Archives for December 13, 2016

Holiday Safety Tips for our Dogs! Helpful Info from PuppySpot!

Do you have a lovable furry family member at home? I have both dogs and cats as family members and this Holiday Dog Safety Checklist is very helpful this Holiday Season!




Happy Holidays!



Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Helpful Info was provided by PuppySpot.

Redbox has a Holidays of Deals Promotion you Don’t Want to miss!


Redbox launched a new 25-day mobile promotion, Holidays of Deals, offering customers daily deals on movie and game rentals and the chance to win daily prizes!

Every day through Dec. 25, customers can text DEALS to 727272 for a new surprise deal and to enter for a chance to win a daily prize like a $500 Gift Card, a Blu-ray player + a year of movies, a PS4 + year of movies or games and other great entertainment prizes. Full promotion rules and Q&A are available here.

Credit: Redbox.

Inland Pacific Ballet Presents The Nutcracker ​​​​​​ Spectacular holiday tradition come to Claremont


Inland Pacific Ballet returns to the Inland Empire this holiday season with its spectacular production of The Nutcracker, the classic holiday story danced to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. Critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet (IPB) brings The Nutcracker to life with dazzling sets complete with falling snow, an antique original Albany Flyer One Horse Open Sleigh, a 40-foot Chinese Dragon, beautiful costumes handmade in-house at IPB’s costume department, and a cast of over 80 dancers. New to this year’s production is a completely re-choreographed battle scene with additional characters and an ace battalion of mice. The Snow Scene will also feature the new principal role of an exquisite Snow Queen. IPB’s Nutcracker will have 12 performances in three theaters from November 26 through December 18, 2016 at Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside’s Fox Performing Arts Center, and Pomona College’s Bridges Auditorium in Claremont.
This annual holiday favorite tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve, and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. A fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy stir the imagination. Meet the cast after the performance for photos and autographs. A dazzling holiday tradition for the entire family, see it again or for the first time and be swept away in a winter wonderland.
“Much of the new choreography and fresh approach to this season’s Nutcracker has been spirited by IPB Principal Dancer Jonathan Sharp, who has recently been named Associate Artistic Director of IPB,” says Artistic Director Victoria Koenig. “Now dancing in his tenth season with the Company, Jonathan has a unique perspective on our wonderful production and has found delightful ways to enhance the show and create some surprises. His collaboration on the new battle scene with choreographer Zaylin Cano (fresh off her success as choreographer for California Theater’s acclaimed production of Footloose) has been inspired. We can’t wait for our audiences to experience all the fun new elements in the show this year!”
This year’s cast features brilliant new talent from southern California, most notably Zachary Guthier and David Block, who both previously danced with Los Angeles Ballet; Devon Lux-Archer who began training at IPB and returns this year after completing a fellowship with the Atlanta Ballet, and Allynne Noelle, a returning favorite guest artist who currently performs with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet in Washington DC. Partnering with Noelle will be guest artist Thomas Garrett in the role of the Cavalier in performances at the Lewis Family Playhouse. Garrett was previously with the Richmond Ballet and is also a member of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet. IPB Principal Dancer, the exquisite Meilu Zhai of Montclair, returns to reign over the Kingdom of Sweets as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Meilu is a former dancer with the National Ballet of China and returns for her fifth Nutcracker appearance. In addition, IPB Principal Dancer Jonathan Sharp, brings an extensive professional resume that includes dancing with the Boston and Pennsylvania Ballet companies, appearances in original casts of several Broadway shows, and teaching as an Idyllwild Arts Academy faculty member.
IPB is a professional ballet company based in the Inland Empire of Southern California since 1994. The Company is committed to producing exquisitely staged productions of full-length classic story ballets as well as presenting the best in contemporary choreography. Their large studio facility in Montclair also includes in-house costume and scenic departments. In addition, through creative marketing and an extensive Educational Outreach Program, IPB introduces young audiences to the magic of ballet, and makes the experience more available and accessible to all.
For students pre-school through grade 12 enrolled in public, private and home schools, IPB offers “A Young Person’s Guide to the Ballet,” connecting the arts to learning through music and movement with five educational outreach performances scheduled for The Nutcracker. The Company is also committed to nurturing new talent and providing an essential training program for serious young dancers.
Choreography for The Nutcracker is by Victoria Koenig along with pas de deux choreography by Clinton Rothwell and Nutcracker-Mouse King battle scene choreography by Zaylin Cano; Scenic Design by Nancy Seruto and Daniel C. Nyiri; Costume Design byJeanne Nolden; new Lighting Design by Eric Larson; and Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
IPBs Founders/Directors Victoria Koenig and Kevin Frank Myers, are southern California natives who bring a wealth of experience to their visionary leadership of this young Company. Over the past 21 years they have built IPB into the premiere ballet company and a key creative force in the region, enjoying critical acclaim while performing the largest and most varied repertoire in the area.
Victoria Koenig is a native of Los Angeles now residing in Claremont. After many years as a professional dancer, and extensive international travel as a guest artist and teacher, Ms. Koenig returned to southern California and has become a shaping force in the region’s dance community. She co-founded the Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, was on the faculty of the Stanley Holden Dance Center, and served on the dance faculty of California State University, Long Beach. Ms. Koenig has brought her many years of professional experience to the Inland Valley, one of the fastest growing cultural assets in southern California and is also on the dance faculty at Pomona College.
Kevin Myers is a native of Riverside, California. He danced with the Houston Ballet in solo roles in the classic repertoire including Giselle, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty and in work created for him by Houston Ballet’s renowned Artistic Director, Ben Stevenson. Later as soloist with the Los Angeles Ballet, he danced principal roles in a variety of Balanchine ballets, including Tarantella and Jewels. As a Co-Founder and Associate Director of Inland Pacific Ballet and of the Inland Pacific Ballet Academy, Mr. Myers is fulfilling a dream of widening the opportunities for the young people of the Inland Empire to experience the art of ballet and providing local talent with the chance to pursue a career in the field.
Final performances of The Nutcracker take place at Pomona College’s Bridges Auditorium, 450 North College Way, Claremont, CA 91711 on Saturday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $39 with senior/child/group discounts available. For more information and tickets, please go to


Melitta for the Holidays! Special Holiday Giveaway Opportunity!


This holiday do you have a Coffee Lover on your shopping list?

For the holidays, we’re talking about the pour-over – a continuing hot trend for the home – and “the gift that keeps on pouring.” Friends and family will be brewing like a barista not just during the holidays, but all year long, because great coffee is always in season!

I think that everyone on your shopping list will love one of these from Melitta!

Melitta has some great Single Pour-Overs (Easily paired with a favorite coffee, for a gift that’s sure to be utilized daily!)

  • One-Cup Pour-Over Cone: Lightweight and easy-to-pack, the pour-over cone is great for those who love to camp or prefer to brew their own in-room coffee, while on the road. (MSRP: $2.99)
  • One-Cup Pour-Over Ceramic Mug Set: The ceramic pour-over mug set makes for an impressive presentation and a fun, interactive way to involve dinner guests in hand crafting their own coffees to accompany dessert. (MSRP: $5.99)
  • Melitta Pour-Over Travel Mug Set: For those with a morning commute, the travel pour-over makes quick, quality coffee in mere minutes. It’s the perfect antidote to a stop-on-the-way coffee habit. (MSRP: $8.99)

My favorite is the Melitta Pour-Over Travel Mug Set! I love how this one can go to work with  me! It’s also a great price!


There are also the Ceramic Pour-Overs:

  • One-Cup Porcelain Pour-Over Cone: This pretty porcelain cone is the ultimate in indulgence and relaxation. A real treat to use, brew coffee like your favorite shop – all from the comfort of home! (MSRP: $19.99)


Let’s also raise a mug, toast the holidays and stuff some stockings with Melitta:

The gift of great taste – Café de Europa premium bagged coffee: Inspired by European café culture, Melitta sources the world’s bestbeans for this extra fine grind coffee – high-grown Arabica beans, which are the top two percent of the worldwide Arabica harvest. The result? The flavor of Europe in every cup. (MSRP: $6.99/bag)


I’m pretty partial to their flavored coffee! My favorite is the Caramel Macchiato! I could drink this one every day!

 And if you have a Keurig-style Machine…these are a must-try!

The gift of doing good – 100% recyclable single serve coffee: These full-bodied, flavorful single serve capsules for Keurig-style machines are not only delicious, they’re also eco-friendly and 100% recyclable. Designed to deliver a heightened sensory experience, coffee lovers can actually see and smell the coffee within the unique capsule. Made with a real filter, it allows water to fully saturate the grinds for a bolder, richer cup of coffee. (MSRP: Melitta single serve capsules, $6.99/box of 10 capsules; Melitta Café de Europa single serve capsules, $9.49/box of 12 capsules)


Melitta Single Serve Capsules


Melitta Café de Europa Single Serve Capsules

We have teamed up for a Special Holiday Giveaway! You will win a surprise Holiday package from Melitta! To enter, leave us a comment below telling us your favorite type of coffee! It’s as simple as that! Deadline to enter is December 17th, 2016 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via


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


You Don’t Want to Miss the Amazon Original Kids Special, Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure!


You don’t want to miss the Amazon Original Kids Special, Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure!

It’s simply delightful and enchanting! 

In the upcoming special, Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure, 12-year-old Dorothy Gale (Ashley Boettcher, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street) discovers her mother’s magical travel journal from Oz hidden beneath the floorboards of their Kansas home. The book triggers a tornado, rips her house from its foundation, and transports Dorothy and her dog, Toto, to Oz. Lost in this bustling, modern, magical metropolis, Dorothy learns that to get back to Kansas, she will need to acquire every magical element in Oz. Unfortunately for Dorothy, Oz is currently facing the worst magic crisis in eons. Dorothy and Toto find unlikely friends and allies in West (Nika Futterman, The Loud House), a young street-smart witch grappling with dark magic temptations, and Ojo (Jorge Diaz, Elena of Avalor), a half-Munchkin full of heart. Dorothy realizes the only way to get the magic she needs to get home is to find Glinda, the elusive and most powerful witch in Oz.


Lost in Oz is an animated, action-adventure comedy which was part of Amazon Studios’ 2015 summer pilot season and received 4.9 out of 5-stars by customers, with 91% of the reviews being 5-stars. The new special includes the original pilot plus 40 minutes of new content for an extended adventure. A full season of Lost in Oz will debut on Prime Video in 2017.


Lost in Oz is based on the “OZ” books by L. Frank Baum. Developed and executive produced by Abram Makowka, Darin Mark, Jared Mark, and Mark Warshaw (East Los High), the series features voice talent from Ashley Boettcher, Nika Futterman, and Jorge Diaz.

I was able to view a sneak peak of this delightful show and it is fun to watch and perfect for the whole family! If you are a Wizard of Oz fan, you will also like this show with the familiar characters Dorothy and her dog Toto. 

I can’t wait to see the full season of Lost in Oz in the New Year!

Mrs. Norris is Pet of the Week!


A Norwegian mountain cat seems fitting during the Christmas season. Mrs. Norris is a 6-year-old brown tabby Norwegian mountain cat, in fact. As you can see, she’s completely delighted to be dressed as Santa Claws—or Julenisse, his Norwegian counterpart. Mrs. N. also bears a strong resemblance to the Mrs. Norris in the Harry Potter series and will be just as magical all year round! Need a place to hang your hat? Meet Mrs. Norris and her ears at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A582014.


(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)


Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.