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Owl Crate Young Adult Lit Book Subscription Box: April

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I am a serious fan of young adult lit. Obviously you all now know of my intense Harry Potter devotion, but truly I love all (most) YA literature, and given the choice, I would much rather read YA lit than most “grown-up” books. So when I heard about Owl Crate‘s Young Adult Lit subscription box, I was like hells to the yes, sign me up. Actually I just clicked on their link and put in my credit card info. I received my first subscription box last week and I am so freakin’ excited I signed up for this and I CANNOT wait for next month’s box. Here’s what I received in my April box:

owl crate april

April’s box theme is Dystopia, which is a pretty popular genre in YA lit, and one of my faves. Each box comes with a young adult novel, April’s is Flawed by Cecilia Ahren. Flawed has been on my unofficial reading list for a while so I was stoked to see it in the box. It also came with a note from the author, which is super cool. It wouldn’t be Dystopia box without Hunger Games; two items were in the box, a magnet and a bracelet. The Maze Runner is another fave of mine, so the Property of WCKD decal was a cool addition. I’m not a huge 1984 fan, but I love the look of the mini notebook, and I am a notebook hoarder so that will definitely get put to use. Probably my favorite item in the box is the pretty floral “I spent my life folded between the pages of books” coffee coaster. Love.

Owl Crate subscriptions are $29.99 a month, plus shipping, though you can save money if you pay for multiple months in advance. I love that you can cancel at any time so there is no obligation to continue if you don’t like the contents of your subscription boxes (but you totally will). And if you refer friends, you can earn free boxes, which is super awesome!

Speaking of, if you are interested in subscribing to Owl Crate, please use this link right here so I can get myself some free boxes! It would be super cool of you, and I would totally appreciate it, plus you are going to get some super cool stuff! Do you belong to any subscription programs? Let me know so I can check them out!

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Exploring Travel Town in Burbank California

Today I want to share with you one of our favorite places to go in So Cal: Travel Town in Burbank, on the north end of Griffith Park. Not only is Travel Town free (holla), it is one of Squirt’s preferred hangouts as he is OBSESSED with all things moving vehicles. He is one of those examples of true nature vs. nurture as my husband and I are so not into cars at all and Squirt can’t get enough. So obviously a whole outdoor museum dedicated to trains is his jam.

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2016 Food and Wine Festival at California Adventure

At the beginning of April, Disney resurrected the Food and Wine Festival at California Adventure. The last time they held the festival was five or six years ago, and I honestly didn’t even know about it. Since I wasn’t super into food or wine at that time (and there was no Instagram), I probably didn’t even realize it was happening. But as soon as I heard about this year’s festival, I was all about it. Yummy food, wine tasting, and Disney? Hells to the yes. So I signed up for a beverage seminar, grabbed my DBFF (Disney Best Friend Forever) and headed down to California Adventure.

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Reading List Check In: The Heir, Night Circus, and #GIRLBOSS

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Hello bookworms! Back in January I shared my 2016 Reading List with you, and I have actually made a (small) bit of progress! I thought I would take some time today to highlight some of the books I have completed, and let you know where I will be heading next.

The first book I finished from the list was #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso…




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A First Look at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood

As mentioned in my DIY Harry Potter tote bag tutorial, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is set to open here in Hollywood later this week (April 7th to be exact). But tons of “soft openings” have been happening over the past couple of months, so last week, Squirt and I headed over to Universal Studios to check it out. A full post on Universal will be coming later, but in terms of the park in general, suffice to say that Disneyland has spoiled me. Universal is definitely not as toddler friendly (and it’s not really a park for small kids so I guess that isn’t their goal). I did end up buying a pass since it was only $40 more than the one day ticket (for So Cal residents) and I’m interested to see just how often I actually use it. The nice thing is that Universal is super close to my mom’s office, so I parked there (free parking woot woot!) and she drove Squirt and me up to the park. Not paying for parking = awesome.




 

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DIY: Harry Potter Tote Bag

So if you live in So Cal, you have probably heard by now that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is opening next month at Universal Studios. And if you follow any theme park/book nerd/awesome people on Instagram, you have probably noticed that they have been having soft openings on a regular basis. In other words, a lot of people have already gotten to experience the magic of WWHP and I am super jealous that I am not one of them. I am planning on sucking it up and investing in an annual pass next week, so stay tuned for reports. In order for me to hit up WWHP in style, I decided to rock some new HP themed crafts, one of them being this super cute tote bag.

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A Day at Americana at Brand with a Toddler

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With my work schedule right now, I am home with Squirt two to three days a week. I love so many things about our days together, but as he has gotten older, it has become somewhat of a challenge to keep ourselves busy. Squirt wants to be out of the house all. day. long. With the exception of his morning viewing of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, he is begging me to go outside from morning until bedtime. So we try (and by we, I mean me) to find lots of fun things to do together. Obviously we spend quite a bit of time at Disneyland, probably two to three days a month, depending on how crowded the park is. But Disneyland is a long drive for us now and we have to time it just right to miss rush hour traffic in both directions, so I have been on the hunt for places a little closer to home.

Enter the Americana at Brand. If you’ve never been to Southern California, we love our outdoor malls and the Americana is one of the newer ones. It was built by the same people who designed The Grove, which is a pretty popular destination for both tourists and locals (it is attached to the original LA Farmer’s Market, which has some of the best food in Los Angeles, definitely go there if you are visiting Southern California). I have been taking Squirt to Americana sine he was just a little baby (back in those two to three months of hell sweet baby cuddles when he would only nap in the moving stroller), but now that he is old enough, we are starting to enjoy all the activities Americana has to offer.

Americana has a very accessible parking structure (gold in So Cal) and as soon as you step out onto the ground level, you see this beautiful fountain. They periodically have a water fountain show dealy with music and all kinds of cool water tricks, which Squirt is a huge fan of.

Americana at Brand

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