Archives for December 4, 2016

Brooklyn is Pet of the Week! Looking for a New Family Member this Holiday?


What’s one of the hippest places in the country? Brooklyn! Who’s one of the hippest cats in our shelter? Brooklyn! Brooklyn has piercing green eyes and an expression of deep intellectuality. You could put a beret on her head and expect her to read a poem. Of course, what will actually happen is that Brooklyn will shake the beret off and knock it around the room–she’s only a year old and full of play! Meet Brooklyn at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A581021.


Remember, pets aren’t presents—a forever home would be your gift to them.



(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)


Credit: Courtesy of our friends at the Companion Animal Village in Long Beach.

Union Station Unveils New Cocoa Concert Series for the Holidays Iconic Downtown Venue to host Three Free, Family-Friendly Holiday Concerts Under the Stars on the Station’s South Patio Free Hot Chocolate Flowing Each Evening from the Classic “Cocoa Bar”


California Feetwarmers Perform Dec. 16.

This Christmas season, Union Station’s majestic south patio will be transformed into a hub of holiday entertainment with three distinctive and diverse “Coco Concerts” from beloved L.A. performers held beneath the glow of the station towering Christmas tree and the iconic clock tower.


From 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Fridays December 9th, 16th and 23rd, Angelenos can enjoy a festive, family-friendly holiday celebration featuring free concerts, a “Cocoa Bar” with Elftenders, an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” contest, holiday crafts and cookie decorating, a Naughty & Nice photo booth and selfies with the most popular guy in Tinsel Town (Santa).


The Cocoa Concert series features:


Friday, December 9th – A Classic Holiday Sing-A-Long with the Music Companie

Friday, December 16th – A Swinging Holiday Performance from the California Feetwarmers

Friday, December 23rd – A Very Salsa Christmas with La Picante


Guest are invited to wear their most colorful, cleaver, kitschy and itchy Christmas jumper and vie for the title of “Downtown’s Ugliest Christmas Sweater.”  Santa, the king of “dated duds,” to moderate the contest and dole out prizes.


A rollicking sing-a-long will kick-off the concerts series on Friday, December 9th as carolers from the Music Companie lead guest through an evening of Christmas classics. On Friday December 16th, visitors can swing into the holiday season with a joyous performance from the renowned California Feetwarmers, masters of ragtime, Dixieland blues and early swing.  Finally, La Picante heats up the night air on Friday, December 23rd with salsa lessons followed by a Christmas centric salsa party.


In addition, Southern California Fire Fighters’ “Spark of Love Toy Drive” also pulls into the station with its annual holiday campaign to collect new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for under-served children and teens.


For additional information check out “happenings” at

Credit: Union Station.

Sally Hansen—Color Therapy! Fantastic Nail Shades for the Season!

Sally Hansen continues to lead in innovation by introducing its new Color Therapy products: a nail polish, top coat, and nail & cuticle oil, inspired by women’s desire to wear beautiful color while simultaneously caring for their nails. Sally Hansen’s Color Therapy nail polish contains a patented micro-delivery system that delivers an argan oil-enriched formula, resulting in intensive nourishment and instant moisture for healthier-looking nails. The Color Therapy nail polish needs no base coat so the oil complex can directly contact the bare nail. 9 out of 10 women experienced a noticeable improvement in their natural nails after wearing the Color Therapy nail polish. Vibrant tones, available in three magnificent palettes, glide on for a radiant, shiny finish with up to 10 days of fade-proof, chip-resistant wear. The Color Therapy nail polish provides the ultimate color that cares while you wear, with everything needed to restore nails without sacrificing luminous color.

Complete your manicure with the Color Therapy top coat and nail & cuticle oil, both formulated with the same argan oil contained in the nail polish. The top coat provides an ultra-glossy finish for extended wear, and the nail & cuticle oil, the ultimate in nail therapy, instantly makes nails and cuticles look healthier, restored, and rejuvenated.

My favorites are the Pinks!


They also have some great shades for the upcoming Holiday season!


Look for them where Sally Hansen Products are sold!


Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. I did receive free samples to post and photos were provided.


Create personalized Gifts with Shutterfly this Holiday Season! Special Holiday Giveaway Opportunity!

Looking for Christmas Gifts? I love giving gifts that are more personalized! They just seem more special! Personalized photo gifts are my favorite gift to give and Shutterfly is always at the top of my list!  I was able to personalize the following great gift suggestions: A Christmas stocking, Pet Bowl, Mug, Magnet, Calendar, Pillow, Blanket, Vase, Travel Mug and Mouse pad.


I love all the different choices they have for Coffee Mugs! Shutterfly also has great Travel Mug designs! I designed a really nice one for someone in my family! What I really love about Shutterfly is that there are so many personalized gift choice options! It seems like they are always adding more!


My favorite has to be the Pillows and Blankets! I am such a big fan of their pillows! The two below are my favorites:


One gift I have to order every year is a Calendar from Shutterfly and usually I order a wall calendar. But, this year, I went with a smaller Desk calendar called an Easel Calendar and I love how quickly I can create this on Shutterfly and that the final product is simply amazing! The one I chose this year is the Watercolor Ombre Easel Calendar and I love the colors.




These items can all be found on the Shutterfly website! There are also many other gift choices to select from and there is still time to order before Christmas! There truly is something for everyone! I didn’t post my final products since they are gift items and I know that some family members read my website!

We have teamed up for a Holiday Giveaway! To enter, leave a comment below telling us a personalized gift you love or one that you would like to receive. One winner will win a $50 credit to use at Shutterfly. Deadline to enter is December 7th, 2016 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries via 

And, don’t forget to check out all the wonderful holiday photo gifts at Shutterfly !


Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this holiday feature. Photo Credit: Shutterfly.

Shutterfly Cards are my Favorite for the Holidays! Holiday Giveaway Opportunity!

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It is December and that means that Christmas will soon be here! It is time to send out Holiday and Christmas Cards! Shutterfly is my favorite to-go-to website for cards because they have so many choices and they are also super quick with their shipping! I had the opportunity to receive Christmas cards from Shutterfly and am thrilled with how they came out! I am really thrilled that I do not want to post a picture of one here because I know some of my family and friends read my website! So, the above are three of my favorites this season! You can guess which one I finally chose to personalize! I love how you can personalize them so easily and that there are so many choices. There really are so many choices that it is difficult to choose but after choosing the theme, it is so easy to add photos and your text.

I had so much designing our card with all the different photos. I even included our pets! Shutterfly also has Address labels to match with the cards and postage stamps that you can design. I designed some with a photo of our dog!

Just check out these awesome holiday cards at Shutterfly !”  And, don’t forget to check out all the wonderful holiday photo gifts at Shutterfly !”


We have teamed up with our friends at Shutterfly for a Holiday Giveaway! One winner will win  $50 off total order so you can design your own cards (plus free standard shipping) code at Shutterfly! To enter, leave a comment below telling me which one of the above cards you think I chose! You do not have to be correct to win!  Deadline to enter is December 7th, 2016 at noon PST! One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

Self Disclosure: I have received compensation (photo credit for free) to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are my own.

R.M. Palmer Company Has Delicious Candy for the Holiday Season! Giveaway Opportunity!


R.M. Palmer has some delicious treats this Holiday Season!

I simply can’t decide which one is my favorite! The Belgian Milk Chocolate Bullion Bar Gift Box is creamy, delicious premium Belgian milk chocolate wrapped in an elegant gold foil and packed in a gold box. This one is delicious and would make a great gift! It would be a great stocking stuffer or a stand-alone type of gift. It retails for $10.


Then there is also the Snap & Share Decorated Double Crisp which is an adorable 2.5 oz. treat made with R.M. Palmer Double Crisp ® and comes in Santa or bear shapes and snaps apart into 7 pieces. This is perfect for sharing! I suggest this one as a stocking stuffer! It is the perfect price too! Only $1.00.


There is also the YooHoo ® 1 lb. Milk Holiday Gift Bar! Yum! Imagine! YooHoo is a candy bar! I think my son will love this one! This one definitely is a stocking stuffer! $3.99.


And, okay…maybe this next one is my favorite! The 1 lb. Peppermint Bark Bar! White candy with peppermint crunch! Also $3.99.


We have teamed up for a Holiday Giveaway! One winner will win a Holiday gift package! To enter, leave a comment below telling us which one you would be most excited about trying! Deadline to enter is December 9th, 2016 at noon PST. One winner will be randomly selected via (U.S. residents only please).

Look for R.M. Palmer on Pinterest and on Facebook too!


Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photos were also provided. SoCal City Kids will select the winner and a gift package will be sent to them from R.M. Palmer.