Archives for April 17, 2015

New Nature-Themed Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Episode Coming to PBS KIDS Monday, April 20 – just in time for Earth Day! It’s finally spring in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe!

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Earth Day is right around the corner and a special nature-themed episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, the top-rated series from The Fred Rogers Company, will premiere on Monday, April 20, on PBS KIDS (check local listings) – just in time to celebrate the big day on Wednesday, April 22!


It’s important to foster an appreciation for nature and the environment around us with your little tigers and help them learn how to take good care of the Earth. Below are some tips inspired by Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood to share with your family to make Earth Day a very special day.

Be an explorer! – As the weather gets warmer, go on a nature walk with your child – even if it’s just in your own backyard! On the walk, ask your child what they see in the environment and have them make some observations, including the types of animals and plants they spot.


  • Plan a picnic! – Having a picnic is a fun way to enjoy nature, time with family and friends, and a delicious meal on a spring day. Pack some healthy snacks and foods. Bring reusable plates, cups, utensils and napkins – and don’t forget the blanket!


  • Think green! – Make recycling a fun daily activity at home. Set up bins in an area where your child sees you using them.  Allow your child to decorate the recycling bins by creating signs to help them remember what each one is for. It’s a great way to get them more invested in the activity and make them want to use the bins each and every day!


  • Save some H2O! – Remind your child to turn off the water while soaping up their hands and turn it back on to rinse them – and that goes with brushing too! Also instead of buying water bottles, think about using a reusable water bottle.


Episode Descriptions:

“Daniel Explores Nature”

It’s a beautiful day in the Neighborhood! Daniel and his family are spending the day outside exploring, when Daniel spots a beautiful red bird. As they watch the busy bird, they learn about how a bird’s nest is built. But when the nest falls out of the tree, will Daniel and Katerina be able to help save the bird’s home?

“Daniel’s Nature Walk”

There’s so much to explore when you’re outside! Daniel is going on a nature walk in the forest with O the Owl and Uncle X. They see frogs, worms and even spot a rainbow in the sky!

Strategy: There’s so much to explore when you’re outside!

Happy Earth Day!

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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Theme Park to Hire English, Bilingual Spanish and Mandarin-Speaking Studio Tour Guides During Auditions Held on Monday, May 4 from 2-4pm Universal Studios Hollywood Holds Open Casting Call for Studio Tour Guides as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. Readies for the Summer Arrival of “Fast & Furious – Supercharged” and the First-Ever “Nighttime Studio Tour” as part of its 50th Anniversary Celebration

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The race is on as Universal Studios HollywoodSM  casts a wide net in search of Studio Tour guides as the theme park prepares to introduce “Fast & Furious—Supercharged,” the new grand finale to the world-famous Studio Tour and the all-new “Nighttime Studio Tour” this summer in celebration of the theme park’s 50thanniversary.

Open call auditions will take place at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 4 from 2-4pm.

As one of the most progressive and exciting theme park experiences anywhere, Universal’s Studio Tour invites guests to enjoy a front row seat with behind-the-scenes access to one of the world’s largest movie and television production studios, led by expert Studio Tour guides, knowledgeable on the inner-workings of Hollywood.

As the destination readies for a blockbuster summer with the introduction of the “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” thrill ride and the “Nighttime Studio Tour,” more than 40 English, bilingual Spanish and Mandarin-speaking Studio Tour Guides will be hired to join an existing roster of nearly 100 guides.

Candidates interested in auditioning must possess the following attributes for consideration: friendly, engaging and enthusiastic; have a performance and/or public speaking background; are knowledgeable of film and television; have a charismatic live television camera presence; and must be at least 18 years of age.

They will need to come prepared with a resume and headshot and be available for a series of follow-up auditions onMay 6 and final interviews the week of May 11.  Full-time employment will begin on May 26, beginning with three weeks of fun, intensive training. For more information, please visit

The perks associated with the role of Studio Tour guide are also priceless.  Aspiring actors and those seeking to work within the entertainment industry will have daily access to an authentic studio lot, and the filming locations of thousands of movie and television shows. In addition to enjoying a flexible work schedule, Studio Tour Guides will benefit from a variety of opportunities, including intimate symposiums with prestigious industry professionals, free professional acting classes, auditions for top industry casting directors and free private screenings of Universal Pictures films.

“Fast & Furious—Supercharged” is a technologically advanced, epic ride that reunites stars from the Fast & Furiousseries in a groundbreaking mega-attraction designed to catapult guests into the high-stakes underground world of street racing at perceived speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour.  Featuring Vin Diesel (Dominic “Dom” Toretto), Dwayne Johnson (Luke Hobbs), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz), Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce) and Luke Evans (Owen Shaw),“Fast & Furious—Supercharged” will debut on June 25 as the grand finale to Universal Studios Hollywood’s behind-the-scenes Studio Tour and can only be experienced at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood’s all-new “Nighttime Studio Tour” will bring over 20 locations along the famed Studio Tour backlot to life with movie set lighting and special effects used in nighttime productions. Theatrical lighting will cast a glow on iconic backlot sets as Studio Tour guides shed light on Hollywood secrets and tricks of the world’s most glamorous trade, including how filmmakers create the effect of daylight amid the black of night.  Celebrated stars who found fame on Universal’s backlot will also make cameo appearances on the “Nighttime Studio Tour,” including Marilyn Monroe, Norman Bates and Frankenstein.  The “Nighttime Studio Tour” will run every weekend throughout the summer from July 4 through Labor Day.

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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 “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “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, new attractions include 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 RideTM” and the “Nighttime Studio Tour,” offering tours of the iconic movie backlot on select evenings.

Credit: Universal Studios including photo credit.

REVITALIZED QUEEN MARY SHOPPING GALLERY IS ALIVE WITH HISTORY Priceless Art Deco Facades Grace Boutique Shops Once Patronized by Royals, Celebrities and Travelers from the Golden Age of Ocean Travel; Gallery Set to Officially Open April 23 with Free All-Day Admission to Ship




Located on the Promenade Deck under the watchful gaze of Queen Mary’s portrait-in-relief adorning the ship’s main staircase is the wonderfully restored Queen Mary shopping gallery, a glittering art deco inspired boutique mall that is today as beautiful as it was eighty years ago. The revitalized collection of boutiques will formally open April 23. To celebrate, admission to the ship will be free on that day from 10am8pm.


As with any historic site the project resulted in both challenges and rewarding discoveries as fixtures and design elements unseen for decades came to light. “We are willingly obliged to ensure that any repairs or improvements to the ship are in keeping with original designs and historic preservation standards. These demands resulted in both challenges and construction delays; but the end-result is certainly worth the effort and I am certain our guests will agree,” said Queen Mary General Manager, John Jenkins.


Some eight decades have passed since the Queen Mary’s debut. These same shops first opened their doors to royalty and world’s social elite; one can only wonder how many famous feet crossed the thresholds. Over time beautiful woods and veneers and splendid interior fittings gave way to function and often became hidden from view. Oftentimes, the grandeur of an elegant past was overshadowed for reasons no longer relevant.


Over 2,000 square feet of retail and lobby spaces were affected by the rehabilitation and restoration campaign. Where needed, wood surfaces and veneers were replaced or matched to original treatments. Linoleum, a floor treatment rarely seen today, was custom designed to match the Main Hall’s linoleum floor design and is used in the Center and Starboard shops.


Total ceiling restoration demanded the removal of acoustical tiles and other materials, revealing the original ceiling’s character-defining features. The Starboard Shop’s Napoleon Marble fireplace hearth is once again in full display and nearby hangs Kenneth Shoesmith’s venerable “Marketplace” painting. In the Portside shop, rectangular tufted leather panels at each end of the space have been reconstructed to emulate the ship’s post war re-fit. Every effort was made to remove and replace non-original light fixtures.


“These and other painstaking upgrades were made for one reason alone; there is no other ship anywhere like our Queen Mary. This includes the shopping gallery that once-again serves to anchor the Promenade Deck. While this impressive reconstruction challenge has been met, potential restoration opportunities in each of the retail spaces remain open for future consideration,” Jenkins added.


There are five affected areas. Each shop carries with it decades of history and adds to the ship’s comprehensive lore. The Portside Marketplace will feature women’s gifts, accessories, jewelry, apparel, books and ship souvenirs; it originally served as the First Class Library. The Centerline Boutique will offer gourmet table top foods, chocolates, packaged teas, candy and more; this area once catered to traveling gentlemen as the Austin Reed of Regent Street haberdashery. The ship’s former First Class Drawing Room now hosts the Starboard Shop offering men’s accessories, furnishings, apparel, books and other mementos of the ship.


Two smaller shops are already in operation, each equally re-furbished. The original Tobacco Shop is now a wine emporium and tasting room, exclusively featuring Malibu Family Winery vintages. Just across the lobby, in what was once a small sundries and stationery store, is the Wyndham Vacations Visitor’s Center.


“When Cunard designed the ship’s interior spaces there was a master plan. World-class artisans worked in concert with the shipbuilder and fitters; the result was harmonious interior design. Warm, luxurious interiors welcomed shoppers with a nautical elegance that was all Queen Mary. To resurrect this experience and to rekindle that spirit throughout the ship…including our retail outlets…continues to be my priority,” Jenkins continued.


The decision to close and re-furbish all on-board retail spaces and to retain a single operator, EVENT NETWORK, for merchandising and retail services adds to the re-opening announcement. Event Network is a globally respected retail consultant and facilities operator. Headquartered in San Diego, CA the company has been working with the Queen Mary team for many months. The result is a beautifully restored shopping area and enhanced inventories – from soft goods to books, apparel to souvenirs. To learn more about Event Network, visit


The revitalized Queen Mary shopping gallery sweeps the visitor into a design past that cannot be duplicated, anywhere. “We are proud of what our craftsmen and the Event Network design team have accomplished and welcome everyone to celebrate this achievement. Admission to the ship on April 23 will be complimentary and we hope the public will join in the celebration.” Jenkins concluded.

Find the Queen Mary here:





 Credit: The Queen Mary.

KIEHL’S EARTH DAY: Elizabeth Olsen and Maggie Q for Recycle Across America

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Kiehl’s Since 1851 Unveils Limited Edition Label Art Series with

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Program provides 65,000 Recycling Labels to 650 K-12 Schools in the United States.

In honor of Earth Day, Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care is proud to donate $50,000 to Recycle Across America™  (RAA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering society-wide solutions that eliminate public confusion, stimulate the environmental economy and expedite progress. These funds will be used to create 65,000 standardized recycling labels to 650 K-12 schools in the United States.


The donated funds will be raised from Kiehl’s Limited Edition Label Art series, featuring art by this year’s Friends of Kiehl’s, Elizabeth Olsen and Maggie Q. 100% of net profits, up to $50,000, from this, Kiehl’s seventh Earth Day campaign, will benefit Recycle Across America™. To date, Kiehl’s has raised $250,000 for RAA, supplying recycling labels to the following school districts: San Diego, Houston, Scottsdale, Culver City, and an additional 2,500 independent schools throughout the U.S.

“We started working with Recycle Across America in 2012 and have continued with them since. Their mission to introduce solutions that make recycling more simple, comprehensive and effective in the United States is perfectly aligned with our Recycle & Be Rewarded program. Since 2009, Kiehl’s has collected 2,500,000 empty Kiehl’s bottles from our shoppers and recycled them on their behalf, while also rewarding them with free products. It’s proven that by simplifying the process, we can truly create change. We hope to reach over 3,000,000 this year!” said Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA.


The Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado series features Earth-inspired designs by socially conscious influencers Elisabeth Olsen and Maggie Q, depicting their vision of social responsibility.

Both designs were created in collaboration with artist/sculptor Fernando Mastrangelo, of AMMA Studio in Brooklyn, who is known for his work with everyday materials (salt, coffee, sand & silica). To support the launch, celebrity photographer Christopher Makos will capture each personality in his unique segmented-portrait style.

Recycle and Be Rewarded! is a program in which patrons of Kiehl’s free-standing stores may return their empty Kiehl’s bottles, tubes and jars for recycling, in exchange for product.  This program is now available in Kiehl’s free-standing stores nationwide.  Since 2009, Kiehl’s has recycled over 2,500,000 bottles!

How it works:

Patrons will receive a Recycle and Be Rewarded! card in any Kiehl’s free-standing store, and will be encouraged to be eco-conscious and return empty Kiehl’s bottles and tubes to any Kiehl’s store.The Recycle and Be Rewarded! Card will be stamped in-store, each time a Kiehl’s empty is returned for recycling.Upon returning the 10th empty and receiving the 10th stamp, each Kiehl’s patron may choose an item from the Official Kiehl’s Travel Collection. After the Recycle and Be Rewarded! card has been filled, each patron will receive a fresh card for ongoing recycling.


We invite all Kiehl’s patrons to participate in this program, as well as do what they can to recycle and live an eco-conscious lifestyle. For locations of Kiehl’s free-standing stores, please visit

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post and I did not receive any samples to review.



earthbath totally natural pet care Puppy Shampoo and Grooming Wipes are a Must-Buy!

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I recently adopted a puppy and I am finding that it isn’t always easy to find natural and safe products for my new family member. I recently found out about earthbath. They make totally natural pet care products. I was quite happy to received the Puppy Shampoo and the Grooming Wipes especially for Puppies. The shampoo is an extra-mild shampoo and is great for puppies sensitive skin. I also like that it doesn’t wash off topical flea treatments and it smells really good…like cherries! It is available in Pint or Gallon Size. You can find them here.

But, my favorite is the Grooming Wipes for puppies. I received a sample of the Especially for Puppies Travel Wipes and my dog even likes these! They actually smell really good( wild cherry scent) and they clean off dirt. Great for travel and also in between baths.


To find these products. check out the website and you can find out where to purchase.

Look for them on Facebook too!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post and any opinions expressed are my own.

Sungevity’s New Multi-Media Marketing Campaign Encourages Families to Achieve their Solar Goals through Inspiration and Education

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The future looks bright for American families, with 81 percent of parents planning to live in a solar-powered home, according to a recent survey of U.S. parents commissioned by Sungevity, a leading global provider of solar services. The majority (67%) also want solar to be the world’s primary energy source when their children grow up, and nearly all (95%) feel it’s their responsibility to teach their children about alternative energy sources in order to create a better environment for future generations.

“It’s energizing to learn that so many parents mirror our own commitment to a solar-powered future for our children,” said Andrew Birch, CEO, Sungevity. “We are dedicated to leading this conversation with families around the world so they can truly understand the benefit that comes from harnessing solar energy as a means to a more sustainabletomorrow.”

With families prioritizing alternative energy choices, Sungevity launched a new brand marketing campaign, “See Solar Differently,” that invokes the public’s desire to educate the next generation on how to achieve a more sustainable environment. Through child-like sketches and imagery, the campaign portrays the potential the sun has to power our lives in a cleaner and more affordable way.

A multi-media campaign created in partnership with CatapultWorks, “See Solar Differently” is comprised of DRTV and radio advertising which can be seen throughout California as well as in Boston, Hartford/New Haven, Long Island and Albuquerque. They’re also taking it on the road with the “Brilliance Brigade,” a fleet of education vehicles teaching kids and their parents about solar energy with fun gifts and solar-powered games. The brigade will be traveling to more than 200 locations including sporting events, select Lowe’s stores, and other community celebrations throughout the country. Sungevity also is entering into myriad strategic marketing partnerships to support its digital campaign andrecently revamped website,


  • Nearly all parents surveyed (88%) believe teaching their kids about alternative energy is just as fundamental as teaching them good manners.
  • The vast majority of these parents (79%) believe their children would have benefited more had they taught them about sustainable living at a younger age. In fact, almost half (47%) believe kids should be taught the fundamentals of green living as young as ages 2-5.
  • The leading reason they would consider powering their home with solar is to save money (75%), with nearly half (49%) believing it would be harder for their family to go on an energy diet than a food diet.
  • More than a third (37%) would like to see the Las Vegas strip powered by the sun.

For more information on Sungevity and its proprietary iQuote technology, visit



Sungevity is a global solar energy provider focused on making it easy and affordable for homeowners to benefit from solar power. Leveraging proprietary remote solar design technology, Sungevity can deliver a quote without a home visit and provide homeowners with visibility to potential savings on their electricity bills. The company continues to grow its global customer base and now services 12 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, as well as the Netherlands and Australia through a joint venture. Sungevity is also the residential solar partner to Lowe’s, and was recognized in 2013 by B Corp as one of the “Best for the World” companies for overall social and environmental impact. For more information,



The Sungevity Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research ( among 1,000 U.S. parents with children in the home between March 18-March 25, 2015 using an email invitation and online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. parent population.


Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by this sample. To learn more about the Sungevity’s Solar Survey, please contact Cory Shaw at

 Credit: Sungevity. No compensation was received to post.

Say goodbye to Children’s allergies with CVS Children’s 24 Hour Indoor/Outdoor Allergy Relief Chewable Tablets

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It’s Spring time and for some children, that means it’s allergy season! I don’t know about you but my son can be very particular about taking medicine especially in the liquid form. He just can’t stand the taste. CVS Children’s 24 Hour Indoor/Outdoor Allergy Relief Chewable Tablets in Tutti-Frutti flavor is a hit! He doesn’t mind the taste and I like that they are effective.  They are great for adults and children over the age of 6 years old and only one tablet is needed every 24 hours. (10 mg tablet) I know this will be our new allergy medicine for this Spring!

You can find at CVS/Pharmacy.


Active Ingredients: In Each Chewable Tablet: Cetirizine HCl (10 mg). Purpose: Antihistamine. Inactive Ingredients: Acesulfame Potassium, Artificial Flavors, Benzyl Alcohol, Betadex, Colloidal Silicon Dioxide, Dl-Alpha Tocopherol, Ferric Oxide Red, Ferric Oxide Yellow, Lactose Monohydrate, Magnesium Stearate Maltodextrin, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Propylene Glycol, Talc, Tutti Frutti Flavor.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post and any opinions expressed are my own. As with any medications, please read warnings and follow instructions. Photo Credit: CVS/Pharmacy.

Flipp, the Must-Have Free App, is Flipping for Forests this Earth Day!


A free iOS and Android app available in the U.S. and Canada, Flipp digitally aggregates over 400 retail circulars from national chains as well as hundreds of local stores to help consumers find the latest sales in their community. With Flipp, the essential app companion for weekly shopping, saving has never been simpler and going “green” and paperless has never been easier (from the circular to the list!).

Credit: Flipp. No compensation was received to post. Giveaway is not affiliated with SoCal City Kids.