Archives for February 4, 2015

Simon Youth Foundation Seeks Local Applicants for Scholarship Program

For a 16th straight year, Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, is proud to support deserving students in the Orange County and Los Angeles-area communities through the Simon Youth Scholarship Program.


This May, one student from every community that is home to a Simon property is eligible to receive a one-time scholarship award up to $1,500. In addition, 10 designated Simon, Mills and Premium Outlets centers will grant an Award of Excellence – a $2,500 scholarship that is renewable for up to three years.


Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarships are awarded through the Simon Youth Scholarships program and in partnership with local Simon properties. The application period for the 2015 Simon Youth Community Scholarship Program is December 1, 2014 – February 25, 2015.


Any student who will be graduating in the class of 2015 and lives within 50 miles of a Simon property, including Brea Mall, Westminster Mall, The Shops at Mission Viejo, Del Amo Fashion Center and Camarillo Premium Outlets, is eligible. The program will award a one-time scholarship of up to $1,500 to students who plan to enroll in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school.


Applications also can be downloaded at the SYF website at:


To-date, SYF has awarded more than $12 million in scholarships to more than 3,700 students in 42 states.


The 2015 SYF Community Scholarship recipients will be selected by Scholarship Management Services, a third-party administrator. Students are selected based on a variety of criteria, including financial need, academic performance, leadership skills and participation in school and community activities. Those students who are the first in their family to pursue a post secondary education will also be given close consideration.


The completed application, along with official school transcripts and parents’ most recently filed tax form, must be sent to Scholarship Management Services by February 25, 2015.


About SYF

Simon Youth Foundation, established in 1998, supports 23 Simon Youth Academies in 13 U.S. states that give at-risk students the same education they would receive in a traditional classroom while offering the flexibility that their individual circumstances require. Recipient of the Crystal Star Award of Excellence in Dropout Prevention from the National Dropout Prevention Center, the foundation has helped more than 10,000 students earn their high school diploma and provided more than $10 million in college scholarships to 3,900 students in 42 states. The Education Commission of the United States has recognized the foundation with its Corporate Award for sustained and substantial investment in improving public education.


About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit

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DecalGirl for Valentine’s Day Gifts!

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Looking for a great gift for a loved one this Valentine’s Day?  How about a gift that offers great stylish protection for all your gadgets! I just love the variety of DecalGirl skins that you can choose from!

DecalGirl skins are designed for maximum coverage and lightweight protection from everyday scratches. I received a skin titled “Oceans for Youth” by David Dunleavy. I love this design! It really makes me think of an ocean paradise! But, actually my son selected this one for his Nintendo 3DS. He loves Sting Rays and ocean creatures. It is available for the Nintendo 3DS in two finishes: Matte or High Gloss. I received a sample in both and not sure which finish is my favorite. My son was really impressed at the quality and how simple it was to apply. We also received a skin titled “Ocean Serenity” also by David Dunleavy. I love it so much that I just may have to get my own Nintendo 3DS! But, my son says he may want to trade-off eventually so guess I may have to buy my own.

DecalGirl has such a great variety! I love that they have so many ocean skins to choose from! There really is something for everyone! So, what exactly is a skin? They are made of premium automotive-grade cast vinyl with a special adhesive backing to prevent air bubbles when you are applying it and it leaves no residue when you remove it. What I also really like is the skins are so easy to apply! 

The DecalGirl products are 100% Made-In-The-USA. Another thing that really impressed me is the quality for the amount of money.

Check out DecalGirl this Valentine’s Day! I am sure you will find something for anyone on your shopping list! They are also currently having a Valentine’s Day Sale! You can save 25% on skins, cases and even create your own. Check out their website to learn more!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: DecalGirl.

Celebrate Lunar New Year with Universal Studios Hollywood


Universal Studios Hollywood Welcomes the “Year of the Ram”

As The Entertainment Capital of L.A Celebrates Lunar New Year

With a Special Mandarin-Speaking MEGATRON Character from its Blockbuster Thrill Ride,

“Transformers:  The Ride-3D,” from Friday, February 13 – Saturday, February 28


Universal Studios HollywoodSM continues its annual Lunar New Year tradition with a celebratory “Year of the Ram” event featuring a special Mandarin-speaking MEGATRON character from its blockbuster thrill ride, “Transformers™:  The Ride-3D,” taking place from Friday, February 13 through Saturday, February 28, 2015.

The celebration comes to life within Universal Plaza – a new Art Deco-inspired grand courtyard situated at the heart of the theme park – where guests will be ushered in to celebrate the “Year of the Ram” under a curtain of customary red Chinese lanterns and a stunning all-new Plum Blossom Arch. The polygon-shaped piazza will also display a dozen lampposts each featuring the twelve zodiac animal signs along with three symbolic attributes.

A highlight of the Lunar New Year program will be the Mandarin-speaking MEGATRON, who will engage guests in conversation that is characteristic of his DECEPTICON TRANSFORMER’s persona.  MEGATRON – an ominous 12-foot-tall figure – is one of the stars of Universal Studios Hollywood’s award-winning thrill ride, “Transformers: The Ride-3D” which immerses guests in the 3D-HD action-packed robotic world of the TRANSFORMERS.  In-park signage will notate times for the daily MEGATRON meet and greet.

Favorite Universal characters, including Curious George and Woody and Winnie Woodpecker, will join the celebration dressed in traditional Chinese attire to meet guests and take memorable photos in front of a customary Chinese gong.  Asian-inspired treats along with traditional music, resonating throughout the Plaza, will help in commemorating the festive Lunar New Year.

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Year-round, Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature Studio Tour offers guests a revealing look at an authentic movie and television studio in select languages, including Mandarin.  Expertly-trained Mandarin-speaking guides provide insight on the world of movie-making magic as guests enjoy a front row seat and behind-the-scenes access to one of the largest film studios in the world.  The theme park also features Mandarin-speaking associates within select theme park’s retail stores and provides in-language park maps.

Lunar New Year is included in the price of admission to Universal Studios Hollywood.

Share your zodiac animal signs with us on Instagram and Twitter at @UniStudios and “Like” the Universal Studios Hollywood Facebook page.

Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A. SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk  entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue.  World-class rides and attractions include the incredibly popular 3D Ultra-HD adventure, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and immersive “Super Silly Fun Land,” the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™:  The Ride-3D,” the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, “Revenge of the MummySM—The Ride” and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride.” As part of its milestone 50th anniversary celebration in 2015, Universal Studios Hollywood will debut a slate of dynamic new attractions including the electrifying 3D-HD thrill ride, “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” as the grand finale to the famed Studio Tour, “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and the “Nighttime Studio Tour,” offering evening tours of the iconic movie backlot.

Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood.

New Valentine’s Day Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Episode Premieres Monday, 2/9 on PBS KIDS! This year, celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe!

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Snuggle up with your young valentines and tune-in to a very special Valentine’s Day episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, premiering Monday, February 9, on PBS KIDS (check local listings) and re-airing all week long. The heartwarming new episode of the top-rated series for preschoolers from The Fred Rogers Company helps reinforce Fred Rogers’ enduring messages of love and acceptance for all little tigers.


The half-hour Valentine’s Day show features two endearing stories that encourage children to find their own unique ways to say “I love you.” Below is the episode description and as a special treat, here’s a link to a sneak peek of “Daniel’s Love Day Surprise.”



Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Valentine’s Day Episode Description

It’s Love Day

It’s Love Day in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe so Daniel and all of his friends come up with their own special ways to show their love and care for one another. The kids dance, sing and tell jokes to say “I love you.”

Daniel’s Love Day Surprise

Grandpere is coming to visit on Love Day. How can Daniel find a way to show how much he loves his grandfather? With a treasure hunt, that’s how! Daniel hides little hearts all over the house for Grandpere to find…that is, unless little Margaret finds them all first!

Strategy: Find your own way to say “I love you.”

And don’t forget to tune-in to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
each day on PBS KIDS (check local listings) and:
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Credit: PBS KIDS.