Blog Archives

Wife Appreciation Day!

Yeah, I never heard of it either!

The Tuck Room, Wife Appreciation Day

Thanks to a press release from The Tuck Room Tavern, I’m now in the know, and so are you. Just forward this article to your hubby and hope for the best. Or, if you really want to be appreciated forward AND make a reservation at The Tuck Room Tavern for this Sunday, September 18th between 4 and 11 pm. You could even write a note for your husband to read aloud at the table that says, “I appreciated my wife.” Just make sure he reads it while the waiter is within earshot and you’ll be treated to a signature dessert and a glass of perfectly chilled Prosecco. More details below.

The Tuck Room Tavern Celebrates National Wife Appreciation Day on September 18
with Four Simple Words. Whisper “I Appreciate my Wife” to your Server and receive a complimentary Prosecco and Dessert by Chef Sherry Yard.

The Tuck Room, Wife Appreciation DayThe Tuck Room Tavern is a jovial neighborhood dining + drinking den serving craveable American fare and a touch of whimsy under the culinary direction of SVP of Culinary Brand Development Chef Sherry Yard.

Happy wife, happy life—so the saying goes.

All couples visiting The Tuck Room Tavern on Sunday, September 18, can enjoy this offer with the mention of four simple words. Whether you shout it from the rooftops or whisper it into her ear, just be sure that your server hears you say the magic words: “I appreciate my wife.” Those lucky wives will receive a decadent raspberry soufflé made by Chef Sherry Yard and a glass of Prosecco to enjoy on the house. If you’re lucky, she might even share a bite.

  • *One dessert per table. Must have dinner reservation for a minimum of 2 people. Minimum purchase of 2 entrées.
  • Wives can be showered with adoration from 4-11 p.m. on Sunday, September 18
  • The Tuck Room Tavern Westwood: 10850 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024.
  • (310) 307-7004

Hope to see you there being appreciated this weekend! Cheers 😉

The Tuck Room, Wife Appreciation Day

Sherry Yard’s The Tuck Room Tavern is now open in Westwood, California. Under the culinary direction of SVP of Culinary Brand Development and three-time James Beard Award winner chef Sherry Yard and Master Bartender and Advanced Sommelier Adam Seger, guests can enjoy an extensive menu and handcrafted cocktails that present a liquid love letter to Los Angeles. The Tuck Room Tavern is tucked away inside iPic Theaters, located at 10850 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024. For reservations visit, http://www.thetuckroom.com or call: (310) 307-7004.

 

 

Santa’s Little Helper Giveaway

May the best elf win as Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and WWE Studios announces an outrageous holiday adventure when Santa’s Little Helper arrives on DVD and Digital HD tomorrow – Tuesday, November 17th!

We’ve got a copy for one lucky giveaway winner, too! Click the Rafflecopter giveaway link below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Priced at $22.98, you can purchase the DVD right now using our Amazon.com Affiliate link from $12.99. Rated PG, this holiday romp runs 91 minutes.

 

#SantasInsiders #SantaLittleHelpers

Paper Towns Giveaway

BDSE_PaperTowns_Ocard_3D-1Paper Towns Blu-ray & DVD Giveaway

After the phenomenal success of The Fault in Our Stars, author John Green returns with another heart-warming tale in PAPER TOWNS, available on Blu-ray™ and DVD The story focuses on Quentin (Nat Wolff), a high school senior who has been in love with his enigmatic neighbor Margo (Cara Delevingne) since childhood. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears–leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Q must find a deeper understanding of friendship–and true love.

Rated: PG-13

a Rafflecopter giveaway

papertowns_twitter_profile   PaperTowns_4028x2692_2-1 PaperTowns_4028x2692_3PaperTowns_4028x2692_5SD_PaperTowns_PrintMap_POST

Last Pass And The Power Of Complaining To Your Friends About Stuff That You Wish Was Different

Last Pass Tool Bar Icon.I don’t know how you are at managing passwords, but I recently encountered a site that requires me to change my passwords every 90 days. Ugg! I try not to complain. I really do. If you read my blog or my magazine articles on EncinoMom.com, you know, I am decidedly committed to writing about the upside of life!

Well, I am human. No big surprise there. Recently, I was on the phone with my Master Mind group. Okay, maybe group is too strong a word. There are only two of us, but we have more ideas than an army of workers could ever implement, so we’re good for now.

Anyway, we were on our weekly call and I shared my frustration. Clever business owner that she is, Felicia told me about Last Pass. We didn’t spend a long time talking about it. All she said was, since she started using their free service, she has never looked back. She only has to remember ONE password and the site is safe and secure.

As soon as we wrapped up our call, or maybe even before we hung up, I was on the Last Pass site. Here’s a link for your convenience. I don’t know if they give you anything for telling people about them, but I consider it a public service! If they give me something, I’ll share it with Felicia!

I’ve been using the site for a couple of months and couldn’t be happier. By the way, Felicia helps families prepare a financial strategy to pay for college. Even if your kid gets a scholarship, did you know that there is an expected family contribution? Yeah, me either. Here’s a link to her site, too: College Funding Resource.

My startup screen this morning. This is not a joke!

My startup screen this morning. This is not a joke!

While I’m on the subject of complaining, here’s a screenshot a what I saw when I turned on my computer this morning. Just sayin’. May be time to upgrade my life a little.

If you’ve tried Last Pass and have comments, I’d love to know how your experience has been.

Russell Madness DVD Giveaway

Russell Madness Blu-ray & DVD Giveaway plus

Downloadable activity sheets to print for more family fun!

Russell the wrestling, talking terrier!

Russell the wrestling, talking terrier!

Scroll to the bottom of the page and tell us what special talents your pet has, 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!

Russell Madness-word search Russell Madness-puzzler Russell Madness-maze (1)

Hilarious and Heartwarming Pet-Filled Adventure Introduces ‘RUSSELL’

An Adorable Talking Terrier who goes from Rescue Bound to Wrestling Superstardom!

RUSSELL MADNESS, the hilarious, all-new family adventure is the first feature film from newly-launched Air Bud Entertainment, the creative force behind the #1 live-action, direct-to-video movies in the family category. The exciting action-packed adventure introduces ‘Russell,’ an adorable TALKING Jack Russell Terrier who accidentally becomes a professional wrestling superstar, on the way to discovering the true power…of family. The official RUSSELL MADNESS movie trailer launched today and can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/Ur6XdaGNlTY.

RUSSELL MADNESS stars John Ratzenberger (‘Toy Story,’ ‘Cars,’ TV’s Cheers), Fred Willard (TV’s Modern Family) David Milchard (TV’s Convos with my 2-Year Old), Mason Vale Cotton (TV’s Mad Men and Desperate Housewives), McKenna Grace (TV’s Crash and Burn and The Young and the Restless) and John Hennigan (former WWE star) along with the voices of talking animal stars including Will Sasso (TV’s ‘MadTV’ and ‘The Three Stooges’) and Sean Giambrone (TV’s The Goldbergs). RUSSELL MADNESS is directed by ‘Air Bud’ and ‘Buddies’ veterans Robert Vince, written and produced by Robert Vince and Anna McRoberts.

Click the picture to go to the giveaway entry page.

Rainy Day Garage Sale

2015/01/img_0184.jpg
Sometimes weather.com makes mistakes, what can I say? Once you list your yard sale on Craig’s List you are committed. Early birds will knock on your door to see if the sale was moved inside. There’s no use in fighting, so here I sit in the driveway under an umbrella waiting for the next hard core garage sale shopper. Honestly, I’m so grateful for the steady drizzle, I’m perfectly happy in spite of the inconvenience. I may change my mind though, if someone comes along and buys my seat! lol

Discovery Cube LA

Discovery Cube LA, Opens At Hansen Dam Recreation Area

At 9:30 am sharp, my family and I bunched into a car and ventured over to the new Discovery Cube in Sylmar, California. We just so happened to be invited to this glorious opening event, so we accepted the invitation. When someone says fun and science in the same sentence I usually zone out and pretend to listen because until now I thought it was literally impossible for science to be fun, (no offense period 1.)

I walked in and was immediately struck by my urge to run around and try everything out. Everything was extremely interactive which is something I deeply appreciate. You could make your own tornado, pull yourself up a rope SITTING DOWN, explore a safe and eco-friendly house, experience multiple simulators, and go in a wind tunnel or as I like to call it, a big hair dryer thing for your whole body.

Welcome to Discovery Cube LA. Photo by EncinoMom photographer, Warren KeatingThe brand new Discovery Cube in Sylmar is spotless. Photo by EncinoMom photographer, Warren Keating

The Discovery Cube is kind of like smart DisneyLand, same amount of fun, except you learn things other than how to avoid stroller wheel stubbed toes. It would be literally perfect for a field trip.

One of my favorite activities, aside from the mini market set up as a healthy eating game, was exploring an eco-friendly house. At the back of the Discovery Cube, you pick up iPads, that are used to ask question and track your answers about the home. The little house was adorably decorated just like a real living space. It had certain details in each part (garage, backyard, living room, etc) that were eco-friendly. You had to search through the house looking for clues to solve questions. But then again, I had a blast interacting with all the attractions. Overall, it was a great experience that I wouldn’t trade for a million dollars.

Shopping at the eco-market inside the Discovery Cube at Hansen Dam. Photo by EncinoMom photographer, Warren KeatingInside the wind tunnel. Photo by EncinoMom photographer, Warren Keating


Tip from Mom: The Discovery Cube is a great destination for the whole family, especially good for children from about 5 or 6 to 14 years old. We really enjoyed the 4D movie shown in the theatre (separate entry ticket required). Family passes are priced from $99 for the whole family for the whole year.

Ai WeiWei Exhibit At Alcatraz

Ai WeiWei exhibit at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay

A post shared by Warren Keating (@warren_keating) on

Here’s a sneak peek at our upcoming coverage of the Ai WeiWei Exhibit currently on display at Alcatraz. Plan ahead and book tickets up to 90 days in advance! Worth the trip to SF just to see this world class show, tickets from $30 for adults, ends in April. More details coming soon.

Close up of porcelain flowers installed in the Blossom portion of the Ai WeiWei Exhibit at Alcatraz.

Lyfe Kitchen Opens 4th California Location

Display of healthful and delicious beverages at the opening of LYFE Kitchen in Valencia, California.

 

If you don’t already know what Lyfe Kitchen is, it is a FABULOUS restaurant promoting a healthy and delicious lifestyle. It started out with some former McDonalds executives deciding to take a fine dining approach to the fast casual food space. They went from fast food to fantastically fit food. The menu items are full of flavor, but keep calorie counts low. They already have restaurants in California, New York, Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, and Texas. I just visited the newest restaurant in Valencia, California. You can stop there the next time you go to Magic Mountain!

Anyway, I am actually amazed at the quality of the food. Lyfe Kitchen has something for everyone, from vegans and vegetarians to carnivores. If you have never been to Lyfe Kitchen, then I recommend the fish tacos and their new orange pomegranate lemonade. They cook their food without microwaves. Yes, you heard that right. They DO NOT use microwaves. Places like Lyfe encourage fitness and it is a proven fact that eating healthier improves your mood. So if you’re not loving life, maybe you should try LYFE! I bet you’ll feel better afterwards. I know I always do.

 

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,

Lisa

Keatings at the Whole Foods Wine Bar.

Cheers!