Archives for July 8, 2015


OC Zoo Elinor Bear

The OC Zoo will introduce its newest animal – a young California black bear – at a special event Saturday, July 25.


The female bear, named Elinor, is believed to be a little more than one year old. Her official welcome will take place at 1:30 p.m. during the OC Zoo’s Zookeeper Appreciation Day event.


Elinor was found last year wandering alone in Humboldt County as a young cub and is believed to have been hit by a car. The cub recovered, but would not have survived in the wild.


Elinor found a new home at the OC Zoo via the Calif. Department of Fish and Wildlife. The OC Zoo cares for animals native to the desert southwest that cannot be released to the wild due to health or socialization issues.


“This bear will be a great addition to the OC Zoo,” Chairman Todd Spitzer, Orange County Board of Supervisors, Third District, said. “The OC Zoo gives orphaned and injured animals a second chance and helps to educate visitors about wildlife that lives in and around Southern California.”


Elinor and the zoo’s other bear, Yo-Yo, will be on exhibit alternate days for the safety of both animals. Introducing young animals in enclosures with older, established animals often carries a risk.


OC Zoo staff plans to place Elinor on exhibit in the bear enclosure Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to let the new bear get accustomed to her new surroundings. Yo-Yo, will be on exhibit Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.


Those wishing for a sneak peek at Elinor prior to the official welcoming event may visit the zoo startingJuly 13. However, OC Zoo animal keepers will be carefully monitoring the new bear and her time in the enclosure will be subject to last minute changes.


The OC Zoo is located in Irvine Regional Park, at 1 Irvine Park Road in Orange. The zoo is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and  weekends 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $2.

Credit: OC Zoo.


Honor MD Cleanse and Hydrate Must-Have products for Men!

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Looking for great skin care products for Dad? Honor MD Cleanse and Hydrate are a real must-buy! My husband received samples this past June and really likes both products. The cleanser works really well and the Hydrate leaves his skin feeling softer. Anti-Aging Cleanse is great for all skin types. It contains Vitamins C and E, anti aging peptides and botanical oils and extracts. Hydrate is my husband’s favorite because it works well on dryer skin.

Find out more and purchase at

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

Get cooking with Kidgits Lil Chef Event!


A Simon Kidgits Club event happening this Saturday at The Shops at Mission Viejo from 10:00am – 12:00 pm on the upper level by the play area. Simon’s little Kidgits will have the opportunity to enjoy fun food-themed crafts and activities- including cookie decorating and giveaways!


This event is free for any Kidgits Club members, and $5 for any non-member. Kidgits Club is open to all, sign up online or at the Customer Service desk of the Mall. More information on Kidgits/memberships can be found at the following link:

Credit: Kidgits Club/Simon.


BarkBox is a great way to treat your dog every month!


I am a new Pup owner and so now I am on the look out for cool things for my new Pup. I came across BarkBox this past April. This is a monthly subscription box of goodies for your dog. Your dog will love receiving a box of toys and treats every month! You may remember my review if the April box. I didn’t receive the May box but that was not the fault of BarkBox. USPS seemed to have lost the box in shipping.

We did receive the June box and it was a big hit with our pup, Bink! I loved the Space theme!

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Our favorites were the Orbee-tuff diamond plate ball and the Bixbi Pocket Trainers! The box included: Planet Dog Diamond Plate Ball, JW Pet Muscle Man Cuz, Etta Says Crunchy Duck and Sweet Potato Bar, Bixbi Peanut Butter Pocket Trainers and  Emerald Pet Piggy Twizzies. I like the Planet Dog Diamond Plate Ball because it is so durable. My pup is yet to chew through it! It also bounces and I have a blast playing fetch with my pup with this one!  The Bixbi Peanut Butter Trainers are grain free and only 4 calories per treat! My pup loves them and I love using them for training rewards.

I like that a phone number is also provided in the box with the product codes of the items so you can reorder. This is such a great way to treat your pup every month! I know our pup, Bink is waiting patiently for his July box!



Find out more at

Self Disclosure: I received a free monthly subscription for our pup to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received.

JULY 9 & 10: Minions Take Over Universal CityWalk to Celebrate their New Movie! It’s Minion Mayhem at Universal CityWalk as the Mischievous Minions Take Over “5 Towers” in True Gru Fashion to Celebrate the Opening of their New Movie Minions with a Dance Party and Minion-Themed Giveaways

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Universal CityWalk celebrates the opening of the highly-anticipated film Minions with a dance party featuring the mischievous Minions as they take over the “5 Towers” on Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10 from 7-10pm. Additional activities include:


  • Advance screenings of Minions at AMC Theatres on Thursday, July 9, beginning at 6pm
  • DJ party at the “5 Towers” stage with Minions spinning and dancing to their favorite songs
  • Free Minion-themed giveaways


See the movie, and then ride the ride! Universal Studios Hollywood joins in the madness as guests can experience the “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” 3D-HD ride or hang with Minions in the interactive play zone, “Super Silly Fun Land.” Be a part of the conversation and share photos using #MinionRide. For all the latest, “Like” Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook, follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter and add username: UniStudios to Snapchat.


More info is available at  Regular updates also may be found on CityWalk’s Twitter @CityWalkLA, Facebook-Universal CityWalk Hollywood and Instagram @CityWalkLA.


WHO:              Dance party at “5 Towers” is open to the public. Tickets to Minions at AMC Theatres may be purchased through


WHEN:           Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10 – 7-10pm


WHERE:         Universal CityWalk – “5 Towers” Stage and AMC Theatres

100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Credit: Universal Studios.

Summer Must-Haves for Baby! And, Mom and Dad..of course!

It’s Summer and here are some of my favorites for new Moms and Dads! These would make great baby shower gifts too!

NEW! CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Cream and NEW! CeraVe BabySunscreen Lotion SPF 45 are a real must-have for baby this Summer! These two products are a great addition to their current line-up. What is even better is that all five products in the collection have received the NEA Seal of Acceptance! 

Cerave Baby Moisturizing Cream (Tube)       CeraVe Baby Sunscreen SPF 45 (Set)

The CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Cream protects for 24 hours and is also great for babies sensitive skin. I even tried this one out and it’s great on dry skin. I love that the CeraVe Sunscreen is SPF 45 and is not greasy. It is wonderful for sensitive skin and is fragrance free. Both are available in select stores and online. Find out more and where to buy at

The next one is great for a new Dad! 


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No man should have to lug around his wife’s diaper bag that is pink with lime green flowers and has cutesy little designs. Fathers are not considered when it comes to the diaper bag, there is an unspoken assumption that diaper bags are only for mothers. With the new Daddy Caddy from Go Mama Go Designs, dads can be stylish and prepared. The caddy packs an arsenal of diapers and wipes, armed and ready for multiple ways to carry, covert design for use anywhere, conceals personal items in zippered pocket, has water-resistant lining for unforeseen emergencies and it includes a matching wipes holder.

I received a sample and gave this to a friend of the family who is a New Dad. He loves it especially since his wife has a large pink diaper bag with hearts and flowers on it. He says this one is just perfect when he goes on outings with his little girl. It’s a real must-have!

Find out more at Go Mama Go Designs.

I love these next two products from EquiptBaby.

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The Portable Bassinet is a real Must-Have! I love how cute and handy this one is! The Bassinet and insert pad features: Exterior of bassinet is made with SPF 50 material (this is one of my favorite things about it!) and it is also easy to set up. It literally takes seconds. There are visibility panels all-around and fine mesh insect screen windows. Great for summer travel and the padded insert is also machine washable. Now, how cool is that?!

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I also love the stylish and handy EquiptBaby Diaper Bag! This one has an insulated cooler pocket that holds bottles or snacks for the day. There is also plenty of storage space and outside pockets with magnetic snaps. Besides, being stylish it has an expandable accordion side opening so when bag is hanging off the door knob or chair, simply release strap buckles and all contents of bag are easy to grab. It also has an adjustable shoulder strap. This really is a Must-Have! I gave this to a friend as a gift since I do not have a little one and it is her favorite baby shower gift!

Find out more at

Self Disclosure: I received samples of all products mentioned above and no other compensation was received. Photo Credit: CeraVe, Go Mama Go Designs and EquiptBaby.


NestFresh eggs are delicious and always 100% Cage Free!


I love eggs but am always on the look out for the new ones! I did find one that seems really fresh and I am thrilled that NextFresh eggs are  Non-GMO Project Verified eggs. They taste great too! My favorite way to eat them is in an omelet!   Look for them at a store near you!

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About the brand: NestFresh was founded in 1991 when a family from Colorado wanted to create a company that reflected their views on animal welfare and sustainability. NestFresh was built upon the principle that when businesses do the right thing we all benefit, from hens to humans. We are proud that these fundamentals are still the basis of our business to this day. Today we use regional, family owned farms to produce and supply farm fresh NestFresh eggs in a local, sustainable system.
Each of our family farms is specially chosen because they share our commitment to animal welfare, stewardship of the land, and local production. To ensure that every NestFresh Egg across the country meets the high standards we started out with, each farm is inspected by auditors committed to farm animal welfare. We are committed to producing eggs that are cage free and we have increased our commitment to sustainability and humane treatment by introducing even more products such as organic, free range, pasture raised, and the first Non-GMO Project Verified Eggs.

Find them at

Look for them on Facebook and Twitter too!

Self Disclosure: I received free coupons to try this product. No other compensation was received.

Summer Family Fun with OgoSport!

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It’s Summer and a great time to get the family outdoors for some family fun! OgoSports have some great toys! Two of my favorites are the Batapult and the Ogo Beacher.

The design of Batapult brings a new experience to the game of baseball as well as creates the same striking force as a standard bat but with much less effort. Children ages 6+ can use the bat’s catapulting action to strike the ball and send it flying up to 200 ft. Batapult is constructed of durable plastic and comes with a dimpled polyethylene foam ball.

Since the hinging action happens above the handle, children don’t need to be as strong to swing the bat because some of the strain is alleviated, making it easier.

Batapult’s unique design moves the bat weight closer to the grip- which makes the bat feel lighter during the swing. The result is faster swings with much less effort.

They also designed a version for 3-5 year olds: Batapult Jr

I received a sample of the Batapult and I like how it is easy to use and it is fun! I think kids will like it because the ball does really fly a great distance!

I love time at the beach so the Ogo Beacher is a Must-Have!

Perfect for a blast at the beach, the Ogo Beacher is a water-resistant activity play mat that comes with four beacher soaker balls and a handy traveling tote for safe and easy storage.  The mat graphics allow people to create their own games and/or try out suggested ones such as Sand Ski Ball, Ball Block, or Color Jump.

This one is fun and great for families! I like that it comes with a traveling tote and has a water-resistant play mat. We tried this one out on our last trip to the beach and it really is a lot of fun!

Check out OgoSport for these and many more fun products!

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