Archives for August 8, 2017

Celebrate Back to School with Special Celebrations at The Shops at Montebello

The Shops at Montebello invites teachers, parents and students to celebrate back-to-school in the Montebello community with special, end-of-summer activities. To kick off the new school season, the center will be hosting fun fashion events and giveaways.

On Saturday, August 19, The Shops at Montebello is hosting a Kids Club Back to School event with a special Drill Team Dance Off in Center Court from 12-1:30 p.m. During the event, high school dance teams will showcase their favorite routines in an effort to take home first place and a $500 prize for their school. Face painting and a premium gift for Kids Club members will also be available during the event, while supplies last.


“At The Shops at Montebello, we strive to provide a back-to-school experience that’s meaningful and fun for both parents and students,” said Marida Petitjean, director of marketing and business development. “We’re delighted to host these back-to-school events for kids and parents to enjoy while gearing up for the new school year.”


For ongoing updates or to learn more about upcoming events and opportunities, 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 modern 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 the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations and an S&P 100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our properties across North America, Europe, and Asia provide community gathering places for millions of people every day and generate billions in annual sales. For more information, visit

Summer at L.A. Zoo – New Schedule of Daily Opportunities to Learn More about Animals


What’s an otter’s idea of summer fun? How do elephants beat the heat? Do animals need sunblock? Discover all that and more during a visit this summer to the Los Angeles Zoo, which offers a new schedule of daily opportunities to learn more about animals. Featured now through Labor Day are close-up “Animals & You” encounters as well as special feedings, intriguing talks and guided experiences about otters, gorillas, chimps, seals, alligators, tomistomas, flamingos, birds and the Zoo’s Australia area residents. Also offered are an Elephants of Asia Training Demonstration, World of Birds Show, Muriel’s Ranch Demonstration, Campfire Stories in the California Condor Rescue Zone (CCRZ), Giraffe Feedings and a Hippo Encounter. All except Giraffe Feedings and the Hippo Encounter are free with paid Zoo admission.

“Our hope is that people really connect with our animals and look more closely at everything that makes this zoo such a special place,” says Jess Kohring, who oversees much of the Zoo’s education programming. “These programs are designed to enhance the overall visitor experience, and with such a variety, there is almost always something exceptional to see.”

For a wild time, come eye-to-eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents at ANIMALS & YOU in the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo and learn all about them from specially trained members of the Zoo’s intrepid volunteer corps. These close-up creature encounters are offered daily at 10:45 and 11:45 am and on weekends at 10:45 am11:45 am and 12:45 pm, subject to weather-related changes, especially on hot days.

Among the special feedings, intriguing talks and guided experiences are a chance to learn about some of the zoo’s most playful residents at the OTTER TALK, daily at 3 pm, as the giant river otters swim, slip, and slide around their exhibit. Come on a Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday at 10:30 am for GOOD MORNING GORILLAS at the Campo Gorilla Reserve, where a Zoo Education Specialist helps guests get to know the gorillas, learn about their behavior and find out how gorillas, just like humans, go through a morning routine. With one of the largest chimpanzee troops in the nation, the Zoo’s CHIMP CHAT12:30 pm daily at Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains, features a Zoo staff expert to chat about these great apes as they go through their midday routine. A special SEAL TALK at Sea Life Cliffs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 am, provides a chance to say hello to the Zoo’s seals and learn firsthand about the care they receive from their devoted keepers. Meet Reggie the Alligator and his new companion Tina on Saturdays at 11:30 am during an ALLIGATOR TALK, or join keepers who share insight on tomistomas at the TOMISTOMA TALK, Sundays at 11:30 am, near the LAIR. GOOD MORNING FLAMINGOS, at 10:30 am every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, offers an opportunity to observe as one of the largest flamingo flocks in any of the world’s zoos greets the day while a Zoo staff expert shares fascinating facts about these boisterous birds. Experience the Zoo’s Aviary sights and sounds on a BIRD WALK, daily at 2 pm, that explores the immersive exhibit with an Education Specialist. And embark on an Aussie adventure, daily at 1:30 pm, with the AUSTRALIA WALKABOUT, which features a rotating slate of daily programs including animal feedings, tours and keeper talks.

An exceptional ELEPHANT TRAINING DEMONSTRATION at Elephants of Asia’s Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion, offered daily (except Tuesdays and Thursdays) at 11 am, features a training session with the Zoo’s beloved Asian elephants and a chance to learn how keepers use positive reinforcement to build bonds with them to keep them healthy and safe. The free-flight WORLD OF BIRDS SHOW at the Angela Collier World of Birds Theater, which has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years, spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars and takes place daily except Tuesdays at 12 and 2:30 pm. Meet the animals that live on Muriel’s Ranch daily at 11:30 am at a RANCH DEMO and experience firsthand what it takes to be a ranch hand. Gather ‘round for CAMPFIRE STORIES IN THE CCRZ, an interactive story time featuring condors and their animal friends daily at 1 pm.

Come face-to-face with a giraffe at the Zoo’s interactive Giraffe Feedings, which take place daily at 11 am and 2 pm. Guests learn about the world’s tallest land mammal from Zoo Education Specialists, who share facts about a Masai giraffe’s daily life at the Zoo, which includes eating 70 to 80 pounds of up to 100 different species of plants a day and feed for 16 to 20 hours. Giraffe Feedings are $5 per person with paid Zoo admission. Guests can purchase tickets (cash only) for the Giraffe Feedings at the exhibit just prior to start times for the activity, which is subject to weather-related changes, especially on rainy days.

To find out what it’s like to be up-close to a hippo, check out the Zoo’s HIPPO ENCOUNTER, an extraordinary, hands-on opportunity every weekend and holiday, 12 noon, at the L.A. Zoo.  Small groups of up to 15 people, including children ages four and up accompanied by an adult, go behind the scenes for approximately 20 minutes to stand VERY close to the Zoo’s near-legendary Rosie and her mom, Mara, while learning all about them. Keepers introduce guests to both hippos, the third-largest land mammal, and share specifics about their daily routines, care, training and lives. Participants watch up close as staff feeds lunch to the hippos, followed by a chance to reach out and feel their cool, smooth skin, then concluding with an unforgettable photo op likely to generate multiple #adorbs type hashtags. Due to its great popularity, advance purchase of Hippo Encounter tickets ($20 per person in addition to regular Zoo admission) via the Zoo’s website is strongly recommended.

A complete schedule can be viewed at Programming subject to change.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90027.  Free parking is available.  For additional information, contact (323) 644-4200 or visit

Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo. Photo Credit: Jamie Pham.

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Magical Movie Night

Grab Your Popcorn, Because The Equestria Girls Are Back For A Magic-Filled Triple Feature including: Dance Magic – When Rarity finds out about a music video competition, she’s eager to convince her friends at Canterlot High to enter the contest. The girls soon learn that Crystal Prep Academy are also interested in participating in the contest. The students at CPA have many more resources and are better dancers! Will they be able to pull together and make a winning music video? Movie Magic – The Equestria Girls have been specially invited by A.K. Yearling to go on the set of the upcoming Daring Do movie and they are overjoyed. For super-fan Rainbow Dash, watching behind the scenes as her favorite heroine comes to life is a dream come true. But when a rare and important prop from the set goes missing, putting the movie on hold, Rainbow Dash’s dream becomes a nightmare. Mirror Magic – As the pages in her journal run out, there’s only one thing for Sunset Shimmer to do: return to Equestria to get a new journal! There, she meets Starlight Glimmer and agrees to bring her back to experience life at Canterlot High. But while Sunset Shimmer was away, a revenge seeking Juniper Montage finds a beautiful hand mirror enchanted with Equestrian magic. Not only can it provide a window into another land, but if you push the right button, it can also make things disappear into limbo, trapped between the two realms! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Jolleen M. comments, “This animated film has a great storyline and important morals that I loved to watch. Plus, all of the characters have their own unique personalities, which is cool to see.” Gerry O. adds, “The episodes all teach kids about friendship, teamwork and many other positive behavior. At times, the stories concentrate more on action or drama but they are never too mature for young children.” See their full reviews below.


My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Magical Movie Night
By Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12


This animated film has a great storyline and important morals that I loved to watch. Plus, all of the characters have their own unique personalities, which is cool to see. The animation is spot on with detailed facial expressions and body language of the characters.

The stories, Dance Magic, Movie Magic, and Mirror Magic are all about friendship, teamwork, persevering and forgiving. In the stories, the Equestria Girls work together solving obstacles that come up. They befriend, forgive and help their enemies. The Equestria Girls create peace among every one and teach others to create peace as well.

Ali Liebert makes Juniper Montage sound very determined, jealous and greedy, but also shows Juniper’s hurt side, where she is apologetic and depressed. Tabitha St. Germain portrays Rarity as very elegant, creative and calm. But at times, she is easily frustrated and very competitive. The animation for all of the My Little Pony films is really cute and detailed. I love this type of animation. The backgrounds are very detailed and the animation is really pleasing to watch.

My favorite part is when Pinky Pie’s (Andrea Libman) dream comes true when she sees a building made of pudding. Her eyes light up and you can see her pure happiness. I really love this part because it made me really happy to see Pinky Pie so excited. The pudding also looks delicious.

The message of these stories is that you should be kind to everyone, no matter what. Also, it promotes forgiving people and giving them second chances. The Equestrian Girls have their stuff and their ideas stolen, but they still forgive and become great friends even with the thieves. This collection of stories teaches children to have a good heart and enjoy life in the moment.

This is a wonderful DVD with big messages. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 8. This DVD is available August 8, 2017, be sure to check it out.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Magical Movie Night
By Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15


With three unique stories and beautiful animation, this DVD collection entertains younger audiences while teaching them about friendship. It has a room for improvement and is far from the best of the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic series. Like the previous shows and movies of this series, the three episodes focus heavily on adventure and comedy. The episodes all teach kids about friendship, teamwork and many other positive behavior. At times, the stories concentrate more on action or drama but they are never too mature for young children.

The three episodes start after the latest film, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Legend of Everfree. The stories are all different, but generally focus on seven girls solving problems together. At the end, an answer comes to them and they all learn an important message about friendship.  Watching at least the previous film is helpful to the viewer since there are some references to previous plot elements. It would be very difficult to enjoy this DVD without having any prior experience with the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series

Overall, this DVD has an enjoyable series of stories. They are bright, educational and are simple enough for younger kids to understand. Compared to the previous films and shows, the quality has dropped in some places. One of the strongest outliers to me is the comedy. In the past, the main character called Pinkie Pie (Andrea Libman) often plays a comedic role. In this collection, the comedy doesn’t come out goofy and funny as it usually does. It feels forced and almost annoying. Something else that I found lacking is the conflict in the stories. The first episode, Dance Magic, really suffers the most. The conflict in this episode focuses on the girls trying to raise money for a spring dance. Sadly, it has no good introduction and is simply explained at the beginning. This makes it not too important to the viewer and the way the characters treat this issue furthers the problem. One thing that has stayed consistent throughout the series is the voice acting and animation. Both have still maintained high quality and are one of the best parts of the show.

Out of the three, my favorite episode is Mirror Magic. The storyline is quite unique. It’s about a girl jealous of the seven friends who puts six of them in a magic mirror. It’s up to the seventh, Sunset Shimmer and her new friend Starlight Glimmer. This plays out interestingly in the show as Starlight, just like Sunset, is a villain turned good. This makes for some interesting chemistry between the two, which is entertaining.

As always, this series is meant for kids. For that reason, I recommend it for ages 7 to 13. I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars for an overall good collection of episodes and high-quality animation, but a lack of good conflicts and a drop in quality.





Yogurtland ‘s Newest Scratch-Made Flavors Share Deliciousness and Hope with Every Cup Featuring New Hope Cup to Support Charities And Two Limited Edition 3D Collectable Spoons


Inspired by delicious desserts from around the world, Yogurtland’s newest flavors are a way to continue to enjoy all of life’s favorite moments while providing hope for those less fortunate. Along with a line-up of five new delicious, handcrafted flavors, Yogurtland is introducing a “Hope Cup” where guests can help support Yogurtland Cares and charities that support children and women in need.

Before embarking on their flavor journey, guests will decide to fill an original Yogurtland cup or for an extra $1 they can choose the Hope Cup to fill with their handcrafted flavors and topping choices. All proceeds from the Hope Cups will equally benefit the following three Yogurtland Cares supported charities:

–       Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals – Providing treatment, comfort and hope to millions of sick kids and their families. 

–       Exodus Cry – Assisting and empowering victims of exploitation around the world.

–       Rescuing Lives – Rescuing and caring for widows and orphaned children in poverty stricken areas around the world.


“At Yogurtland, we are grateful for the support our guests show us every day, and we feel it is important for us to share that support and become a beacon of hope for others. Our new Hope Cup will allow us to team up with our fans and provide needed support for children and women in less fortunate circumstances,” said Chad Bailey, senior director of marketing, Yogurtland.

The new promotional flavors, available from August 7 to October 1, give froyo lovers the chance to explore new delicious yogurt combinations and pairings while collecting two special edition spoons. For the first time, Yogurtland is offering three-dimensional spoons. These specially designed spoons reflect the theme of hope with a bright yellow sunflower shape and a charming pink flowerpot shape.

Additionally, Yogurtland is offering two promotional toppings – coconut caramel cookies, available August 7, and chocolate covered sunflower seeds, available, September 4. The five delectable promotional flavors are:

–       Blissful Banana Toffee Pie- Available August 7 and inspired by the English dessert ‘banofee pie,’ this flavor will have froyo lovers enjoying every spoonful. By combining real bananas with a toffee base and adding hints of graham cracker and shortbread, this tasty froyo perfectly captures the spirit of this popular, decadent dessert pie.

I love this one! I just tried it today! I love the banana and toffee taste!

–       Molten Lava Cake Gelato- Beginning August 7, guests can enjoy this flavor that derives its taste from the French classic soufflé. This flavor exemplifies a perfect chocolate cake, mixing cocoa and shortbread cookie creating every chocolate lover’s dream flavor.

–       Spicy Sweet Chili Mango Sorbet- Guests will be able to explore this tasty treat beginning August 21. As a tribute to the popular combination in Mexico, this flavor brings together Alphonso mango with hints of red chili and lemon flavors. This refreshing flavor delivers the perfect balance of sweet and spice in every spoonful. 

–       Simply Sublime Pear Tart- Reminiscent of the Asian pear, this scratch-made flavor will be offered in stores beginning September 4. Starting with a pear puree made with Bartlett pears, this flavor mimics sweet, fresh, and ripe in every spoonful. This tart based flavor will have froyo enthusiasts feeling as though they are biting into a deliciously ripe pear.

–       Perfectly Roasted Pistachio Almond- Starting September 18, this no sugar added pistachio almond yogurt will have froyo fans satisfied without the added guilt. Incorporating roasted pistachio butter and real almond butter, this flavor provides the perfect nutty combination that will be sure to please all yogurt lovers.


Yogurtland’s flavorologists are continually seeking craveable flavors that keep fans loving their experience. Yogurtland owns its own dairy and by controlling the frozen yogurt making process, the company can deliver the highest quality flavors, setting new standards for millions of fans.


All of Yogurtland’s flavors meet the National Yogurt Association Criteria for “live and active culture frozen yogurt” and are produced in a kosher-certified facility. Yogurtland features non-fat and low-fat yogurt flavors as well as non-dairy and no sugar added choices while using milk that does not contain antibiotics or added hormones. Fruit flavors are fortified with Vitamin C for an extra boost.

Self Disclosure: Credit: Yogurtland. No compensation was received.

Presently Yogurtland has more than 320 locations across the U.S., Australia, Guam, Singapore, Thailand, Venezuela and Dubai. Flavors are always subject to creative change and popular demand. For more information, visit or


Yogurtland Cares is a charity arm of Yogurtland, serving children and women in need through various charities in the US and abroad. Yogurtland Cares operates as a 501(c) 3 non-profit (Tax ID # 27-1491723). For more information and to learn about the charities Yogurtland Cares supports, please visit

Shaq and Kobe are Pets of the Week

Shaq, August 10 Pet of the Week

Shaq, a shorthair Chi mix, and brother Kobe, a longhair Chi mix, are two 12-year-old sweet seniors who were left by their owners at the shelter when the owners moved. After all that time in a loving home—we could tell how loving it was by the pups’ friendliness—they’re confused by suddenly living in a kennel. These two are a bonded pair, and it would be wonderful if a human could also bond with both and let them live out some happy golden years! Special senior adoption rate of $25. Meet Shaq and Kobe on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A363493 for Shaq and ID#A363492 for Kobe.

Kobe, August 10 Pet of the Week, if you can get him in

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Photos: Top: Shaq and Bottom: Kobe.

Self Disclosure: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

National Breastfeeding Month (August 1 – August 31) 20% OFF Storewide Sale with Belli Skincare!

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Belli Skincare ( has a great promotion going on!  Don’t miss it!
National Breastfeeding Month  (August 1 – August 31)
Visit the Belli website to enjoy 20% savings sitewide on Belli Skincare products with promo code (SUPPORTNURSING). 
I have tried their products in the past and really recommend them! One of my favorites is their Lip Balm!
Self Disclosure: Information and images were provided. I also received a free product to post.