Archives for May 2018

All Our Wild Wonder by Poet Sarah Kay would make a great gift for Teachers! Special End of the School Year Giveaway!

The end of the school year is quickly approaching! Are you looking for a gift to tell your Teacher that she is appreciated? Hachette Books has published a delightful book that would make the perfect gift! It is a beautiful single poem volume titled ALL OUR WILD WONDER by YouTube poet sensation Sarah Kay and it’s a tribute to extraordinary educators and teachers. The poem is about one of Sarah’s most beloved teachers, Mrs. Ribiero. I received a copy and I really think that this would be a wonderful gift for children to give their Teachers at the end of the school year! It’s such a great way to let a Teacher know that they truly make a difference!

You can find it on Amazon. You can also find other retailers here.

We have teamed up for a giveaway! To enter leave a comment below telling us about one of your favorite teachers! There will be 10 winners but there will be a quick turn around on this one so enter now! Deadline to enter is June 6th, 2018 at noon PST. U.S. Residents only, please.


Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this book post/giveaway. The image was also provided. 

The Best Way To Celebrate National Doughnut Day Tomorrow! Universal CityWalk Brings 4 Ways to Indulge, including an all-new Voodoo Doughnut Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood Become L.A.’s Doughnut Destination on National Doughnut Day, June 1, with Multiple Indulgent Confectionaries: Voodoo Doughnut, Sparky’s Mini Donuts, Springfield’s Lard Lad Donuts and Nectar Bath Treat Scented Donut-Shaped Soaps

With a whole day to celebrate everyone’s favorite pastry, doughnut-lovers need to look no further than Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood to get their fill on National Doughnut Day, which takes place on Friday, June 1.

            Between the open-air entertainment complex and theme park, guests have plenty to celebrate with lots of sweet indulgence in all shapes and sizes at Voodoo DoughnutSparky’s Mini Donuts, and Springfield’s famous Lard Lad Donuts.

Guests can also capture their love of donuts at the recently-opened retail shop, Nectar Bath Treats which features a delicious “Donut Love” photo op wall display and selection of donut-inspired soaps.

The ever-popular Voodoo Doughnut, created by Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon, serves a range of 60 eclectic doughnuts, including vegan options and the Hollywood Cream, created exclusively for Universal CityWalk. A variety of scrumptious flavored doughnuts include Grape Ape, Mango Tango, the Voodoo Bubble and Bacon Maple Bar as well as their signature Voodoo Doll.  To commemorate National Doughnut Day, Voodoo Doughnut will also offer an exclusive Strawberry Confetti doughnut throughout the weekend, from June 1-3.

Mmmmm donut! Who doesn’t love them, and at Universal Studios Hollywood, guests visiting Springfield, hometown of America’s favorite animated family, the Simpsons, can delight in the sweet circular treat – LARD LAD DONUTS, an amazing cooked cake confection made fresh daily. Selections include “The Big Pink” famous giant creamy pink-frosted sprinkled donut, and the “Flavor of the Day” giant donuts, including Maple Bacon, Chocolate Glazed and S’mores.

Sparky’s Mini Donuts was created by food entrepreneur Trish Conklin and made famous at San Francisco’s Pier 39. At the Universal CityWalk location, guests can watch donuts made fresh to order right before their eyes where they are served plain or sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.  A party-size bucket of 36 mini donuts is also available.

For a unique and captivating experience, Nectar Bath Treats creates bakery-inspired products that look good enough to eat. Their plant-based and cruelty-free handmade bath treats include donut-shaped soaps complete with a variety of scents and sprinkles, including Candy Kiss, featuring a sweet blend of pink sugar and cotton candy aromas; Coco Bliss, featuring the perfect blend of juicy pineapple an exotic coconut scent, and Razzle Dazzle, featuring a blend of blackberries and sweet vanilla fragrances. The highly Instagram-able store also showcases a “Donut Love” wall to capture a sweet moment with friends.

More information about Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood is available at and Regular updates can be found on Universal Studios Hollywood’s Twitter @UniStudioFacebook-Universal Studios Hollywood and Instagram @UniStudios.


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™”.  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 Ride™.” 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 production studio where they can also experience such authentic thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”  Opening June 15, 2018, Universal Studios Hollywood welcomes the DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”  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.

OC Parks’ Bugs & Butterflies Program June 3rd!

OC Parks’ Bugs & Butterflies event at Riley Wilderness Park is this Sunday! This family-friendly event on Sunday, June 3 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. invites children and their families to learn all about bugs & butterflies.

OC Parks invites children and families to learn all about bugs and butterflies! Come tour Riley Wilderness Park’s butterfly garden at this free, family-friendly event. Special guests include Mimi the Monarch Butterfly and Western Monarch Guardians! Plant and insect experts will be available to provide educational information and answer questions.
Explore educational stations, informative exhibits and live anthropod friends. See the intricate design of a bee colony with honeycomb and a live queen bee. Also, get an up close encounter with native hawks and snakes. Additional activities include a live butterfly enclosure, children’s face painting, giveaways, native plant sales, storytelling, park tours and arts and crafts. There will also be a live butterfly release at 3 p.m. A food truck will be on-site serving delicious culinary creations for a nominal fee.
Explore educational stations, informative exhibits, and a live butterfly enclosure. Visitors can also enjoy children’s face painting, giveaways, native plant sales, storytelling, park tours and arts and crafts throughout the event.

Splash and Bubbles event at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium on June 3rd! GET READY FOR THE SUMMER WITH SONGS FROM THE HIT PBS KIDS SERIES Available on June 1, 2018 from The Jim Henson Company, Herschend Studios, and Music.Film Recordings.

The Jim Henson Company, Herschend Studios, and Music. Film Recordings make a “Splash” with the summer release of Splash and Bubbles: Rhythm of the Reef (Songs from Season One). Hitting stores and digital retailers on June 1, the album includes 16 favorite songs from Season 1 of the Emmy nominated PBS Kids TV series, along with 6 bonus tracks from the interstitial series “Get Your Feet Wet.”

Splash and Bubbles: Rhythm of the Reef (Songs from Season One) is the perfect summer beach-time album, full of funky, Motown-inspired tunes, with themes around marine science. The 16 series songs were written by award-winning composer Mike Himelstein (Sid the Science Kid, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Dinosaur Train) and feature the vocal talents of your favorite characters, including the show’s creator John Tartaglia as Splash, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph as Bubbles, Raymond Carr as Dunk, and Aymee Garcia as Ripple.

The album’s lead track, “Splash and Bubbles Theme Song” won “Best Song for a TV Series” at the 2017 Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards.

The soundtrack release is part of a Splash and Bubbles -centered consumer products push that also includes a series of storybooks being released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on June 5th and the “One Big Ocean” DVD being released by PBS on June 12th – all in celebration of World Oceans Day on June 8th!

Splash and Bubbles is a production of The Jim Henson Company and Herschend Studios. Created by John Tartaglia (Imaginocean, Johnny and the Sprites), the series is executive produced by Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford of The Jim Henson Company, Julie Phillips and Merrill Puckett Miller of Herschend Enterprises, as well as Tartaglia, Michael Shawn Lewis, and Jill Shinderman. The series is funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Splash and Bubbles airs daily on PBS KIDS and streams on Netflix.

Visit to buy/stream the full album!

Don’t miss this fun family event!

Splash and Bubbles Day at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Sunday, June 3, 1 to 3 pm
 Free with museum admission


Credit: Sugar Mountain PR and See below.


Music.Film Recordings is the new soundtrack label launched by music services specialist Cutting Edge Group, a Grammy Award-winning music company for film, television, advertising, and games, and owner of the world’s preeminent independent film music catalog, including Academy Award winners The King’s Speech and Whiplash, the John Wick franchise, and Academy Award-nominated Sicario. Music.Film Recordings provides its partners with a full suite of creative, marketing, promotional, licensing and distribution services. Music.Film Recordings is distributed worldwide by Universal Music Distribution, in partnership with iconic soundtrack label Varèse Sarabande Records wherever music is sold, downloaded, or streamed. Upcoming Music.Film Recordings titles include Sicario: Day of the Soldado composed by Hildur Guðnadóttir and Jeff Beal’s Shock and Awe.

For more information about Cutting Edge Group, visit For licensing requests, visit

About The Jim Henson Company

The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 60 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world-famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include Julie’s Greenroom (Netflix), Dot. (Sprout/Hulu), Splash and Bubbles (PBS), Word Party (Netflix), Doozers (Hulu/ Sprout), and the Emmy®-nominated Sid the Science Kid (PBS), Dinosaur Train (PBS), and Pajanimals (Sprout). Television productions include Fraggle Rock, The Storyteller and the sci-fi cult series Farscape. Features include Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, as well as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, MirrorMask, and Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow. The Company is currently in production on the upcoming Netflix original series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Projects in development include the highly anticipated film Fraggle Rock.

With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete with soundstage and postproduction facilities. The Company is home to Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, a pre-eminent character-building and visual effects group with international film, television, theme park and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry’s top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state-of- the-art and vintage equipment. The Company’s Henson Alternative brand is currently touring Puppet-Up!– Uncensored, a live puppet improvisational show, and its feature The Happytime Murders, starring Melissa McCarthy, will be released in August 2018.

About Herschend Enterprises and Herschend Studios

Herschend Studios is the media arm of Herschend Enterprises.  Committed to developing and producing family entertainment for television, film, digital and publishing, Herschend Studios harnesses the power of storytelling to create positive, personal, and lasting connections.  Herschend Enterprises is a family of companies who focus on family entertainment.  For nearly six decades, Herschend Enterprises has operated with the purpose to bring families closer together by Creating Memories Worth Repeating®.  Herschend Enterprises also includes the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters and Herschend Family Entertainment.  The Harlem Globetrotters entertain millions of fans and families each year with their legendary basketball magic. Combining athleticism, theater and comedy they have been thrilling audiences worldwide since 1926.  Herschend Family Entertainment owns and operates entertainment, tourism and hospitality properties across the country, including award-winning theme parks like Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO, and Dollywood, a partnership with Dolly Parton in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains, top tier aquariums, water parks, hotels, and other highly entertaining standalone attractions. For more information, visit<>.


Don’t forget to Celebrate Star Wars this May!

Celebrate with this great book: Star Wars: Lightsabers: A Guide to Weapons of the Force. This one is sure to be a hit! I checked it out and highly recommend for Star Wars fans!
Solo: A Star Wars Story
On May 25th, celebrate the release of the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga with 40% off our Star Wars books and kits — including Star Wars Master Models: Millennium Falcon — with code MAYTHE4TH. I also think that this one is really cool! I received it and put it up for a special Star Wars fan and can’t wait to give it to him for his birthday! Shhh! It’s a surprise!
Save in May on all our Star Wars titles,
with code MAYTHE4TH!
40% off code good May 1 through May 31, 2018.

Self Disclosure: I received samples of a few of the above products to facilitate this post. Images and information were provided and I recommend all of the above. 

Mai Tai, May 31 Pet of the Week

The number of kittens being born this time of year often leaves the older cats at a loss. Mai Tai, a blue-point Siamese, isn’t that old—she’s 2—but she’s a mellow girl as well as sweet and good natured. This is a win-win for anyone wanting a young cat but no kitten behavior. It’s the end of May—great time to make Mai Tai your Thai! Meet her on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID# A607390.


(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Celebrate World Oceans Day with Rubio’s Coastal Grill, June 8th!

Each year on June 8th we celebrate World Oceans Day, a day designed by the United Nations to celebrate our oceans and collaborate for a better future.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency in 2016, Americans use more than 380 billion plastic bags and wraps per year.  These bags break down into our oceans and harm fish, turtles and other ocean life. As a friend of the ocean and advocate for sustainable seafood, Rubio’s Coastal Grill is giving away free reusable tote bags with any purchase at its restaurants on June 8th.

I received one of these bags and just love it! This bag has quickly become my to-go-to-beach bag! I love how it is insulated and keeps things hot/cool for up to three hours!

We have teamed up for a GIveaway! one winner will win Two meal vouchers from Rubio’s! To enter, leave a comment below telling us how you take care of the ocean or our planet Earth! Deadline to enter is June 8th, 2018 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via U.S. residents only, please.

There are also a few local World Oceans Day events for those looking to get more involved, including:

  • Aquarium of the Pacific World Oceans Day Celebration (June 8 at 9am – 6pm): The aquarium will be teaching visitors about climate change, ocean pollution and various ocean issues through films, exhibits and other activities. More details here.
  • Beach Guardians Dockweiler Beach Cleanup & Picnic (June 9 at 9am – 12pm): Sea Shepherd Los Angeles Beach Guardians will be hosting a clean up and potluck at Dockweiler Beach. More details here.


Self Disclosure: I received a free Tote bag and meal vouchers to facilitate this post. Giveaway Prize will include Two Meal vouchers only. Images and information were also provided. 

Time for Graduation! Look your best with these products!

It’s that time of the year! Graduation time! Want to look your best? These products are a must-buy!
Don’t let a zit (or two) stand in the way of perfect photos. This dermatologist-recommended acne medicine absorbs faster and deeper to eliminate bacteria and fight breakouts between applications. Micro-sized Benzoyl Peroxide minimizes the over-drying that can occur with ordinary benzoyl peroxide. Triple-action power of chamomile, ginger and sea whip soothes and reduces redness.
Price & Availability: $6.49;
I received a sample of this one and although my face no longer breaks out too often…I did have the opportunity to try it out on one stubborn pimple and it works great!
The new gold-standard in women’s facial hair removal, Flawless instantly and painlessly sweeps away unwanted hair with a new spinning technology destined to make painful plucking or waxing obsolete. Flawless is so gentle it can be used every day without risking redness or irritation to skin, and there is no downtime waiting for regrowth to remove hair.
Price & Availability: $19.99;
Prep skin for the day you have been waiting for with Vichy Mineralizing Masks. If you have troubled skin, reach for the Mineral Pore Purifying Mask to de-clog pores. Dry Skin? Go for the Quenching Mineral Face Mask to instantly increase hydration. If you need a little extra boost, go for the glow with the Double Peel Mask.
Price & Availability: $20; and most drugstores
To ensure gorgeous locks for prom night, start your hair routine the night before by enhancing strands while you sleep. This hair treatment works overnight to deeply nourish your locks, allowing you to wake up with strong, soft touchable hair perfectly primed for your prom style of choice.
Price & Availability: $69; and Barneys
Self Disclosure: I received a sample of ACNEFREE MAXIMUM STRENGTH TERMINATOR 10 to try out. No other products were received. Images and information were also provided.