Archives for August 9, 2015

How-to Properly Store Summer Fruits and Veggies Tips from Terra’s Kitchen!

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The summer season tends to bring some of the best fruits and veggies, and to ensure you aren’t wasting the best summer has to offer Terra’s Kitchen is sharing the best way to store some of your favorite fruits and veggies.

To store in the fridge:

  • Bell Peppers: Refrigerate loose in the fridge.
  • Berries: Either eat them the day you get them, or you must refrigerate, as they are highly perishable.
  • Eggplant: Store loose in the produce drawer of the refrigerator and branch out and try all of the amazing sizes and colors. If you are not a lover of this nightshade, we are sorry for what you are missing!!
  • Sweet Corn: Refrigerate in their husk until ready to use and keep in mind that should be sooner than later as the sugars begin to turn to starch as soon as they are picked.

To store on the counter:

  • Apricots:  No matter how strong is the urge to refrigerate these beauties, store unripe on the counter or windowsill at room temperature.
  • Garlic: Do not refrigerate and keep them on the counter or in a basket alongside your onions.
  • Mushrooms: They are full of water and need to breathe, so store in the original packaging, or if in a cluster, in a brown paper bag. If only using a portion of them rewrap the top in plastic wrap or keep in bag.
  • Onions: Keep them dry in a basket on the counter.
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Tomatoes should never be refrigerated as it spoils their unique individual flavor. Keep on the counter until ripe and then use in rapid abandonment once they are.


Credit: Terra’s Kitchen.


Dino Treasures by Rhonda Lucas Donald Illustrated by Cathy Morrison


Just as some people dig and look for pirate treasure, some scientists dig and look for treasures, too. These treasures may not be gold or jewels but fossils. Following in the footsteps of Dino Tracks, this sequel takes young readers into the field with paleontologists as they uncover treasured clues left by dinosaurs. Readers will follow what and how scientists have learned about dinosaurs: what they ate; how they slept, fought, or even if they ever got sick. True to fashion, the tale is told through a rhythmic, fun read-aloud that can even be sung to the tune of Itsy Bitsy Spider.

First of all, I love how this one can be sung to the tune of Itsy Bitsy Spider. It is really fun for young children! As usual, with all the books that can be found at Arbordale Publishing- it is very educational and will make learning about fossils that dinosaurs left behind,  a lot of fun! For Creative Minds teaches about Biologists and Paleontologists and perfect for Science in K-3.

Find this one at Arbordale Publishing.

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


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Kids and families nationwide know and love the music of L.A.-based composer/performers Andrew & Polly from hearing the duo’s songs on Nickelodeon’s Wallykazam!, as well as the score to the Nick digital series Welcome To The Wayne.  Soon they will get to hear more with the September 25th release of Andrew & Polly’ssecond album of playful pop tunes for kids, appropriately titled Odds & Ends.

Andrew Barkan and Polly Hall are in demand for their sparkling music for films, TV, and commercials, but their true love is creating and performing music for children.  The married couple makes no bones about where their priorities lie.  According to Andrew, “The commercial accolades are nice, but much more meaningful to us was winning the prestigious ASCAP Foundation Joe Raposo Children’s Music Awardfor the song ‘When You’re A Dog’ from our debut children’s album, Up and At ‘Em!

Polly Hall agrees, “We make genuine connections with children and families through our songs, shows, and podcast.  Rather than aspiring to be rock stars, we prefer sitting on the carpet in the corner of our favorite independent bookstore and singing on Saturday mornings.  In that way, we can see kids light up when a song really works.  We sing directly to them and with them, on their developmental level, stretching their imaginations and their experience of music.”

Adds Andrew Barkan, “It’s been five years since our first album, and it’s about time for a second one!  We’ve been writing songs and playing shows for kids all the while but haven’t been able to take time away from our TV and film scoring work to put a whole record together until now. Odds & Ends is a little bit like our lives after having our first kid — haphazard, hair-brained, and absolutely full of love.”

Odds & Ends is, indeed, quirky and eclectic, just like Andrew & Polly!  The album kicks off with “Little Bitta You,” a soft, sweet tune that gets big and happy, and, like childhood, is a bit nonsensical at times.  The song also provides a great showcase for trombonist Gabe Feenberg (Terraplane Sun).  “Ghostbusters,” the song that deftly set the silly/scary ambience of the eponymous 1984 film, completely lives up to its reputation in Andrew & Polly’s version, which features theramin, marimba, accordion, kazoos, whistles, synthesizers, and the voices of a collection of their youthful fans bellowing, “Who you gonna call?” into the iPhones of their amazed parents.

What’s next for this dynamic duo?  Andrew & Polly are busy developing EAR SNACKS, a new kind of podcast — for kids, featuring kids — and they can’t wait for fans to hear it!


This really is sweet music for young children! It’a also..different! I really think it stands out among young children’s music today! I highly reccomend for ages 4-8. 

Odds & Ends will be available at CDbaby, iTunes, and at Andrew & Polly’s shows.

Visit Andrew & Polly’s website HERE.
Andrew & Polly on Facebook.

Andrew & Polly on Instagram.

Andrew & Polly on YouTube.

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


“ROCKSTEADY” – Josh & the Jamtones – with Jesse Peter Wagner of The Aggrolites, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, and Father Goose


They’re back!  The interactive/ultra-powered/wildly eclectic musical explosion known as Josh and the Jamtones is set to bust out of the chute with the August 21 release of their third kids’/family album,ROCKSTEADY.

Chock full of frenetic, danceable reggae/ska jams, ROCKSTEADY features special guests Jesse Peter Wagner (lead singer with legendary reggae/punk/ska band The Aggrolites), Grammy-nominated Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, and Father Goose (featured on the Grammy-winningDan Zanes family albums).

A mashup of ska with punk rock, hip-hop and doo-wop — often played at lunatic speeds — is the foundation of the Josh & the Jamtones sound. ROCKSTEADY (a word that historically describes an early type of ska) is easily the most ambitious album the band has ever recorded, with 19 songs and skits performed by 18 musicians on over 40 instruments.

ROCKSTEADY is produced with a focused conceptual element that could be thought of as “Jamtones FM,” with its mock DJs and radio-static “channel surfing” transitions between songs that display the Jamtones signature blend of reggae, ska, doo-wop harmonies, ’90s hip-hop, and Weezer-like guitar solos.  Themes of love, friendship, and dance parties prevail, and all the songs on the album are seriously danceable.  The “Rocksteady,” the “Tailfeather,” and the “Katmandu” are specific dances, hearkening back to the old radio singles days, while other songs, like “I <3 Ur Face,” have their own kinds of moves.

Josh & the Jamtones have been making music and lots of laughs for kids and families since early 2012, when singer/songwriter Josh Shriberstarted buying fancy lattes from producer/drummer Pat Hanlin at a café near his house.  Since then, the titanic twosome and their intrepid band have crisscrossed the country, playing hundreds of shows and sharing the stage with massive bands like The Wiggles, Yo Gabba Gabba, and The Fresh Beat Band.  The Jamtones have performed at loads of major festivals with mega-acts like the Dave Matthews Band, Hall & Oates, and The Roots.

Previous Josh & the Jamtones releases include Bear Hunt: The Movie! (2014) and the albums Bear Hunt! (2013) and JUMP UP! (2012).

I received a sample of this one and really quite impressed! This one is a lot of fun! Kids will love the original sound of this band! They are simply “cool” and have an unique sounds of their own! Be on the look out for this one!

ROCKSTEADY will be available on the Josh & the Jamtones website, CDBaby, Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, and other online retailers.
Self Disclosure: I received a free sample of this CD to facilitate this music media post.

Burke Williams Introduces a New Innovative Spa at the Village at Westfield Topanga The brand’s tenth spa location set to open late September

Burke Williams Day Spa is pleased to introduce a tenth location to the family of California day spas at the new Village at Westfield Topanga, set to open late September 2015. The new spa will be the most innovative spa concept that the brand has introduced to date.


Burke Williams has been the premier day spa in the California market for over thirty years. The brand is still family owned and operated with seven locations in Southern California and two in Northern California, one inside the Westfield’s San Francisco Centre.


“We are excited to continue to build upon our relationship with Westfield and introduce our newest spa concepts to the Village,” commented Burke Williams Founder, Bill Armour. “The new spa is going to present multiple advanced amenities that will be unique to any other Burke Williams location and offer guests the ultimate sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation.”


Each Burke Williams spa has its own individual esthetic and design influence. The new spa at the Village at Westfield Topanga will be reminiscent of a Hamptons Beach House with 14 massage rooms, 6 skin care rooms, 1 room that accommodates both massage and skin care services, a nail care room and two lounges.


The spa will boast expanded common areas including The Garden Room that will offer mini services including hand and arm massages, anti-aging hand treatments and foot massages in a co-ed casual environment while guests relax or wait for their scheduled service. An innovative custom blend bar will allow guests to consult with an aromatherapist and personalize their service in up to 10,000 ways, spanning every option imaginable including aromatherapies, herbal blends, lotions, massage oils, bath salts and more. These personalized blends will be available for use in services and also for sale for use at home.


In addition to saunas, steam rooms and lockers, the spa facility will offer 3 whirlpools, one for women, one for men and the new Twilight Spa for silent enjoyment. In addition to the traditional vanity area, the spa will offer a full-service blow dry bar that will accept walk-ins and appointments.


The nail care room will be the largest of all Burke Williams locations and accommodate seven manicure and pedicure stations. Nail care services will feature the spas newest eco-friendly steam pedicure and also accept walk-in guests and appointments. The spa shop will carry Burke Williams’ own exclusive in-spa skin care line H2V, Eminence products [insert other retailers we want to list] and gift cards.

“We have designed this new spa and the amenities offered to truly cater to all of our guests’ needs and desires,” added Armour. “We want to provide them with the highest quality of service and experience imaginable always.”

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For more information on Burke Williams Day Spas locations, services and products please visit

Credit: Burke Williams Day Spas.

PBS KIDS Premiere CURIOUS GEORGE 3 and SUPER WHY! – August 17

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On August 17, Curious George is back to his inquisitive ways with the television premiere of CURIOUS GEORGE 3: BACK TO THE JUNGLE. In this adventure-filled feature-length movie, Curious George takes a trip to space but crash-lands in the jungles of Africa, leading to an unforgettable journey with new animal friends. Featuring the voice talents of Angela Bassett and John Goodman, with music by the Plain White T’s, BACK TO THE JUNGLE is a fun-filled journey that the whole family will enjoy.

Beginning August 17, new episodes of the Emmy-nominated preschool series SUPER WHY! will air. Developed for children ages 3-6, SUPER WHY! helps kids explore reading and the alphabet, word families, spelling, comprehension and vocabulary as they follow their favorite Storybrook Village characters on interactive adventures. Five new episodes premiere that week, and new episodes will continue to air throughout the year, including a literacy-themed week starting September 21 and a Hanukkah-themed episode during the holiday season.

Credit: PBS KIDS.

Ozeri 4x3razor Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer with Bosch Tri-Axis Technology from Germany, in Sport Yellow is a Must-Buy!


Looking for a thin and portable Pedometer? This one is claimed to be the World’s thinnest and most advanced 3D Tri-Axis Pedometer.  The 4x3razor utilizes a new advanced 3D Bosch Sensor from Germany with Tr-Axis technology that provides superior accuracy in any position and at any angle. I quickly had to check this out to see if this was true! Most I have tried only seem to work accurately if they are secured vertically. I was impressed that this one does work accurately. The 4x3razor Digital Pedometer ships with an installed and an extra Lithium battery, a belt clip and a detachable lanyard and an instruction manual. This one really seems to work well for me and is very accurate. I like that it really is quite small and thin so it is easy to keep with you. I like using the detachable lanyard the best. It is also easy to read and a must-have on walks and hikes!

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Self Disclosure: I received a free sample in exchange for an unbiased review.