Archives for March 2016

Disney On Ice Sets The Gold Standard With The Magical Ice Skating Spectacular TREASURE TROVE CELEBRATING THE LEGACY OF DISNEY’S CLASSIC ANIMATED FILMS! Skating Into Long Beach and Inland Empire from April 13th – 24th


Audiences will discover endless riches when an extraordinary lineup of stories from the Disney Vault come to life for the ultimate Disney animation celebration with the delightful production, Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove – Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. Disney On Ice sets the gold standard with its skating spectacular spanning tales from the first full-length animated film to the 50th Disney film, playing the Southland from April 13-24 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario and Long Beach Arena.

Hit the ice with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they embark on a fun-filled treasure hunt for some of the most popular Disney films ever. Get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn. Enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney Princesses: Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Aurora, Tiana, Mulan and, of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Ahoy, Mateys! Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook & his pirate pals! Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’ Tick-Tock! Tick-Tock! Don’t be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army of Cards. Plus set a playdate with Woody and Buzz Lightyear because the toys are back in town! Highlighting eight Disney movies and more than 50 Disney characters featured, Feld Entertainment’s Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove – Presented by YoKids will create memories your family will treasure for a lifetime!
WHEN: Wednesday, April 13 thru Sunday, April 17 o Wednesday, April 13 7:00PM o Thursday, April 14 7:00PM o Friday, April 15 7:00PM
o Saturday, April 16 11:00AM, 3:00PM & 7:00PM
o Sunday, April 17 1:00PM & 5:00PM

Citizens Business Bank Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764
TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $22, $28, $45 (VIP) and $70-$75 (Front Row)*
Opening Night tickets available for only $15 each (not valid for premium seating)

Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office.
*ticket prices vary between weekday/weekend performances; tickets may be subject to service charges/facility fees – prices subject to change.

Thursday, April 21 thru Sunday, April 24 o Thursday, April 21 7:00PM o Friday, April 22 11:30AM & 7:00PM o Saturday, April 23 11:00AM, 3:00PM & 7:00PM o Sunday, April 24 11:00AM, 3:00PM & 7:00PM
Long Beach Arena – 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $22, $28, $50-$55 (VIP) and $75 (Front Row)*
Opening Night tickets available for only $15 each (not valid for premium seating)

Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the Long Beach Arena Box Office
*ticket prices vary between weekday/weekend performances; tickets may be subject to service charges/facility fees – prices subject to change.

MOM Discount Code – Use “Special Offer” Code Word – MOM for discounts on the below performances ONLY on  


Valid Ontario Performances:

  • Thursday, April 14 at 7PM
  • Saturday, April 16 at 7PM
  • Sunday, April 17 at 1PM


Valid Long Beach Performances:

  • Friday, April 22 at 11:30AM
  • Saturday, April 23 at 11AM
  • Sunday, April 24 at 11AM


Self Disclosure: I received free media tickets to feature this featured event. No other compensation was received. Photo Credit: Disney on Ice.

APPLE iPad Mini 4 Case by Boonix is a Must-Buy!


Do you have the iPad Mini 4? Looking for a great case that is even great for kids? I love the APPLE iPad Mini 4 Case by Boonix! It seems quite durable, is available in a variety of colors and my favorite thing is that it has an Anti-slip dual layer design that helps to protect from drops and scratches. I had my son try this one out and it is a hit in our house! It fits perfectly to your iPad Mini 4. All cutouts and buttons are precisely designed to access all your device’s features. I love the Blue Air-Cushion style one that I received. It fits snugly and it seems well made. I am quite impressed!

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Self Disclosure: I received a free or heavily discounted product in exchange for an unbiased review. 

Mischief is Pet of the Week!

MIschief, March 24 Pet of the Week

If there’s any dog that doesn’t live up to its name, it’s Mischief. Mischief, a 4-year-old gray-and-white American Staffie, could have been named Miss Manners. She plays gently in the play area, sits quietly in the kennels, and is nonreactive to other dogs. Sadly, she has a chip, but no one ever came for her. Perhaps she’s waiting for you. Meet Mischief on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A565368.


(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Thank you to the Companion Animal Village.

DICK’S SPORTING GOODS COMING TO DEL AMO FASHION CENTER Landmark Retailer Part of Center’s South Mall Revitalization

The evolution of Del Amo Fashion Center continues this year, as Simon, a global leader in retail real estate, announces plans for new anchor DICK’S Sporting Goods and upgrades to the south portion of the center, all designed to enhance the experience for customers at the South Bay’s premier shopping destination.


The two-level, 83,000-square-foot DICK’S store will be its largest prototype featuring a robust merchandise assortment in a state-of-the-art shopping environment. DICK’S Sporting Goods is the largest authentic full-line sporting goods retailer in the U.S., offering a broad assortment of brand-name sporting goods equipment, apparel and footwear in a specialty store environment.


DICK’S Sporting Goods will be located in the south portion of the center on the second and third levels of the former Macy’s, which was consolidated from three stores to two last summer. They are scheduled to open in spring 2017. JO-ANN Fabric and Craft Stores will continue to occupy the first level of the space.


“We’re excited to welcome DICK’S Sporting Goods to Del Amo Fashion Center to expand the merchandise offerings for our consumers and enhance our center as a thriving retail and entertainment destination,” said Lindsay Hermance, director of marketing and business development for Del Amo Fashion Center.


In addition to the new anchor store, Del Amo Fashion Center is currently underway with a thorough remake of the south portion of the mall, from Carson Street to Sears. New dramatic mall entrances, tile flooring, painting, LED lighting and clear glass handrails as were incorporated in the work recently completed north of Carson Street, as well as more public restrooms and amenities will be unveiled in the southern portion of the center this summer. With the completion, the south portion of the mall will complement the ambience of Del Amo Fashion Center’s new Fashion Wing north of Carson Street. The new two-level wing debuted last October with the addition of Nordstrom, 100 new stores, and more dining options, including the upcoming Popbar this spring, and Lemonade and Luna Grill this summer.


Other recently opened stores include a 140,000 square-foot Nordstrom, Arhaus, Banana Republic, Ben Bridge, Express, Fossil, Godiva, Guess by Marciano, Kate Spade, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Kipling, a 25,000-square-foot H & M, Hugo Boss, LUSH, MAC Cosmetics, Melissa Shoes, Michael Kors, PacSun, Papyrus, Roberto Durville, SUMOSALAD, Tumi, Uniqlo Varga, Vera Bradley, a flagship Victoria’s Secret and a two-level Zara.


For ongoing updates and to learn more about the transformation of South Bay’s retail destination follow Del Amo Fashion Center on Facebook at, Twitter at or Instagram at


About Del Amo Fashion Center

Embrace the coastal chic lifestyle at Del Amo Fashion Center, the South Bay’s premier retail destination. Accented by an abundance of natural lighting, exquisite architecture, living green walls, gorgeous palm trees and a new Fashion Wing, Del Amo Fashion Center is a favorite in Southern California.

Visit more than 200 stores including Southbay exclusives such as Kate Spade New York, Hugo Boss, Brook’s Brothers, Z Gallerie and Vince Camuto. The center’s department stores include a brand new Nordstrom, Macy’s, Macy’s Men & Home, JCPenney and Sears. Experience the charm of our Outdoor Village with an array of retail and dining options. Other featured retailers include Michael Kors, BOSS, Arhaus, Lululemon Athletica, Sephora, Zara, Uniqlo, 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Great Maple, and more For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit or call 310-542-8525.

About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit


About DICK’S Sporting Goods

Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of January 30, 2016, the Company operated more than 640 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream, True Runner and Chelsea Collective specialty stores. For more information, visit the Press Room at

Credit: Simon.

International Children’s Day Festival, April 9-10, 2016 at The Aquarium of The Pacific Giveaway Opportunity!

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The International Children’s Day Festival features dance and music performed by children, interactive programs for all ages, face painting, and educational programs.

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s eleventh annual International Children’s Day is a special festival for kids on the weekend of April 9-10, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Celebrating the amazing talents of children of all cultures, this festival features West African, Mexican, Pacific Islander, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Persian dance performances. Also featured will be an international children’s choir and martial arts demonstrations. Kids of all ages can partake in a percussion circle, face painting, Japanese origami, Native American crafts, and Pacific Islander traditional children’s games. The Aquarium will also honor a local youth with its annual Young Hero Award in recognition of his or her efforts to make our planet a better place.

The Aquarium is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated. “Our International Children’s Day is the culmination of all of our cultural festivals, where our various communities can come together to learn about the importance of working together to protect our ocean planet,” said Peter Martineau, Aquarium of the Pacific festival organizer. People are encouraged to celebrate the children in their lives and children around the world with this special annual event.
Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Included with admission: $29.95 for adults (12+), $26.95 for seniors (62+), $17.95 for children (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members
INFO: (562) 590-3100 or

With Coupon Receive FREE Child Admission with Paid Adult Admission. Regular Child admission is $17.95.
NEW! Mobile-device and printable coupon with the same offer is available at
We have teamed up for a Giveaway!
One winner will win Family 4-pack to International Children’s Day Festival, April 9-10, 2016!
See the event schedule here and tell us what you would be most exited about seeing!
Deadline to enter is April 5th, 2016 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 Ocean Science Center, and Molina Animal Care Center. 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.

Self Disclosure: Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific. No compensation was received to post. SoCal City Kids will select the winner and tickets and will email the winner.

Groza Learning Center – Roots Booster: Strategic Vocabulary Building


As a homeschool parent, I am always looking for resources that are helpful and the Groza Learning Center – Roots Booster: Strategic Vocabulary Building workbook is a great resource! Students will find this helpful with all vocabulary-related academics. I highly recommend for middle-school and especially high school. I like that it has easy-to-use planning and tracking systems that students can use to help them boost their vocabulary skills. As a mom and teacher of a 7th grade student, I find this book helpful to use during language arts, It is easy to explain and work from the book. I highly recommend!

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RollerMaster Rolling Pin

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Looking for a new rolling pin? I just love the RollerMaster Rolling Pin! My favorite thing is that it is stainless steel and non-stick! It also feels so light and is super easy to use. This has quickly become my favorite rolling pin to use when baking cookies. This would make a great gift or you can keep for yourself. I like that it is easy to clean and also dishwasher safe. This one is a real must have for the kitchen! It also seems quite durable and doesn’t seem like it would break easily.

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Islands Restaurants Makes a Splash with New Topanga Location Bringing signature burgers, tropical drinks and good vibes to the San Fernando Valley

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Known for specialty burgers, fresh-cut fries and ice-cold drinks, Islands Restaurants has brought its beach-inspired atmosphere to a new location in Los Angeles County. Located at 6600 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, the region’s newest Islands opened January 6, 2016.
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Debuting at Westfield Topanga – the region’s premiere shopping, dining and entertainment destination – the new restaurant location is the perfect spot for a post-shopping meal or drinks after an event. Architecturally, the new Islands location boasts an open and airy feel with fantastic big screen TVs visible from anywhere in the restaurant, ideal for cheering on sports teams or catching the latest surf videos.
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 “We are proud to bring a new Islands to the region,” said Michael Smith, president of Islands Restaurants. “Since opening our first location in Los Angeles more than 33 years ago, the San Fernando Valley has been very supportive. We currently have 9 locations in The Valley region and can’t think of a better new location than the Westfield Topanga center. We look forward to being a partner in the community and offering guests a neighborhood place to enjoy a great meal with family and friends.”
The Islands menu features delicious burgers such as the classic Big Wave or the Hawaiian topped with fresh grilled pineapple, teriyaki sauce and Swiss cheese; a variety of flavorful beach tacos and fresh salads; and its famed Island Fries – fresh-cut daily and cooked to crispy perfection. Guests can choose from a wide array of ice-cold beverages: local craft beers in frosty mugs or one of Islands’ signature tropical cocktails, including the Mai Tai or the Big Island Iced Tea with vodka, gin, tequila, rum, triple sec, pineapple juice and strawberry purée.
Guests can also visit Islands for happy hour each weeknight from 4 to 7 p.m. in the bar to enjoy discounted offerings including Beachside Sliders, Cheddar Fries, beer, wine and tropical cocktails.
Islands at Westfield Topanga is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  For more information, please visit or call 747-600-2009.
I recently had the opportunity to visit this new location this week and was quite impressed! As you know, I am already a big fan of Islands Restaurants but I was slightly in awe of this new location! It’s beautiful and as usual, the customer service is beyond amazing! I really do think that employees at Islands Restaurants must go through special training. More than likely, they just hire the best people! 
The food is great! This time I tried the Hawaiian and loved it! I like that there is such a variety of options. But, what I  really love is that this is a real family restaurant and of course, I just love the beachy atmosphere and theme!
This is the place to eat this Spring Break and any other time of the year!
Follow Islands on Twitter and Instagram @IslandsBurgers and like Islands at
Here are some current happenings at Islands Restaurants:
  • March Madness: Starting March 14, locals can cheer on their favorite college team and enjoy craft beers, tropical cocktails and cheap eats throughout the NCAA Tournament. Through April 2, fans can also try the recently added Nalu Nalu Dog topped with roasted garlic aioli, sautéed onion, red and green bell peppers and melted swiss cheese, or the Pipeline Dog with chili, onions and American Cheese paired with a 16 oz. Coors Light  for $8.99 in the bar area. Islands will host it’s regular happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring sliders, cheddar fries and tropical drinks.
  • Sriracha Smack: Featuring a Sriracha cream cheese, Pepper Jack cheese, crisp bacon and a Sriracha glaze, this limited time burger will bring a spicy kick to the Islands menu starting March 21.

Self Disclosure: I received a gift card to visit this location. No other compensation was received and any opinions expressed are my own. Photo Credit: Islands Restaurants. 

More About Islands Restaurants
Founded in 1982, Islands is privately held and has managed controlled but steady growth, with a focus on providing the finest quality food and an outstanding guest experience. The company’s philosophy that eating out should not be complicated is reflected in the simple, fresh ingredients found in its signature burgers that are never frozen, daily fresh-cut fries and the best tropical drinks around – all served in a laid back, beach-inspired environment. The Carlsbad-based company operates 55 restaurants throughout California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. For more information visit