Archives for June 2016

My Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood MommyParty!

“I received free products in order to host the Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood MommyParty. The opinions expressed in my post are my own.”

I was selected to host a Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood MommyParty and I decided to combine it with my birthday since it was on June 30th!

You may remember awhile back I featured this fun, delightful Peter and the Wolf app. I simply love it! Have you downloaded it yet? Visit  peterandthewolfinhollywood.com and you can download it too!

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Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood is a revival of the classic Peter and the Wolf tale brought to you by acclaimed production company, Giants Are Small. This version brings Peter to Hollywood to meet his hippie grandfather while bringing classical music elements to life. Peter, along with all of the characters in the movie book, are narrated and brought to life by Rock n’ Roll legend, Alice Cooper. Connect with Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood on Facebook and Twitter. The hashtag is #PeterandthewolfApp.

I received a terrific party kit that included the following fun items:

  • Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood character pins
  • A copy of the official Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood soundtrack
  • Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood posters
  • Themed activities and easy-to-make recipes
  • Valuable information to share with attendees
  • $10 iTunes gift card for you or as a prize for one of your lucky guests
  • Party supplies and more!

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I loved the easy-to-make recipes! My favorite was the Peter’s Pita Pizzas but my son liked the Pretzel Flutes and the Craft a “Fruit Cocktail.” I have to admit that the Pretzel Flutes were fun to make! I liked that the kids could do this all by themselves and yes, I guess they did get a little crazy with the sprinkles!

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Such a fun time celebrating and watching the fun App!

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Don’t forget to visit  peterandthewolfinhollywood.com!

Self Disclosure:”I received free products in order to host the Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood MommyParty. The opinions expressed in my post are my own.” I received a party kit from MomSelect and Giants Are Small to facilitate this post. I also received items from Aleene’s from iLoveTo Create and MyPrintly from HP. Thank you!

I took the Welch’s Fruit Snacks Fourth of July Challenge!

I accepted the challenge of the Welch’s Fruit Snacks wants you to show your patriotic side!

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Welch’s Fruit Snacks is challenged me to create the most patriotic inspired dessert/snack, using some of their delicious, color-themed products: Strawberry Fruit Snacks, Strawberry Fruit ‘n Yogurt Snacks and Berries ‘n Cherries Fruit Snacks! 

I received samples to create my creation and this is what I came up with the help of my son!

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Okay, so I probably won’t win, but I had a lot of fun! And, my son loves the Berries ‘n Cherries Fruit Snacks!

Look for them at a retailer near you!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post and join the challenge.

 

The GRAMMY Museum® Celebrates Beatlemania Beginning Tomorrow, July 1! Museum to host special programs during the month of July in conjunction with the opening of Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!

Continuing the celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in the United States, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! makes its Los Angeles debut on Friday, July 1. This successful traveling exhibit, curated by the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE and Fab Four Exhibits, explores and celebrates The Beatles’ impact on pop culture from the perspective of their fans.

To celebrate the arrival of this exhibit, the Museum will host two corresponding events in the Clive Davis Theater:

 

  • Celebrating Beatlemania
    Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m.
    Tickets: $20

GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli will host a panel discussion on Beatlemania featuring legendary television/radio personality Bob Eubanks; Debbie Gendler Supnik, who witnessed The Beatles’ American debut in 1964; Chuck Gunderson and Russ Lease of Fab Four Exhibits; and Beatles author/historian Bruce Spizer. Prior to the discussion, guests will have the opportunity to tour the exhibit from 6 to 7 p.m.

 

  • The Record Theater: Revolver by the Beatles — UK Pressing In Mono

Monday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $10

Back for the seventh time by popular demand, the GRAMMY Museum invites you to experience The Record Theater celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ 1966 No. 1 album Revolver. After the record ends, special guests Brian Kehew, co-author of Recording The Beatles, and Chris Carter, host of “Breakfast with the Beatles” on KLOS, will join Record Theater creator Marvin Etzioni onstage for a discussion.

 

About the GRAMMY Museum®

Paying tribute to music’s rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 21st-century museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music — the GRAMMY® Award. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only the GRAMMY Museum can deliver.

 

The GRAMMY Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, please call 213.765.6800 or visitwww.grammymuseum.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram, and like “The GRAMMY Museum” on Facebook.

Credit: The Grammy Museum.

Lucy is Pet of the Week!

lUcy, June 30 Pet of the Week

“I love Lucy, and she loves me…”—the theme song for the beloved TV show could have been written for our sweet, loving girl. Lucy is a 7-year-old female boxer mix. She’s spayed, chipped and ready to go home and create many memories and sitcom moments with a loving person or family. Tune in to Lucy on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A565368.

 

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Nintendo Kirby Robobot Event Had so much fun at this KidzVuz Event in LA!

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Last week my son and I had the opportunity to go to a Nintendo Kirby Robobot Event put on by KidzVuz. This was held at Smashbox Studios and there was even a special guest appearance from  Kirby himself! The celebrity hosts at the event were Peyton List from Disney’s “Bunk’d’ who is starring in the upcoming feature “The Thinning” and Spencer List from “The Bachelors.”

There was a really cool Candy Bar, we were able to get Kirby T-shirts made and I loved the really fun photo opps! It was also great that this event was just perfect for all ages from little kids, to teens and even adults love Kirby! I have always been partial to this happy pink character when I play video games with my son. More often than not, I select Kirby!

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But, the best thing was checking out the New Kirby Planet Robobot Nintendo 3DS Game! My son checked this one out for me but stay tuned! I will be reviewing it soon!

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Check out the game microsite for more information!

Don’t forget to stay tuned and check back to see my review of the Nintendo 3DS Game Kirby Planet Robobot!

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Self Disclosure: I received compensation to facilitate this post.

 

Local 14 year old rides 150 miles to help those in need Proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation and more

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Casey MacLean, an ambitious, altruistic 14-year-old aspiring firefighter from Marina Del Rey, CA will ride his bike from Fire Station #62 in Venice to San Diego in efforts to raise funds for those in need.  In his third annual ride for charity, he will bike 150 miles with the goal to raise $6,500 for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation and his education fund.

Whole Foods Market got involved two years ago when Casey visited his local store and shared his story. This year, Patrick Bradley, regional president, will join him for the second half of the ride from his hometown in Laguna Niguel to the Whole Foods Market store in Del Mar.  Casey has gained support organizations such as: GoPro, Wheel World Cycles, Santini SMS, Outlaw Graphix, Invo Coconut Water, Beyond Meat, Hornblower Cruises, Stromer, Bike Attack Electrc+, and Thule. More info about Casey and his cause available here. Last year, his ride from Los Angeles to La Jolla, CA raised more than $6,000.

ROUTE:    Saturday, June 25, 7:30 am – Take off at Fire Station #62,  11970 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Stop #1 – Fire Station #110, 4433 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA  90292 (mile 1)

Stop #2- Fire Station #1, 401 S. Broadway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 (mile 14.2)

Stop #3- Fire Station #85, 1331 253rd, Harbor City, CA 90710 (21.2)

Stop #4- Fire Station #7, 3831 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, CA  92649 (39.6)

Stop #5- Fire Station #5, 410 Marigold Ave., Corona Del Mar, CA  92625 (51.7)

6:30 pm –  End at Whole Foods Market Laguna Niguel 23932 Aliso Creek Rd., Laguna Niguel, CA

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Sunday, June 26, 7:30am – Take off at Whole Foods Market Laguna Niguel, 23932 Aliso Creek Rd., Laguna Niguel, CA  92677 (56.5)

Stop #1- Fire Station #60 121 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente, CA  92672 (74.6)

Stop #2- Fire Station #21640 S. Ditmar St., Oceanside, CA 92054 (mile 99.4)

Stop #3- Whole Foods Market Encinitas, South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA  92024 (109.5)

2-5pm Finish Line Celebration at Whole Foods Market Del Mar w/BBQ Fundraiser & Birthday Cake for Casey’s 15th Birthday!!! 2600 Via De La Valle #100, San Diego, CA 92014 (126.3)

Credit: Whole Foods Market.  Photo from website: http://www.mybikeride.net.

 

Whole Foods Market® Offers So Many Delicious Food Choices This Summer!

WFM- Harpoon-caught Swordfish     WFM- Wild Alaska Salmon

Summer Cooking couldn’t be any easier than shopping at Whole Foods Market. They have such a wonderful variety of foods from seafood to Summer Fruits and Veggies! They also have the best snacks for beach days, picnics, Barbecues and road trips!

Here are some of  the choices at Whole Foods Market®!

Sweet and Salty

Perfect for road, plane, boat or train:

  • NEW 365 Everyday Value®Organic Blueberry Lemon Low Fat Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt
  • NEW 365 Everyday Value® Organic Peach Melba Low Fat Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt –Limited Edition
  • NEW 365 Everyday Value® Spicy Jalapeño White Cheddar Popcorn – Limited Edition
  • NEW 365 Everyday Value® Sedona Fruit & Seed Mix – Limited Edition
  • NEW 365 Everyday Value® Roasted & Salted Sunflower Seeds
  • NEW 365 Everyday Value® Sriracha Sunflower Kernels – Special Edition
  • NEW 365 Everyday Value® Coconut Craze Granola with Almonds – Limited Edition
  • 365 Everyday Value® Organic Mango Habanero Pickle Chips – Limited Edition
  • 365 Everyday Value® Dill Pickle Potato Chips –A returning favorite
  • 365 Everyday Value® Thai Curry Cashews –Limited Edition
  • 365 Everyday Value® Freeze Dried Fruits
    • Available fruits: Raspberry, Blueberry, Banana, Granny Smith Apple, Mango, Strawberry, Pineapple

Sips to savor

Refreshing beverages with a touch of summer sweetness – ideas for family picnics or backyard barbeques:

  • 365 Everyday Value® Organic Lemonade Watermelon – Limited Edition
  • 365 Everyday Value® Organic Lemonade Berry Blend – Limited Edition
  • 365 Everyday Value® Organic Lemonade Matcha Green Tea – Limited Edition
  • NEW Whole Foods Market™Melon & Peach Italian Soda

Frozen favorites

Hot weather demands an icy-cold treat. These dreamy ice creams, sorbets and frozen pops are a must-have at any summertime soiree:

  • 365 Everyday Value® Limoncello Italian Gelato – Limited Edition
  • 365 Everyday Value®Fruit & Veggie Bars –A returning favorite
    • Available in three refreshing flavors: Carrot Tangerine, Berry Rhubarb, Tropical Greens.

But, my favorites are their Fruit and Veggies and their Seafood!

WFM- Watermelon    WFM- Tomatoe   WFM- Pineapples

I simply love Watermelon, Tomatoes and Pineapple! I love grilling tomatoes and pineapple is great grilled too! Watermelon is a hit in our house even with our dogs!

“What’s tasting best” summer list fromWhole Foods Market®:

PRODUCE

Figs: Look for figs that are clean and dry without bruising. They should be soft, but not mushy. A firm fig is a sign that it is not ripe. It is also important to pick one with the stem firmly in place, as a loose stem is often an indicator for a mushy fig.

 

Pineapples: External color does not indicate ripeness. Choose plump, fresh-looking pineapples with green leaves and a firm shell. The ripening process halts after harvest so even green pineapples can be ripe!

 

Mangoes: Don’t focus on the color as mangoes are found in a variety of greens, yellows, reds, etc., so it is not always the best indicator. Instead, squeeze the mango gently; ripe mangoes will have a slight give. Similar to picking an avocado, always pick a mango based on how it feels.

 

Stone Fruit (Peaches & Nectarines): These fruits ripen in a specific way (from the stem end to the flower end and then outward to the pit), so you’ll want to choose fruit that gives gently when you press on the stem. And don’t pinch it with your fingers from the top. This causes bruising. Instead, pick the fruit up and give it a gentle squeeze in your palm. If the outer flesh is already soft, the fruit is past its prime. Also consider weight– the heavier, the juicier they are!

 

Corn: When choosing the best corn on the cob, feel for the kernels through the husk; make sure they’re plump and abundant.  Look out for brown, sticky tassels (versus dry or black) sticking out at the top. Finally choose husks that are bright green and wrapped tightly against the cob.

 

Tomatoes: Even coloring is the best indicator that a tomato is ready to be eaten. Despite common beliefs, you don’t want to squeeze tomatoes to check for ripeness—you could end up bruising them.

 

Zucchini (Squash): Larger zucchini tend to be more watery and lack in flavor, so try to go for the more reasonably sized ones. Regardless of color (green, yellow, or white), go for zucchini with vibrant, deep color—as those will be most flavorful. Finally, a good indicator the zucchini will last longer is if a good amount of the stem is still attached.

 

Honeydew: Unlike cantaloupe, a bit of the stem left on is OK as they’re cut from the vine (versus just slipping off). Drag your fingers across the skin of the fruit–if it feels smooth and slippery, that means the sugars haven’t yet risen to the skin and the melon isn’t ripe. If it’s slightly tacky feeling, not quite sticky, it’s ready to eat.

 

Watermelon: This picnic staple should be firm and symmetrical, with a dark green color indicating ripeness. A lot of people believe that knocking on the watermelon can determine how ripe it is, however this isn’t actually definitive.

 

Blueberries: You’ll find the best tasting blueberries throughout the summer when they are coming from both the east and west coast. Increased availability means shorter shipping distances, fresher berries and some of the most competitive prices of the year. When selecting blueberries, look for dark, plump berries with a whitish-gray, waxy deposit known as “bloom.” Avoid packages with wrinkled or red berries, these are indicators that it may be a bad batch.

 

Fresh Cherries: When looking for the best batch of cherries, it’s not so much about the shade of the cherries, so much as the depth of the color. A bright green stem indicates freshness, while wrinkling near the bottom of the stem means that they’ve been sitting out a tad too long.

 

Tip: Whole Foods Market makes it easy to learn the story behind your produce via our Responsibly Grown rating system, which labels produce and floral items that come from farms that are taking major steps to protect human health and the environment — from reducing pesticide use, and conserving water to recycling and ensuring safe working conditions for farmworkers.

 

SEAFOOD

Harpoon-caught Swordfish – Get it while it’s here! Harpooners bring us fresh swordfish for just a few months each summer, so now is the time to get cooking with this legendary fish. It also happens to be perfect for the grill with a rich flavor and firm flesh that hold up to the heat. Nova Scotia’s harpoon fleet was the first swordfish fishery to be certified sustainable by Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), using a traditional, time-honored fishing method and relying on knowledge handed down from generation to generation. Skillful harpooners target large, mature swordfish one-by-one, virtually eliminating the chance of catching other marine life or harming ocean habitat. Swordfish is at its richest and juiciest when cooked until opaque with just a hint of pink or ivory at the center. Don’t look for swordfish to flake when it’s done; this meaty fish remains firm and steak-like throughout cooking. Swordfish needs just a sprinkle of salt and a drizzle of olive oil for absolute deliciousness, but its big flavor also stands up beautifully to strong flavors and heavy spicing.

Wild Alaska Salmon (Copper River, King, Sockeye, Coho) – Even though salmon is enjoyed year-round thanks to farmed options, there’s something extra special about summer when the freshest, wild-caught Alaska salmon starts hitting stores.  Whole Foods Market has our very own port buyers, Anthony Jordan and Jason Hedlund, who live in Alaska during these months to work directly with fishermen. These relationships mean Whole Foods Market brings in each species at the peak of their particular season and fish often reach stores within 48 hours. The long-term partnerships with fisherman help Whole Foods Market offer the freshest, highest-quality fish summer after summer. Here’s a quick primer on the types of Alaska salmon and when they’re in season:

  • Copper River – the first wild Alaska salmon to arrive are Sockeye from the Copper River, and harvests are expected to be great in 2016! The robust flavor of sockeye stands up to seasonings and marinades, but works just as well when grilled simply with lemon, butter, salt and pepper.
  • King – King (Chinook) salmon is the most highly sought-after of all the salmon species due to its high oil content and moderate to full flavor. King comes in many shades of orange to red; there are even some tasty white-meated Kings. Some of the most highly prized are Yukon River Kings, Columbia River Spring Kings, and Copper River Kings. Omega 3s are also abundant in these fish.
  • Sockeye – Sockeye Reds draw people in with their bright red color and extra firm texture. Premium sockeye – that with the highest oil content – comes from either very long river systems or from glacial, very cold river systems.  The best sockeye comes from the Copper River, Frasier River, Yakutat (or really any location in Alaska).
  • Coho – comes to market a little later in the summer, and its milder flavor makes it a good choice if you’re introducing salmon to kids. This variety is also particularly great for grilling.

The Salmon is my year-round favorite!

 

WINE & BEER

Canned wine! – Picnics, pool parties and all things al fresco just got a lot easier with the influx of high quality canned wines hitting the market. Canned wine is one of the top wine trends for 2016, offering a convenient, lightweight and recyclable option for outdoor enthusiasts and wine lovers alike. We’re loving two brand new options that are perfect for summer. Presto Sparkling Cuvée brings our popular Presto prosecco to a convenient 4-pack of cans for just $12.99.  This sparkling cuvee offers crisp green apple and tropical notes, lively effervescence and a touch of richness on the finish.

Our wine experts, including resident Master Sommelier and global beverage buyer, Devon Broglie, are also digging West Side canned wines. Their chardonnay is perfect for warm weather!

 

Summer Top 10 wines – Whole Foods Market’s wine experts, Doug Bell, and Master Sommelier, Devon Broglie, have rounded up this season’s most exciting wines in their top 10 list below, all of which were hand selected to pair with the flavors of the season. All launch in stores on National Wine Day and are less than $20 a bottle!

 

  1. Presto Sparkling Cuvée in cans
  2. Broadbent Vinho Verde
  3. Oya Point Sauvignon Blanc
  4. Andover Estate Chardonnay
  5. Bieler Pere et Files Bandol Rosé
  6. Macedon Pinot Noir
  7. Globerati Tempranillo
  8. Capezzana Barco Reale
  9. Autoritas Cabernet Sauvignon
  10. Valravn Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel

 

 MEAT

Bone-in lamb shoulder chop – Summer is all about slowing down and keeping things simple, but you still want to wow your family and friends. One way to do that is with bone-in lamb shoulder chop. Lamb is in season year-round, but it’s particularly fresh and popular from spring to summer for its incredibly light, juicy flavor and tender texture.  Shoulder chops are wallet friendly and extra tender for the hot summer months with the added bone-in visual! Not sure of the best way to prepare? Ask Whole Foods Market’s butchers to provide some easy and fun grilling tips.

 

Grass-fed beef/ made-in-house burgers – Burgers are a summertime classic, and at Whole Foods Market, we like to turn it up a notch with our made-in-house patties. Grass-fed beef burgers come from cows that have been raised on pasture.  Look for the 100% grass-fed beef label. Since grass-fed beef is lower in fat it doesn’t require as much heat or time to cook – less time in front of a hot gril land more time for summer fun! Additionally, grass-fed beef is perfect for the summer because you can replace the missing fat with flavor. Create your own flavor combinations and spice rubs, or get Whole Foods Market’s ready-to-grill specialty patties like balsamic and onion or sriracha and bacon!

Summer shopping is a must at Whole Foods Market!

Self Disclosure: I received a gift card to facilitate this post and try out the Summer foods mentioned above. Photo Credit: Whole Foods Market.

 

 

MERAKI Silky Mist Hand Cream Is a Beauty Must-Buy!

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Looking for a really wonderful Hand Cream? My favorite for the Summer is  MERAKI Silky Mist Hand Cream. I like that this hand cream is nourishing with organic sunflower and chamomile. I love that it is gentle on my skin and that it is non-greasy. It more than moisturizes your hands, it also protects and I love the fragrance which is a light orange smell. This one is a real must -have this Summer!

You can purchase here.  They also have a wonderful variety of other products!

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