Archives for June 7, 2013

Mike & Ike Strawberry Reunion Candy! Yum! Giveaway!

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Looks like Mike & Ike are back together again! Woohoo! And, to celebrate, there is the Mike & Ike Strawberry Reunion candy! We received some to try out and they are quite yummy! Flavors include: Strawberry, Strawberry Banana Smoothie, Strawberry Watermelon, Strawberry Tangerine and Strawberry Pineapple. Only available for a limited time so you don’t want to miss this one! Available in 5 oz. Theater Style Boxes and packed in a 12-count case at Peeps and Company.

We are having a giveaway! One winner will win 2 boxes to try for themselves! Just leave us a comment below! You must be a subscriber to enter! Deadline is June 15th, 2013. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

Self Disclosure: I received products to facilitate this review. Photo Credit: Mike & Ike.


Queen Mary Presents All-American 4th of July Celebration A Tribute to Classic Americana through the Decades


Active Duty Military Honored for Independence Day!

The Queen Mary will celebrate America with a unique take on the classic July 4th holiday by highlighting the best of traditional American entertainment decade by decade. Throughout the day, the air will fill with the sounds of Big Band, Swing, Pop and Rock while the decks become alive with vintage style entertainment, live performance acts and summer games.  In honor of Independence Day, uniformed Active Duty Military men and women will be admitted free of charge.

 “We’re transforming all decks of the ship in to a ‘time machine,’ with each new era marked by a change in music and programming,” said Steve Shelton, Queen Mary Director of Entertainment Events. “Guests will reminisce Independence Day in bygone eras while still being able to enjoy today’s popular music and entertainment. There’s something for the whole family.”

 Beginning at noon, the iconic Long Beach attraction will throwback to the last century with a take on The Golden Age, which coincides with the ‘hey-day of transatlantic travel’. This period is of special significance to The Queen Mary which embarked upon its Maiden Voyage during the 1930s. Amusement and entertainment will include a stilt-walking Uncle Sam, Bingo and golden era games and characters, the Lil’ Big Band, a barbershop quartet and will conclude with the not-to-be-missed California Foot Stompers.

The mid-century celebration kicks up its heels with vintage games and entertainment from the Andrew Sisters to the Pointer Sisters, concluding with a Beatles Tribute Band.

 Popular area DJs will spin Disco grooves and tail-shakers from the 70s, 80s and 90s, while date-appropriate games, amusements, libations and treats are served up. The session concludes with the Mike Vitale Band performing favorites of the period.

 The festive spirit of activities, touring, dining, shopping, and dancing will crescendo with one of the most highly touted 4th of July Firework displays in Southern California.  And bringing the Independence Day celebration to close, guests can exercise their freedom of choice to wind down with a patriotic movie under the stars on the open air Sports Deck or to rev up under the musical spell of local DJs.

 The All American 4th of July event time is 12:00 noon to 11:00 pm. For more information, tickets, VIP Packages, and special July 4th Overnight Stay visit call (877) 342-0738.

About the Queen Mary                   

Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Behind the Scenes tour while guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends tour.  The Queen Mary boasts 314 staterooms spanning three decks including nine full suites which have hosted a variety of colorful characters from World War II leaders to British royalty and the stars of Hollywood’s golden era.  The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach, CA.

Photo Credit: Queen Mary


Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean by Gail Langer Karwoski Found at Sylvan Dell Publishing


A soothing bedtime story…

 Water beds: Sleeping in the Ocean answers the question of how marine mammals-animals that live in water but breathe air-manage to sleep in the ocean. Young readers meet ten marine mammals, including sea otters, bottlenose dolphins, manatees, and harbor seals and learn about their unique habits. Although the brief portraits are based on the up-to-date scientific research, author Gail Langer Karwoski weaves the facts into simple, poetic language, and Connie McLennan’s rich oil paintings capture the ocean’s habitats and its appealing creatures. This really is the perfect story-time book! My son and I received it and really enjoyed it! Water Beds invites children to drift into sleep on gentle waves of imagination. Water Beds has been vetted for scientific accuracy by Sea World. Children, parents and teachers will love the “For Creative Minds” educational section at the end of the book. It includes: Fun Facts about mammals, Teaching trivia about how marine mammals adapt to their habitat and a “Design-Your-Own-Marine Mammal” craft. Add this one to your summer reading list and find it at Sylvan Dell Publishing.