Archives for September 16, 2015

Mamma Chia is refreshing and a healthier drink option!


I’m always looking for healthier drink options that also taste good. I love that the Mamma Chia Vitality Beverages taste so good and are healthier. I tried a few of the different flavors. They come in a variety with flavors such as Strawberry Lemonade and Cherry Lime. Actually my very favorite one is Raspberry Passion.  Each bottle has only 120 calories and I love that they are Organic. They are also Gluten-Free & Vegan and are an excellent source of fiber.


Mamma Chia also has other varieties such as Energy Beverages and Chia & Greens. Check out their website to see all their products. Look for them at a store near you! I know they have them at our local Sprouts and Whole Food Markets. To find all other locations near you, check out the store locator on their website.

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

Children’s Footwear Company pediped® Honors Customer’s Memory with “Kenadi” Boot and “Kolor for Kenadi” Donation Campaign Buyers of new Children’s Boot to Support Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation

Kenadi Boot Lifestyle

pediped®, the award-winning children’s footwear company, introduces the Kenadi boot and in conjunction a corresponding support campaign for the Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation ( This beautiful brown boot was named after a young pediped customer, Kenadi Jean Weis, whose grandmother reached out to pediped for custom sized soft-soled shoes for her special needs daughter. Moved by the request, pediped developed an exclusive shoe just for Kenadi, who came to be known for her adorable pediped shoe collection.


Kenadi passed away unexpectedly in 2014 at the age of just 5-and-a-half. pediped named the boot in her memory, which embodies her fun and exceptional spirit. The boot features unique petals, colors and patterns, making it truly one-of-a-kind, just like Kenadi.


The boot is available to purchase for $79 online at and in select retail stores. Everyone who purchases a pair of Kenadi boots will receive a “Kolor for Kenadi” package that includes a postage-paid card featuring a butterfly to color and send back to pediped. All butterflies collected will be used to create a wall of honor for Kenadi at the pediped headquarters and the butterflies will ultimately be given to Kenadi’s family to keep forever. pediped will donate an extra dollar to the Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation for each butterfly returned to the company from now until January 31, 2016.

pediped is proudly donating to the Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation, which supports creating a world of acceptance, love and success for children of all abilities and their families.


“We are honored to support Kenadi’s foundation and her family with this effort,” said Angela Edgeworth, president of pediped. “She made an impression on us that we’ll never forget, so it’s our privilege to be able to call attention to her life while helping other deserving children and families.”


Generosity has and always will be a core value of pediped®. Since its founding in 2005, pediped® has been dedicated to bettering communities and enriching the lives of children. In 2010, the pediped® Foundation was established and since its inception has donated $2.75 million in product and monetary support to charities around the world that are devoted to the health, education, and basic needs of children.


About Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation

Spearfish South-Dakota-base the Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation was founded in 2014.  The non-profit foundation was created in memory of an amazing and beautiful little girl, Kenadi Jean who passed away unexpectedly at 5 1/2 years old. The mission of the Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation is to create a world of acceptance, love, and success for children of all abilities and their families.  Monies raised through the Foundation assist special needs children and their families achieve fulfilled lives through support, resources, respite care, volunteerism, and advocacy. For more information visit  FOLLOW on Facebook at /Kenadi-Jean-Weis-Foundation.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Credit: pediped/Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation.



pediped® New Fall Collection with Back to School Styles are a Must-Buy!


pediped®, named Children’s Footwear Brand of the Year at the 2015 Footwear Industry Awards, debuts its fall collection of award-winning footwear across its three signature lines: Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex®. Many new styles are added to the collection this season including  a range of back to school shoes available in larger sizes up to 38 (US Youth 6). Additional winter styles including boots will be introduced later this year.


Featured in the collection are Mary Janes, sneakers and everyday styles to cover all fall footwear needs from the classroom to special occasions and beyond. The Originals® collection gets a lux update with fourteen new styles including a friendly owl named Jazzie. New machine washable options are added in both Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex®, and more than ten new styles are available for back to school including the highly anticipated styles offered up to size 38, Ann, Alex and Highlander.


In conjunction with the introduction of new back to school styles, pediped® is accepting enrollment into its annual schools program. pediped ♥ schools is a one-of-a-kind giving campaign where education partners receive 10% of their total combined purchases of pediped®. School officials, leaders of the PTO or PTA along with parents and teachers are encouraged to enroll their community’s school at Upon enrollment, each school receives a unique code and those who purchase pediped® footwear should enter the code at checkout when shopping online at or in any pediped owned boutique. pediped® tracks the purchases registered to each school’s code to determine the amount of dollars earned. Purchases for the 2015-2016 school year will be tracked now until May 15, 2016.



  • The Originals® line of soft-soled, flexible infant shoes is recommended by pediatricians and podiatrists as the shoe’s design closely mimics barefoot walking. Each style is leather lined with slip-resistant leather soles.
  • Fourteen new styles are available for fall including favorites Aryanna, Connie and Grayson. Available in soft suede is Brittany and Jazzie, and new styles Gordon and Clive are stylish neutrals crafted from genuine leather and suede.
  • The Originals® collection will retail for $37-$45 and is available in sizes newborn to 24 months.


Grip ‘n’ Go™

  • The Grip ‘n’ Go™ line has special feature G2 Technology™, making it the perfect shoe for active toddlers transitioning from early walking to a confident stride.
  • Eight new styles are available including genuine leather options Lorraine and Starlite. Two new machine washable styles are added with Gehrig and Franklin.
  • The Grip ‘n’ Go™ line will retail for $39.95-$53 and is available in sizes 19-23.



  • Flex® is the ultimate shoe for an established walker who has developed a confident, natural stride. The Flex® line offers more than 50 styles with maximum flexibility and comfort.
  • Ann, Sarah, Jake and Alex highlight the collection of back to school shoes, available in classic brown, navy, and black. Frank and Becky are machine washable options also making them great for everyday wear.
  • The Flex® line will retail for $39.95-$89 and is available in sizes 22-38 (available sizes vary between styles).

I received a sample of the Flex shoes and my son likes how comfortable they are! We are fans of pediped and so are quite happy that they are also in bigger sizes for boys. I like that they are very sturdy and durable and glad that my now 11-year-old son still thinks they are cool!  


The fall 2015 collection is now available for purchase online at and also in select retail stores.



About pediped®

Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort, and distinctive styling have made the award-winning company the fastest growing children’s footwear brand in the United States. pediped® footwear has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development, and preeminent orthopedic medical professionals, Dr. Mininder S. Kocher and Dr. Thomas W. Vorderer, deem pediped® shoes an excellent choice for parents/caregivers who want their children’s feet to develop naturally and healthily. pediped® has received numerous industry awards and accolades including recognition from Earnshaw’s, the premier media resource serving the children’s market. In 2015 pediped® was recognized by the Footwear Industry Awards as the Children’s Footwear Brand of the Year, was awarded Best Toddler Kicks in the Cribsie Awards and Best Children’s Shoes by Prima Baby Magazine. In 2014, Earnshaw’s recognized pediped® with an Earnie Award for Best Footwear, and earned a 2014 Family Choice Award and 1st place Reader Favorite Award from Baby & Children’s Product News.


pediped® is sold in over 2,500 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 150 designs for boys and girls between its three lines, Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex®. The award-winning footwear is available in EU sizes 17 to 38 (US newborn to 6 Youth). For more information, visit  LIKE on Facebook at /pedipedfootwear and follow on Twitter and Instagram @pedipedfootwear.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. Photos courtesy of pediped.

Repurpose helps with being eco-friendly! What a great way to stay green!

Repurpose Product Line

Repurpose offers an eco-friendly alternative to traditional disposables when entertaining; its line of cups, bowls, plates and utensils are made entirely from plants! Now, how cool is that?! I received samples and have to say that I am pretty impressed! I think that it is really cool to help keep our planet earth clean, recycle and stay green as much as possible. I was also impressed with the quality and how durable the plates and cups are.

Because their plant materials (corn, sugar, bamboo) are annually-renewable resources AND 100% compostable, Repurpose products help us lower our overall carbon footprint. Plus, all Repurpose items are BPA-free, chlorine-free, petroleum-free and use only soy-based inks.

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Making a greener choice doesn’t have to mean sacrificing convenience, durability or functionality. Because Repurpose goods can withstand temperatures up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, the line’s virtually unbreakable spoon won’t melt in your hot soup for instance. And gone are the days of doubling up on paper coffee cups; Repurpose’s innovative eco-insulation ensures one cup is all you’ll need to enjoy hot beverages, while keeping your beverage hot and your hands cool. Better yet, there’s no Styrofoam or petroleumbased liner in this cup, so all you’ll taste is your coffee. Repurpose heavy-duty plates and bowls are cut and leakresistant so consumers can load up on cold, wet ice cream or warm soup in the microwave without any bending or warping.

Suggested Retail:

Repurpose 12 oz Insulated Cup: 12 pack w/12 lids/ $4.99 Repurpose 12 oz Cold Cup: 20 pack/ $3.99 & 50 pack/$8.99 Repurpose Cutlery: 24 count pack/$2.99 Repurpose 9” Plate: 20 pack/ $3.79 Repurpose 6” Plate: 20 pack/$1.99 Repurpose 16 oz Bowl: 20 pack/$3.79
For more information and a store locator, please visit

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

September 16th is National Guacamole Day!

The kindie music titans of Brooklyn – Rolie Polie Guacamole — are set to celebrate.
Rolie Polie Guacamole_1_Trio_photo credit Kyle Depew
In honor of National Guacamole Day,  Rolie Polie Guacamole’s new album, Chips and Salsa, may be streamed, free of charge, at from September 16 – 20.
(Chips and Salsa is set for release on September 25.)
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And … Rolie Polie Guacamole has a great recipe for guacamole, too!

Rolie Polie Guacamole’s Guacamole!

Guacamole recipe

3 ripe avocados

1/2 red onion

3 limes, juiced

1 tsp garlic powder

Salt to taste

Fresh ground pepper to taste

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, diced

1 medium sized ripe heirloom tomato, diced


Using a mortar and pestle or a large bowl:

Peel and mash avocados

Add lime juice, garlic powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.  Mix well.

Add cilantro, tomato, and onion. Mix well.


Credit: Rolie Polie Guacamole.



Annual Event, Sponsored by 99 Cents Only Stores,
Is Reimagined and Expanded to Every Day in October

October 1 through 31, 2015
10 am – 4 pm
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

This Halloween season, the Los Angeles Zoo offers families and Halloween lovers of all ages a chance to feed their imaginations with treats at the all-new BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO, expanded to an entire month of seasonal fun and learning beginning Thursday, October 1and continuing through Saturday, October 31, 2015, 10 am to 4 pm.  BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO 2015 features daily activities such asspooky caves spotlighting animals’ “super” natural senses, while weekends include a “Graveyard Safari” adventure, “Boneyard” education station, themed crafts, storytelling, live music, strolling characters, pumpkin carving, animal feedings and other family adventures.  Kids are invited to dress in costumes, and costume contests are presented throughout October.  Activities at BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO, which is sponsored by 99 Cents Only Stores, are free with paid Zoo admission.  Check for details and daily schedules.

In a twist on a more traditional Halloween haunted house, the L.A. Zoo debuts spooky caves in the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo, which are filled with shadows and projections of slithering snakes and crawling spiders and eerie sounds of nocturnal creatures and other special effects, as well as live tarantulas, scorpions and other critters.  Visitors wandering through the spooky surroundings can expect to unearth shocking facts about animals’ “super” powers such as heightened senses that help them survive in their environments.  Other daily activities include fun photo ops in front of a “Haunted Barn” backdrop and up-close “Animals and You” encounters with some of the Zoo’s smaller (and creepier) residents.

Weekends at BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO offer a slew of additional “sweet and spooky” entertainment and education attractions.  A new Graveyard “Safari” hay bale maze is stocked with “tombstones” and silhouette cut-outs of skunks, possums, raccoons and other creatures that inhabit backyards – like yours! — in the dead of night.  Animal skeletons and skulls at a “Boneyard” Station may actually make guests jump out of their skins a bit, as might mysterious characters strolling through the Zoo.  Adding a lighter touch are pumpkin-carving demonstrations, Halloween crafts, “Professor Johnson, Organ Donor’s Haunted Halloween Musical Review” featuring “silly songs and sing-alongs,” and “Dress Up With Campfire Cat,” including face painting with a choice of spiders or fangs with four shows each weekend day.

Zoo residents celebrate along with everyone, so guests are encouraged to keep their eyes peeled for seasonal feedings of pumpkins for plant eaters and carcasses for carnivores on select dates (parental discretion for the latter is advised).  Feedings are set for lions onSaturday, October 3; for Komodo dragons on Sunday, October 4; for jaguars on Saturday, October 10; for elephants on Sunday, October 11; for the black bear on Saturday, October 17; for the tiger on Sunday, October 18; for snow leopards on Saturday, October 24; and for Komodo dragons on Sunday, October 25.  On Halloween, Saturday, October 31, guests can celebrate the one-year birthday of Rosie, the Zoo’s near-legendary baby hippo, with activities to be announced.  Traditional trick-or-treating at the Zoo takes place on Saturday and Sunday, October 24 and 25 and Saturday, October 31.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.6 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered.  Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; an Indian Rhino Encounter direct-contact opportunity; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo; one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world; a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants; and much more.  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.  The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children.

Admission to the Los Angeles Zoo is $20 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $17 for seniors (ages 62+), and $15 for children (ages 2 to 12).  No ticket is required for children under 2.  Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90027.  Free parking is available.  For additional information, contact (323) 644-4200 or visit

Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo. Photo Credit: Jamie Pham.