Archives for December 1, 2016

Kids can discover a world of wonder with their parents with the Aquarium’s Aquatot and Saturday Family Fun programs


The Aquarium of the Pacific invites parents and their young ones to discover the ocean with the Aquatot program. Children ages two to three accompanied by an adult can interact in a fun and dynamic learning environment at the Aquarium. Make crafts, take a guided tour, and explore the animals in the classroom touch pool in an Aquatots class. These classes are designed for parents and their children to explore the ocean world together. The next program will explore shoreline shapes. Parents and educators will interact and teach children about shapes, from the round eye of a whale to the spiral on a snail shell.


Saturday Family Fun is for children ages four to six years old and their parents, another in the Aquarium’s series of “parent and me” classes. Parents and their children can interact together and delve into the ocean world. Take guided tours of exhibits and explore the realm of sea life with your family. Upcoming topics include marine mammals—participants will explore the lives of seals, sea lions, and sea otters. Discover the differences between seals and sea lions, touch sea otter fur, and pretend to eat like a baleen whale.


WHEN:           Aquatots dates and topics:

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Shoreline Shapes

Saturday, January 21, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Sounds of the Sea

Saturday Family Fun dates and topics:

Saturday, December 31, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Magnificent Marine Mammals

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Sea Jellies and Other Incredible Invertebrates



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

COST:            $49.00 per adult/child pair; $20.00 per additional guest

$36.00 for Aquarium member pairs; $15.00 per additional guest


INFO:              For more information visit



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, Molina Animal Care Center, and the new Horses and Dragons and Vanishing Animals 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 won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers. Charity Navigator awarded the Aquarium with a four-star charity rating in 2016. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits.

Photos provided courtesy of The Aquarium of the Pacific.


CozyFeather Real Goose Down Comforter Duvet – (Queen Full) is a Must this Winter!

A great product! I love the quality and my son loves how warm it is! a Must-Have for the Winter. I was planning to keep this one for myself but my son used it once and doesn’t want to give it back!

I absolutely love this Comforter! It is my favorite one because it it so warm! I highly recommend! It’s super soft and a must-have for the whole family. I am very pleased with this one and think I may just have to buy another!


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Self Disclosure: I received a free or heavily discounted item for review purposes. Photo was provided.

Megabus for the Holiday Season!


With the holidays being the most traveled months of the year, too often we find ourselves waiting in airports due to flight delays, or finding it difficult to purchase affordable tickets for last minute travel plans. is the perfect option when deciding how to travel in upcoming months to avoid all the typical setbacks of holiday travel.

If you decide on bus travel for the holidays, here are a few tips on how to be prepared and ready to enjoy the hustle and bustle of holiday travel season:

  • Book Now – why wait? Fares are as low as $1 (plus a reservation fee) on a megabus.
  • Enjoy the Services – every megabus offers Free Wifi to riders.
  • Bus Travel Can Be Better Than Airports – avoid the possible flight delays and waiting for hours in an airport, bus travel is the way to go.
  • Charging Stations – working from a megabus is easy with outlets to power up on every bus.
  • BYO Snacks– since you won’t have to deal with driving, bring a few of your favorite snacks to enjoy on your trip.


Long Beach Student Honored with National Award for Volunteerism

At the young age of four, Jonas Corona was inspired and driven to help people. After visiting Skid Row with his mother to feed the homeless, he decided that he wanted to do more. With the help from his mother, Renee Corona, Jonas founded the nonprofit organization Love in the Mirror, which provides disadvantaged youth and their families with basic necessities such as food, clothing and learning materials.

Jonas and his family help organize Love in the Mirror’s collection drives for socks and other hygiene items. The family also regularly distributes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to homeless shelters in the area.

Since its founding in 2009, Jonas and the organization have impacted more than 45,000 people through donations and fundraising. “Everyone should look in the mirror and love what they see. That’s the meaning behind the organization’s name,” Jonas said.

Jonas’ commitment and hard work to help others has garnered him recognition in his community, and now also nationally. In late November, the 13-year-old was one of four teens from across the country recognized by Nickelodeon as a young community leader, earning him a 2016 Nickelodeon HALO Award.

The same dedication that Jonas shows to Love in the Mirror is also evident in his commitment and passion for tennis.  Jonas aspires to become a professional tennis player, using the money he earns playing tennis to support Love in the Mirror.

Seeking a more flexible school schedule to allow him to focus on tennis and Love in the Mirror, Jonas enrolled at California Virtual Academy (CAVA), an online public school.

Now in his third year with CAVA, Renee Corona noted that online school is instilling the importance of time management in Jonas. If he gets behind on schoolwork or tennis, then he cannot do as much for Love in the Mirror. Jonas has to stay disciplined to keep all three balls in the air.

Receiving a 2016 Nickelodeon HALO Award was a highlight and exciting moment for Jonas, and he enjoyed gathering with friends and family for a watch party to celebrate the occasion when the awards show aired. But, now it’s back to the normal – tennis practice, coordinating the 4th Annual Toy Giveaway for Love in the Mirror on December 18, and maintaining focus on his schoolwork.


Byline: Donna Savarese, Lead Corporate Communications and Public Relations for K12 Inc.

Hornet FPV Drone with HD Camera 720p is a great holiday suggestion!


I love this Drone! Why? Because it is easy to fly! I also really like the HD camera and I didn’t crash it! Oh yes, I am the Queen of crashing flying objects! It seems to be quite durable since it is still in one piece and I like that this is perfect for beginners! It also has a fast takeoff and the batteries charge fast and seem to last awhile.I also like the headless mode  I think that this would make a great holiday gift idea! Another big plus is that it includes extra batteries.


Find it on this Holiday season!

Self Disclosure: I received a free or heavily discounted item to review.

Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Cube Nov. 25 and continues through Jan. 1.


Science of Gingerbread to Feature Hands-On Activities and Gingerbread House Competition for Educational and Entertaining Family Bonding

Starting November 25, 2016, nonprofit Discovery Cube is hosting their annual Science of Gingerbread Exhibit and Competition, through January 1, 2017, at both of their campuses in Orange County and Los Angeles. The Cube’s holiday festival is filled with educational, hands-on activities designed to bring families together this holiday season. Local companies, schools, families and organizations have been invited to build their own gingerbread house creations and enter into a competition. The entire visual display must be made of edible materials. Gingerbread creation entries will be displayed throughout Discovery Cube.

Winners will be announced at the Gingerbread Awards Ceremony occurring at both campuses simultaneously on the night of December 9, 2016. Award categories include: Best by an Organization, Best Youth 5 and Under, Best Youth ages 6-13, Best Youth Group/Troop/Scout, Best by Classroom, Best by a Member of the Cube, Best Super Hero Themed, Best Science Themed, President’s Choice and Jr. Gingerbread Engineers Presidents’ Choice. Discovery Cube seeks to prove that there is more than just mixing and pouring in the kitchen, it’s science at work.

Exhibit activities include:

  • Gingerbread Derby Competition
  • “Matter of Taste” Stage Show (weekends only)
  • Build a House Learning Station
  • Cookie Decorating
  • Santa Claus meet and greets (available from 11:00am to 3:00pm on 11/25-11/27, 12/3-12/4, 12-10/12/11, 12/17-12/24)

WHEN: Duration: Friday, November 25, 2016 to Sunday, January 1, 2017

WHERE: Discovery Cube – Los Angeles Campus, 11800 Foothill Blvd, Sylmar, CA 91342

WHY: Nonprofit Discovery Cube in Orange County and Los Angeles inspires and educates young minds through engaging science-based programs and exhibits to create a meaningful impact on the communities they serve. Their mission is brought to life through the cornerstones of their four core initiatives, including: STEM Proficiency, Early Learning, Healthy Living and Environmental Stewardship. Science of Gingerbread represents their evolving commitment to expand STEM proficiency by keeping up with the holidays and trends that are capturing kids’ attention – and creating an entertaining way to approach science education through family bonding to kick off the holiday season.

About Discovery Science Foundation: The Discovery Science Foundation serves as the educational program-development and fundraising arm for hands-on science learning centers in Orange County, Los Angeles and Newport Beach, California. Established in 1989, the Discovery Cube, presented by Taco Bell, continues to inspire and educate millions of young minds through engaging science-based programs and exhibits. In 2012, the Cube was named one of the 10 “Most Trusted Brands” in Orange County and in 2013 was awarded the National Medal of service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services at The White House. In November 2014, a second nonprofit Discovery Cube offering an exhibit and program mix unique to Los Angeles, opened in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area of the San Fernando Valley. Most recently, Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest opened in Newport Beach as a base of operations for ocean-science education and programs.  For more information, call (866) 552-CUBE (2823) or visit Follow the Los Angeles and Orange County campus on social platforms (@DiscoveryCubeLA@DiscoveryCubeOC).


Credit: Discovery Cube.