Archives for March 1, 2018

Davidson, March 1st Pet of the Week!

You want to do something great for someone? Here’s your chance to rescue a lovely cat whose former owners declawed him; allowed him to become, at 27 pounds, obscenely obese; and then abandoned him at 9 years old at our shelter. He’s so big that he has to be housed in a traditional large cage instead of one of the little condos! If Davidson, for that is his name, can find a loving, sensible owner who will provide a good diet, room to roam and plenty of exercise, he’ll have a good number of future years to enjoy. He’s friendly, has beautiful spotted brown-tabby markings, and likes head scratches. Meet Davidson at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A603848.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Universal Studios Hollywood Welcomes Hello Kitty to it’s All-New Animation Studio Store – Officially Opens Today!

Donning her signature red bow, global pop phenom Hello Kitty joins Universal Studios Hollywood, taking up residence at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. in the theme park’s all-new, and now open, Animation Studio Store.

            In true Hollywood fashion, the spotlight shines brightly on Hello Kitty and her friends from Sanrio, including My Melody, Keroppi and Chococat, as they star in a selection of park-exclusive merchandise, including accessories, apparel, stationery, souvenirs and collectibles.

An array of delectable confectionery—prepared fresh daily—is also available, including such tasty treats as Hello Kitty, Chococat and Keroppi themed s’mores, and a variety of Hello Kitty themed fudge, cupcakes and caramel apples.

Highlights of the exclusive product offerings feature designs incorporating Sanrio characters into classic Universal titles such as Jaws, E.T. The Extra -Terrestrial, Back to the Future and more, as well as the group enjoying a variety of Universal Studios Hollywood theme park attractions, from the world-famous Studio Tour to “Jurassic Park—The Ride” and “King Kong 360 3D.”  New park-exclusive merchandise will be released regularly.

The shop also features the popular Hello Kitty Build-A-Bow display, inviting guests to customize their design from a selection of colorful bow options. Guests purchasing any Sanrio item will also receive a complimentary Hello Kitty Hollywood-themed temporary tattoo, which mirrors Sanrio’s ‘small gift, big smile’ philosophy that is demonstrated globally across all Sanrio’s retail stores and special events.

Hello Kitty will also make special appearances just outside the entrance of the Animation Studio Store.  Making her Hollywood debut in a red pleated dress embellished with film strips, Hello Kitty will meet and greet fans near a collection of Sanrio-themed topiaries, including My Melody, Keroppi and Chococat, and window displays featuring the characters making movies and enjoying the Universal Studios Hollywood experience.

In addition to Hello Kitty, the Animation Studio Store will feature an array of merchandise from Illumination Entertainment films, including Minions from the blockbuster Despicable Me film franchise, and DreamWorks Animation, including memorable items from Kung Fu Panda. A selection of products from other favorite animations will also be available, including Dr. Seuss, Scooby-Doo, Curious George, SpongeBob SquarePants and “The Simpsons.”

The Animation Studio Store sits at the heart of Universal Studios Hollywood in a new 6,000 square foot structure that draws its inspiration from California Mission revival architecture reminiscent of the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 1930s. Fusing style with whimsy, the retail environment weaves nimble animated characters into the fabric of the Spanish architectural design from the wood detailing to the stucco, wrought iron and painted tiles.

The Carl Laemmle outdoor courtyard situated adjacent to the Animation Studio Store pays homage to the filmmaking pioneer and founder of the Universal movie studio inviting guests to dine or relax amid a decorative fountain surrounded by luscious greenery.

More information is available at Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.


Sanrio® is the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty®, and home to many beloved characters including Chococat®My Melody®Badtz-Maru®Keroppi® and Gudetama.  Sanrio was founded on the ‘small gift, big smile®’ philosophy – that a small gift can bring happiness and friendship to people of all ages. Since 1960, this philosophy has served as the inspiration to offer quality products, services and activities that inspire unique consumer experiences across the world. Today, Hello Kitty’s legendary breadth of products is available in over 130 countries and in retail locations including department, specialty, national chain retailers and Sanrio boutique stores. To learn more about Sanrio, please visit and follow on FacebookInstagram and Twitter – @sanrio,@hello kitty.


Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and Flight of the Hippogriff™, Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction. The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

PUR CelluFIRM from PUR attitude is a Must-Try this Spring!

PUR firm CelluFIRM Lotion from PUR attitude uses a triple action technology that stimulates microcirculation to smooth the appearance of the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. The result is a firmer, more toned looking body. 88% of customers report a decrease in thigh circumference, firmer looking skin, and visibly reduced dimples with product’s use. (Available in 6.6 oz. MSRP $68.00.)
I love that this product firms and tones skin. Overall. it left my skin looking more radiant and I love that it leaves my skin feeling softer and smoother too!
Each product in the PUR attitude line is dermatologist tested and proven, backed by customer testimonials, and follows the brand’s philosophy of Safe Beauty, avoiding harsh chemicals, parabens, PEG’s, glycols, sulfates, petro-chemicals, synthetic fragrances, and artificial dyes. For more information, please go to
Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Images were provided. 

5 Tips to finding a photo booth company to hire

Events nowadays cannot be complete without a photo booth at the venue. Because of how fun and engaging it is, it’s become a must have in almost all kinds of functions. Be it weddings, awards nights, or concerts, you’re sure to see an attractive backdrop with guests lining up to have their photos taken. Photo booths are a lot of fun and it keeps the guests busy and allows them to mingle with each other. The printed photographs also serve as a practical souvenir that your guests can keep. If you’re looking to hire a photo booth for your next function, here are 5 tips to finding the right company to hire:


  1. Check for client feedback

When looking for photo booth service, consider the companies near your area look for feedback. If you live in Australia, there are a lot of photo booth hire in Melbourne, Werribee, and nearby locations. Client feedback is a deciding factor in hiring a certain supplier. Check out who they are what their reputation is. Look at their online profile and read the reviews about them. Are the clients satisfied? Are they highly recommended? Are there any complaints about them? Actual feedback from customers play a big role in helping you decide which company to get.


  1. What kind of events have they covered?

Consider also the types of events they’ve covered and if it fits the function you’re organizing. The range of events they’ve covered will tell you their breadth of experience and whether or not they’re a good fit for you. If you are to inquire, ask them about their biggest event. How many people have they catered? How many tools did they bring? How many staff can they allocate for your function?


  1. What kind of services do they offer?

Photo booths nowadays have changed so much. The backdrops have evolved immensely. What started as plain tarpaulin backgrounds, now we have green screens, and fun and cool props. There are even flower walls, and intricate setup with couches. It’s gotten even more creative and immersive with flip books, wherein instead of a single shot you’ll be given 7 seconds to move any way you like. And the output will be a 60-page flipbook you’re sure to enjoy! What else? Have you heard of a 360 degrees photo booth? Instead of a background, you’ll be standing on a round elevated platform where a camera pan around you in a circle. The output is in video format and it’s right now one of the hottest photo booths in town.


  1. Check their output

Now that you’re almost decided on which photo booth company to get, one thing you can’t forget is to check their output. Not all photo papers are made equal, make sure to clarify that you want your photos to last long and not blur in a few weeks time. Check their layout also if they provide creative and elegantly made layouts. Otherwise, you’d have to provide your own layout or even hire an artist to do yours.


  1. How much is it going to cost you?

With so many options out there, it’s easy to be swayed into getting more add ons, more time, more options, all at an additional cost. Don’t forget to stick to your budget when it comes to supplier hunting. A decent photo booth can set you back $100 to $150 per 3 hours, with each succeeding hour ranging from $15 to $20. Of course, the price definitely varies per location so it’s best to research also on the price. Set a budget ceiling and try not to exceed it.