Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day With Good Greens Garden Lites® Offers Veggies Made Great Superfood Veggie Cakes, Blueberry Oat Muffins And Ninja Power Muffins

 Garden Lites®, the delicious vegetable company and the leader in unique veggie-rich foods, is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a lineup of incredibly “green” products, all offering veggies made great. Consumer demand across the U.S. keeps growing for Garden Lites products, which always have vegetables as the first ingredients.  The total line is made with only clean/simple ingredients, is non-GMO certified, gluten free, nut free and always delicious. 

This St. Patrick’s Day, share the luck of the Irish with three Super Green delicious, nutritious powerhouse foods from Garden Lites including:


•  Garden Lites Blueberry Oat Muffins: You’ll never believe the first ingredient in Garden Lites Blueberry Oat Muffins is zucchini!  Heat them in a microwave to enjoy a chocolate lava cake experience or a delightful blueberry packed muffin, both for only 120 calories. All Garden Lites Muffins are Non-GMO and deliciously moist and a great source of fiber.  They are also all allergy-friendly, gluten, and nut free.


•  Garden Lites Superfood Veggie Cakes: These green veggie cakes are incredibly good for you and packed with nutrient-rich superfood veggies like kale and cauliflower. Each veggie cake is packed with veggies, gluten free, non-gmo and nutritionally smart. Though it may be daunting to eat your 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, a great way to accomplish this goal is to make it easy. Garden Lites products are ready in a few minutes, with the muffins ready in 30 seconds, so now you can enjoy the benefits of vegetables with the delicious convenience of our foods.

I actually tried these Garden Lites Superfood Veggie cakes and I really like them! They are a hit in my house! I will definitely be buying these again soon! I like that they are great for an afternoon snack! 


•  Garden Lites Power Ninja Muffins: This wholesome treat will make your kids’ friends “green” with envy! Your child will love the fun characters, you’ll love the fact that zucchini is the first ingredient. Only 80 calories each, Garden Lites Ninja Power Muffins are Allergy-friendly; Gluten, Dairy & Nut Free! Perfect for lunchboxes.

About Garden Lites:

Garden Lites has a variety of products and increased distribution in the freezer section across the country. Some of the best selection can be found at Kroger, Meijer, Target, Costco, Shop Rite, Publix, Stop & Shop, Giant, HEB, Ralph’s, Fry’s, Whole Foods, and many more retailers and online for home delivery at thehealthfoodstore.com The line also has the Good Housekeeping Nutrition Seal of Approval, which is the first health-conscious, lifestyle-aware seal in the food and beverage industry.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to post. Images and information were also provided. 

Rocky, March 15th Pet of the Week!

OK, play the theme song—it’s Rocky! He’s a boxer, of course, but unlike the human Rocky, he’s a sweetie and loves children. He does very well with other dogs, too, in the play area. He’s 11 years old and was an owner surrender, and in keeping with our St. Patrick’s Day special deal—$20 to adopt a senior pet—we’d love him to live out his golden years in a happy home. So would Rocky. Meet him on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A603425.

(The usual suspects—and some unusual—contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

The West Coast’s Largest Pet Expo Returns to Orange County Featuring Cats and Dogs, plus Fish, Birds and Frogs…and More! Tickets On Sale – Now through April 10

Thousands of Animals and the People Who Love them to Gather at the OC Fair & Event Center, April 27-29!

A weekend full of animal education, family fun, pet entertainment, competitions and adoptions

Showcasing everything you need to know for a happier, healthier pet.

***Please Do Not Bring Your Pets***

America’s Family Pet Expo returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626) Friday, April 27 – Sunday, April 29, 2018.  The annual family-friendly event features all creatures cute and cuddly, furry, feathered and scaled of all sizes, shapes and colors.

“Entering our 29th year, America’s Family Pet Expo is THE destination for pet lovers, offering education on responsible pet care, entertainment and pet adoptions.  We couldn’t be prouder of the pet loving community we have in Southern California, making America’s Family Pet Expo the ultimate destination for all pet lovers,” said Jacinthe Moreau, President of the World Pet Association, producer of the America’s Family Pet Expo.  “As we have grown over the years, the show has progressed to include the best in pet ownership and care.  America’s Family Pet Expo offers animal adoptions, a variety of educational presentations, family fun pet entertainment, and exhibitors offering show specials and while showcasing the latest and greatest in pet products.”


New to America’s Family Pet Expo for 2018 is the Sea Lion Splash Show; a unique mobile aquatic experience combining both marine fun and environmental education.  Sea Lion Splash Show features rescued sea lions from both California and South America.  Ready to thrill and excite an audience of all ages, the sea lions balance balls, shoot hoops, dance, shake their flippers, and even do a handstand or two.

Returning to the 2018 America’s Family Pet Expo will be The Catit Playground. This popular interactive activity brings a close-up view for guests to watch charming adoptable cats and kittens to see how they interact with different toys and people.  This is a great atmosphere for guests to learn all about cats and to gain a little insight into “Catitude.”

America’s Family Pet Expo will include on-site cooking demonstrations. Hosted by JustFoodForDogs, the “Find Out What’s Cooking” talks will feature lessons on how to create homemade meals to promote optimal health, longevity and well-being for dogs.

Returning favorites to America’s Family Pet Expo include Repticon, reptile show and sale, offering hundreds of common and rare species of reptiles such as lizards, snakes, and spiders.  Plus, the ever-popular Splash Dogs and The Great American Petting Zoo, family fun the whole family will enjoy.

In advance of America’s Family Pet Expo, kids can design and create a 10-gallon aquarium in the Kid’s Aquarium Contest.  The aquariums will be on display throughout America’s Family Pet Expo and are judged according to age group and two categories – Natural and Creative.  Also, for the aquatic enthusiast is the Aquascaping Contest, where contestants will compete to make the most beautiful, and natural underwater environment in a small aquarium.

Pet Adoptions will be handled onsite for those looking for that perfect animal addition to the family.  There will be hundreds of animals hoping to find their “furever home” from local community partner organizations at the Pet Expo.

Standout Breeds and Breed-Specific Rescues On-Site Include:

  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Bichon Frise
  • Spaniel Breeds including Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Sussex Spaniel, and Cocker Spaniel
  • Dalmatian
  • German Shepherd
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Leonberger
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Terrier Breeds including Biewer Terrier, Rat Terrier, and Russell Terrier
  • Shetland Sheep Dog
  • Shiba Inu

 General Admission, $15.00; seniors 60 and over, $13.00. Children 6-12, $10.00. 5 yrs and under, free. Active and retired military free with ID. Show hours:  Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-6pm.
OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626. Facility charges $8.00 parking. Kindly leave all pets at home.

For more information and to purchase tickets online visit www.PetExpoOC.org .  America’s Family Pet Expo is created, produced and managed by World Pet Association, Inc., a 68-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet care.

Credit: America’s Family Pet Expo.

Winter Must-Have Beauty Products from Olay!


I love the Olay Cleansing Infusion Body Wash! It is available in two choices: The Hydrating Body Wash with Deep Sea Kelp and a Microscrubbing Cleansing Ginger Body Wash. My favorite is the Hydrating Body Wash with Deep Sea Kelp and I love that it leaves my skin clean and much softer! Both actually seem to improve my skin’s condition and they are quite affordable! I saw them at local stores retailing for around $5. each.

The Olay Daily Facials are one of my new favorites! They are so easy to use, great for travel and also quite affordable! I really like that these are water activated and they remove makeup really well. I also like that there is even one for sensitive skin! You can easily find them at places like Target. They also retail around $6.99.

Look for these Olay products at a store near you!


Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this Beauty post. 

Books of the Week!


Looking for books that your little Lego lovers will absolutely love? This children’s activity book series called Play to Learn… With Bricks will be a hit in your house! I really recommend all of them but I think that my favorite is the Zoo Animals!  To date, the authors have three versions of this step-by-step building block book series (Fruits + VegetablesZoo Animals and Farm Animals

I like that children can be creative with this book series and have a lot of fun!

Here is more info about the creators:

Mom and female founder Ann Kositchotitana moved to the U.S. from Singapore after she had a difficult time finding adequate care for her daughter Natalie, who was born with Down Syndrome in 2015. Natalie has absolutely flourished with her care in California, and Ann and her family are now fierce advocates for families facing similar challenges.

After noticing that Natalie was excelling at using Legos by using 2D step-by-step directions, Ann had an a-ha moment by realizing she could enable her child to do something on her own by building skills for school such as: problem solving, fine motor skills, understanding of colors, shapes, counting and more… and that’s how she created the concept of the Play-to-Learn series!

Natalie’s sister Sophie is credited as the cover art designer, and close friend and Lego art designer Paul Bacio, Jr. is the engineer for all of the builds. I think there are two wonderful stories here, of a woman recognizing an issue that she could fix and how it benefits children of all abilities. Play to Learn… With Bricks keeps children learning and playing.


Image: Paul and Sofie.


Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this featured book post. Images were also provided. 

GREAT Promotion Going on at Chuck E Cheese’s Right Now!

When you arrive at your local store, just say “I need a fun break!” and get 50 tickets with a food purchase. Enjoy some pizza while you are there!  The promotion goes from 3/12 – 5/6 and you get 50 Free Tix with any $5 purchase!


Credit: Chuck E Cheese.

Krazy Krafts Day for Kids at The Printing Museum, Carson Saturday March 24th from 10 am to 4 pm

For kids and the “kids-at-heart” in all of us…
All day activities for guests include unique crafts like letterpress printing,paper making, paper marbling, and foil stamping! You also can learn how to cartoon, fold origami, write in calligraphy, and rubber stamp to your hearts delight. Make sure to bring a blank t-shirt to screen print your very own shirt! History enthusiasts will enjoy tours of our working antique printing presses and will even get their name cast in hot metal type on our amazing Linotype machine.
This event is a lot of fun! I have taken my son when he was younger! ~SoCal City Kids.
Activities On-going All Day!
$10 Ticket for Everyone
www.printmuseum.org for tickets & information
310-515-7166    mail@printmuseum.org
The International Printing Museum
315 W Torrance Blvd, Carson, CA 90745       
Credit: The International Printing Museum.

New Kids program at TOMATOMANIA gardening show and sale TOMATOMANIA - California’s largest (and most fun) tomato gardening event and sale – returns this March.

Veteran and amateur gardeners love Tomatomania where they’ll discover up to 250 varieties of tomato seedlings including the newest and hottest tomatoes – Madame Marmande, Atlas, India Stripe, Gladiator and more; attend informational classes offering tips on planting; garden maintenance; selecting the best plants for your site; irrigation + fertilizing; pest control; newest equipment and much more from gardening pros.

What’s NEW at 2018 Tomatomania:

  •  Introduction of Peppermania sales and displays                                                                 • Veggie plants to keep tomatoes company in the garden
  • For Kids:   Making Seed pods; A Ladybug Release, Junior Gardener certificates               • Meet The BUG man
  • Chef Demos– preparation and cooking tips/tastings                                                         • Save the Heirlooms campaign – rescue seeds from extinction!

Tomatomania will be popping up at Garden Destinations throughout the state starting in early March through April.  Admission to most events, classes, demos is FREE

Full schedule, hours, classes, demos at www.tomatomania.com  (see attached)

Who’s Who at Tomatomania

Scott Daigre, owner and head Tomatomaniac, is the author of the best-selling book “Tomatomania: A Fresh Approach to Celebrating Tomatoes in the Garden.”  His company Powerplant Garden Design based in Ojai focuses on installation of home and professional gardens with a concentration on food based gardens.

His BEST TIP:  It’s all about the soil!  With SoCal’s arid climate, it’s important to amend and build the soil that supports your plants.  Compost and other soil amendments, gypsum, and similar minerals and a good basic fertilizer will all add organic material and life to your garden soil…and result in better tomatoes.

Mark Donofrio, Director of Operations, is a true Tomatomaniac.  Donofrio was co-owner of the popular Larchmont Grill and grew produce for the restaurant at many of LA’s community gardens.  Today he operates a small farm and Tomatomania test garden in Santa Ynez.  He calls it The Starter Farm (www.thestarterfarm.com). He is passionate about the value of growing your own foods and tomatoes are the easiest place to start.  His BEST TIP:  To insure a long growing season, he advises planting in succession.  Buy some plants at the pop up sales and plant them, then be sure to visit Tomatomania again and plant additional varieties in successive weeks.  He also suggests buying a nice mix of indeterminate* and determinate* varieties to ensure a full season.

Note: Determinate tomatoes are varieties that stop growing when the fruit sets on the top bud.  All tomatoes from the plant ripen at approximately the same time over a period of 1-2 weeks.  Indeterminate tomatoes will grow and produce fruit until killed by front.  Indeterminates will bloom, set new fruit and ripe all at the same time throughout the growing season.

General tomato facts:

  • Tomatoes are thought to have originated in Peru as the name comes from the Aztec “xitomati,” which means ‘plump thing with a navel’.
  • Fruit or Vegetable?  A tomato is technically the fruit of the tomato plant, but it is used as a vegetable in cooking
  • The French called tomatoes “pommes d’amour” or love apples as it was originally thought to be an aphrodisiac
  • 95 million people in the US grow tomatoes in home gardens each year
  • California grows the most canning and paste tomatoes in the U.S. while Florida grows and sells the most grocery store (fresh) tomatoes.
  • There are more than 7000 tomato varieties available in the home garden seed market

Credit: Tomatomania.