It’s starting to look like Christmas at The Shops At Montebello! MAKE MAGICAL MEMORIES AT THE SANTA EXPERIENCE AND HOLIDAY EVENTS AT THE SHOPS AT MONTEBELLO THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

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The holidays are here and it’s time for Christmas photos with Santa and Christmas shopping! The best place to go? The Shops at Montebello is a favorite of mine!

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Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience at The Shops at Montebello. Children can whisper wishes and capture photo memories with Santa which began on  November 10 and runs through Christmas Eve Day, December 24 at Center Court.

 Save time, avoid the line with Santa by Appointment! Now you can reserve your magical moment with Santa online at http://simonsanta.com.

For local pet owners, there is a  popular Pet Photo Night with Santa December 3 from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Many pet owners view their pet as an integral member of the family and are just as committed in caring for their pets as their “human” family members. Pet Photo nights are hosted after regular mall closing and the set gets an extensive cleaning following the event to remove any potential risk to allergy sufferers.

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The Shops at Montebello will also host Breakfast with Santa and a Holiday Photo Booth on December 2. Breakfast with Santa is 9 – 10 a.m. Reservations are required. Seasonal carolers will delight children and families.

I just love shopping at The Shops at Montebello because they have the best shops! Some of my favorites are the following:  Bath and Body Works, Old Navy, and Cotton On! This is the best place to find Christmas gifts for everyone on your Christmas list this holiday season! They also have some great places to catch lunch or dinner such as Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que! On Black Friday if you spend $200 or more at the following retailers: Disney Store, Express, Hollister, New York & Company, Cotton On, Steve Madden, Victoria’s Secret, Vision Center, Zales Jewelers, Robert Wayne Footwear, Bath & Body Works, and the Children’s Place..you will receive a $25 voucher from Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que.  I’m sure that there will also be some great Black Friday deals! 

Don’t miss other holiday festivities, including:

  • Black Friday Fun on November 24 where shoppers can look forward to hot chocolate and desserts, holiday photo booth and entertainment.
  • November 15 – December 24 – Enter to Win 2 Disneyland Annual Passports.  Entry forms at Guest Services.  No purchase necessary.
  • MDA Fill the Boot from November 24-26 with Montebello Fire Department hosting a fundraiser for families with muscular dystrophy.
  • Join The Shops at Montebello for the puppy Pals Family Programming Event on December 1 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. in Victoria’s Secret Court with activities for the kids and prize giveaways.
  • Don’t miss theVisa Gift Card Holiday Event with KOST 103.5 on December 2 from 2 – 4 p.m. The first 200 shoppers to receive a holiday scratcher.  Every scratcher wins a prize.  No purchase necessary.
  • The Holiday Photo Booth is December 2 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Countdown to Christmas from December 14 to 24 with Manny on the Streets from KIIS-FM.

Self Disclosure: I received some form of compensation to post. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.

Mozzy is Pet of the Week!

MOzzy, November 16 Pet of the Week

Ever been punished for something you didn’t do? Then you and Mozzy will have a lot to talk about. Mozzy, a pit bull terrier about 3 years old, was surrendered to the shelter by his owner. Why? The other dog in the house was a biter, so the owner was afraid Mozzy would be a biter! And not so——he’s a big lover and would rather lounge around with you than chase toys. He is good with children, the owner said, so he’d be a fine addition to your Thanksgiving get-together (keep him away from those table scraps!). Meet Mozzy on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A599173.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Courtesy: Credit of the Companion Animal Village.

Yogurtland Offers $5 Ultimate Creation Cup on November 14 Featuring Two Limited Time Flavors Made With Ghirardelli® And Limited Edition Collectable Spoon

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On Tuesday, November 14, Yogurtland fans will have an even greater reason to celebrate with Yogurtland’s $5 Ultimate Creation. From 4PM-9PM local time, for just $5 dessert lovers can visit their local Yogurtland and swirl up their own 16oz ultimate creation with any of the 16 available frozen yogurt and ice cream flavors, including two new limited-time flavors Made With Ghirardelli.The two flavors are:

            Frozen Hot Chocolate- Combining the perfect blend of rich Ghirardelli cocoa, cream, and marshmallow, this flavor takes winter’s favorite hot drink and perfects it in frozen form.

            Dark Chocolate Blueberry Sorbet- Inspired by Ghirardelli’s Dark Chocolate Blueberry square, this sorbet provides delicious dark chocolate flavor from Ghirardelli cocoa, followed by notes of sweet blueberry.

Yogurtland guests can pick up their ‘I Heart Ghirardelli’ cup and swirl up their choice between two flavors Made With Ghirardelli or both, and head over to the topping bar to build their satisfying, delicious creation with even more Ghirardelli goodness with Ghirardelli toppings and sauces. With over 60 fruit, candy, cereal, nuts, cookies and other toppings to choose from, Yogurtland offers fans the chance to completely customize their ultimate creation experience with all their favorite additions.

Yogurtland’s flavorologists are continually seeking craveable flavors that keep fans loving their experience. Yogurtland owns its own dairy and by controlling the frozen yogurt making process, the company can deliver the highest quality flavors, setting new standards for millions of fans.

 All of Yogurtland’s flavors meet the National Yogurt Association Criteria for “live and active culture frozen yogurt” and are produced in a kosher-certified facility. Yogurtland features non-fat and low-fat yogurt flavors as well as non-dairy and no sugar added choices while using milk that does not contain antibiotics or added hormones. Fruit flavors are fortified with Vitamin C for an extra boost.

 Presently Yogurtland has more than 320 locations across the U.S., Australia, Dubai, Guam, Korea, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Venezuela. Flavors are always subject to creative change and popular demand. For more information, visit http://www.yogurt-land.com or http://www.facebook.com/yogurtland.

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Credit: Yogurtland. Photos and information were provided. Some form of compensation may be received for posting. 

K. C. is Pet of the Week!

K. C., November 9 Pet of the Week

Would you give this big, sweet softie a place in your home and heart? His name is K. C., and he loves to put smiles on people’s faces to match the big pittie smile on his own! K. C. is 3 years old pittie-terrier mix. He’s well trained and responds to commands like “Sit!” “Shake” and “Down!” He’s so polite that he’ll say “Yes, please, oh, please” to a tennis ball! Meet K. C. on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A596641.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of our friends at the Companion Animal Village. 

Pappy’s Seafood of San Pedro is the place to go for lunch or dinner!

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Historic Downtown San Pedro is now home to Pappy’s Seafood, a casual dining experience focused on classic seafood fare with high quality, fresh ingredients. This exciting addition to San Pedro’s dining scene is the creation of Santa Monica based Yunnie and Greg Morena, a couple with 30 years entrepreneurial ventures between them, including their wildly successful restaurant, The Albright, the longest-running restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier.

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Pappy’s menu emphasizes sustainable and local seafood, sourced fresh from the Port of Los Angeles. Highlights include a clambake party, shrimp cake sliders, fish & chips, Brazilian Moqueca Stew, and a customizable, fresh fish grill. An extensive selection of starters, fresh salads, house made drinks, and offerings for kids, round out the menu with a collection of craft beers on tap and an assortment of local wines.
The comfortable yet upscale atmosphere is outfitted in a nautical color scheme and anchored by a reclaimed brass bar from the old Fisherman’s Market at The Ports o’ Call. The Morena’s worked closely with Undefeated founder, James Bond and architect David Alvarez, alongside the Papadakis family, to celebrate the motley heritage of the historic structure through the new design, creating a classic, seaside vibe. While preserving the original bones, the Morena’s raised the ceiling and exposed clerestory windows, antique brick, concrete, and the original entrance doors, all of which had been covered up for over 70 years.
I had the opportunity to check this place out for lunch and was really impressed with the casual atmosphere, friendly service, and the delicious food! The only thing was I had a difficult time deciding what to try! The menu has some really great selections! I started with the Crab Cakes (which is an appetizer) and they were delicious! Then I decided on a delicious Lobster Roll Sandwich!
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The Lobster Roll Sandwich was quite impressive and even the fries were delicious!
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I visited with a family member and she loved the Salmon plate!
So, if you are looking for a great Seafood place for lunch or dinner, I recommend Pappy’s Seafood! They are located at 301 West 6th Street in San Pedro. They are open 11:30 AM-9:30 PM Monday-Sunday.
Self Disclosure: I reviewed Pappy’s Seafood and had the opportunity to visit as Media. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.

Circus Vargas Unveils Original New Production- Steam Cirque! Returning to San Pedro! Family 4-Pack Giveaway Opportunity!

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Circus Vargas embarks on a brand new epic adventure under the big top! Bringing their innovative new production to Arcadia from November 2nd – 13th and coming to San Pedro November 16th – 20th.

The show:

Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for Circus Vargas’ 2017’s retro-futuristic production, SteamCirque!  Join them on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey!

Arrive 45 minutes early for an entertaining, interactive pre-show celebration, where kids can create their own magic under the big top, learning circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more!   Meet and mingle with the entire cast after each performance.  Capture the fun by posing for pics or selfies with your favorite cast members, all part of an unforgettable Circus Vargas experience!

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The storyline:

An eccentric group of adventure seekers stumble upon a traveling circus in an imaginary Victorian city, far, far-away. SteamCirque’s peculiar protagonist, part magician-

part inventor, attempts to industrialize the circus by incorporating his steam powered mechanical contraptions into the ordinary, typical circus rigging, filling the big top with new, imaginative acrobatic apparatus for the artists to perform their acts.

 

“SteamCirque is inspired by adventure, colored by imagination and brought to life by the amazing cast of Circus Vargas!

 

Join us for an amazing experience, under the big top as Circus Vargas celebrates its 48th year and create new and treasured memories for generations to come! This wonderful show has something for everyone! It’s 2 hours of amazing music, lights, magic, acrobats, aerialists, daredevils, comedians and more!

 

Ticket Information:

For Circus Vargas performance dates, times and to purchase tickets, visit www.circusvargas.com, call 877-GOTFUN-1 (877-468-3861) or visit the box office at each location. Follow Circus Vargas on Facebook and Twitter for updates, discounts and behind the scenes video.

Thursday, November 2 – Monday, November 13 

Santa Anita Park (285 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia 91007)

Thursday, Nov 2 – 7:30pm

Friday, Nov 3 – 4:30, 7:30pm
Saturday, Nov 4 – 4:00pm, 7:30pm
Sunday, Nov 5 – 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:30pm
Monday, Nov 6 – 7:00pm

Thursday, Nov 9 – 7:00pm

Friday, Nov 10 – 4:30, 7:30pm
Saturday, Nov 11 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm
Sunday, Nov 12 – 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:30pm

Monday, Nov 13 – 7:00pm

 

Thursday, November 16 – Monday, November 20 

By Battleship USS Iowa (250 S Harbor Blvd, Los Angeles 90731)

Thursday, Nov 16 – 7:30pm

Friday, Nov 17 – 4:30, 7:30pm
Saturday, Nov 18 – 4:00pm, 7:30pm
Sunday, Nov 19 – 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 7:00pm
Monday, Nov 20 – 6:30pm.

Circus Vargas will be in the parking lot outside USS Iowa, and when you bring your Circus Vargas ticket stub to the museum you will get discounted entrance into the museum! Now, how cool is that?! It is a fun museum to visit!

Main Link: http://www.circusvargas.com/

Ticket Link: http://www.circusvargas.com/tickets.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CircusVargas/
I am excited that they are returning to San Pedro and we have teamed up for a Family 4-Pack for the San Pedro show! The winner can select one of the dates for San Pedro! To enter leave a comment below telling us why you would like to go! Deadline to enter is November 4th, 2017 at noon PST. 

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

Mardy is Pet of the Week!

Mardy, November2 Pet of the Week

Mardy looks like a lawn statue in this photo! This little 2-year-old Chi/pug mix is all personality, and as still as he’s standing, it all comes through here! He’s neutered, ready to go and absolutely adorable! Meet Mardy on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A598551.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Looking for the Next Mini- Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia! You DO have to be a Kid!

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Does your Kid want to be the  Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia? This really sounds like a cool opportunity! Carlsbad will be the first city in Kidifornia to organize its own government, and lobby to become the capital of Kidifornia! It’s super easy to apply!

All you have to do is create a maximum 1-minute video of your kid expressing what he or she most enjoys about the city, showing why he or she should be the Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia.

Parents…please read the Terms & Conditions to participate (no purchase is necessary). If you are a Kid and reading …please get your parent’s permission but hurry! Deadline is November 12th! 

Here are the rest of the directions:

STEP 2: Ready, set, film!

  1. Study your itinerary: Think about which activities you like the most, filming those experiences you most enjoy.
  2. Prepare your equipment: Make sure you’re using a fully charged device and that you bring your charger on your excursions just in case.
  3. Think about how you’ll film: Before you press record, take a look this helpful “how to film” video prepared by UrLife’s Hollywood-film editing pro’s. Tips include:
  • Hold your phone camera horizontal
  • Keep the sun behind you
  • Use movement when filming (Pull back/Pan over/Scroll down/Pull and Push in)
  • Framing (keep backgrounds in mind, connect subjects to background, get in front to see faces)
  • Retry and repeat if necessary!
  • Add an interview and commentary
  • Frame your actors like stars!
  • Include the behind the scenes (airports, transportation, breakfasts!)
  • Signage (streets, hotels, the Carlsbad sign!)
  • Bookends (an introduction and a close to your film, offered by you!)

STEP 3: Edit your film and share!

Tell your story of your trip to Carlsbad, editing the great footage into a short film showing how you enjoyed the destination and why YOU should be named MAYOR OF CARLSBAD, KIDIFORNIA! Upload your video before November 12th to Instagram or Facebook, simply with the hashtag #MiniMayorCarlsbad and #VisitCarlsbad, to enter the competition.

STEP 4: Win an awesome prize!

The winner will get a package for your family including two nights at West Inn & Suites, dinner for four at Bistro West, lunch for four at Grubby’s and four park passes to LEGOLAND!

Now, how cool does this prize sound?!  So, what are you waiting for?! Enter before it’s too late!

Don’t miss the Carlsbad, Kidifornia Beach Party!

When:  October 21, 2017 from 9:30 am to 1 pm

Where: Beach Terrace Inn, 2775 Ocean Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008

 

Visitors and locals are invited to attend the Carlsbad, Kidifornia Beach Party on October 21st, from 9:30 am to 1 pm. Join the mayor of Carlsbad, Matt Hall, and the team of Visit Carlsbad for a morning of kid-friendly activity on the sandy shores of the Beach Terrace Inn. There will be fun, games, and chances to win great prizes in Carlsbad, Kidifornia, including a two-night stay at West Inn & Suites, dinner at Bistro West, lunch Grubby’s and four park passes to LEGOLAND, and much more!

 

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit visitcarlsbad.com/kidifornia and follow on social media @VisitCarlsbad #MiniMayorCarlsbad.

 

Activities:

  • Mini-Mayor video filming: Take a pose in our Kidifornia photo booth and tape your winning video to become our Mini-Mayor. With your parents’ permission, we’ll help you to create a 1-minute video on what you most enjoy about the city, and enter you into the contest to win a two-night stay at West Inn & Suites, dinner at Bistro West, lunch Grubby’s and four park passes to LEGOLAND!
  • “Sand Capitol” building contest: Do you have a talent for design? Sign up for our “sand capitol” contest happening from 10 am -11:30 am and help us create the new headquarters of Carlsbad, Kidifornia! We’ll have professional builders to help you and all the tools needed and a great prize—a full day of fun at Carlsbad Watersports—for the winning design.
  • Kid’s Check Out Survey: What do kids love most about Carlsbad, Kidifornia? Tell us what you think answering a short survey and enter a contest to win four tickets to SEA LIFE Aquarium!

Self Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Compensation was received. Information and images were provided courtesy of  Visit Carlsbad.