Archives for March 2017

Young Fans Can Go “Around the World with Peppa” This Sunday, March 26!


A brand-new Peppa Pig special episode, “Around the World with Peppa,” is premiering on the Nick Jr. channel this Sunday, March 26, at 7pm ET/PT!


In “Around the World with Peppa,” Peppa and her family set off for the park to celebrate the start of the summer holiday. But when their car breaks down, Miss Rabbit lends them her plane for the day and they get swept away on a high-flying adventure all around the world!


Young fans can also tune-in to the Nick Jr. channel for a special marathon of back-to-back Peppa Pig episodes, beginning Sunday, March 26, at 5pm ET/PT, leading up to the debut of “Around the World with Peppa.”



And to help get you ready to go “Around the World with Peppa,” check out these adorable activity sheets based on the new episode  You can also download them at:

Credit: Nick Jr.

Winter is gone! Spring is here! Time to say goodbye to dry hands! Say Hello to Lauren B. Beauty Hand and Nail Products!

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Spring is here, and that means warmer weather and no more dry hands. Luckily, you can keep your hands and nails in-tact and looking healthy with these tips from Skyy Hadley and products from Lauren B. Beauty!
Many people don’t realize, but taking care of your cuticles is the best way to keep your nails looking their best. Skyy Hadley, owner of As U Wish Nail Salon, is a firm believer in tending to your cuticles for strong and lustrous nails. Follow her tips below for the best results:

  • Always use a cuticle oil/cream. Having dry, scraggly cuticles is not a good look and may even make you want to pick them, which can lead to a bacterial infection. Using a cuticle oil can make your manicure last longer. Keeping the nail beds and areas around your nails moisturized will make the nail polish stay in place longer. A cuticle oil is a great way to make a two day old manicure look like you just walked out of the salon
  • If you don’t have cuticle oil or cream available, you can use anything from your kitchen! Olive oil, baby oil, or even Vaseline are quick go-to solutions
  • NEVER cut your cuticles, they should only be pushed back. Cuticles are designed to protect your fingers from infections, and bacteria. You should only cut the dry skin around the nail and not the actual cuticles themselves

To keep your hand and nails looking and feeling fabulous, these luxurious products from Lauren B. Beauty are the ultimate in nail care innovation:

  • Lauren B. Beauty Cuticle Oil ($20)

This one is a real beauty-must! I  love this one!

  • Lauren B. Beauty Nail & Cuticle Balm ($30)
  • Lauren B. Beauty Nourishing Hand Crème ($24)

I received a sample of this and I simply love it! It instantly leaves my hands feeling softer! My skin really does get dried out in the Winter so I am thrilled about how well this product works!


Self Disclosure: Thank you to Skyy Hadley for the wonderful beauty tips! I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photos and info was also provided.

Senior seal celebrated 21st birthday this past Wednesday @the Aquarium of the Pacific!

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She turned 21, and she is a senior! The public was invited to join Shelby the harbor seal to celebrate her over-the-wave birthday this past Wednesday, March 22 at the Seal and Sea Lion Habitat. Shelby may have limited eyesight, but you would never guess. She is confident in her habitat and determined to do things on her own. Shelby was born and raised on the West Coast and arrived at the Aquarium of the Pacific at the age of three in 1998.

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Photo Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific.

The Shops at Montebello to Award Up to $12,000 in College Scholarships Students in Montebello Unified School District encouraged to apply by April 25

The Shops at Montebello is seeking applicants for up to $12,000 in college scholarships, as part of the center’s scholarship program, which recognizes outstanding graduating seniors from the Montebello Unified School District as they continue their education.


Applications are currently available starting today, March 20, in high school counselor’s offices at Montebello High School, Schurr High School and Bell Gardens High School. Completed applications are due on Tuesday, April 25, no later than 2 p.m. to each respective high school counselor.


Up to four students from each school will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship each.


“Higher education and the pursuit of career aspirations for today’s youth is an initiative that is important to The Shops at Montebello,” said Marida Petitjean, director of marketing and business development at The Shops at Montebello. “We’re honored to be a part of these students’ lives and assist in making their dreams to attend college a reality.”


The Shops at Montebello’s Scholarship Awards recognize local seniors in their pursuit to continue their education at a four-year college. The scholarship program was created in 1985, when the center opened, as a way to assist local students in recognizing their educational goals and to provide initial monetary support to attain those goals.


Candidates applying for the scholarship program will be evaluated on criteria including a combination of outstanding academic accomplishments, participation in school activities and clubs and community volunteer work. They must also possess a financial need and demonstrate a commitment to continuing their education at a four-year college by submitting an essay detailing why it is important to continue their education past high school. In addition to the completed application form, applicants must meet the following requirements:


  • Be a graduating senior from Montebello High School, Schurr High School or Bell Gardens High School, continuing their education at a four-year college
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Submit a copy of their current school transcript
  • Submit the completed application to their high school counselor


Scholarship funds will be awarded upon official verification of enrollment in a post-secondary educational program. The verification should be brought to The Shops at Montebello Management Office, as they will handle the distribution of funds.  For questions about the program, call 323-722-1776.


For ongoing updates and upcoming event information, follow The Shops at Montebello on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.


About 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.

About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit


Mily Miss Questions: 10 Adventures For Curious Minds! – Adorable! Perfect for Curious Kids

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This collection of stories features Mily and her friends as they investigate major life questions. Mily is a funny, curious and uncertain little 9-year-old girl. Like many children her age, she has a great many questions about life, people and the world. She’s never lost for words. Whenever a particular situation raises a question, Mily is immediately on the case!  From one episode to the next, through everyday situations and without ever favoring a particular point of view, Mily introduces young viewers to the art of questioning and developing an inquiring mind. KIDS FIRST! Juror Rachael V. (Adult) comments, “This program is so adorable! It’s about an all too curious young girl who has all sorts of fun questions. I remember when my older children had non-stop questions and this show really portrays that well. It’s also really good about getting her questions answered. The animation is well done. I recommend the show for ages 5 to 11 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.” Juror Tina B. (Adult) adds, “I found it quite interesting. The stories are thought-provoking and the themes are relative to children as well as adults. The various themes include decision making, choices in jobs, rules vs. laws and ‘telling the truth and teaching responsibility”. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Dariana A. (age 11) adds, “My favorite story on the DVD is the first one because the question asked is one I would have wondered at that age. It is about where we are before we reach our mother’s belly.” Carla P. (age 12) wraps it up with, “I like this series because it teaches children to ask questions of things they are curious about.  The lead character, Mily is a girl who asks everyone questions about a variety of stuff, typical things that kids are thinking and about everyday situations. It helps get kids thinking about things that people don’t usually think of.” See the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics full reviews below.

Mily Miss Questions: 10 Adventures For Curious Minds!

By Dariana Alvarez, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11


Mily Miss Questions: 10 Adventures For Curious Minds! is a collection of stories that are educational and teach lessons such as how to be responsible. Mily asks a lot of questions that most children Mily’s age are aware of, yet she leaves a lot of open questions without an explanation. Mily and her friends ask questions and find out the answers to them together. Each episode has a different plot, but the thing that all the stories have in common is that they all contain a question that Mily answers. When she answers, she gives a variety of options, making you have to choose your preference.

This is a French animated TV series produced by Ciel de Paris and directed by Alex Ducord in whose talented hands we get Mily. The show has excellent voice overs which I particularly enjoyed. I was a bit confused by the dog, Pop, who has the ability to speak in some stories and in others, he only barks. In the second story, he talks and Mily understands him. In the third story, Pop only barks, even when Mily is around. I was also distracted by the words not matching the movement of people’s lips. I realized that the reason is because this film’s original language is French.

My favorite story on the DVD is the first one because the question asked is one I would have wondered at that age as well. It is about where we are before we reach our mother’s belly. I didn’t like that Mily doesn’t give a clear answer to that.

There is a different message in each episode, but the overall message is to find answers to important questions that you have. I rate this film 3.5 out of 5 stars because I felt its offering new knowledge for kids didn’t go far enough and the sound dubbing is distracting and inconsistent. I recommend this film for ages 4 to 6. It is available on DVD now so, check it out.


Mily Miss Questions: 10 Adventures for Curious Minds

By Carla Paz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12


This DVD is a collection of 2D animated stories that are both educational and entertaining. I like this series because it teaches children to ask questions of things they are curious about.  The lead character, Mily is a girl who asks everyone questions about a variety of stuff, typical things that kids are thinking and about everyday situations. It helps get kids thinking about things that people don’t usually think of. The story takes place around Mily, her family, her friends and her school. In one episode, Mily wonders where kids were before they were in their mother stomach.

The show is originally from France. It was adapted for America since it was such a hit in France. I like the style of the animation. The background of each scene of the animation is an actual photo of where it takes place such as kitchen. We see an actual photo of a kitchen. The characters’ animation is over the background. I find that cool because I’ve never seen that done before in animation. It’s very unique and rare.

The message of this show is to ask questions when you wonder about things. It teaches kids to ask questions even if they seem dumb. If someone doesn’t know something, they have the right to ask.  No one should be judged for asking. It also teaches kids to be creative. In one of the episodes, Mily gets bored and doesn’t know what to do.  Her friends come up with ideas to keep her from not being bored. They get creative and make games.

Something interesting is that the show is diverse, having character of different ethnicities.

My favorite character is Mily’s little sister Lola because she nags Mily in a funny way. She annoys Mily sometimes but they love each other. I love how she helps Mily with her questions. She may be younger but she helps Mily a lot. I also liked Mily’s dog since he does a lot of funny things.  Mily’s dog helps her become curious about the world.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 5 to 10. This DVD is available now wherever DVDs are sold so, be sure to look for it.




Mack & Moxy: Adventures In Helpeeland! – Helps Children Understand Some Of Life’s Complicated Issues

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Join Mack, a blue moose with a heart of gold and two left feet, and Moxy, a perky pink raccoon, on four new exciting adventures! Watch Mack & Moxy rescue another Great Helpee in a far off mystical place called HelpeeLand. In the first adventure, Mack & Moxy start a lively game of foursquare at the HelpeeLand School. When a disagreement develops over who won, Trooper Sydnee suggests Rock, Paper, Scissors to settle the dispute. It works like a charm except for one problem Shelfish Sheldon (Hank Azaria) is about to snatch the Great Helpee and keep all its happiness for himself. Guest celebrity, Simone Biles (Olympic Gymnastic Gold Medal winner), helps the Heroes on their mission. Three more adventures introduce kids to subjects like autism, buckling-up for safety and eating healthy foods. KIDS FIRST! Juror Tina B. comments, “This DVD has a beautiful way of explaining and expressing important ways of helping children understand some of life’s complicated issues.” KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Rohan F. adds, “Mack & Moxy: Adventures in Helpeeland! is a great DVD for preschoolers. It teaches basic lessons that kids will need for school.” See their full reviews below.


Mack & Moxy: Adventures In Helpeeland!

By Tina B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror


This DVD has a beautiful way of explaining and expressing important ways of helping children understand some of life’s complicated issues. Friendship, honesty, tolerance, patience, healthy eating habits, dancing, singing, playing together, solving conflicts and working together are not always easy for children to understand and the Mack & Moxy series really helps parents instill good values in their children and helps parents find ways to teach these qualities to their children in a playful, colorful yet firm way. A must for all parents!


The topics discussed, the music, the lyrics, the funny and unusual characters, and the vibrant colors are all spot on and will all appeal to children. Each story has a great topic and the characters are lively, honest, funny, believable and colorful. Each segment concentrates on a powerful message to help young children understand. The songs emphasize the message and make a great addition at the end of each segment. Having the words written on the screen also helps parents relay the words. The material in each segment is very relevant and is very easy for children to follow. Subjects such as honesty, proper car seats for children of different ages, healthy eating, friendship, cooperation, team work, understanding children with autism, respect and organized games at recess time, are all introduced. At the end of each segment a mention of where to find more information is listed.


The vocabulary is age-appropriate and the subject matter is very relevant. The songs are so lively and sing-able. The theme song which is sung throughout the DVD whenever the team is ready to go out on their mission, ‘Here We Go, Na Na Na, Off to Healthyland’ is great. I found myself singing to it too! The animation is fantastic. The colors are so bright and rich for each of the characters and each of the Great Helpees hatched is a different color! The songs are upbeat and uplifting! Having the words written on the screen helps adults learn the songs. The settings for each of the segments has lots of imagination built in and also has awesome colors. Each of the characters has their own unique costume and name. Shellfish Sheldon is a red lobster, Clicks the robot, Patches the tiger, Little Bird is Autistic as well as Trooper Charlie, who dances very well, and so many others.


These segments are all very interesting and colorful and playful and educational as well. One segment deals with normalizing autism and explains about the devices that help autistic children communicate with others. It stresses that ‘even though we are all different, we are all the same’. The song, ‘Each One of Us Is Different’ helps us to understand more. The theme of this segment is that children with autism can be a great friend and our differences are Okay. Yes, I love this! Recommended for ages 2 to 5 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Tina B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.


Mack & Moxy: Adventures in Helpeeland!

Reviewed by Rohan F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11



Mack & Moxy: Adventures in Helpeeland! is a great DVD for preschoolers. It teaches basic lessons that kids will need for school. This colorful DVD contains four episodes that combine animation, live-action, puppets and songs. The first episode teaches how to solve and arguments using “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” The second teaches you about buckling your car seat belt. The third talks about healthy eating and the fourth is about autism. In each episode, Mack (a moose-like giant) and Moxy (a perky pink raccoon) and their friends go to Helpee Island to save the great Helpee egg? One day they meet a new friend who helps them get the Helpee Egg. Meanwhile, the show’s enemy, Shellfish Sheldon is trying to steal the Great Helpee and keep all its happiness for himself. My favorite part of each episode is when Shellfish Sheldon is about to achieve his goal but fails, usually helping Mack and Moxy get the Helpee Egg. This show contains lots of repetition. At the end of each episode, they use exactly the same script as they did at the beginning. Repetition is good for younger children but can get tedious for older kids and adults so, I recommend this film for ages 1 to 4 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rohan F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12.


Once Again Nut Butter is my New Favorite Brand of Peanut Butter!

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I received this product for free from Moms Meet (, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own. 

Looking for great Peanut Butter? Once Again Nut Butter is organic nut butter that also tastes really good! I had the opportunity to review the Once Again Nut butters and my favorite is the Creamy No Stir Peanut Butter! It is tasty and it also is great in recipes. I made peanut butter cookies and I also tried their Peanut Tofu Lettuce Cups recipe! Besides the Peanut Butter, they also have the following: Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, and seed butters such as Sunflower Butter. They are all organic and taste good!

You can order them online here.



ClassDojo Expands Further Into Connecting Classrooms with Content

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ClassDojo and Making Caring Common (MCC), a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), announced an initiative designed to help millions of students worldwide learn about the power of empathy. Through the collaboration, ClassDojo and HGSE MCC created an original series of animated, short films along with discussion guides that will be available to all teachers, parents, and students on ClassDojo.


With more than two-thirds of U.S. schools and 180 countries having joined ClassDojo, the collaboration is an opportunity to bring the concept of empathy to tens of millions of students. It’s the latest in the company’s expansion into a platform connecting classrooms with content.


“Mojo and the ClassDojo monsters make hard-to-understand concepts more relatable for students,” said Cindy Price, a first grade teacher in Delaware. “Having an empathic mindset has been proven to have a huge impact on kids far into the future, and it’s a topic I’ve been wanting to teach for a long time, I just didn’t know how. We’re already planning on making October ‘Empathy Month’ in our school, and my parents are just as excited about it too!”


Available online and in-app, ClassDojo’s original series — “Big Ideas” — launched earlier this year as a way to help teachers and parents bring transformative ideas into the classroom and home. The first season, developed in partnership with Stanford PERTS, focused on the topic of Growth Mindset and has been viewed by one in four students in the U.S. since its debut in January.


“ClassDojo’s usage in classrooms is unprecedented: more than half of all U.S. K-8 teachers are actively using it to communicate with parents and students. And the real key is that it is happening throughout the day — teachers have it open in class, parents at their desks at work,” said Hemant Taneja, managing director at General Catalyst. “When you’re powering an entire communication experience with that level of engagement, you’re well-positioned as a platform for wide scale content delivery. We’ve seen that transformation happen to consumer tech platforms like Snapchat. ClassDojo is following the same trajectory by connecting classrooms with content at significant scale.”


According to the World Economic Forum, emotional intelligence and empathy will be among the top 10 social-emotional skills needed for the 2020 job market. And yet, according to one study, empathy is on the decline, with college students showing a 40% drop in the trait over the past 30 years.


“Empathy is at the heart of what it means to be human,” said Richard Weissbourd, EdD, faculty director of Making Caring Common and senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. “It’s a foundation for acting ethically, for strong relationships, and for professional success. It’s also key to preventing bullying and many other forms of cruelty. We’re excited that this video series will convey that message to younger children on a large scale in a fun and accessible format.”


As with the first season on Growth Mindset, the Empathy series features Pixar-like animated video shorts that star ClassDojo’s monsters — Mojo, Katie, and their friends — as they prepare for a school play that has everyone preoccupied with their own concerns. Each video is paired with a set of projects and discussion guides for class and home, to help students build a deeper understanding of the concept of empathy.


“Every parent wants to help their child learn the skills and character strengths that matter most in life, so they can become whatever it is they dream of,” said Cashawn Norment, a parent in Delaware. “The ClassDojo videos are such an incredible, simple way to do that. At home we’ll often watch and discuss them at bedtime, relating the challenges Mojo and the monsters face to challenges my son is feeling as well. This series and the discussions we’ve had have made a huge difference for our family — I hope every parent tries them out to see the difference they can make for their children too.”


The first video became available for teachers, parents, and students on October 2nd, with the other two following weekly. The release was timed to take place during National Bullying Prevention Month so teachers and parents could help kids understand the important role empathy plays in the understanding and acceptance of others.


“When we first decided to explore the idea of connecting classrooms with content through our ‘Big Ideas: Growth Mindset’ series, we hoped teachers would love them, but we had no idea the reaction would be as big as it has been,” said Liam Don, co-founder of ClassDojo. “Teachers and parents emailed us before the series had even finished, asking when the next would come out. It made it very clear to us that there’s a real need for easy to use, engaging content in the classroom, and at home. We’re delighted to collaborate with Making Caring Common for this season of the ‘Big Ideas’ videos — together, we hope to help millions of kids develop empathy.”

I had the opportunity to review the Class Dojo video series on Empathy and Growth Mindset and really think this will be a helpful resource for teachers and parents to teach young children about empathy! This is a much-needed lesson in the world today!

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A New exciting video series will be out this Spring!


About ClassDojo

ClassDojo’s mission is to give teachers, parents, and students the power to create incredible classrooms. Founded in 2011 and based in San Francisco, California, ClassDojo is a classroom communication app that helps students build social-emotional skills while creating a simple way for teachers, parents, and students to share what’s happening during the school day through photos, videos, and messages. Today, over 2 in 3 schools in the U.S., as well as a further 180 countries, have joined ClassDojo. To learn more, visit: or Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


About Making Caring Common

Making Caring Common (MCC), a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, helps educators, parents, and communities raise children who are caring, responsible to their communities, and committed to justice. Since 2012, MCC has used research, expert guidance, and the insights of both practitioners and parents to develop effective strategies for promoting in children respect, kindness and a commitment to the greater good; influenced the national conversation about raising and educating caring, ethical children; and developed strategic partnerships that enhance our work and amplify our common message. Learn more at

Self Disclosure: I received a ClassDojo package to facilitate this post. Photos and information were also provided. No other compensation was received. I do only post about products that I recommend.