Archives for November 4, 2014

My Fall Favorites from Crocs! AllCast Luxe Duck Boot and Adela Foldover Fuzz Bootie are perfect for the cooler weather!


The weather is changing…I think Fall may be here even though I am sure we will still have our sunny flip-flop days too! But, it is no longer time for flip-slops on a daily basis! Did you know that Crocs has boots? They do and they are simply stylish and I love them! Here are my two favorites!  The AllCast Luxe Duck Boot is made out of premium leather and they have full Sherpa lining for warmth. These really are a must-have for the Fall and even the Winter! What I like best is they don’t feel really heavy. They are as comfy as my favorite sneakers!


But, my very favorite is the Adela Foldover Fuzz Bootie! I received a pair in smoke/smoke. They are also available in mahogany/khaki. I love how you can wear these two different ways! Either full height or folded over! I love the soft, warm lining and how comfy these are!  They also aren’t heavy and bulky. Such a Must-have for the Fall! I don’t even want to take these off!


Check these out and so many great new styles at

Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this Fall feature but all opinions expressed are honest. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids except for logo image (Crocs)

DISNEY AND GOOGLE PLAY TEAM UP TO BRING DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE TO ANDROID DEVICES Free Digital Copy of Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph” Available For A Limited Time Through Disney Movies Anywhere


The Walt Disney Studios and Google Play today announced a partnership enabling millions of U.S. Android users to enjoy their Disney, Pixar, and Marvel digital movie collection across their devices through Disney Movies Anywhere.


Disney Movies Anywhere is an engaging and family-friendly digital destination that makes it simple for consumers to manage and enjoy their digital collection of Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies in one place, at home and on the go. The integration with Google Play means that it’s easier than ever for consumers to buy the films they love, and then enjoy them through the free Disney Movies Anywhere app and website, as well as everywhere Google Play Movies is available. Just download the Disney Movies Anywhere app and connect to your Google account.


“We are very excited to announce Google Play as our newest partner for Disney Movies Anywhere,” said Janice Marinelli, President, Disney Studio  In-Home and Digital Distribution & Disney-ABC

Content Distribution.   “We set out to create an exceptional Disney experience that made owning digital movies easy and fun, and with Google Play now on board following our successful launch in February, we are able to deliver unprecedented availability and ease for consumers across a broad range of mobile devices.”


“We want to make it easy for movie fans to enjoy all of their past and future digital purchases across all of their devices. Our partnership with Disney now gives Google Play users the ability to conveniently watch all of their Disney, Marvel and Pixar digital movies that have been purchased from any Disney Movies Anywhere participating retailer,” said Jonathan Zepp, head of Google Play Movies partnerships.


In Disney Movies Anywhere, consumers can explore Disney’s library of over 400 active digital titles from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel; preview upcoming offerings and enjoy hours of free new and exclusive short-form content; and discover curated content based on their individual preferences. In addition to browsing titles available for purchase, consumers can redeem Digital Copy codes found in Disney, Pixar, and Marvel Blu-rays and DVDs directly in Disney Movies Anywhere, as well as earn Disney Movie Rewards points for digital purchases.


For a limited time, Disney Movies Anywhere users who connect a new participating retailer account will receive a free digital copy of Disney’s hit animated film “Wreck-It Ralph.” The launch of Disney Movies Anywhere on Google Play also coincides with the release of “Maleficent,” one of the year’s biggest hits, and Disney’s animated “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” both out on digital and Blu-ray today.

With this new partnership with Google Play, it’s easier than ever for consumers to buy the films they love, and then enjoy them through the free Disney Movies Anywhere app and website, as well as everywhere Google Play Movies is available. Just download the Disney Movies Anywhere app and link to your Google account.



The Disney Movies Anywhere App is available in the U.S. for free from the Google Play store at and from the iTunes App Store at: Sign up is also available through the Disney Movies Anywhere website.



About The Walt Disney Studios

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!



About Google Play:

Google Play is an online store with millions of digital songs, movies, TV shows, apps, games, books and more. Google Play Movies & TV offers new release movies, classic films and next day TV shows that you can rent or buy in HD or SD and watch on any device, Android, iOS or your computer.

Credit: Walt Disney Studios/Google Play.

Holiday Gifts Flavored with Meaning Holiday Giveaway Opportunity!


Don’t want to give someone a gift card this holiday season? How about a gift with meaning? Championing convenience, gift cards topped the list of popular holiday gifts for 2013 ( Inspire your readers to get creative this holiday season by giving their friends and loved ones delicious, poverty-fighting holiday gifts from the 2014 World Vision Gift Catalog.

More than 250 items, ranging in price from $10 to $39,000, are available online and in the print catalog to help improve quality of life for women, children and families in the U.S. and around the world. When your readers give where it is needed most, they can receive handcrafted gifts that are perfect for holiday baking or entertaining:

For someone who loves to bake! Prosperity Cinnamon: Know a friend or family member who loves to bake? Each beautifully-carved cinnamon bark box contains 3 oz. of cinnamon and bears a common Asian character for prosperity. Vietnam’s renowned sweet cinnamon is a renewable resource collected from the Cassia tree, sold to benefit generations of hard-working families. $85.

Hand-Carved Serving Spoons: A perfect gift for holiday entertaining, each beautiful set of two hand-carved olivewood serving spoons is delivered in a gift bag of African fabric hand-sewn by local women. The serving spoons are made to benefit orphans of the Kamba tribe in Kenya. $65.

For the coffee lover! I received a free sample of this one and love it! Just perfect for all coffee lovers! Fair-Trade Coffee Set: For the coffee lover, this 12 oz. coffee set is blended by, using delicious flavors from Ethiopia, Sumatra, and Costa Rica, and is delivered in a gift bag of African fabric hand-sewn by local women. $65.

Please check out World Vision Facebook page at /WorldVision and Twitter at@WorldVisionNews using the hashtag #GiftCatalog.

Since it began in 1996, the World Vision Gift Catalog has grown in popularity as a gift-giving alternative; more than 844,000 people helped someone through the Catalog in the last fiscal year alone.

To order from World Vision’s Gift Catalog, visit or call 855-WV-GIFTS.

We have teamed up for a Holiday Giveaway! One lucky winner will receive the Fair-Trade Coffee set! To enter, check out the World Vision’s Gift Catalog (see link above!) and tell us your favorite gift idea. Deadline to enter is November 11th, 2014 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via

Self Disclosure: I received a free product sample to facilitate this holiday gift feature. Photo Credit: World Vision.

Downtown Burbank Announces 2014 Return of Outdoor Skating and Holiday Festivities


Downtown Burbank’s most festive holiday tradition returns for 8-weeks of outdoor ice skating, themed nights, and special performances at The Rink in Downtown Burbank. The fun begins Friday, November 28 and runs through January 19, 2015.


Transforming the corner of N 3rd Street and E Orange Grove Avenue into a magical winter wonderland, skaters of all ages will enjoy 90-minute sessions on the ice with friends and family.


A great way to celebrate the holidays, The Rink in Downtown Burbank is just steps away from hundreds of shops and restaurants decked out for the holiday season, making it a joyful family outing and memorable getaway. Admission is $10.00, skate rentals are $3.00, and Bobby the Seal rentals are $6.00.  Season passes are available for $139 throughNovember 20, and $159 afterwards. Passes are valid for unlimited skating every day from Friday, November 28 through January 19, 2015.


Special events at The Rink in Downtown Burbank include:

  • Ugly Sweater Mondays, ’80s Night Wednesdays, and Thursday Night Fever, where skaters are encouraged to get into the spirit, dress up, and have fun on the ice from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
  • The Mayor’s Tree-lighting Ceremony in front of City Hall on Friday, December 5 at 6:30 PM– stop by and skate before and after event!
  • Santa Claus will be making an appearance on Saturday, December 13, and kids of all ages are invited to skate with the big man himself from 12 noon to 1:30 PM.
  • The Rink will be filled with Santas and Elves during Skating Santas Night, an event where everyone is welcome to arrive in costume on Saturday, December 20 from 8:00 PM to 11:30 PM.
  • Performances by the Los Angeles Ice Theater are scheduled for every Saturday in December at 5:45 PM.
  • For those wanting to brush up on their skating skills, classes by professional instructors from Pickwick Gardens Ice Skating Rink are offered starting Saturday, December 20 at 9:00 AM and 9:25 AM, and for adults on Tuesdays at 7:50 PM.


All season, the KCET Community Kiosk will be on-site giving Rink attendees the opportunity to play an active part in KCET’s 50th anniversary. The interactive kiosk visually displays historical KCET touch points, and prompts community members to answer the question: “How do you envision a better state?”  Visitors are encouraged to participate in this unique community experience.


On Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM, be sure to visit Downtown Burbank’s weekly Farmer’s Market in the parking lot behind the Community Services building.


Free parking is available at numerous structures in Downtown Burbank. For details, please visit


For further information, the public is asked to please call (818) 238-5180, or visit