Archives for November 2015

Disney Store Launches Holiday Deals, In-Store Events and Special Experiences Throughout Thanksgiving Week DISNEY STORE UNVEILS ITS MOST MAGICAL FRIDAY EVER WITH ‘SHARE THE MAGIC’ HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN


Disney Store announced today the launch of its ‘Share the Magic’ holiday campaign, which includes 11 full days of Magical Friday (aka Black Friday) deals as well as in-store events and special ‘experiences like never before.


“Every year we look for ways to help our Guests share the magic with their friends and families, and this holiday, it’s our turn to do the same,’ said Elissa Margolis, senior vice president of Disney Store North America. “We’ve gone beyond the traditional to create experiences that are sure to warm hearts and make this the most magical season yet.”


To celebrate the magic of the season, unsuspecting shoppers in a Southern California Disney Store were recently treated to a special surprise in which every family in the store received a $100 Disney gift card for themselves, and another to share the magic with someone they love this holiday season. Click here to view.


Holiday Deals at Disney Store

Beginning today, Friday, Nov. 20, Disney Store is launching all of its magical deals both in-store and online, with an additional, special deal rolling out when Stores open on Thanksgiving night (11/26) and Magical Friday (11/27)*. Even more deals will launch on Cyber Monday (11/30). Guests have the opportunity to shop Disney Store whenever and wherever through and the Disney Store app where they’ll find great deals on exclusive Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars items for everyone on their list.


Disney Store Holiday Story

This season, Disney Store has developed a combination of new in-store events and festive cheer designed to create an even more memorable shopping experience for Guests.


In addition to a holiday version of the traditional store “unlocking” ceremony that takes place every morning at Disney Store, Guests will be treated to an in-store event called “Disney Store Holiday Wishes.” During this new holiday tradition, a Cast Member will read from a holiday storybook while children follow along with their very own version of the book. The mini storybook will include a detachable picture frame that can be decorated and given to someone special. At the end of the event, with the help of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse appearing on the Disney Store theater screen, each child will have the opportunity to make a holiday wish by throwing a special coin into a wishing well.


“Disney Store Holiday Wishes” will take place daily from Magical Friday (11/27) through Christmas Eve (Mondays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m.).


Most Wished for Gifts

Disney Store offers the biggest collection of exclusive toys, apparel, accessories and more featuring everyone’s favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars characters at all price ranges. To help make the holiday shopping season easier, starting on Tuesday, Dec. 1, Disney Store will unveil its “12 Most Wished for Gifts” on and on the Disney Store Instagram page.


For shopping assistance, Guests can interact with Disney Store’s Guest Services team via telephone and email channels listed on


To find a Disney Store location, Guests can visit or call (866) 902-2798. Guests can also sign up for email alerts at, become a fan on or follow @DisneyStore on Twitter to stay connected.

Don’t miss magical deals at your local Disney Store at Del Amo Fashion Center, The Shops at Montebello, Brea Mall, The Shops at Mission Viejo and Fashion Valley. Stop by the newly opened Disney Store Outlet at Carlsbad Premium Outlets, or visit outlet stores at Las Americas Premium Outlets and Camarillo Premium Outlets.


*Disney Store locations will begin opening at 8 p.m. local time the night of Thanksgiving. Guests are encouraged to check for specific holiday hours.

Credit: Disney Store.


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Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this post. Any opinions expressed are my own.

Top Book Choices of the Week

Looking for a fun way to teach your child about Arizona? 


This one is filled with fun and wacky facts and children will find it lots of fun! It is great for homeschooling too! My son and I loved the activities and the fun facts! 

Check out for this one and many other great  books this holiday season!

The next two books are part of a series and great for ages 9-14.

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You may remember that I featured the first book in this series: Giants in the Land Book One: The Way of Things by Clark Burbidge.

The next two books in the series are now available!

About Book Two: The Prodigals

Book Two of the Giants in the Land Trilogy follows Thomas, as a much older man now serving as the Land’s Forest Ward and two of his grandchildren (seventeen-year-old Tommy and thirteen-year-old Rose). Thomas, Tommy, and a band of lost prodigals are placed on a dangerous path toward destiny or destruction. Though they are unprepared, they are all that stands between hope for the future and loss of all they hold dear.


The Prodigals continues the story of Giants in the Land a few years after book one left off. This time the focus is on family; the immediate family made by generations and then the family that is made by where you live with your friends and neighbors. What makes us giants? Not choosing the easy way out, standing up for what we believe in and what is right and our dedication to our family.

We received a copy of this one and it is action-packed and great for middle-school readers. My son really enjoys the adventure in this series. 

We also received Book Three and it truly is a must-read!

About Book Three: The Cavern of Promise

Thomas and his giant companion have disappeared. At the mercy of the evil king of Westland, in great peril, and with no hope for escape, Thomas faces an impossible test for survival. Book Three caps this award-winning trilogy with a danger-ridden triple quest: save Thomas, redeem a lost people, and reverse the land’s painful slide toward destruction. Can help be found in a mythical cave at the far edge of the world? Whispered legends speak of a ferocious tribe, fearsome obstacles, and fabled treasure. Join Thomas and his companions under an uneasy truce, risking all to seek the source of redemption―the Cavern of Promise―in a journey that could bring deliverance . . . or doom.

You can purchase Book Two and Book Three on

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this post.


Jeff & Paige Mighty Wolf A Musical Trip into the Wild ...


Award-winning children’s entertainers and Colorado family favorites Jeff & Page are poised to take center stage on the national scene with their fifth kid-friendly exploration of science and nature, Mighty Wolf,  released on November 20.

Winner of the prestigious Parents’ Choice® and Creative Child Magazine Awards, Jeff & Paige have perfected a playful performance style that combines the duo’s vivid storytelling and first-rate musical abilities to capture their love of the outdoors and respect for ecology.

Wrote one enthusiastic parent, “They are also wildly creative, funny, and goofy, with a wholesome goodness that brings kids, families, and communities together through their music and shows.”

Within the setting of a family hiking expedition, Mighty Wolf features songs that touch upon such topics as insect migration, Arctic adaptations, keystone species, ladybug ecology, spider anatomy, lightning safety, scavengers, nature appreciation, ungulates, and the Appalachian Trail, interspersed with colorful, informative narrative.

From Mighty Wolf’s title track, which doubles as an a cappella tribute toJeff & Paige’s son Wolf and is structured like a Renaissance canzonetta, to “The Great Monarch Migration,” a graceful acoustic song about a butterfly’s life cycle, Mighty Wolf is fully committed to its message, yet consistently maintains top-notch musical standards.  Album highlights include a big vocal number with a great dance beat, “Black Widow,” which provides plenty of opportunities for kids to get dizzy by spinning in circles, “Triple Rainbow,” which just might become the latest and most ridiculous kids’ dance craze, “Grandma Gatewood,” an ode to the first woman ever to hike the Appalachian Trail, and “Dead and Delicious,” a real showstopper about roadkill, sung by a hungry raven!  Listeners will note influences ranging from Primus, Ween, and Pink Floyd to The Beatles and Boards of Canada.

The husband-and-wife team of Jeff & Paige met in graduate school at the Audubon Expedition Institute, where both were studying Environmental Education.  After receiving their Master of Science degrees, Jeff Kagan and Paige Doughty decided to make the stage their science classroom and music-loving families their students.  Based in Boulder, Colorado, they’ve released four albums and played well over 600 eco-friendly shows since hitting the boards with their first performance in 2007.

I received a copy of this CD and love how fun the music is! I highly recommend for younger kids!

Previous Jeff & Paige albums include Get Outdoors (2013), 21st Century Energy Superheroes (2011), Songs from the Trail (2009), andRocky Mountain Tunes for Rocky Mountain Kids (2007).
Visit Jeff & Paige’s website HERE.

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Jeff & Paige on YouTube


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


College Care Packages With Budgeting Lessons is a Must this Holiday Season!


How wonderfully quiet the house has been — no dirty dishes in sight, no piles of shoes to trip over in the doorway, no laundry to fold — just peace and quiet to be had! But suddenly, the silence, the lack of chores, the absence of the little annoyances you’ve grown so accustomed to are just too much. You are officially an empty nester!


With the first semester of college in full-swing, many parents are coming to terms that their kids are well on their way to adulthood.  Given this is generally the first time these kids have been away for an extended period of time exploring new surroundings, making new friends; they have probably been calling home and checking-in sparingly.


Instead of bombarding their new found independence with “I miss you” calls, texts and emails, why not surprise them with a care package filled with one of the most valuable things to college freshmen, money!


Sending a pre-paid card like OneVanilla, in a care package is a great option for parents to treat their kids, as well as offering a safer alternative to sending cash. They also give college kids money management training wheels!  Pre-paid cards offer most of the benefits of a payment card product but parents can rest easy knowing their college student will not rack up long-term debt or expensive overdraft charges.

I received a pre-paid OneVanilla card and I love how easy it is to use!  I highly recommend this holiday season as a gift idea especially for College students!

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

Julian, Thanksgiving Pet of the Week

Julian, Nov. 26 Pet of the Week

You think that this is a smile! Wait until goofy, playful Julian gets his forever home! He’s 2 years old, loves a good scratch, and enjoys walking and hiking. He needs a little training, but he’s basically a very good dog. And during this season of gratitude, how great if he could be home for Thanksgiving! Meet Julian at Animal Care Services on the shelter side of the P.D. Pitchford Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A558223.


(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)


Credit: Courtesy of the P.D. Pitchford Animal Village.

#TfalGivesThanks Photo Contest: Prize Package Valued Over $1K & Donation to Local Charity

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Celebrate the true spirit of Thanksgiving by sharing what you are most thankful for this season with T-fal’s 12 Days of Thanks Photo Content!

T-fal’s 12 Days of Thanks Photo Contest encourages individuals to share, via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, photos of what they are most thankful for, using the hashtag #TfalGivesThanks. Participants are encouraged to upload images of their family’s holiday traditions and use the caption to explain what they are most thankful for this year.

Running from November 16th to November 27th, the winner with the most meaningful caption will receive a Grand Prize of T-fal Prize Package valued at $1K (including: a $500 Visa gift card, ActiBread, OptiGrill Plus,10-In-1 Rice & Multi-Cooker, Clipso and OptiCook Cookware Set.) In the true spirit of the holiday, T-fal will also make an in-kind donation to a local charity/food bank/shelter in the winner’s name. Along with the grand prize winner, there will be daily product giveaways on the T-fal Facebook page!

Enter here:

Credit: T-fal. No compensation was received to post.


Even The Aquarium Of The Pacific’s Animals Celebrate The Jolly Holidays By Receiving Holiday Treats December 5 – 6 Holiday Giveaway Opportunity!

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Get into the holiday spirit early, and share the fun as the Aquarium’s animals receive their gifts from Santa Diver. In celebration of the holiday season, Santa Diver will be delivering treats to the Aquarium of the Pacific’s penguins, sea otters, seals, sea lions, birds, fish, and other animals during Holiday Treats for the Animals weekend on Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6, 2015.

The animals are not the only ones celebrating; families can meet and greet penguins up close. Guests can see Santa Diver in action, and take photos with Santa in his traditional attire and holiday costumed characters. The festival will feature Hanukkah storytelling and dreidel activities. Holiday music, crafts, shopping, gingerbread house displays and more will be included in the festivities. To top it all off, snow will fall in the Aquarium’s Great Hall and guests can enjoy a snow play area on the front lawn (weather dependent). The Aquarium Holidays celebration will continue through December 24 with snow falls in the Great Hall, Santa Diver, and

character appearances daily and music, penguin walks, visits from Santa, and the snow play area on weekends.


           Saturday & Sunday, December 5-6, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:         Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA  90802

INFO:              (562) 590-3100 or


COST:            Holiday Treats is included with general admission—$28.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), $14.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members.

With Flyer Coupon Receive FREE Child Admission with Paid Adult Admission. Regular Child admission is $14.95.

Holiday Treats Flyer 2015

We have teamed up for a Holiday Giveaway! One winner will win a Family 4 Pack to attend the event (Saturday Or Sunday)! To enter leave a comment below telling us your favorite Sea Creature! Deadline to enter is December 1st, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via 


AQUARIUM:  The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, the interactive Shark Lagoon and Lorikeet Forest exhibits, and the new Jellies exhibits. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. The Aquarium has won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits. For more information, visit or call 562-590-3100.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Photo Credit: Otter & Snowman: Hugh Ryono. Sea Lion With Treat: Robin Riggs. Other credit: Courtesy of The Aquarium of the Pacific.