Archives for November 3, 2015

Joan Jett is Pet of the Week!

Joan Jett, Nov. 5 Pet of the Week

You get a cat that combines attitude with coyness, and you can’t help think of Joan Jett. And that’s her name. This 3-year-old tabby was touring the shelter grounds when an ACS officer found her and brought her in. Wouldn’t you love a permanent gig with her? Her favorite song’s “I Love Tuna Roll,” by the way. Meet Joan Jett on the shelter side of Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A460559.


(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Thank you to the Companion Animal Village.

Whole Foods Market® Downtown Los Angeles adds Roy Choi’s Chego to offerings Partners with Los Angeles chef to open location in Downtown Los Angeles Store


In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, Whole Foods Market has partnered with Roy Choi to open a second Chego outpost inside the Downtown Los Angeles store, opening Wednesday, Nov. 4 at  788 South Grand Avenue, on the corner of 8th Street and Grand.


Located in the 41,000 square foot store’s prepared foods section, Chego will offer a menu of “favorites” with $12 big kid meals –  the Sour Cream Hen House, Leafy T, Chubby Pork Belly Bowl, Beefy T Bowl and $7 snacks – TheSpiiiiinach Salad, Housemade pickles, Seasonal Veggies and Ooey Gooey Fries.


All menu items are made on site and meet Whole Foods Market’s quality standards.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. beginning Nov 4.


“With its mix of flavors, ingredients and dishes inspired by a blend of cultures much like our city, Chego’s menu  offers L.A. in a rice bowl, ” Patrick Bradley, president, Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific Region Foods Market.  “We work hard to bring shoppers unique and delicious local offerings and can’t imagine a better Los Angeles-based chef and concept to represent this.”


The approach is simple.  “We want to serve food that will bring a smile to everyone’s face,” said Roy Choi, co-founder, Chego.


For more on Whole Foods Market downtown Los Angeles, click here. For more on Chego, check out @RidingShotgunLA and@EatChego on Twitter and Instagram.

Credit: Whole Foods Market.


101 MOVIES TO SEE BEFORE YOU GROW UP by Suzette Valle Giveaway Opportunity!


101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up

Be your own movie critic–the must-see movie list for kids

By Suzette Valle



The perfect handbook for movie-lovers of all ages, helping both kids and parents choose classic and contemporary movies appropriate for the entire family.


Movies are made to entertain! Movies can make you think, teach you a lesson, or just let you escape into a fantasy world for a few hours. This book serves as an interactive bucket list of films for children ages 8 and up to watch before they grow up. 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up goes beyond mainstream films. From modern flicks to classic films, the list offers a wide selection of “must see” movies. The book is divided into categories and acts as an interactive film journal where kids can document when they see the movie, if they liked it, and how they would rate it. Each page focuses on a single movie with basic information about each film, including the director, runtime, rating, and date of release. There is also a “Film Critic” section at the bottom of each page that allows young movie buffs to write in their own opinions and observations about the movie. 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up is the perfect handbook for movie-lovers of all ages, helping both kids and parents choose classic and contemporary movies appropriate for the entire family.

I received a copy of this book and love how it is great for both kids and adults! A great way to keep track of movies that you see. I like that this is a way to get young kids writing too! 

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win their own book! To enter, leave a comment below telling us one of your favorite movies and why! Deadline to enter is November 8th, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via




Suzette Valle is an award-winning mother of two and freelance writer focusing on family entertainment. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of San Diego, and has a Master’s Degree from Oxford University, England. Suzette has been a director and board member of several non-profit organizations in her community, including the Parent Teacher’s Association, Islander Sports Foundation, and is currently a board member of the San Diego-based international charity Foundation for Women. She also has her own blog, Mamarazzi Knows, where she writes about parenting in a celebrity-driven society and all aspects of entertainment. She is a featured Hollyblogger at the award-winning Hollywood publication The where she contributes film reviews, interviews with celebrities, and has covered and written about pop-culture events like Comic-Con International where she’s interviewed actors, directors, producers and writers about current and upcoming projects. Her articles have been featured on,, and REUTERS among others. She wrote over 30 articles for the monthly column Parent Talk for AOL’s, and headed this publication’s Parents Council in her community. Suzette lives in the seaside town of Coronado, California. This enchanted island is also known as the Emerald City because L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, penned several of the Oz books here. Suzette enjoys watching movies, and walks on the beach with her husband of 25 years and Bella, her adorable dog.

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to participate in this blog tour and giveaway.