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We have had quite a start to 2015! We were invited to the BodyLab Launch on Tuesday (January 6) in Santa Monica. We sat down with Jennifer Lopez and her partners, Chantelle Daines and Dr. Amy Heaton who showed us a look into their new lifestyle and fitness brand. Lopez looked absolutely flawless, wearing a Brunello Cucinelli champagne-colored low plunge sweater, with a Enza Costa tan wrap skirt that had a thigh-high slit paired with nude Louboutin pumps.

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“I want to inspire women to be the best and happiest versions of themselves,” she said with excitement. J.Lo does it all and she wants to share her secret with woman to help them to become “the girl of their dreams!”

“Yes, I’m an entertainer and I’m a dancer,” Lopez explains, “But ladies, we’re all athletes. We all have that in us. We do things for our men, our children, our families, our careers. What we have to do, it’s like a marathon daily. Every single day.”

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The 45-year-old (yes 45!) is the face and founder of the lifestyle and fitness brand, tailored for women. “I joined the BodyLab family not only because of their commitment to creating great health and fitness products for women, by women, but also because of their approach to the holistic lifestyle. It’s not a solution-in-a-bottle. It’s not a fad diet. It’s part of a health regimen that makes your metabolism work as hard as you do. It’s a way to love your body.”

We would have to agree with Lopez when she says “It’s like a marathon daily,” but it was relaxing to spend a few hours at the gorgeous Annenberg Beach House surrounded by inspiring woman drinking yummy protein smoothies! Lopez’s favorite is the chocolate protein!

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BodyLab is available in stores now. To learn more, visit

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The Voice - Season 7 Photo by Trae Patton/NBC

Last week I got to represent Savvy Sassy Moms at a live recording of the hit show The Voice at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. My mother was visiting from Connecticut for the holidays and it was a perfect outing for us – music, stars, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the action, and we were even caught on camera at the beginning of the show, clapping and laughing and having the time of our lives. Not only did we have a wonderful time at The Voice, but we also got to drive there in style, thanks to Nissan’s little gift of a 2015 Versa Note for me to drive for the week.


As a sponsor of The Voice, Nissan wanted us to arrive in style. I told them I’d like to try the Versa Note because it’s the tiniest car they make, and I wondered what it would be like to zip around Los Angeles, a car-centric city, in such a small vehicle. The car they sent is a 2015 Versa Note SR in Metallic Peacock.

Look how cute:

2015 versa noteInside its kicky exterior, it’s a pretty basic car. The engine is loud and takes a few seconds to pick up speed. But it gets great gas mileage with a combined city/highway 35 miles per gallon. I’ve been driving it for 6 days all around my normal places and I’ve only used half a tank of gas. Despite the Versa Note’s small size, which allows me to squeeze into small parking spaces without fear of bumping other cars, it has a comfortable roomy interior. It seats five people without crowding, which I discovered when I drove my parents and my 2 kids out to dinner one night. On the other hand, the cargo space with all those people is limited. One load of groceries for my food-vacuum family required me to push the back seats down. It’s a perfect car for getting from point A to point B, and this actual car with all of its extras costs just over $19,000.


The Voice - Season 7 Photo by Tyler Golden/NBC

The Versa Note got us from point A to point The Voice just fine thank you very much. I appreciated the modern sound system, which is a departure for me because I drive a 10-year-old sedan with a CD player that was broken long ago by my children and doesn’t have an iPhone hookup or Bluetooth connection. So in the Versa Note my mom and I got to play some tunes on the way to the show.

You can get free tickets to the Voice live shows just by going through NBC’s website. We were lucky to have VIP passes, so we were whisked directly to our seats – which were amazing – by friendly staffers. The whole process was fascinating. On the day we were present, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell taped a special performance of “Spark the Fire” complete with sparklers and torches and dancers and glow sticks for everyone in the audience to wave. They did three full performances of the song, then the producers edited a package together and played it during a later segment of the live show.

Let me tell you something. I am pretty sure that rocking out with my mom to a live Gwen Stefani performance wasn’t ever on my list of things to do, but I am definitely glad that it happened! We loved Stefani’s unique fashion choices – who else can pull off rock’n’roll pajamas and make that look cool?

As if that wasn’t awesome enough, then there was the whole episode of The Voice to experience. As audience members we had a very important job: applause. This was serious business. We had to stand up and applaud and cheer before every segment began, and stand during every performance. We were grateful for our awesome seats which were to Adam Levine’s left and level with the stage. The poor folks who stand down below stage level had to stand there for three hours! At least we got to sit down during commercial breaks and while the judges were talking with the contestants.

I was glad I picked something cute to wear, because as it turned out, our seats were right where the top 8 were headed at the end of their opening song, “Geronimo.” I couldn’t believe it when Craig and Damien danced and sang their way right up to where I was standing. That was when I wished I had taken the time to do my hair. We show up around 3:50 in the episode on the NBC website here.

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thevoice2The show was so much fun in person. The sound was excellent, all the performers sang their hearts out, and it was fun to watch the judges joke and goof around during breaks. Nick Jonas performed during this show and the audience went nuts. I hadn’t watched the Voice before but being there for this episode definitely made me invested in the outcome!

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After the show, a staffer drove us back to the parking garage in a 2015 Nissan Murano. That’s more the style of car for my family, but I liked both driving experiences. We stayed at Universal for dinner at City Walk and then finally went home to show the DVR’ed episode to my family. What a day! My mom has a great story about her trip to Los Angeles and I got my face on network television for a nanosecond. Not too shabby. (Also, now I really want a new car.)

Nissan gave me a car to drive for the week and 2 VIP passes to a taping of the Voice. All opinions are my own. Or my mom’s.

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Halloween at Disneyland

Halloween, like only Disneyland can do it

A visit to Disneyland Resort is pretty special any time of the year; however Halloween at Disneyland Resort is an especially spectacular time to visit. Every Fall, (September 12 to October 31, 2014) the Disneyland Resort is transformed for the Halloween season with magnificent decorations, special “spooky” attractions and Halloween sweets galore at every sweets shoppe. We were invited to Disneyland as members of the media, all opinions are our own. Halloween is magically celebrated at Disneyland Resort like only Disney can do it.

Disneyland HalloweenTime Candy Corn Cotton Candy

Candy Corn Cotton Candy

It’s all about the Sweets

The Disneyland Resort is becoming quickly infamous for their culinary delights, from the Mickey-shaped pretzels to the gumbo bread bowl at the Royal Street Veranda (and so much in between), the Halloween Time sweets at Disneyland are no exception. Found in any sweets shoppe in California Adventure or the Disneyland Resort, the Halloween Time sweets are stunning works of art. I stopped in to several shoppe’s to get a glance at them and without fail, I drooled every time. I got to personally taste the candy corn cotton candy, Mickey Pumpkin Cupcake, apple twist, pizza twist, Mint Julep and Gibson Girl ice cream in a Halloween waffle cone. I have heard very good and yummy things about the pumpkin Mickey beignets from Café Orleans and the piping hot banana fritters from Royal Street Veranda.

Disneyland Halloween Time Sweets and Treats Special Halloween Time Attractions

Without question, the quintessential icon of the Halloween season is the Haunted Mansion Holiday. The 2014 Halloween Time Haunted Mansion Holiday is decorated inspired by Jack Skellington, from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and the spooky residents of Halloween Town. I snapped the picture below of the Haunted Mansion Holiday during sunset, giving the Mansion an extra spooky glow. We didn’t get to ride the Haunted Mansion Holiday this year (my kids are too little and are easy frightened!) but I have heard the entire ride is decorated for Halloween. Space Mountain becomes Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy during Halloween Time at Disneyland. Although the queue time is a bit longer to ride during Halloween Time it is worth it. Pick up a fast pass so you won’t have to queue too long! Haunted Mansion at Disneyland during Halloween

More Halloween Time Special Attractions

Big Thunder Ranch, which is known as the Halloween Carnival during Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort offers several special events during the Halloween season. Meet your favorite Disney characters in special Halloween garb, see the amazing hand carved pumpkins that are true works of art, the kiddies can do some Halloween crafts and catch a glimpse of popular Disney villains. Observe Dia de los Muertos with a traditional skeleton display in Frontierland too! Halloween Time at Disneyland Media Reception with Jack and Sally

Magical Holidays at a Magical Place

A visit to Disneyland is always special however, the ability to celebrate a holiday at the happiest place on earth is made even more magical due to the unique attention to detail Disneyland can do. My older children and I had the best day ever at Disneyland, my kids loved the special decorations, the special treats and most especially the Halloween Time sweets. It was a magical, happy day. I mean, just look at these faces:

Happy Kids at Disneyland

My kids

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is every day now until October 31st, 2014. Head on over to Disneyland to purchase Halloween Time tickets now.

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The Headquarters at Seaport Village

The Headquarters at San Diego’s Seaport District is giving new life to the historic waterfront. This gorgeous outdoor venue features specialty shops, restaurants and a piece of San Diego history.

A slice of San Diego’s past

San Diego’s Police Headquarters was built in 1939 to serve as the first police facility in the world to incorporate all police operations under one roof. A 274-bed jail, five courtrooms, an emergency hospital, an indoor shooting range, a law library and a large 17,000 square-foot automotive maintenance garage. It also served as an espionage command center during WWII, and its emergency hospital was one of the first trauma-style units on the west coast.

By the mid-1950s the police department had outgrown the 100,000 square-foot space and it was abandoned in 1987. In 1998, the National Register of Historic Places recognized Old Police Headquarters for its civic contributions. The prestigious listing made the Old Police Headquarters only the twenty-fifth police facility in the U.S. — and only the second in California — to ever be recognized as a national landmark.

Bringing it into the future

In May 2008, Terramar Retail Centers began the rehabilitation of the Old Police Headquarters into a vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment destination. David Marshall, an historic architect and president of Heritage Architecture & Planning, identified elements like carved wooden doors, ironwork, light fixtures, ceramic wall tiles, windows and skylights and they were restored and reused to ensure the historic integrity of the Old Police Headquarters. Even the old cell block doors that marked the entrance to the tunnel where prisoners were escorted to their cells have been restored and the area now serves as an onsite museum that includes several of the jail cells.

The Headquarters San Diego is a piece of local history that now provides a home for local retailers and restaurants.

Puesto, The Headquarters, San Diego

What used to be the filing room is now home to Puesto which serves up gourmet Mexican dishes and hand-crafted cocktails using fresh fruit and organic juices.

Seasons 52, located in the former garage, is a fresh grill restaurant offering an upscale, healthy lifestyle cuisine. Nothing on the menu is over 475 calories!

Dallmann Fine Chocolate Boutique, The Headquarters, San Diego

Dallmann Fine Chocolate Boutique specializes in exquisite artisan chocolates. Their chocolate pairing boxes — Wine And Chocolate, Chocolate and Cheese, and “Chocolate and Beer” — make perfect gifts.

Venissimo Cheese sells all of the the best cheese from all over the world. They will put together unique cheese platters for parties.

Madison, The Headquarters, San Diego

Madison San Diego has a great selection of fine leather goods and fashion accessories for men and women.

I really loved the beach inspired fashion, accessories and gifts at Urban Beach House.

Simply Local is a like an indoor farmer’s market featuring over 50 local merchants and artists.

The Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery features mediums and large format photographs by the world-renowned surfing photographer.

For more information about The Headquarters visit You can like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

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Where Lil' Foodies Eat in LA

Where Lil’ Foodies Eat in LA

Dining with kids in Los Angeles

There is a new wave of dining with kids in LA. The culinary scene in LA is exploding and I can’t think of a better reason your foodie-in-training shouldn’t carpe diem. From food trucks to fine-dining, LA eateries and top chefs are focusing more and more on pint-sized diners and families. Gone are the days of fried chicken fingers, personal pizzas and mac & cheese. Now? Expect Mary’s Farm chicken with root vegetables, flatbreads and homemade macaroni and cheese with treasures like black truffles and chunks of fresh lobster mixed in.

Been there.

The Fat Cow. So you and your tyke are at The Grove, ready to grab some grub, hoping not to have to do The Cheesecake Factory and American Place Cafe (again). Enter Gordon Ramsay. The star of Master Chefs Junior and Hell’s Kitchen has opened The Fat Cow and serves up a variety of stone baked pizzas, gourmet comfort food and The Moo Bar with desserts that will pack on the lbs. just by ready the descriptions. The Fat Cow // 189 The Grove Drive – Los Angeles, CA (323) 965-1020

The Fat Cow // The Grove

The Fat Cow // The Grove

What is my lil’ foodie eating? The Smoked Salmon Pizza with caramelized onions and Cookie Milk Ice Cream Sundae.

Done that.

WP24. When visiting LA Live downtown for a show or Laker’s game, things can get cray-cray. Especially, when you are with the fam-dam. Well what would you say if I told you about a magical place, above the chaos, high above the neon lights, where they served foods that even the little bitties are excited to try? OK, so maybe they aren’t ready for Wolfgang Puck’s signature Angry Lobster, but they will be delighted with the Shanghai Noodles. WP24 // 900 W Olympic Blvd – Los Angeles, CA (213) 743-8824

WP24 // LA Live

WP24 // LA Live

What is my lil’ foodie eating? The Chinese Crystal Dumplings and Crispy Pain d’ Espice with caramel braised apple, spiced donuts, miso butterscotch and cider sorbet.

And this.

Montage Beverly Hills. Afternoon tea might only sound like a light snack; however the tower of goodness they present at your table is abundant. Families are embraced during this mid-day tradition at Montage Beverly Hills where dad’s are offered a proper Gentlemen’s Tea (pie and scotch,) mom’s can toast Veuve with the Royal Tea, and tots are presented with the Royal Kid’s Tea served with a “champagne mocktail,”  bite sized Nutella, PB&J and grilled cheese sandwiches. Montage Beverly Hills // 225 N Canon Drive – Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Montage Beverly Hills // Afternoon Tea

Montage Beverly Hills // Afternoon Tea

What is my lil’ foodie eating? Nutella sandwiches, delicious scones, dad’s sliders and Tisane Passionberry Fruit tea.

Bought the t-shirt.

Still not entirely convinced that Lil’ Johnny is ready for Octopus a la Plancha? That’s OK, I hear you. Sometimes even adults are hoping for some fun some alternatives that are different, or maybe your limited on time. Have you heard of Lemonade? Spread out throughout Southern California, Lemonade is proof Chef Alan Jackson has redefined the fast casual dining experience. And it’s in a cafeteria setting — no joke. Grab a tray, choose one of the buffets filled with flavorful foods and enjoy a different type of fast food with the fam. To find a Lemonade nearest you, please visit

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Chill out at the Queen Mary!

I recently took a trip to Long Beach, California to experience Chill at the historic Queen Mary. Chill is SoCal’s only frozen holiday adventure open now until January 5, 2014, and it is sure to get you in the holiday mood.

There were tons of fun family attractions throughout the entire event. We walked through a Willy Wonka-esque Christmas candy land full of life-size lollipops and gumdrops. We found Santa Claus’ cabin and a cozy gingerbread house with charming holiday decor. The kids will enjoy taking a ride on the world’s biggest rocking horse, jumping in a giant snowman bounce house and getting inside a jumbo snow globe. There are many holiday celebrities making appearances including, the gingerbread man, toy soldiers and Mr. & Mrs. Claus.

Here are the highlights of Chill at the Queen Mary:

Ice Skating


No holiday outing is complete without ice skating! Chill has a great 6,500 square-foot outdoor ice rink. It’s located right in front of the Queen Mary so you get an awesome view of the historic ship and city lights!

The Ice Kingdom


Star of the show is ice

The star of Chill is The Ice Kingdom-a 13,000 square foot frozen igloo full of scenes from the Nutcracker, made entirely out of ice. Each of the sculptures were hand made and very intricate. Take a walk, scene by scene through this classic Christmas  story but remember to grab a parka before you enter. Note to the ladies: the inside of the Ice Kingdom is 9 degrees, so trade in the cute fall high heels for some fashionable winter boots. I opted for high heels during our visit and my toes nearly turned into icicles! Don’t forget to enjoy the ice slide located inside the The Ice Kingdom. All the ice sculptures were nothing short of magical!

 Ice Tubing

Slide down the Glacier Glid — -a two-story tall, 100 foot long mountain of ice. Take the trek up the ice mountain and speed down in a huge oversized tube. Two people can go ice tubing at the same time so a friendly race to the bottom may be in order.

Chill at the Queen Mary definitely got me in the Christmas mood, and I can’t wait to go back with my three-year-old. It is the most perfect holiday adventure for a family day or date night.  Many photo ops, and lots of fun! Oh and did I mention the artificial snow? The “snow” just adds to the already magical and enchanting experience of Chill.

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The Bonus

When you’re done enjoy in the holiday activities, you can also explore the Queen Mary. Present your ticket from Chill and you can access and explore the historical ship.

Chill at Queen Mary is open Nov. 22 through Jan. 5. Tickets start at $34.95 for adults, $14.95 for kids 4-11. Children 3 and under are free. If you are a guest of the Queen Mary hotel, you get two unlimited VIP passes to Chill.

Disclosure: A sample product/tickets was gifted for purposes of reviewing and writing this post. Opinions expressed here are entirely my own.


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UGG shopping Collage

This last weekend I had the pleasure of going to the UGG store here in Los Angeles at The Grove. I got to see their new Spring/Summer lines and try on shoes. Yes, I was in my own personal heaven. However, the best part was that not only did I get to take home a pair of shoes, but my whole family got to take home a pair of shoes too. Given the fact that they are my children, they were very excited about this. We were lucky enough to be greeted with wonderful staff, and had a great time at the UGG store.

Our Picks Collage

Family of UGG Shoes

I got the Lauri in Harissa (as you can see above I had a hard deciding on color). My husband got the Reefton in Grizzly. He stepped out of his comfort zone, and actually surprised himself with his choice. The boys got the Johnny Shark in Seal and the Mycah in Indigo. Lastly, my daughter got the Laela in Bubblegum.

LA Zoo entrance

Taking Our Shoes Out For a Spin

We didn’t go home though. We took our UGG shoes out for a spin to the Los Angeles Zoo. Whats a better way to celebrate the Moroccan Safari inspiration of the UGG Spring/Summer line then the zoo right?

boys at the map

We arrive at the zoo and my boys, who each had to have their own copies of the maps, stopped at the huge life sized maps to map our course and navigate where we should go first. My husband and I were dumbfounded by the fact that they had maps in their hands, but still had to stop at the “big one” to make sure we went the right way. Then we remember that is the whole point of fun time at the zoo.

at the flamingos

Our first stop was the flamingos. Wow are they loud creatures.

me & A @ flamingos

The Comfort of UGG

Well as you can see the shoes I got are wedges. Anyone who has been to the LA Zoo will think I’m nuts. It’s a very hilly zoo, and on top of that we had epic heat. However, I have to tell you that I did not regret my decision for one moment. I couldn’t control the heat, but my comfort climbing hills in my wedges was great. As a matter of fact I only changed into my flip flops on the way down because it was steep and I really felt like I would fall. My feet started to hurt once my flip flops were on. I wished I hadn’t changed my shoes.

at the zoo

Our zoo adventure was a fun day with kids happily climbing hills and never complaining about their feet hurting all the live long day. We saw the zebras, and my daughter said “look it’s Marty” (she’s referring to the zebra in Madagascar). We saw the giraffes and there was a baby giraffe. It was so cute! Did you know that giraffes are born at 6′ tall? The new elephant exhibit is beautiful, and they did a fantastic job. We even got a glimpse at the tigers playing ball in the water.

Not only did we get some great shoes, and have a fun family day, but my kids have not stopped wearing their shoes since. Every time they’ve had to put on shoes they’ve gone to get their UGG shoes. Now those are some comfortable shoes.

Disclosure: Not only was my family outfitted with a pair of shoes, but I was supplied with tickets for us to go to the zoo. However, the opinion above is my own, and I thank UGG for our shoes, and fun day at the zoo.

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I just recently wrote about how much I LOVE to run around the Rose Bowl loop and how it’s become my personal grieving ground.  Nothing is a better stress reliever and mental distraction than working up a sweat.  So when I heard about Stadium Fitness, a company that does group fitness classes inside the Rose Bowl,  I had to check them out!  They invited /challenged me to a class, and I am certainly not one to turn down a challenge so I went and officially got my butt kicked.  I’m in good physical shape but WOW did those stairs and lunges kill me.  Ladies, if you want buns of steel this is the place for you.

We started inside the Rose Bowl with a warm up and some stretching then we ran the stairs.  The 6:00pm class I took was prime sunset time and even though I was running up and down the stairs huffing and puffing at least the view of the mountains was spectacular.  Then we took it out in front of the stadium for some more sprints, leg work with added weights.  Last but not least we went down inside the locker rooms for some core work on mats.  I am not a huge football fan but I thought it was pretty cool to be working out in the fancy locker room.  This was by far one of the best full body workouts I had done in a very long time.

The owners of Stadium Fitness are David and Jodie, an energetic couple who greet everyone by name, shake their hands, ask about their kids, or how their day was.  It was like working out with one big happy family.  They were so encouraging and supportive, you can tell that they really love what they do.  David and Jodi have a real passion for helping others live a healthier lifestyle.  All the members were super friendly and encouraging as well, you can feel the team comradery.  They even have Stadium Fitness get togethers outside of the classes and they also organize team 5K’s and 1/2 marathons.

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Stadium Fitness offers a variety of class times throughout the week and you can pay as you go, buy session packages or become a monthly member.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 6:00am, 8:30am
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at 6:00pm
Tuesday, Thursday at 6:30pm

Not only did I LOVE working out with Stadium Fitness but I just love that this great entrepreneurial couple is succeeding.  They have created such a warm and comfortable atmosphere for anyone to comes to take a class. No matter what shape or size.  They really care about their members and take pride in giving them the best that they can.

Their business is growing!  After working out with Stadium Fitness they went and opened up a Yoga Studio, they invited me to take a class.  I went, of course.  I’ll never turn down Yoga. I’ve been a little out of practice but the yoga class was awesome too!

Check the website for the class schedule or email them for more details.

Stadium Yoga
990 S Arroyo Parkway, #4
Pasadena, California 91105
[email protected]


Stadium Fitness is a true City Gem in Pasadena, CA.  
If you live in the area you should really give it a try!


Disclosure:  I was invited to take the classes for free in order for my honest and authentic feedback..  Nothing more was expected of me.  All my savvy thoughts and sassy opinions are my own.

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The holidays are finally here, but you wouldn’t know it with our sunny California temps and clear sky. My husband is from Colorado, and when he moved her over ten years ago, that’s all he could talk about. There are no seasons in Southern California. Okay, there are, but not like he’s used too. And when you’re from a place where snow equals the holidays, you’re bound to feel a little blue on an 80 degree Christmas Eve.

But that doesn’t mean we are lacking in holiday cheer. If you’re looking for a spot to bundle up and sip hot cocoa, here are eight places where you can get your ice-skating on in and around the Los Angeles area. Yep, ice rinks in the middle of So Cal.

Pershing Square Ice Rink

Downtown, Los Angeles

Monday thru Thursday 12 pm to 10 pm

Friday thru Sunday 10 am to 10 pm

$6 per one-hour skate session

$2 for skate rental

Third Street Promenade  – Ice at Santa Monica

Santa Monica, CA

Check online for holiday and daily schedules

$12  skate rental includes one hour free skate

CHILL at the Queen Mary

Long Beach, CA

Ice Skating, Tubing, Winter Wonderland and Santa’s Toy Shop

Check online for schedules

Prices vary per attraction

The Rink at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza

Century City, CA

$10 per hour or $20 for a full day

Daily schedule varies

Holiday Ice Rink in Culver City

Culver City, CA

$10 admission and $4 skate rental

Schedule varies by week

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If you live in Los Angeles, you know there is no shortage of good food. And no time is that more true than during the holidays. During these crisp fall months, it seems that everywhere you turn, you can find tasty pumpkin treats – a mainstay of the pre-Thanksgiving season. Here are a few of my favorite pumpkin picks from around the ‘hood.

Mashti Malones

1525 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

There’s a reason the ice cream at Mashti Malone’s is continuously voted the best in Los Angeles. They specialize in exotic ice cream flavors such as rosewater saffron, cardamom, and mango ginger. But, this time of year, you can find their highly anticipated pumpkin ice cream. To say it’s creamy is an understatement. The cool concoction is handmade by the pint, and flavored with deep pumpkin pie spices – fresh pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. The color is beautiful. Once you’re done, check out their exotic array of Persian treats and candies.

Photo courtesy of Yelp user Andrew Y.


9635 South Santa Monica Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The Sprinkles phenomenon is here to stay. And, this decedent pumpkin cupcake is no exception to the dozens of other delicious flavors offered by the chain. A rich cinnamon cream cheese frosting off sets the pumpkin pie spiced cake. Every bite is a sweet fall treat.  If you get there after closing time, there’s no need to panic. You can pick up a pumpkin cupcake through Sprinkle’s popular cupcake ATM. If you haven’t tried it the ATM, it’s worth the experience. But, pick your day wisely because these pumpkin beauties are only available Wednesdays and Fridays

Kay and Dave’s

Three Southern California locations

Photo courtesy of Yelp user W.L.

I remember my first Kay and Dave’s pumpkin margarita, like it was yesterday. Wait, it was yesterday. But, I can’t wait to have another of these deliciously fresh beverages. And while a pumpkin margarita or mojito might seem a bit odd, the flavor combination is crave-worthy. The pumpkin flavor is slight, but enough to offset the natural spiciness of the tequila. If you’re interested in dessert, the pumpkin flan is a rich, thick custard treat. If you haven’t visited this fresh Mexican eatery, now is a good time. Choose from Culver City, Pacific Palisades and Brentwood locations.

Trader Joe’s

Various Southern California locations

Trader Joe’s is Los Angeles’ one stop shop for healthy eats and pumpkin everything – pumpkin bread, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin pancake mix and more. You can also pick up actual pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, for super cheap. It’s enough to make your head explode if you’re a lover all things pumpkin this time of year. My new favorite is their warm and inviting pumpkin spice rooibos tea. And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like the brightly colored tin it comes in too.

So, moms, where do you get your pumpkin fix in Los Angeles this time of year?

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