Archives for July 2018

Pierre, July 19th Pet of the Week!

Ah, embrasse-moi, mon petit Pierre! Little Pierre is a calm little guy, but hug him, and he comes right to life and asks for more. Pierre is a little over a year old and seems to be a Shih Tzu. He’s loving and sweet, and would make a great companion for anyone who needs a hug—or to hug! Meet Pierre on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A610472.

(The usual suspects—and some unusual—contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Entenmann’s® Little Bites®, Entenmann’s® Donuts and the Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation


In collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation, Entenmann’s® is launching a frightfully fun promotion to celebrate the theatrical release of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, in theaters July 13, 2018. From May 28, 2018 to August 3, 2018, fans will receive $5.00 off a movie ticket to see the film with the purchase of three five-count specially marked Entenmann’s® Little Bites® or eight-count specially marked Entenmann’s® Donuts.

My family just loves Entenmann’s® Donuts and Entenmann’s® Little Bites®. I think our favorites are the Variety pack in the Donuts and the Strawberry Yogurt Muffins…yum! The Donuts never last more than two days in our house! Entenmann’s® Little Bites® are the perfect pre-portioned pouches of delicious baked snacks made with real ingredients like blueberries, strawberries, and banana. I love that the Little Bites® Muffins are a good source of calcium and vitamin D, and contain no high fructose corn syrup or trans fat. These are perfect for travel and also for back-to-school! Entenmann’s® makes a variety of delicious, cake style donuts such as fan favorites like Rich Frosted, Crumb and Powdered.


For more information about the promotion and to access fun – and free! – Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation activities, and to redeem the promotional offer, please visit

More about the Movie:

In Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel.   It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation takes a dangerous turn when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the human captain of the ship, Ericka, who holds a mysterious secret that threatens them all. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and written by Genndy Tartakovsky and Michael McCullers, the film is produced by Michelle Murdocca.

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Self Disclosure:  The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Entenmann’s® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Entenmann’s®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Entenmann’s®.

Launch of New Line of Fragrances that Match Scent w/ Female Personality, by Raw Spirit Founders @Walmart Using IMG Influencers

A new independent fragrance Brand

WILD SPIRIT  Launched July 14th in Walmart stores nationwide

and avail online since June 20 at and


Wild Spirit is a fragrance brand with real ingredients at real prices

that celebrates her individuality. What we put on our bodies

is as important as what we put in them- that’s why Wild Spirit

products are vegan, contain natural essential oils and are free

from parabens, sulphates and dyes. Wild Spirit is proud

to be cruelty free and formulated here in the USA.


Wild Spirit, inspired by sister brand Raw Spirit,

was created by New York-based co-founders,

fragrance designer and CEO Joyce Lanigan

and renowned fashion photographer Russell James.

The fragrance collection consists of four scents,

“Spring Jasmine”, “Driftwood”, “Chill” and “First Snow,”

each embodying distinct personalities designed to

resonate and connect with a specific consumer.  

Each seasonal name possesses a double-connotation;

some might say the Spring Jasmine girl resembles the season

of Spring- being perky, energetic and upbeat.

Or that the First Snow girl is resilient and cool like the season of winter.

But it’s not to say that one doesn’t prefer a little Chill 

in the dead heat of summer.


Each bottle features unique female influencers of diverse ethnicities,

shot by Russell James in natural backdrops, and shines a light

on the individual personalities by putting their touch on

what Wild Spirit is to them.

The influencers featured are IMG models

Ashley Moore (@ashley_moore),

Victoria Germyn (@victoriagermyn),

Laura James (@jameslaura), and

Eva Adams (@mevadams).

Look for them at a Walmart near you!


Self Disclosure: Info and images were provided. I am expecting to receive samples and will be featuring later this Summer. No other compensation was received. 

Knockaround Sunglasses are a Summer Must for Teens!


Looking for sunglasses that are great for older kids & Teens? The Sunglasses from Knockaround are just perfect and there are no worries if they misplace them because they really are quite affordable! So no more expensive sunglasses that get lost..these are stylish and comfortable and work great! Check out some of their cool Knockaround Premium styles here!

The Knockaround Premiums are perfect for running and also come in polarized for $20.

They have so many great styles and colors to choose from and they only cost $15! I received a few pairs and my teenage son really likes them! He likes the polarized the best and I like that he wears them! He’s never been one to like to wear sunglasses so these are definitely cool!

Here are some more great styles:

#PasoRoblesKnocks: our BRAND NEW frame style which is best for slightly narrower faces with a sleek, more sophisticated style. Great for stylish folks who enjoy city strolls and weekend getaways:
#MaiTaiKnocks: Full, round frame style often preferred by females, but also look great on stylish guys. Perfect tropical vacation shades:
#FortKnocks: Larger frame with spring hinges to accommodate bigger heads and faces, based on the classic Wayfarer style (many Ray Ban lovers prefer these for their price point and comparable quality!). Starting at $25 / $30 polarized:
#FastLaneKnocks: more rectangular and modern, masculine style, also on the larger side like Fort Knocks, but no spring hinges:
#MileHighKnocks: the classic aviator style sunglasses, nice full coverage and fun reflective lens options:

About Knockaround

Knockaround is the original, affordable sunglasses company, founded in 2005 in San Diego. Centered around durable shades that are both practical and stylish, Knockaround provides high-quality sunglasses that won’t break the bank. Knockaround has grown to offer seven different frame styles in a wide range of colors as well as ongoing limited edition releases, collaborations, and an interactive, online “design your own” custom sunglasses shop. Knockaround sunglasses have been featured in well-known media outlets such as GQ, US Weekly, and The Today Show, and have been worn by several celebrities including Jessica Alba, Matthew McConaughey, Natalie Portman, Snoop Dogg, and John Legend. For more information, visit us at and on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter (@Knockaround).



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

5 Spots You’re Probably Forgetting to Clean

Cleaning your home may appear a fairly self- explanatory procedure. However, it is a process that will require you to first make a plan if you want to ensure all the places are attended. If you think you cannot tackle the entire home cleaning process by yourself, it is ideal you consider hiring any reliable cleaner in your area.

When cleaning your house, if you are in a rush or cleaning for last- minute guests, you can easily forget to attend to some places. Whether you hire cleaning services, or do it yourself, this write- up will discuss about some common spots people normally forget to attend when cleaning their homes.

Cleaning the Ceiling Fans

Unless you are living in a place that frequently experience warm climate or you are making use of your ceiling fan daily, you can easily overlook such place when cleaning your home. The blades of the ceiling can collect dirt and dust, most especially when they are not being used for long time periods.

When cleaning your home, getting rid of dust present in your ceiling fan blades is an ideal way of reducing the possibility of contracting dust- related allergies.

Cleaning experts from simplymaids Sydney says that one of the appropriate ways of cleaning a ceiling fan is sliding an old pillow case over every blade and then carefully removing it in order to avoid spilling dust.


Small, hand- held electronic items or electronic devices in general, which you touch daily are often hotspots for germs. It is easy to forget wiping down your television remote, computer keyboard or cell phone.

Be informed that keeping these items clean can assist you prevent germs from spreading, most especially during flu and cold season.


Door Knobs, Light Switches or Small Appliances in General

Items you normally touch on a daily basis should be treated like the other highly- trafficked areas of your house. Ensure you keep germs away by properly cleaning door knobs and light switches.

When you are doing a clean sweep, do not forget to also carefully clean small appliances such as the microwave, coffee maker as well as garbage disposal.


Cleaning Supplies

You probably use cleaning supplies when scrubbing different spots of your house. Some cleaning supplies that we normally forget to clean include cleaning cloths, sponges, toilet brush, feather duster, vacuum cleaner among other things.

Be assured that once you’ve cleaned all the cleaning supplies and sanitized them, they will definitely get your house much cleaner.


Tooth Brush Holder

One of the places that can turn out to be a breeding ground for the germs is the toothbrush holder. When you are cleaning your bathroom, make sure you rinse out properly and wipe down your soap dish and toothbrush holder(s).


Bottom Line

Be informed that a thorough cleanup process will make sure that you and your family members do not contract germ related disorders. It is also a process that will make your house not only attractive and appealing to you and your family members but also to the guests who will come visiting you.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood Now Serves Butterbeer Ice Cream Offering Guests an All-New Way to Enjoy the Signature Treat

Butterbeer ice cream at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Here’s the scoop, Butterbeer™ ice cream is now being served at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood, arriving just in time for summer.

The rich palate-pleasing Butterbeer-flavoured hard pack ice cream is a delightful and delicious new addition to the menu of Butterbeer items currently available, including such Butterbeer favorites as traditional, frozen and hot beverages, as well as Butterbeer Potted Cream and Butterbeer Fudge.

Reminiscent of butterscotch and shortbread, Butterbeer ice cream is perfectly fine-tuned as a cool Hogsmeade treat and will be served at various carts located within Hogsmeade and at Three Broomsticks™.

Gathering inspiration from historic British taverns, the adjoining Hog’s Head pub features original draught beers and spirits created exclusively for the land, including Hog’s Head Brew, Dragon’s Scale, Wizard’s Brew and Fire Whisky.  Also available are Pumpkin Fizz and Gilly Water and the three Butterbeer choices: traditional, frozen and hot.

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.

From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen.

The architecturally stunning land also includes the captivating and highly acclaimed “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” thrill ride, enhanced with 4K-HD and ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second for an even more immersive glimpse into Harry Potter’s world, as well as Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor family coaster.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to enjoy authentic food and beverages at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer carts.  A foray through the shops adds to the authenticity of the land with such retail venues as Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear, Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods and the Hogsmeade™ Station.

More information is available at Join the conversation online using #WizardingWorldHollywood. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.


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 and the all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”  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.”  The adjacentUniversal 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.

About Warner Bros. Entertainment: Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms.  A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product, and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.

Skyscraper – Entertaining, towering pace and consistent acting led by Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson

FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in Hong Kong he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who are trapped inside the building…above the fire line. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Arjun N. comments, “A towering pace and consistent acting provide for a memorable summer detour. This is sure to be a worthwhile watch for any action movie fans.” See his full review below.


By Arjun Nair, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

Skyscraper is an entertaining, yet derivative homage to 80s action films. A towering pace and consistent acting provide for a memorable summer detour. This is sure to be a worthwhile watch for any action movie fans.

The movie follows former hostage negotiator Will (Dwayne Johnson), who now accesses building security after a tragic misfire left him as an amputee. While analyzing the world’s tallest and safest building, terrorists led by Kores (Roland Møller) mysteriously access building schematics to take control. However, things reach an all-time low for Will once Kores takes Will’s family hostage and frames him for the infiltration. With everything left to lose, Will must push past his setbacks in order to sort out this mess and save his family.

Dwayne Johnson, as Will, is my favorite character due to his ever-present charisma and even relate-ability with his physical struggles. His love and determination for his family also make the movie all the more intense. Neve Campbell, as Sarah, is just as believable with her determination to the family and has more nuances than just resorting to a damsel in distress. Chin Han, as Zhao, brings a mysterious layer to his involvement with the skyscraper as his business is not what it seems. Roland Møller, as Kores, gives Dwayne Johnson a run for his money in terms of strength and is a formidable yet clichéd threat for him. However, his vibrant expressions are enough to lighten his clichéd dialogue. Noah Cottrell and McKenna Roberts, as Henry and Georgia, complete the pack as the cute twins of Will and Sarah, whose combined braveness helps forward the family dynamic. However, Henry’s asthma seems a little too situational at times.

Rawson Marshall Thurber’s direction brings out a brisk pace with fresh new takes at fisticuffs and shootouts alike many 80s action movies. However, a few of the scenes lack in originality, feeling like a borderline copy of other action films. My favorite scene is the opening hostage negotiation, as it sets a thrilling and unexpected array of events, even if it is not set in the main skyscraper centerpiece. The other flaw is that it could have used more nuances in the scenarios as opposed to having such a predictable plot with unsurprising twists. At times, it feels more like a parody than a movie, with unintentionally funny scenes. However, the fact that it never takes itself too seriously adds to its quality and creates pure escapism.

The movie’s message is to never judge a man by his impediments, as pure willpower can defy many obstacles. I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18 because of its intense action and language. The movie releases in theaters July 13, 2018, so check it out.


Photos Copyright: © 2018 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 

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Self Disclosure: I received a free product to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received.