Archives for June 6, 2015

Money Belt and RFID Passport Holder Great for Travel!

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I actually am quite impressed with this product! It is a real Must-Have for Travel, especially this Summer. I won’t have to worry about losing my ID or cash and cards. I don’t know about you but I really don’t like to leave things like that in a hotel room or my car. I’m always nervous about leaving anything valuable in either one. But, the best thing is that it is very comfortable and is also adjustable. Anyone in the family can use it! I also like that it can be worn under your shirt so it’s not easy to be seen. It kind of reminds me of the popular old day fannie packs. Okay, maybe, I am dating myself here but this one is actually much better because it is less bulky and has a much more modern day look to it. I like that it is so lightweight and is water-resistant.Oh, and another great thing is that the fabric has RFID Shielding Technology, which really helps keep your identity safe! It’s a real Travel Must-Have!

 

You can purchase online on Amazon.com.

Our readers have received a $5.00 discount voucher. The voucher is only good until the end of June or until stocks diminish so hurry if you would like to order one!
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Self Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

Huge coupon savings for laundry must-have!

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School is getting out for the summer which means parents will have even less time for the stacks of laundry that pile up around the house. While ironing is not something most people do on a daily basis, unless work clothes need to be pressed, there are often items around the house and articles of clothing that it would be nice to have less wrinkly if ironing just didn’t take so much time.  Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is the new iron. Just spray it on clothes, bed sheets, curtains, whatever is creased, tug the fabric to jumpstart wrinkle removal, smooth it and let it dry.

 

Now until June 13th, Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus can be purchased at Target for up to 40% off.  The 1000ml bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is $1.00 off in-stores and is also 10% off on cartwheel. You can stack both of those deals with the $1.00 off coupon on the Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus website and the additional 5% off if you have a Red Card for a total of 40% off.

 

http://www.downywrinklereleaserplus.com/coupons-special-offers/

Credit: Downy.

Custom Candy Labels from iCustomLabel are a Must-Buy!

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Looking for a really cute way to personalize smaller candy like Hershey Kisses? iCustomLabel has you covered! I received 40 mini Seashell Labels and they are just perfect for goodie bags and smaller candy. My favorite way to use them is on the bottom of Hershey Kisses.  I love the design and they are such a great idea for birthday parties, baby showers, weddings and any other special occasion. I also like that they are not too big and they stick well. They really are a Must-Buy for any celebration! They also have many other designs available. Check them all out here.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples in exchange for an unbiased review. Photo Credit: iCustomLabel. 

Aquarium of the Pacific has New Exhibits Featuring Sea Jellies Delve into the mysterious world of sea jellies as you explore new exhibits, educational programs, a film, and more

 

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They have no heart, brain, or lungs and have existed on our planet since before the time of the dinosaurs. The Aquarium of the Pacific invites you to delve into the mysterious world of sea jellies through the new Jellies exhibits opening on May 22, 2015. Often referred to as “jellyfish,” sea jellies are actually invertebrates, or animals without backbones. Some species of sea jellies can indicate if ocean water is clean while others indicate if it is polluted. They’re made up of 95 percent water and are delicate, but some jellies wield a potent sting. Visitors to the Aquarium can explore the amazing life of these gelatinous animals and learn about their importance to our ocean planet through new exhibits, educational programs, films, and more. Ever wondered what a jelly feels like? You can even safely touch them at the Aquarium.

 

New jelly exhibits will be added to each of the Aquarium’s indoor galleries, displaying new jelly species in addition to those already on display. Sea jellies are found in ocean waters all over the world, as well as freshwater. In the Tropical Pacific gallery, learn about lagoon jellies and upside-down jellies, which live in warmer, shallow waters. They both host symbiotic algae in their tissues that enables them to survive on nutrition provided via photosynthesis.

 

In the Northern Pacific gallery, home to animals from colder waters, visitors can see the Aquarium’s permanent jelly collection as well as a new exhibit explaining the complex lifecycle of sea jellies. Shimmering comb jellies, umbrella jellies, and sea nettles as well as the lion’s mane jelly, whose tentacles can get as long as a blue whale, are among the jellies featured in this gallery. The Southern California/Baja gallery will feature sea jellies found in local waters, including purple-striped jellies and egg yolk jellies.

 

Visitors to the Wonders of the Deep gallery near the Aquarium’s entrance will have the opportunity to touch moon jellies. This gallery will also feature bioluminescent jellies as well as various specimens on loan from researchers in the field, such as tiny thimble jellies. Learn about the stinging cells all jellies have, only some of which can hurt humans; find out about jelly blooms and their relationship to human activity; and see how jellies are raised at the Aquarium. It all starts this summer.

My son and I had the opportunity to visit last week and we loved the jellies! They are actually one of my favorite so I was quite excited to find them all over the Aquarium! My favorite were the Sun Worshippers!  

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IMPORTANCE OF SEA JELLIES

 

Jellies are eaten by many kinds of fish and sea turtles, so they are important for a healthy and balanced ecosystem. Leatherback turtles feed almost exclusively on jellies.

 

Human Uses of Jellies

Food: People from many countries, including Indonesia, China, Japan, Korea, and other Asian countries, harvest sea jellies for food. Jelly fisheries in China date back 1,700 years, and worldwide more than 900 million pounds of jellies are caught each year, according to the Smithsonian Institution. Jellies are often dried for storage and eaten either dried or rehydrated. Fishermen are beginning to harvest sea jellies off the coast of the United States for Asian markets. The jelly fisheries in the U.S. provide an alternative seafood option for Americans who primarily consume shrimp, salmon, and tuna.

 

Medicine: The ocean is increasingly seen as a potential source of medicines. While marine life found on coral reefs are the most researched, scientists are also studying biochemicals derived from sea jellies that show some promise in treating various human diseases.

 

Science: In 2008 scientists Osamu Shimomura, Martin Chalfie, and Roger Y. Tsien were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work with green fluorescent proteins found in crystal jellies. When exposed to a certain kind of light, the proteins glow bright green, allowing scientists to use them as markers in cell and molecular biology research.

 

Conservation: Humans have found many uses for sea jellies, but human activity is changing ocean ecosystems, affecting jelly reproduction and habitats and potentially reducing their populations in the wild. Jellies are important for a healthy and balanced ecosystem.

 

Jelly Populations

An abundance of jellies is seen by some scientists as a signal that an ocean ecosystem is out of balance. As humans have removed fish from the food web by overfishing certain species, there is less competition for the zooplankton jellies feed on, so their numbers may have grown. Another human activity that may lead to higher numbers of jellies is fertilizers entering the ocean through runoff. Fertilizers cause algae to bloom, which quickly depletes oxygen from the water, creating what are known as dead zones. Some jellies thrive in low-oxygen environments. A changing climate and warming ocean are also likely to affect sea jellies. Those that thrive in warmer waters may increase in number, while those that live in cold-water habitats may diminish. Large jelly blooms can pose problems for ocean swimmers because of the danger of being stung by some species. They can also clog cooling water pumps at coastal power plants, causing regional power outages.

 

Ocean Pollution: Pollution and trash in the ocean pose major threats to ocean life. For example, sea turtles and other animals sometimes mistake plastic bags for jellies. If these animals eat the plastic bags they find in the ocean, it can be extremely harmful to them, even deadly.

 

Information Gap: Assessing human impacts on jelly populations is difficult because of a lack of available data. Some species seem to have disappeared for several years at a time, but returned later. Some species of jellies were more abundant in San Francisco Bay at a time when waters there were more polluted. Conversely, while the waters around the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest appear to be relatively pristine, jellies populations there have decreased over recent decades. The causes for these changes have yet to be confirmed. In order to best understand sea jellies, the changes to their populations, and our impacts, more research needs to be done.

Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific. All photos except the photo of the Sun Worshippers: Aquarium of the Pacific. Sun Worhippers photo: SoCal City Kids.

The Aquarium of the Pacific, a nonprofit institution, celebrates our planet’s largest and most diverse body of water, the Pacific Ocean, and is dedicated to conserving nature and its resources by building relationships among people. Home to over 11,000 animals, the Aquarium features hands-on discovery labs, the Molina Animal Care Center, Lorikeet Forest aviary, interactive Shark Lagoon, Ocean Science Center, Wonders of the Deep gallery, and June Keyes Penguin Habitat.  Beyond its exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. It is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important topics facing our planet and our ocean are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in the search for sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (except Dec. 25 and during the Grand Prix April 17-19, 2015), and is located on Southern California’s coast at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802. For more information, call 562-590-3100 or visit aquariumofpacific.org.

Saving Pets by Sharing Pictures

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Zuke’s, a natural pet treat company comprised of the most passionate pet lovers you’ll ever meet, is hosting a fundraising initiative for pets with cancer this May and June.

Zuke’s will donate $5 to The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund (DCCFund) for everyone who tags a photo of their dog in action and loving life with both #FueltheCure and @ZukesPets.

 

Their goal is to raise $10,000 and increase awareness about canine and feline cancer.

 

After his beloved chocolate Labrador Zuke passed away from cancer, Zuke’s founder Patrick Meiering (shown below) helped start the DCCFund in 2007. The non-profit organization is dedicated to supporting cancer prevention and providing pet parents in need with financial assistance for cancer-related treatments and care. Zuke’s donates a portion of every treat sold to the DCCFund and with its customers’ help have raised over $250,000.

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Visit www.zukes.com for more info and find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Credit:  Zukes. No compensation was received to post.

Queen Mary Throws The July 4th Party Of The Century Experience American Spirit In Music, Fun and Fireworks Aboard the Queen Mary

The Queen Mary’s 2015 All-American July 4th Celebration will be a festive all-age party presenting 100 years of American spirit and tradition.  The decades will come alive through entertainment, music, activities, food and fun the whole family will enjoy.  As night falls, The Queen Mary’s decks will become front row seats to one of the best fireworks shows in Southern California.

 

A turn-of-the-century Traveling Circus tops the list of attractions and includes vintage performers, carnival games and train rides.  Visitors can flap and Lindy Hop through the 1920’s at the Gatsby Garden Party where professional dancers will set the stage.  Step into a prohibition speak-easy where a secret password is the ticket to Crazy Rhythm live jazz and cabaret featuring the Satin Dollz.  The Queen Mary’s salute to the 1940’s and WWII will showcase Peter Jacobs Wartime Revue and live performances by the USO Dollz and the Swingin’ Hollywood Hot Shots.

 

The decades roll-on with the Nifty Fifty Drive-In Diner playing authentic 50s jukebox hits, Motor City Magic live on stage paying tribute to Motown’s greatest, the Disco Kings groovin’ through the 70s and a day flow 80s arcade. Round out the century with a 90s laser tag rave and Country music tailgate. Themed dining, era-specific libations, strolling entertainers and family activities add to the All-American 4th of July splendor.

 

“We’re outdoing ourselves with a Fourth of July Jubilee like no other.  The Queen Mary is the only place in Southern California to truly celebrate one hundred years of Americana showcasing the best fireworks show in town,” says Steve Sheldon, Director of Entertainment Events for The Queen Mary.  “A legendary floating party through 10 decades, the merriest revue of the century!”

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General Admission Adult Tickets are $44 online/$49 walk up and General Admission Child Tickets are $25 online/$29 walk up. VIP tickets for all ages are $99.  Upgrades available for exclusive activities. Private Cabanas starting at $99. For complete schedule of activities, pricing, tickets, cabanas, dining options and more information, visit: http://www.queenmary.com/events/july-fourth/

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Credit: The Queen Mary.

National Geographic Kids Partnership with Los Cerritos Center Brings Interactive Learning to Kids this Summer KIDS CLUB CONTINUES AT LOS CERRITOS CENTER THROUGH SUMMER

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Los Cerritos Center is pleased to announce the National Geographic Kids Club schedule of events through Summer 2015. Kids Club offers families the opportunity to learn about the universe in a fun, unique and hands-on setting through interactive education, games and activities.

 

Children can put their five senses to the test with fun crafts that will have them touching, seeing, hearing, smelling and tasting in new great ways at the June 13 Kids Club. Then travel around the world July 11 and August 8 to learn all about where animals live through animal geography.

 

June Kids Club will take place from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Los Cerritos Center in the Nordstrom wing. The events are best suited for children ages 3-12.

 

To join the club for free, get access to Kids Club activities, interactive material, subscription to the Kids Club Newsletter and the full list of Kids Club dates and times, visit www.MallKidsClub.com/ShopLosCerritos. Stay up to date by following Los Cerritos Center on Facebook and Twitter.

Kids Club Summer 2015 Calendar (all 11a.m. – 12 p.m.)

 

Date: Saturday, June 13

Theme: Five Senses

 

Date: Saturday, July 11

Theme: Animal Geography

 

Date: Saturday, August 8

Theme: Animal Geography

 

Credit: Los Cerritos Center.

Planet Read! Helps Both Beginner and Mature Students Learn to Read and Spell Using Interactive Games, Stories and Pictures

Planet Read!, a free, educational teaching app, has launched this week as a tool to help students learn to read and spell using interactive games, stories and pictures. Now available for the iPhone and iPad in the Apple Appstore, this phonics-based app teaches students aged 4+ how to read without memorizing. Planet Read! is one of the few apps on the market to decode every single word in the app for the user.

“Our team created Planet Read! as a way to encourage students to learn to read and spell while having fun,” says Dylan Wiebe, CEO of Planet Read! “This is the perfect tool to keep student’s reading sharp over the summer and can provide some extra practice during the year in an interactive, entertaining way beyond the traditional classroom experience.”

Planet Read! trains students to understand and read proficiently by decoding unfamiliar words and introducing all short, long and diphthong vowel sounds using over 54 professionally-written short stories. Students will begin to understand the relationship between the written and spoken English language after being exposed to over 2500 decodable and 100 common English words. Students are rewarded for their hard work and progress with collector’s awards within the app which reflects what games and tasks they have successfully completed.

Plant Read! includes 54 mini lessons, games and exciting stories that will help the following:

  • Beginner students who wish to learn how to read and spell at a proficient level
  • Mature students who wish to improve their reading and spelling foundation
  • Students with reading disabilities who wish to learn how to decode an overabundance of English words
  • Students who wish to learn and improve in the English language

 

The Planet Read! app is a new and improved version of an existing app that has been updated and made free for users with in-app purchases. There are three modules available in the app: Short Vowels, Long Vowels, and Diphthongs. The Short Vowels module is provided freely to users and other modules will be available for download in future releases to complement the existing 3 modules. Users are unable to skip levels or modules as the app was designed to replicate classroom learning mechanics. For more information, please visit Planet Read’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ReadingTrek.

 

ABOUT PLANET READ!

Planet Read! was created by Borealis Apps, a team of software developers and experienced technologists focused on educational apps. Planet Read! is an educational teaching app that is a tool to help students learn to read and spell using interactive games, stories and pictures. Planet Read! trains students to understand and read proficiently by decoding unfamiliar words and introducing all short, long and diphthong vowel sounds using over 54 professionally-written short stories. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/ReadingTrek.

Credit: Planet Read!