Archives for October 9, 2014

Time for the Pumpkin Patch!

October 10-30Pick out a special gourd at the Bob and Joanne Cottone and Sons Pumpkin Patch, at 21573 Madrona Avenue, located at Del Amo Fashion Center next to Black Angus Restaurant. The pumpkin patch also features bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides and, of course, pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. They also carry straw bales, corn stalks, Indian corn, gourds, handmade crafts and all your different colored squash for harvest decorating. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Maya & Miguel on iTunes! Pioneering Series from Scholastic, Maya & Miguel, Celebrates 10th Anniversary With iTunes Debut!


“¡Feliz cumpleaños! To celebrate its exciting 10th anniversary milestone, Scholastic Media’s award-winning TV series, Maya & Miguel, makes its debut on iTunes – just in time for National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). For the very first time, all 65 episodes of the energetic animated adventures of 10-year-old twins Maya and Miguel Santos are now available for download on iTunes in a collection featuring six volumes for hours of hilarious entertainment – and multicultural learning – anytime, anywhere! In addition, fans can download a very special episode fromMaya & Miguel: Vol. 1, “Mala Suerte,” for free until October 13.

“For more than a decade, young viewers, particularly English language learners, have strongly connected with Maya & Miguel, and we’re delighted to introduce even more kids and families to the spirited sibling stars and their engaging escapades with the upcoming launch on iTunes,” said Deborah A. Forte, President, Scholastic Media and executive producer and creator of the show. “Maya & Miguel was a groundbreaking success when it first premiered in 2004 and the show, with its emphasis on the importance of multiculturalism, friendship and family, remains just as relevant with today’s children and parents.”

As the Hispanic population in the U.S. continues to increase – Census Bureau data released in June estimates the numbers have grown to 54 million as of July 1, 2013 – it is more important than ever that all children see themselves and their cultures represented in the media.  The long-running Maya & Miguel TV series, airing on PBS KIDS (check local listings), chronicles the exuberant exploits of the dynamic duo, Maya and Miguel, along with their relatives and friends, set against the backdrop of a culturally-rich neighborhood. Showcasing a positive portrayal of Latino family life, language and cultures, the series aims to promote the value of a diverse society while supporting English language learning.

In addition to iTunes, episodes of Maya & Miguel are available for digital download in the LeapFrog App Center.

I received a free episode of Maya & Miguel on iTunes and a special Maya & Miguel package! I loved the episode and recommend it highly for children ages 4+.  I loved the package which includes a Spanish First Words book, 2 Maya & Miguel reading books and TaT-2’s (kids temporary tattoos). I like that Maya & Miguel are very positive role models for children.

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will also win the same package that I received (Books and Temporary tattoos). To enter leave a message below telling us why you would like to win! Deadline to enter is October 14th, 2014 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries via

Self Disclosure: I did receive a prize package and free itunes download to facilitate this feature.


Fun! FREE! Treat for pint sized ghosts and goblins


Children’s on demand video service Kidoodle.TV is celebrating Halloween with a great candy alternative!  This month, Kidoodle.TV is offering free downloadable coupon sheets parents can print and clip to share two months of complimentary service with Trick-or-Treaters, in Halloween treat bags and more.  For each coupon promo code redeemed between now andNovember 30, 2014, Kidoodle.TV’s parent company, A Parent Media Co. Inc., will donate 50 cents to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Readers can visit for more info and to download.
Founded by a media executive and father after his own young son unintentionally started watching an adult film even AFTER he had removed all of the adult channels from the cable box, Kidoodle.TV is an on demand video service for kids 12 and under.  Packed with entertaining and educational fare for kids from the likes of Hasbro, DHX, National Geographic and more, Kidoodle.TV also contains a robust suite of parental tools, curfews and viewing time limits that let parents set the parameters then turn the device back over to kids to navigate and enjoy. And Kidoodle.TV is the fist kids SVOD of its size to be awarded both the PTPA and kidSAFE Seals of approval.  Kidoodle.TV is an inexpensive gift at $4.99 a month (with gift subscriptions available) and is available for PC, Mac computers, Apple and Android devices.
Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Credit: Kidoodle.TV.

Panera Bread’s Pink Ribbon Bagel® Returns October to Support Breast Cancer Research Southern California Bakery-Cafes to Raise Funds for Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation


Doing good never tasted so great! Panera Bread is bringing back its popular Pink Ribbon Bagel during the month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Baked fresh each morning and created in the shape of the iconic pink ribbon, the bagel is made with cherry chips, dried cherries, cranberries, vanilla, honey, and brown sugar. Yum!


Try a Pink Ribbon Bagel at participating Southern California bakery-cafes throughout October and Panera will donate 10 cents from the sale of each bagel to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation for their groundbreaking research into the cause and prevention of breast cancer. On Friday, October 10th, 100% of Pink Ribbon Bagel sales at participating bakery-cafes will be donated to the Foundation, so remember to mark your calendars!


There’s a great story behind the bagel too. In 2001, Sue Stees, a Panera franchisee in Oklahoma and a breast cancer survivor herself, began searching for ways to raise funds for other women battling cancer in her community. After some experimentation in the kitchen, the Pink Ribbon Bagel was born! Since then more than nine million Pink Ribbon Bagels have been sold and over $2 million has been raised for breast cancer charities across the country. Learn more about Sue’s story here.


This year, Panera hopes to beat previous donation records…this is where we can help! More than 65 Southern California bakery-cafes in Los Angeles, North Orange, Ventura, Riverside, Santa Barbara and San Bernardino counties will be offering the Pink Ribbon Bagel, so make sure to stop by on October 10th and pick some up for yourself, your friends, family and coworkers! For a full list of participating bakery-cafes, click here.


Have you tried the Pink Ribbon Bagel yet? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Credit: Panera Bread.