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Ships & Giggles Comedy Night Returns with Darren Carter August 14

Photo of Darren Carter from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Comedy Central

Darren Carter from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Comedy Central

The Queen Mary welcomes back the monthly comedy showcase, Ships & Giggles, to The Observation Bar & Art Deco Lounge on Monday, August 14 at 8 p.m. Escape the Monday blues with cocktails and great company with some of Southern California’s funniest comedians. Hosted by world-renowned comic, Rocco Stowe, the August showcase features top comedians including Courtney Black, Ashley Craib, Aiko Tanaka, Perry Kurtz, Boogie B, and headlining comedian Darren Carter.

The Line Up

Seasoned comedian, Darren Carter headlines the August 14 Ships & Giggles Comedy Night. Known for his impressions and on-point improvisation, Carter is recognized for his time on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central, BET, and Showtime. Carter, aptly named “Party Starter,” will have the crowd laughing as soon as he takes the stage.

Hailing from Washington D.C., Courtney Black, currently resides in Los Angeles and is the co-host of The J. Anthony Brown Radio Show by day and performs at popular comedy clubs like The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and The Improv by night. In addition to guest starring on the TV pilot of Timid Pimps and the movie How Not to Propose, Black is currently writing on the recently green-lit animation The Slimbones.

Ashley Craib, is a SAG/AFTRA actress and Los Angeles based comedian. Craib started her career in improve by training at The Groundings before moving forward with stand up comedy. You can currently catch Craib on her YouTube show, Living with the Boyfriend.

Aiko Tanaka wears several different hats in the performance community. Tanaka began her career in the spotlight as a model in Tokyo then moved to Boston to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress. Before becoming a successful stand-up comedian, Tanaka moved to Los Angeles to practice dancing which supported her dreams of being on TV and film.

Perry Kurtz moved out west from his east coast home to San Francisco to pursue a career in comedy after leaving a high-stress job as an art director. In 1983, and years of performing 6 nights a week, Kurtz moved down south to Los Angeles where he currently lives and performs as a paid regular at The Comedy Store.

After Hurricane Katrina displaced Boogie B from his home in New Orleans, he became a highly sought after comedian in the D.C., New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia metro areas. With encouragement from his family and friends, Boogie B moved his act to Los Angeles where he currently performs at churches, comedy clubs, birthday parties, and wedding receptions.

Monday, August 14, show starts at 8 p.m. (Happy Hour is from 5 – 7 p.m.) Located onboard The Queen Mary, The Observation Bar & Art Deco Lounge was formerly the First-Class Lounge and served as the hub for lively discussions over delicious drinks.  Original artwork still hangs above the bar, which is lined with Art Deco tables, chairs and decor. The Deco vibe is retro chic, cool and swanky.

The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802. As part of the daily Free After 6pm* access to the Queen Mary, the admission to Local Band Hangout and Ships & Giggles Comedy Night are now free when entering the ship after 6:00pm.

There is complimentary self-parking with validation of a $20 purchase in the Observation Bar. Valet parking is available for $15 after 6 p.m. (up to 3 hours) with a $20 purchase and validation in the Observation Bar.

*Certain block out dates due apply.

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Home Alone Collectors Edition Giveaway – 25th Anniversary

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Get ready to ring in the holiday season as Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment celebrates the 25th anniversary of the biggest live-action comedy of all time with HOME ALONE: ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION on Blu-ray and DVD October 6. This must have gift set features all five films packaged together for the first time in a collectible paint can full of limited edition movie memorabilia that will keep the whole family laughing including a McCallister Christmas ornament, Kevin’s battle plan for the Wet Bandits, his tarantula and a wanted poster of the thieves – Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern) – and more.

Additionally, a gift set featuring HOME ALONE and HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK will be available exclusively at Target and features both films on Blu-ray along with a warm and wearable reproduction of Kevin’s famous winter knit hat from the films.

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Enjoy these exclusive printable activity sheets and start planning your very own holiday movie marathon! Can’t wait for our giveaway? Click here to purchase the collector’s edition or a copy of your favorite Home Alone movie using our Amazon Affiliate Link.


Here are some movie stills to remind you how much fun they are to watch. We all love Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) and his holiday adventures protecting the homestead while his family travels without him in the ultimate parental whoops! If you haven’t seen it already, it’s time! I’m looking forward to sharing the Home Alone collection with my family to kick off the holiday season with hot cocoa and a cookie baking session!




Ventura County Farm Day

Ventura County Farm Day logo

3rd Annual Ventura County Farm Day

This Saturday!

Get a rare inside look at the inner workings of farming and agriculture by
visiting and touring over 20 working farms in Ventura County at the 2015
Ventura County Farm Day. This free, multi-location event will feature
unique farm tours, hands-on activities, educational demonstrations and a
farm day mercantile hub followed by a ticketed outdoor BBQ at Limoneira

Saturday, September 26, 2015
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
BBQ at Limoneira starts at 4 p.m.

Over 20 different Ventura County farms in Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Ventura, Camarillo,
Saticoy, Somis and Oxnard

BBQ location: Limoneira Farm, 4:00-9:00 p.m.
1141 Cummings Rd.
Santa Paula, CA 93060

Self-guided farm tours are free from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets to the Limoneira BBQ are available for purchase online. Tickets will also be sold at the door while supplies last. BBQ tickets are $35 for adults and include all activities, dinner and one alcoholic beverage. Children’s tickets $15, for attendees ages 12 and under.

Here’s a video from our tour of Limoneira that you may enjoy.

LA County Fair Ticket – Giveaway!

LA County Fair Ticket Giveaway! LA County Fair

Enter to win a “mind-blowing” LA County Fair Ticket Prize Package!

93rd Edition of LA County Fair

Opens Sept. 4 for 21 Days of Mind-Bending Fun

Popnology, New Rides, Eats, Concerts and an Expanded Luminasia

Raise the “Wow” factor at One America’s Biggest County Fairs

As an official Ambassador to the LA County Fair we are proud to host this fabulous prize package giveaway, including 4 tickets + surprises equalling a $150 value! Spend a fun filled day at the fair your family. Click on the pictures on this page to read about the fantastical foods at the fair this year as experienced by our own Mike Anderson.

LA County Fair Pinks

New this year is Popnology, a hands-on destination attraction making its world premiere at the LA County Fair. Among the 33,000-square-foot  exhibition are the coolest tech and science gadgets influenced by popular culture, ranging from the Batmobile, Hal 9000 computer from “2001: A Space Odyssey” and Oculus Rift virtual reality technology to R2D2 from “Star Wars” and the famous DeLorean from “Back to the Future.”


There is so much to see and do at the most diverse fair in the nation, you can experience carnival rides and crafting exhibits, but also partake in mind-blowing fun found at our LA-only attractions. Ever wanted to see Back to the Future’s Hoverboard in real life? Or celebrate Mardi Gras year-round? The 93rd annual Los Angeles County Fair has everything you need for an amazing day to dark experience, including the spectacular night time attraction of  the larger-than-life Luminasia handcrafted lantern display. Back by popular demand for its second and final year at the LACF the display has been expanded so visitors can stroll through massive, animated colorful replicas of iconic L.A. landmarks and never-before-seen images.


Other LACF favorites include the Carnival pulsating with more 70 rides, some new for 2015; the trapeze and aerial artists of Esmeralda’s Traveling Circus; Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon, celebrating the 16th birthday of LACF’s resident Weeper Capuchin monkey; the sharks, seals and sting rays of Beneath the Sea and new outdoor Seaquarium; and the Grinding Gears Music Experience with DJs, tribute bands and the Battle of the Bands competition. You won’t want to miss one spectacular minute! So slather on the sunscreen, grab a water bottle, pile in the car and head on out to the 2015 Los Angeles County Fair, now through September 27th.


Mike Vs. Peanut Butter Fried Pickle!

Mike Anderson tucks into the Peanut Butter Fried Pickle.

“I loved it for all its weirdness.” – Mike Anderson, Reviewer @EncinoMom

2015 LA Beach Cities Modern Home Tour – Ticket Giveaway

2015 LA Beach Cities Modern Home Tour – Ticket Giveaway2015 LA Beach Cities Modern Home Tour

Imagine spending this Saturday strolling through 6 private residences from Santa Monica to Manhattan Beach! The 2015 LA Beach Cities Modern Home Tour promises to ignite your imagination and excite your eyes with innovative architecture and fine, modern interiors. The tour is self paced, so you can linger, loll and dream or zoom through and spend the rest of the day at the beach. We are thrilled to have two tickets to giveaway to one lucky winner!

Tickets are $30 each in advance, $40 on the day of the event. Hurry, giveaway ends Thursday at midnight! You can enter here or click on a picture to go to our page on Giveaway Tools.


Get a breath of fresh air this Saturday on the 2015 LA Beach Cities Modern Home Tour. Stunning architecture and interior design in 6 private homes. You’ll receive the specific addresses and maps after purchasing (or winning) tickets!la20153

Santa Fe Street Fashion Week

Executive Director of Santa Fe Street Fashion Week, Amy Shea calls for a celebration of high fashion in Santa Fe right alongside the fine art collections displayed on world famous Canyon Road. Poised atop Alexander McQueen heels – purchased in art Mecca, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Shea shared her love of and respect for fashion as a form of art as well as personal expression at this first ever Santa Fe Street Fashion Show.

Here are our live shots from the press box via iPhone.

The packed house at Santa Fe Street Fashion Show.

The well heeled crowd awaits the start of the show.

Santa Fe Street Fashion Week

An amuse yeux, couture gowns from Lily of the West, before our host Amy Shea takes the stage.

Those Boots (from Back at the Ranch)!

Lars Anderson with Patina Jewelry.

My must have coat for Fall.

Black and white coat at Santa Fe Street Fashion Show.

Select pieces from Santa Fe Dry Goods and Cicada Collection.

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Eyewear by Ojo Optique.

Santa Fe Street Fashion Show

Santa Fe Street Fashion Show

United Nude shoes from Golfer Shoes in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Street Fashion Show

Couture pieces by Orlando Dugi exhibiting Egyptian flair, seemingly sprinkled with diamond dust. Santa Fe Street Fashion Show  Santa Fe Street Fashion Show  Santa Fe Street Fashion Show
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Santa Fe Street Fashion Show

The evening concluded with a couture collection from Renato Dicent. The flow and subtle color of the final piece was delicious!

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Spotted in the crowd? New Mexico Fashion Blogger, Jamie Lewinger of sporting gold Louboutin heels, LaCroix earrings with a red gown – stunning. (Look for her in the front row.)

Santa Fe Street Fashion Show

Amy Shea and Renato Dicent take a bow! A great night for Santa Fe fashion on the roof of the La Fonda Hotel.

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

EncinoMom Unboxes Del Real Foods for Cinco de Mayo.

Del Real Foods Unboxed on EncinoMom.

We’ve got an awesome prize package to offer you from Del Real Foods! It’s a Party In A Box! We received one of these at EncinoMom headquarters and immediately ordered up an impromptu fiesta for a few friends. The Tacos Al Pastor kit contains seasoned meat, tortillas and enough salsa for 20 street tacos. Sold in the refrigerator section, these dishes are easy to heat and eat. You can sample some of these tasty offerings yourself as Del Real Foods gives tastings this month, making the rounds of Costco stores in the West (including California, Oregon and Utah). Check their website for dates and details. The cheese Pupusas and Tamales were also a hit with our Vegetarian guests.

Del Real Foods have been serving up fresh, flavorful and authentic Mexican meals since 2003. Their gluten, trans fat and MSG free, products are fully cooked and ready to heat and serve. We heated tortillas in the oven (in a clay tortilla warmer), pupusas on the stove top, tamales steamed in the top of the rice cooker and we used a cast iron skillet for the seasoned taco meat. Everything was ready to go in a matter of minutes.

We mixed up a batch of Margaritas for our adult guests and served limeade and horchata to the kids. I tossed some greens with Persian cucumbers, scallions, tomatoes, a sprinkling of Taco Seasoning from Ground 2 Table and a light citrus dressing (homemade) for a refreshing side salad. Friends brought tortilla chips and a ripe avocado and we had more food than we could eat!

Giveaway from Del Real Foods on EncinoMom.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Giveaway from Del Real Foods on EncinoMom.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Tell us which differences you found in our Feliz Cinco de Mayo pics! This prize box comes with a colorful blanket with moisture resistant backing to spread out on the grass, sand or picnic table. When you’re finished, it folds back up into a neat bundle with a carrying handle and zippered pouch. The pouch is large enough to hold your phone, keys and sunglasses, or maybe some napkins and utensils.

There is also a folding fabric cooler to carry your food and beverages. For this giveaway we’ve created the two pictures above for you to compare. Can you spot the differences? Here’s a hint: No tequila is included in the giveaway!

Speaking of tequila, you might like to know that the Angels pictured below are searching Los Angeles’ neighborhoods for Latino Angels in Training who are contributing to their communities with selflessness and virtuous service. Gran Centanario Tequila will be honoring these Angels In Training at a special VIP event on May 19th. That’s also the day that we will announce the winner of this Party In A Box!

Angels land at Blue Plate Taco to fuel up before their search for Angels in Training in LA neighborhoods.

At Blue Plate Taco in Santa Monica for the launch of Angels in search of LA’s Angels In Training!

Urban Accents Brunch Box Giveaway

Click the picture to enter for a chance to win this prize from Urban Accents.

Urban Accents Unboxed on EncinoMom

OMG. At EncinoMom, we received this amazing array of mixes, seasonings and toppings for brunch from our friends at Urban Accents. I’m thrilled to be able to share this with you, too! This Brunch Collection is perfect for gifting. For Mother’s Day, we recommend you order the box early and fete Mom with brunch in bed! The directions are easy to follow and would be fun for Dad and the kids to deliver foolproof dishes of scumptiousness and love to Mom on her big day.

You’ll need a few ingredients on hand to create these dishes, but chances are you have them in your fridge already. For example the Frittata Mixes require eggs, the Coffee Toppers require coffee. When I cooked up the Mediterranean Spinach Frittata, I added Feta Cheese and garnished it with a dollop of Greek yogurt and fresh herbs from my garden. It seems obvious, but I thought I’d spell it out, just in case. Bread, butter, milk, oil, eggs, a little cheese, coffee and water ought to cover all your bases.

The decadent contents of the Brunch Collection gift box would also be brilliant for sending to friends warming their first home, perfection for Newlyweds and new Moms, too. I think this would make a fabulous thank you gift. Can you imagine receiving this from your Realtor, just in time to make breakfast the morning after escrow closes? This collection might be just right as a class gift for a special teacher, coach or classroom aide. Sure to kick off their Summer feeling appreciated and adventurous as they explore new taste horizons.

The collection retails for $49.95 and includes a stack of 3 coffee toppers (Hazelnut, Cinnamon & Cocoa), 2 French Toast Drizzles (Sea Salted Caramel and Chocolate Cheesecake), 2 Frittata Mixes (Mediterranean Spinach and Southwestern Jalapeño) and 2 Flapjack Mixes (Potato Cheddar and Chive and Ginger Carrot Cake). You can also purchase these items individually. I’ve included a couple of links to these products on Amazon for your convenience. There are additional flavors available there as well, like Blueberry Lemon Lavender Flapjack Mix which sounds Heavenly to me. The Coffee Toppers, Frittata Mixes and French Toast Drizzles are Gluten Free. All of the products boast no GMOs and are made in small batches from all natural ingredients.

The perfect combination of savory and sweet for slow starting, luxurious weekend mornings, you will love giving this gift to yourself or someone else. With a little luck, you may be invited to enjoy the good eats when you give this as a gift! Enter today for a chance to win. It’s our way of saying thanks for being a loyal subscriber.

Please see entry form for official rules and disclosures.

Penguins Of Madagascar Giveaway

DreamWorks’ Penguins Of Madagascar

Blu-ray & DVD Giveaway plus

Downloadable activity sheets to print for more family fun!

Box Art Penguins Of Madagascar.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and tell us what you love about penguins, then enter your name and email to be entered into our random drawing. Comments are moderated and don’t show up on the page immediately, but you can fill out your entry before your comment appears on the page. All entries are validated before the final drawing. Thanks for entering and good luck!

Activity Sheet Penguins of Madagascar. Penguins Of Madagascar Maze  

This Penguins of Madagascar prize comes bundled with 2 Poppin’ Penguins! Flipping Awesome fun for ages 3+. Penguins of Madagascar is rated PG. Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD and the s Poppin’ Penguins Spring Gift Pack is available now on Click the picture at right to see the whole package. Also available in 3D for added enjoyment.

Click the drawing to go to the giveaway entry page.

Disclosure: EncinoMom received this prize package in consideration of hosting this giveaway for Fox Home Entertainment. Amazon link provided for your convenience. Your purchase helps to support future giveaways, as advertising revenue may be paid to EncinoMom by third parties (such as


Oh my goodness! Can we take a moment to appreciate the fact that it is currently raining. I am so thankful for the precipitation. Not only does this help the drought a little, but it just puts a smile on my face to hear the trickling sound on my roof. (Turning your computer, phone, or head may be required to view the following images.)


I started the day off by hanging out with my favorite pup in the whole world. We just chilled on my bed, cuddling and listening to the thunder. I don’t think my dog appreciated the thunder as much as I did. Then I walked with my dog and my dad to Panera. When we got there, I rushed inside and grabbed my French Onion Bistro Soup. When we got home I gobbled up my food and decided to get creative. I made a fort out of two sheets and ribbon. I have to say, my fort was pretty impressive. Have a great night everyone!