Archives for October 9, 2016

Olay Eyes Collection and the Olay Regenerist Luminous Light Hydrating Lotion are Beauty Must-Haves! Beauty Must-Haves this Fall!

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Do you have a concern about dark circles under your eyes? Or maybe you are concerned about puffiness or wrinkles near your eyes? The New Olay Eyes Collection is your answer!  My favorite is the Ultimate Eye Cream which works great for dark circles and lines under my eyes. I also love the Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment for lines under my eyes! This one actually is really impressive! I have noticed a big difference under my eyes!  You really have to check out the whole collection here.  There is a product for any concern you may have from wrinkles to dark circles!

I also really love the Olay Regenerist Luminous Light Hydrating Lotion! My favorite thing about it is that is is really lightweight and not greasy! It absorbs quickly and my skin feels softer and more hydrated. This definitely is my new face moisturizer for the Fall! This one retails for $25.99 – $33.99 and I like that only a little is needed at a time.

Look for these Olay products at a store near you this Fall!


Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this beauty post. Photos were provided.

LA Zoo Photo Day Offers 1-of-a-Kind Opptys for Photographers of All Ages, Skill Levels Sunday, November 6, 2016, 7:30 am to 4 pm

The 27th Annual L.A. Zoo Photo Day, presented by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) and Paul’s Photo, features one-of-a-kind photo opportunities for film and digital photographers of all ages and skill levels on Sunday, November 6, 2016, 7:30 am to 4 pm.

Among activities for participants are hands-on workshops with instruction for novices on the basics of wildlife and nature photography as well as opportunities for accomplished shutterbugs to explore new horizons while focusing on the art and science of outdoor photography.  Sessions include spotlights on wildlife close-up, insects and reptiles.  Also included in the admission price are use of loan equipment from major manufacturers, one-on-one time with manufacturers’ representatives, catered lunch, guest speakers, t-shirt, early admission to the Zoo, telephoto stations, animal close-ups for photography, and a photo contest with prizes.  Experts from Paul’s Photos, based in Torrance, and representatives from the top brands in photography provide participants with a full day of photography and education.

L.A. Zoo Photo Day begins at 7:30 am when a Welcome Presentation kicks off the event.  Next, beginners receive hands-on help, while others head straight for various photography stations to capture the moment.  Telephoto Stations will be available for photographers to attach their cameras at various exhibits throughout the morning.  Also in the morning, keepers staffing enrichment stations are on hand to foster photo ops at a variety of locations.  Photographers of all abilities can attend inspirational and instructional talks from 11 am to 3:30 pm covering a wide range of topics including Basics of Photoshop and Lightroom, Scenic Beauty Tips For Your Travels, Top Ten Safari Photo Tips and more.  Encounters with birds, insects and reptiles  allow photographers to get up-close and personal with their subjects.  Professionals and guest speakers featured throughout the day include Mark Comon, vice president of Paul’s Photo and founder of the Creative Photo Academy (CPA).

L.A. Zoo Photo Day admission prices are $175 per photographer, with $70 per guest, until October 31, after which the prices are $200.00 per photographer, with $80.00 per guest.  GLAZA members, students with valid photo ID and Paul’s Photo Club members receive a $10 discount.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.75 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered.  Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo; one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world; a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants; and much more.  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.  The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children.  As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

Programing subject to change.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  Free parking is available.  For additional information about Photo Day, call (323) 644-6001 or visit  For general information about the Zoo, call (323) 644-4200

Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo.

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life – A Hilariously Relatable Adventure


Who doesn’t have mixed feelings about their middle school experience? It’s a time of transition and Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, based on the novel by James Patterson and Chris Tebbets will bring back memories and hysterics. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ryan R. comments, “Many people can relate to hating school at some point in their life and that is what makes this movie so relatable. I love the animations, because they are child friendly and are very well drawn.  It shows that it’s okay for you to have and use your imagination and be creative.” Mia A. adds, “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life is the best movie I have seen for middle school kids in a long time! It is fun and creative, and I absolutely enjoyed it.” See their  full reviews below.


Reviewed by Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12







I absolutely enjoyed watching this movie because I could relate to the characters. Also the humor is great and the cast is superb. Meet Rafe (Griffin Gluck) who is entering another middle school, due to his behavior. Rafe attends his new school, but there is too many rules and Rafe doesn’t like rules. So Rafe and his best friend Leo (Thomas Barbusca) decide to break every rule in the school. Rafe does this because the principal doesn’t promote creativity and destroys his notebook which is filled with all his drawings.


Many people can relate to hating school at some point in their life and that is what makes this movie so relatable. I love the animations, because they are child friendly and are very well drawn.  It shows that it’s okay for you to have and use your imagination and be creative. Additionally, the performances of Griffin Gluck, Thomas Barbusca, Isabela Moner, Alexa Nisenson and the entire cast is fantastic. You can tell that the actors took it seriously and when they portrayed their emotions, it doesn’t seem fake. It feels very real.  The soundtrack is perfect. It gives the right tone and energy for the scenes.  I love this movie so much there is nothing I didn’t like about it.


This is Alexa Nisenson’s first featured film and she gives an amazing performance as Georgia, making me laugh many times. Also, she makes you feel her emotions throughout the movie. The humor in this movie is great. I love the pranks Rafe uses to break the school rules which are created by the mean principal. My favorite scene is when Rafe puts post-it notes all over the school because I love how he created artwork with the post-it notes.


This movie is a must see, and I think that most kids will love this movie as well including the adults. I recommend it to kids ages 6 to 18. I give this movie 5 out of 5 amazing stars. I recommend it to people who like adventure, family, comedy and book-based movies. Be aware that this movie contains some mild language and kids under the age of 6 might not understand what is going on. Also, there are a few emotional scenes, so bring your tissues. Make sure to see this film when it opens October 7, 2016 in theaters nationwide.


Middle School: the Worst Years of my Life

By Mia A, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12





Middle School: the Worst Years of my Life is the best movie I have seen for middle school kids in a long time! It is fun and creative, and I absolutely enjoyed it.


This movie is based on the book by the same name, about a kid named Rafe (Griffin Gluck) who is in middle school. He is one of those troubled kids, although we really like him. He has been expelled from many schools and this is the last school he can get into. His school is very strict and he doesn’t like it at all, so he decides a plan to try to get back at the principal for making all these horrible rules.


My favorite character is Rafe, the main character, because he is hilarious! Rafe is very creative and shows a lot of emotions. His little sister Georgia (Alexa Nisenson) is very funny and sassy. There is one scene where Georgia cries and she almost made me cry. It is so realistic! Lauren Graham from The Gilmore Girls plays the loving mom. The other adults are more like human cartoons. Their behaviors are stereotypical and over the top silly.


The music really sets the tone of the movie and gets the audience involved. I enjoyed the music a lot because it includes some of the most popular songs today. It got me more into the movie and made me think it was a real middle school that other kids attended.


I think the animation is incredible!  It looks very much like a drawing from a very artistic person and it gives your brain something to think about. The animated creatures are funny and creative and they feel like they are Rafe’s friends.  The animation helps us explore more of Rafe’s imagination as the characters come to life. I really like how the characters are very detailed, colorful and look like they are hand sketched, making you think Rafe actually drew them.


The audience was very into this movie and were on the edge of their seats. The plot is very unexpected. The audience seemed to really connect to all the characters, especially one of the main teachers, Mr. Teller (Adam Pally). He is very relatable and seems like a great teacher that a lot of kids would want to have as their own teacher.


My favorite scene is when Rafe puts sticky notes all over the whole school. It’s very creative and funny.  I loved the artwork of the vice principal’s face in sticky notes. The use of color and design to the sticky notes is very creative.
I recommend this film for ages 8 to 15 rate it 5 out of 5 stars. It opens October 7, 2016 so go see it at your local theater. Your kids are going to love it!



“Things that Go Bump in the Nite ” @ The Printing Museum, Carson Oct. 29th & 30th evenings

’Tis the season for some haunting…
“Things That Go Bump In the Nite”  Sat Oct. 29th  &  Sun. 30th evenings
@ International Printing Museum
315 Torrance Blvd, Carson, CA 90745
reserve tickets
Tired of Zombies and chain saw massacres?…Come hear Ghostly tales from the Great Authors:
Dickens, Saki, Kipling…and the not so great
Print out messages from the” Great Beyond” on our vintage printing presses with our Phantom Printers in our Dead Letter Dept.
Come along and enjoy the mirth, the madness and the macabre…..
Sat. Performance @ 8:00 pm ( Doors creak open at 7:00 pm for the Dead Letter Dept.)
Sun. Performances @7:00 pm ( Doors creak open @ 6:00 pm for the Dead Letter Dept.)
Admission $13-No one under 14 yrs. admitted …Limited seating in the theater so reservations strongly advised!
Remember to come early, as you would not want to be a “late” arrival, since no one will be allowed into (or out of) the theater,once the performance begins…
Ghost Story Teller (P.D. Soinski) points out a grisly item to his fellow story teller (Jesse Lee Leonard) in “Things That Go Bump in the Nite” @ The International Printing Museum in Carson, Ca Oct. 29th & 30th evenings  (Photo courtesy of Angie Rodriguez)
International Printing Museum
315 Torrance Blvd, Carson, CA 90745
Credit: International Printing Museum.

SONICLEAR ELITE is a Beauty Must-Have! I love the new colors too!


Looking for a wonderful way to wash your face? The Soniclear Elite is a beauty tool you must try!


I love how easy it is to use! Cleaner skin begins with a cleaner brush™+ C-Boost™ Collagen Technology. Enjoy the complete sonic powered cleansing system with built in protection against microbial contamination. Now with C-Boost™, an optional collagen boosting operating mode that delivers pulsating massage to stimulate collagen & elastin production for more youthful looking skin.

It really does clean my skin well and my skin looks and feels much cleaner and even softer! I am quite impressed and highly recommend! I don’t think that I will even wash my face without it again! My face seems much cleaner than when I simply use my hands to wash my face!

Also included in the bundle I received are all the Soniclear Accessories including the all new Serum Infusion Head and Pedi Head attachments! I just love the Pedi head attachment!

I just love the colors and design on the one I received!

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They are a cruelty-free (PETA Certified), organic based skincare and beauty tool company with one goal in mind to give the gift of clear, beautiful skin to everyone.  They truly are a favorite of mine!

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