Archives for March 2013

Creation Station: “Cool Blues” Old Fashioned Fun for Youngsters at Rancho Los Cerritos

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Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site announces an afternoon of free and good old-fashioned fun in a workshop for children held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 called Creation Station: “Cool Blues.” The workshop is perfect for children ages 6-10 years old. It is also a great opportunity for children to create unique crafts and participate in a historically themed program. Families can choose to drop in and participate anytime between 1-4 p.m. No reservations required. Creation station workshops are held rain or shine.

“Cool Blues,” welcomes and celebrates the cool blue skies, right after fresh spring rain. Children can choose from a selection of art supplies to make photo prints, keepsake boxes, bird mobiles and more. In addition to participating in the “Cool Blues” hands-on activities, visitors can choose to take a free house tour or garden tour. Upcoming creation station workshops include “Sunny Yellow” on May 4, and “Rainbow Surprise” on June 1. 

The Rancho is located at 4600 Virginia Road in Long Beach, northwest of the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and San Antonio Drive. Free public tours are offered Wednesday-Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds of Rancho Los Cerritos echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican, and American California and with the families who helped transform Southern California from its ranching beginnings to the modern and urban society it is today. The two-story Monterey-style adobe is primarily furnished to reflect occupants and lifestyles from the 1860s-1880s. The site, a National, State and Long Beach Historic Landmark, also includes historic gardens and a research library and archives. Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is a public museum open for tours, programs, and events. It is owned by the City of Long Beach and operated through the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine. For more information please call (562) 570-1755, or visit the website at and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.con/rancholosc.

2 RED HENS STUDIO Collection Of Vintage Chic Inspired Products For Modern Moms


Red Holliday Studios, LLC  introduces the 2 Red Hens Studio collection offering a range of vintage chic inspired products for modern mamas from designer Lori Holliday, founder of 2 Red Hens Studio.  The 2 Red Hens Collection makes a statement with its distinctive look, innovative and functional items, and select beautifully handcrafted one-of-a-kind pieces using repurposed material.

The new collection features diaper bags, including a limited edition series, the Toy Nanny, an innovative mat that keeps babies and their toys in one place, shopping cart nests, bibs and other accessories. Uniquely designed dolls are also included.

Inspiration for the collection stems from “Mama Hen” Holliday’s love of life and family. As number 13 in a family of 14 children, Holliday grew up on a cotton farm near Phoenix and learned the value of craftsmanship, repurposing and enhancing the beauty of all things old. She went on to become a mechanical engineer only to discover her calling for design in 2003 after buying a sewing machine to make a diaper bag.

Today, the mother of two is enjoying success as the head of a company offering unique and whimsical apparel, accessories and dolls sold in boutiques across the United States and as far away as Japan and the United Kingdom. Holliday also started Make & Mingle, a club she refers to as “Home Ec for Big Girls,” and is founder of Have Pearl Vaccine, or HPV, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting cervical cancer, a disease which Holliday has personally battled multiple times and survived.  A portion of proceeds from 2 Red Hens and Make & Mingle go to HVP.

“My friends refer to me as a domestic goddess (maybe), crafter extraordinaire (definitely) and the queen of collecting. All I know is that I’ve been creating for as long as I can remember,” said Holliday. “Every day is a gift to me and I find my inspiration for 2 Red Hens everywhere.”


Highlights of the 2 Red Hens Studio Collection Include:


  • 2 Red Hens Studio Limited Edition Tote and Messenger Bags – These handmade, one-of-a-kind bags are made in Colorado from reclaimed silks and leather. A vintage nod to a modern essential.  Includes removable spacious organizer with extra long changing pad in 2 Red Hens signature red dot pattern to convert bag into a functional diaper bag.  Recommended retail: $225


  • 2 Red Hens Studio Limited Edition 2 Red Friends Dolls –The Limited Edition 2 Red Friends doll collection includes five cuddly Red Friends: Jean Louise Kitty, Mr. Pig, Bobo Bunny, Willameena Frog and Pure Bred Ted Dog.  Each 2 Red Friend is an individual Holliday creation handmade in Colorado from 100 % recycled wool sweaters and vintage buttons. Recommended retail: $149



  • 2 Red Hens Studio Coop Carry-All Diaper Bag-This diaper bag is feisty and functional and include a changing pad.  When not in use as a diaper bag this will become mom’s favorite overnight bag. Recommended retail: $80.


 We received this wonderful Coop-Carry All bag and it is stylish, beautiful and just the perfect size.  I think that it is the most beautiful Diaper bag I have ever seen!  We received the one pictured above which is called Pink Lemonade. It is a great Diaper bag and I also love that it can be used as an overnight bag.This is a real must have especially for new Moms!

  • 2 Red Hens Studio Rooster Diaper Bag – These custom-designed, highly functional bags gives mom all the style and sass she had before baby came along. Includes extra long changing pad in 2 Red Hens signature red dot pattern. Recommended retail: $60



  • 2 Red Hens Studio Toy Nanny – Just pull the straps and go!  Mobile playtime has never been easier.  Cozy playmat cinches into smart toy tote for on-the-go-moms.  Toy Nanny not only provides a place for baby to play, but makes toy clean-up and storage a cinch. Recommended retail: $70



  • 2 Red Hens Studio Shopping Cart Nest – A super soft nest provides a comfortable ride and clean environment for baby. Also works great in restaurant high chairs. Its ingenious design zips into itself for a convenient and stylish carry case.  Includes matching hen toy. Recommended retail: $40


  • 2 Red Hens Studio Bibby Mat – One-piece placement and bib keeps baby, table and floor clean!  Perfect for restaurants and at home.  Made with absorbent material on top and waterproof backing.  Adhesive strips keep mat in place.  Bibby Mat is designed for one time use.  Recommended retail (package of 12 Bibby Mats): $7.99


  • 2 Red Hens Studio Diaper Pack – A pack that pulls double duty. This leak-proof bag can also serve as an insulated pack for bottles and snacks.

Recommended retail: $16.


  • 2 Red Hens Studio Snack Pack Set – Easy to use and simple to clean. A special 3-zipper design allows for the inside to open flat.  Dishwasher safe.

Recommended retail: $17.


  • 2 Red Hens Studio Mama’s Make-up Bag – The perfect size for all the little things mom needs to carry. A wristlet handle makes this the perfect clutch for quick trips. Recommended retail: $9.

You can buy all these wonderful products at


About 2 Red Hens Studio

Based in Greenwood Village, Colorado, 2 Red Hens Studio was founded in 2011 by designer and resident ‘Mama Hen’ Lori Holliday.  The 2 Red Hens Studio collection of Vintage Chic Inspired Items for Modern Mamas include diaper bags, the Toy Nanny, Shopping Cart Nests, and a range of accessory items. Limited edition handcrafted one-of-a-kind diaper bags and dolls are also offered. For more information visit 2 Red


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It’s a Petstravangaza! America’s Family Pet Expo Returns to SoCal April 19-21, 2013!

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The 24th annual America’s Family Pet Expo returns April 19-21, 2013 to the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa.

With more than 1,000 animals on display – from fish, rabbits, cats, dogs, miniature horses to exotic lizards –  show guests can get up close to all creatures great and small in a variety of interactive exhibits, educational shows and displays, as well as shop the latest in pet trends and products. Entertainment, adoptions and fun for the whole family, the 2013 America’s Family Pet Expo will offer:


  • Disney’s “Super Buddies” to celebrate the all-new film coming to Blu-ray combo pack on August 27th attendees will get the chance to take their photo with Captain Megasis, an adorable four-legged super hero who stars alongside everyone’s favorite talking puppies
    • Additional pet celebrities attending the Expo include: Mick who plays “Stan” on Dog With A Blog;
      Beatrice who plays “Stella” on Modern Family; Lambchop who plays “Yakult” on Suburgatory; Milo who plays “Baby” on How to Live with Your Parents; and Frosty who plays “Larry” on Modern Family.
    • Splash Dogs – Dock jumping dogs. Watch these canines jump into the pool!
    • The Amazing Dobermans. Trained by Neecha Braun – jumps, tricks and flips with a variety of dogs
    • Cat Program – Learn about the many breeds of cats and their unique personalities
    • Free flight bird show – Watch as these magnificent birds spread their wings and fly!
    • Reptile Show and Sale – Touch and hold snakes, lizards and tarantulas in hands-on demonstrations

General Admission, $13.00; seniors 60 and over, $11.00. Children 6-12, $8.00. 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 and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626. Parking is $5. Kindly leave all pets at home. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

The America’s Family Pet Expo is created, produced and managed by World Pet Association, Inc., a 60-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet care.

Capt Megasis Frosty Lizards

My son and I just loved this event last year and can’t wait to go again this year!

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Let’s celebrate Spring with PEEPS Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow Chicks! Yummy Springtime Giveaway!


Peeps seems to always come up with the newest thing! But, a marshmallow chick that tastes like birthday cake? I have one word…YUM! They really do taste like cake! Each tray contains 10 party cake flavored PEEPS and yes, they are yummy! They are blue speckled on the outside and yellow just like cake batter on the inside. You can find them online at the Peeps and Company store or you can find them at most local Target stores.  They are also available online at Walmart. Peeps are proudly made in the USA.

We have teamed up with our friends at Peeps for a fun Springtime Giveaway! Happy Spring! Yes, let’s celebrate! What better way than with Peeps party cake flavored marshmallow chicks?! You must be a subscriber to enter! Next, leave a comment below telling us your favorite thing about Spring. Next, go to their Facebook page and “like” them. Tell them we sent you! Don’t forget to “like” our page too! 5 winners will win their own packages of these yummy PEEPS! So, what are you waiting for? Deadline to enter is March 25th, 2013 at midnight. (US Residents only) 5 winners will randomly be selected from all entries.


Mibblio is a fun new App for children ages 3-8 Mibblio sponsored feature


A new musical storybook app for the iPad, Mibblio, has just launched their first interactive app! Now kids can read, sing, learn and play music all at the same time! My son and I had the opportunity to check out this fun app and my son loved the musical aspect of it and all the different musical instruments to choose from. Inside Mibblio is a world of beautiful mibblets- illustrated story-songs that invite children to read, sing and jam while understanding the layers of developing music targeted to children ages 3-8, kids can listen to and build upon a song while simultaneously having fun and improving reading skills.

There are 9 different mibblets to choose from and the first one is free. My son’s favorites are “Wheels on the Bus” and “On Top Of Spaghetti.”  I love the different  mix of classic songs and that there are also new, instant classics like “Monkey Jamboree.” They are written, illustrated, sung and performed by accomplished artists such as Grammy-nominated mandolinist, Andy Statman and Grammy-winning drummer Marty Beller.


Now parents can watch and listen as children understand the layers of developing music and learn the basics of creating a song, while simultaneously improving reading skills.

Check out a quick video intro to Mibblio here.

Also, be sure to like Mibblio on Facebook and follow on Twitter for the latest updates!



Self Disclosure: I received compensation to review this app, but opinions are my own.


Florsheim Kids Shoes For Boys Has A New Spring Line! Stylish boys shoes for Easter and Spring! Giveaway!

It’s Easter time and that often means a time to dress up on Easter Day! Looking for dressy, stylish and comfortable shoes for boys?  Florsheim Kids Shoes for boys are very stylish and comfortable! We received the Getaway Jr. Bike Toe Slip On for my son to review. They are very stylish and my son says that they are really comfortable! I love how durable they are and my son says that they “look cool!” I also like that they are well-padded and high-quality shoes. Check out the new Spring line-up here. You can also sign up here with your email to find out about all their special promotions, offers and more.


 Now, for the Easter/Springtime Giveaway! Florsheim Kids has teamed up with us for a $60 gift card giveaway so you can choose your own shoes! To enter, leave us a comment below telling us your favorite springtime fashion for kids. For an extra chance to win, visit their Facebook Page and “like” them. You can tell them we sent you! Deadline to enter is March 24th, 2013 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

Self Disclosure: I received Boys shoes to facilitate this review but opinions are my own.

Disney Easter Matching Game Great for Pre-schoolers by Wonder Forge


Easter’s almost here! Can you believe it? Looking for a fun game for the little ones this Easter? Great for Spring break and on Easter Day! Easter’s even sweeter with favorite Disney characters and picture-matching fun! We received a fun game from our friends at Wonder Forge to try out and it’s a lot of fun! The game is called Disney Easter Matching Game. It’s like the classic memory matching game but this one gets all dressed up for Easter. Mickey, Donald, Tinker Bell, and all your favorite Disney characters show their Easter spirit in colorful matching tiles. I like that it has the older characters such as Donald Duck but also has the newer ones. It’s bright, colorful and just fun! Perfect for Preschool children ages 3+ and it promotes matching, memory skills, turn-taking and playing together. Available at local Target store locations. Check out Wonder Forge for many more games for children of all ages.

Self  Disclosure: I received this game to review but opinions are my own.

3rd Annual Kids Krazy Krafts Day at the International Printing Museum March 30th, 2013

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It is very rare that a museum will let you touch their exhibits, let alone allow you to operate them, but that is what the International Printing Museum is up to with its 3rd Annual Kids Krazy Krafts Day and this year sponsored by The Carson “International House of Pancakes.” Printing and Pancakes with hands on activities for all ages! Pancakes are included in admission. My son and I really enjoyed Kids Krazy Kraft Day last year and are really looking forward to the event this year!

It’s a unique introduction for kids and adults to learn and appreciate the Book Arts and Graphic Arts and antiques in general. There are also two Los Angeles Great Artists returning…Yoshika Oishi who will be demonstrating outstanding paper sculpting (origami) once again and Jane Shibata who will be showing the fine art of Calligraphy with a special presentation of Linoleum Cutting by Walt Ratcliff and “Hands on” papermaking with Gary Marc Remson.

International Printing Museum is located at 315 Torrance Blvd., Carson, CA 90746

Bring a T-shirt for some silk screening Art and other surprises.

Admission $8, and students/seniors $7

A Brunch serving of “Printers Pancakes” with fruit juices and coffee provided by the local Carson International House of Pancakes from 11 am-2 pm is included. The event is from 10 am-4 pm.

For more information, call (310) 515-7166 or check out their website.

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