Archives for September 6, 2016

America’s Diner introduces month-long “Free Pancakes for Kids” promotion; Also kicks off sixth annual No Kid Hungry campaign in September KIDS WILL FLIP FOR FREE FLUFFY PANCAKES AT DENNY’S IN SEPTEMBER

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Denny’s is making it easier and more affordable than ever for families to enjoy its all-new pancakes thanks to its “Free Pancakes for Kids” offer. During the month of September, Denny’s youngest guests will have a free opportunity to see if its new stacks—made with fresh buttermilk, real eggs and a hint of vanilla—really are better than before.

 

Denny’s delicious pancakesnow with 50 percent more fluffy goodnessare featured throughout the kids menu and for the first time are offered in variety of new kid-sized signature dishes, including the Jr. Cinnamon Pancakes, Jr. Strawberries & Cream Pancakes and Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Kids ages 10 and under can enjoy Denny’s pancakes in any of these dishes for free every day in September from 4-10 p.m. with the purchase of one adult entrée at participating locations.

 

“With families getting back into groove of the school year, the month of September is the perfect opportunity for fans of Denny’s to take advantage of our Free Pancakes for Kids offer,” said John Dillon, @DillonJohnW, chief marketing officer for Denny’s. “Not only is this a great way for our guests, including kids, to try our new pancakes, but it is also our way of inviting families to enjoy breakfast for dinner at an affordable price.”

 

In addition to its Free Pancakes for Kids promotion, Denny’s will also partner with No Kid Hungry® in September to raise money to help end childhood hunger. To-date, Denny’s has been able to donate more than $3.3 million to No Kid Hungry and will look to make an even great impact on the cause this year with the continued support of its team members and guests.

 

“Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry program is one of the most recognizable annual anti-hunger campaigns in the nation and we’re proud to have the ability to partner with this worthy organization for the sixth year in a row,” said Dillon. “At Denny’s, we know a meal is essential to a child’s well-being and can be directly linked to their academic, health and economic futures. We remain committed to working together with our team members and guests to combat childhood hunger and hope to see even more success this year.”

 

Now through Oct. 2, nearly 1,600 Denny’s restaurants nationwide will join the fight to end childhood hunger with all proceeds going directly to No Kid Hungry. Through No Kid Hungry, every $1 donation received provides a child with 10 healthy meals, making even the smallest of donations impactful. To thank guests for their generous donations, Denny’s will provide a discount coupon redeemable at participating locations upon their next visit.

 

This year, Denny’s will also donate $1 to No Kid Hungry every time the hashtag #ShareMySlam is shared on Twitter and Instagram, giving guests another way to help this important cause. Guests may also contribute to the campaign with a monetary donation of their choice at dennysnokidhungry.com.

 

For more information on Kids Eat Free Pancakes or to find a location near you please visit www.dennys.com. For more information on this year’s No Kid Hungry® fundraising efforts, please visit dennysnokidhungry.com or NoKidHungry.org/Dennys.

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 About Denny’s Corp.

Denny’s is one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, currently operating over 1,700 franchised, licensed and company-owned restaurants across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guam, the United Arab Emirates, Chile, Curaçao, El Salvador, and Trinidad and Tobago. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit the Denny’s website at www.dennys.com or the brand’s social channels via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram  or YouTube.

 

About No Kid Hungry®

No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.

Welch’s® Fruit Snacks has partnered with Feeding America®

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This back-to-school season, Welch’s® Fruit Snacks has partnered with Feeding America®, the nation’s largest hunger-relief and food rescue organization, to help fight child hunger. From now through October 2016, Welch’s® Fruit Snacks has committed to providing 1 million meals to children in need.

In honor of the partnership, Welch’s® Fruit Snacks is challenged me to build the “perfect” lunchbox with a fun challenge. I accepted the challenge!

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I received a lunchbox as well as 2 packs of Welch’s® Fruit Snacks! Here’s my lunch above and I actually took this to work! If you are wondering what the sandwich is..it’s a homemade Meatball sandwich! The Welch’s Fruit Snacks are a hit with my son so they won’t be lasting long in our house!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to participate in this fun challenge. No other compensation was received.

Tater Tot is Pet of the Week!

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Oh boy, Tater Tot! What a great accompaniment to your life! Tater Tot is no side dish, though—she’s a wiggle-bum and a snuggle bug. She’s a 2-year-old gray Staffie who loves nearly every dog she meets, even white poodles! She’ll need long walks and playtime to give her the needed exercise to keep her in good shape. Craving a Tater Tot? Meet her on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID# A574784.

 

 

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of Companion Animal Village.

Whole Kids Foundation® raising money for school salad bars, gardens Foundation’s mission is to improve children’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables

With its 2016 Growing Healthy Kids campaign, Whole Kids Foundation aims to raise $4 million to fund programs that give schoolchildren in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. better access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Throughout September, Whole Foods Market shoppers can get involved by participating in one of hundreds of in-store events or by making donations at store checkouts or online at wholekidsfoundation.org. Because Whole Foods Market covers all of the foundation’s operational costs, 100 percent of every dollar donated directly supports Whole Kids Foundation programs. The campaign’s goal is to raise $4 million to fund school salad bars and gardens, and nutrition education classes for teachers.

“The Growing Healthy Kids Campaign is an integral part of the foundation’s work,” said Nona Evans, president and executive director of Whole Kids Foundation. “It provides us the opportunity to raise funds to support our programs, and to engage with community members that shop at Whole Foods Market and care about children’s nutrition and health.”

Since 2011, Whole Kids Foundation’s programs have impacted more than 4 million children in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., have funded more than 3,600 school gardens and have implemented 4,600 salad bars in schools. Additionally, Whole Kids Foundation has reached 11,000 teachers with its healthy teacher education program.

As part of this year’s Growing Healthy Kids Campaign, each of the following supplier partners has pledged to donate $40,000 to support the foundation’s work: Annie’s, Applegate, Back to Nature, Barbara’s Bakery, Cascadian Farm, Clif Kid, Health Warrior, King Arthur Flour, Organic Valley, Rudi’s Organic Bakery, Tom’s of Maine, and Stonyfield Farm.

Whole Kids Foundation keeps a laser focus on programs that support schools and inspire families to improve nutrition. With resources from this annual campaign, the organization is able to evolve and respond to changing needs over time. For example, as part of a new initiative this year, Whole Kids Foundation recently awarded $200,000 to nine recipients through its Healthy Kids Innovation Grant, created to fund the next generation of ideas in children’s nutrition and engage kids in making healthy food choices.

Whole Kids Foundation accepts applications for its Salad Bar Grant Program, created in partnership with Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, year-round at wholekidsfoundation.org. It’s also accepting applications for its School Garden Grant Program, created in partnership with FoodCorps. Schools can apply through Oct. 31 in the U.S., and through Nov. 15 in Canada.

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About Whole Kids Foundation®

Whole Kids Foundation, a Whole Foods Market foundation, is based in Austin, Texas, and operates as an independent, nonprofit organization. By empowering schools and inspiring families, the Foundation aims to help children reach optimal health through the strength of a healthy body fueled by nutritious food.  For more information on the Foundation’s programs including school gardens, salad bars and nutrition education for teachers, visit wholekidsfoundation.org.

Harbor Sweets’ New Gather line is a Must-Try! Gather chocolate launches on Tuesday 9/6! Today!

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If you love Dark Chocolate, you will love the New Gather Chocolates from our friends at Harbor Sweets®! There are six flavors and they are absolutely incredible! I can not pick my favorite one but it’s a toss up between the Carmelized Honey and the Sour Cherry! There are also Pomegranate Molasses, Sesame Crunch, Coconut Cluster and Cashew Caramel. Each one is also flavored with a note of local wildflower honey. What I love is the unique tastes of these chocolates! I didn’t even want to share but finally did let my son try one! I love these handmade chocolates so much!

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Find out more on their website!

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win their own 6-piece box of these delicious chocolates! To enter, leave a comment below telling us which flavor you would be most excited to try! The deadline is September 12th, 2016 at 10 am PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org.

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The newest Harbor Sweets® small batch chocolate line, Gather, will support a cause critical to the environment: protecting honeybees. The purpose-driven chocolates are presented as a flight of six distinct taste experiences unified by dark chocolate and a subtle note of local wildflower honey. A portion of sales will be donated to the Pollinator Partnership, a 501c3 NGO that educates and advocates best beekeeping practices for honeybee protection.

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Self Disclosure: I received a free sample box to facilitate this review/giveaway. SoCal City Kids will select the winner and send out the prize. Photos were provided. 

Color Blocking for Fall with Sally Hansen!

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Sally Hansen is proud to be the exclusive nail partner for Phillip Lim and to create nail looks for his Fall 2016 fashion show during New York Fashion Week.

 

THE INSPIRATION

“Phillip Lim’s new collection was inspired by Japanese craftsmanship, elegant lacquered wood, samurai sword embellishment, and even lipstick packaging. The location is intimate, secretive and lit by red light, evoking an underground performance or fight club. I thought immediately about a tradition I had once heard from the Heian period in Japan when ninjas would paint the symbol of their clan on their thumb. I wanted the nail look to feel symbolic and to have a striking contrast, hence the use of metallic with the beige shade, but to also work with the palette of the collection – a traditional autumnal array of olive green, mustard and burgundy. We did a circular optical illusion in Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Commander in Chic and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Gilty Party on half of the girls and an oval shape in Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Camelflage and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Gilty Party on the other half. The oval shape was inspired by the hardware on the bags and belts.” – Madeline Poole, Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador.

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Commander in Chic, Gilty Party, Camelflage are part of Sally Hansen’s award-winning Complete Salon Manicure collection that infuses trend-setting shades with an expert-quality formula to deliver salon-caliber results. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure delivers seven salon manicure steps in one bottle. Chip-resistant strength joins gel-quality shine. Runway-ready color meets nourishing benefits. Plus, with a built-in base and top coat, it’s all you need to achieve a professional manicure at home.

 

THE MANICURIST

Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador Madeline Poole is a nail artist working in New York and LA. Trained as a painter, Madeline discovered the world of on-set manicuring, immediately recognizing that it was a culmination of all of her talent, interests and expertise. Her unique ability to craft innovative nail designs, impeccable execution, and emphasis on skin care has made her one of the most sought after names in the beauty industry. As part of her collaboration with Sally Hansen, Madeline helps set the artistic direction for a new generation of modern nail looks and collections globally with her fashion-forward vision.

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I just love these shades! They are perfect for the upcoming Fall season! I can’t wait to try out some new nail looks!

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Sally Hansen is excited to be the exclusive nail partner for DKNY and to create the nail looks for the Fall 2016 fashion show during New York Fashion Week. “We wanted a playful look that mixes it up with a graphic design and tones from the 90’s,” explained Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, DKNY Creative Directors.

 

THE INSPIRATION

“When I think of DKNY, I think of the cool inspiration of the 90’s, the color palette of black, gray, white, neutrals, and strong graphic shapes. I knew the nails needed to feel equally sharp. The girls each have their own personality, a variety of hair styles and thus, a variety of nail styles as well. Using two colors, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Dark Hue-mor, a deep navy and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Commander in Chic, a muddy gray-purple, we created four different nail looks which will be randomly applied to the girls backstage. Every girl will have a unique combination of flare.” – Madeline Poole, Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador.

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Commander in Chic and Dark Hue-mor are part of Sally Hansen’s award-winning Complete Salon Manicure collection that infuses trend-setting shades with an expert-quality formula to deliver salon-caliber results. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure delivers seven salon manicure steps in one bottle. Chip-resistant strength joins gel-quality shine. Runway-ready color meets nourishing benefits. Plus, with a built-in base and top coat, it’s all you need to achieve a professional manicure at home.

THE MANICURIST

Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador Madeline Poole is a nail artist working in New York and LA. Trained as a painter, Madeline discovered the world of on-set manicuring, immediately recognizing that it was a culmination of all of her talent, interests and expertise. Her unique ability to craft innovative nail designs, impeccable execution, and emphasis on skin care has made her one of the most sought after names in the beauty industry. As part of her collaboration with Sally Hansen, Madeline helps set the artistic direction for a new generation of modern nail looks and collections globally with her fashion-forward vision. 

Credit: Sally Hansen.  I did receive free samples and really love these shades! Photos were provided courtesy of Sally Hansen.