Archives for March 7, 2018

Books of the Week!

Here are my favorites this week!

Have an Artist in your house or someone who loves to draw? These will be a big hit!


Discover the “Little Books” that pack a big punch from Walter Foster Publishing!

In this new series, artists and hobbyists alike will learn a variety of interesting art topics, including manga, hand-lettering, and sketching, in a small and portable format. Filled with practice pages, creative exercises, and fun prompts, these books are great for beginners looking to learn the fundamentals in an entertaining way.

The Little Book of Sketching is my absolute favorite! I love how it really seems to make drawing seem much easier! 

More than 100 quirky and clever ideas for sketching your way through daily life
by Matt Andrews.

$14.99 US, $19.99 CA

I am sure these other two will be a hit with your children!

The Little Book of Manga Drawing

More than 50 tips and techniques for learning the art of manga and anime

by Jeannie Lee and Samantha Whitten

$14.99 US, $19.99, CAN

The Little Book of Lettering & Word Design

More than 50 tips and techniques for mastering a variety of stylish, elegant, and contemporary hand-written alphabets

by Cari Ferraro and John Stevens

$14.99 US, $19.99 CAN

This next one is great for Middle School readers!

Flower Moon

by Gina Linko

Sky Pony Press hardcover, also available as an eBook.

Tally Jo and Tempest Trimble are mirror twins, so alike they were almost born the same person. Inseparable, but more than that. Connected.

 That is, until this summer. The twins are traveling with Pa Charlie’s carnival just like always, but there’s a new distance between them. Tempest is so caught up in her own ideas, she doesn’t seem to have space left in her life for Tally. And, more than that, Tally’s started to notice there’s something between them. Something real, growing with the phases of the moon, pushing them apart. Sparking, sputtering, wild. Dangerous.

 With the full moon approaching, Tally knows it’s up to her to find out what’s going on—and to beat it. If she can’t, she might just lose her sister. Forever.

 For fans of Savvy and A Snicker of Magic, this is a spellbinding story of friendship and family—a poignant ode to both what’s worth holding on to, and what we have to let go.

This one is a truly magical story! 

If you know someone who loves Unicorns, then this next book is a must! I know I loved Unicorns as a young girl! This is a delightful book from Cakespy founder Jessie Oleson Moore – Stuff Unicorns Love.


A whimsical, humorous imagining of what unicorns really think and what they truly love—including the history of these mythical creatures.

Glitter. Sparkles. Rainbows and shimmering manes. Sure, unicorns are magical, and their reputations have taken the world by storm, but how much do we know about what unicorns really think? Would they really drink that pastel milkshake you found on Pinterest?

In Stuff Unicorns Love, you’ll get a guided tour of unicorns’ most treasured things straight from a unicorn’s mouth—from food recipes, to their favorite activities.

Learn the truth about these adorable (and painfully honest) creatures, as well as the facts behind their origins. With illustrations and tons of fascinating unicorn facts throughout, this is a perfect gift for unicorn lovers of all ages.

Even as an adult, I loved this book!

JESSIE OLESON MOORE is a writer, cook, and illustrator. No, that’s not indecision: it’s a unique mix of talents that comes together in a magical and engaging form. She is the creator of, a popular dessert and baked goods related website set up as an online “dessert detective agency” dedicated to seeking sweetness in everyday life. CakeSpy has been featured in The New York TimesSaveurSunset MagazineFood & Wine,Bon AppetitOThe Oprah Magazine, and The Boston Globe. She is the author of two cookbooks and two coloring books, including CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar Filled LifeUnicorn Coloring Book, andAnother Unicorn Coloring Book. In addition to running CakeSpy, Jessie has also written and illustrated forSerious Eats,, Peanut Butter and Company, Pillsbury, The Wisconsin Butter Board,, SaveurTaste of Home, and Microsoft.

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books and only feature books that I highly recommend! Cover images and information were also provided. 

R.M. Palmer Introduces ‘Selfie Bunnies’ & Other Treats For Easter 2018! Easter Giveaway Opportunity and Check out The R.M. Palmer Selfie Sweepstakes!

Easter is almost here and what is Easter without chocolate? R.M. Palmer has some new favorites for the upcoming holiday! I’m not sure which one is my favorite but I do love the Selfie Bunnies! All of them taste delicious! Nibbles is my second favorite and the Big Bunny Bites are a hot with my family!

R.M. Palmer is introducing several new hollow bunnies and confections for Easter 2018. With a reputation as the leader in seasonal hollow chocolate, the company continues to provide innovative chocolate novelties for all consumers and retail channels with their new Easter lineup, which includes:

  • Selfie Bunnies -10 oz. boy and girl hollow milk chocolate bunnies are ready for

their “selfie” photos – get in on the selfie and social media phenomenon. Cutout

props on-pack help capture the perfect selfie moment that will support a national

“Sweet Selfie” consumer sweepstakes (#sweetselfie).SRP $6. (I love this one!)

  • Nibbles – Our 8 oz. hollow milk chocolate bunny proudly holds an enormous

chocolate carrot and is the perfect addition to your Easter basket. SRP $5

  • Flopsy – a 14 oz. adorable floppy-eared, milk chocolate hollow bunny that no one can resist. SRP $8
  • Lil’ Flopsy – The proud little sibling to Flopsy, this 5 oz. Double Crisp® bunny is chocolaty smooth and crisp n’ crunchy! A great way to say Happy Easter! SRP $1
  • Caramel Big Bunny Bites – A 4-pack of delicious chocolaty eggs with soft caramel centers adds a new flavor option to the existing flavors of Peanut Butter and Smooth & Creamy Big Bunny Bites. Each egg is 1 oz. SRP $1 per 4-pack.
  • Eggword’s Eggs – A whopping 32 oz. bag of assorted Smooth & Creamy eggs…Wow! 2 pounds! Have fun spelling names or Easter messages with these yummy eggs foiled with bright festive letters. Available in 32 oz. lay-down or stand up gusset bags containing 94 letters. SRP $7 – per bag.

Which one is your favorite? Let us know and you could win an Easter prize package from R.M. Palmer! Deadline to enter is March 14th, 2018 at noon PST. U.S. Residents only, please. One winner will be selected randomly by SoCal City Kids.

And, don’t forget to enter R.M. Palmer’s Selfie Sweepstakes! 

Every Bunny loves a selfie! This year R.M. Palmer Company’s newest hollows are getting in on the fun. These 10 oz. boy and girl hollow milk chocolate Selfie Bunnies are camera ready and excited to celebrate R.M. Palmer’s 70th anniversary in a very special way.


Snap a selfie with your Selfie Bunny and enter for a chance to WIN a trip for two to Chicago and visit the 2018 NCA Sweets & Snacks Expo as a guest of R.M. Palmer Company. Cutout props on-pack help capture the perfect selfie moment. Upload your selfie to the Selfie Sweepstakes link on R.M. Palmer Company’s Facebook page and use #selfiebunny.


Two grand-prize winners will be chosen and each grand-prize package includes a trip for two adults to Chicago, one-day entry into the 2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo, roundtrip airfare, two-night hotel stay and $500 spending money. Runner-up prize packages include an assortment of R.M. Palmer everyday and seasonal favorites valued at $75.00 – 2nd Place winners will receive a Palmer selfie stick. Contest ends April 2nd, 2018.


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

Rimmel London Breathable Foundation and Concealer are Beauty Musts!

Spring is almost here! These beauty finds are must-buys for the upcoming season!

RIMMEL LONDON LASTING FINISH BREATHABLE FOUNDATION is the lightest long-lasting formula available on the mass market. This special formula builds and blends with ease to ensure a flawless canvas with every application.
Formula & Benefits: 25HR wear, sweat and transfer resistant, SPF 18 to protect skin, built-in ergonomic cushion applicator
Available in 16 skin-true shades: 081 Fair Ivory, 100 Ivory, 101 Classic Ivory, 102 Light Nude, 103 True Ivory, 200 Soft Beige, 201 Classic Beige, 203 True Beige, 300 Sand, 302 Golden Honey, 303 True Nude, 400 Natural Beige, 402 Bronze, 502 Noisette, 503 Mocha, 504 Deep Mocha.
I really love how this is lightweight but gives so much coverage! 
Minimize imperfections on the spot with RIMMEL LONDON LASTING FINISH BREATHABLE CONCEALER. The formula is transfer and sweat resistant so it lasts when you need it most. Best part? It doesn’t look cakey or feel heavy.
Formula & Benefits: Cushion applicator, 25 HR wear, sweat and transfer resistant, Ultra-smooth breathable formula
 Available in six skin-true shades : 001 Light Ivory, 100 Fair, 200 Light, 300 Medium, 400 Medium Dark, 600 Dark.
This one has really become one of my newest to-go-to beauty products!  I love that it is also not heavy and is very lightweight!
Look for these beauty products where Rimmel London products are sold!
Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images were also provided. 

Easter Fun at Lakewood Center

Lakewood Center

Easter Bunny Arrival

Friday, March 9 from 11-12: 30 PM in Center Court


Hop on down and have some fun making adorable crafts, cuddling with bunnies in our fantastically furry Bunny Corral, listening to stories and saying hello to the Easter Bunny!

For more information visit or visit us on Facebook

Or call 562.633.0290

Credit: Lakewood Center. 

Kira, March 8th Pet of the Week!

Our shelter is having a Senior St. Patrick’s Day special on March 17—$20 adoption fee. That’ll leave you a nice chunk of change to buy your new friend the things he or she deserves after being dumped when they get too long in the fang to be considered cute by their owners. At 14 years old, Kira certainly doesn’t look her age. She’s a lovely tortoise-shell kitty who was turned in to the shelter. She’s a lap cat and very sweet, but she needs somewhere soft to land forever. You need a quiet companion? Meet Kira on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A604039.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.