Archives for October 5, 2015

Volunteers needed for upcoming CAT/Justin Rudd events! More than 30 volunteer hours available to teens/adults


30+ VOLUNTEER HOURS: Can you help with any of these upcoming CAT/Justin Rudd events? More than 30 volunteer hours available to teens/adults. Event details at

• 30-Minute Beach Cleanup & Halloween Costume Contest, Sat., Oct. 17, 9:35 arrival; 1 hour; 1 Granada Ave.
• Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, Sat., Oct. 17; 8:30 arrival til 4:30, Chase Bank on 2nd St. @ Nieto Ave.
• Interfaith Blessing of the Animals, Sun., Oct. 18, 5 p.m. arrival til 7 p.m., 1 Granada Ave.
• Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade & adoption fair, Sat., Oct. 31, 10 a.m. arrival, til 5 p.m., Marina Vista Park
• Long Beach Bake-Off, Sun., Nov. 1, 5 p.m. arrival til 8:30 p.m., 5100 The Toledo @ Bay Shore Church
• Miss Long Beach & Miss Southern Calif. Cities pageants, Sun., Nov. 15, 11 a.m. arrival, til 9 p.m., Long Beach Performing Arts Center
• 30-Minute Beach Cleanup and SoCal Beard & Mustache Championship, Sat., Nov. 21, 9:35 arrival, 1 hour.; 1 Granada Ave.
• Long Beach Turkey Trot, Thurs., Nov. 26, 5:30 a.m. arrival, til 11:30 a.m. and Wed., Nov. 25, 2 p.m. til 7 p.m. for packet pick-ups; 1 Granada Ave.
• Joy to the World! Christmas Concert & Long Beach Christmas Cookie Contest; Sun., Dec. 13, arrive at 4 p.m. til 8 p.m., 5100 The Toledo at Bay Shore Church
• 30-Minute Beach Cleanup, Sat., Dec. 19, 9:35 arrival, 1 hour; 1 Granada Ave.
• Operation Santa Paws, Sat., Dec. 19, four SoCal locations/times, details at




Post & Photo Credit: Justin Rudd.

Minions on Bandages? Yes! Please!

CVS Minions Bandages

Evolving from plain brown, themed and characterized bandages have become all the rave for kids to use in protecting their scraps or cuts. Similarly, Minions began as minor characters in Despicable Me and soon became the next craze, now even starring in their own major hit movie!

Kids around the country are obsessed with all things Minion, and one necessity missing in medicine cabinets everywhere are the new Minion bandages, which are now available at your local CVS/pharmacy.

These are even a Must-Have for adults who like Minions! I received samples and these are a must-buy if you have a Minions fan in your home! They are great to throw in your purse or to keep in backpacks for outdoor adventures!

Find them at you local CVS/pharmacy!

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

Fruit Infuser Water Bottle from GiantBest is a Must-Buy!


What a great way to stay healthier! This Fruit Infuser Bottle from GiantBest is a real must-buy! It is great for outings, hiking and actually anywhere! I love that it is so easy to use and so easy to clean. I also love that adding fruit to my water this way is much better tasting than many of the flavored waters on the market. A big plus is that it also comes with an insulated sleeve that really does keep your drink colder. The size is great-it is much bigger that I thought it would be and I love that it doesn’t leak and is BPA Free.


You can purchase on

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

“BEES: AN UP-CLOSE LOOK” and “BARNYARD KIDS” Two interesting and educational books for Kids!

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Looking for educational books for the Kids? The following books are a Must-Read this school year!

BEES: An Up-Close Look at Pollinators Around the World

By Sam Droege and Laurence Packer

Published July, 2015 by Voyageur Press

Hardcover, 160 pages with 256 color photos

ISBN: 9780760347386


What I really like about this book is the beautiful illustrations and how educational it is. The book is also great for children of all ages and even adults will learn quite a few things that they do not know about Bees.

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BARNYARD KIDS: A Family Guide to Raising Animals

By Dina Rudick

Published August 15, 2015 by Quarry Books

Flexibound, 160 pages, 250 color photos

ISBN:  9781631590719


I found this a very interesting book and a great way to learn about living on a farm and raising animals. I love how detailed this book is! The illustrations are amazing and if you have a child who loves animals, this one truly is a Must-Buy!

You can purchase on

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

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, a Magical Animated Series from the Creators of Peppa Pig, to Premiere on Nick Jr. tonight!

Ben & Holly Logo

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, a magical animated series for preschoolers from the creators of children’s TV sensation Peppa Pig, will make its U.S. debut on Nick Jr. on Monday, October 5, at 6:30pm!

Preschoolers join Holly, a young fairy princess whose magic doesn’t always go according to plan, and her best friend Ben Elf, who doesn’t have wings and doesn’t do magic (but is extremely good at making things!), as they embark on exciting adventures throughout the Little Kingdom and work together to fix magical mishaps all along the way.

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom is an International Emmy Kids Award-winning series – and we’d love to work with you to share the news with your readers about this standout new show that’s well-poised to cast an enchanting spell on the pintsized set!

The series premiere will also be available online at and on the Nick Jr. App starting Tuesday, October 6, along with special video clips from the show. Additional episodes of the charming new series will continue to roll out on Nick Jr. this fall.

3 LK sizzle from Sara Baker on Vimeo.