Out and About: GLAMPING

Glamping short for “glamour camping” gives you the best of both worlds of being out in nature but within the comfort for everyday life. It’s where stunning nature meets modern luxury. A new way to experience the untamed and completely unique parts of the world, without having to go through the hassle of hauling loads of gear into the backcountry. You get the starry nights, being around the crackling campfire, a cozy sleeping bag, and all the best parts of camping in some of California’s most beautiful settings.

Sky Valley Camp

74711 Dillon Rd,  Sky Valley,CA 92241

https://www.skyvalleyresort.com/joshua-tree

Sky Valley Camp the paradise for the strange and exotic. This spot is centrally located to hiking trails in Coachella Valley and local hot springs. At the end of your desert adventure, chill outside your airstream or in the outdoor clawfoot bathtub. Family owned since 1986. The Ranch is located in Sky Valley. An unincorporated rural community in Southern California’s low desert. Along with the communities of Desert Edge and Indio Hills, Sky Valley occupies the valley between the Indio Hills and Joshua Tree National Park. This place has unobstructed views of the mountains and surrounding skyline make this place magical during the twilight hours and early mornings.

The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260 

https://www.livingdesert.org/

Go Glamping at the zoo, with Starry Safari at the The Living Desert, a nature preserve of more than 1,000 acres of Sonoran Desert showcases animals of the world’s deserts. The collection of exhibits ranges from a tour of terrains representing and hosting North American and African desert wildlife, an authentic replica of a northeast African village, to Eagle Canyon, where golden eagles, mountain lions, bobcats, and badgers thrive.  After your exclusive night tour of the park, slumber under the stars in a roomy tent with all your gear provided.  Explore a network of paths that skirt the adjacent Santa Rosa Mountains before returning to check out the Discovery Center with its many exhibits on display.

 Sequoia High Sierra Camp

65745 Big Meadows Dr, Sequoia Natl Pk, CA 93262

https://www.sequoiahighsierracamp.com/

A wilderness site within Kings Canyon National Park where guests snuggle up in off-the-grid tent-cabins. It’s a 1-mile hike from the nearest parking lot, but once you get to the compound of tents (elevation: 8,282 feet), it’s nothing but glamping in truly exceptional California style. Three meals a day are served; dinners are five-course, open-air affairs prepared by a gourmet chef, and guests are served while seated at large communal tables. Canvas tents are outfitted with luxurious rugs and feather duvets and woolen blankets on cozy beds, propane lanterns, and of course, stunning views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada just outside your tent flaps. Hiking trails to mountain meadows, jewel-like alpine lakes, or high summits with commanding views.

Costanoa Lodge

2001 Rossi Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060

https://costanoa.com/

Costanoa Lodge is an eco-friendly glamping destination along the San Mateo Coast in Pescadero, roughly a 1.5 hour drive south from San Francisco. this peaceful retreat is surrounded by 30,000 acres of state parks from Big Basin to Año Nuevo State Reserve and Butano State Park. The grounds are heaven on earth for nature and wildlife lovers. Mountain bike through towering redwoods, horseback ride across coastal meadows, explore beaches and tide pools, then chill out in a fully outfitted safari-tent “bungalow”.

AutoCamp

https://autocamp.com/

Santa Barbara

2717 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Sleep in a shiny silver bullet Airstream outfitted for you and your family or friends, with a little deck and Adirondack chairs outside, a gadget-filled kitchen, cozy quilts for snuggling, and even toiletries. Each sleek trailer also includes two cruiser bikes—perfect to go explore such attractions in Santa Barbara as Stearns Wharf, the beach, and the bustling Santa Barbara Public Market.

Russian River in Sonoma County

14120 Old Cazadero Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446

The lodging options have expanded with 10 luxury safari tents in addition to 20 Airstreams. Activities include: Walk down to the Russian River to swim or canoe, play lawn games, or lounge by a fire pit inside or outside the mid-century-modern-style clubhouse. The 3,000-square-foot building also offers a store to stock up on snacks and local beer and wine.

Yosemite 

6323 CA-140, Midpines, CA 95345

Opened in 2019, is the largest and most remote site, near the historic mountain town of  Mariposa. Guests can enjoy many of the same amenities, plus a heated pool, mid-century modern clubhouse, and a pond with a paddleboat and canoe. Yosemite National Park is about 40 miles away and accessible via a daily shuttle.

El Capitan Canyon

11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117

http://www.elcapitancanyon.com/

With a reputation as one of the most enchanting glamping experiences in the state, nestled amidst the rolling coastal hills 30 minutes northwest of Santa Barbara—is a once in a lifetime getaway experience. The leafy compound is so secluded that it’s hard to believe that more than 100 cabins and safari tents occupy the lush hillside landscape, surrounded on three sides by the oceanfront and backcountry of El Capitan State Beach.

Ventura Ranch KOA

7400 Pine Grove Road Santa Paula, CA 93060

https://koa.com/campgrounds/ventura-ranch/

Located below Ventura County’s Topatopa mountain range just outside of Santa Paula, this delightful family retreat offers guests an outdoor experience with an activity-filled twist. Cozy rustic accommodations for glampers include tepees, glamour tents, and deluxe cabins which include a partial kitchen, private bedroom, and bath. Traditional KOA campsites are also available.

Mendocino Grove

9601 CA-1 Mendocino, California 95460

https://mendocinogrove.com/

Mendocino Grove goes above and beyond to provide glampers and their families the comforts of a truly delightful, pleasure-filled camping trip. Tents come with comfortable beds and warm, comfy bedding, rustic redwood decks boast relaxing, leather butterfly-chairs to cradle you as you witness the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the area and the mammoth trees surrounding your campsite. A quarter of a mile from your campsite is the Big River Beach and trail, and a two-minute drive will get you to the quaint village of Mendocino where you’ll find fantastic food options and shopping.

LA Eats: Best Brunch Spots

The best part of summer on the weekend is finding the perfect brunch spot. With so many options in L.A, we decided to cut the culinary clutter. Read below for our pick of the best brunch spots to try throughout the city and treat yourself to a Mimosa…or two!

  1. Hippo – 5916 ½ N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042

For those with gluten-free diets, Hippo is the place to be! Enjoy meals from buttermilk hotcakes to pasta and fresh spaghetti, you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu.

https://www.hipporestaurant.com/

  1. Otoño – 5715 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can indulge in tapas for brunch Saturdays and Sundays at Otoño. The Catalonia-inspired menu contains savory dishes like scrambled eggs with tetilla cheese and chives, pan de la casa and more!

https://www.otonorestaurant.com/

  1. Audrey at the Hammer – 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

This brunch menu contains a nice balance of light and hearty dishes created by Chef Lisa Giffen. Meals include braised pork with beans for meat lovers and coconut chia bowls with passionfruit for non-meat lovers.

https://www.audreyatthehammer.com/

  1. Golden Bull Restaurant – 170 W. Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402

If you are looking for an ideal beach day in Malibu, then Golden Bull’s classic steakhouse is the perfect place for brunch! Their menu serves everything from buttermilk pancakes and ribeye steak hash to bottomless bright orange mimosas that go perfectly with each meal.

https://goldenbullsantamonica.com/

  1. Comfort LA Inglewood – 902 N. La Brea Ave., Inglewood, CA 90302

With just one item on the menu, Comfort LA makes it easy for you to select your meal. Their Brunch Special includes two waffles and five wings with the option to add additional syrup and waffles for a nominal fee.

https://www.eatcomfortla.com/

  1. Alta – 5359 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016

Chef Keith Corbin has something for everyone on his California-soul menu. Pair dishes like steak and eggs, cornmeal pancakes and avocado toast with bottomless mimosas for $20.

https://www.altaadams.com/

  1. Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar – 7360 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

On Saturdays and Sundays, expect a Mexican-inflected fare from chefs Margarita and Walter Manke from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy some champurrado with chocolate and hazelnut with chilaquiles and black beans, a Mexican breakfast sandwich or several taco variations from their menu.

https://pettycashtaqueria.com/

  1. Alimento – 1710 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

After only serving dinner for five years, Alimento has expanded their menu to serve brunch! Try some of their crowd-pleasing sweets such as ricotta doughnut holes, breakfast sandwiches and French toast. You won’t be disappointed!

http://www.alimentola.com/

  1. Los Balcones Studio City – 11334 Moorpark St., Studio City, CA 91602

The Los Balcones team and chef Ricardo Zarate add an artful mash-up of traditional brunch classics with Peruvian flavors. Choose between Tiger prawns with scrambled eggs and a Chile relleno-stuffed breakfast burrito from their brunch menu.

https://losbalconesstudiocity.com/

  1. Here’s Looking At You – 3901 W. 6th, Los Angeles, CA 90020

This Koreatown hotspot has become one of the most innovative brunch spots in town. Chef Jonathan Whitener’s menu ranges from smoked salmon roe and herbs to cocktail offerings that are worth trying!

https://www.hereslookingatyoula.com/

Weekend Events: July 12-14

The weekend is upon us and there is no better time to venture out into the yonder of LA. We’re not talking about taking a hike through Malibu Creek…although that’s an option. We have a weekend round-up to get you out into the city and enjoying the best moments of summer. So skip the regular routine and discover your inner Angeleno!

Friday, July 12

Summer Movie Nights: The Karate Kid

Location: Brand Park, Mission Hills

Mark your calendars: summer movie nights are back in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Bring your family, friends, and pack a picnic for a movie night under the stars. All movie screenings begin at 7:30 PM. Popcorn will be provided.

Click here for more info.

Musical Theatre West presents DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID

Location: Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach

Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages.  With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken this fishy fable will capture your heart. Moreover, enjoy hit songs like “Under the Sea”, “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World”.  Certainly it will be entertainment for the whole family!

Click here for more info.

Cyndi Lauper

Location: The Hollywood Bowl

Her iconic voice, punk glamour, and infectious female strength catapulted her to stardom. Groundbreaking Grammy®, Emmy®, and Tony® Award–winning songwriter and performing artist Cyndi Lauper rocks the stage joined by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and conductor Thomas Wilkins.

Click here for more info.

Saturday, July 13

Hip Hop Fundamentals

Location: Skirball Cultural Center

Get down with Hip Hop Fundamentals, an award-winning team of diverse professional breakdancers dedicated to hip-hop education. As a result through their drive to inspire audiences and participants of all ages, they will present their The Principles of Hip Hop show. Don’t miss this exploration of hip-hop’s rich cultural history and how underserved inner-city youth have changed the world!

Click here for more info.

Queen Mary’s Rock the Queen

Location: The Queen Mary, Long Beach

Take to the Queen Mary this Saturday for an unforgettable flash back evening to the British Invasion of the 1960’s and 1980’s. Hope aboard aboard as some of SoCal’s best British tribute bands rock the night away. Most importantly, revel in performances from The Who Generation, Britain’s Finest, Arena, These Handsome Devils, and The Cured.

Click here for more info.

Paul McCartney: Freshen Up U.S. Tour

Location: Dodger Stadium

Needing no introduction, don’t miss Sir Paul McCartney at the home of the boys in blue this weekend only! Debuting a brand new production, is an unforgettable experience from every seat in the house. The Beatles frontman will showcase a selection of the best songs ever written or performed Paul McCartney. Moreover is a show that promises a once in a lifetime evening transcending and elevating the potential of live music.

Click here for more info.

Sunday, July 14

California Philharmonic Presents ‘Bastille Day’

Location: Walt Disney Concert Hall

Francophiles will cheer “Vive la France” when the California Philharmonic Orchestra presents its “Bastille Day”. A symphony of french sound, the Bastille Day concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall is sure to be magnifique!

Click here for more info.

Kids Summer Movie Series: Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

Location: The Wiltern, Los Angeles

Enjoy a special screening of the Tim Burton reimagined Roald Dahl tale, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory! Watch the story of young Charlie Bucket as he wins a fantastical opportunity to enter the magical but mysterious factory of candy maker Willy Wonka. Come early and upgrade to our *Kid Party prior to screening! There will be photo opps, face painting, bounce house, carnival games & more fun surprises!

Click here for more info.

Festival of Arts Family Art Day

Location: Festival of Arts Grounds

“Family Art Day” at the Festival of Arts is the most fun-filled, art-filled and enchantment-filled day of the entire summer for families! Enjoy a special performance by the award-winning Le PeTiT CiRqUe, America’s only all-kid cirque company. Limited space available. Children 5 and under receive free admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts.

Click here for more info.

Out & About: Disneyland Insiders Guide

When it comes to summer and visiting the place “Where Dreams Come True”, having a plan is the best taken route. Make the most out of your experience and wallet at the house of mouse, we’re talking Disneyland of course! Here are some tips and resourceful information that will make your trip to the “Happiest Place on Earth” truly magical!

BEFORE YOU GO

Saving Money on Disneyland Tickets

The best, safe place to purchase discounted multi-day tickets is Get Away Today. These tickets are the same as what you’d purchase directly from Disneyland, and are FastPass-enabled, and you can purchase tickets from Get Away Today that already include MaxPass and Disneyland tickets to save some money!

Disneyland FREE Crowd Calendars

The single most important part of planning a trip to Disneyland is determining when to visit to avoid crowds. Check out this totally free Disneyland crowd calendar for day by day guides as to when the parks will be least busy and busiest.

Park Times

Like all amusement parks during summer, you can expect large crowds filled with tourists and those on vacation. Disneyland provides a block out calendar filled with the days and times ranked most to least crowded to help you plan your trip. The most popular dates include: spring and summer break as well as annual holidays. Most passholders are unable to attend Disneyland during these heavy crowds because the park wants to recruit new members; especially tourists.

ONCE YOU’RE THERE

Disneyland Restaurant Reviews

The stereotype that all Disney food is unhealthy food like burgers and hot dogs is entirely false. Disneyland has inexpensive unique dining options as well as expensive fine dining. Good dining can help define a trip! Read about which restaurants are best in our dining reviews.

New Foods to Try:
  • Fire Cracker Duck Wings– Carthay Circle Restaurant: Enjoy these tasty wings coated in lime, Sriracha and soy sauce that’s perfect to pair with a glass of wine.
  • Lobster Nachos-The Cove Bar– These nachos are topped off with chipotle crema mixed in with lobster claw meat, cilantro and additional toppings.
  • Cherry Milkshake– Carnation Café: This frosty treat was allegedly Walt Disney’s favorite due to the chunks of blended cherries.

Disneyland Ride Reviews & Guide

Disneyland has a ton of attractions, and a lot of visitors only have a day or two to spend at Disneyland. The article reviews every attraction at Disneyland, giving each a numerical score out of 10, plus highlights key attractions that we consider the best ones, which should be prioritized if you have limited time at Disneyland.

What is a fastpass vs. MAXPASS?

A FASTPASS can easily be the difference between a 10-minute and 2-hour wait for rides. To access your FASTPASS, download the Disneyland app and link your park tickets. A MAXPASS allows you to experience more of the park. Once you are set up, you will be notified of times to return to the ride where you’ll scan your phone to the scanner where the redemption code will provide access.

See below for rankings of FastPass distribution in order of end times for each particular attraction,

Disneyland
  1. Space Mountain
  2. Matterhorn Bobsleds
  3. Indiana Jones Adventure
  4. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  5. Splash Mountain (summer visits only)
  6. Star Tours: the Adventures Continue
  7. Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters
  8. Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  9. Haunted Mansion
Disney California Adventure
  1. Radiator Springs Racers
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
  3. Incredicoaster
  4. Toy Story Midway Mania
  5. Soarin’
  6. Grizzly River Run (summer visits only)
  7. Goofy’s Sky School

MERCH!!!!

D23 Expo- New Collections:

Disneyland is excited to share their latest with visitors! Select from various collectable items and limited-edition pieces which include: t-shirts, mugs, hats, bags, figurines and more!

  • The Lion King 25th Anniversary Collection: $129.95, Exclusively at the Disney store at D23
  • D23 Expo Loungefly Messenger Bag: $70.00, Exclusively at Disney Dream Store at D23
  • “Camp Collection: Adventure Land” Shirt for classic-park lovers: $59.95, Exclusively at Mickey’s of Glendale at D23
  • Black Panther Shadow Box: $59.95, Exclusively at D23 Expo
  • Star Wars: Episode IX merch: $69.95 for the jacket or $29.95 for the hat, Exclusively at the Disney store at D23 Expo

Tips to Upgrade Your Porch

It’s summer time! So why not change up your outdoor scenery? While we aren’t talking about a complete redo of your front porch, a light makeover is just the trick. Give the front of your home a fresh update that’ll wow the neighborhood for seasons to come! Read on for tips on sprucing up your front porch!!

Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint

Paint is an affordable way to refresh anything—everything from your bedroom or living room to your kitchen cabinets or end tables can benefit from a new paint job, and so can your porch. Opt for a fresh and unique color or read our best paint colors to match your mood blog for palette ideas.

Invest in Year-Round Furniture

Go for outdoor furniture pieces that can work year round and that don’t require you to change out the cushions. Switching up accent colors for your plant pots and accessories are simple once you establish your key pieces.

Prioritize Quality

Quality is a priority. While quality furniture and decorative accents may be more expensive, their ability to withstand the elements and continue to look good for years to come makes them worth the investment now.

Use Tall Planters

If a porch is long and rectangular try a pair of lush planters on either side of the front door. Tall, linear planters provide a nice symmetry for a porch and work with nearly every décor style.

Keep Things Tidy

Think of your front porch as an entryway to your front door and not a drop zone for shoes, toys, and bikes. Too much clutter can cause you to lose sight of the front door as the focal point of the exterior of your home.

Out and About: The Best Public Beaches

What could be a better way to spend your weekend than seaside? Thats a no-brainer here in L.A. With the beach a short drive away, why not hit the coast this summer. And don’t worry, we’re sparing you the trouble of searching for the best spots. We’ve rounded up the best public beaches around SoCal so you can have a proper oceanic reprieve. Read below for an Out and About edition of your next seaside escape!

  1. Paradise Cove Beach

Malibu, CA – 10am-Sunset

This beach was made famous by the local café that attracts all types of visitors due to its unique and popular location. Find yourself near clean sand, sandstone cliffs and majestic palm trees at Paradise Cove.

https://www.paradisecovemalibu.com/contact-us/

  1. Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach, CA – 8am-9pm

The Pier is a state historical landmark and is the oldest of its kind! A popular spot for fishing, swimming, volleyball and sunset viewings.

https://www.citymb.info/visitors/maps-and-directions

  1. Zuma Beach Country Park30000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA – 6am-10pm

This beach area is famous for its onsite surf lessons, swing sets, dolphin and whale spotting and massive parking area. During the summer, Zuma Beach is filled with crowds of visitors catches some waves and soaking up the sun!

https://www.zuma-beach.com/opening-hours.html

  1. El Matador State Beach32215 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA – 8:00 am-8:00 pm

This beach is popular for photographers and wedding planners because of the secret sea caves to explore. Situated on a bluff, El Matador provides a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean you can enjoy!

https://www.californiabeaches.com/beach/el-matador-state-beach/

  1. Malibu Lagoon State BeachCross Creek Rd., off Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA – 8:00 am-Sunset

This beach offers guided tours around the area as well as the Malibu Lagoon Museum for visitors interested in history. Birdwatchers can study over 200 species of birds in their natural habitat on dirt pathways along the wetlands.

https://www.californiasbestbeaches.com/malibu_lagoon/malibu_lagoon_beach_mob.html

  1. Abalone Cove Shoreline5970 Palos Verdes Dr. S, Rancho Palos Verdes – 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Well-known for its outstanding views, Abalone Cove is located along the rugged Palos Verde coastline. This rare gem is best visited during low tide where seas creatures like hermit crabs, small octopi and sea hares reside.

https://www.rpvca.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Abalone-Cove-Shoreline-Park-1

  1. Leo Carrillo State Beach
35000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA – 8:00 am-3:00 pm

Also known as the “movie beach” among filmmakers, Leo Carrillo State Beach boasts a wide range of caves, reefs and tide pools. Windsurfing, surfing, sunbathing and swimming are a few common enjoyed activities.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32676-d129305-Reviews-Leo_Carrillo_State_Park_and_Beach-Malibu_California.html

  1. Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA, 90402– 8:30am-8:30pm

The Beach House combines elements of the historic Marion Davies Estate with new amenities to create a truly unique community destination that’s open to all – no membership required. With spectacular views, splash pad, children’s play area, gallery, historic pool, and Marion Davies Guest House there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the Beach House!

https://www.annenbergbeachhouse.com/

  1. Topanga State Beach18700 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA – 8:00 am-Sunset

One of the most significant locations for beach enthusiasts is Topanga State Beach. A great spot for picnics or dining at Malibu Chart House to enjoy a meal by the beach.

https://beaches.lacounty.gov/topanga-beach/

  1. Nicholas Canyon County Beach33850 CA-1, Malibu, CA – 6:30am-8:00 pm

Many windsurfers, divers and swimmers enjoy the beautiful waters at this beach’s point break. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Nicholas Canyon County Beach this summer or indulge in foods from the food trucks along the beach.

https://beaches.lacounty.gov/nicholas-canyon-beach/

LA Eats: July 4th Recipes

We know what you’re thinking. It’s not quite L.A. Eats if you have to DIY. Here in the city of stars, if you’re not partaking in the usual revelry, an at home fete is the most ideal. We know there are plenty of day parties from The Bungalow to The W. But if you prefer your own Independence Day celebration, we have you covered. Not on your own attempt at bunting (good luck), but as the Chef de Cuisine of your home. So read on for our round-up of what to dish out July 4th, you’ve got a week to prep your red, white, and blue spread.

 

  • Gina’s Orzo Salad

If you are looking for a quick and easy centerpiece for your picnic this summer, you might want to try Gina’s Orzo Salad recipe!

Click here for the recipe.

  • Easy Peach Cobbler

Those who love peach cobbler but don’t know how to make it will fall in love with this simple recipe!

Click here for the recipe.

  • American Flag Caprese Salad

Create an American flag centerpiece using fresh mozzarella, purple potatoes and tomatoes.

Click here for the recipe.

  • Grilled Corn with Lime Butter

If you enjoy corn from places like the LA County Fair or Knott’s Berry Farm, then you’ll love this delicious recipe that is simple to create.

Click here for the recipe.

  • Old Bay Shrimp

You’ll want to try this five-minute flavorful shrimp seasoning recipe that allows you to explore herbs and spices!

Click here for the recipe.

  •  Citrus-Spangled Spritzer

Backyard barbecues just got a star-spangled makeover with this patriotic citrus spritzer. Vibrant red, white and blue hues make it stand out from other 4th of July cocktails. Simply layer ingredients for a striking drink that will please any crowd, even in summer heat.

Click here for the recipe.

  • Red, White and Blue Wine Spritzer

White wine spritzers are a classic summer beverage for a reason. Add some blue and red and you’ve got yourself a killer cocktail for America’s birthday.

Click here for the recipe.

  •  Snow Cone Drinks

This drink is equal parts nostalgia and party-in-a-glass. Slightly on the sweeter side, we wouldn’t have too many or you made need an extra day off on the 5th.

Click here for the recipe.

  • Popsicle Cocktails

Stock up on popsicles and bubbly so you can enjoy this effortless, celebratory drink at a moment’s notice.

Click here for the recipe.

  • Firecracker Jell-O Cups

Who knew patriotism could fit into such a small cup? Add some vodka to each layer to turn the kid-friendly snack into a grown-ups-only shot.

Click here for the recipe.

Out and About: July 4 Fireworks Celebrations

July 4th is almost here! While this years celebration of independence doesn’t fall on a weekend, there’s still plenty of fireworks to see. Per usual we have happily rounded up all the best places in and around L.A. to catch your sparkly show. So read on for a July 4th Edition of Out and About and ditch the at home sparklers and firework set.

Cinespia Presents E.T. + Fireworks

Location: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038

Enjoy the Steven Spielberg classic film E.T. with a special showing on the 4th of July at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Families will also be treated to a fireworks show! Pack a picnic or take advantage of the concession stands on-site. Gates open at 7:15 pm. Tickets are available online.

More info.

Grand Park

Location: 200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Downtown’s free Fourth of July block party is back for another year, with live music and more than 40 food trucks kicking the day off at 3 p.m. before fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

More info.

Rose Bowl Stadium

Location: 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, CA 91103

For sheer patriotism, try the Rose Bowl’s annual AmericaFest event (somewhat ironically sponsored by Japanese automaker Honda). The all-day event features food, live music, motorcycle stunts, a Michael Jackson tribute, and, of course, fireworks. Ride the Gold Line and take the free shuttle to avoid the parking lot.

More info.

The Hollywood Bowl

Location: 2301 N Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068

At the Hollywood Bowl, you’ll get three chances to celebrate Independence Day. The venue is hosting evening performances on July 2, 3, and 4 followed by a fireworks display. This year, the LA Philharmonic will be joined by ’80s girl group The Go-Gos. If you’re not interested in the music, just head to the Hollywood Bowl Overlook for views of the fireworks.

More info.

The Queen Mary

Location: 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, CA 90802

An English ocean liner might seem like an odd place to celebrate American independence, but those looking for an up-close view of a great fireworks show could do far worse than the Queen Mary’s Fourth of July festivities. Tickets start at $44. If that’s too much, the fireworks can be easily seen from nearby Alamitos Beach.

More info.

Griffith Observatory

Location: 2800 E Observatory Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Will it be a crowded mess? Of course! But the views are worth it. The DASH shuttle runs until 10 p.m., and parking is otherwise $4 per hour, but you could always ditch the car and hike there, too.

More info.

Universal Studios Hollywood

Location: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Universal Studios Hollywood lights up the night sky with its first-ever July 4th fireworks celebration, inviting guests to enjoy a spectacular aerial display that will take place in multiple locations within the theme park. As the spirit of Independence Day sweeps across the theme park, guests can toast the day by enjoying the theme park’s many popular rides and attractions, before the festive pyrotechnics extravaganza, synchronized to a score of Universal-themed music and patriotic favorites, beginning at 9:30pm.

More info.

ExpositionPark

Location: 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles, CA

Exposition Park hosts a day of free family fun in honor of our country’s birthday. The fun begins at 11:00 am and features “live music, delectable food and activities for the entire family at this picnic style event.” Fireworks begin at dusk (about 9:00 pm). Parking information is available online; however, since parking is so limited families are encouraged to Go Metro.

More info.

Starlight Bowl

Location: 1249 Lockheed View Dr., Burbank, CA 91501

Enjoy a performance by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at the Starlight Bowl. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has been making music for over 25 years and is ready to get you up and dancing on the 4th of July! Parking opens at 4:30 pm, gates open at 5:30 pm, and the concert begins at 6:30 pm. Buy your tickets early to ensure good seats for the musical show as well as the fireworks! Tickets are available online.

More info.

Warner Ranch Park

Location: 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Councilman Bob Blumenfield’s July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza is happening from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Enjoy a free concert and 15-minute fireworks display. Local restaurants and arts and crafts vendors will be selling their goods as well. The event is free, and parking fees serve as a donation to the Valley Cultural Foundation.

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The Best Paint Color for Your Mood

You feel it when you walk into a room. The colors on the wall almost instantly evoke a certain feeling. So when it comes to your abode why not paint your home to fit your mood? Make your house a true sanctuary. Read below for a list of colors to match every emotion!

Mood: Warm and Cozy

Reds, yellows, and oranges are considered warm colors and draw inspiration from elements in nature like fire and the sun. Layering warm tones—think: terra cotta or coral—with a honey-hued wood creates an inviting and cozy feel in any room.

Mood: Relaxed

A color palette of beige, warm whites and green mixed with natural wood feels relaxed and grounded. Bringing the outdoors in is a popular design mantra for a reason—we crave nature’s lush hues. Greens, in particular, remind us of spring and enliven us with a feeling of renewal.

Mood: Refreshed

There’s no more refreshing color than soft blue-green. Expansive and boundless, like the sky and the ocean, this hue gives us room to breathe.

Clean Air Solutions for Your Home

Nothings better than a breath of fresh air. So why not make sure it stays that way inside your home. Alleviate those pesky dust mites and household allergens. Read below for a list of clean air solutions to use throughout your abode!

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