Archives for October 2, 2017

R.M. Palmer Introduces Spooktacular Halloween Treats! Giveaway Opportunity!

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R.M. Palmer is excited to introduce new treats for Halloween 2017.  These confections offer great taste, vibrant packaging, and frighteningly excellent value. Included in this year’s Halloween line are these spooktacular products:

 

Trick or Treat Mix: A NEW stand up bag that includes a mix of decorated Cookies & Crème Zombies joining Fudge Skulls, Decorated Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups and Double Crisp® Witches. Individually pouched, this mix is perfect for handing out to Trick or Treaters. 44 oz. bag – SRP: $10.00.

 

Twisted Pumpkins: Available in a NEW stand up bag that offers a fresh flavor mix of Caramel Apple and Pumpkin Spice. Available in two sizes: 12 oz. bag – SRP $3.00; 20 oz. bag – SRP: $5.00.

 

Decorated Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups: These decorated pumpkins are made with delicious creamy peanut butter in a rich chocolaty shell. Individually pouched and ideal for Trick or Treating. 15 oz. bag containing 20 cups – SRP: $3.00.

The Twisted Pumpkins are my absolute favorite! You just have to try them! I can’t choose which is my favorite of the two flavors! Caramel Apple or Pumpkin Spice! They are delicious! 

We have teamed up for a Halloween Giveaway! To enter, leave a comment below telling us which bag of candy you would like to try the most! (Did I say how much I love the Twisted Pumpkins?!) Deadline to enter is October 11th, 2017 at noon PST. U.S. Residents only, please. 

Check them out on Facebook too!

ABOUT R.M. PALMER COMPANY
R.M. Palmer Company has been crafting fun, seasonal chocolate novelties since 1948. Today, the R.M. Palmer Company is the 25th largest confectioner in North America and the 82nd largest confectioner in the world. (candyindustry.com). From its headquarters in West Reading, PA, Palmer’s 850 dedicated employees design, produce, package and ship more than 500 unique items to retail locations throughout North America – making Palmer one of America’s largest and most innovative confectioners.

Self Disclosure: I received free delicious samples to facilitate this post and giveaway. Images were also provided. 

 

Celebrate Women’s Small Business Month with zulily!

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In honor of National Women’s Small Business Month this October, zulily is celebrating female entrepreneurs and raising awareness around their small businesses by launching four weeks of sales events featuring female small business owners and the amazing products they’ve created.

 

Since the company was founded in 2010, zulily continues to empower and help entrepreneurs thrive at every stage of their journey by providing a platform to reach new customers, highlighting their brand story and providing resources to grow their businesses. Throughout this month, shoppers will have access to more than 100 small businesses, all companies created and owned by women on zulily’s National Women’s Small Business Month page.

 

By working with zulily, many of these female entrepreneurs have been able to expand their businesses and quickly reach their goals. A select number of brands participating include CHOOZEAllerMatesPackItDa Bomb Bath Fizzers and Sara’s SignsEach sales event will feature products ranging from home décor to footwear, to maternity clothes, women’s and kids’ fashion, to baby gear, beauty, DIY and more.

Don’t forget to shop at Zulily this month!

Self Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and compensation was received to post. I do highly recommend zulily

 

SCARIUM OF THE PACIFIC Oct 14-15, 2017 Giveaway Opportunity!

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Discover creepy creatures and enjoy magic shows, costume contests, and face painting at the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright!

 

Swim into the dark depths of the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright this Halloween season! Discover the eerie creatures lurking in the depths at the Scarium of the Pacific on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kids of all ages can hunt for creepy-looking animals while enjoying special Halloween activities and learning about the ocean.

 

The event will feature various Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, the creepy coloring contest, otherworldly animals in the Great Hall, and much more.

 

WHEN:           Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

COST:             Included with admission—$29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members.

 

INFO:              (562) 590-3100 or http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/scarium_of_the_pacific /

 

WHERE:         Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.

With Flyer Coupon Receive FREE Admission for Child in Costume! Up to 11 years old. Regular $17.95!

http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/fest4

You can also access the mobile-print coupon from the festival web page:

http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/scarium_of_the_pacific/

We have also teamed up for a Family 4-Pack Ticket Giveaway! One winner will win a Family 4-Pack to attend the 14th or the 15th! To enter, leave a comment below telling us your favorite thing about the Aquarium of the Pacific or your favorite thing about this time of the year! Deadline to enter is October 8th, 2017 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected. 

 

More about the AQUARIUM:  The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, and the new FROGS: Dazzling and Disappearing, Our Water Future, and Archerfish exhibits. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. The Aquarium has won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers, and the 2017 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Aquarium of the Pacific.

Victoria and Abdul – Mind-Boggling Story Revealing the Racism of the Times

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Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Samantha M. comments, “This incredible, historical film opened my eyes and made me better understand the world I live in. Given that racism is still a prevalent issue in today’s society, it was mind-boggling to see it in Britain, at the turn of the 20th century.” Lucia F. adds, “How could the Empress of the British Empire and a poor Indian clerk possibly have anything at all in common? The fact that there is much that they share is a major theme in Victoria and Abdul.”

 

Victoria and Abdul

By Samantha M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 17

 

This incredible, historical film opened my eyes and made me better understand the world I live in. Given that racism is still a prevalent issue in today’s society, it was mind-boggling to see it in Britain, at the turn of the 20th century. I admire how this film brings the past to the present, and made me question how racism can dissipate in the future.

 

This film carefully documents the relationship between Queen Victoria and her beloved servant, Abdul Karim. Queen Victoria reigned in the United Kingdom from 1837 to 1901. She was the longest serving monarch in world history. In addition to being a queen, she was also the Empress of India. Because of this, Abdul Karim and his friend Mohammed are sent from India to Britain to deliver a sacred coin: the Mohur. Abdul and Mohammed believe they are only going to remain in Britain for a short period of time, but they end up going on the adventure of a lifetime.

 

Judi Dench, who plays Queen Victoria, exceptionally portrays a queen who is tired of her constriction. All she wants to do is have Abdul be her full-time servant, but because of his origins, Queen Victoria’s staff does not approve. Ali Fazal, who plays Abdul Karim, considers the queen a very special person and his kindness towards her is impeccable. He teaches her the Quran and shares his culture with her. As time goes on, both develop a strong friendship, which is truly heartwarming.

 

The setting is remarkable. I’ve never seen the Taj Mahal, Scotland or the queen’s palace. This film takes the audience to all these places. After seeing the beauty in other countries, it makes me want to travel the world. My favorite part of this film is when Queen Victoria eats with her staff. She eats very quickly and, once she finishes her food, regardless if the others are done or not, the servants take all of the food away. It’s hilarious to see people still eating their meals and have their food taken away in the blink of an eye.
The message of this film is that no race, culture or religion is subordinate to another, even though individuals are from many different backgrounds. Britain is usually portrayed as one of the most powerful countries, but not in this film. We have to learn to not categorize others as inferior because of their lifestyle. Differences make society beautiful. If we were all the same, everything would be boring.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to kids ages 15 to 18 as well as adults. There are undertones of adult subject matter throughout the film. Queen Victoria is infatuated with much a younger, married man, which is why an older audience is more suitable for it. Check it out when it opens in select theaters on September 22, 2017. I guarantee you’ve never seen anything like this before. By Samantha M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 17

 

Victoria and Abdul

By Lucia Funaro, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 18

 

 

How could the Empress of the British Empire and a poor Indian clerk possibly have anything at all in common? The fact that there is much that they share is a major theme in Victoria and Abdul.  One example is that they are both in “prison.” You first see scenes with Abdul and Queen Victoria in their native habitats: waking up, doing their jobs and, we see that they both exist in confined situations. Abdul works in an actual Indian prison, doing a very boring job and Victoria later says she is “in prison” because she cannot do what she wants to do, which is to explore the world. In one surprising scene, Victoria actually falls asleep at the table at her Golden Jubilee dinner! Abdul catches her eye and he becomes a window to the wonderfully exotic world of Indian culture.

 

Every British character in this story, except Victoria, is a terrible racist. The Royal staff of Queen Victoria disapproves of her friendship with Abdul and are constantly conspiring to sabotage their relationship. In contrast, Queen Victoria is fascinated by India, the languages, architecture and just about everything. She wants to explore India, but she cannot because if she does, she likely will be assassinated by the oppressed Indian people. Her son and heir Bertie (later King Edward VII) is the most hateful of all. One of the first things he does as king is to burn all evidence of his mother’s 14-year friendship with Abdul that exists among his mother’s papers and photographs.

 

One of the things that really stood out for me in this movie was the dialogue. Many wonderful actors are very lucky to bring life to this well-crafted screenplay. Judi Dench, as Queen Victoria, is really funny and dramatic at the same time. Ali Fazal, as Abdul, is amazing because he shows the care, love and respect the character has for the Queen. Of course, Michael Gambon is appropriately arrogant as the Prime Minister (although his distinctive voice keeps bringing Dumbledore to mind!)  Eddie Izzard, as Queen Victoria’s son Bertie, is also phenomenal as the worst villain in a movie full of them – very realistic and believable. The director Stephen Frears and the writer Lee Hall are amazing because they capture an important piece of history in an entertaining way. (When I found out Lee Hall wrote Billy Elliot, I knew this movie was going to be great.)

 

I give Victoria and Abdul 5 out of 5 stars because it tells the remarkable story about how two people from very different worlds come together as friends. I recommend this movie ages 13 to 18 because there are no intense moments and the plot is slightly complex. There are only funny, sweet, beautiful and some sad moments. You can see Victoria and Abdul in theaters when it opens on September 22, 2017.   By Lucia Funaro, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 18

 

 

Victoria and Abdul

By Benjamin P, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 12

 

Victoria and Abdul is a surprisingly humorous historical drama with great performances from its two main leads.

 

Victoria and Abdul opens in India when Abdul (Ali Fazal) is chosen to take a long voyage to England to present a special coin to Queen Victoria (Judi Dench). During the ceremony, something sparks their long, close and unusual friendship which is the subject of the film. Victoria and Abdul follows the queen in the final years of her rule. She is 81 years old and finds little happiness in her day-to-day life until Abdul arrives. Abdul teaches her how to speak and write in Urdu and soon becomes her “munshi,” a spiritual adviser. Many in the queen’s household do not approve of their friendship because of Abdul’s origins. Nevertheless, their friendship thrives.

 

Judi Dench plays a quite believable Queen Victoria and brings out both the stubborn and kind sides of her character. Dench really shows a range of emotions and truly brings out the personality of this historical figure. Dench makes Victoria’s loneliness so convincing that I felt her pain. Her rudeness makes sense considering every day she is followed by a selfish posse of unfaithful followers. When Abdul arrives, the kinder parts of her character come alive.

 

Ali Fazal portrayst a very likable Abdul, but he feels poorly developed in comparison and never really gets a chance to shine. I also have to give props to Eddie Izzard who plays Queen Victoria’s son Bertie. He is a believable villain and keeps up a terrible personality until the final frame. Despite the talented cast, this film feels disjointed. There’s too much going on and too many characters to keep up with. Victoria and Abdul never quite fully develops the relationship between the title characters and the film suffers because of it. It also tends to be melodramatic at times, especially at the end.

 

I recommend it for ages 13 to 18. This films talks about some subjects that could be unsettling to explain to a younger child. Little kids will probably not enjoy the film as much as tweens, teens and adults because they won’t know the history and the context. I give the film 3.5 out of 5 stars. At its core, this film is about how one friendship overcomes prejudice and racism. Victoria doesn’t care what other people think about Abdul. He is her friend and that’s all that matters.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taco ‘bout a good deal: Rubio’s Celebrates National Taco Day 10/3

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Looks delicious, doesn’t it?

National Taco Day is almost here so taco-lovers around the country can get ready for some seriously delicious deals. And there are a lot of taco lovers out there – Americans ate more than 4.5 billion tacos last year, according to the National Taco Day website. In honor of the foodie holiday, Rubio’s Coastal Grill will offer guests deals all day Tuesday, October 3 (in conjunction with Taco Tuesday) on the signature fish taco that helped put the company on the map, as well as a few newer selections. Special all-day deals include:

  • $1.75 Original Fish Taco
  • $2 Original Fish Taco Especial
  • $2.25 Original Fish Taco with new Mango Salsa (available only on Oct. 3!)
  • $1 off all alcohol all day

I actually can’t wait to try the New Mango Salsa! I know where I am going tomorrow!

We have teamed up with Rubio’s for a fun giveaway! Deadline to enter is Tuesday, October 6th!!! (6 pm PST)Has been extended!  To enter, leave a comment below telling us your favorite food item at Rubio’s! I love their Tacos but I think the Rubio’s Ancho Citrus Shrimp Burrito is my all time favorite! U.S. Residents only. One winner will win two meal vouchers to Rubio’s. 

Self Disclosure: I received free meal vouchers to facilitate this post/giveaway. Image and info were also provided.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS: Kiehl’s supports Bright Pink Kiehl’s Since 1851 to Donate $50,000 via Limited Edition Butterstick Lip Treatment Duo and Breast Cancer Awareness Month Program

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This year, in honor the brand’s commitment to women’s health, Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care, is proud to donate $50,000 to Bright Pink, the national non-profit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women:

 

  • For every Kiss For The Cure Butterstick Lip Treatment Duo sold, Kiehl’s will donate 100% of net profits, up to $25,000 to Bright Pink.

 

  • From Oct. 1 to Oct. 31, on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, Kiehl’s will donate $1 for every post of someone blowing a kiss to the camera, tagging @Kiehls and #KissForTheCure, up to $25,000.

In addition, all Kiehl’s retail stores nationwide will be accepting donations for Bright Pink. To find your nearest store, please visit the store locator on Kiehls.com.

 

“Bright Pink is a perfect partner for Kiehl’s because not only do they represent a cause we feel strongly about, women’s health, but also because they encourage young women to move from awareness to action and empowerment,” says Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA. “Breast cancer is a devastating disease that affects people every day of the year, so we’re so glad that we can make noise outside the traditional time of the year the general public focuses on it.”

 

The Kiss For The Cure Butterstick Lip Treatment Duo unites the Untinted and Simply Rose shades in a custom carton, allowing customers to keep oneButterstick Lip Treatment for themselves while giving one to a friend or loved one, reminding them of the importance of education and early detection of breast cancer.

 

Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment is a supremely hydrating and smoothing balm that offers up to 12 hours of hydration. The formulas include broad spectrum SPF 25 sunscreen, providing the protection from UV rays that’s essential to keeping lips looking youthful and supple.

 

Butterstick Lip Treatment’s creamy texture is achieved through a combination of butters and oils, including lemon butter and coconut oil. These two key ingredients provide a unique, lightweight, cushiony finish.

Lemon Butter, sourced from California and obtained by cold pressing the lemon peel, is known to be rich in antioxidants. Within the formula, this natural butter helps protect lips from environmental stress, and infuses the treatment with a light citrus fragrance that engages the senses.

Coconut Oil, fairly traded from the Philippines and often referred to as the ‘tree of life’, is a known a healing agent in Ayurvedic medicine that has been used for over 4,000 years. The oil, which is composed of over 90% saturated fatty acids, is an excellent “water sealer” that helps maintain skin hydration. Within the formula, it helps to hydrate and soften lips.

 

SRP: $32.00

I received samples and I love the Butterstick Lip Treatment! I highly recommend! It is just perfect for the Fall! A real beauty-must!

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images were also provided. 

 

Go Little Tokyo Presents the Inaugural Haunted Little Tokyo Spooktacular Nights in the Heart of LA October 1 - 31, 2017

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Go Little Tokyo proudly presents the inaugural Haunted Little Tokyo for “spook”-tacular events in the heart of LA on select nights October 1 – 31, 2017. Ghosts and Goblins of all ages are invited to experience Little Tokyo this October as the neighborhood transforms with pumpkin patches, ghoulish games, trick-or-treating, free Halloween movie screenings, Little Tokyo ‘haunted’ walking tours, themed drink specials, scrumptious food, and more culminating to the hair-raising fun block party and costume parade on Saturday, October 28.

DETAILS: 

Experience Little Tokyo like never-before as the heart of Downtown LA transforms for the month of October with spooky themed-activities and frightening fun. Pick your perfect pumpkin at the weekend pumpkin patches by Tanaka Farms at the Japanese Village Plaza and the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. Dress up your little monsters for ghoulish games, trick-or-treating, and FREE family-friendly movie screenings including Studio Ghibli’s “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “My Neighbor Totoro.”  Learn of the legendary Little Tokyo ghost tales and the city’s history in the Little Tokyo haunted walking tours, or test your fears watching classic Japanese horror flicks including the 2002 supernatural film “Ju-on: The Grudge.” Dress your best on October 28 as the month-long celebration culminates to a Little Tokyo block party with a costume parade, bar crawl, live entertainment, special food and drink discounts, and more.

 

WHEN:

Select nights October 1 – 31, 2017

Block Party is on October 28, 2017

For a full calendar of events visit: www.hauntedlittletokyo.com

WHERE:

Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles

TICKETS AND REGISTRATION:

Free, depending on the activity. For more information please visit www.hauntedlittletokyo.com

 

PARTICIPATING STORES AND RESTAURNATS:

Proudly presented in partnership by Little Tokyo Community Council, Go Little TokyoAnime for HumanityCafe DulceWolf & CraneEast West PlayersJapanese American Cultural & Community CenterKizunaLittle Tokyo VibesMonkey PantsSeoul SausageTanaka FarmsJapanese Village PlazaLittle Tokyo Business Association, The Koban, Baldoria, and Japangeles.

Credit: Go Little Tokyo. Photo: “Spirit of the Witch”, themed cocktail by Wolf & Crane.

 

LA Haunted Hayride 9/29 – 10/31

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Los Angeles Haunted Hayride (@LAHauntedHayride) returns with the most thrilling ride yet as guests become completely absorbed within the experience.  This year’s theme “Clown” will feature four zones guaranteed to make your skin crawl: Haunted HayrideHouse Of ShadowsTrick Or Treat, and Purgatory. Take a seat on our haunted Hayride as we slither through the genuinely haunted woods of Griffith Park’s Old Zoo. Meet a legion of vicious clowns waiting with more psychopathic fun than any wagon can handle. And if you think you know clowns…you don’t know our clowns. The evolution of demonic apparitions that live within these trees have created a darkness that will leave with you and infiltrate your dreams. Clown – will literally have you on the edge of your seat and then forced out of those seats as you become immersed within your darkest fears escaping on foot to experience the winding, weaving Corn Maze smack dab in the middle of the ride! This year’s hayride will be your favorite hayride to date. We are sure of it.
The terror of Los Angeles Haunted Hayride begins on September 29th, 2017 and will be open select nights until October 31st, 2017. Operating hours are Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7pm-10:30 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm-12am. General Admission is $44 and VIP passes that surpass the line are $62. There are also a limited number of Hayride Only Passes $35, all expected to sell out during the pre-sale. Pre-sale for tickets are available NOW. Visitwww.losangeleshauntedhayride.com for exact nights of operation and other details.
“Hayride fans have been asking us to bring back the Clown Tent Finale for years.  We just couldn’t escape it. Once we started we got so sucked into this rabbit hole of incredible clown content that we couldn’t just do one finale scene.  So we decided to take the number one fan favorite experience of our entire history and make it the entire 30 acre attraction. I don’t think I’ve been this excited for the hayride since year one ” explains TTO CEO and Haunted Hayride Founder and author of the upcoming book “READY FIRE AIM: How I Turned a Hobby into an Empire”, Melissa Carbone (@MelCarbs).
Admission: Ticketed
Location: Griffith Park (Old Zoo) 4730 Crystal Springs Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027
For Kids: Ages 10+ Recommended
Special Offer: Pre-Sale Tickets Available Now!
2017 Dates: Select dates between September 29th – October 31st
Credit: Los Angeles Haunted Hayride.