Archives for April 2015

Mother’s Day Gifts That Give Back! Great gift ideas from the Avon Foundation For Women.

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With Mother’s Day almost here, the Avon Foundation for Women has some wonderful gifts that also give back!

·         AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer Collection: benefit the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade and raise awareness for AVON 39 2015 season

·         Empowerment Collection: raise funds to support Domestic Violence Awareness.

Check them out!

A few of my favorites are:

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AVON 39 Camo Cap

  • Price: $25
  • This 100% cotton twill, distressed camo cap has a casual, low, unstructured profile.
  • The adjustable, hideaway strap has a metal D-ring slider. Magenta AVON 39 embroidered on the front.
  • One Size with Adjustable Strap
  • Distressed Camo (each one is unique)


Empowerment Tote

  • Price: $7 ($1.50)
  • Limited edition International Women’s Day Tote – available now!
  • 100% cotton. 15 ½” H x 15” W; handle drop, 10″

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Domestic Violence Butterfly Link Watch

  • Price: $20
  • Silvertone with faux mother-of-pearl dial.
  • Bracelet, 6 ¾” L with two ¾” extenders
  • Note: this product will be available beginning on 5/6, just in time for Mother’s Day!


Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. I have reviewed some of these amazing products in the past and completely support both causes.  Photo Credit: Avon Foundation For Women.

Good Earth Beauty has the best soap for everyone in the Family! Chocolate Espresso Soap, Honey Oatmeal Soap and even Soap for your Dog!

GEB Chocolate Soap    GEB Oatmeal Soap

Looking for Natural Soaps that are great for the whole family? Good Earth Beauty has some of my new favorites! The Chocolate Espresso Moisturizing Soap is my favorite and would make a great Mother’s Day gift for Mom! It moisturizes and also smells so good! It smells like chocolate and espresso! 4.5 oz bar retails for $5.99.  My husband likes the Honey Oatmeal Scrub Soap. This one is unscented and is both moisturizing and exfoliating. It can also be used on both the face and body. This one is  must-buy for anyone in the family! It also retails for $5.99.

GEB Dog Soap

Do you have a Dog? The Doggie Soap is all natural and is also s Flea Repellent. I love this one since I am now a proud new puppy Mom! It contains essential oils that naturally repel fleas. It has a pleasant smell too. I like that it is natural. $.5 oz. bar retails for $6.25, which is a great price!

All soaps are Good Earth Beauty Exclusives and can be found here.

We have teamed up for a Springtime Giveaway! One winner will win all three soaps. To enter, leave a comment below letting us know which soap you would like to try the most and why! Deadline to enter is May 3rd, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature. No other compensation was received. Photo Credit; Good Earth Beauty.

OH NOAH! The PBS KIDS digital series OH NOAH! ( is expanding with new bilingual content this month!


PBS KIDS Digital Series OH NOAH! Launches New Videos and Games To Introduce Kids To Spanish On April 30, “El Dia De Los Ninos.”

New OH NOAH! content will include an immersive language learning game, “Lost and Found,” and a new 11-minute video “Making a Splash.” Kids won’t want to miss this one! I was able to watch this one and recommend it for children ages 4-7.  In addition, starting April 30th all OH NOAH! content will be accessible on mobile and tablet devices via

Geared to kids ages 4-7, OH NOAH! features the comic misadventures of Noah, a young boy staying with his grandmother in a community where almost no one else speaks English. As he tries to learn Spanish and makes new friends, misunderstandings land him in wacky predicaments, but he always manages to rebound and cheerfully learn from his mistakes. I love this as I think it teaches children a powerful message.

The New content includes the following:


  • “Making a Splash,” a new 11-minute video: On a sweltering day, Brisa invites Noah and Nell to go swimming. Noah is hesitant because he can’t swim. With Nell’s encouragement, Noah decides to get swimming lessons, but because of a misunderstanding, Noah ends up performing tricks with a waterskiing team instead.
  • An interactive “Games in Video” version of the “Making a Splash” video that includes embedded language-learning mini-games.
  • New short videos, including an extended version of the music video “Puedo nadar!” (“I can swim!”) and a highlight reel of Pequeño’s funniest moments from the series.
  • “Lost and Found,” a new immersive language-learning game: Players join Noah and Nell on an interactive scavenger hunt. Players seek help from friends and neighbors to decipher Spanish words and locate missing objects, and encounter a series of fun mini-games along the way.
  • OH NOAH! will be mobile-friendly and accessible through smartphones and tablets.

Don’t miss OH NOAH!

Self Disclosure: I received a Blogger kit to feature.



The Manischewitz® Announces Winner for the #MANIMACS Contest Winner Debra Rodgers from Reisterstown, MD takes home an iPad Air 2 Plus a $500 Visa Gift Card!

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Manischewitz, the leader in Kosher foods, announces the winner of the first ever #MANIMACS Contest today. Manischewitz asked its consumers to tap into their creative-side to show their most inventive #MANIMACS macaroon characters. Now, the winner Debra Rodgers from Reisterstown, Maryland gets to take home an iPad Air 2 and a $500 Visa Gift Card.


“It’s great that Manischewitz had the #MANIMACS Contest. The contest gave me the perfect opportunity to be creative with my Manischewitz Macaroons,” said Debra Rodgers, winner of the #MANIMACS Contest.  “I never expected to win, but I had a lot of fun designing my creation and sharing it with family and friends.”


The contest brought out people’s creativity with a family-fun activity by designing and constructing a macaroon creation then posting on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the contest hashtag, #MANIMACSENTRY.


“The #MANIMACS Contest encouraged our fans to have fun and be creative with their macaroons!” said Nora Sordillo, Sr. Associate Brand Manager for The Manischewitz Company. “Getting crafty and coming up with unexpected characters made from consumers’ favorite Manischewitz Macaroons was really fun for us to see. We are really proud of the winner and looking forward to next year!”

Credit: The Manischewitz Company.

About The Manischewitz Company

The Manischewitz Company is a specialty food company that includes the Manischewitz brand®, Season®, Rokeach®, and Mishpacha® brands.  The company offers a diversified line of premium kosher food products that covers over 60 different 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, Noodles and Gefilte Fish and much more.




It’s more than a movie…it’s now a ride!


Universal Studios Hollywood Launches “Road to Fast” Campaign

Featuring Original Images and Making-of Video with the Stars of its New

“Fast & Furious—Supercharged” Thrill Ride:  Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson,

Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Luke Evans.


Highly-Anticipated Mega-Attraction Races onto the Scene on June 25 as

New Grand Finale of Theme Park’s World Famous Studio Tour.

Universal Studios HollywoodSM  shifts into high gear for the June 25 opening of“Fast & Furious—Supercharged” with the launch of “Road to Fast,” a dynamic campaign featuring a series of original images and an engrossing behind-the-scenes video, including interviews with the cast of its new thrill ride: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Luke Evans.

A collection of six images, each featuring the stars of the ride depicted in a variety of action sequences, will be unveiled sequentially beginning today with a group shot of the characters racing alongside a Studio Tour tram.  A lengthier, more complex look at the making-of this revolutionary new attraction, featuring insightful perspective and commentary from the cast and producers, is also being released, and can be seen here.

“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.  This high-octane ride is conceived as a new installment to theFast & Furious franchise and will debut as the grand finale to Universal Studios Hollywood’s behind-the-scenes Studio Tour that can only be experienced at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

Sharing their enthusiasm for the ride, the cast of “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” had this to say:

“This is new territory for us…to create something as immortal and immersive as this…that all the fans of our franchise can actually live through and be a part of,” said Vin Diesel.  “It’s a testament to that loyal and dedicated fan community that has always been our #1 champion.”

“Once you go on the ride, it’s an opportunity to physically feel some of the adrenaline that we feel everyday while we’re filming,” continued Vin Diesel, adding, “Yeah, I’m excited to ride it!”

“When you have something as unique and special as the Fast & Furious franchise, you want to create an experience for the fans that they can only feel and experience at Universal Parks,” said Dwayne Johnson, continuing, “To be immortalized in a ride, is a very cooI thing.  I get a chance to become Luke Hobbs and kick ass…all in 3D.”

“You’re in Hollywood already…you’re able to get on the tram and experience your favorite movie and TV show sets; that’s a big deal. Everything about Universal Studios puts you in the driver’s seat to really experience Hollywood,” said Tyrese Gibson, adding, “Fast & Furious has the best fans in the world!”

“It’s really a sensory driven experience, and I can’t wait to see what happens,” said Michelle Rodriguez, adding, “It’s so cool — the Studio Tour!”

“You’re completely immersed in the experience…you’re on a high-speed chase…it’s an amazing experience, and the guys that build these are true magicians,” said Luke Evans.

This dynamic hydraulic motion-based thrill ride will tell an original Fast & Furious story, fusing sophisticated hyper-realistic special effects with a state-of-the-art 3D audio system and 3D-HD imagery projected onto the world’s longest and most expansive 360-degree screen.  Spanning nearly 400 feet in length to encircle Studio Tour guests within a newly constructed 65,000-square-foot structure on the legendary backlot, the sprawling custom-built screen will employ 34, 4K projectors and a sophisticated projection configuration system to envelop guests in unprecedented realism.

Coupled with an intense blend of visceral effects, “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” will take guests on a wild ride that begins the moment they board the Studio Tour.  Exclusive interstitial content—that was filmed with the cast members—will be featured on the tram monitors, highlighting interactions as they engage guests en route to the ride’s climatic scenes.  Along the tram route sightings of numerous prop cars from the Fast & Furious series, including Dom’s Dodge Charger, will enhance the story.

Join the conversation online using #FastFuriousRide, and for all the latest news, “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @UniStudios.

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.

Agatha, Pet of the Week!

Agatha, Arpil 30 Pet of the WEek

Agatha is a big, beautiful girl who knows how to sit, shake and offer a paw and she’d be delighted with a hug as a reward! She seems to know how big she is and expresses gentleness instead of arfy enthusiasm. Do you love that smile? Give her a reason for it—meet Agatha on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID# A544706.


(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Companion Animal Village.

SPACE SCOUTS – Stellar Subscription Club for Kids!


Are you looking for a fun Space Science program for your child? Space Scouts is an awesome monthly subscription club for kids ages 6-9.  It’s really fun and educational and a great way to introduce children to Astronomy. I received a sample and I really like that there is such a variety of items included. ROXY and JETT will guide your child on a scouting expedition through the solar system, with focus on a specific place in space each month. Begin the adventure with the Space Scouts lunchbox to use as a backdrop and storage for the monthly magnet collection, the Space Scouts solar system poster to map and mark with the monthly exploration sticker, and the Space Scouts constellation card startup kit to hold the monthly constellation card collection.

Each monthly packet will include a Space Scouts exploration plan describing the place to be scouted, a Space Scouts magnet to add to the Space Scouts lunchbox, a Space Scouts sticker to add to the Space Scouts solar system poster, a Space Scouts activity sheet loaded with puzzles, games, and activities, a Space Scouts sticker scramble (unscramble the numbered stickers to reveal a surprise!), a Space Scouts souvenir toy to use in learning activities, a Space Scouts constellation card, and a Space Scouts constellation activity sheet that includes the mythological stories and other learning activities to help your child identify the constellation in the night sky.

If you are a Homeschooler, this really is a fun way to teach your child about Space. It would be a great supplement to your Science curriculum. Although my son is older (He is 11), he agrees that this is pretty cool for younger kids. I like that it is fun, challenging and educational.



More information:

Month 1 is the Intro/Setup Box –Your child’s adventure begins with:
(1) Introduction to the Space Scouts Program
(2) Space Scouts Lunchbox
(3) Space Scouts Solar System Poster
(4) Space Scouts Activity Sheet
(5) Space Scouts Sticker Scramble
(6) Space Scouts Souvenir Toy
(7) Space Scouts Constellation Card Start-up Kit (Ring & Cover)
(8) Introduction to Space Scouts Constellation Cards

Each Month after the Setup Box — Your child will receive
(1) Space Scouts Exploration Plan
(2) Space Scouts Magnet (to add to the magnetic lunchbox)
(3) Space Scouts Sticker (to add to the solar system poster)
(4) Space Scouts Activity Sheet
(5) Space Scouts Sticker Scramble
(6) Space Scouts Souvenir Toy
(7) Space Scout Constellation Card (to add to the Constellation Card collection)
(8) Space Scouts Constellation Card Activity Sheet

Four Subscription Plans Available:
Monthly Plan $11.95 +3 shipping
3 Month Plan $36.00 +$3.00/month Shipping
6 Month Plan $70.00 +$3.00/month Shipping
12 Month Plan $135.00 +$3.00/month Shipping
All plans renew automatically.  Cancel anytime.

Use promo code STELLAR20 at checkout for 20% discount on initial purchase of any Space Scouts subscription plan. Expires 5/31/15.

Self Disclosure: I received free products in exchange for an unbiased review. Photo Credit: Space Scouts.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mothers work hard everyday, so it’s important to make sure they feel appreciated on their special one! Here are some great gift ideas to show your mother how much you love her…

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Davidson’s Tea

A cup of tea is a perfect way for mom to sip her way to relaxation. For sweet seasonal flavors, give her the gift of White Peach or Vanilla Essence — both are soothingly delicious! For spouses and significant others looking to make the special lady in their life feel appreciated on Mother’s Day, take note: Tulsi Rose Petal tea, alongside a bouquet of roses, is the perfect combination.

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For an indulgent elegant treat, surprise your mom with a classic French-inspired dessert to compliment her cup of tea. Donsuemor’s traditional madeleine cookies are a unique and tasty gift that’s a lavishly affordable way to give your mom a taste of Paris!


Whitehall Lane

For the mother that craves a taste of Napa Valley, try a bottle of Whitehall Lane winery’s 2012 Carneros Chardonnay. Known for its rich buttery flavors, she can be treated to the finer things in life. If you’re looking to pair it with a sweet treat as well, try their Chardonnay Brittle—the creation of a local Napa Valley artisan confectioner.

My favorite is the Davidson’s Tea. I received samples of the French Vanilla Essence and the Spiced Peach. I enjoyed a cup of the French Vanilla Essence this past rainy Saturday and it is my favorite of the two! It’s just perfect with a cookie or two and would make a wonderful Mother’s Day Gift. Although, the French Vanilla Essence was my favorite of the two, the Spiced Peach is delicious too! Just perfect on a Spring day! What I really love about the Tea is that you truly can taste the flavors. 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the Davidson’s Tea to facilitate this special Mother’s Day post. Photo Credit: Davidson’s Tea, Donsuemor and Whitehall Lane.