Category Archives: Video

Au Fudge!

I was just noticing LA Mommies looking for places to eat with their kids besides Chucky Cheese. Thought you’d like to know about this new offering from Jessica Biel: takes you inside Jessica Biel’s new restaurant Au Fudge, which opened its doors on March 4 in Los Angeles.

In the feature and video, Jessica opens up about the inspiration behind the restaurant, which she and her confounders envisioned as a stylish escape for parents who can unwind with a glass of rosé on the patio, while their kids (supervised under the watchful eye of an au pair) play in a drum circle or climb an indoor treehouse.

Not only is Au Fudge a playground for kids and parents, it also serves delicious dishes and treats – Jessica’s personal favorites are the vegan Caesar salad, chicken nuggets and French fries, and avalanche bars (brick-thick rice krispy treats studded with chocolate chips and sprinkles).

You can read the full piece at

Z: The Beginning Of Everything

Z: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING available to stream on Amazon Prime Video January 27th.

Celebrate in style Wednesday, Thursday or Friday as Amazon takes over several speakeasies in the New York and Los Angeles areas where they will be hosting free, open bars to the public.

Z is a biography series based on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the brilliant, beautiful and talented Southern Belle who becomes the original flapper and icon of the wild, flamboyant Jazz Age in the 20s. Starring Christina Ricci (Monster) as Zelda Fitzgerald, Z starts before she meets the unpublished writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (Gavin Stenhouse, Allegiance), and moves through their passionate, turbulent love affair and their marriage-made in heaven, lived out in hell as the celebrity couple of their time. The series travels through the wild parties, the wicked jazz, the dissolute artists of the era, as well as the alcoholism, adultery and struggle with dashed dreams and mental illness that characterizes their later years.

image002The Deets:

Pour Vous (LA), No Vacancy (LA), Raines Law Room (NYC) and The Back Room (NYC) will all be taking part in the #ZTakeover January 25th, 26th and 27th. Not only will these venues be serving up prohibition era cocktails, they will also be decorated to the theme of the series with branded barware, 20’s jazz bands, bartenders in classic 20’s attire and tons of other early 20th century accents.


Wednesday, Jan 25

No Vacancy (1727 N Hudson Ave)


Thursday, Jan 26:

Pour Vous (5574 Melrose Ave), 8-11PM

Friday, Jan 27:

Los Angeles:

No Vacancy (1727 N Hudson Ave), 8PM-11PM


Joy Giveaway


a Rafflecopter giveaway

See Jennifer Lawrence in her 2016 Best Actress Oscar® Winning role!

This is a great film for girls night in, mother/daughter movie night (just in time for Mother’s Day), or a date night away from the kids! I can’t wait to watch this inspirational film and am honored to share the empowering message of JOY with you! For an added dose of JOY, take a peek at the exclusive clip below featuring director, David O. Russell.

Not only did Jennifer Lawrence win the 2016 Best Actress Oscar® for her role in this film, but the cast includes heavy hitters Robert De Niro (fellow Oscar® Winner), Bradley Cooper, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, and Virginia Madsen just to name a few of the actors adding their star power to this story of triumph. Here’s what director, David O. Russell has to say:

JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce.

Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Oscar® Winner Jennifer Lawrence * stars with fellow Oscar® Winner Robert De Niro, **, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Elisabeth Röhm and Dascha Polanco. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love.

*Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actress, JOY, 2016, 2012; Actress, Silver Linings Playbook.

**1980, Actor, Raging Bull; 1974, Supporting Actor, The Godfather Part II.

Blu-ray Special Features

  • Joy, Strength and Perseverance
  • Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell Times Talk with Maureen Dowd
  • Photo Gallery

JOY DVD, Blu-ray & Ultra HD

U.S. Rating PG-13 · Total Run Time: 124 minutes

Arriving on Digital HD April 8 and Blu-ray™, 4K Ultra HD, DVD May 3, 2016

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Amazon affiliate link appears in this post for your online shopping convenience. When you purchase merchandise through our affiliate links we jump up and down and pay our operating expenses because we receive an advertising fee at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Are you picturing us jumping up and down?


Tea & Tears

Tea & Tears: The Best Of Me Movie Screening Party


A movie date with good friends, good food, fun times and goodie bags! (The teenagers took their own pictures on their phones in the next room.)

The Best Of Me Blu-ray & DVD Box Art.

The Best Of Me – Tears Of Joy Edition

Okay, here’s what we did. We screened the *Tears of Joy Edition of The Best of Me here in the EncinoMom screening room on Sunday! Before the movie (which arrived with a box of Kleenex – I’m not kidding) we had some tasty samples lined up for our guests.

Exquisite cupcakes from SusieCakes.

Here’s a snap of the SusieCakes cupcakes before we even took them out of the box. The cake part was perfect – read – not a crumb left on anyone’s plate – and the frostings were swoon worthy. Sigh.

Ultimately, we decided to watch the theatrical release version of the movie because none of us would watch it if we saw the storybook “Tears Of Joy” ending first. So the Kleenex turned out to be a very good thing to have on hand in the studio!

When guests first arrived, everyone commented on how good it smelled. I credit the tea and the scented candles in the goodie bags, even though we hadn’t lit any of them, yet!

The tables were laid out with vintage tea cups and ladies’ luncheon plates. You can definitely tell the plates are authentic because there is an ashtray molded into each one, so ladies could smoke while enjoying their lunch. Seems outrageous, now, but I imagine these plates were used at fashionable gatherings where the women wore gloves and girdles.

Vintage tea cups laid out on a glass table.

Vintage tea cups and saucers with a teapot my daughter made at Color Me Mine when she was 3.

We sampled the new Kale Caesar Salad from the Corner Bakery, some Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs (which I used to make egg salad sandos with cucumber) and then we tucked into some amazing cupcakes and treats from SusieCakes along with a limited edition tea from Teavana, created especially for Valentine’s Day.

Vintage glass luncheon plates.

The ashtray is in the lower right hand corner of the dish – the empty area next to the punch cup. Click to see the Kale Caesar (under 600 calories when paired with soup from The Corner Bakery’s 100 Combos Under 600 Calories Menu). The dressing is perfection.

First blush_1-3-15

The First Blush Tea from Teavana. The color and flavor of this tea are exquisitely subtle and lovely.

The First Blush Tea features naturally scented Jasmine green tea blended with floral orchid oolong complemented by luscious strawberries, crisp rhubarb and effervescent undertones of bubbly rosé. It arrived in a big box with surprises that we put into goody bags.

Perfect Teamaker from Teavana

Available at Teavana stores and online.

This tea smells amazing! It is lovely and subtle and beautiful, too.  We used the Perfectea maker pictured above. It’s so simple to use and ensures that your tea comes out just right. It’s especially helpful if you’re a lazy tea maker like me. I tend to leave tea to steep too long which results in bitterness that no amount of milk and sugar can remedy.


Here’s Teavana’s Perfectea Maker in action. So simple. Hot water goes in the top. Tea comes out the bottom.


So much to taste and talk about!

The tea also came with this Pairing Tip: blend iced First Blush Tea with a glass of champagne for a fun and easy to make Teavana cocktail.


Thanks to SusieCakes for the perfect assortment of sweets to go with our salty tears.

We knew just about everyone on the guest list would be down with that so we picked up our favorite Brut! This was a big hit and was the perfect complement to our menu. We added a few fresh raspberries and hibiscus flowers in rose syrup to the champagne/tea cocktail as a beautiful blushing garnish. The soft color of the tea makes this a perfect choice for Valentine’s Day. Surprisingly, we sweetened the tea slightly with a few crystals of Teavana’s Perfectea Rock Sugar for just the right blend of flavors in the champagne cocktail.


The egg salad sandwiches were light and mild and layered with leaf lettuce and Persian cucumbers for a new take on traditional crustless tea sandwiches.

So Sunday was like a mini restaurant tour and product Expo! We had a great time together which of course was the point of the whole thing and our guests were encouraged to take pictures and post to Instagram, Facebook or Tweet, Flip, Pin, Kick, etc. to share the fun.

In the EncinoMom Studio.

Here’s a shot of the movie in progress! You can click it to view the trailer.


One more beauty shot of the sweets.


You can have an event like this at home with your friends and we can help! We’ve got one copy of the *Tears of Joy Edition of The Best of Me on Blu-ray and DVD to giveaway. Follow the link to enter on Rafflecopter and don’t forget to leave us a comment!

 This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. Your purchase may result in revenue paid to EncinoMom. Thank you for stopping by, your support means the world to us. We welcome your comments and questions and appreciate the opportunity to share our experiences with you. Cheers, Mom.

Vintage teacups in warm soapy water.

Parting shot. When all is said and done, a little hand washing allows for quiet reflection on the friends and festivities of the day. How sweet it is.

The Best Of Me Blu-ray & DVD Giveaway

EncinoMom The Best Of Me Blu-ray & DVD Giveaway!

The Best Of Me Blu-ray & DVD Box Art.

Click to go to our Rafflecopter giveaway.

We thought you might like to watch the trailer before you enter to win your own copy of this romantic movie!

Based on the #1 New York Times Best Seller from celebrated author Nicholas Sparks comes this tender, romantic drama about the timeless power of love. When former high school sweethearts Dawson and Amanda (James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan) meet at a loved one’s funeral 20 years after tragedy separated them, their love is reignited. As they recall and relive the past, they come to a deeper understanding about the choices they’ve made.

Also starring Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato, and featuring beautiful scenery along with music by Lady Antebellum, TheBest of Me is a powerfully romantic story of love, hope and second chances.

For the Home Entertainment release, the “Tears of Joy” Edition Blu-ray and DVD will include an all-new storyline and “Storybook” Alternate Ending so Amanda and Dawson finally get that second chance at love.

We have one copy to give away!

Click this link 

to put your name in the hat for our random drawing on Rafflecopter.

Best Of Me DVD Box Art.

Can’t wait to win? Click the picture to purchase a copy using our Amazon Affiliate link. Thanks! Your support means the world to us!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Tweet with us LIVE this Sunday!

Style Fashion Week LA


Lizzie K on the Red Carpet at Style Fashion Week LA.

Lizzy K on the Red Carpet at Style Fashion Week LA.

Thursday night was smoking (see the section around 1:47) at The Reef in downtown Los Angles. We headed inside to our spot on the Media risers to view the hot line up for Style Fashion Week. Not only did we get an eyeful of fashion, but America’s Next Top Model contenders Shei, Will & Adam were walking for Control Sector!

YouTuber Arden Rose was in the crowd to see J & J and Lizzy K. got in a brief chat. She’s so pretty and was rocking a short black dress with flounces and flair, paired with understated nude heels and fabulous matching bag. She’s nice, too! We tried to take a snap for you, but our phones where full from all the fashion! We didn’t even get to shoot all of the sizzling styles we saw! Check the blog for more from EncinoMom & Lizzie’s Tween Beat, coming soon.

This was Lizzy’s first live runway experience. After a full day of school and a shoot of back to back episodes of EncinoMom Unboxed, she kicked it into high gear with soft black suede heeled booties, a sleeveless black dress with a long heathered sweater and lime green bag for a pop of color. The whole look was picked out and paid for out of Lizzie’s allowance! Pretty impressive. The Media access pass was added at the show. 😉

We both loved the tall cut out boots in the Kaye Morales show. The masked models were very editorial as they often say on Project Runway. The two piece lace dress from I AM ZOE caught my eye, too. See more fashion in the video.



Style Fashion Week LA.

On the runway for Signature Young at Style Fashion Week LA.

Masked walkers on the runway for Kaye Morales.

On the runway at #StyleFWLA from designer Kaye Morales

America's Next Top Model Contestants Will & Adam pose for a snap with Lizzie K.

Will & Adam from America’s Next Top Model pose with Lizzy K at Style Fashion Week LA.

SUBSCRIBE to EncinoMom Magazine’s YouTube Channel!

We’ll share the Best of the California Lifestyle with you, PLUS you’ll be eligible to enter exclusive contests and giveaways just for our YouTube subscribers.

Help us reach our goal of 10,000 subscribers!


Video produced by Lisa Keating & Lizzy K with our iPhones and YouTube Editor. lol

Mr. Peabody & Sherman Giveaway

Before I tell you about the Mr. Peabody giveaway,

I want to tell you that I love this family friendly feature from Dreamworks! Here’s a link to our review: Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Preview, Review & Interview. Now, you can scroll down to enter the giveaway or download coloring pages and activity sheets for your kids, but I have more good news! You can read about it here.

Special thanks to Dreamworks, Tiffany Ward and Fox Home Entertainment for making all of this possible and to the EncinoMom crew for creating this video for me to share with you! It’s easy to enter to win your very own copy of Mr. Peabody & Sherman. You can use our Rafflecopter form, or use the contact form and we’ll process the entry for you.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Mr. Peabody giveaway MatchingGame #PeabodyInsiders

Downloadable matching game.

Mr. Peabody giveaway WordUnscrambler #PeabodyInsiders

Downloadable word scramble.

Mr. Peabody giveaway Peabody_Coloringpage 2 #PeabodyInsiders

Downloadable coloring page.

Mr. Peabody giveaway PeabodyConnectDots #PeabodyInsiders

Downloadable connect the dots.

Mr. Peabody giveaway Sherman-coloringpage 2 #PeabodyInsiders

Downloadable coloring page.

Mr. Peabody giveaway Motorcycle_coloringpage #PeabodyInsiders

Downloadable coloring page.

Mr. Peabody giveaway ShermanAndPenny_coloringpage 2 #PeabodyInsiders

Downloadable coloring page.

Mr. Peabody giveaway CrackTheCode #PeabodyInsiders

Downloadable coded puzzle.

Disclosure: We received a copy of Mr. Peabody & Sherman in consideration of hosting this giveaway for Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. No additional compensation was received. We appreciate your support of our advertisers which enables us to continue to bring the best of what we find, to you, on All opinions are our own. Thanks! From all of us at EncinoMom -xx


MatchCut Review

I have been recently introduced to a new video editing app. It is extremely easy to use, fun, and effective. You don’t have to do any work. All you need to do is select a couple of videos from your Camera Roll, pick a sound effect, and then MatchCut edits together the videos and replaces the sound from the videos with cute and playful sound effects of your choice.

This is definitely a unique app that is the perfect choice for posting a birthday video for your bestie. It can be difficult finding an app that does what you want it to. As holidays come up, you can show your love by combining videos of you and your dad for Father’s Day or you and your new puppy for your family that lives out of town. You will totally be seeing tons of these MatchCut videos on my page. Here’s one I made for my Mom:

DAY 60 Weight Loss Journal

It’s the very last day of my Weight Loss Journal! Wow! Thank you so much for taking this journey with me! With a total weight loss on the 11/12 pound cusp, I”m thrilled with my progress. It has been a super busy time with lots of events and distractions pulling on my focus and resolve, but the Z.E.N. Foods program really seems to have retrained some of my less desirable habits right out of me! Little things that had crept into my routine without my noticing.

I’m quick to credit you for playing a significant roll in this, too! I’m not sure if it would have been this easy for ME to hang on to my results, if I didn’t feel a commitment to you. Maybe it’s human nature, maybe it’s just me, I don’t know. I just know, this worked out really well for me and I am eager to call on Z.E.N. (and you) if I ever need a tune up!

Thanks a mint,


Keatings at the Whole Foods Wine Bar.



DAY 59 Weight Loss Journal

It’s Thursday and tomorrow is the last day of my Z.E.N. Food Weight Loss Diary! I’m going to miss you. Seriously! Today is filled with EncinoMom jobs; a store opening at the Westfield Sherman Oaks Mall and then a visit to the ecoATM in Northridge. We have to try out the ecoATM so we can publish a review on Monday. I’m pretty excited about it, since it’s a green alternative for disposing of your old phones, tablets and mp3 players. It also pays you cash on the spot for your old device, so it seems like it may be a great incentive for some of us to get rid of the eclutter clogging up our “junk drawers”.

The store opening is H&M, one of Lizzie K’s current favorites. They’re running specials and have give aways for the first 100 people in line. In line? What? I’m not big on waiting in line. Anyway, we’ll check it out. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but they are opening up all over town! In terms of food strategies for today, it looks like I’m headed for a Food Court no matter how I slice it! Wish me luck. See you tomorrow!




Lizzie K picks out fall fashion for back to school at H&M in Sherman Oaks.

Lizzie K at H&M opening day with Fall Fashion Picks for back to school.