Archives for June 16, 2015

KIEHL’S OPENS NEW STORE IN CERRITOS New York-based company brings personalized service to Los Cerritos Center; New location features exterior mural by Saner


Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care preparations, is delighted to open a new retail store at Los Cerritos Center. Along with offering Southern California customers a new opportunity to discover Kiehl’s skin, hair and body care products, personalized customer service, and 164-year-old heritage, the new store will highlight an exterior mural by the artist Saner, which is the first time an artist’s mural has framed one of Kiehl’s stores.


The piece takes up a 55’ long, 18’ high wall on the Kiehl’s stores front exterior. About his piece, Saner said, “The concept takes the herbology tradition that is handed down from generation to generation, and balances that with creating something new, with respect for nature and the universe.”


The interior of Kiehl’s Los Cerritos mirrors the unique ambiance found in the company’s original New York Flagship, which began as a neighborhood apothecary in 1851. The new store brings a modern New York apothecary to Cerritos, referencing the company’s original East Village roots and blending antique apothecary fixtures with modern flair. The interior design advances Kiehl’s longtime commitment to the environment with the use of natural, sustainable materials and energy-efficient light fixtures, while enhancing the overall service experience for Kiehl’s patrons.


Kiehl’s Los Cerritos continues the company’s commitment to superior customer service through its traditional practices:


  • Kiehl’s commitment to environmental responsibility and Recycle and Be Rewarded!  Kiehl’s Los Cerritos utilizes natural, sustainable materials and energy-efficient light fixtures – and encourages patrons to recycle Kiehl’s packaging with a specially designed recycling bin, promoted through Kiehl’s Recycle and Be Rewarded! program. The program offers customers the opportunity to return empty Kiehl’s jars, bottles and tubes to the store for recycling, in exchange for complimentary products.
  • Kiehl’s commitment to education through attentive service is accentuated through a dedicated personal consultation area. The enhanced space provides an opportunity for Kiehl’s Customer Representatives (KCRs) and patrons to converse privately about products best suited for the customer’s individual needs. KCRs also use tools such as Skin Barrier Testing Tabs and a revolutionary Dehydration Analyzer Tool to help diagnose the health and hydration level of a customer’s skin, and recommend the most appropriate products for him or her.
  • Simple, no-frills packaging allows Kiehl’s to formulate its products with high quantities of the most efficacious, natural ingredients available.
  • Kiehl’s Since 1851 Rewards, the company’s point-based loyalty program that honors and rewards customers with benefits including special invitations, offers, and early access to new products and formulations.
  • Generous sampling through Kiehl’s “try before you buy” program offers the complete Kiehl’s line of skin and hair care for men, women, children and babies with a generous offering of its traditional product samples.  To assure its customers always find exactly what they need, Kiehl’s offers a 100% money back guarantee on all purchases, and guarantees that customers will see revitalized skin in 28 days or their money back.
  • Custom gifting 365 days a year allows customers to create personalized gifts year-round. A Kiehl’s Customer Representative will help the customer assemble a personalized, custom gift box, choosing items based on recipient, theme, ingredient or price, from any and all products in the store.


The retail space maintains Kiehl’s signature apothecary aesthetic and features:  


Ø  Personal consultation table – A long table provides patrons a comfortable station for complimentary Healthy Skin Consultations by KCRs, which helps them determine the formulas best suited for their personal needs.

Ø  Men’s Destination – an unintimidating space for specialized shaving and grooming education and demonstrations designed for men. A dedicated Kiehl’s Customer Representative will be on hand to offer quick, straightforward service and recommendations on the Kiehl’s products that are most tailored to men’s needs, and a “Men’s Favorites” section highlights preferred formulas.  Specially designed accents such as military-style lockers, black subway tile, and props to demonstrate the perfect shave, bring this relaxing stop to life for Kiehl’s male patrons.

Ø  Carrara marble tables, counters and trim – provide a utilitarian, functional approach.

Ø  Natural, sustainable materials – such as tabletops made from paperstone, a waterproof material made from 100 % post-consumer recycled paper.

Ø  Energy-efficient compact fluorescent lighting – spotlights Kiehl’s products in an environmentally friendly way.

Ø   “Mr. Bones” – the teaching skeleton and Kiehl’s icon.  Pharmacist and Kiehl’s founding family member Mr. Aaron Morse valued education for his employees and his customers.  As he prescribed treatments for his customers, he would use a teaching skeleton nicknamed “Mr. Bones” to explain the uses of the suggested formulas.

Ø  Kiehl’s signature motorcycle – this icon of Kiehl’s heritage will be on permanent display, evocative of the passions and adventurous spirit of Kiehl’s founding family.

Ø  Vintage photographs and mementos take customers on an exciting journey through Kiehl’s rich history.

Ø  Botanical-inspired graphics – The walls feature custom graphics highlighting the botanicals used in Kiehl’s products, as well as elements nodding to our 164-year history.


Credit: Kiehl’s. No compensation was received to post.

About Kiehl’s Since 1851:


Kiehl’s was founded as an old-world apothecary in New York’s East Village neighborhood. After years as an ambitious apprentice, John Kiehl purchased the business and began operating under the Kiehl name, serving the burgeoning New York community with unique herbal remedies. In 1921, John Kiehl’s apprentice, Mr. Irving “Doc” Morse, purchased the business and expanded it to a full-service pharmacy, stocking medicines, tinctures, and the first Kiehl’s-branded products. Doc Morse, a pharmacist and herbologist, passed the business on to his son, Aaron, himself a chemist and avid motorcyclist and aviator. Aaron’s daughter, Jami, was raised at Kiehl’s amongst the “family” of employees, who together fostered a tradition of attentive, personalized service for every patron. Over the generations, the Morse family committed Kiehl’s to serving the community uniquely efficacious skin and hair formulations made with the finest natural ingredients in the apothecary tradition.


Kiehl’s unique, extensive background represents a blend of cosmetic, pharmaceutical, herbal and medicinal knowledge developed and passed on through the generations.  Over the years, longtime customer favorite formulations such as Musk Oil, Lip Balm #1, Creme de Corps, Ultra Facial Cream, Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion, and new formulas such as Super Multi-Corrective Cream, Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream, Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream, Midnight Recovery Concentrate, and Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate have been created with uniquely efficacious, natural ingredients and the education and knowledge culled from generations of research and requests from our customers.


Kiehl’s Since 1851 will open June 30, 2015, at Los Cerritos Center, 239 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos. Hours will be Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 9 PM; Saturday, 10 AM to 8 PM; Sunday, 11 AM to 7 PM. For more information about Kiehl’s, please visit

Brisk Iced Tea Kicks Off its Kinda Out There Summer Sweepstakes


Brisk is kicking off its national Kinda Out There Summer program with its Find, Snap, Tag sweepstakes, bringing its epic can art characters to life in many unexpected and engaging ways – one being a few awesome murals sprinkled around key cities such as Chicago, LA and DC.


From now to August 9, consumers that spot any Brisk can art (mural, stencils and even the product) can take a photo of it, upload to Twitter or Instagram and use #ThatsBriskBaby #Entry to be automatically entered for a chance to win awesome prizes. Consumers can even re-post an image of the Brisk can and use the proper hashtags to enter to win.



Credit: Brisk Iced Tea. No compensation was received to post.

Father’s Day Gift Suggestions Encore Buddy from Freeplay Energy and Buckshot Pro from Outdoor Tech.

Father’s Day is approaching! These gift suggestions would be great for Father’s Day or any time of the year!


When extreme weather hits and the power goes down, staying in touch with family friends and emergency services is vital. Which is why Freeplay Energy, the original provider of self-powered radios and lighting systems, is launching its latest product, Encore Buddy.

The Encore Buddy is a stylishly-designed all-purpose preparedness radio that enables people to stay informed, entertained and safe, even during an emergency.

And, vitally, Encore Buddy gets its power from solar and hand-cranked charging technology, so there is no need to rely on disposable batteries or an electric power grid that is susceptible to blackouts.

Featuring Weather Band, AM and FM channels, a bright LED flashlight and a USB charging point, Encore Buddy will keep you abreast of the latest met reports and news bulletins, provide light when there is a power outage and keep your phone topped up when there is no mains energy source.

From a full charge the radio will play for six hours at normal volume, delivering clear, crisp sound. The digital tuner offers seven-channel Weather Band, as well as Weather Alert Mode with audio and visual indication. When the Weather Alert function is on, the radio will automatically broadcast NOAA emergency weather alerts for your area.

I received a sample and this one is a Must-Have! My husband loves it! It would make a great gift for Dad or your husband! It isn’t too big but it packs a lot of power! The Flashlight is really cool too!


Encore Buddy is available now from stores throughout the USA and Canada, priced $69.99. Retailers and wholesalers should call Freeplay Energy’s sole distributors for North America, LEI Electronics Inc. on toll-free 1-(800) 449-3315, or visit

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This next one is great for Dad any time of the year! The Buckshot Pro is a really cool item! Ready for this? It’s a wireless speaker, flashlight, camp-light, strobe light and even a powerbank. Now, seriously, how cool is that?! It works great too! Playtime is 10 hours and the wireless range is 32 feet. Dad will love this one! I know my husband loves it! We received one in Red but it is also available in Black, Gray, Orange, Glow and Army Green. Retail price is $79.95. This one is great for the Summer! Oh, and did I tell you that it’s also Water and Shock Resistant? I’m really in awe of this product! I think every family should have one! Find it at

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this Father’s Day post. No other compensation was received and any opinions expressed are my own. Photo Credit: Freeplay Energy and Outdoor Tech.



Summer Must-Haves for Dogs continues this week! Snack-Duo (Popware for Pets) by Dexas and Harness from Balance Harness


This week the Summer Must-Haves are great for travel with your Dog! Our pup is a real big fan of the Snack-Duo by Dexas!  I really do love this product! It is perfect for short car trips and for hiking or trips to the dog beach. We received a blue one but it is also available in purple or green. It’s a real Must-Have! Your pup can have cool water and a snack. I like that it doesn’t leak. My pup Bink loves that it also dispenses treats. There is an attached collapsible cup for the water. Now, how cool is that?! It is BPA-free and dishwasher safe and even comes with a free Fruitables sample for your pup! Bink loved that bonus! Retails for $19.99 and can be found at

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The next Must-Have is a Harness from Balance Harness. I really like the quality of this harness. My pup also seems to find it comfortable. We have tried a few other brands, and this was not the case.  I also like that you can simply adjust all the straps and that it offers flexible leash attachments. You can use the front and back rings or just one ring. It is available in a variety of colors and available in sizes Tiny-Large. This one is a Must-Have this Summer!


Check it out at Balance Harness.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photo Credit: Dexas and Balance Harness.


Whole Foods Market® takes off at Runway in Playa Vista on June 17


Whole Foods Market opens its newest Los Angeles location at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, at Runway in Playa Vista, 12746 West Jefferson Blvd.


The 35,000-square-foot store, as innovative as the community it serves, is designed to be a lifestyle emporium for food discovery and connection with family and friends. Regular store hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

“We are thrilled to bring Playa Vista a unique shopping experience that was designed to address the community’s needs and wishes,” said Patrick Bradley, president, Whole Foods Market Southern Pacific Region. “From the store’s decor to its juice bar with a custom acai bowl station, to our family-friendly restaurant and convenient home delivery, we took the unique culture of this thriving and engaged community into consideration when developing this location.”


With a focus on inspiring the community to be refreshed, eat healthy and live fully, Whole Foods Market Playa Vista offers an array of options for shoppers, from the health conscious to serious food enthusiasts. For example, the produce section features Whole Foods Market’s take on a mobile fruit cart, offering daily cut fruit, with chili powder and lime, cracked coconuts, traditional gazpacho and wellness elixirs – customer can choose from Beauty, Energy, Glow, Golden, and Wellness made with fresh produce and herbs. In the meat department, butchers will cut steaks to order; pork, brisket, whole and heirloom chicken will be served every day, smoked 14 hours the night before. With Playa Vista farmers market sourced filled kouignettes and vegan doughnuts, the in-house bakery features indulgences for every diet.


Additional amenities include more than 200 spaces and bike lock-up section in the parking structure, free Wi-Fi available to shoppers in seating areas throughout the store, an expanded kid-friendly section in the grocery department and a Kids Club that will host events and activities for area families with young children. Shoppers that buy a case of any product in the store receive 10 percent off.


Opening week highlights include an open air seafood market Wednesday through Sunday, offering fresh, local and sustainable catches, local beef and wine sampling by Hearst Ranch and whole smoked chickens on sale for $6.99.


Whole Foods Market Playa Vista offers expansive social spaces designed to serve as extensions of the home and to cultivate a uniquely connected community, including a full-service bar, Astro Pub, multiple dining areas and seating to accommodate more than 150 people. The art-deco-style, family-friendly restaurant features a full bar with daily happy hour specials, curated craft cocktails using local ingredients, 24 beers on tap and a full menu of sizzling meals like poutine bulgogi and pork belly mac & cheese cooked in a cast iron skillet in the pizza oven. Other menu offerings include shrimp scampi, calamari, flat bread pizzas, vegetarian offerings such as vegan tofu scallops and an array of salads, snacks, pub fare and a children’s menu. This is Whole Foods Market’s first restaurant in Los Angeles to serve spirits; it will have daily happy hour deals like $2 off beer and wine from 4 to 7 p.m.


With wind and atmospheric charts that inform the décor and messages on the walls like “cultivate and elevate” and “watch the clouds,” the store was designed with the same spirit of innovation and nod to Playa Vista’s history of aviation. The space feels uplifting and dramatically open. Colors are light, bright and airy and are meant to inspire the community. Large re-purposed glass panels filter and tint light from outside.


As the company does in every neighborhood in which it opens, Whole Foods Market Playa Vista partnered with like-minded organizations to foster and support the community like Friends of Ballona Wetlands and OurFoods, a social enterprise dedicated to urban agriculture education that will receive five percent of the store’s net sales on July 8.


Store Highlights


Home delivery: This is the first store in Los Angeles to open with a dedicated Instacart register and on-site storage for home delivery and personal shopping and to encourage trial, the first Instacart delivery is free.


Prepared Foods: Whole Foods Market chefs work in the open kitchen, creating handmade pizza, whole or by the slice (including stout-crust pizza!), made-to-order sushi, in-house chips, custom-made sandwiches and meals-on-the-go. Includes a large rotating hot bar and organic salad bar, daily breakfast and weekend brunch selections, nine soup wells and Karuba’s Korner, featuring unique global cuisine (jambalaya, paella, and more) made on site. Catering is available for office and home entertaining needs. Locally sourced ingredients include Larder Baking bread in sandwiches, Pacific Pickle Works pickles from Santa Barbara, California, Mary’s Chicken from Sanger, California, and salad greens from Kenter Canyon. Prepared foods items meet the same standards as all products sold in the store.


Coffee Bar:  A beautifully designed coffee bar with an Italian-crafted espresso machine, locally sourced Conscious Kombucha and cold brew coffee on tap, offering custom espresso drinks and hand-brewed coffee made with organic, fair trade and Whole Trade coffee beans – shoppers can choose from three rotating single-origin coffees and can choose their own brewing method (Hario V60 Pour Over, Chemex Pour Over, French Press).


Juice & Smoothie Bar:  A smoothie and juice bar with a permanent acai bowl station offers made-to-order Sambazon acai bowls and smoothies with choice of toppings, juices and “boost-ups” like pressed ginger, turmeric and wheatgrass. For a sweet treat, mochi ice cream and ice cream sandwiches made with French macaron are available daily.


Produce:  Includes an extensive selection of organic fruits and vegetables from local Southern California growers such as KenterCanyon, Be Wise, Stehly, and R&D Farms’ tree ripe stone fruit program. Seasonal culinary selections include varietal and exotic items from around the globe. Plus, cut fruit, vegetables, veggie pasta noodles, pasta sauces, salsas and guacamole are made in store daily.


In-store Bakery: Offers an in-house cake decorator, bulk cookies and artisan, hand-kneaded, hand-shaped scratch bread that begins with a living 20-year-old starter made with unbleached flour and with no artificial preservatives or hydrogenated fats. Made-in-house pastries include meringues, babka and tarts.


Seafood:  Includes made-to-order poke and hand-sliced smoked salmon daily, sustainably sourced fresh fillets, steaks, local and seasonal seafood. Seafood is delivered six days a week. Local items include black cod from Morro Bay, California, sea urchin, Luna oysters and mussels from Carlsbad Aquafarm in San Diego, and Pacific Gold oysters from Morro Bay.


Meat:  Butchers can provide any cut and size of the highest quality meats from animals raised without the use of antibiotics and added hormones. All beef, chicken and pork are step-rated, using Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step Animal Welfare rating system, and adhere to Whole Foods Market’s stringent quality standards. The store features a full line of 100 percent grass-fed organic beef and a full line of organic chicken. Smokehouse offerings include rotating daily specials, marinated and ready-to-cook meat and poultry.


Whole Body: The store features a large “active living” selection of clothing, protein powders and supplements, including Los Angeles based line of organic cotton and flax clothing made by Relax LA, exclusively at Whole Foods Market, and the first bulk protein powder section in Southern California. Beginning June 24, the store will host a full week of “Ready for Action” events and promotions. All supplements sold at Whole Foods Market are free of artificial colors, flavors and hydrogenated oils; and products with the “Premium Body Care” seal meet the strictest standards for quality sourcing, environmental impact, results and safety.


Specialty (beer, wine, cheese):  The store’s handpicked wine collection includes eco-friendly and biodynamic wines starting at $2.49 per bottle, more than 100 bottles less than $10, and a varied selection of hard-to-find, special-occasion wines. The department includes 36 feet of chilled beer with an assortment of local craft beers, domestic favorites and unique imports. A comprehensive selection of raw, grass-fed, farmstead and artisanal cheeses can be cut to order and sampled at any time. Charcuterie, deli meats, many made and roasted in house, using organic, local and grass-fed options, are free of added synthetic nitrates and nitrites. The selection includes an exclusive Cotto Ham from Creminelli, a step-rated and Non-GMO Project-verified ham (from non–GMO-fed pigs).


Grocery: Customers can choose from hundreds of 365 Everyday Value™ products, locally made packaged goods, frozen meals, a new line of Whole Paws pet food products, and home and cleaning products bearing the Eco-Scale label, indicating environmental impact. The bulk section offers dozens of grains, flours, nuts, spices and candies available by the pound, along with an expansive bulk tea section with many organic options.


For details on all upcoming events and activities, click here, follow the store on Facebook or @WFMPlayaVista on Instagram.

Credit: Whole Foods.

Never Say No by Mark & Jan Foreman is a Must-Read! Released this past May From David C Cook.

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Offering engaging, honest and thought-provoking stories that give readers a backstage look into the early lives of Jon and Tim Foreman of the multi-platinum, GRAMMY Award-winning band Switchfoot, parents Mark and Jan Foreman focus on challenging readers to rethink how they live out the primary purpose of parenting in Never Say No: Raising Big Picture Kids. This engaging book releasing May 2015 from David C Cook takes an inside look at an ordinary family that raised two sons who rock the world—literally!


Mark and Jan Foreman are often asked: “How did you raise your kids?” Never Say No is the story of that process, but before the writing began, the question prompted the Foremans to consider what is a parent’s purpose in life. Sharing their discovery, the couple reveal, “Our purpose as parents is identical to our child’s: to live creatively beyond ourselves, bringing the love, beauty and nature of God to this world. As parents encourage kids to explore God’s massive creative plan, they raise the ceiling on how their children can positively impact this world. Let the adventure begin.”


Just as Switchfoot appeals to a wide spectrum of music fans, this book is inclusive in its writing approach, allowing people from all backgrounds to enjoy the insights. The straight forward, entertaining style in which Never Say No has been written will allow both parents and Switchfoot fans alike to examine their own narratives. Both will be encouraged to reflect on the process of spiritual maturation and creative involvement in culture.

I received this book to feature this post and am finding it very enlightening and a very positive perspective on parenting. I highly recommend. 

You can find the book on


Never Say No

7 IDEAS FOR PARENTS (Leaders of Kids)

BY MARK AND JAN FOREMAN, parents of Jon and Tim Foreman and authors of new book Never say No: Raising Big Picture Kids

At a local cafe with a half dozen young leaders, Mark Foreman was recently asked, “Give us one nugget of parenting advice before you go.” “Okay,” he responded, “Try out this one: Never say no.” The room erupted with laughter, as the dad looking for help reacted, “You are kidding right? That’s all I ever say–and my son needs one thousand more no’s.”

“No I’m not kidding,” Mark quietly responded. “Never say no to all the dreams and creative ideas your children have. Never say no to the realization you can become different than your mom or dad. Especially never say no to their requests to join them, like playing dress up with your little girl or going surfing with your teenager when the weather’s cold and windy. If you say no too often they’ll stop asking.”

A week later that concerned dad tracked Mark down to say he had taken that advice and his home life had dramatically turned around. He said, “My son is suddenly easy to get along with just because I started saying yes to some things he wanted to do together. I’m not kidding,” he said with a big grin, “the change is dramatic.” As he walked away, he turned and pointed to Mark saying, “It’s hard, but never say no!”

No is a commanding word. It can be a denial, rejection, an expression of fear or an unintended statement of worth. But a thousand no’s can be dwarfed by the power of one yes. No is a brake while yes is an accelerator pedal. We say yes to the stuff and people we value. Here are 7 ways parents can say yes to their kids.

1)         Yes to a Greater Story: Help kids see past themselves, connecting them to God’s big picture of redemption. Beyond the obvious but small goals of safety, health, happiness, even success, we are raising children with this surpassing privilege: to reflect God’s loving face to others.

2)         Yes to being an Example: Children are hard-wired to copy us; this is both good news and bad. The power of our lives is the most immediate way to shape our kids. Raising children includes raising ourselves to become who we want to be.

3)         Say Yes to Time: Children spell love T-I-M-E. It’s the currency of all relationships. Large deposits left early in lives will reap generous rewards later. It reverses Harry Chapin’s song, Cat’s In the Cradle.

4)         Say Yes to Delight: Children see themselves through their parent’s eyes, discovering their worth by reading our faces. Beyond loving our kids, it’s equally vital to really like them, enjoying who they uniquely are. Children who bask in these smiles of appreciation will pay it forward to genuinely enjoying others and being comfortable in their own skin.

5)         Say Yes to Mess: All children are Michelangelo’s looking for a canvas. They come equipped with curiosity and innovation as part of the image of God package. This creativity grows best when we stretch their imaginations in a batteries-not-included environment, allowing them to explore and experiment.

6)         Say Yes to Being Naturally Supernatural: Help kids find God in ordinary moments. The Shema inDeut. 6:4-8 tells parents to look for God-clues throughout the day. We can communicate more theology in a family dance party or telling stories around a campfire than sitting stiffly for an hour.

7)         Say Yes to Letting Go: Maturity happens in baby steps: from crawling to walking, training wheels to two wheels, dating to marriage. Three ingredients that work together are essential for this process: increased freedom, risk, and responsibility. As we lean into this gradual increase of our kids’ freedom and (gasp) risk, we will hopefully see a corresponding growth in their response-ability. It’s helpful to remember our destination: raising kids who say yes to God’s extraordinary plans for their lives.

Every parent, child and family is a fascinating original, experiencing God’s fingerprints in unique ways. So one final yes is to grace. As we imperfectly guide young humans to find their place in God’s epic, we all need buckets of God’s unearned love. Raising children is the most humbling and exhilarating privilege on earth. Here’s to saying yes!


About Mark and Jan Foreman

Jan and Mark Foreman live in the San Diego area, where Mark is lead pastor of the 4,000 member North Coast Calvary Chapel in Carlsbad, CA. Mark is the author of Wholly Jesus, and holds advanced degrees in Theology, Education and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Pastoral Care. Jan is a gifted teacher and artist, and also facilitates partnerships with underprivileged women and children both locally and in developing countries. Together they love surfing, sailing, travel and especially being with their family.

About David C Cook:

David C Cook is a leading nonprofit resource provider serving the global Church with life-transforming, Christ-centered materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with offices in Illinois, Canada and the United Kingdom, David C Cook’s resources are published in over 150 languages and distributed in more than 160 countries. Originally founded in 1875 as a curriculum publisher, today David C Cook publishes numerous bestselling fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of award-winning authors. It is also a leading provider of worship music through its Integrity Music label, which produces over one-third of the top 100 praise and worship songs sung around the world. Additional information can be found at

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample of this book to facilitate this post. 



Inside Out – Meet the Little Voices Inside Your Head



This new Disney / Pixar film explores the bumpy road of pre-teens and the emotions they experience when growing up. Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Mia A. comments, “This animated movie is incredible! The animation is spot on. It is so detailed and life-like that sometimes, it made me forget that it is a cartoon and not real.” Tre’ana H. adds, “It captures some comedic moments and connects you to to your inner self. It makes you become more aware and in touch with your conscience.” See their full reviews below.


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By Mia A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

This animated movie is incredible! This is one of my favorite Disney / Pixar movies. The story is about a young girl named Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) who moves from Minnesota to San Francisco with her family and how her emotions support and confuse her through the move.  Amy Poehler as Joy, Bill Hader as Fear, Mindy Kaling as Disgust, Phyllis Smith as Sadness and Lewis Black as Anger are perfect for the roles. It gets the audience attached to her emotions.


Many people might enjoy the movie because some of the emotions, characters and scenes have happened to you or you have felt the same things. That’s what makes it so relatable and realistic. In one scene, all the emotions are taking charge of a young Riley and they are reacting to her trying broccoli for the first time. During that scene, I was laughing and relating to what the emotions were saying.


This animation is very fascinating. I give it a five out of five stars because of all the funny and bittersweet moments. I recommend Inside Out for ages 3 to 18 because it has joy for younger kids to like it even though it does have some sad moments.  I believe that adults will like it too. Remember to go watch this amazing film when it comes out in theaters June 19 because It is totally worth it.

Inside Out

By Tre’ana H., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

Inside Out is a Disney / Pixar film that is filled with emotions tied up like a shoe lace.  It captures some comedic moments and connects you to to your inner self. It makes you become more aware and in touch with your conscience.

The movie is about a girl named Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) who lives in Minnesota with her parents.  Due to some circumstances, the family relocates to San Francisco.  Riley starts to have different emotions going on throughout this tenacious move.  She misses her friends; she is starting at a new school.  Her emotions are all over the place.  These five emotions in Riley’s brain are Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith).  These emotions play a very important role in her life and keep her balanced.  When one is out of whack it definitely affects her mood.  She goes through so many obstacles as a pre-teen which is very trying.  I can relate because I am also eleven and I am very in touch with my emotions and pre-teen feelings.  It touches on so many ideas that are realistic in my everyday life.

The director and writer Pete Docter does an outstanding job creating the visual effects of these animated characters and their emotions.  The bright colors and costumes distinguish each emotion’s individuality. The pitch of their voice captivates and draws you into their character.  Each emotion has a unique personality.

My favorite part of this movie is when Disgust says, “What does this button mean?” It is Puberty!  I can relate because this is the next phase of my life that I am approaching.

I recommend this movie for ages 8 to 18 and I give it 4 out of 5 stars because it connects to an older audience even though it is targeted to a younger audience. I think younger children can see this, but the parent will have to give them some explanation after the movie.  I really enjoyed it because I could relate to this movie. Inside Out comes out Friday, June 19, 2015. Go and check it out.

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