Archives for April 15, 2015

Monkey Kingdom – Raising Awareness and Funds for the Habitat of Monkeys


This documentary from Disneynature follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia. Directed by Mark Linfield and Alastair who also directed Bears and narrated by Tina Fey. KIDS FIRST! Critic Haley P. comments, “This is a great nature documentary, especially if you like monkeys and, contributions from ticket sales of this movie will help save the monkeys in south Asia.” See her full review below.

Monkey Kingdom

Reviewed by Haley P., KIDS FIRST! Critic, Age 12


Monkey Kingdom opened my mind to learning about animals in the wild! This is a great nature documentary, especially if you like monkeys and, contributions from ticket sales of this movie will help save the monkeys in south Asia.

Monkey Kingdom begins with an explanation of how a certain group of monkeys live. Specifically, it focuses on Maya and her baby, who are considered the lowest of the group. It discusses their lifestyle, their routines and how they have to deal with the different seasons and the weather.  They also talk about their struggle for survival. Finding food, especially for the ones at the bottom of the tree, is a challenge.  These monkeys have a king and three queens. It is amazing that even though they are monkeys, they still have a social hierarchy.

My favorite part of this movie is when all the monkeys are playing with each other and swinging from their homemade “original” jungle gym.  I also like the part when the lower class runs out of food and have to find a way to survive.  They locate the humans’ house and raid their kitchen.  They even confiscate all the eggs from the hen house!!  It is hysterical to see a monkey running off with a sub sandwich.

My favorite character is Kip, Maya’s son!  He is a cute baby monkey that is so innocent and, most of the time, has no idea what is going one.  He depends on his mom for protection.  Maya is on the low end of the social hierarchy.  She is a female monkey with a nice personality unlike the three sister queens who act as if they own everything.  I love how Maya protects her baby at all costs.  Tina Fey is a wonderful narrator for this, giving a clear understanding of what is taking place.

The thrust of this documentary is to raise money to help maintain the habitat of monkeys that live in the jungles of South Asia.  I recommend this film for kids age 6 through 18. Both boys and girls will enjoy it because, who can resist watching monkeys play. I rate this movie a five out of five dazzling stars! Be sure to check it out when it comes out in theaters on April 17, 2015.

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions,   

All New Episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season 5 Premieres 4/18


All New Episode with Sweet Lullaby from Applejack Premieres April 18 at 11:30am ET


This Week’s Episode:


  • Bloom and Gloom– April 18 at 11:30am ET/ 10:30am CT / 8:30am PT

Apple Bloom’s anxieties about getting her Cutie Mark back turn her life into a living nightmare from which she may never escape.


Watch a sneak peak clip featuring Applejack’s Lullaby HERE

Viewers can tweet about the exciting new season using the hashtag #MLP5

MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC season 5 trotted out on Saturday, April 4, exceeding viewership records and marked the series’ top-rated debut of all time!


Season 5 is filled with surprises and special treats for viewers, including the appearance of celebrity guest voice Tony Award-winner Lena Hall, the series’ exciting 100th episode, fun holiday specials and several new, original songs soon to be fan-favorites. Viewers will be introduced to new characters and see background characters brought to the forefront for the first time, all as part of a journey that embraces such themes as individuality, coming of age, facing fears and achieving your dreams.

 Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post.

Bedtime Math: The Truth Comes Out By Laura Overdeck and Illustrated by Jim Paillot

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You may remember that not too long ago I reviewed Bedtime Math books #1 and #2 and my son and I loved them. This past March, Bedtime Math book #3 came out. This one is also a fun and educational book and I highly recommend. This one may even be the best one yet! I like that the bonus questions seem slightly more challenging which is great for the older kids. What I really love about this series is that it is for a variety of ages and not just for little kids or big kids. My other favorite thing is that it makes Math fun! There are many books out there that say they make Math fun but this one really does!

To find out more, go to

Self Disclosure: I received a free book to facilitate this post. No compensation was received and any opinions expressed are my own.

Red’s All Natural Burritos are delicious!


Looking for a fast and easy way to have a delicious burrito? Red’s All Natural Burritos are the answer! I recently tried the Red’s Chicken & Cheese Burrito and also the Spicy Chipotle Beef & Bean Burrito and loved them both! My favorite was the Chipotle Beef & Bean Burrito with all natural beans, sweet corn, brown rice…delicious! Only 290 calories and super fast and easy. I also like that they are made with beef and chicken raised without antibiotics. The only thing is they aren’t super easy to find where I live. I wish they were at every store! I did find them at my local Ralphs and Sprouts stores. I know I will be on the look out for any other products that they have.

Look for them near you!

You can also find Red’s All Natural on Facebook and Twitter!

Self Disclosure: I received free coupons to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received.

Lionsgate’s THE AGE OF ADALINE SoCal City Kids Screening Invite Tuesday, April 21st @ 7:30 PM!

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After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman [Blake Lively] has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones [Michiel Huisman] reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents [Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker] threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever. | | #Adaline

In theaters April 24th!


Tuesday, April 21st @ 7:30 PM

Pacific’s The Grove

189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036


Credit: Lionsgate. No compensation was received to post.


We all want Ice Cream at BASKIN-ROBBINS! $1.31 Scoops and $3.31 Classic Sundaes..yes. please!


Guests were invited to enjoy discounted $1.31 ice cream scoops and $3.31 Classic Two-Scoop Sundaes this past Tuesday, March 31st at participating Baskin-Robbins shops nationwide.


My son and I were quite excited about this day and had it marked on the calendar! What I like best about Baskin Robbins is that there are always new flavors and such a great variety! Yes, I did get the Classic Two-Scoop Sundae for $3.31! If you did miss out, the $1.31 scoops deal will return on May 31st, 2015! We already have it on our calendar.

“Since its founding in 1945, Baskin-Robbins has been all about flavor variety and innovation, so we’re excited to celebrate our 31-flavor heritage with guests through our ‘Celebrate 31’ promotion all year long,” said John Costello, President, Global Marketing and Innovation for Dunkin’ Brands. “This special promotion gives us an opportunity to celebrate our 70th birthday and thank our guests for their loyalty by offering special deals on our most popular ice cream flavors and frozen treats throughout the year.”

For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit or follow us on Facebook (, Twitter ( or Pinterest (

Self Disclosure: I received a gift card to visit Baskin Robbins and facilitate this post.

Introducing The #MANIMACS Contest From Manischewitz®! Create Your Own Macaroon Characters and Join the Contest for a Chance to Win an iPad Air 2 Plus a $500 Visa Gift Card! CONTEST DEADLINE APRIL 16TH, 2015


Grab your favorite Manischewitz Macaroons, put your imagination to the test and join the #MANIMACS contest by submitting your own #MANIMACS character made of Manischewitz Macaroons for a chance to win an iPad Air 2 PLUS a$500 Visa Gift Card! Manischewitz wants you to tap into your DIY, creative-size and see your most inventive #MANIMACS macaroon characters!


Need some inspiration? Check out the quirky and fun Manischewitz #MANIMACS character-creation videos on that show #MANIMACS coming to life to celebrate upcoming wacky holidays, like National Fake Mustache Day and National Alien Abduction Day!


You can join the contest from  now  through April 16, 2015 by submitting your #MANIMACS character on social media! Tweet or Instagram a photo or video of your #MANIMACS character with the hashtag #ManimacsEntry to join the contest, or post your photo or video to the Manischewitz Facebook page/timeline at with the same #ManimacsEntry hashtag to join. Valid submissions will then post to for vote casting. Track your votes and share your submission with friends on social media or email to drive additional votes for your #MANIMACS character. When sharing, include the hashtag #MANIMACS to drive additional views and engage with the contest.


Check out all of the fun videos produced by Manischewitz on that celebrate upcoming wacky holidays, and be sure to like or follow Manischewitz on social media!


Three semi-finalists will advance to Final Round:

  • Semi-Finalist #1 will be the highest voted from a pool of 5 submissions chosen by Manischewitz to be displayed LIVE at The Manischewitz Experience on March 12th, 13th and 15th at NYC’s Chelsea Market as of March 15th
  • Semi-Finalist #2 will be the highest voted on from February 16th through April 16th
  • Semi-Finalist #3 will be chosen by Manischewitz by April 16th


In the Final Round, vote for your favorite of the 3 chosen semi-finalists on from April 17th through April 23rd to determine the Grand Prize Winner from the highest number of votes collected over the 1-week period (3 semi-finalists restart with 0 votes in the Final Round). The #MANIMACS Contest Grand Prize Winner will be announced on April 24, 2015 and will be awarded aniPad Air 2 PLUS a $500 Visa Gift Card (est. value of $1500)!


“The #MANIMACS Contest encourages you to have fun and play with your food!” said Nora Sordillo, Sr. Associate Brand Manager for The Manischewitz Company. “Get crafty and come up with unexpected characters made from your favorite Manischewitz Macaroons. Share your creations on social media too! For our NY Metro fans, don’t forget to also see the 1st round of semi-finalists at The Manischewitz Experience at NYC’s Chelsea Market in-person.”


You must be 18 years of age or older to enter the contest, however, minors under the age of 18 can submit their entry with parental permission, using a parent or guardian’s email address. Limit of one (1) vote per entry per day per IP address. For a complete list of rules and other information, please visit our contest website May the best #MANIMACS character win!


Please contact Stacey Bender or with any questions or comments.



About The Manischewitz Company

The Manischewitz Company is a specialty foods company comprised of 12 authentic kosher foods brands, including Manischewitz®, Season®, Tam Tams®, Guiltless Gourmet®, Rokeach®, Mishpacha®, Goodman’s®, Jason®, Horowitz Margareten®, Mrs. Adler’s®, Mother’s®, Carmel®, and Croyden House®. TMC offers a diverse product line that spans over 30 unique product categories.


The Manischewitz® brand was founded in a small bakery built to make Passover matzo in 1888 by Rabbi Dov Behr Manischewitz in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1932, Rabbi Manischewitz opened a plant in Jersey City, NJ, replacing the operation in Cincinnati. This move paved the way for the introduction of new products like Tam Tam® Crackers, Chicken Soup, Macaroons, and Gefilte Fish. Today’s Manischewitz offers Broths, Noodles, Potato Pancakes, and Matzo Balls. Manischewitz is matzo and so much more!


See for more product and recipe information!

Credit: Manischewitz. No compensation was received. I will be reviewing soon-stay tuned!

Randy is Pet of the Week!

RAndy, April 15 Pet of the Year

White whiskers on black fur complement those big, round, green eyes that 3-year-old Randy will fix on you when you come to meet him. A little shy at first, this good boy will quickly warm up to you and ask for attention. Meet Randy on the shelter side of Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A541222 for Smokey and ID#A541224 for Bella.


(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Companion Animal Village.