Archives for October 1, 2018

Keeping Children Safe with MamaBear

We rely on our mobile devices for an increasing number of daily activities, but can they also keep our children safe?

I recently learned about a new app called MamaBear that does just that!

Created by the same team that oversees the popular social media destination for children, Grom Social. Grom Social is one of the most trusted names in children’s online media. It was one of the first social media networks designed specifically for children and boasts millions of users. Their experienced team of professional educators and online safety experts collaborated to create this special app.

 MamaBear integrates with a phone’s technology to offer several safety features that include:

  • The ability to know where your children are at all times by setting alerts for location activity
  • A Family Newsfeed where members can communicate on a real-time basis
  • A system that monitors social media activity such as new connections, photos and interactions. As part of this feature, parents can also tag specific words or language in incoming or outgoing messages that can alert them to abuse
  • The ability to read and review all text message activity
  • Technology that advises when they are in a speeding vehicle

MamaBear does not spy on your children (it has to be downloaded on both phones) – rather its designed to support family communication and offer education about safe Internet use. Technology can be a major source of anxiety and frustration. From online bullying to peer pressure, kids often need help navigating their frequently stressful online lives. MamaBear allows parents to play an effective supporting role in easing the burden many children feel while interacting online. MamaBear’s unique location features are also important. It’s great that parents can know where their children are at all times – and, if they are new drivers – whether or not they’re following the speed limits.

I was also happy to learn that MamaBear is recognized by several law enforcement agencies and educators around the country.

It’s apparent that a lot of thought went into MamaBear’s development. I invite you to learn more at

Taco ‘Bout a Good Deal: Rubio’s Coastal Grill revamps Taco Tuesday

Do you love a good Fish Taco? I sure do! Rubio’s Coastal Grill is one of my favorite places to go to get tacos! Good tacos are bested only by good taco deals – which is exactly what Rubio’s Coastal Grill has done for Taco Tuesday. Starting on September 25, the revamped Taco Tuesday will include a $5 meal above all others (RIP Subway’s $5 footlongs) – the Original Fish Taco paired with any beer. A match made in foodie heaven, guests can choose from a selection of Mexican or craft beers to pair with the iconic fish taco that put Rubio’s on the map.

What better way to celebrate Taco Tuesday than with a great deal at the place credited with pioneering the fish taco phenomenon in the U.S.?

I know where I’ll be going tomorrow for Taco Tuesday!

Self Disclosure: I received meal vouchers to check out their delicious tacos and to post. Images were also provided and no other compensation was received. 

Aquarium of the Pacific’s Fourteenth Annual Southeast Asia Day Celebrates Vibrant Local Communities Giveaway Opportunity!

Dance, music, and crafts from Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, and Myanmar transform the Aquarium into an international destination

 Live performances of traditional music and dance, and cultural craft demonstrations and displays, will help transform the Aquarium into an international destination during its fourteenth annual Southeast Asia Day. During the festival children can participate in arts and crafts.

Through this unique annual event, the Aquarium celebrates its long-running connection with the local Southeast Asian communities. One of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation, Long Beach is home to the largest population of Cambodians outside of Southeast Asia. Southern California also has vibrant communities from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, and Myanmar. Visitors can experience the traditional dance and other cultural practices from these countries during the festival.

WHEN:          Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 WHERE:        Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

COST:           Southeast Asia Day is included with general admission—$29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members.

 INFO:             (562) 590-3100 or  

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We have teamed up for a Family 4-Pack Ticket Giveaway! One winner will win 4 tickets for either Saturday or Sunday! To enter leave a comment below! Deadline to enter is October 8th,2018 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected. 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Aquarium of the Pacific.

AQUARIUM:  The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, and the new Tentacles and Ink and FROGS: Dazzling & Disappearing exhibits. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. Field trips for schoolchildren are offered at a heavily discounted rate from $7 to $8.50 per student. The Aquarium has won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits.