Archives for July 1, 2015

Patriotic Pet Collar and Leash are a Must-Have for the 4th of July!

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I absolutely love this Dog Collar and matching leash sold by MSG Market Source! What a great way to show the American spirit this upcoming 4th of July!  It is absolutely perfect for the upcoming 4th of July holiday. I love the look of the American flag in the collar and leash. We actually live on a Military base so plan to have our pup wear the collar more often than just on the 4th of July. I love that the collar is adjustable and it is just so patriotic! It says that it fits small to medium dogs and we have a medium size pup and this fits him perfectly. I like that the leash isn’t too short or too long. It also seems quite durable, which is a great thing since I still have a pup in training! I highly recommend!

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Self Disclosure: I received a discounted or free product in exchange for an unbiased review. This product actually exceeded my expectations.

Lily The Unicorn shows it’s okay to be different! Giveaway Opportunity!

The Jim Henson Company has been busy creating a new television project, Lily the Unicorn, based on the hit children’s book from acclaimed author/illustrator Dallas Clayton and featuring… an adventurous unicorn!  And now you can watch the pilot episode for FREE!

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Dallas Clayton is the writer of the acclaimed and beloved The Awesome Book series, who began his writing and illustrating career by creating a book for his son about dreaming big that resonated with millions worldwide.  He has been compared to Dr. Seuss in the simplicity yet power of the messages in his books.

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Lily is our heroine!  She is a remarkable, colorful and comical gal and she’s truly one-in-a-million!  Literally!   She’s the only unicorn that she knows of in the world besides her dad!  She is lively, creative, thoughtful and confident—and a bright pink beacon of  hope for her friends—and even her foes (although they never would admit it)!

An outside-the-box thinker, Lily’s goal is to show people how easy it is to be themselves!  Lily’s unique perspective and independent spirit can brighten up any situation and often leads her and her loyal friends into unexpected shenanigans. In Lily’s world, anything is possible. A simple song she hums can go viral and top the charts. A quiet surprise picnic for her best buddy Roger can lead to a city-wide adventure featuring falafel waffles (yum) and a wise guru (of course). Lily the Unicorn puts a hilarious spin on everyday situations as Lily transforms even the most typical day into something extraordinary.



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The pilot episode for Lily the Unicorn is now available for viewing for FREE via Amazon’s pilot program where Amazon customers can watch, rate and review this unique series.


You can view Lily the Unicorn HERE via the Amazon Instant Video app for TV’s, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at


Enjoy the show, and follow the lyrics below to sing-along to the “falafel waffle” song!


Falafel Waffle, I love you!

Falafel Waffle, you’re a dream come true!

Falafel Waffle, and you’re so fun to chew!

Fala-fala-fala-fala-fel Waffle!


Falafel Waffle, it seems so wrong

You’re a yummy gooey coney taco right in my palm

All I want to do is nom nom nom nom nom

Fala-fala-fala-fala-fel Waffle!


Falafel Waffle, I love you!

Falafel Waffle, Makes your mouth say WOO!

Falafel Waffle, I always get two

Fala-fala-fala-fala-fel Waffle!

We love you!


Show your support for #LilyTheUnicorn – Watch. Rate. Review here on #AmazonPrime:


And please don’t forget to share the link on all your social media sites encouraging your friends to do the same!


Plus, you can tweet this:

LOVING the new #LilytheUnicorn pilot by @DallasClayton. Watch. Rate. Review on #AmazonPrime:

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a copy of the book! US Residents only! To enter, click on the link above in this post to watch the pilot episode of Lily the Unicorn. Leave a comment here telling us your thoughts. Deadline to enter is July 5th, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via I received a copy of this book and found it delightful and recommend it highly! I like that Lily the Unicorn gives a message that it is okay to be different. 

Self Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received to post. Crdit: Lily the Unicorn/Dallas Clayton/Jim Henson Company.


The Original Brand Popsicle® Swoops in as the SuperHero of the Summer


This summer, the Original Brand Popsicle® – having saved families from heat and boredom with bold flavors, fun shapes and its icy-cool refreshing taste since 1905 – will become a true SuperHero with its first-ever comic book. To help spread the SuperHero news and excitement, the Popsicle Brand has teamed up with actress, entrepreneur, and supermom of two, Vanessa Lachey.

“I am thrilled to partner with the Popsicle Brand Team on their summer campaign,” said Vanessa Lachey. “Popsicle pops are one of my family’s favorite treats and SuperHeroes are huge in my house right now.”


Popsicle, in partnership with SuperHero expert Marvel Custom Solutions, a division of Marvel Entertainment, will release its first-ever SuperHero comic book available in select Marvel retail stores and on Popsicle will release a series of nine digital comics on on the first “official” day of summer, June 21. Families can also pick up their own limited-edition hard copy comic book, featuring all nine comics, at select Marvel retail stores beginning in July. The comic series details the heroic escapades of Popsicle characters Mandy, Pete and Ace, who were sent to save the summer.

In addition to the comic book release, Popsicle invites families nationwide to visit its new SuperHero hub, “Deep Freeze 9,” on The hub provides SuperHero-themed family activities including a “Mission Control” that will house the comics and an action-packed trailer; the “Flavor Force Lab,” providing parents and kids with comic-inspired crafts; and, the option to sign up for an ongoing e-newsletter and be among the first to access the official digital comics.

“From being the staple of the neighborhood summer barbeque, to mom’s go-to afternoon treat for her kids, the iconic Popsicle ice pop has long been the original SuperHero of the summer,” said Nick Soukas, brand building director, U.S. Unilever Ice Cream. “As makers of the Original Brand Popsicle, we are excited to be part of the SuperHero fun and extend the opportunity to families all summer long with our first-ever Popsicle Brand comic book and new online hub, ‘Deep Freeze 9.'”


“When the Marvel Custom Solutions team met with the Popsicle marketing team for cool ideas for 2015, we wanted to come up with a program that would set Popsicle apart from other brands in the category,” said Jonathan Rheingold, V.P. of Marvel Custom Solutions.


Popsicle pops come in the iconic yellow box and are available in more than 20 unique flavors including the childhood favorites Orange, Cherry and Grape. This year, the iconic Popsicle brand expanded its line of family-favorite pops to include three new varieties:

  • Popsicle Tootsie Pops®come in classic Orange, Cherry, and Grape shells with a chewy, chocolatey center.
  • Popsicle MysteryMiddles feature a cherry berry shell with three white mystery centers: Lemonade Blast, Wacky Watermelon and Bursting Bubble Gum.
  • Popsicle Frozen, inspired by the blockbuster Disney movie, includes delicious flavors such as White Cherry, Purple Berry and Blue Raspberry.

The SuperHero fun also extends in-store with the Popsicle Marvel Avengers Assemble™ pops, featuring Captain America™, Hulk™ and Iron Man™. These pops come in delicious fruity flavors including strawberry, kiwi-green apple, grape, kiwi-cherry, lemon and blue raspberry.

My son loves Popsicle so he was quite excited when we received a couple of free coupons. He quickly selected the Jelly Belly Popsicles. We couldn’t find the Popsicle Tootsie Pops yet but we are on the look-out! My son loves the variety of flavors and this brand has the best choices! Look for them this Summer near you!

Exciting News! The first-ever Popsicle comics by Marvel Custom Solutions are available now on Hard copies will be for sale in select comic book store starting in mid-July.

To learn even more about the Popsicle “Original SuperHero of Summer” comic series, families can like the Popsicle Facebook fan page at and can follow Popsicle on Twitter at

Self Disclosure: I received free coupons to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. Photo and press info: Courtesy of Popsicle.


About Unilever United States, Inc.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Refreshments, Home and Personal Care products with sales in more than 190 countries. In the United States, the portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Caress, Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy, Consort For Men, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Fruttare, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Just for Me!, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Magnum, Motions, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s, Popsicle, Promise, Q-tips, Simple, St. Ives, Suave, Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, TIGI, TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe, TRESemme and Vaseline.  All of the preceding brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies.

Unilever employs approximately 8,000 people in the United States – generating approximately $8.5 billion in sales in 2014.

Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) aims to double the size of its business, while reducing its overall environmental footprint and increasing positive social impact. The USLP is Unilever’s strategic response to the challenges businesses face operating in an uncertain and volatile world. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at

Unilever ranked number one in its sector on the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. All of Unilever’s global factory network, as well as its US non-manufacturing facilities and dedicated distribution centers, have achieved zero non-hazardous waste to landfill status.

For more information on Unilever US and its brands visit:
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About Marvel Custom Solutions 
Custom Solutions is Marvel’s in-house creative agency that leverages all the greatest talent within Marvel Entertainment to create highly dynamic and compelling content and campaigns for global brands. Marvel Custom Solutions has the ability to deploy the work it creates through its robust print, digital, social and theatrical platforms, adding scale to the programs it creates.


About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information, visit
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Free and Low Cost Events at Michaels in July


Passport to Imagination Weekly Theme: Main Street

Monday, July 6 | 10am – noon

Wednesday, July 8| 10am – noon

Friday, July 10 | 10am – noon

Take a stroll down Main Street with us. Make a pinwheel, a travel memory game and pretty faux stained glass. $5 per session or 3 for $12, includes supplies.


Passport to Imagination Weekly Theme: Art Festival

Monday, July 13| 10am – Noon

Wednesday, July 15 | 10am – Noon

Friday, July 17 | 10am – Noon

Celebrate the arts this week. Make a painting with crayons and watercolor, sculpt imaginative pinch pot monsters and transform a sheet of paper with tissue paper and water. $5 per session or 3 for $12, includes supplies.


Passport to Imagination Weekly Theme: Music Festival

Monday, July 20 | 10am-Noon

Wednesday, July 22 | 10am-Noon

Friday, July 24 | 10am-Noon

Don’t miss this week’s music festival. Create a fringed bell anklet, paint a canvas with a musical theme and craft a water bottle holder. $5 per session or 3 for $12, includes supplies.


Passport to Imagination Weekly Theme: Flea Market

Monday, July 27 | 10am – noon

Wednesday, July 29| 10am – noon

Friday, July 31 | 10am – noon

Are you ready for flea market fun? Tape together a bead bracelet, a wallet or pouch and a make-believe camera with Duck Tape®. $5 per session or 3 for $12, includes supplies.




Free Paper Crafting Class

Monday, July 13 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Use a Michaels Tim Holtz Ideaology kits to create a project with Old World charm. Supplies not included.


Jewelry 101

Tuesday, July 14 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Inspired by music festival fashion, this DIY feather necklace is a must-make for summer. Supplies not included.


Make it with Michaels Maker Party

Saturday, July 25 | 1pm—4pm

Grab a friend and join us for our Maker Party on Saturday, July 25th from 1pm-4pm where you’ll craft Pinterest inspired projects perfect for Back to School.  Free with the cost of supplies.




Foam Printing

Saturday, July 11 | 10am – noon

Kids can make fun foam print art to show all of their friends. Ages 3 and up. Only $2 per session, includes supplies.


Minion Project

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Saturday, July 18 | 10am – noon

Kids can make a minion-themed frame to decorate their rooms with a classic movie favorite. Ages 3 and up. Only $2 per session, includes supplies.


Button Frame

Saturday, July 25 | 10am – noon

Stop by and create a cute button frame so your little maker can decorate his or her room with a photo of friends. Ages 3 and up. Only $2 per session, includes supplies.


Rain Stick

Saturday, August 1 | 10am-noon

Drop in and create a colorful rain stick for summer. Ages 3 and up. Only $2 per session, includes supplies.

For more information, check your local Michaels store!

Credit: Michaels.

Get Set for an Action-Packed Summer of Reading With WordGirl!

WordGirl July 4th Word Search

Courtesy of PBS KIDS/WordGirl.

Tramp, is Pet of the Week!

Tramp, July 2 Pet of the Week

Do we have a lady for our Tramp? Or a fine gentleman? Tramp’s an owner surrender, and like his movie namesake, he’s a content, quiet guy and gets along with his canine mateys. He has a few skin issues, but at 13, he still has some very good years ahead. Meet Tramp at the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS, and meet Beth. Ask for ID# A392236.


(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)


Credit: Companion Animal Village.

Awesome 80’s Run!! July 18, 2015

Like, duh! It’s a totally tubular 5K / 10K run that celebrates the most righteous decade of all time! Travel back in time with us to the days of big hair, neon colors, leg warmers, headbands, and some of the best party music ever recorded! Dress up as your favorite celebrity or cartoon character from the 1980′s to run, walk, or skate to earn a wicked medal and other gnarly prizes! All finishers receive a Totally Awesome ’80s Finishers Medal, Circa 1980s Style T-shirt, and Free Race Photo Downloads at this Rad 5K / 10K Run – Walk.  Join the Team Challenge and Costume Contest for Gnarly Prizes and Way Cool Entertainment at the Pasadena Rose Bowl.
Use code : SOCAL to save 10% off registration.
Credit (including photo): Awesome 80’s Run.
Runners participating at the Awesome 80s Run 5k in Pasadena, California on 8/17/14

Runners participating at the Awesome 80s Run 5k in Pasadena, California on 8/17/14

PBS KIDS now available on Xbox One




PBS KIDS announced today that full-length episodes and clips from favorite programs are now available for Xbox One users in the U.S. Families can now access their favorite PBS KIDS programs and personalize their experience by identifying their local PBS station on Xbox One.


The PBS KIDS Video App features thousands of videos from favorite PBS KIDS series, with new content updated weekly. PBS KIDS programming includes full-length episodes and clips from programs including WILD KRATTS, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, ODD SQUAD, PEG + CAT and DINOSAUR TRAIN, and web-original series such as OH NOAH! and FIZZY’S LUNCH LAB.


“PBS KIDS is committed to offering inspiring, engaging media content to all children on as many platforms as possible, and we know that families are accessing their favorite PBS KIDS programs on air and through a variety of digital experiences,” said Sara DeWitt, Vice President, PBS KIDS Digital. “PBS KIDS delivers an average of 392 million streams per month across digital platforms*; extending our presence to Xbox One will help us continue to reach increasingly more families with programming that sparks children’s curiosity and helps them reach their potential.”

The app was developed by PBS KIDS and Digiflare. More information can be found at

In addition to Xbox One, the PBS KIDS Video App is available on a variety of mobile devices and over-the-top platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Chromecast. PBS KIDS offers more than 35 apps for kids, exploring a variety of topics, including social-emotional development, literacy, math, science and more. More information about PBS KIDS apps is available on


*Source: Google Analytics January – May 2015


PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning. The PBS KIDS Video App is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

Credit: PBS KIDS.