Archives for April 1, 2015

Gold Emblem Easter candies from CVS are a Must-Buy this Easter! Jordan Almonds and Milk Chocolate Truffle Eggs and many other delicious Easter candies to choose from! Oh my!

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I have to admit that I really love to shop for Easter candies and I love to put together the Easter Baskets. I think this year I may just have to make myself one too! At the top of my shopping list are the Gold Emblem choices found at CVS. The Jordan Almonds come in a resealable zipper pack and 11 pieces are only 180 calories. These sweet candy-coated almonds come in an assortment of pastel colors and are great for Easter baskets and filling up those plastic eggs. (Great for Moms and Dads!)  I actually think that there is more candy than Almonds but with me, that is a plus! It’s truly a sweet indulgence over the Easter holiday.

But, my favorite are the Gold Emblem Select Milk Chocolate Truffle Eggs! I may just have to keep them for myself! Even though I will most likely share. Chocolate and delicious vanilla creme! Need I say more?! This would be at the top of my Easter Basket wish list! (Hint! Hint!) Yes, hoping the hubby reads this one!

Find these and so many more Easter treats at

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this holiday feature post. Photo Credit: CVS.


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New Death Valley Episode Premieres Saturday, April 4 at 10:30 A.M. ET

Followed by Episodes Featuring Joshua Tree, Santa Monica Mountains and Sequoia National Parks Airing This Spring.

Rock the Park,” now a Daytime Emmy-nominated adventure show geared towards teens and their entire families that airs on The CW Network and taps into America’s love affair with national parks, has partnered with Visit California to produce four episodes set in California national parks to help promote the state’s “Dream Big” brand initiative. This spring, “Rock the Park” travels to Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Sequoia National Park, four distinct parks that capture the diversity and beauty of California. “Rock the Park” follows hosts Jack Steward and Colton Smith as they come face-to-face with some of the most awe-inspiring places on Earth. The first California national park episode is set in Death Valley and premieres Saturday, April 4 at 10:30 a.m. ET during The CW and Litton Entertainment’s “One Magnificent Morning” Saturday morning lineup.


“We are excited to have ‘Rock the Park’ visit four of California’s iconic and diverse national parks,” said Caroline Beteta, president & CEO of Visit California. “California offers something for everyone, and this trip through four regions of our state will offer visitors plenty of opportunities to explore, dream and do big things.”


Visit California’s “Dream Big” platform highlights California as a place and destination for dreamers. Whether musicians, inventors, actors or outdoor enthusiasts, California’s landscapes, people and environment have always inspired residents and visitors to “Dream Big.” The platform perfectly aligns with “Rock the Park’s” mission to inspire Americans to get on the road and remind viewers that the national parks are one of America’s greatest gifts to the world.


California is home to Death Valley, the largest national park in the lower 48 states, as well as more than two dozen diverse national parks, monuments and sites, making the state a natural choice for the show to visit, offering amazing diversity in landscape, wildlife and adventure.


“California’s ‘Dream Big’ promise aligns perfectly with the spirit communicated in ‘Rock the Park.’ We celebrate the opportunity to shoot in and showcase this amazing state,” said Colleen Needles Steward, CEO of Tremendous! Entertainment, the production company behind “Rock the Park.”


In addition to the Death Valley episode on April 4, “Rock the Park” will feature:

  • Joshua Tree National Park on April 11
  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area on May 16
  • Sequoia National Park on June 13


Check local listings for details.

Credit: CW Network, Visit California, Litton Entertainment and Tremendous! Entertainment.


About The CW Network:

THE CW TELEVISION NETWORK, a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corporation, made its debut on September 20, 2006 as America’s fifth broadcast network and is the only network specifically targeting viewers ages 18-34, a demographic highly sought after by advertisers. Delivering a total of 20 hours of programming a week, The CW offers a five-night, 10-hour primetime lineup that runs Monday through Friday. In daytime, The CW programs one hour on weekday afternoons, and a five-hour Saturday morning educational and informational block. A leader in digital and social media, The CW’s shows are also available to stream on and on its popular mobile and tablet app, and the network also recently launched a digital-only studio, CW Seed. For more information, visit


About Visit California

Visit California (formerly known as the California Travel & Tourism Commission) is a non-profit organization with a mission to develop and maintain marketing programs – in partnership with the state’s travel industry – that keep California top-of-mind as a premier travel destination. According to Visit California, travel and tourism expenditures totaled $110 billion in 2013 in California, supporting jobs for 965,800 Californians and generating $7.1 billion in state and local tax revenues. For more information about Visit California and for a free California Official State Visitor’s Guide, go to For story ideas, media information, downloadable images and more, go to


About Litton Entertainment

Litton Entertainment is the preeminent independent producer and distributor in the U.S. television industry creating and distributing quality programming for over twenty years. Litton’s Weekend Adventure, produced by Litton Studios, is the first program block of its kind airing Saturdays on ABC stations nationwide. Litton’s Weekend Adventure features all original E/I series including Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown, Emmy® winning Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin, Emmy® winning Born to Explore with Richard Wiese, Emmy® nominated Sea Rescue and Emmy® nominated The Wildlife Docs. Litton Entertainment provides CBS Network with six original programs for Saturday mornings called CBS Dream Team, It’s Epic!, including Emmy® nominated Lucky Dog, Emmy®, Emmy® nominated The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation with Mo Rocca, All in With Laila Ali, and Emmy® nominated Game Changers with Kevin Frazier. Litton recently announced the new block of programming for The CW, One Magnificent Morning. The new block launched October 4, 2014. Litton’s news division, Litton News Source, distributes Consumer Reports TV and The Consumer Alert News Network.  For more information about Litton Entertainment, visit


About Tremendous! Entertainment

Tremendous! Entertainment (TEI) is a television production company built on the mission “where character matters,” which drives its approach both on and off screen. Led by Founder and CEO Colleen Needles Steward, TEI is committed to telling uplifting stories featuring passionate characters with the audacity to try to change the world. This fuels the company’s success in numerous unscripted genres from docu-series, survival and paranormal to food, history and travel. Current series include reality innovators like two-time James Beard award winner Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern (Travel Channel), now in its 12th year; Angels Among US(TLC); Ghost Asylum (Destination America); Young Marvels (Ovation); and Rock the Park (The CW), among others. TEI has state-of-the-art production and post-facilities in Minneapolis, MN and Los Angeles, CA. For more information, visit



Sudsy Dough Moldable Bath Soap makes bath time fun! Something fun for kids of all ages is coming to Kickstarter April 2015!


Looking for something that will make children of all ages actually want to take a bath? Sudsy Dough Moldable bath soap is the perfect solution!

Sudsy Dough™ is a new interactive bath toy that doubles as a moldable scented dough and a cleansing soap! Andy and Katie Wallace created this innovative sensory soap to make bath time fun for their toddler who didn’t really enjoy time in the tub. Now she asks for a bath every night!


Kids can squeeze and squish Sudsy Dough in the bath, rub it on as a cleansing body wash, or take it outside the tub and make their own custom-shaped soaps. Sudsy dough shapes will dry to become mini bars of scented soap. Shape the dough into anything you can think up! Kids will love playing with this squishable, sensory soap in the bath.
Infused with Shea butter and coconut oil, Sudsy Dough moisturizes as it cleanses. It also comes in a variety of fragrances and colors! Sudsy Dough has a mild foaming agent that creates suds when run under water. Each ball of Sudsy Dough also has a surprise squirt toy hidden inside!
Product Details
  • Squeeze and squish it in the bath
  • Rub it on as a cleansing body wash
  • Make your own custom-shaped soaps
  • Infused with Shea butter & coconut oil
  • Moisturizes as it cleanses
  • Comes in a variety of fragrances and colors
  • Mild foaming agent creates suds
  • Paraben-free, phthalate-free, and sulfate-free

We received samples to try out and my 11-year old son who isn’t crazy about showers or baths, really loved molding with this soap and also getting clean! His favorite thing was that he could mold them. He also loves that they smell good and that they have a toy inside. I was impressed that they are infused with Shea butter & coconut oil and do not easily fall apart. What a great idea for Easter baskets, birthdays and well…just about any time! My favorite thing is that there is no more complaining when it is bath time!

To find out more, click here. 

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Self Disclosure: I am part of the Green Scene Mom Street Team and did not receive compensation to post. I did receive samples of the Sudsy Dough Moldable Bath Soap for review purposes. Photo Credit: Sudsy Dough.



It’s Not Too Late! Get Screened For The Third Most Prevalent Cancer in the US – 1 in 20 Will Develop Colon Cancer

Getting screened for colon cancer may save your life. Despite its high incidence rate, colon cancer is unique in that it is one of the most preventable and, if found early, most treatable forms of cancer, according to the Colon Cancer Alliance, the nation’s leading patient advocacy organization dedicated to increasing colon cancer screening rates and survivorship. So, DON’T put off getting checked and DO get caught with your pants down!!!


March was Colon Cancer Awareness Month (but this is important no matter what month it is!) and to create awareness, support the efforts of the Colon Cancer Alliance and alert consumers of all ages, the RectiCare® (Lidocaine 5%) Anorectal Creambrand from Ferndale Healthcare®, Inc., has created a brochure titled “Colon Cancer Quick Facts.”  This brochure provides an easy-to-read summary of Signs, Symptoms and Screening information and statistics, which calls out the fact that one in 20 people, male and female, will develop colon cancer in their lifetime. The company hopes that raising awareness with a “quick read,” may help motivate women and men to get screened for this type of cancer.


Available at over 2,500 colo-rectal surgeons’ offices, this brochure explains:


  • Everyone over the age of 50 should see a doctor for a regular screening; 45 if you are of African American descent.
  • If you have a family history of colon cancer or are experiencing symptoms, you should be screened regardless of age.
  • Symptoms include weight loss, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, cramps, persistent fatigue, or blood in your stool.


There are several different ways in which you can be screened and it is important to determine which procedure is best for you. For more information, please visit:

Credit: RectiCare®  and Colon Cancer Alliance.


About Ferndale Healthcare®, Inc.:

Ferndale Healthcare®, Inc. is an affiliate of Ferndale Pharma Group Inc., a fully integrated holding company. Ferndale Healthcare® targets several key specialty markets which encompass disease states that range from benign anorectal disorders to various skin conditions. The company’s mission is to provide high-quality, value-added products that help patients get back to what matters most in their lives—living well. Many of Ferndale Healthcare’s products are leaders in their respective categories.


About The Colon Cancer Alliance:

The Colon Cancer Alliance, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation (EIN 86-0947831). The Colon Cancer Alliance’s mission is to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers. This mission is being accomplished by championing prevention, funding cutting-edge research and providing the highest quality patient support services. Learn more at

Sylar and Mary, Pets of the Week (two this time!)

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Sylar, 5 years old, is a sweet seal-point Siamese neutered boy who was surrendered by his owner to the shelter. He’s a big fellow at 16 pounds and has an unlimited quantity of love to give. Sylar has an unaltered sister, Mary, who’s also 5 and a hefty kitty at 25 pounds! What could please more than two Siamese? Meet Sylar and Mary on the shelter side of Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A544057 for Sylar and ID# A544056 for Mary.


(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)


Credit: Companion Animal Village. No compensation was received. SoCal City Kids believes strongly in finding forever homes for these and all cats and dogs. 

Tips for Hosting an Outlander Viewing Party (series returns 4/4!)

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This Saturday (April 4), Outlander, the critically-acclaimed Starz Original drama series set and filmed in the Highlands of Scotland, returns to Starz for the second-half of the show’s debut season. On behalf of the Scotland-based Walkers Shortbread, partnering with Starz on specially-marked Outlander packages of shortbread and the chance to win a trip for two to Scotland, we wanted to share the below tips on how to celebrate the return of Outlander! We hope you’ll tune in this Saturday, and celebrate like a Scot!


How to Host an Outlander Viewing Party (or How to Watch like a Scot!):


–       Wear a kilt — who doesn’t love an excuse to wear a kilt… the answer, no one (and we’re giving you the perfect excuse)!

–       Munch on Walkers, of course — The “World’s Finest Shortbread” was invented by the Walker family 116 years ago, and has changed little since. The pure, buttery treat is baked in the Scottish Highlands, where Outlander is filmed.

–       Sip on a Shortbreadtini — Say cheers with your mates, and sip responsibly with this delicious cocktail (recipe below).

–       Learn a Scottish Country Dance – We recommend post-Shortbreadtini.

–       Win a trip for two to Scotland! – From the great capital of Edinburgh to the Orkney Islands and Skye, a lucky winner and their guest will travel through 8,000 years of history and a rich cultural heritage. 25 additional winners will be awarded Starz Outlander Prize Packs!


About Outlander: Outlander series spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure in one grandiose tale. It follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. Outlander returns to Starz April 4 and airs Saturdays at 9pm.


Tasty Shortbead Tini

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Chilled vodka

Hazelnut liqueur

2% milk or cream

Walkers Shortbread Cookies




Directions: Start by dipping the top of the glass in vodka then rim the glass with Walkers Shortbread crumbs (can use any Walkers shortbread product). Pour vodka and liqueur in glass, top off with cream or milk. Top with cinnamon and a strawberry. Enjoy!

Credit: Walkers Shortbread/Starz.


Free & low cost family fun in April at Michaels!

Throughout April, Michaels is offering a variety of free and low-cost in-store crafting events including a paper crafting class, a jewelry-making seminar, Crayon flower pot making and an open house to meet our talented instructors! Kids Club events include spring projects such as clothespin insect magnets, Mother’s Day frames and more.



Free Paper Crafting Class

Monday, April 13 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Learn the basics of paper crafting as you create paper lanterns with bows and tassels—perfect for your next celebration!

Jewelry 101

Tuesday April 14 | 6:30pm-8:30pm

Learn basic jewelry-making skills as you create a stylish necklace using a variety of cords, beads and chains.


Make it With Michaels Workshop Crayon Flowerpot

Thursday April 23 | 6:30pm-8:30pm

Create a crayon vase – perfect to surprise a beloved teacher! Only $15 per flowerpot – includes supplies.

Creative Classes Open House

Saturday, April 25 | 11am-3pm

Stop in for our Open House. Meet our talented instructors and receive 50 percent off when you sign up to take a class.



Lady Bug Clay Pot

Saturday, April 11 | 10am – noon

Drop in for Kids Club where kids can create a lady bug clay pot. Just $2 per child – includes supplies for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up.


Tissue Paper Flowers

Saturday, April 18 | 10am – noon

Drop in for Kids Club where kids will make a clothespin bug magnet that you’ll be proud to hang on the fridge. $2 per child – includes supplies for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up.

Mother’s Day Cards

Saturday, April 25 | 10am – noon

Come in and your little crafters will create a special Mother’s Day card. Just $2 per child – includes supplies for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up.

Mother’s Day Wood Frame

Saturday, May 2 | 10am-noon

Come in and kids can create a picture frame that mom will treasure for years. Just $2 per child – includes supplies for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up.

Credit: Michaels