Pierre, July 19th Pet of the Week!

Ah, embrasse-moi, mon petit Pierre! Little Pierre is a calm little guy, but hug him, and he comes right to life and asks for more. Pierre is a little over a year old and seems to be a Shih Tzu. He’s loving and sweet, and would make a great companion for anyone who needs a hug—or to hug! Meet Pierre on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A610472.

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

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Looking for a place to visit this Summer? San Pedro is the place to take the Family! Fun and delicious food awaits you!

It’s Summer and time to go out and have fun with the family! One of my local favorite places to visit is San Pedro.

The coastal town, with a population of almost 81,000, and former WW II home to the U.S Navy fleet will gain a $400 million dollar 21st-century waterfront complete with a hotel. Now is the key time to understand the harbor city’s transitioning charm and what drew writers Charles Bukowski and Louis L’Amour to the area to live.

During the mid-20th century, San Pedro drew more than a million visitors annually. Today, with the Port of Los Angeles, the largest in North America (“America’s Port”) and Worldship Cruise Center, the 12.5-mile area has almost three million teeming its streets. Over the last couple of years, new attractions have paved the way, starting with the U.S.S. Iowa which, in 2012 sailed into the LA from San Francisco, to become a maritime museum.

There are lots of things to do, things to see and they have some of the best restaurants!  You could easily spend the whole day there doing so many different things but here are a few of my favorites!

Have you been to the Pacific Battleship Center? The Battleship IOWA is a must-visit! I love the history of this amazing place and I love that they have an App especially for the kids! The Battleship IOWA Interactive Mobile Tour allows visitors a first-hand experience to live and serve on this historic ship. On my visit, I downloaded the App and found that this will be something great for the younger kids. The Tours is my favorite part of the App but it also has Maps, Augmented Reality which is really cool to check out when you are visiting the Battleship IOWA. There’s even a cute dog mascot named Victory (Vicky) that children can try to spot on the ship. There’s a matching game with a prize at the end of the tour in the gift shop so check it out!

     

   

U.S.S. Iowa: In the coming year, will put together a new virtual reality flight experience taking off from the ship and then landing wherever you want to go…maybe Paris? How about London? Singapore? And you don’t even have to leave the ship. Now, how cool does that sound?! https://www.pacificbattleship.com/

Download their FREE App by clicking here!
Some upcoming events are the following: 

FREE: July 13, 8:00 P.M.: “Movies Under the Gun”: Justice League (2017). Directed by Zack Snyder. Written by Snyder and Chris Terrio. Starring Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, and Jason Momoa. Fueled by his restored faith in humanity, and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly-awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes in Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash, it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. Bring the entire family for “Movie Under the Guns” on board Battleship IOWA. The unique movie series is FREE and held outdoors on the ship’s fantail. Limited seating is available. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring blankets and outdoor chairs. Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed. All movies will start at dusk. Subject to cancellation due to extreme weather conditions. Donations are greatly appreciated.

FREE: August 17, 8:00 P.M.: “Movies Under the Gun”: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017). Directed by James Gunn. Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Kurt Russell. Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter’s parentage is revealed.  Bring the entire family for “Movie Under the Guns” on board Battleship IOWA. The unique movie series is FREE and held outdoors on the ship’s fantail. Limited seating is available. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring blankets and outdoor chairs. Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed. All movies will start at dusk. Subject to cancellation due to extreme weather conditions. Donations are greatly appreciated.

FREE: August 31 – September 3rd: Third Annual LA Fleet Week. LA Fleet Week® 2018 presented by Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime Video — Fleet Week is an annual, multi-day celebration of our nation’s Sea Services held on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles over the Labor Day Weekend. Free to the public, the event features public ship tours, military displays and equipment demonstrations, live entertainment, a kids’ STEM Expo, aircraft flyovers, a 100 Years of Navy in Hollywood Film Festival, the 10th Annual Conquer the Bridge Labor Day morning 5.3-mile walk/run over the Vincent Thomas Bridge, the LA Fleet Week 5 on 5 Basketball Tournament, and a Galley Wars culinary cook-off competition between Sailor, Marine & Coastguard teams. The family-fun event is Aug. 31-Sept. 3. More information at LAFleetWeek.com.

FREE: September 21, 8:00 P.M.: “Movies Under the Gun.” Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017). Directed by Rian Johnson. Starring Daisy Ridley,  Oscar Isaac, John Boyega. Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy. Bring the entire family for “Movie Under the Guns” on board Battleship IOWA. The unique movie series is FREE and held outdoors on the ship’s fantail. Limited seating is available. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring blankets and outdoor chairs. Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed. All movies will start at dusk. Subject to cancellation due to extreme weather conditions. Donations are greatly appreciated.

 FREE: October 19, 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.: “Movies Under the Gun.” Hocus Pocus (1993). A Halloween Trick or Treat will also be available starting at 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.  Directed by Kenny Ortega. Starring Bette Midler,  Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy. After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal. Bring the entire family for “Movie Under the Guns” on board Battleship IOWA. The unique movie series is FREE and held outdoors on the ship’s fantail. Limited seating is available. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring blankets and outdoor chairs. Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed. All movies will start at dusk. Subject to cancellation due to extreme weather conditions. Donations are greatly appreciated.

FREE: December 1, San Pedro 56th Annual Holiday Boat Parade. Sponsored by The Port of Los Angeles.  Watch the parade route, as it sails by the Battleship IOWA Museum and along the San Pedro waterfront. Iowa visitors will have unobstructed views of the elaborately decorated boats.

About Battleship IOWA

Entering service more than 70 years ago, U.S.S. IOWA deployed to the South Pacific in the uncertain early years of World War II.  The iconic battleship served with distinction in that war, and later during the Korean War.  In the 1990s, U.S.S. IOWA concluded her active duty as the Berlin Wall crumbled.  Battleship IOWA now serves as a historic naval ship museum.  Forged in war, guardian of the peace, the proud ship keeps watch as the proud sentinel of the LA Waterfront. IOWA’s teak decks and steel bulkheads echo the words and deeds of history: three U.S. Presidents, six of the nine American five-star military leaders, countless foreign dignitaries, and most importantly thousands of her own heroic IOWA sailors.  Visitors are awed by IOWA’s proud legacy as one of the fastest and most powerful ships ever to sail the world’s oceans.  Battleship IOWA is open to the public daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our hours are 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with our last ticket sale. Please visit our website additional information on special events, group tours educational programs and Naval retirement flag service.

Another place you just have to visit is the Cabrillo Aquarium, one of Frank Gehry’s early commissioned architectural buildings and a conservation center. http://www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/

With its spectacular natural setting adjacent to Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park and the Port of Los Angeles, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is uniquely suited to its leadership role in marine science education, aquaculture research and community recreation. The historic Frank Gehry-designed aquarium displays the largest collection of Southern California marine life in the world. Since 1935, CMA has provided visitors with both a natural and interactive approach to learning about the marine environment of Southern California. I love seeing all the sea creatures at this Aquarium! I also love the Tide pools at Cabrillo Beach!

  

3720 Stephen M. White Drive 
San Pedro, CA 90731
310-548-7562
Aquarium Hours
Tuesday through Friday – 12 noon to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday – 10 am to 5 pm
Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Photo Credit: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
Now, after visiting these truly amazing places you have to check out one of the many fabulous restaurants for lunch or dinner! One of my favorites is San Pedro Fish Market: LA’s Most Instagrammed Restaurant: https://www.sanpedrofish.com/
I was amazed at how big this place is and how clean! There is a sit-down place that I really recommend and the outside eating area is really big!
    
   
I love all the seafood choices they offer and I had the best Shrimp enchiladas ever! But, you really have so many choices! You can pick your own choice of fish at the Fish Counter and tell them how you would like it and add toppings or you can sit down and enjoy a meal from their menu which like I mentioned…they have the best shrimp enchiladas! The Salmon plate is pretty good too! If you love seafood, this place is a must-visit!
    
And, if you have a chance to meet the owner, Tommy Amalfitano, he has quite the sense of humor!
If you have even more time to spend in San Pedro, here are a few other places worth checking out!
The Maritime Museum: www.lamaritimemuseum.org
Crafted Los Angeles, home to nearly three dozen craftsmen and artisans crafting artisanal products such as candles, furniture, jewelry, clothes and art. http://craftedportla.com/
LA Waterfront Cruises: http://www.laharborsportfishing.com/
The Historic Downtown San Pedro First Thursday Artwalk is every first Thursday of the month 6-9 pm and the Farmers Market is every Friday 9 am-2 pm. And, Don’t forget to ride in the Red Trolley and see the Fanfare Fountains! LA Fleet Week is coming to San Pedro Labor Day weekend August 31st-September 3rd, 2018! https://www.lafleetweek.com/
Self Disclosure: I received media comps to visit all of the above. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids except for Cabrillo Aquarium. Photos were provided courtesy of the Cabrillo Aquarium. 

Nana Nae, July 12th Pet of the Week

Nana Nae—sounds like the background to a pop song. But our Nana Nae’s been in the background too long, and she’s such a playful, friendly little doll that we thought that some publicity should get her a forever home! Nana Nae is a cream-and-white one-and-a-half-year-old kitty with an orange splotch on her muzzle—she looks as if she had her snout in a can of pumpkin pie mix. She was brought in as a stray, but her owner never came to claim her. So, hey! Meet Nana Nae at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID# A604563.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Monster Jam® Returns To SoCal with L.A.’s First-Ever Action-Packed Arena Event, Monster Jam Triple Threat Series™ Tickets on Sale Now!

**Ultimate Showdown of Eight Extreme Monster Jam Teams

Going Head-to-Head in Seven Endurance Competitions

Driving Three Different Vehicles: Monster Jam Trucks, Speedsters & ATVs**

After five record-breaking stadium events playing to packed crowds at Angel Stadium earlier this year, Monster Jam® is revving it’s way up to Downtown Los Angeles with an all-new action-packed weekend of events for the first time ever at STAPLES Center, featuring the SoCal debut of the indoor arena-based Monster Jam Triple Threat Series™ that will keep motorsport fans on the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family!

     

Unlike any other Monster Jam event seen in SoCal before, the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series features eight of the most intense Monster Jam athletes in a fierce battle for the championship that tests the versatility and endurance of the athletes as they go head-to-head in a points-based format with seven different competitions driving three customized high-powered vehicles:  the larger-than-life 12,000 lb. Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs.  These extreme athletes battle for points in challenging Racing and Freestyle events that push themselves and their machines to the limit – delivering what fans want to see the most… more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action!

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series world-class athletes vying to become champions will be:

  • Grave Digger® driven by Brandon Vinson
  • Max-D® driven by Jared Eichelberger
  • El Toro Loco® driven by Mark List
  • Megalodon driven by Travis Groth
  • Zombie™ driven by Tyler Groth
  • Wonder Woman driven by Collette Davis
  • Pirate’s Curse™* driven by 2017 “Rookie of the Year” Camden Murphy
  • Alien Invasion driven by Bernard Lyght

 

WHEN:           Friday, August 17, 2018                  

  • Event Time – 7:30 PM

 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

  • Event Times – 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM

 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

  • Event Times – 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM

 

WHERE:         STAPLES Center – 1111 S. Figueroa Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90011

 

 TICKETS:      Tickets are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at just $25 each*

 

Tickets are now available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or visit the venue Box Office.                  *ticket prices subject to change – additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

 Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage in the world’s most iconic venues, sporting meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, larger-than-life trucks to the limit.   Monster Jam is one of the only sports where male and female world-class drivers, some generational rivals, are equals competing for the same championship on the same track. New in 2018 across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the truck winner in the donut, wheelie and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-arena fan voting on their smartphones.

Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc. Photos were also provided.

Summer 2018 Must-Haves!

Summer is here! Here are some of the Must-Haves for the season!

Build or Boom from Goliath Games is a must for both boys and girls! I love that this one does not have gender stereotypes and Build or Boom helps reinforce STEM skills such as analytical thinking and shape recognition. In addition, eye-hand coordination and deductive reasoning help build foundational skills. The best thing…is that the kids will really think that they are just having fun!

Find out more about this game and others at https://www.goliathgames.us/ and this game can be found at Walmart!

Are you hoping to prevent summer slide and keep children reading and academically engaged this summer? Read on!

The Nocturnals book series and summer reading kit, by film director and author Tracey Hecht, brings a unique opportunity to engage children and their families off their digital devices.  The Nocturnals  is a critically acclaimed middle grade and early reader series for readers who love animals, adventure, and a hint of mystery.  The books combine these elements with real-life scenarios that are relatable to elementary and middle school children, particularly regarding the topics of bullying, confidence, friendship, self-acceptance, and empathy. These books are delightful and I recommend highly!

About the Nocturnals:

The Nocturnals by Tracey Hecht features three unlikely friends: Dawn, a serious fox, Tobin, a sweet pangolin and Bismark, the loud mouthed, pint-sized sugar glider. The stories all play out in their nighttime world with teamwork, friendship and humor in every adventure. The brand is boy/girl and appropriate for kids ages 5-12 years old.

website featuring animated shorts and fun downloadable activities for parents and their children as well as educator guides for teachers and librarians supports the brand. The first book in the middle grade series, The Mysterious Abductions was chosen by the American Bookselling Association as a Kids’ Indie Next List pick. Fabled Films Press is planning a ten-book middle grade and six-book early reader series as well as a merchandise program for The Nocturnals.

Fabled Films Press, the imprint of Fabled Films, a children’s media and entertainment company, is thrilled to announce Grow & Read, a new early reader program for The Nocturnals. Through this series, which was created under the supervision of reading specialists, children will develop confidence for success in reading while being delighted by traditional storytelling. The books are perfect for shared reading and reading aloud in both the classroom and at home.

In The Moonlight Meeting, the Nocturnal Brigade: Dawn, a serious fox, Tobin, a sweet pangolin and Bismark, the loud mouthed, pint-sized sugar glider introduce their nighttime world to early readers who discover the meaning of friendship and sharing. The book has gorgeous illustrations, which strengthen the understanding of the story while adding whimsy and humor.

Book 2 of the Grow & Read series, The Slithery Shakedown, was released in April, 2018.

The books further engage kids via a free summer reading kit that includes Makerspace and STEM-connected fun activities on NocturnalsWorld.com.  These unique activities include constructing a model crater and volcano, making animal masks, and playing Nocturnals Bingo with fun animal facts. Developed by educators in partnership with Fabled Films Press, the kit helps children learn, sparks their creativity, and makes summer reading more fun – even for reluctant readers.

It’s Summer! Time to head to the beach or the pool! This next product is a must!

  

Toweltails® Towels are a great product for children between the ages of 3-16 – they are 100% cotton, machine washable, and crafted at the highest quality. Our step-in towels are not only posh and fun, they are useful too and retail for $24.99!

These are really cool and the kids will love them! There are 9 fun and attractive styles to choose from and my favorite is the Mermaid one! I wish it was in my size! Our little reviewer just loves it! They have mermaid styles for girls which consist of classic prints and designs. Their classic prints come in 4 styles; pink, aqua, pink and blue chevron, and hot pink and purple stripes, and their designs come in 3 styles; blue seashells, Hawaiian flowers, and stars. For the boys, they offer a gray shark with a chevron pattern, as well as a blue and green dragon. They also come in a stunning retail box which makes them a perfect gift item!

Find them at https://toweltails.com/ 

Currently, for the month of June there is a 30% sale so hurry and order yours today!

I know that Men could be difficult to shop for but I bet they will love the next ones!

At Sunglass Warehouse there are many choices for sunglasses! My husband received the above two pairs (Anderson and Harlem) and they passed his test! I like that they are quite affordable and he says they are comfortable to wear. Whether it’s a pair for golfing or even a magnified frame to read a book better – their glasses will be a hit!

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel has long been a favorite of Kiehl’s male customers, and they now have two new ways to fuel up with Kiehl’s: introducing NEW Eye Fuel and Body Fuel Deodorant & Antiperspirant!

Eye Fuel ($22.50, available now on Kiehls.com): Kiehl’s instantly cooling under-eye formula provides weightless hydration and refreshing relief for tired-looking eyes. With continued use, the formula with Caffeine and Vitamin B3 helps reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles.

This one seems to be working on my husband and he really likes how it absorbs!

 Body Fuel Deodorant & Antiperspirant (16, available for pre-order on Kiehls.com): Their first ever, global roll-on antiperspirant deodorant provides 48-hour protection against sweat and odor. The quick-dry formula with Caffeine, Vitamin C and Zinc glides on easily without sticking. This one really is not sticky at all and is a hit with my husband!

Safety is also an important thing during the Summer!

Keep your kids safe while out and about, playing in the neighborhood or at night with the Personal Alarm with Clip and LED Light. Perfect for any age, this alarm clips on to shirts, pants, backpacks or purses to light up a dark night and alert of impending danger. This weatherproof device will alert of dangers up to 600 feet away. The easy-to-use gadget will help keep your kids safe with the 120 dB alarm and LED lights, with three modes for optimal security in all conditions and situations.

I like that these are easy to use and are great for kids!

These and many more SABRE safety products will help everyone stay safe and keep fun at the forefront of the holiday weekend. For a full list of all SABRE’s safety products, please visit their website at https://www.sabrered.com/.

I always find that I have more time to Journal in the summer and I just love these Journals!

  

Dean Russo, Brooklyn-based artist is currently one of the biggest names in the pop art world. Known for his signature pet portraits, his bold paintings explode with color. He recently kicked off the launch of his new journal series by signing copies of his Dog is Love journal at the NY Stationery Show.

Dean Russo’s journals will be released August 2018 with Quiet Fox.

The story behind Russo’s classic kitties and dynamic dogs is a humbling tale of animal rescue awareness. Russo would visit shelters and ask for photos of adoptable pets to paint. He would then donate proceeds from the paintings back to the shelter. Shortly after this activity, both he and his unique paintings developed an impressive following.

About the Artist:

Brooklyn-based pop artist Dean Russo is a popular animal illustrator with a vibrant graphic style. His work is widely distributed in fi ne art prints, custom commissions, and licensed products. Dean studied graphic design and fi ne arts at Pratt Institute and The School of Visual Arts in NYC. Being an avid animal lover he started his career creating soulful animal portraits in a signature style that has evolved over a period of 10 years. As a professional musician Dean has also been inspired to paint portraits of infl uential music icons.

Keep up with Dean Russo at www.dean-russo.myshopify.com, and connect with Dean on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Looking for a great snack for summer travels?

The leading freeze-dried fruit snack in the nation just got a new look, designed to get your attention and better reflect its wholesome, single ingredient – 100% fruit!  The bold brand color palette and added “focus on fruit” was a collaborative design effort by Crispy Green’s brand and packaging design firms, Fastlane Communications, LLC and Foerstel Design, LLC.

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The brand makeover includes a new logo, logo icon, typography and photography treatments, primary and secondary color palette and supporting messaging platform to support its active, healthy lifestyle positioning.

I had the opportunity to taste these and just love them! I highly recommend for kids and adults!

All Crispy Fruit snacks are available in convenient, single-serving “grab & go” bags (MSRP: $1.49 each) or a “family” six-pack that includes six, single-serving bags (MSRP: $7.99). Each bag provides approximately one serving of fruit and 55 calories or less per bag. For more on Crispy Fruit and nutritional labeling information, visit www.crispygreen.com/products/apple.

About Crispy Green, Inc.

Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Fairfield, NJ, Crispy Green, Inc. is the number one freeze-dried fruit snack in the U.S., according to the latest Nielsen research, ending 12/31/17. The company’s category-leading Crispy Fruit line of 100% pure, freeze-dried fruit is made from only the finest, non-GMO fruits available with no sugar added (*not a reduced calorie food). Crispy Green’s purpose is to provide the highest quality, natural food products and inspire others to live a healthy and better life.

Crispy Green’s Crispy Fruit can be found in many major grocery retailers nationwide as well as through Amazon. Crispy Green is a delicious, convenient way to add more fruit to your daily diet. For more information, visit www.CrispyGreen.com or our sister lifestyle site,www.SmartLifeBites.com. For news updates and special offers, you can also follow Crispy Green on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Here are the perfect toys for the Summer! These are from a brand that I am quite familiar with! 

   

The toys many of us grown ups have played with as a kid – Frisbee®Slip ’N Slide®Boogie® boards and Hacky Sack® – are still available after all these years and can bring back some wonderful memories while introducing a new generation to fun outdoor games.

My favorite then and now is their Boogie Board! I received one to try out and I love it! I especially love how lightweight it is! 

There’s also the new ‘square’ Frisbee® called the Frisbee® Sonic. That’s right. Wham-O, the toy company that has been producing some of the most trusted toys in the market for 70 years, has reinvented the way the Frisbee® and all other discs will fly in the future.

Not only is the Sonic a completely unique Frisbee® experience, it actually works better than the traditional Frisbee®. The square-like, sine wave shape mimics many things in nature. The alternating twists and turns of the design resemble a bird in flight as it spins through the air.

The Frisbee® Sonic will also be a hit! It’s easy to grip and I love the new shape!

Find out more here!  You can find most of their products on Amazon.com.

Looking for something to keep food hot when you’re out this Summer? HotLogic has the answer!

I love that this is perfect for on-the-go! You can keep foods hot easily! It’s super compact and really works! It’s like an electric lunchbox! Now, how cool is that?! Check them out at https://hotlogicmini.com/

Absolutely Gluten-Free Gets Creative with Great Tasting Savory & Sweet Gluten-free Snack Options that are great for Summer outings!

 

Absolutely Gluten-free packs a flavor-filled punch with its full line of unique and delicious gluten-free products that satisfy everyone’s craving for sweet and savory snacks, whether they’re eliminating gluten from their diets or not. The company received the 2017 Gluten-Free Trailblazer Award from Grocery Headquarters in recognition of its innovation and impact on the gluten-free and diabetic foods space.

The newest Absolutely Gluten Free product taps into two of today’s hottest food crazes: tahini and energy bars. Absolutely Gluten Free’s ’s 100-calorie TahiniBars™are gluten- and dairy-free, vegan, and made with natural sesame seeds, a.k.a. “super seeds.” These grab-and-go bars are available in Vanilla, Cocoa Nib, and Pistachio flavors, making gluten-free living tasty and convenient.

Try Absolutely Gluten-free Flatbread in three varieties (Original, Everything, and Toasted Onion). These flour-free light flatbreads can be used to make pizza, sandwiches, and lunch for kids, topped with just about anything from melted cheese to roasted veggies and sliced fruit.  They are all soy, corn, and rice-free.

Absolutely Gluten-free Crackers are available in three varieties including Original, Cracked Pepper, and Toasted Onion. They are flour-free with no soy, corn, or rice, and are light, crispy, and delicious. Serve them as appetizers with dips, crumbled atop salads and soups, or in place of breadcrumb coating.

For a perfectly sweet and crunchy surprise, Absolutely Gluten-free Blondie and Brownie Crunch snacks don’t disappoint. Blondie Crunch is available in Vanilla Chocolate Chip and Brownie Crunch in Chocolate-Chocolate Chip flavor. They are packaged in a handy resealable bag to eat on the go. And they are great toppers to ice-cream, yogurt, cakes, and mousse desserts.

For those who love a chewy snack, Absolutely Gluten-free Raw Coconut Chews are a great choice. Choose from Cocoa Nibs with Chocolate Drizzle or Cranberry with Chocolate Drizzle. Made with raw coconut, these all-natural treats are vegan and paleo-friendly, and contain no dairy, eggs, or soy.

There’s even more variety for those with a sweet tooth on a gluten-free diet. Absolutely Gluten-free Macaroons are yet another tasty snack from the AGF line, in Chocolate or Coconut flavors.

My favorite is the Brownie Crunch! They are delicious and not too many calories either!

In the Summer..sometimes easy dinner meals are something to really love and I love MODERN TABLE MEALS®!

Modern Table Meals® has an entirely reformulated product line of protein-packed pastas and meal kits. Sporting redesigned, recyclable packaging, the new and improved product line embodies Modern Table Meals’ ongoing commitment and dedication to providing convenient, nutritious meal options while never sacrificing great taste.

For the first time ever, Modern Table Meals enters the Mac and Cheese category with a fresh, nutritious take on a time-honored dish. Three delicious, complete protein flavors deliver a gooey, creamy cheese experience that’s sure to satisfy those Mac and Cheese cravings without the guilt normally associated with the classically indulgent meal

  • Classic Cheddar Mac and Cheese – (16g Protein) – Elbows and cheddar cheese sauce – GMO-free, gluten-free, soy-free and nut-free

  • Three Cheese Mac and Cheese – (17g Protein) – Penne and three cheese sauce (cheddar, monterey jack and romano) – GMO-free, gluten-free, soy-free and nut-free

  • Jalapeno Cheddar Mac and Cheese –  (16g Protein) – Elbows, jalapeno cheddar cheese sauce (peppers and cheddar cheese) – GMO-free, gluten-free, soy-free and nut-free

All three new Mac and Cheese flavors serve two people and, starting this summer, will also be available in Target, Whole Foods and more nationwide – each for $2.49-$2.99 MSRP.

In addition to the reformulated pastas and new Mac and Cheese flavors, Modern Table Meals is reintroducing its popular meal kit line with six new and improved flavors. Delicious flavor profiles, like Sundried Tomato Basil and Parmesan Pesto, are sure to please those looking for new, tasty meal options but don’t have the extra time to whip up their own recipe:

  • Creamy Garlic & Herb – (18g Protein) – Rotini, garlic, onion, broccoli, carrots and spices – GMO-free, gluten-free, soy-free and nut-free

  • Creamy Alfredo – (18g Protein) – Penne, parmesan cheese and peas –  GMO-free, gluten-free, soy-free and nut-free

  • Creamy Marinara – (18g Protein) – Rotini, tomatoes, parmesan cheese, paprika, and spices –  GMO-free, gluten-free, soy-free and nut-free

  • Cheddar Broccoli – (19g Protein) – Rotini, broccoli and cheddar cheese – GMO-free, gluten-free, soy-free and nut-free

  • Sundried Tomato Basil – (17g Protein) – Penne, garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, olive oil, romano cheese, tomatoes – GMO-free, gluten-free, soy-free and nut-free

  • Parmesan Pesto – (18g Protein) – Penne, parmesan cheese, spices, garlic, peas and carrots – GMO-free, gluten-free, soy-free and nut-free

All six, new meal kits will also be available starting this summer in Target, Whole Foods and more nationwide – each for $4.99 MSRP.

I have tried many of these and my favorites are the Cheddar Broccoli and the Sundried Tomato Basil! I love how easy these are to make!

 

For more information please visit www.moderntable.com.

 

Self Disclosure: I received samples of the above items to facilitate this post. Images were also provided except for HotLogic (my own photo).

 

The Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July Celebration Announces Action-Packed Day of Live Entertainment Unforgettable Celebrations by Popular Tribute Bands, Dueling Pianos, DJs, Aerialist, Family-Friendly Games, Tours, & More on July 4, 2018 Queen Mary’s Mega Fireworks Display Paints the Night Sky at 9pm

Dress in your best red, white, and blue and celebrate Independence at the Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July Celebration from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. The day-long celebration offers live entertainment from the nation’s top tribute bands including Tom Petty and the Heartshakers, The Long Run (Eagles Tribute band) and DSB (Journey Tribute Band). The popular patriotic celebration is a ship-wide event offering family-friendly games, activities, a 4th of July parade, strolling performers, and multiple stages of live entertainment culminating with SoCal’s top fireworks display.

 

Independence Day revelers will voyage throughout the Queen Mary’s many decks, ballrooms, and salons for a day of multiple celebrations with live music performances, DJs, dueling pianos, dancing, and more! On the Verandah Deck, Tom Petty and the Heartshakers will pay homage to the late Tom Petty as the band lights-up the stage with Tom Petty’s top hits, and the nationally known Eagles tribute band, The Long Run, will electrify the crowd with Eagles hits like ‘Hotel California’, ‘Take it Easy’ and ‘Take it to the Limit.’ Festival goers will Keep on believin’ into the night as Journey tribute band, DSB, rocks the Verandah Deck with a nostalgic concert experience.

 

Stroll into the Queen’s Salon to put your singing skills to the test with Rock Hero Karaoke, or sing along with the crowd as the dueling pianos light up and dazzle the salon stage. Attendees can kick-up their boots with DJ Coral and Kaitlyn Weathers in the Royal Salon for some country fun, and watch in amazement as an aerialist swirls and dances in the air on the Sports Deck.

 

Grab the kids and board the majestic vessel to be greeted by a full day of fun with strolling jugglers, stilt walkers, balloon artists, and more. Traverse the multiple decks and salons to the KID ZONE which will be packed with carnival games, inflatables, face painters, music, food, and much more. Above the Queen Mary, attendees will be treated to a spectacular air-show by the Flight Team of John Collver, professional pilot, and Brad Lang, professional pilot and airline captain. Together the two will demonstrate the sights and sounds of past generations in salute to Independence Day in the WWll era Marine Corps T-6 Texans.

 

VIP ticket holders will have access to premium firework viewing and two exclusive VIP-only parties in the Verandah Grill and Britannia Salon. The Verandah Grill will invite VIP guests to travel back in time to the 1940’s with the Fabulous Forties Band, and dance the night away to California’s freshest swing band, Swing Cats Lil Big Band. The Rock-Pop-Disco band, Blackwells, will have attendees shaking a tail feather, and then enjoying the funky sounds of Rhythm Blues and Motown in the Britannia Salon.

 

Dubbed Southern California’s top 4th of July fireworks display, the 15-minute long mega fireworks show will culminate the red, white, and blue festivities at 9 p.m. as bright colors light-up the Long Beach sky in sync to patriotic music.

 

The Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July Celebration runs from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets start at $24 online for children ($39 day-of) and $44 online per adult ($59 day-of). The VIP-patriot pass is $99 for ages 4+ and includes additional access to Verandah Grill, Britannia Salon, and premium firework viewing. Hotel and cabana packages are also available, guest who purchase a cabana will have additional access to the Capstan Deck. In honor of the holiday, The Queen Mary will offer active, reserved, and retired service men and women free access to the 4th of July celebrations with proof with ID card. Families of active, reserved, and retired service men and women will receive a 20% discount with proof of ID card and ticket purchase on-site. For more information, schedule of activities and to purchase tickets visit queenmary.com/events/july-fourth/.

Credit: The Queen Mary.

The Habit Burger Celebrates National Burger Month with Fundraiser for Military Programs For every Guacamole Crunch Charburger sold in May, The Habit will Donate 25-cents to Bob Hope USO and Wounded Warrior Project

America’s favorite food, the always fashionable, ever craveable burger, takes center stage in the month of May as The Habit Burger Grill celebrates National Burger Month and supports veterans. During the month of May, for every Guacamole Crunch Charburger sold, The Habit will donate 25-cents to be split between two important veterans charities, Bob Hope USO and the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).

The new Guacamole Crunch Charburger ($4.99) heightens the flavor of the already juicy, award-winning Charburger by topping it with a perfectly crisp tostada shell, fresh, house made guacamole pico de gallo, melted cheese, and a smokey ancho chile lime sauce made in house. The new, south-of-the-border inspired Charburger is served on a toasted sesame seed bun with crisp, shredded lettuce, tomato and pickles. Like all Charburgers at The Habit, the Guacamole Crunch Charburger is always made-to-order and chargrilled over an open flame.

Bob Hope USO works to connect America’s military service members to family, home and country throughout their service with welcome centers at Southern California Airports and dozens of military installations. Each year, Bob Hope USO provides direct service to more than 250,000 members of the military and their families.

Since 2003, WWP has been a tireless advocate for our nation’s finest, improving the lives of over half a million warriors and their families with free programs and services. WWP serves warriors by connecting them with one another and their communities. Programs also focus on mental and physical health and wellness, financial wellness, independence, government relations, and community relations and partnerships.

Better burgers are just the beginning at The Habit where the menu also includes hand-cut salads, grilled sandwiches including line-caught, sushi grade chargrilled tuna, fresh chicken, and hand-filleted marinated grilled tri-tip, and sides including onion rings, sweet potato and French fries, and tempura green beans. Guests can choose from a variety of peppers, lemons, limes, and sauces at a complimentary condiment bar to customize the flavor of their meal.

The Habit is known for its award-winning Charburger which features 100% fresh, never frozen ground beef grilled over an open flame and topped with melted cheese, caramelized onions, pickles, fresh tomato, crisp lettuce, and mayo served on a toasted bun. Their restaurants have been serving the Best Tasting Burger in America exactly this way since the first Habit opened in 1969.

Connect with The Habit on social media at facebook.com/habitburgerinstagram.com/habitburgergrilltwitter.com/habitburger  and youtube.com/habittube.

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About The Habit Restaurants, Inc. 

The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade ahi tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. The Habit has since grown to over 220 restaurants in 11 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Washington and Maryland as well as three international locations. More information is available at www.habitburger.com.

Self Disclosure: Some form of compensation was received to post. Information and images were provided. 

Coming soon! The One and Only KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp June, July and August in 8 Cities Nationwide Tweens and teens watch and critique films, interview celebrities as entertainment reporters at KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camps where learning and fun are one!

The KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp is coming to eight cities this summer, enabling kids to learn how to become entertainment reporters after spending a week practicing their on- and off-camera skills. Taught by leading producers, directors and filmmakers, children ages 11 to 17 truly have the opportunity of a lifetime in this unique star-making program. Beginning in Denver June 4-8, the camp then travels to Miami, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Old Bridge (NJ), Seattle, Los Angeles and New York City.

My eldest son, Rohan participated in the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp in 2016 and has been a part of the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics national  team since. It has been amazing watching his confidence grow over the last two years. His teachers have also noticed a huge improvement in his writing ability. He attended the advanced camp in 2017 and learned a lot about video editing and improved his interviewing skills. Jennifer Foxe, New York City

The KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp is designed to offer young people the opportunity to learn the skills they need to critique and review films, present their reviews on-camera and interview celebrities. “Children will learn a variety of behind-the-scenes film industry skills as they watch and critique the latest films, write reviews, develop on-camera reporting and interviewing techniques and meet working film critics, celebrities, directors and producers of some of their favorite films,” said Ranny Levy, KIDS FIRST! Founder and President.

“It made me improve my vocabulary and write even more because I didn’t use to like writing,” said Angel David Gonzales who participated in the 2017 camp in Brooklyn, NY last summer. The normally shy Gonzalez’s teacher, Madeline Rodriguez commented that participating in the camp boosted his confidence as well.  “It’s really nice to see him open up from his shell, to really embrace this experience and opportunity,” she said.

Following the camp, campers will have the opportunity to join the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics team of reporters.

Reviews by KIDS FIRST! Film Critics reach more than seven million viewers every month through affiliations with broadcast, print and online publications including Huffington Post, Kidzworld.com, GRAND Magazine, Kidsville News, Working Woman and many more. Take a look at  ABC News Entertainment Reporter Sandy Kenyon’s story on one of our previous camps:  https://7ny.tv/2KvqYMt

 KIDS FIRST! FIRM CRITICS BOOT CAMP DETAILS:

June 4 – 8: Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206

June 18 – 22: Miami, FL ImaginaUS, 7291 NW 74th St., Miami, FL 33166

July 9 – 14: KiDz HuB National Headquarters, 2685 County Rd 516, Old Bridge, NJ 08857

July 13 – 15: Young Media Critics, 225 E. City Line Ave, Suite 16, Bala Cynwyd, PA 

July 23 – 27: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

July 30 – Aug. 3: Rainier Arts Center, 3515 S. Alaska St., Seattle, WA 98118

Aug. 6 – 10: New York City, location tba

Aug. 10 – 12: IN3, 2301 D Georgia Ave., NW, Washington DC 20011

Learn more and register at:  http://www.kidsfirst.org/become-a-juror/2018.BootCamp.html

Check out our coverage by Sandy Kenyon, Entertainment Reporter for ABC Eyewitness News of 2017 New York City camp.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!