Archives for January 13, 2024

Parent’s Dream Solution to Better Sleep for Sick Kids!


Looking for a way to make your child more comfortable when they have a cold? Tum&Bum is the solution!

Made for toddlers, this organic sleep aid’s simple, efficient design creates a slope to drain mucus and ease congestion.  Tum&Bum’s comfortable, supportive surface promotes clearer breathing, less coughing, sniffling and sneezing. You’ll notice the difference and so will your kids!

  • Puts toddlers in perfect alignment for combatting upper respiratory infections, persistent cough, allergies, and congestion. 
  • Made from latex-free, hypoallergenic, medical-grade 100% polypropylene.
  • Cover with a towel and pillow before using
  • Clean Tum&Bum’s surface with an antibacterial spray or wipe
  • Grows with your child – use Tum&Bum as a supportive chair when your toddler gets older. 
  • For toddlers and up
  • Find Tum&Bum on Amazon
I love that this product can grow with your child.

Price: $175 and there is a choice of colors! I received the orange one and it was a hit with one of my youngest reviewers. He is only 4 and his parents prefer he is not posted on social media but the parents said that it really is a relief to have this product!

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

Casting Announced for Disney’s The Lion King at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Costa Mesa’s Limited Return Engagement Plays

Thursday, February 1 to Sunday, February 25 at

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Casting has been announced for the Costa Mesa engagement of Disney’s The Lion King. Costa Mesa’s most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the Segerstrom Center for the Arts stage from Thursday, February 1 to Sunday, February 25. The press opening night is Thursday, February 1 at 7:30 PM.

The production features Peter Hargrave as “Scar,” Gerald Ramsey as “Mufasa,” Mukelisiwe Goba as “Rafiki,” Nick Cordileone as “Timon,” Nick LaMedica as “Zazu,” John E. Brady as “Pumbaa,” Darian Sanders as “Simba,” Khalifa White as “Nala,” Forest VanDyke as “Banzai,” Martina Sykes as “Shenzi” and Robbie Swift as “Ed.”

The role of “Young Simba” is alternated between Mason Lawson and Julian Villela and the role of “Young Nala” is alternated between Jaxyn Damasco and Aniya Simone. 

Rounding out the cast are William John Austin, Iman Ayana, Isaiah Bailey, Samantha Lauren Barriento, Eric Bean, Jr., Layla Brent, Vernon Brooks III, Sasha Caicedo, Lauren Carr, Thembelihle Cele, Daniela Cobb, Gabriel Croom, Lyric Danae, Marquis Floyd, Tony FreemanAliah James, Jolina Javier, Joel KarieSamaree Lawson, Gabisile Manana, Amber Mayberry, Justin Mensah, Nhlanhla Ndlovu, Aaron Nelson, Jeremy Noel, Sicelo Ntshangase, Erick D. Patrick, Sayiga Eugene Peabody, Poseletso Sejosingoe, Sadé Simmons, Jennifer Theriot, Courtney Thomas, Denzel Tsopnang, Brinie Wallace and Jordan Nicole Willis.

In Costa Mesa, The Lion Kingwill play Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM, and Sundays at 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM. There will also be a special 2:00 PM matinee performance on Thursday, February 1. Premium Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a souvenir program and a cinch bag, are also available. Tickets are available at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Box Office, by calling (714) 556-2787 Monday-Friday 10 AM to 5 PM, or via the Internet at Orders for groups of twenty (20) or more may be placed by calling 714-755-0236.

For more than 20 years, the North American touring productions of The Lion King have been seen by over 21 million theatergoers. Having already played more than 9,000 performances in over 90 cities across North America, The Lion King now proudly returns to Costa Mesa at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. 


Celebrating 25 landmark years on Broadway, The Lion King continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world.  Since its premiere on November 13, 1997, 28 global productions have been seen by over 112 million people.  Produced by Disney Theatrical Group, under the direction of Andrew FlattAnne Quart, and Thomas SchumacherThe Lion King has made theatrical history with three productions worldwide running 20 or more years and two others running 25 or more years. 

Performed over its lifetime in nine different languages (English, Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions of The Lion King can currently be seen on Broadway; London’s West End; Paris; Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; Sao Paulo and on tour across North America and the U.K. & Ireland for a total of nine productions running concurrently across the globe.  Having played over 100 cities in 24 countries on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion King’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.   

The Lion King won six 1998 Tony Awards®: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical.  The Lion King has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design. 

The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success.  The first woman to win a Tony Award for Direction of a Musical, Taymor supervises new productions of the show around the world.

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s songs from the Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo MMark MancinaJay RifkinJulie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from “Rhythm of the Pride Lands,” an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.  The resulting sound of The Lion King is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to Lebo M’s rich choral numbers.

Elton John, Lebo M, and Hans Zimmer all collaborated on the 2019 version of the film, executive produced by Julie Taymor and Thomas Schumacher, which has gone onto extraordinary worldwide success.

The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated The Lion King feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay.  Other members of the creative team include:  Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), Anthony Lyn (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor), Lisa Dawn Cave (production supervisor), Thomas Schlenk (general manager) and ARC/Mark Brandon, CSA (casting). Anne Quart serves as executive producer.

For more information worldwide, visit and

The Costa Mesa engagement of Disney’s The Lion Kingis presented by arrangement with Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel and CIBC Private Wealth Management and is a subscription offering of the Broadway Series.

Credit: Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Books of the week!

NYT Bestselling Karma Wilson’s BEAR FINDS EGGS! On sale January 16th!

Such a delightful book!

 Little ones and parents alike will adore this seasonal continuation of Bear and friends on another sweet adventure to help Mama Meadowlark find her lost eggs. BEAR FINDS EGGS is on sale from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on January 16, 2024!

In this colorful and delightful new picture book, Bear and his friends hunt for Mama Meadowlark’s missing eggs! So, everyone pitches in to search high and low and paint the eggs bright colors, so they don’t get lost again. Even the youngest of readers can help Bear spot eggs in this perfect celebration of the Spring season! Who is ready for Spring? I know I am! This is a delightful story and I love the characters and the illustrations!

About the author: Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books, including the Bear Books series; Where Is Home, Little Pip?; and A Dog Named Doug. Karma lives in Montana.

About the illustrator: Jane Chapman is the illustrator of over one hundred books for children, including Dilly Duckling by Claire Freedman and I Love My Mama by Peter Kavanagh, as well as Karma Wilson’s Bear Books series and Mortimer’s Christmas Manger. She lives with her family in Dorset, England. Visit Jane at

I recommend the book for ages 4-8!

The Very Worst Ever chapter book series for young readers – on sale 1/9/24!

 The Very Worst Ever Series is an all-new Little Simon chapter-book series about a group of unlucky friends navigating the many challenges of their wacky school! Written by Andy Nonamus and illustrated by Amy Jinda, the first two books, First Day, Worst Day and Pop Goes the Carnival, go on sale January 9th, 2024!

In FIRST DAY, WORST DAY, a very unlucky kid navigates the many challenges of the first day of school. From missing the bus to getting lost looking for a class, he’s feeling doomed forever until some new friends help him make it through the worst first day ever! Download the manuscript here.

In POP GOES THE CARNIVAL, the same very unlucky kid must create a booth for his school carnival while avoiding disaster in the second book in The Very Worst Ever chapter book series!

You don’t want to miss the start to this hilarious chapter book series! Perfect for readers who have graduated from Ready-to-Reads but are not quite ready for lengthy chapter books, these books are tailor-made for ages 5 to 9’s reading comprehension. Heavily illustrated with large type, Little Simon’s chapter books let young readers feel like they are reading a “grown-up” format with subject, text, and illustrations geared specifically for their own age groups!


Little Simon | On sale, January 9, 2024| Ages 5 to 9, Grades K to 4
HC: 9781665942218 $17.99 | TR: 9781665942201 $6.99.


Little Simon | On sale, January 9, 2024| Ages 5 to 9, Grades K to 4
HC: 9781665942249 $17.99 | TR: 9781665942232 $6.99.


Andy Nonamushas been writing for as long as he can remember. He lives in New York.


Amy Jindra is a Cleveland, Ohio, native with a passion for illustration. Ever since she can remember, she has been drawing everything and anything. She enjoys developing characters and scenes that tell a story, create a connection, and warm the heart. Amy is fueled and inspired by the arts, family and friends, and good sushi.

Both of these books are fun to read!

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to feature. Cover images were also provided.