Archives for May 7, 2018

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins are great for busy Moms on the go! Rad about the Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins and the Mother’s Day Spa Giveaway!

Are you a busy Mom always on the go?  Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins will be a hit with you and your family!

These are really tasty! They only lasted about a week in my house! Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins are made with real strawberries and come in perfectly portioned pouches ideal for breakfast or snacking on-the-goWith less than 200 calories per pouch, Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins are a good source of calcium and vitamin D, and contain no high fructose corn syrup or trans-fat, making them a snack kids will love and a choice parents can feel good about.

You also don’t want to miss this amazing sweepstakes! Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins and the Mother’s Day Spa Giveaway!

 Entenmann’s® Little Bites® is thanking moms for all that they do for everyone by giving away five $100 spa gift cards!

o   Simply log on to [] to enter for a chance to win the special treat.

For more information about Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins please visit

         Don’t forget to try the NEW Little Bites® rewards program! Buy 10 five-count boxes of Little Bites® snacks and get 1 FREE! Send in your receipts by text message, email or website. To get started, send a text message with the keyword “Little Bites” to 811-811, email to or visit

In time for Mother’s Day, what better way to celebrate than by creating a deliciously edible bouquet featuring Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins?

We have also teamed up for a giveaway! SoCal City Kids is responsible for the giveaway and Entenmann’s® Little Bites® is only providing the $25 Visa digital gift card and (3) coupons for $5.00 off the purchase of any Entenmann’s® Little Bites®.  SoCal City Kids will select the winner! Deadline to enter is Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 13th) at 12 pm pst. U.S. Residents only. To enter, leave a comment below telling us your favorite Entenmann’s® Little Bites® product!

Happy Mother’s Day!


Self Disclosure: I received free samples and some form of compensation was received to facilitate this post. Logo (top image) was also provided as well as the DIY video. 

Chocolate for Mother’s Day? Only from R.M. Palmer! Mother's Day Giveaway!


What is Mother’s Day without chocolate? I really can’t imagine since it really truly is one of my favorite things to receive any day if it is from R.M. Palmer!

R.M. Palmer is one of my favorite chocolate brands and they have so many different choices! I love the Soft Caramel Cups! The Peppermint Patties are really good too! Yum! Their chocolate is sooooo good that you may not want to share! But, the Yahoo Candy Bar is definitely big enough to share with a loved one!

Look for their products at a store near you! I always find their products at our local CVS.  Check out their website to see all of their products!

We have teamed up for a Mother’s Day Giveaway! One winner will win a chocolate prize package! This one is for Moms! Leave a comment below telling us which one would be your favorite! Winner will be chosen on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 13th at 12 pm PST). U.S. Residents only. 


Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images were also provided. 

Making Mom breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day? Here are some ideas!

Are you planning to make Mom breakfast in bed this upcoming Mom’s Day?

This first idea is so easy even the youngest kids can help out!

Garden Lites®, the delicious vegetable company and the leader in unique veggie-rich foods, invites you and your children to serve the BEST mom in the world breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day. Every Garden Lites product is vegetarian; gluten free; made with vegetables as first ingredients; is non-GMO certified; made with clean ingredients; is dairy and nut free and always delicious. Best of all this Mother’s Day, even your toddler can heat up Garden Lites muffins or Superfood Veggie Cakes in minutes and serve to mom with great flair!

With every bite filled with servings of vegetables, this is the perfect way to show mom you’ve been listening to her advice to eat your veggies! This Mother’s Day, be sure to offer some irresistible yet nutritious foods to start the day such as:

  • Garden Lites® Chocolate Muffins, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins and Blueberry Oat Muffins:

These really are delicious and more healthy options! You’ll never believe the first two ingredients in Garden Lites® Chocolate Muffins and Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins are zucchini and carrots!  Heat in the microwave to enjoy a decadent experience for only 120 calories. Garden Lites® muffins come in a package of 6 muffins, for an SRP of $4.99. Every bite of Garden Lites Blueberry Oat muffins is bursting with plump blueberries.  You’ll never believe the first ingredient in Garden Lites Blueberry Oat Muffins is zucchini!  Heat them in a microwave to enjoy a delightful blueberry packed muffin with only 120 calories. All Garden Lites Muffins are Non-GMO and deliciously moist and a great source of fiber.  Garden Lites® muffins come in a package of 6 muffins, for an SRP of $4.99.

And my favorite item is the Garden Lites® Superfood Veggie Cakes, launched only 2 years ago, are already the best-selling item in the company’s portfolios. Experts agree that superfoods are incredibly good for you and Garden Lites Superfood Veggie Cakes are packed with nutrient-rich superfood veggies like kale and cauliflower. Each veggie cake is packed with veggies, gluten free, non-gmo and nutritionally smart. They make a great breakfast, snack or side dish, and have an SRP of $4.99 for 6. They are available in both frozen nationally.


Garden Lites has a variety of new products and increased distribution in the freezer section across the country. Some of the best selection can be found at Kroger, Meijer, Target, Costco, Shop Rite, Publix, Stop & Shop, Giant, HEB, Ralph’s, Fry’s, Whole Foods, and many more retailers and online for home delivery at thehealthfoodstore.comThe line also has the Good Housekeeping Nutrition Seal of Approval, which is the first health-conscious, lifestyle-aware seal in the food and beverage industry.

About Garden Lites:

Garden Lites® is a Classic Cooking, LLC brand based in Rahway, NJ that produces delicious vegetable snack foods. Since 2008, Garden Lites has raised the bar in healthy foods by delivering full flavor that’s also veggie rich. Garden Lites has the Good Housekeeping Nutrition Seal of Approval and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Cooking Light – The Healthiest Frozen Foods in the Supermarket: Breakfast;  Grocery Headquarters Trailblazer Award;  Parents Magazine 25 Best Frozen Food for Families;   Gluten Free Digest Chocolate Muffins; Pioneers of Better For You: Refrigerated and Frozen Foods and  Runner’s World Editor’s Pick.

For more information on Garden Lites products, visit and be sure to “Like” on Facebook and Follow on Twitter!

VitaTops®,  America’s favorite and only muffin top would also be a hit with Mom this Mother’s Day!

VitaTops offers new flavors for protein lovers that fit the bill: VitaTops Protein Banana Chocolate Chip has only 130 calories, 8 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber; andVitaTops Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter has only with 150 calories, 8 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber. These two new protein infused VitaTops products offer the perfect sweet spot of high fiber and protein, which helps fuel energy longer and also helps curb cravings.  VitaTops are also available in VitaTops Superfood CranBran, made with cranberries, oats, chia seeds and flaxseed with 120 calories, 6 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein; and finally for organic food lovers, try VitaTops Deep Chocolate made with organic ingredients, like whole grain flour and cocoa powder and only 100 calories, and VitaTops Wild Blueberry, bursting with organic wild blueberries with 120 calories. The VitaTops Chocolate Chip are still incredibly delicious with a sweet taste of chocolate in every bite, but are now gluten-free, with 3 grams of protein; 5 grams of fiber and only 150 calories!

VitaTops are available 8 oz boxes each with 4 individually wrapped muffins at $4.00 per box in the frozen section of your supermarket.   Or go to

Want to make Mom pancakes or waffles..or maybe French Toast?

Maple Grove Farms Maple syrup is delicious!

About B&G Foods

Based in Parsippany, New Jersey, B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE: BGS) and our subsidiaries manufacture, sell and distribute high-quality, branded shelf-stable and frozen foods across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.  With our diverse portfolio of more than 50 brands you know and love, including Back to NatureB&GB&MCream of WheatGreen GiantLas PalmasLe SueurMama Mary’sMaple Grove FarmsMrs. DashNew York StyleOrtegaPirate’s BootyPolanerSnackWell’sSpice Islandsand Victoria, there’s a little something for everyone.  For more information about B&G Foods and our brands, please visit

Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the above products to facilitate this post. Images were also provided. 

Places to go this Mother’s Day!

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Go Little Tokyo

Spa Services, Fashion Boutiques, a Floral Shop, Mother’s Day Brunch Specials and More!

 Go Little Tokyo is excited to spoil Mom this May with its list of top places to shop, dine, and celebrate Mother’s Day in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles’ culturally rich, urban neighborhood. Treat the special women in your life to a memory-making mother-daughter adventure immersing in the delectable restaurants, boutique shops, and rich culture that Little Tokyo has to offer.

With its inception more than 16 years ago, Little Tokyo’s well-known trendy, women’s fashion boutique, has flourished and expanded as a mother-daughter brand. Co-owner and daughter, Jamie Hong, shares that her favorite part of managing Little Tokyo’s ultimate women’s clothing & accessories boutique is working with family.

“I would say the most rewarding part of working together with my mother on this business is that we consistently have the interest of our family and our customers’ livelihood in mind,” said Hong. “In this way, combining both of our heads together has been most effective in sustaining Hob Nob’s viability, but also combining our hearts too. It’s something very special that we get to share together.

Stop by The Hob Nob Shop in May to receive an in-store exclusive discount, 20%off all Ray Ban style sunglasses. Then, continue the memory-making in Little Tokyo and enjoy one of Jamie Hong’s favorite treats, “I love grabbing some Matcha Taiyaki with my mom after a long day at the boutique!”

Kick off your Little Tokyo visit with Baldoria’s Mother’s Day brunch! Satisfy your palette with a delicious prix-fixed brunch menu for just $32 per person featuring bottomless mimosas or rosé. All mothers will be gifted a complimentary glass of wine or ricotta cheesecake.

Pamper the special women in our life with the latest in nail art, lash extensions,and skin care at Little Tokyo’s very own Nail Service. Located off First Street, Nail Service provides quality service andlong-lasting results with its certified organic and natural ingredients of herbs, citruses and essential oils. Give the gift of relaxation with a 45-minute Relaxer Facial for just $50, or indulge in one of the mani-pedi packages with an added 10-minute massage (prices vary). Makeher visit to Nail Service one to remember with a mother-daughter day! Indulge in one of the many spa services, including a kid’s service menu offering hand polish for just $5 and little feet polish for $6.

Spoil mom this Mother’s day with a visit to Kuragami Little Tokyo Florist, for an exquisite, custom-made, fresh floral arrangement. Located in the heart of Little Tokyo, Kuragami, offers seasonal blooms and popularselects including carnations, lilies, roses, tulips, and more. Order your custom flower arrangement today, or invite the special woman in your life to hand-pick her favorite blooms herself for a truly vivid, floral experience.

Go Little Tokyo offers an array of opportunities to celebrate Mother’s Day and experience the wonders of Little Tokyo. To uncover more details on The Hob Nob Shop, delicious dining destinations, exciting entertainment and desserts offered in Little Tokyo visit



Go Little Tokyo is a community-led effort aimed at highlighting the unique cultural programs, community events, and dining and shopping experiences found in Little Tokyo. Designated by the California Arts Council as a California Culture District, there is an abundance of arts, culture and community destinations and landmarks in and around this historic walkable neighborhood, and Go Little Tokyo will help you uncover them. Go Little Tokyo is a Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) project developed and produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS) and made possible with support from Metro. For more information, visit:





Indulge in Signature Breakfast Dishes, Live Food Stations and Bottomless Champagne and Mimosas.




 Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate Mother’s Day with a gourmet brunch buffet, bottomless mimosas and an unforgettable waterfront atmosphere on Sunday, May 13 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


 Seafood Station

Ahi Poke, Shrimp Cocktail, Ceviche, Oysters in a Half Shell, and Chilled King Crab Legs with Cocktail Sauce, Lemon, and Tabasco

Cooked to Order Omelets

Omelet or Whole Eggs Made to Order with: Country Ham, Sausage, Bacon and Bay Shrimp, Assorted Cheeses, Diced Tomatoes, Onions, Mushrooms, Spinach, Fresh Cut Peppers, and Salsa

 Smoked Fish Station

Gravlax, Scallops, Trout, Salmon with Dill Mustard Sauce, Sliced Red Onions, Capers, Cream Cheese, Sliced Tomatoes, and Toasted Bagels

Pancake Station

With Maple Syrup, Butter, Whipped Cream, Fresh Strawberries and Blueberries

 Risotto Station

Mushroom Risotto served with Shrimp Scampi and Rib Stew

Hot Off the Skillet

Smoked Bacon, Sausage, Sliced Ham Steak, Breakfast Potatoes, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Scrambled Eggs, Blintzes, Baby Spring Vegetables, Salmon with Grand Marnier Soy Sauce, Chicken Scaloppini with Citrus Caper Wine Sauce, Beef Sliders, Chicken Fingers and Tater Tots for the Kids

Antipasti Display

Prosciutto, Salami, Capicola, Soppressata, Fresh Mozzarella, Roasted Cipollini Onions, Assorted Mustards, Marinated Artichokes, Olives, Gherkins, and Cherry Peppers, Balsamic Grilled Asparagus, Zucchini, Gooseneck Squash, and Portobello Mushrooms

Carving Station

Filet of Beef with Green Peppercorn Sauce and Roasted Turkey

Salad Bar, Composed Salads and Fresh Fruit

Heirloom Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella, Roasted Cauliflower, Israeli Couscous, Brussel Sprout Salad with Virgin Olive Oil Vinaigrette, Spring Pea Point Reyes and Bacon, Summer Beet Salad

Dessert Display

Fruit Tartlets, Éclairs, Tiramisu, Cheese Cake Squares, Assorted Bundtinis, Chocolate Fountain with Marshmallows, Strawberries, Oreos, Vanilla Wafers, and Rice Crispy Treats


Sunday, May 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


Back Bay Bistro

1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660


$75 for adults (includes bottomless Champagne and Mimosas)

$35 for children 12 years and under



Credit: Back Bay Bistro.

The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island – An All-Time Favorite Book Comes to the Big Screen May 8th

One of the most-read children’s book series of all time comes alive on the big screen in the Boxcar Children – Surprise Island based on the second book from the series by Gertrude Chandler, featuring the voice talents of Martin Sheen, J.K. Simmons, Griffin Cluck, Joey King, Dane DeHaan and more! The Alden children have a home with their grandfather now – but their adventures are just beginning! The first surprise comes when they learn they’ll be spending the summer on their private island. A kind stranger who lives there is always happy to help the children out, but does this new friend have a secret? A special after school event will take place at more than 650 theaters nationwide through Fathom Events and Shout! Factory. The screening will feature a special introduction and an exclusive short program with producer/director Dan Chuba about how the adaptation of a book to movie works and the process of animating! For details and to find a theater near you, visit:

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Samantha M. comments, “Summer is just around the corner, and there’s no better way to start it than by watching this alluring animated film. I could not stop smiling the entire time, because I felt as if I was at the beach, enjoying my summer vacation.” Morgan B. adds, “Surprises, mysteries and new things to explore sounds like a lot of fun for the Boxcar Children so I suggest joining them on this new adventure to a mysterious island. I really enjoyed the funny characters, amazing animation and unique story line –  all of which bring this film and its story to life.” See their full reviews below.

The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island

By Samantha M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 18

Summer is just around the corner, and there’s no better way to start it than by watching this alluring animated film. I could not stop smiling the entire time, because I felt as if I was at the beach, enjoying my summer vacation. With humorous jokes, unexpected challenges and adorable animals, you will become captivated for the full hour and a half. If you are trying to figure out your fun plans for summer vacation, all you need to do is watch this film.

The Alden children have just begun their summer vacation and are truly ecstatic. After running home joyfully to see their grandfather, the kids are presented with exciting news, they are going to spend summer break on their grandfather’s secret island. Little do they know, their summer will be filled with marvelous adventures, since they have to do everything on their own. But, the kids end up meeting a boy living on the island named Joe, who has a hidden secret. Join Benny, Henry, Jessie and Violet (four orphaned brothers and sisters) as they have the vacation of a lifetime.

Benny, played by Carter Sand, is such an optimistic, inquisitive young boy. He always wants to help his family, such as asking to drive his grandfather’s boat. Jessie, played by Joey King, is a responsible girl with a big heart. She looks out for Benny and gives him his teddy bear when he needs it. I admire her compassion, because she exemplifies the perfect sister. John Alden, played by Dane DeHaan, is humble and thoughtful. He plants an entire garden for the kids to admire. I cannot wait to have my own garden when I am older.

The animation is impeccable. For a few moments during the film, I felt as if I had time traveled from the movie theater to the beach. I could not help but envision myself next to waves, listening to the beautiful sounds of nature. My favorite part is when all of the kids make their own first dinner. Once they sit down at the table, they begin feeding their dog some bread. This is hilarious, because it reminds me of how I always feed my dogs extra food. Dogs are adorable, and, no matter how much food you give them, they will always beg for more.

The message of this film is that when you work as a team, anything is possible. No matter what challenges there are in this world, you can transcend them. Life is short, so we need to make the best of it. Next time you feel that the world is not on your side, just remember that everything happens for a reason. These kids teach us to enjoy summer vacation and to never give up. If they can do this, so can we.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 6 to 12. It is the perfect family-friendly film, because you will see how important family truly is to the Alden children.

This film will be offered as an after school by Fathom Events for one day only, on May 8th, 2018. So, go check it out. If you are ever stuck on an island, don’t worry. This film will show you how to make an island your next home.


The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island

By Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 13

Surprises, mysteries and new things to explore sounds like a lot of fun for the Boxcar Children so I suggest joining them on this new adventure to a mysterious island. I really enjoyed the funny characters, amazing animation and unique story line –  all of which bring this film and its story to life.

One thing that is mind blowing about this film is the animation. While I watched it, I noticed all the tiny details and how lifelike the characters look. I believed multiple times that I was actually exploring the island with them and felt like I was part of the action. The animation is that good. There is lots of eye candy to look at with great depth so it almost seems to be in 3D even though it isn’t.  This makes the film very enjoyable and it widens the age rage so older kids would enjoy it as well as younger ones.

Carter Sand as Benny is just adorable. He is very quirky and reminds me of my younger friends.  I also like him because he is good hearted and loves his siblings as much as the whole wide world. That is a trait that I think we all should share.  J. K. Simmons as Dr. Moore is superb. I did a Farmers commercial once with Mr. Simmons and found him as charming off screen as on. He was an absolute pleasure to work with.

Joey King as Jessie is a smart, lovely young lady. I have interviewed her many times and she is just adorable and personable. The only difference is that last time I saw her she was wearing reindeer ears and in this film she is the older sibling who knows how to cook. I like seeing her cook delicious foods from scratch such as clam chowder, cooked peas and carrots, apple pie and other foods. It made me hungry for dinner.

Martin Sheen as James Alden plays a gracious and kind character. Everyone would love a grandfather like him because he is so kind to others, especially his grandchildren. He is willing to do anything to make them happy and even takes them to a special island for the summer. That is what I call great grand parenting.

One thing that I don’t like about this film is that the story is sometimes way too slow.  Also, they have a mystery that they discover that goes unsolved. It is weird that the story didn’t pursue that. It showed up and then they just dropped it. Other than that, the film is adorable and has a lot heart for families.

I recommend this film for ages 5 to 12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. This will play in more than 700 theaters as an after school screening on May 8, thanks to Fathom Event. So, go check it out!


Airport Receives Mom’s Choice Award – Joins List of Growing Honors and Awards for Children’s App Series T-Shirt Giveaway Opportunity!

My Town: Airport, the latest title in the award-winning My Town series of games, just received the Mom’s Choice Gold Award for family-friendly media, products and services.

In addition to Mom’s Choice, My Town has received recognition from national organizations that regularly honor the very best in children’s entertainment including the KIDS FIRST! endorsement, NAPPA Award , Family Choice Award and a Parents’ Choice award.

Get ready to TAKE OFF on new adventures in the NEW My Town: Airport! Find a plane and customize it to reflect your own personal style. Buy your tickets and SURPRISE! You’ve got a first class seat! We bet the pilot will see how special you are, and invite you into the flight control room! What’s that? He’s offering to teach you how to fly the plane? WOW! Maybe you’ll even get to check out the stores before going through security!

My Town: Airport has more than NINE new locations to explore! See where the luggage is stored, visit the airport lounge and more. You can dress up your favorite characters in NEW costumes or meet new characters to add to your current My Town games!

We’ve got a few secrets in this app…what happens when you skydive? What are these new MINI GAMES? You’ll have to search for them to find out!

An added bonus is the connectivity of all the My Town games. You are able to share characters from one game to the other within the My Town world of apps. Pay once & Play forever + receive FREE updates! No ads and no IAP.


  • New Characters – If you have any of the My Town dollhouse games, you can bring your characters from those games over to My Town: Airport to join you on your travels!
  • If you are just starting out with My Town, no worries! You can create your own characters inside My Town: Airport.
  • We update our older games every month, so please wait for the updates to connect these games to My Town: Airport.
  • The ability to save your progress and pick up where you left off next time you open the app
  • Multi-touch Feature: Play with your friends and family on the same device!

I actually checked this app out and also recommend it! A great app for ages 4-8!


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My Town Partner’s with the Coolest Drink in Town – My Town: ICEE Amusement Park – Now Available at the App Store and on Google Play!

The coolest bear in town is visiting the most thrilling amusement park rides when award-winning My Town™ Games teams up with beloved frozen favorite ICEE® for a frigid new adventure game – My Town: ICEE Amusement Park, now available at The App Store and on Google play.

Are YOU brave enough to ride a BIG roller coaster? Find out in the all new My Town: ICEE Amusement Park! And don’t worry – like all my town games our characters have emotions, so even parents gets scared on some of the amusement park rides. My Town: ICEE Amusement Park is the latest dollhouse game by My Town. There are all kinds of fun adventures to had as you explore the park and try out rides like the Slingshot, the Parachuter and more!

When you need to take a break, you can visit the ICEE store to pick up souvenir bags and drink your favorite flavor ICEE in a special cup to take home. Then you can bring your ICEE to one of the food stands to pick up a snack. And don’t forget, amusement parks are always more fun with friends, so if you have more than one My Town game, you can bring ALL your favorite My Town friends to the park with you!

Pay once & Play forever + receive FREE updates! No ads and no IAP

My Town games have won the KIDS FIRST! endorsement, a NAPPA Award, Parents’ Choice Fun Pick and the Family choice Award.


  • New Characters – If you have any of the My Town dollhouse games, you can bring your characters from those games over to My Town : ICEE Amusement Park to join you on your travels!
  • Six rides to discover AND 5 additional mini games because no amusement park is any fun without a claw game and whack-a-mole!
  • What prizes can you unlock? Collect tickets when you play the mini games so you can find out!
  • If you are just starting out with My Town, no worries! You can create your own characters inside My Town : ICEE Amusement Park
  • We update our older games every month, so please wait for the updates to connect these games to My Town: ICEE Amusement Park.
  • The ability to save your progress and pick up where you left off next time you open the app
  • Multi-touch Feature: Play with your friends and family on the same device!
  • If you can imagine it, you can make it. Everything is possible in a My Town game!

I checked this one out too! It”s really cool! 

We have teamed up for a T-shirt giveaway! We have two My Town shirts to give away! To enter, check out the app and leave a comment below telling us what you like best about the app! Deadline to enter is May 14th, 2018 at noon PST. U.S. Residents only, pls.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. T-shirts were received for the giveaway. Images were also provided. 

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Headquartered in Ontario, California The ICEE Company, is a leader in the frozen beverage industry. The iconic ICEE brand is known for delicious Cherry and Blue Raspberry flavors, the highly recognizable red and blue striped cup and the loveable ICEE Bear mascot.  ICEE is sold in over 40,000 retail locations in the USA, including convenience stores, mass merchandisers, malls, theme parks and theatres.  People of all ages love and have nostalgic memories of ICEE. Design Plus is the worldwide licensing agent for the ICEE brand. ( The ICEE Company is a subsidiary of J&J Snack Foods Corp (NASDAQ: JJSF), and operates throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.

For additional information visit Twitter: #LiveTheICEELife.


              The My Town Games studio designs digital dollhouse-like games that promote creativity and imaginative interactive play for young children all over the world.  Since launching they have built games that have been downloaded 20 million times in 200+ countries.  Loved by children and parents alike, the games introduce environments and experiences for hours of open-ended game play.  The company has offices in Israel, Spain, Romania and the Philippines. Visit

Pup Star: World Tour By Nathalia Maria Jackson, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

Pup Star is back and bigger than ever, as the hit singing pup competition goes global! I am totally into this movie! It is absolutely hilarious – very entertaining, witty, sassy, incredible and completely a family Friday- night movie to enjoy. It is also perfect for dog lovers.

I love this heart-warming film because it is different, talking dogs… now that’s pretty different. The dogs bring a fun and quirky style with the singing and dancing that will bring the best out of you. This is definitely a fun, big scale musical adventure.

The story follows Tiny, a charming Yorkie, as she joins the launch of the Pup Star World Tour as a celebrity judge. It takes the popular singing dogs on a trip around the world where Tiny and friends find wonderful new songs to sing from different countries. Each judge chooses their favorite contestant to compete for the new title of Global Pup Star Champion. This film literally makes you get up and dance. When the contest faces a severe threat from a trio of conspirators, you have go see the movie to find out how that is resolved.

Directed and written by Robert Vince, the lead characters and the talent that voices them include Tiny (Kaitlyn Maher), Julio (Jorge Diaz), Grandpa Growl (John Ratzenberger), Simon Growl (Steve Valentine), Bark (George Newbern), Shep (Reggie De Leon), Rover (Jonathon Mangum), Jimmy Kibble (Brian Hull), Steven (David DeLuise), Butch (Danny Woodbury), Raji (Maulik Pancholy), Lou (Makenzie Moss), Ming (April Hong), Juan (Steve Zaragoza), Kano (Diedrich Bader), Dog Gnarly (Ziggy Marley) and many more.

The dogs’ costumes are glamorous, with all the sparkles, glitter and beautiful colors. The colors really bring great visual effects to the film. When all the dogs from different countries come out to sing in their cultural customs, it really drew my attention. I loved seeing all the different backgrounds and vibes in all of the dogs. The music is remarkable. It really fits the theme of the film and paints pictures of all the different cultures.

My favorite characters are Tiny, who unquestionably is the most adorable judge, Shep, the funny service manager and Julio, the Mexican pup with a big heart. Most importantly, all the characters are amazing. My absolute favorite part is when the cheaters (I’m not going to tell you who they are) get disqualified from the competition.

The message of the story is “cheaters never win; winners never cheat.” I’ll admit, I’ve never understood the utility of cheating. This film definitely calls you to action. It has a positive message that promotes positive social behavior.  I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and definitely recommend it for ages 5 to 14 years old, as well as adults. The film will be released on May 5, 2018 in Canada and USA so look for it!





Strawberry Wind is an Amazon Original album (adding to their growing collection of family media), available exclusively for streaming on Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music, and for digital download or physical purchase through Amazon Music, with pre-orders available at

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