Archives for February 2017

Aria is Pet of the Week

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Aria will purr a joyful one if she can find a forever home. The melody will be accompanied by a heart murmur that will not affect her longevity—she’s only 2 and has plenty more years of play left. And that heart of hers is filled with affection. Do you have a heart to match? Meet Aria at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A582092.


(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)


Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

DIY On-The-Go Dog Treat Container! Easy to make if you have a Chick-fil-A Soup Bowl!

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Looking for an easy way to take your pup some treats when you travel? Maybe you don’t want to take the whole box especially if you are only going to be away for the day!

Have you tried the delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup at Chick-fil-A?  It honestly is a favorite of mine! It’s the perfect on the go meal this Winter. And, the soup container is completely reusable! No need to throw them away when you can upcycle them instead! I simply ate the delicious soup and then washed the bowl and lid completely. Then I simply cut out some happy dog pictures out of a dog magazine and glued them on the container and the lid. Super easy to make! My pups favorite thing about it is that there are treats inside!

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So, what are you waiting for? Isn’t it time to go to Chick-fil-A for soup?




Self Disclosure: I participated in a DIY Up-cycling Challenge and am part of the Chick-fil-A Mom Panel.

Community invited to event for families and infants to see who has the fastest crawler in town CRAWL OVER TO THE SHOPS AT MONTEBELLO FOR THE FOURTH-ANNUAL DIAPER DERBY

Ready, set, crawl! The Shops at Montebello invites the area’s cutest babies to crawl their way to victory at its fourth-annual Diaper Derby on Saturday, March 4, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Center Court.


The Diaper Derby is a series of crawling races on a soft, sanitized surface, and is open to all babies less than 12 months old who are not yet walking. Family members and friends are invited to cheer on the babies in each of the three heats.


Parents will try to motivate their children across the finish line, coaxing them to cross the line first with everything from playing instruments to holding a child’s favorite toy or teddy bear, and encouraging them along the way

The top crawler from each race will compete for prizes in a final race. The fastest crawler receives a first place prize of a $500 gift card to Baby GAP and a complimentary Memories Collection from JCPenney Portraits, which includes two 8×10 photos, six 5×7 photos and eight wallet-sized photos. The second place racer wins a $250 gift card to Gymboree with three complimentary photos 10×13 sheets or smaller from JCPenney. Third place earns a $150 gift card to Children’s Place and three complimentary photos 10×13 sheets or smaller from JCPenney. All of the winners will receive a trophy as a fun memento of their little one’s victory and all registered participants will receive a diaper bag as a special gift from The Shops at Montebello on the day of the event.


“We look forward to our annual Diaper Derby every year,” said Marida Petitjean, director of marketing and business development. “It’s a fun opportunity for the community to come together, while spending time with friends and family at The Shops at Montebello.”

Registration and participation in the event is free. To register, families can visit The Shops at Montebello’s Guest Services booth, located on the lower level of the center near Macy’s Home. A maximum of 18 participants will be registered for the event.

For more information, visit The Shops at Montebello on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.


The Shops at Montebello

The Shops at Montebello is a modern indoor super regional shopping center featuring four department stores and more than 160 shops, eateries, and restaurants—remaining the leader for shopping in the San Gabriel Valley. The Shops at Montebello is home to Macy’s, Macy’s Home, JCPenney, Forever 21, Coach, G by Guess, H&M, Cotton On, Papaya and more, with dining options such as BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery, Hikari Sushi, and Olive Garden. The Shops at Montebello serves communities in San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles including Montebello, Monterey Park, and Rosemead. With its modernized look and feel, The Shops at Montebello strives to provide the best shopping experience with its retailer and dining selections for the entire family.



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Through STEAM Fest, Sebastian Guzman Hopes To Integrate The Arts With Science

On February 28th, High School student Sebastian Guzman will host STEAM Fest, a day event celebrating the integration of STEM subjects with the arts through a talent show and seminar.


STEAM Fest will encourage students to showcase their ability to teach STEM subjects through art, such as songs, dances, and poems. The festival will also feature speakers from STEM and arts-related companies and schools who will speak to the importance of blending skill sets to achieve success in the workforce.

Sebastian hopes his festival will keep people interested in science over the long run.

157 Bezos Scholars Have Organized Over 120 Local Ideas Festivals

The Bezos Scholars Program inspires and challenges young people to act on their passions and collaborate to address community needs.

Each year, student Scholars and an accompanying educator attend the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Ideas Festival, which highlights pressing global issues. Scholars then return home to organize their own community change event—a Local Ideas Festival—to bring attention to an important community issue. The LIF is based on the structure of the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Since 2006, 157 students have organized Festivals on everything from prison reform to youth activism and empowerment.

Since 2011, the African Leadership Academy (ALA) in Johannesburg, South Africa, has been a program participant.

The Bezos Scholars Program Leaves A Lasting Community Impact

Bezos Scholars have touched the lives of thousands of people.

Through their Festivals, the Bezos Scholars have engaged an estimated 37,000 attendees. Festivals have been held across the U.S. and in South Africa, where they have drawn attendees from the entire African continent.

Thanks to the passion of Bezos Scholars, more than a third of Festivals have continued on to a second or third year, bringing continued awareness and change to important issues affecting Scholars’ communities. At least two Festivals are in their seventh year, and one festival has been integrated into the Scholar’s school’s curriculum.

Bezos Scholars Take Part In A Yearlong Leadership Development Program

At Aspen, Bezos Scholars participate in a week of events and leadership training. That learning continues at home.

Throughout Scholars’ year in the program, they participate in webinars and trainings that prepare them for their Festivals and also grow their leadership skills. Scholars learn how to identify community issues, build a team, and create community-wide change.

These webinars are a great way for the cohort to stay connected and check in with one another!


Credit: Bezos Scholars.




Have Fun with Your Pup this Spring!


Dogs are meant to live big, joyous lives—full of little moments that count every single day. From chasing after birds around the backyard, to jumping on your lap when you come home from a long day at work, in a dog’s life, it’s the small moments that count.

Just as they bring happiness into our lives, we as dog parents should make it a priority to help our four-legged friends live big, vibrant lives—and I make daily choices to support that philosophy. That’s why I chose to try Nature’s Recipe, which is made from nature’s best ingredients, to help my dog live a natural, healthy life.

In addition to providing my dog with the best nutrition possible, I like to sprinkle special activities throughout the week to help him enjoy all the wonderful beauty that spring has to offer.
Here are a few activities you and your dog can do to make every moment count this spring:
The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and the weather is gorgeous. Take advantage by taking your dog out on a stroll snapping a photo of him enjoying nature. We love to find new places to walk our pup! We love to take photos of him!
Now that the sun is out, my dog and I take a weekly trip to our local dog park. This gives my dog the opportunity to interact with his friends and make new ones. One particular activity we both enjoy playing is catch. We usually take an old tennis ball, but switching out an old favorite for a new toy is always a great way to treat your pup.
A quick weekend trip in the great outdoors truly makes my dog happy. It lets him visit a new place and explore the scents that fill the air during this time of year. It also lets me enjoy some time out of the house and admire all the beauty spring has to offer. Whether it’s a quick day trip, or a longer one that lasts several days, your dog will be thrilled to be outside exploring nature.
Since I decided to give Nature’s Recipe a try, it has become my dog’s favorite way of starting the day and refueling after an adventure. Nature’s Recipe is nutritious, affordable, and easy to find at Walmart, Kroger, and Meijer. Check out the website to see which of your local retailers carries Nature’s recipe [], and see how it helps you and your dog make every moment count.
I’d love to hear how you plan on taking full advantage of spring with your pup. Leave a comment below, or share a photo with me via Instagram (feel free to use the #naturesrecipe hashtag)!
Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. I teamed up with Nature’s Recipe to facilitate this post. I received Products to feature.


The Poseidon Children’s Sonic Toothbrush is a Must-Buy!


Looking for a Toothbrush that your child will love?  I know that brushing teeth is not a favorite with most children but this Children’s LED Color Changing Toothbrush by Poseidon will make brushing much easier! It is available in Pink or Blue.

Children may not love to brush their teeth but this will make it less of a battle!

I like that is is simple to use and I think that children will love that it lights up!

What makes these Toothbrushes great for kids? The Poseidon Children’s Sonic Toothbrush features a brush head that lights up with a rainbow of bright LED colors that will make brushing fun. Kids are actually excited to brush their teeth! The Sonic Toothbrush also features an automatic turn off after 2-minutes, ensuring children are meeting the dentist recommended brushing time.

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Other features include: High quality DuPont bristles and 16,000 pulses per minute will help keep your child’s teeth clean and healthy.  It runs on one AAA battery that’s included with your purchase.

Where to buy: Available for only $17.95 on and


Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Photos were provided.



The Thai Community Development Center (Thai CDC) is celebrating the Grand Opening of the second day of its East Hollywood Certified Farmers’ Market. The Market has been bringing fresh produce to the community on Thursday evenings since 2012. Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers’ Market Promotion Program (FMPP), the Thai CDC is now able to offer another farmers’ market day on Saturdays for the next three years, starting Saturday, March 4, 2017.


The ceremony will open with a procession lead by Wat Thai’s musicians ensemble playing the traditional long drum. They will be accompanied by Thai dancers and a special appearance by Bpi Mai, the mascot for the EHCFM. Speakers at the ceremony include Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, Royal Thai Consulate General Tanee Sangrat, and Thai CDC Executive Director, Chancee Martorell.


The family-friendly fun will continue with a cooking demonstration by world-renowned Thai restaurant, Jitlada with food sampling for the crowds. Music will be provided by Asian hip-hop artist, Jason Chu and singer-songwriter, Rich Sheldon. Kids will enjoy balloon art with The Inflators and face painting with Rainbow Painted Smiles. The market’s famous “Smoothie Bike” will allow guests to pick their own fresh Farmers’ Market ingredients and combine into a smoothie by pedaling a specially-equipped stationary bicycle.



Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 10AM – 2PM



5448 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, at the Hollywood/Western Metro Redline Station at the western gateway of Thai Town





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Thai Community Development Center was founded in April 1994 on the idea that all peoples have a basic right to a decent standard of living and quality of life. Its mission is “to advance the social and economic well-being of low and moderate income Thais and other ethnic communities in the greater Los Angeles area through a broad-based comprehensive community development strategy including human rights advocacy, affordable housing, access to healthcare, promotion of small businesses, neighborhood empowerment, and social enterprises.” For more info, visit

Credit: Thai Community Development Center.


Farmer’s Pantry Feeds Your Hunger With Exclusively American Farm Grown Revolutionary Snacks

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Farmer’s Pantry, the proudly American new snack brand, debuts the first snacks of their kind: 100% American grown first-ever Farmers Pantry Cornbread Crisps and the revolutionary, innovative  Farmers Pantry Meal Snacks, a first in offering meat and veggies in one package. Farmer’s Pantry is pushing the boundaries of what it means to be hungry – and to be fed well. Americans are a driven people, always clamoring for new ideas, new things to try and the “best” of our obsession with food. Being hungry and finding satisfaction isn’t just a condition, it’s a cultural lifestyle.


Committed to your hunger, Farmer’s Pantry offers hearty, wholesome and crunchy snacks that are made with ingredients that are grown exclusively on American farms: ingredients you can recognize as some of the oldest and most beloved food staples found in a farmers pantry.  Two revolutionary new snacks in stores for the first time now are:

  • Farmer’s Pantry Cornbread Crisps: These crispy delights are like no other on the market: made from one of the oldest and most popular American food staples – freshly-baked cornbread. Farmer’s Pantry Cornbread crisps are the first of its kind, delicately sliced and toasted to crispy perfection, and created from the wholesome goodness of cornbread you can munch on the go. Farmer’s Pantry Cornbread Crisps, available in Original, Jalapeno and Honey-Butter flavors, are a crispy, savory snack that tastes as mouth-wateringly delicious as the first bite of a slice of corn bread or corn muffin. Made from fresh corn and other whole grains grown on American farms, these crisps are sure to appeal to discriminating snackers across the country. Farmer’s Pantry Cornbread Crisps are approximately  $3.99  for 6 oz bags, and under $2.00 for 2 oz bags.


  • The unique Farmer’s Pantry cooking process is all about preserving nutrients and flavor.   The recipes start with ingredients sourced from family farms across America. The snacks are seasoned, with a slow-roast for the meat and vegetables; then, they are gently blended over low heat. Finally, before all the goodness has a chance to escape, they immediately seal it in the dual-pouch package until you tear it open and enjoy. Inspired by some of America’s favorite recipes, Meal Snacks contain real meat and veggies in every single pack. Farmer’s Pantry Meal Snacks have a suggested retail price of $5.99, in a 2.5 oz bags.

Farmer’s Pantry passion to feed your hunger is for everyone, including the millions of American farmers who are being threatened with extinction. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of farms in the United States has fallen from about 6.8 million in 1935 to only about 2 million today.  Besides keeping American Farms busy and profitable, a portion of all Farmer’s Pantry sales is used to give back to keeping American farms healthy, by donating to organizations including Farm Aid, Farmland Trust, Family Farm Charities, Veterans Farm and National Young Farmers.

“Millions of Americans have embraced the snacking lifestyle, eating smaller and more frequent meals,” says Josh Chaitovsky, co-founder and CEO of Farmer’s Pantry. “Our mission is to feed your hunger, while also supporting our incredible American Farmers, who provide us with wholesome, local foods that fuel us with nutritious, delicious vegetables, meats, and fruits.”

I had the opportunity to try these snacks for myself and I love them! My favorite are the Farmer’s Pantry Cornbread Crisps in the Honey Butter flavor! I love to eat them with Chili!


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Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photos and info were also provided.