Archives for April 20, 2016

IMAX National Parks Adventure 3D at The California Science Center

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Embark on the ultimate off-trail adventure into America’s awe-inspiring great outdoors. Learn its history and the vital contributions of John Muir and President Teddy Roosevelt to the establishment of our national park system. Join world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe, and artist Rachel Pohl as they bike, hike, and climb their way across America’s most pristine parks, revealing a tapestry of natural wonders that will inspire the adventurer in us all.

My son and I had the chance to see this at the California Science Center last week and we were so impressed! I was in awe and now am wanting to go on a road trip through the United States to visit all the National Parks! This film is both educational and entertaining and I recommend for all ages!

Don’t miss this one! 

For more information, go here.

Self Disclosure: I received free tickets to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. Photo: Courtesy of the California Science Center.

Beauty Spring Must-Haves from Sally Hansen, Rimmel London and NYC New York Color!

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Spring is here and that means new makeup! Here are some of my favorite products for this season!



THINK: All-in-one portable eye palette

WHAT IT IS: An all-in one palette containing a primer, four complimentary shadow shades, a highlighter and a gel liner. Each palette comes with step-by-step instructions for easy application

AVAILABLE SHADES: three shade ranges: (link to all available shades:

The Nudes Collection: soft, warm neutrals available in Beige Nudes, Pink Nudes and Bronze Nudes

The Basics Collection:  brown tones for each eye color, including Green Eyes Basics, Blue Eyes Basics and Brown Eyes Basics

The Smokey Eyes Collection: sultry options of Smokey Charcoals and Smokey Violets


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THINK: Get Ready For Model-Worthy Contours

 This is my ultimate favorite! I love the soft shades and I use this one every day now!

WHAT IT IS: Known for her infamous cheekbones and her unique sense of style, Kate Moss has collaborated with Rimmel to create her very own Rimmel Sculpting & Highlighting Kit. Using her expertise in sculpting gained from years of experience Kate has collaborated with Rimmel to design a palette made up of three silky soft pressed powders to highlight, contour and define your face. After all, who better than Kate to create a sensational sculpting must-have?!


Get the gorgeous bone structure you always wanted! Rimmel introduces its first Sculpting & Highlighting Kit designed with Kate Moss – a trio of pressed powder shades to highlight, contour and define. Perfect for every face shape and skin tone, the silky soft powders seamlessly blend with your natural skin tone to create a healthy, radiant, sculpted look.


The easy-to-use kit features:

  1. Soft shimmer powder to highlight
  2. Matte shading powder to contour
  3. Powder blush for definition and colour


Use a little colour for a natural, everyday contoured look. Or be bold with a dramatic sculpted look. Each of the powder shades can also be used separately.


Ready to sculpt and contour like a celeb? Get the London look.


AVAILABLE SHADES: #001 Golden Sands – for fair skin,  #002 Coral Glow – for fair to medium skin,  #003 Golden Bronze – for medium to dark skin.



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THINK: It’s time to lose your lash curler.

WHAT IT IS: New 24 Hour Supercurler Mascara from Rimmel London is a revolutionary mascara and lash curler in one, giving you dramatic, even curl and volume that lasts all day and all night. No more pulling or tearing at your lashes—with its built-in curling power, the mascara gives lashes a “perm” effect. The patent-pending formula features arevolutionary polymer, a spherical micro-sponge, and a soft gel. When combined, the breakthrough formula curls, volumizes, and pushes lashes up to a phenomenal 90 degrees. Lashes are visibly transformed as soon as you apply, and set to a flawless curl in seconds. With its curved-eye shape, the special brush fits perfectly into the contours of your eye, giving you flawless application every time. Its cleverly-designed fibers lift and curl lashes from the root to tip, separating each lash for defined, clump-free color. Use the mascara alone, or create an eye-opening look by layering it over your favorite Rimmel mascara. Let your lashes defy the laws of gravity with breathtaking curve appeal.

AVAILABLE SHADES: Black, Extreme Black



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THINK: Sally Hansen’s beloved product, COMPLETE CARE EXTRA MOISTURIZING 7-IN-1 NAIL TREATMENT, just got even better!

 I love this one! It actually seems to make my nails seems stronger ad there is less breaking.

WHAT IT IS: Whether your nail problem is dryness, ridges, dullness, breakage, peeling, or all of the above, Sally Hansen presents the solution: new Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment. This product helps restore dry, brittle nails making them visibly healthier and beautiful. After just 3 days, nails look shinier, stronger, mega-moisturized and brighter with ridges filled. The exclusive patented formula, with Avocado Oil, Sea Salt, Pomegranate Extract and Calcium, immediately protects and continuously nourishes nails, helping create the perfect foundation for any manicure. The product features a new brush for an even application and dries quickly to a smooth, hard finish.This versatile treatment can be used alone or with your favorite Sally Hansen nail color when applied as a base coat or as a protective top coat. To wear it alone, simply apply two coats to clean, dry, bare nails. Use it to refresh a manicure by brushing on one thin coat to nails. It goes on smoothly and evenly, for a streak-free application.

WHAT IT COSTS:  $12.99.

Look for these products at a store near you!

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

Kiss Clutter Goodbye Weekend Events at The Container Store – Saturday and Sunday, April 23rd – 24th & Saturday and Sunday, April 30th – May 1st


The Container Store has partnered with Goodwill to help our customers Kiss Clutter Goodbye with a goal to declutter, donate and do life – organized.  With this, we are hosting in-store monetary donations for Goodwill through May and TWO donation and demonstration events at all stores this weekend and next!


Their six Los Angeles area locations – Century City, Costa Mesa, El Segundo, Farmers Market, Oxnard and Pasadena – will host two Kiss Clutter Goodbye Weekend Events from 12pm – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, April 23 – 24 and April 30 – May 1. We’ll also have Goodwill representatives on hand to accept donations of new or used clothing, textiles, small appliances and household good (sorry, no mattresses, furniture, chemicals or paint J).  There will also be demonstrations set up throughout the store where our organizing experts will be sharing our top spring decluttering tips, demonstrating our favorite organizing solutions and even providing samples to take and try at home!  Plus, there will also be prize drawings during the entire event!!


Anyone who brings in items to donate to Goodwill during these two weekends will receive a free, co-branded bag from The Container Store to take home and remind them to declutter and donate all year long (see image attached). Additionally, customers can make monetary donations to Goodwill in-store through May 15th– and anyone who donates $5 or more will also receive this neat bag.


For more information on the event weekends, visit or your local store page at

Credit: The Container Store.

Go Organically Earth Day Sweepstakes

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With Earth Day on the horizon, Go Organically Fruit Snacks is celebrating with their first-ever Earth Day Sweepstakes. Now through Earth Day, April 22nd, Go Organically Fruit Snacks invites participants to enter the sweepstakes by growing a virtual tree for a chance to win. Participants can increase their chances of winning by sharing a unique link on social media; so the more you share the more you care for your virtual tree! Select winners will receive Go Organically Fruit Snacks.

To enter, participants can visit either the Go Organically Fruit Snacks Website at and click on the Earth Day Sweepstakes Button, or go directly to the contest at Participants simply enter their info in exchange for a virtual seed. The first day they enter, the seed is planted into their own virtual plot.

Each day participants revisit the website, they help the seed grow and gain another entry.  When participants share their seed’s progress on social media with a unique referral link, followers who click on the link will be brought to a page letting them know that they’ve helped that seed grow.  Followers are also given the option to enter and grow their own virtual seed. Those who grow their virtual tree will be entered to win Go Organically Fruit Snacks!

I tried the Go Organically Fruit Snacks and they are a hit in our house! 

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


Join Freshpet, The Pet Show with Dr. Katy, and ResQwalk in The FreshFit Challenge to Raise Awareness About Pet Obesity While Benefiting Animal Welfare Groups Improve you and your pup’s health and earn money for pets in need, just by walking!


Freshpet, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRPT), maker of fresh, real food for pets, has teamed up with The Pet Show with Dr.Katy on Washington, D.C.’s News Channel 8, and ResQwalk, a free mobile app that enables you to raise money for animal welfare groups just by walking, for The FreshFit Challenge to raise awareness about pet obesity in the United States.

According to The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, over 50% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese, but by incorporating fresher, less processed foods into your pet’s diet, along with proper exercise, Freshpet and Dr. Katy Nelson believe we can overcome this life-threatening disease. By joining The FreshFit Challenge, not only are you and your pup walking your way to a healthier lifestyle, you’re helping deserving pets in need.

Here’s how it works. For every mile you walk, you earn part of a monthly pool of money that will be donated to Bideawee, a pet rescue and welfare organization servicing NYC and Long Island, or you may choose to donate your portion of the funds to the pet charity of your choice. To get started, simply download the ResQwalk app or log on to for more details. The FreshFit Challenge runs now through May 4, 2016.

Dr. Katy Nelson, nationally recognized veterinarian and host of The Pet Show with Dr. Katy, will provide plenty of inspiration and education along the way through informative blog posts, live FAQ sessions with prizes, and updates on The FreshFit Challenge’s collective goal of walking 200,000 miles over four weeks.


“Nothing is more important than exercise and a proper diet for you and your pet,” says Dr. Katy Nelson. “The more we can do to help motivate pet parents to spend quality time exercising with their pets benefits all of us. We hope everyone will join us in walking our way towards better health.”

If you need a little extra motivation as you walk your way to helping others:

  • Simply set a personal goal in the ResQwalk app. The first 1,000 to reach their goal will receive a Freshpet coupon.
  • The more miles you walk, the more meals will be donated to Bideawee.
  • Everyone who participates will automatically be entered to win one of three Freshpet Prize Packs, to include Freshpet gear, food, and more!


“We are delighted to team up with Dr. Katy Nelson and ResQWalk for the FreshFit Challenge to raise awareness and encourage action against pet obesity,” says Scott Morris, Co-founder of Freshpet. “Helping improve the health and wellbeing of our pets is at the very core of what we do.”


About Freshpet

Freshpet has a single-minded mission – to improve the lives of dogs and cats everywhere through the power of fresh, natural food.  Packed with vitamins and proteins, Freshpet foods offer fresh meats, poultry, and vegetables farmed locally. The Freshpet Kitchens then thoughtfully prepare these natural ingredients and everyday essentials, cooking them in small batches at lower temperatures to preserve key nutrients. That way, your pet gets the best. Freshpet refrigerated foods and treats are kept cool from the moment they are made until they arrive at Freshpet refrigerators in your local market.


Freshpet foods are available in select mass, grocery, natural food, club, and pet specialty retailers across the United States and Canada. From the care Freshpet takes to source their ingredients and make their food, to the moment it reaches your home, Freshpet’s integrity, transparency and social responsibility are the way they like to run their business.  To learn more,


Meet Dr. Katy Nelson

Dr. Nelson is an associate veterinarian at the Belle Haven Animal Medical Centre in Alexandria, VA. as well as the host and executive producer of “The Pet Show with Dr. Katy” on Washington DC’s News Channel 8 – the show airs at 11am on Saturday mornings. She’s also known as “Dr. Pawz” on Washington DC’s All News Radio Station, WTOP. Read her blog on WTOP Living every Wednesdaymorning and catch her live in-studio every other Thursday at 12:20 pm talking about timely topics for your pets. You can also find her reporting on animal health topics for WJLA ABC 7.



“Send a Card for Brianna” by Heather McManamy Sharing Love, Light and Laughter One Note at a Time


Mother’s Message to Her Young Daughter Lives On in New Memoir

“Cards for Brianna” Features a Lifetime of Love, Lessons, and Laughter

“So…I have some good news and some bad news,” Heather McManamy wrote in a note her husband, Jeff, posted on Facebook. “The bad news is, apparently, I’m dead. Good news, if you’re reading this, is that you are most definitely not (unless they have Wi-Fi in the afterlife). Yes, this sucks. It sucks beyond words, but I’m just so damn glad I lived a life so full of love, joy, and amazing friends.”

McManamy faced death in much the same way she faced life – with a full appreciation of those she loved and a hearty dose of laughter.

The 36-year-old Wisconsin mother, who died of terminal cancer on December 15, 2015, will live on in a memoir she finished just hours before her death. Cards for Brianna: A Mom’s Messages of Living, Laughing, and Loving as Time Is Running Out (ISBN: 9781492642138; APRIL 12, 2016; $14.99 U.S.; Memoir; Trade Paper) is a celebration of her love for her four-year-old daughter, as well as her unwillingness to let death stand in the way of their relationship.

McManamy, who was originally diagnosed with stage 2 cancer in April 2013, was told the following year that her diagnosis was terminal. She captured headlines around the world when she began writing greeting cards to her daughter Brianna to share advice and celebrate all of the significant milestones she would miss: first day of school, birthdays, wedding day, and even her retirement.

The cards also cover everyday occasions, such as when Brianna needs encouragement, hope or help getting over a breakup. There are 70 in all.

The book, which was co-authored with William Croyle, will feature short excerpts from some of Brianna’s cards, Heather’s thoughts about life, love and cancer, and a variety of photos.

I received a copy of this heartwarming book and also a beautiful butterfly greeting card. Silly me! I forgot to take a photo before sending it off to my BFF in Northern California, who I miss dearly. Thank goodness for cell phones, Facebook and Instagram..she doesn’t really always seem that far away!

I highly recommend this lovely book for all women because it is motivational, inspirational and made me smile!

A portion of the proceeds from print book sales in April 2016 will benefit METAvivor – a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that funds research for metastatic cancer.

Self Disclosure: I received a free book and greeting card to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received.


EARTH DAY: Kiehl’s partners with Nikki Reed, Gabrielle Reece and Laird Hamilton for Recycle Across America #KiehlsEarthDay provides 65,000 Recycling Labels to 650 K-12 Schools

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In honor of Earth Day and the brand’s commitment to the environment, Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care is proud to donate $50,000 to Recycle Across America™ , the not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering society-wide solutions that eliminate public confusion around recycling, stimulate the environmental economy and expedite progress. These funds will be used to create 65,000 standardized recycling labels for 650 K-12 schools in the United States.

The funds will be raised from Kiehl’s Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, featuring art by friends of Kiehl’s Nikki Reed, Gabrielle Reece & Laird Hamilton. 100% of net profits, up to $50,000, from this eighth Earth Day campaign will benefit Recycle Across America™. To date, Kiehl’s has raised $300,000 for the non-profit, supplying recycling labels to 4,500 schools, including School Districts in San Diego, Houston, Scottsdale and Culver City.

“We’ve been working with Recycle Across America since 2012. Their mission to introduce solutions that make recycling more simple, comprehensive and effective in the United States is perfectly aligned with our values,” says Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA. Through our Recycle & Be Rewarded program, Kiehl’s has collected 3,000,000 empty Kiehl’s bottles from our shoppers and recycled them on their behalf. We hope to reach the 3,500,000 mark this year!”

“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Kiehls for the 4th year, says Mitch Hedlund, Executive Director, Recycle Across America. “They have not only believed in the critical mission to help people begin to recycle right wherever they are, but they are helping millions of students learn to recycle right by donating hundreds of thousands of labels to K-12 schools. This generosity equals real and measurable ongoing environmental progress, and we couldn’t do it without brand leaders like Kiehls and caring celebrities like Nikki and Gabby who step up and speak out on behalf of nonprofit solutions.”

The Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado series features Earth-inspired designs by socially conscious influencers Nikki Reed, Gabrielle Reece & Laird Hamilton. The labels were created by the multi-disciplinary design boutique ilovedust, whose illustrations have appeared in the New Yorker, Wired, Billboard and Fortune magazine. To support the launch, Grammy-Award winning photographer Travis Shinn captured the friends of Kiehl’s for the campaign.

This thick, creamy preparation helps keep the delicate skin around the eye area well hydrated while the fatty acids naturally found in Avocado Oil act as effective moisturizers. These rich fatty acids also provide a natural and gentle source of Vitamin A. Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is also formulated with a high level of Shea Butter, which is well-known for its skin-conditioning properties.

Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado has a unique two-part structure for dual hydration: Upon immediate application, the cream feels buttery to the skin. Gently blending the preparation on the skin bursts a barrier, releasing water for maximum moisturization. The moist, refreshing formula features a texture that allows the cream to hold its place in the delicate under-eye area so it absorbs well and will not migrate into the eyes.

This colorant and fragrance-free treatment has been Ophthalmologist tested to be safe and gentle for use around the eye area. Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado can be worn day or night, and even under makeup.

Key Ingredients: Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Beta-Carotene.
Suggested Retail Price: .95 oz., $48.00


Recycle and Be Rewarded! is a program in which patrons of Kiehl’s free-standing stores are rewarded with free product for bringing in their empty Kiehl’s bottles, tubes and jars for recycling. Since 2009, Kiehl’s has recycled more than 3,000,000 bottles! In order to decrease our environmental footprint, we are no longer issuing printed Recycle and be Rewarded! cards. Instead, customers’ recycle count will be tracked digitally.

How it works:
• Patrons are encouraged to be eco-conscious and return empty Kiehl’s bottles and tubes to any Kiehl’s store.
• Customers’ recycle count will be digitally tracked at Kiehl’s freestanding stores. Upon returning the 10th empty, the customers are rewarded for their recycling efforts by selecting a free item from the Official Kiehl’s Travel Collection.

We invite all Kiehl’s patrons to participate in this program, as well as do what they can to recycle and live an eco-conscious lifestyle. For more information and to find a Kiehl’s store near you, please visit

About Kiehl’s Since 1851:
Kiehl’s was founded as an old-world apothecary in New York’s East Village neighborhood. Its unique, extensive background represents a blend of cosmetic, pharmaceutical, herbal, and medicinal knowledge developed and advanced through the generations. In addition to Kiehl’s freestanding stores nationwide, Kiehl’s products are available at, by mail order at 1-800-KIEHLS-2 as well as through select specialty retailers worldwide.
About Recycle Across America:
Recycle Across America® (RAA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which has developed the first ever society-wide standardized labeling system for recycling bins to help eliminate the public confusion surrounding recycling. The standardized labels are being used by some of the most notable companies in the world and are resulting in more than 50% increases in recyclables being collected — with significantly less trash being thrown in the recycling bins. As a result, the economics of processing recyclables becomes more viable and stable, thereby allowing more companies to commit to using recycled materials in their manufacturing. For this reason, RAA and the standardized labels have been identified as a world-changing solution by Ashoka Innovators for the Public, and have been referred to as “…one of the top environmental fixes taking root today,” by the New York Times. For more information, visit:


The GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE Presents The Kingston Trio And The Folk Revival Exhibit opens April 26 on the Museum's Fourth Floor and Traces the history and impact of the Folk Revival Era

Following its debut at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in September 2015, on April 26 the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE will unveil its latest special exhibit, The Kingston Trio and the Folk Revival. Curated by the Woody Guthrie Center, the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE, and Kingston Trio Legacy Project, the exhibit traces the Folk Revival era of the early 1960s and spotlights the important contributions of the Kingston Trio in making folk music popular with a new generation.


Among the items included in the exhibit are:


  • Instruments owned by Kingston, Trio, Dave Van Ronk, Paddy Clancy, and John Sebastian
  • Handwritten documents from artists, including a special display of Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics of “Song to Woody”
  • Stage costume pieces worn by Kingston Trio, Josh White, Phil Ochs, and others
  • Multiple listening stations, video displays, and much more


“Without the Folk Revival of the late ’50s and early ’60s, America may never have been introduced to greats such as Kingston Trio, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, and Peter, Paul and Mary,” said Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum. “This exhibit explores one of the great American music periods of the post-World War II era — beginning with pioneers such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger — and how it came to give rock & roll its conscience, and inspire a new generation of music fans.”


The Kingston Trio and the Folk Revival will be on display on the Museum’s fourth floor through fall 2016.


About The GRAMMY Museum

The GRAMMY Museum is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created as a partnership  between The Recording Academy and AEG. Paying tribute to music’s rich cultural history, the one-of-a-kind, 21st century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, with four floors of dynamic and engaging multimedia presentations, and is located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only the GRAMMY Museum can deliver. For more information, please call 213-765-6800 or visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram, and like “The GRAMMY Museum” on Facebook.


About The Woody Guthrie Center

The Woody Guthrie Center, opened in April 2013, features state of the art exhibits, an extensive outreach and education program, and a concert series to bring his legacy to Tulsans and those who make the pilgrimage to what is a destination for Woody Guthrie fans worldwide.

The Center is more than a museum; instead, it is a center of investigation for inspiration. By providing examples of Woody’s ability to use his creativity as a way of expressing the world around him, others are encouraged to find their voices and, through educational programs, explore the power that lies within the creative process. For more information, please visit


About The Kingston Trio Legacy Project
The Kingston Trio Legacy Project is a California non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting an understanding of the musical and cultural history of the United States through an exploration of the history and contributions of the Kingston Trio. Through the development of traveling exhibitions, oral history collections, archival collections, and related activities, The Kingston Trio Legacy Project will encourage widespread public interest and involvement in all aspects of music. It will illuminate this poorly-understood phenomenon of American history and, as with all things of value, provide lessons for the future. See more at