amazing and its made with natural ingredients, including 100% Italian tomatoes It seriously tastes like homemade. The Rao's Homemade Lemon Cooking Sauce has become a staple in my home. I use it whenever I'm cooking chicken and soon, I'll be using it with shrimp. 

Have you tried Rao's Homemade? Their site is full of delicious recipes to make. 


1lb. Chicken Thighs 
Rao's Lemon Cooking Sauce
1 package Fettuccine 
Olive Oil
Parmesan Cheese (optional)
Capers (optional)


Broiled Lemon Chicken (recipe via Rao's)
Pour just enough of the Rao's Homemade Lemon Cooking Sauce over the chicken and marinade for at least 20 mins. Preheat Broiler for about 15 minutes before broiling both sides of the chicken for 15 mins. each or until skin is golden brown and juices run clear. Remove chicken from broiler and set aside.

Cook fettuccine according to package. Drain pasta and drizzle with olive oil, parmesan cheese, and capers.

Set chicken on top of the pasta and ENJOY! Drizzle Rao's Homemade Lemon Cooking Sauce if more is desired.

The LEGO NINJAGO Family Movie Night {Giveaway}

We LOVE our family movie nights. Especially when its a fun, family-friendly film like 
The LEGO NINJAGO Movie. The boys and I got to screen it in theaters back in September, you can read about it...here. Now that's its out on DVD & Blu-Ray, we're having a party and you can too! 

Here's what you'll need:


To celebrate its release, I found LEGO NINJAGO cups from Party City to serve snacks in. They still had plenty of other LEGO NINJAGO themed products, but I wanted to keep it simple. I opted for solid paper products in primary colors. I used yellow paper cups for drinks and luckily I already had paper plates to use them as LEGO bricks for my backdrop. I also used a few LEGO NINJAGO figurines that the boys already had...and they loved it.  


I filled those LEGO NINJAGO party cups with popular Japanese snacks from our local Japanese market. Snacks included wheat crackers (that came in different shapes & colors), POCKY (a favorite with my boys), nori rice crackers (which looks like tiny sushi), and movie popcorn served in our LEGO head container. 


My kids love those coloring sheets and I love the fact that you can download them for FREE. You can find coloring sheets and other activities, here...


Now the only thing that's left is the movie. The DVD/BLU-Ray comes with special features including deleted scenes, outtakes, music videos, and more! Enter for a chance to win a copy...and good luck! 


New Year, New Intentions

Happy 2018! As I reflect on the challenges, accomplishments and should've, would've, could've moments of 2017, I want to take a moment to say THANK YOU for stopping by my little corner of the internet. For the past month, I have been organizing and prepping for the new year...so bring it on 2018.


This year, I am going to continue doing what I love (blogging/content creating) and NOT be afraid to take chances. I'm going to worry less about how people may think of me...and just do me. I'm going to focus on a healthier lifestyle...and that means going on more family hikes, cooking more & eating less out, drinking more water (this is a big one), not feeling guilty with a little "me" time, and starting my day with meditation.  


I find that creating a Vision Board helps me focus and visualize my goals/intentions. Last year I hosted a Vision Board party and you can read on how to host your own, here

My biggest challenge is time management, so I bought a planner and started writing everything down. AND I mean everything from scheduling blog + social media posts a month in advance to chores and meal planning. This is a big step for me because I'm a procrastinator...and I need to be on a work/life schedule so I don't fall behind. 

Once everything is in place, I get to focus on what's important. 

Have you set your intentions for 2018? How are you making them a reality?

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