Archives for August 25, 2014

THE IMAGINARY WORLD OF… Perigee Trade Paperback Original; $16; September 2, 2014


In this extraordinary book, Keri Smith prompts readers to chronicle the things they love—the books, movies, music, colors, people, eras, weather, smells, sounds, shapes and creatures that fascinate them. These items then become the building blocks for an imaginary world, in with its own landscape, place names, maps, currency, residents, foods and history.


Beginning in one small corner of the world—their own—readers will embark on an imaginary adventure, where they will:

  • Discover the three secrets of magic
  • Invent a new persona and various secret identities
  • Write a manifesto
  • Invent new holidays
  • Create a soundtrack
  • Transform parts of the real world
  • Build a shrine or monument

It will be available on Amazon starting September 2nd!

THE IMAGINARY WORLD OF…is a break from reality and an invitation to dabble in the impossible: part absurd, part utopian and totally magical.

I received a copy of this book and I just love how this book is great for both adults and children. I really believe that imagination is something we need so much more of in our life. I can not wait to use this with my son this school year. 

Self Disclosure: I received a free book to facilitate this feature.

Wild Kratts Unleashes First-Ever Toy Collection at Toys”R”Us! New Line of Imagination-Powered Playthings Lets Kids Bring the Animal Adventures of the Hit PBS KIDS TV Series Starring Chris and Martin Kratt to Life!


Kids from coast-to-coast will go wild for the premiere collection of Wild Kratts toys! Now available at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and on, the extensive new range from Wicked Cool Toys – featuring collectable action figures, talking plush, power suits and more – brings home all the action-packed fun of the hit animated Wild Kratts TV show on PBS KIDS, so kids everywhere can “star” in their own animal-powered adventures – just like series’ stars Chris and Martin Kratt!


“We’re so excited to introduce our very first collection of Wild Kratts toys and inspire fans to  embark on their own imaginative wildlife adventures,” said Chris Kratt,  creator, producer and co-star of the series and co-founder of the Kratt Brothers Company. “The new offerings encourage kids to discover the unique ‘creature powers’ of some of the world’s most amazing animals, as they have tons of fun.”


The must-have new assortment of Wild Kratts toys includes:

  • Wild Kratts Creature Power Suit Set Assortment (SRP $19.99) – Fans can become part of the Wild Kratts team with their very own Creature Power Suit!  Available in either blue or green, each set includes a special vest and pair of gloves to ‘outfit’ kids for endless role-play fun to experience real or imaginary ‘creature adventures’ and learn about interesting animals. Collectible creature power discs, which come with a variety of new Wild Kratts products, can be inserted into the center of the vest to ‘Activate Creature Power’ play!


  • Wild Kratts Talking Plush Assortment (SRP $17.99 each) – Kids can take Chris and Martin on virtually any animal adventure that they can dream up with these talking Kratt brothers plush, featuring Chris’ and Martin’s signature phrases from the show!


  • Wild Kratts 2PK Figure Set Assortment (SRP $5.99 each) – Kids can act out some of their favorite Wild Kratts adventures with these 3” Creature Power Suit figures, each accompanied by its own power animal and creature power disc!


  • Wild Kratts 4PK Figure Set Assortment (SRP $9.99 each) – Chris, Martin and their animal friends are ready for action in these jam-packed sets, each containing a 3” Kratt brother figure in full creature power suit, 3 animal figures, and 4 collectible creature power discs.


  • Wild Kratts Wildlife Plush Assortment (SRP $7.99 each) – These soft and cuddly 6” plush animals let kids bring the wildlife adventures home like never before. They can choose from Wild Kratts animal friends Grabsy, Hipster, Koala-Balloon, Little Howler, Spot-Swat, and Shadow – or collect them all!


  • Wild Kratts Createrra Set Assortment (SRP $12.99) – Modeled after the Kratts’ own Createrra jeep from the show, each freewheeling vehicle features real working doors and comes complete with a 3” articulated Kratt brother figure ready to hop aboard for animal-centered exploration!


  • Wild Kratts Creaturepod Projector Set Assortment (SRP $7.99) – Featuring 20 different images, kids can create endless wildlife adventures with this new “Creaturepod” projector set. The set – available in two varieties, green for Chris and blue for Martin – comes equipped with an adjustable black Velcro wrist strap, so young explorers can bring the adventures along with them – anywhere they roam!


In addition to the toys, a new Wild Kratts book, “Wild Sea Creatures: Sharks, Whales and Dolphins!” (SRP $3.99) is now available for even more animal-centered adventures! The release is the first installment in the new Wild Kratts book series from Random House Kids, which follows Chris and Martin as they travel to animal habitats all around the globe! Young readers ages 4-6 can “dive in” to the Step 2 Reader, featuring basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories, and join the Kratt brothers as they activate their Creature Power Suits to swim with sharks, whales, and other fascinating creatures of the sea!


The popular live-action and animated Wild Kratts TV series, produced by Kratt Brothers Company and 9 Story Entertainment, is seen daily on PBS KIDS (check local listings). Each half-hour episode follows the animated version of the brothers and their friends on hilarious expeditions with wild animals from around the world, complete with animal-inspired gadgets and awesome Creature Power Suits that enable the adventurers to get close to the creatures. Every episode explores an age-appropriate science concept central to an animal’s life and showcases a spectacular wildlife moment, presented with engaging stories of mystery and rescue as well as the Kratt brothers’ signature brand of laugh-out-loud comedy. The real-life Chris and Martin introduce each Wild Kratts episode with a live-action segment that imagines what it would be like to experience a never-before-seen wildlife occurrence, and asks, “What if…?” to set the story in motion.


About Wicked Cool Toys

With offices in Philadelphia, PA, Santa Monica, CA, and Hong Kong, WickedCool, LLC has a diverse portfolio of playthings for all ages. Headed by veteran toy executives Michael Rinzler, Jeremy Padawer and Thomas Poon, Wicked Cool works with some of the world’s leading brands, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles®, Disney®, Marvel®, DC Comics®, Scanimalz, WWE, The Wiggles®, Wild Kratts®, and Monster Jam® as well as several home grown brands, including My Girl’s Dollhouse, Crashlings, and GoodToy. Follow the Company on both Facebook and Twitter.

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About 9 Story Entertainment

9 Story Entertainment is one of the industry’s leading creators, producers and distributors of award-winning animated and live-action content for young audiences around the world.  With one of North America’s largest animation studios based in Toronto, 9 Story has over 220 creative and production staff, and has produced over 900 half hours of quality children’s and family programming, seen on some of the most respected children’s channels around the world across multiple platforms.  The company’s distribution arm represents a growing catalogue which includes several beloved brands such as Arthur, Wibbly Pig, Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars, Wild Kratts and Almost Naked Animals in addition to exciting new series such as Numb Chucks, Camp Lakebottom, Cache Craze, Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood and Nerds and Monsters. Last year the company acquired CCI Kids, the family content division of CCI Entertainment, increasing 9 Story’s portfolio to over 1600 half hours of content with popular shows such as Guess How Much I Love You, Joe & Jack, Artzooka! and Extreme Babysitting.


About The Kratt Brothers Company

Kratt Brothers Company is an award-winning entertainment company focusing on television and interactive digital media production, distribution, and brand management.  Headed by industry veterans Martin Kratt and Chris Kratt and with offices in the US and Canada, the Kratt Brothers Company operates a full-service live action and animation studio where creativity brings its global properties to life.  Having created, developed, and produced over 250 episodes of popular children’s programming, including Kratts’ Creatures, Be The Creature, and Emmy-winning Zoboomafoo, the company’s production and licensing teams continue in this tradition of quality with the new smash hit series, Wild Kratts.

We have teamed up for a fun Giveaway!  One winner will win a great prize package which will include the following:  one Wild Kratts 4PK Figure Set Assortment, one Wild Kratts Wildlife Plush and the Wild Kratts book, “Wild Sea Creatures: Sharks, Whales and Dolphins!” To enter leave a comment below telling us a tip to get your kids outdoors or tell us your favorite tip that is listed above! Deadline to enter is September 1st at 12 noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post except for the giveaway package for one of our readers. 




To celebrate Vidal Sassoon’s legacy and his influence on how women wear and care for their hair today, P&G Beauty & Grooming is making salon genius available to all with the Vidal Sassoon Pro Series color, care and styling line. Perfected by experts, the collections offer quality products for creating effortlessly beautiful, real life styles at home.
Vidal Sassoon Pro Series London Luxe Collection delivers six edgy and brilliant fashion shades that illuminate hair from the inside out. These permanent at-home color kits provide vibrant, bold hair color for up to 8 weeks. Each radiant shade is inspired by London’s runway fashion, street style and high-end salons to provide cutting edge color. This fashion-forward line provides attainable, bold color and coverage due to the formula’s remarkable color distribution as well as access to unique shades that until now have been predominantly available in salons.

I haven’t been bold enough to try this one out yet but am thinking maybe in the Fall. I love all the different shades!

Available in 6 bold fashion shades:
Reds: Merlot Vibrant Red, Runway Red, Carnaby Copper Red
Purples: Deep Velvet Violet, London Lilac
Blue: Midnight Muse Blue

NEW Vidal Sassoon Pro Series London Luxe Collection is available at mass retailers for suggested retail price of $8.99.*
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Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. A free product was received to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: Vidal Sassoon.


Updated Look, Feel And Name Coming To The Shops At Mission Viejo’s Food Court Dining Pavilion to showcase new layout, tile, furniture, and more

The Shops at Mission Viejo’s food court is preparing for an upgrade meant to enhance the customer dining experience at the center.


Set to start construction this month with the aim to be complete by mid-November, the cosmetic remodel of what will be called the Dining Pavilion will include a new color palette, new flooring, new lighting, new furniture, and two new food kiosks, as well as a new layout that is meant to improve the flow of traffic and visibility throughout the dining area.


Rather than the current setup that includes seating in the middle with eateries on the outskirts, the Dining Pavilion will showcase a main walkway through the middle, with trellises and banquettes removed to open up the space.


The current food court was installed as a new amenity in 1999, when Simon acquired The Shops at Mission Viejo.


“It’s time to give the food court a fresh look and feel,” said Patsy Sanquist, director of marketing and business for The Shops at Mission Viejo. “The population of families in our community continues to grow, and we wanted to respond to the changing needs of our shoppers.


Additional features of the upgraded Dining Pavilion will include high bar top counters, charging stations and communal tables big enough to accommodate large families or groups wanting to sit together. The upgrades will be complete just in time for holiday shopping, a busy season at The Shops at Mission Viejo.


“We see a lot of birthday parties in the food court, so people will be able to sit together in large parties without having to push tables together,” said Sanquist.


The entire area will showcase a clean, contemporary look to complement the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired style of the mall’s overall architecture. Additionally, interior landscaping outside of the food court will be replaced to create better visibility for the Dining Pavilion from inside the center.


Construction will not interrupt business for shoppers or food court tenants, as most of the work will be done at night.  All tenants will be open throughout construction.


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