Archives for May 20, 2015

Peanut Butter & Co. has the tastiest Peanut Butter! Great on Sandwiches, on fruit and in Ice Cream!!


I have to be honest..peanut butter is not exactly my favorite! Well…unless you add chocolate. But, I finally found a Peanut Butter brand that I absolutely love! My son loves them too! Peanut Butter & Co has tasty flavors such as White Chocolate Wonderful and Dark Chocolate Dreams. There are actually 10 flavors but the White Chocolate Wonderful and Dark Chocolate Dreams are my two favorites! I like these two flavors because they are great on a sandwich but also good on fruit and my cream! They also contain no cholesterol, no trans fats, no hydrogenated oils, and no high-fructose corn syrup. I discovered that their website has recipes and was really excited! I found the most delicious White Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookie recipe. Yum! You can shop online or find them at your local stores such as Ralphs, Target and Sprouts. I have seen them at all three of our local stores but you can use their store locator on the website.  Well…looks like I now love Peanut Butter!

White Chocolate Wonderful         Dark Chocolate

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photo Credit: Peanut Butter & Co.


Simon Premium Outlets Announce Annual Memorial Day Weekend Sales Shoppers can enjoy additional savings and extended holiday hours


Celebrate the unofficial start to summer with the Simon Premium Outlets this Memorial Day Weekend. From Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25, Camarillo Premium Outlets and Desert Hills Premium Outlets will both offer great deals on seasonal fashions with sidewalk sales, extended hours and more.


Many retailers will be hosting sidewalk sales, offering additional discounts and promotions on top of the center’s regular savings of 25 to 65 percent every day.


At Camarillo Premium Outlets, find impressive savings at Aldo, Coach, J.Crew, Michael Kors, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Polo Ralph Lauren, Steve Madden, Tory Burch and more.


At Desert Hills Premium Outets, shoppers can peruse outdoor displays at stores like Joe’s Jeans, Guess, Nautica, and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, to find the chicest summer looks for less.


Special deals at Desert Hills include 40 percent off storewide at Barney’s New York Warehouse, 15 percent off select merchandise at Fendi and 30 percent off the entire store at Ted Baker London. Also at Tory Burch, shoppers who spend $300 will receive 20 percent off, and shoppers who spend $400 will receive 25 percent off.


For extra savings, shoppers who are registered members of the VIP Shopper Club, AAA members or members of the military are encouraged to stop by Guest Services in the East Village and West Village at Desert Hills to receive a complimentary VIP Coupon Book. The coupon book can be picked up at the Information Center at Camarillo Premium Outlets, Suite 504 next to Tommy Hilfiger.


Valet parking will be available during the holiday weekend at Desert Hills Premium Outlets near Neiman Marcus Last Call in the West Village and near Tommy Hilfiger in the East Village.


To help shoppers take advantage of the holiday’s savings, Camarillo Premium Outlets will have extended hours all weekend long.

  • Friday, May 229am-9pm
  • Saturday, May 239am-9pm
  • Sunday, May 2410am-8pm
  • Monday, May 259am-9pm


Desert Hills Premium Outlets will also have extended hours all weekend long.

  • Friday, May 229 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday, May 239 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday, May 249 am – 9 pm
  • Monday, May 259 am – 9 pm


SoapSox are a Must-Have for Kids! Bath time is now a fun time!

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Looking for something that will make your child want to take a Bath? Something that will make it more fun? SoapSox is the answer!  Sure! You can throw in bubbles or color the water blue but what about a cute plush Bath Scrub?


What is SoapSox?

It’s like a washcloth, but so much cuter and much more fun! It also makes bath time much easier for parents. You simply “Feed” the SoapSox liquid or bar soap, get it wet and suds up.  I was really surprised at how much suds it makes! Even my 11-year-old son loves Ray! (photo above). There are other cute ones to choose from such as Taylor the Turtle and Emma the Duck. You can buy them individually or in sets of 2, 3 or Family packs that include 6 adorable SoapSox.  Check them all out here.  I love that these are also machine washable and I think they are just perfect for kids of all ages! The Built-in Finger pockets are perfect for Kids. Bath time will not longer be a chore with SoapSox around.

Find SoapSox on Facebook and Twitter too!

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. 



Tomorrowland Delivers Wow Factor Along With Important Messages


Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, “This film has everything. It has a wonderful, heartwarming plot with a good 50/50 split of drama and comedy and is filled with many wonderful morals and messages. It can be called a tale, sci-fi, adventure and more.” Clayton P. adds, “Disney’s Tomorrowland is a most imaginative, elaborate adventure with a lot of heart.  The idea of the movie is fresh and unique.  Every dollar of the $190 million budget is put to use and is seen on the big screen.”


Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

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How can you describe this film, a film that is original (which is very rare these days), surprising (also rare) and it has a perfect ratio of pretty much everything! Tomorrowland is a movie of wow that makes you want to go out and do something knowing that nothing is impossible.

This film has everything. It has a wonderful, heartwarming plot with a good 50/50 split of drama and comedy and is filled with many wonderful morals and messages. It can be called a tale, sci-fi, adventure and more. But, this film has something for everyone.

Tomorrowland starts off showing a young high school girl named Casey (Britt Robertson) who is told that the world is being polluted, destroyed and slowly ending. She asks why something is not being done about it. One day, she finds a mysterious pin which takes her to a world not in the future, past or present, not on Earth. It is  somewhere beyond our knowledge, known as Tomorrowland. She embarks on adventure trying to get there and meets many people including Frank Walker (George Clooney) who is a former child genius and actually lived in this place for some time.

This film is truly an enjoyable experience to watch. Director Brad Bird does an extraordinary job making this a master piece. From the perfect cast to the original story, it is breathtaking to watch. The cinematography is perfect – not too modest and not to forced either. The cast is inspiring. George, Britt and the rest of the cast make jokes, deliver dramatic moments, and everything in between. The relationship between the main characters are sad at times, happy at times. They are heartwarming and draw you in. Disney has really outdone itself so many times and they surprise us again with a very original and nicely done film which will become the next phenomena.

My favorite scene is when Casey, Frank and a girl named Athena (you must watch the film to learn more about this very special character) go to Paris and they launch something out of the Eiffel tower. It is action-packed, funny and stunning to watch. The special effects are out of this world and thrilling.

There are so many moral messages. The main one is “nothing is impossible and never stop questioning the world around you.” In the film, Casey never stops asking questions and, because of this, a very surprising thing happens.

I recommend this film for kids ages 8 to18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This film is truly one of the greatest films of the year and wonderfully executed. It opens in theaters on May 22 so don’t miss it.

By Clayton P. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

Disney’s Tomorrowland is a most imaginative, elaborate adventure with a lot of heart.  The idea of the movie is fresh and unique.  Every dollar of the $190 million budget is put to use and is seen on the big screen. Directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles), Tomorrowland stars George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie and Raffey Cassidy.

The movie starts with the history of the two main characters, Frank Walker (George Clooney) and Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), and how they were recruited to visit Tomorrowland. Frank is a young inventor (played by the young actor, Thomas Robinson) who enters a contest at the 1964 World’s Fair with a “jet pack” that he assembles out of an Electrolux vacuum.  While he doesn’t win, he does meet a charming girl, Athena (Raffey Cassidy) who helps him get to the land of the future: Tomorrowland.  She gives him a special, temporary teleportation pin that allows him to be in the real world but also be in Tomorrowland at the same time.  It’s a space-time continuum trinket.  Twenty-five years later, Casey Newton, a teenager with a scientific-based mindset, is arrested for sabotaging a NASA launch pad.  When she collects her belongings after her Dad posts bail, a pin is among her things. She picks it up and is surprised when she is teleported to another dimension. She also meets Athena, who guards her on her journey to meet Frank. Athena has recruited Frank and Casey to fix the future of Earth using the technology of Tomorrowland.  Frank and Casey are chosen because of their scientific know-how as well as their optimistic, dreamer outlook on life. The rest of the movie is a miraculous, heart-pounding adventure with robotically engineered characters, great locations and lots of laser weapons and futuristic grenades.

The creativity of Tomorrowland is extraordinary.  The film is vibrant and bright.  The music, art direction and set design are amazing.  A lot of time, money and craft went into making this movie.  Also, there is a lot of humor in the film.  Like Brad Bird’s first wonderful film, The Iron Giant, Tomorrowland has a lot of heart. There is a lot of love put into this film and the message of the movie has a lot of love as well – love for human ingenuity, love for individual uniqueness and especially love for the Earth.   My favorite part of the movie is when the robotic agents try to terminate Frank and Casey at Frank’s house.  Frank’s creative, dangerous, extravagant security system saved their lives. A funny part of the film is the facial expressions of the leader of the robotic agents.  His smile is so creepy, funny and plastic at the same time.

I give Tomorrowland 5 out of 5 stars.  It is rated PG and, is appropriate for kids from age 6 to 18.

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions.


Levi is Pet of the Week!

Levi, May 21 Pet of the Week

Meet Levi, a Long Beach/Signal Hill celebrity now that he’s marched in the Pride parade, where he was a great little participant! Levi’s a 2-year-old Papillion mix who loves all humans equally. Meet Levi on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A540896.


(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Companion Animal Village.

This past April, CAW Industries Launched DR. Willard’s Natural Restorative Pet Care®, A New, Holistic Compassionate Pet Care Line To Improve Dogs’ Overall Health And Wellness

CAW Industries, Inc., the parent company and manufacturer of Willard Water® and all Dr. Willard’s brand products, announced the launch of Dr. Willard’s Natural Restorative Pet Care® Kit, which includes three new, holistic and natural compassionate pet care products, designed specifically to help improve dogs’ nutritional health as well as address a wide variety of ailments facing dogs today. The natural, patented, safe and reliable kit includes: Dr. Willard’s Vibrant Pet Water Drops®, Dr. Willard’s Rejuvenating Skin and Coat Spray® and Dr. Willard’s Soothing Aloe Gel for Pets® — cruelty-free products that contain no artificial colors, flavors, parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals.


To honor National Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month and to further support the company’s ongoing commitment to cruelty-free products, CAW Industries and Dr. Willard’s® also announced in April that they will donate a portion of the new products’ sales to help the thousands of animal shelters and rescues in the U.S. Based on information from the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy and the American Pets Products Association, 30 percent of pets in U.S. homes come from shelters or rescues; an estimated 2.7 million healthy pets are not adopted each year; and 3 to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in the U.S. each year.


“As a long-time, avid dog lover and proud owner of a rescue dog, I am very excited about launching a compassionate pet care line that will help improve the lives of dogs in a natural, holistic and environmentally conscious way,” said John Willard, III, president and CEO of CAW Industries and Dr. Willard’s brands. “By donating a portion of our new products’ sales, consumers who purchase Dr. Willard’s Natural Restorative Pet Care® Starter Kit will help make a real difference in the lives of abused and neglected animals at shelters and recues across the country.”


Dr. Willard’s® Natural Restorative Pet Care Start Kit includes a two-month supply of:

Dr. Willard’s Vibrant Pet Water Drops® (8 oz.) enhances dogs’ overall nutrition and general health in a simple, safe and effective way by optimizing nutrient absorption and enhancing cellular function. Dr. Willard’s Vibrant Pet Water Drops® contain no artificial colors, flavors, parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals; are cruelty free; and help improve dogs’ overall hydration and nutritional benefits, keeping dogs healthy and vibrant. By adding the secret catalyst in the Dr. Willard’s® patented formula to pets’ clean drinking water, Dr. Willard’s Vibrant Pet Water Drops® boost water’s biological functions to help with digestion, nutrient absorption, behavior and performance. This means that dogs will get more vitamins from the same amount of food they consumed before.


Dr. Willard’s Rejuvenating Skin and Coat Spray® (8 oz.) is made with the finest natural ingredients; restores moisture and beauty to the skin and coat of dogs; and relieves discomfort from a variety of conditions such as hot spots, scrapes, burns, abrasions and cuts. This topical application has no artificial colors, flavors, beans, phthalates or petrochemicals and is cruelty free. Dr. Willard’s Rejuvenating Skin and Coat Spray should be sprayed directly on the affected areas one to four times daily, or as needed.

Dr. Willard’s Soothing Aloe Gel for Pets® (8 oz.) naturally moisturizes dogs’ skin, helps restores dogs’ coats and relieves itching caused by a variety of skin irritations. The gel, which is made with natural ingredients, helps alleviate some problems associated with burns, cuts, wounds and other skin disorders. It can be topically applied to dogs’ coats and skin. Dog owners should place a dime or quarter size amount of on the affected area of the dog and/or use as a general moisturizer.


Dr. Willard’s® has been the “go-to” natural-pet-care leader for more than 40 years. For decades, countless industry leaders and veterinarians have been using Dr. Willard’s® products as part of their holistic approach to pet care. The Whole Dog Journal, the Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care and the Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog, among others have published articles in which pet owners share their positive stories regarding the numerous benefits their pets experienced while using Dr. Willard’s® products. Additionally, the beneficial properties of the company’s products for pets were featured on 60 Minutes in 1980, which highlighted the calming effects and improvement of digestion and absorption of nutrients of Dr. Willard’s® products for both humans and animals.


“We can’t imagine running a kennel without Dr. Willard’s® products,” said Wendy Volhard, renowned dog trainer and author of 13 books, including the popular Dog Training for Dummies and Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog, which features an entire chapter on Dr. Willard’s® products. “Dr. Willard’s® has been a staple at our kennels for more than 35 years. We use it to treat minor wounds, skin problems, washing out ears and eyes and spray on dogs before grooming them. We put it into the dogs’ water bowls to help keep stress levels down when traveling. After surgery or any trauma, we use it in the dog’s food to ensure proper assimilation.  Fabulous products and so easy to use — we have bottles in our kitchen, bathrooms and kennel.  So happy that Dr. Willard’s® is coming out with this new pet care line.”


Dr. Willard’s® Natural Restorative Pet Care Start Kit has a low carbon footprint and is made in a special FDA-compliant facility with a 40-year spotless safety record. The launch of Dr. Willard’s Natural Restorative Pet Care® line captures the Willard Family’s personal experiences, environmentally and socially conscious spirit and their commitment to cruelty-free products and compassionate pet care. As part of the company’s commitment, for every Dr. Willard’s® Natural Restorative Pet Care Kit sold, CAW Industries, Inc. and Dr. Willard’s® will donate .75 cents (or .25 cents per bottle sold) to help support abused and neglected animals at animal shelters and rescues like one where the Willard’s adopted their dog from — Big Dogs Huge Paws.

“After seeing how my dog’s health and coat dramatically improved after using our products, I knew we needed to work hard to develop a natural, compassionate pet care line that could help and give back to even more dogs,” said John Willard, III, president and CEO of CAW Industries.


Dr. Willard’s® Natural Restorative Pet Care Kit is available online at for $39.99 and includes free shipping.


 I received samples of the Vibrant Water Drops, Rejuvenating Skin and Coat Spray and the Soothing Aloe Gel for Pets. I am quite impressed with all three products. My favorite is the Rejuvenating Skin & Coat Spray  because it seems to really help out with hot spots. I really love that these are all natural products and they are real Must-Have products if you have dogs! 


About Dr. Willard’s® Water
Dr. Willard’s Willard Water® was invented by Dr. John W. Willard Sr., a chemistry professor who received his PhD from Purdue University and worked on the United States’ atomic and plutonium bomb development teams.  Willard had been seeking to develop a high density trace mineral water derived from fossilized organics in lignite when he “serendipitously” invented Dr. Willard’s Willard Water®. Created through a multi-faceted and patented process, Dr. Willard’s Willard Water® alters the molecular structure of regular water, causing it to become more reactive and thus a more efficient delivery system throughout the body.  Dr. Willard’s Willard Water® also helps the body break down particles (food, nutrients, vitamins and toxins) in the digestive system which makes it easier for the body to process these particles, remove toxins, and more fully absorb the nutrients, minerals and vitamins that are consumed.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post.


About CAW Industries, Inc.

Founded by Dr. John W. Willard Sr. in 1973, CAW Industries is the only manufacturer of Dr. Willard’s® patented Dr. Willard’s Willard Water® products.  For nearly 40 years CAW Industries has been an industry leader in the natural health industry and is one of the most trusted brands around the world.  Thanks to a ground breaking 60 Minutes story and an exhaustive hearing before the United States Congress, Dr. Willard’s Willard Water® helped pave the way for the expansion and development of the U.S. natural products industry and the eventual passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994.  Dr. Willard’s sons and grandchildren have continued his tradition of excellence and have expanded the small South Dakota Company he created into an international corporation with sales around the globe.

More about John Willard :


John Willard has an extensive history in natural consumer products, government and public relations work in a career that spans nearly twenty years.


John began his career working for political campaign organizations in his native South Dakota where he eventually helped U.S. Senator Tim Johnson win his first U.S. Senate race.  John followed that up by serving on the Senator’s U.S. Senate staff before accepting a job offer from Senator Tom Daschle¹s Senate Campaign prompted him to join Senator Daschle¹s 1998 re-election campaign.


After Senator Daschle¹s victory, John, with the aid of Senator Daschle, secured a political appointment with the Clinton Administration in Washington, D.C. where he served as a member of USDA Secretary Dan Glickman¹s public relations staff traveling with the Secretary, setting up news conferences, writing speeches, and serving as a media contact on a variety of USDA issues.


In the years since he left USDA John opened his own government relations firm parlaying his government relations and media relations skills to represent a number of private, government and non-profit entities as diverse as the American Trucking Associations, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Environmental Defense Fund.


Today, John serves as the CEO and President of South Dakota based CAW Industries, the parent company and manufacturer of Willard Water® and all Dr. Willard’s brand products — the company his grandfather founded in 1973 to sell the revolutionary water catalyst that he invented.


John grew up at the knee of his grandfather learning about his grandfather’s invention, natural products and environmentally and socially conscious best practices.  John has decades of experience working in natural products industry and is a leading expert in the natural products industry today.


John has appeared on national and local TV and radio shows and in print outlets such as: CNN, MSNBC, WABC, The Frankie Boyer Show and Duke and the Doctor, New York Times, Time Magazine and LA Times.