Archives for October 2021

Halloween books for the older kids!

SCARY STORIES FOR YOUNG FOXES: THE CITY by Christian McKay Heidicker (Henry Holt and Co. BYR, August 31, 2021, Ages 9-12)

  • The gripping companion novel to Newbery Honor recipient Scary Stories for Young Foxes, this new adventure follows two new fox kits desperate to survive the terrors of a frightening new world: the City. Packed with real scares, this is the perfect MG read for the Halloween season!
  • Scary Stories for Young Foxes was embraced early by writers and reviewers. It then received a 2020 Newbery Honor and has since been picked up by Game of Thrones star Lena Headey and Boat Rocker Studios to adapt it into an animated miniseries. 
  • The original dealt with resilience. Its companion tackles helping those in need.
  • An impeccable researcher (and vegan!), Christian layers his creepy stories with real facts about foxes and urban industrialization that speaks about animal cruelty, humanity’s impact on the natural world, and what animals must do to survive in modern times—all while exploring ideas about home, friendship, and courage.
  • “Clever and harrowing.” –The Wall Street Journal on Scary Stories for Young Foxes
  • “A chilling roller coaster of a read.” –Booklist, starred review ★ of Scary Stories for Young Foxes

I received a copy of this book and really recommend it for middle school-age readers!

The Monsters of Rookhaven by Pádraig Kenny (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, September 21, 2021, Ages 10-14)

  • “A stunning book…a brand new take on the monster story.” —Eoin Colfer, international bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series
  • From award-winning author, Pádraig Kenny comes an action-packed middle-grade fantasy about a family of monsters, perfect for fans of Jonathan Auxier and Victoria Schwab.
  • At turns chilling and thought-provoking, and stunningly illustrated by Edward Bettison, Pádraig Kenny’s The Monsters of Rookhaven explores difference and empathy through the eyes of characters you won’t soon forget.

Find out more at https://us.macmillan.com/mackids/

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books. Information and cover images were also received.

Halloween books for the younger kids!

FRANKENSLIME by Joy Keller; illustrated by Ashley Belote (Feiwel & Friends, On Sale July 13, 2021, Ages 4-7)

  • A young slime scientist is surprised when their latest slime comes to life.
  • Ada Twist, Scientist meets Creepy Pair of Underwear in this book that is perfect for Halloween.
  • The book’s heroine identifies first and foremost as a scientist and shows it through experimentation and recording her observations.
  • SLIME! — Slime is huge right now. There are millions of posts and YouTube videos available, many drawing millions of views each. Schools have underground slime economies and I’ve heard that there might even be slime conventions!
  • The book will also include three of Victoria’s favorite slime recipes for readers to experiment with at home.

AWAKE by Mags DeRoma (Roaring Brook Press, October 12, 2021, Ages 4-8)

  • In a brilliant debut, Mags DeRoma gives us an empowered young child who is trying to solve the biggest problem she’s ever faced: How to get the spider out of her room without actually having to go near it, so she can peacefully fall asleep.
  • With its spooky cut-paper artwork, dark tones, and creepy crawlies, AWAKE is the perfect Halloween read!
  • This debut offers a different take on the girl power movement as an industrious girl must solve her own problem and get a big hairy spider out of her room before bedtime.
  • This clever picture book is the perfect metaphor for kindness and empathy, sure to open discussions about how to treat those around you.
  • Perfect for fans of Antoinette Portis; I’M TRYING TO LOVE SPIDERS; Cindy Derby; and Jory John.
  • Mags is a Los Angeles-based artist with a huge career ahead of her and we are lucky enough to publish her first book! She is prolific, creative, and offers something completely new.

See, Touch, Feel: Halloween: Glow in the Dark! By Roger Priddy (Priddy Books, 07/14/2020, Ages 0-3)

  • It features tactile pages for babies to touch and feel and spooky artwork created from handprints and footprints, which parents can then create together with their own child.
  • Roger Priddy’s See, Touch, Feel: Halloween is a fun first sensory book, especially designed for very young children.
  • Using artwork created from hand and footprints, this book will inspire parents to make fun artwork with their little ones.

Find out more at https://us.macmillan.com/mackids/

Self Disclosure: Information and cover images were provided.

Just a couple more last-minute Halloween suggestions!

Halloween is almost here! Are you ready? Here are a couple of great items to pick up for the fun holiday! Welch’s Fruit Snacks are sure to be a hit with the kids! Welch’s Fruit Snacks NEW 72ct Halloween Box features snack-size pouches with custom Halloween graphics on the packaging as well as fun, festive fruit snack shapes including a bat, witch, ghost, haunted castle, and pumpkin. Made with REAL fruit, these snacks are perfect for trick-or treating, lunchboxes, boo-baskets and more. (Available on Walmart for $9.98)

This next one will be a hit with everyone!

The perfect bewitching sip for themed parties, Halloween movie nights and beyond, Flying Cauldron’s Butterscotch Beer is made with the enchanting flavors of butterscotch and creamy vanilla – serve over ice cream or enjoy straight from the bottle! (Available on Amazon for $18.99/4-pack). My family had the opportunity to try these and loved the taste! If you like butterscotch and cream soda, you have to try one! It is delicious with vanilla ice cream! Yum!

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

Magic of Lights Illuminates Angel Stadium this Holiday Season

For the First Time, Angel Stadium to host a dazzling drive-through holiday lights experience

Nov. 19 through Dec. 26

Special “Affordable for All” Holiday Pricing – One Carload, One Price, Starting at $25.

Tickets Go On Sale Friday, October 22 – MagicOfLights.com/Anaheim

This holiday season will be brighter, bolder and more colorful as the Angel Stadium parking lot is transformed into a vibrant drive-through, holiday themed light display starting Friday, November 19 through Sunday, December 26. Tickets for this event go on sale Friday, October 22 at 10am.

Produced by FunGuys Events, “Magic of Lights” will make its Southern California debut at the home of the Los Angeles Angels, featuring dozens of displays, illuminated canopies, and digital animation, all constructed with thousands of individual LED lights, which will take place in the Angel Stadium parking lot.

Inside the comfort of their own vehicle, guests will enjoy the tour’s brand-new displays including Prehistoric Christmas, Big Foot Monster Trucks and the Snow Flurry Tunnel, as well as Magic of Lights favorites including the 12 Days of Christmas, Toyland and the Enchanting Tunnel of Lights. Created with nearly one million sparkling lights, Magic of Lights is a nostalgic and festive experience for guests of all ages.

Magic of Lights shines daily from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. beginning Friday, Nov. 19 through Sunday, Dec. 26. Tickets for this festive holiday event are on sale now and can be purchased for an assigned date starting at just $25 per vehicle. For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets, visit MagicOfLights.com/Anaheim. Tickets must be purchased online in advance and will not be available for purchase at the gate.  

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ANGEL STADIUM

Angel Stadium has been home to the Los Angeles Angels for 56 seasons. As baseball’s fourth-oldest ballpark, trailing only Boston’s Fenway Park, Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, it has hosted seven American League Division Series (2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2014), six American League Championship Series (1979, 1982, 1986, 2002, 2005 and 2009) and the 2002 World Series, as well as the 1967, 1989 and 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Games. In addition, Angel Stadium has hosted various events including AMA Supercross and Monster Jam, as well as the concerts for U2, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves and Chance the Rapper.

FUNGUYS EVENTS

A division of FunGuys LLC, based in Ohio, whose principals include Ken Hudgens, Tim Murray, Eric Cole, and Grant Reeves. Hudgens, Murray and Cole each have decades of experience at Live Nation® and Feld Entertainment® as top executives in the Motor Sports divisions, with Reeves as the owner, producer and promoter of DockDogs®, Upbeat K9® and other internationally touring entertainment properties for more than 20 years.

Get Halloween Booritos at Rubio’s Coastal Grill – October 31

It’s all about the Halloween treats at Rubio’s, when every Boorito on the menu is just $6.99 all day on October 31. Simply bring the coupon: https://www.rubios.com/coupons/halloween-boorito to any of Rubio’s participating locations, or use code BOORITO when placing an order online at Rubios.com or on the Rubio’s App. 

Guests in California, Arizona and Nevada can get any burrito for $6.99, from responsibly sourced seafood to USDA choice steak and all-natural chicken raised without antibiotics, to vegetarian options. Favorites include the Ancho Citrus Shrimp Burrito, Wild Alaska Salmon Burrito, Burrito Especial with all natural chicken, California Burrito with USDA choice steak or the Bean & Cheese Burrito, just to name a few.

Langostino Lobster fans won’t want to miss special fall entrees, including the Puerto Nuevo Burrito made with Langostino Lobster, the Langostino Lobster Bowl and the Langostino Lobster two taco plate. 

Rubio’s locations are open for dine-in, and guests may also order online, or through the app, for contact-free curbside or express pickup, or delivery. For more information and to view the menu, visit Rubio’sFacebook, and Instagram.

Credit: Rubio’s. Some form of compensation was received to post.

Experts Reveal Tips for An Amazing at Home Kid’s Birthday Party

Planning your kid’s birthday party can be a headache; finding the perfect theme, organizing the activities that will keep every guest engaged, and setting up a celebration that works for your space can bring more stress than enjoyment when the special day comes. Experts have cultivated the tips you should follow to throw the best at home kid’s birthday party for every guest involved with the help of Monique Banks and daughter Ariel Banks Baker, the duo that founded BLUEPRINT, a service that helps you create a unique party for your child’s special day. 

The Importance of Understanding you Space 

Scrolling through social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest in attempts to find the perfect theme for your celebration can be great until it comes to making that layout fit the space you’re choosing to host in. Whether it be inside or out, each location is specific to the way in which activities can be done safely and successfully. Not only does BLUEPRINT help bring your child’s interests to life through their party, but it also gives you the information about how to plan for your specific and personal space, no matter where you choose to celebrate. 

Making Accommodations for the Age of your Guests 

Finding activities that are fun for specific age groups is important to the engagement and enjoyment that every party-goer should experience. Based on the information you provide to BLUEPRINT, a unique plan is created for you, including the perfect and age appropriate activities for the age range of your guests. Depending on who your guests are, BLUEPRINT creates a plan of activities and activity lengths that will hold the engagement of your guests for the perfect amount of time. 

Focus on Inclusivity and Fun 

Your child’s birthday party can be a perfect opportunity to teach some important lessons too. Some of the most important things young children can learn at an impressionable age is the magnitude of inclusivity and the appreciation of differences. Based on the theme you and your child choose or create for your special event, a plan is created for you that includes activities and teachings that display themes of inclusivity of all party guests. Each child can take what they see at a fun birthday party into other aspects of their lives too! 

Personalize for your Child’s Personality 

Especially at a young age, children have very strong opinions about what keeps them engaged and peaks their interest. Focusing on creating a party surrounding a theme that does not excite your child will not end well. Instead, with BLUEPRINT, you and your child can choose from a selection of amazing party themes that are on the website, or you and your child can work together to develop a custom theme unique to you.  Monique and Ariel know that every child is different and that is why they work to develop a party plan that is cohesive, works for your space, fits the age group, and will make every party guest excited to learn and play. 

Kai, Oct. 27th Pet of the Week

As you can tell by the photo, Kai doesn’t need Halloween candy to get his energy up (and don’t give any candy to him or any dog! Bad for them!) Kai is about 3 years old, and shelter staff and volunteers think he’s a shepherd mix. He’s high energy and needs lots of exercise, but he calms down just fine afterward. You’ll need to keep him secure, though, because the shelter was told that he can jump fences. He’s smart enough to find your car keys and head down to the meat refrigerator at the supermarket. Kai is a loving fellow and needs someone who’s experienced with enthusiastic large breeds and can teach him manners. He’s strong in body and strong in heart! Adoptions are now conducted through appointment only, so call 562-570-PETS or email PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to meet Kai. Ask for ID#A660880.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Last-Minute Halloween Suggestion!

Planning a party for Halloween or maybe a movie night? Sweet Chaos popcorn has some new Fall themed flavors that are sure to be a hit! They have some terrific flavors! NEW Pumpkin Spice, NEW Candy Corn, and NEW Black & Orange Drizzled Popcorn! My favorite is the NEW Black & Orange Drizzled Popcorn! Scarily delicious, Sweet Chaos Drizzles are Gluten Free, made with Non-GMO popcorn, and have NO artificial colors or flavors. Handmade kettle corn made by real people. Non-GMO popcorn is popped in Coconut Oil, with just the right amount of Cane Sugar and Sea Salt, and then sprinkled with delicious drizzle.

Pumpkin Spice is everything nice and a must for those who love this Fall flavor!

Do you love candy corn? Some do and some do not. Personally, I am not a big fan of the candy but I tried the Candy Corn flavored popcorn and I even liked it!

You can find out more about this brand at https://sweetchaos.com/

You can also find them at many Walmart locations and Amazon.com.

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