I have to admit, I get kind of bummed sometimes about my kids growing up.
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My youngest son is now the tallest in our family. My kids have grown and I have to think of new ways to connect with them. I get jealous of the boys’ relationship with their Dad. I am grateful that they are so close and my husband has developed a great relationship with each of our sons. I wonder how can I stay involved with my teenaged sons? I decided to try and include them in some the fun things I get to do as a blogger. They don’t always get to come along and it’s not always a good fit, but recently my son and I had a blast living “the Hollywood life!”
Being a Total Rock Star
I always strive to be my best self and shine brightly to others. I call that being a “total rockstar.” I believe life is like being on movie set at times. We are always “in production” and trying hard to impress others. No matter what our role is, performing on stage or behind the scenes, if you bring your rockstar attitude and enjoy yourself as you are doing your best work – it will show.
Living in Hollywood
I live near Hollywood, CA. It is a major tourist attraction. I love taking friends to Hollywood and I love going on tours. I always learn something new. Old Hollywood and new Hollywood – it’s a crazy business! Living near Hollywood is great because I get lots of opportunities to attend events and even see some stars. Lately, I’ve been able to interview some TV and movie stars for my blog. I even went to a red carpet premiere of a film at the world famous Chinese Theater. It was thrilling! So, when I was asked to review a few Hollywood-related things recently, I decided to take my son as my “plus one.”
Being “Cool” is a State of Mind.
Admit it! At some point in your life you were either proud to be a cool kid or you wished you were one of the cool kids. Have you ever been surprised to find out that someone you know now considers you to be cool? Has anyone ever said to you, “I bet you were really cool in high school!” This always shocks me.
Me, cool? No way!
I equate being cool with being popular. Even though I knew a lot of kids in my school, I was not one of the popular kids. Yet, I have always been fascinated with being cool. What makes someone cool? What makes someone a star? Is it about having a winning attitude? Is about having a “bad” attitude? Why can’t everyone be cool?
I try to explain this to my kids. I think they are cool. Of course, I get an answer like, “Ah, Mom!” Because I wouldn’t know what makes a kid cool these days. But I know. I really do know. Because no one ever thinks they are cool. There is always someone else to emulate. There is always an idea that if you only had this or that, could do this or that, knew him or her…..that you would be really cool. And what we never realize is that other people see what we have, what we do , who we know, and think, wow – that’s cool!
My point is that I think Hollywood is cool. I think sightseeing is cool. I think meeting movie stars and interviewing them is cool. I think taking my kid with me on a TMZ Hollywood Tour bus is totally cool!
Okay. So, my son didn’t think going to breakfast at the Hard Rock Cafe or going on a TMZ tour bus in Hollywood for the afternoon would be fun or cool. He thought it would be boring. He thinks being a hipster is cool. I am not really sure what it takes to be a hipster. So, it must be cool! I am the mom, I am not supposed to know these things. But I do know. I really do know what is fun. So, I made him come with me. In a nice way. I encouraged and prodded. He is a good kid and was willing to go with me, but he was open about not really wanting to go. I tried to downplay it as much as I could. I said it’s for my blog, and I promised I would try it out. I don’t want to go alone. Blah blah blah. That’s probably what he heard me say. “Blah blah blah blaaaaah.” I had a feeling we would like it and we did!
Love it, Rock it, and Have Fun!
When you want your fourteen year old to come with you to a “work thing” be sure to tell him there will be free food. That worked for going to the Hard Rock Cafe Kids Breakfast. I was invited to attend this event by the folks at the Hard Rock Cafe at Universal City Walk. Disclosure. When you want your teen to come with you on a bus tour, promise him candy! We stopped by Sweet! Hollywood, the biggest candy store I have ever been to, and bought some snacks for our bus trip. It was a hit. @sweetstorela was totally Sweet, they have everything to satisfy your sweet tooth and a lot of fun novelty items. Shopping there was the perfect way to spend time while waiting for our tour, it’s just around the corner from the Starline Tours waiting area.
I hope they continue to have this event or something like it at the Hard Rock Cafe, because it was a lot of fun! We hung out with some big name celebrities. Cinderella was there, and Iron Man! The little kids loved it! I loved it. My teenager? He enjoyed himself! Who wouldn’t? It’s the Hard Rock Cafe!!
Our next stop was the TMZ Hollywood Tour. I booked this through Tours4Fun.com it was a little confusing finding our vouchers and figuring out where to go and what bus to get on, but once we were on the tour – it was a blast! I highly recommend taking a bus tour of Hollywood (or any city) when you get the chance. The tour guides are knowledgeable and funny. I always learn something new. And guess what! I saw Iron Man on Hollywood Blvd. Do you think he was following me?
Spend a little love a lot
Let me know if you visited one of these awesome restaurants this summer:
Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd.
6801 Hollywood Blvd. #105 Hollywood CA 90028
Direct Line: 323.606.7155; Cafe: 323.464.7625
Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood at Universal CityWalk
1000 Universal Studios Blvd #99 Universal City CA 91608
Sales Direct: 818.622.7660; Cafe: 818.622.7625
(This is not an ad. I received some incentives to attend these events, but there was no requirement to write this and all opinions are entirely my own. Disclosure)