Jubilee, March 22nd Pet of the Week!

Jubilee is the Rita Moreno of the dog world—a senior who’s still beautiful and who certainly can move around with the best of them. She’s an 8-year-old boxer mix who dances around that new Play Yard like a real hoofer! She gallops after tennis balls and responds to commands like “sit” and “shake.” She loves treats but still keeps her girlish figure. And when the performance is over and the stage lights are down, Jubilee will sit down with you and absorb all the love she can soak up. Meet Jubilee on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A603989.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village. 

PEEPS®is a Must-Buy for Easter! The whole family will love them!

Easter is almost here and what is Easter without Candy? I’m a fan of PEEPS®and they have some terrific new flavors this upcoming holiday! Even though my son is now a teenager, he will still get an Easter basket! He is a fan of PEEPS®too! I can’t wait for him to try some of the new flavors and have a feeling the Fruit Punch ones will be a hit!

Do you have a favorite PEEPS®? I have to admit that I like the chocolate dipped ones the best and am excited about the PEEPS® Delights™ Blueberry Flavored Marshmallow Chicks Dipped in Dark Chocolate! Yum! I actually couldn’t wait until Easter and tried them and they are absolutely delicious!

PEEPS® really should be added to every Easter basket! I made this one for a friend of ours!

Here are all of the varieties available this Easter:

·         PEEPS® Filled Delights™ Neapolitan Flavored Marshmallow Chicks

·         PEEPS® Delights™ Marshmallow Chicks Dipped in Milk Chocolate

·         PEEPS® Delights™ Blueberry Flavored Marshmallow Chicks Dipped in Dark Chocolate

·         PEEPS® Delights™ Coconut Flavored Marshmallow Chicks Dipped in Dark Chocolate

·         PEEPS® Delights™ Strawberry Flavored Marshmallow Chicks Dipped in Crème Flavored Fudge

·         PEEPS® Delights™ Lemon Sherbet Flavored Marshmallow Chicks

·         PEEPS® Delights™ Orange Sherbet Flavored Marshmallow Chicks

·         PEEPS® Sour Cherry Flavored Marshmallow Chicks

·         PEEPS® Fruit Punch Flavored Marshmallow Chicks

·         PEEPS® Sour Watermelon Flavored Marshmallow Chicks

·         PEEPS® Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow Chicks

·         PEEPS® Marshmallow Chicks Rainbow POPs

·         PEEPS® Large Marshmallow Bunnies

·         PEEPS® Sugar Free Chicks

·         PEEPS® Milk Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Chicks

·         PEEPS® Giant Pink and White Bunny Marshmallow Pops

·         PEEPS® Cotton Candy Flavored Marshmallow Chicks

·         PEEPS® Pancakes & Syrup Flavored Marshmallow Chicks

·         PEEPS® Mystery Chicks (#1, #2 and #3)

·         MIKE AND IKE® Easter Treats, 5oz Theater Box

·         MIKE AND IKE® Assorted Fruits Jelly Beans, 14oz Lay Down Bag

I didn’t have the opportunity to try them all but I am on the lookout for the PEEPS® Delights™ Lemon Sherbet Flavored Marshmallow Chicks! I’m also curious about the Cotton Candy flavored ones and the Pancakes & Syrup!

The Party Cake PEEPS® aren’t new but they are a favorite in our house! You have to try them!

And, have you checked out their site? I just love their site! Our readers also have a discount code!  Head over to www.Peepsandcompany.com and enter “EASTER18” for a 20% discount on merchandise – pick up fun gifts like the PEEP-On-A-Perch gift set or our new PEEPS® In Pajamas bedtime story! A friend of mine just bought the PEEPS® In Pajamas bedtime story and its a hit with her little one!

Check out www.marshmallowpeeps.com for fun crafts and recipes!

You can also buy PEEPS®at a store near you! I know our local Target has many of them that are mentioned above!

Do you have a favorite?

Here’s another one of mine!

Happy Spring! Happy Easter! 

 Self Disclosure: I received a package of delicious PEEPS® to facilitate this post.

3 Types of Events That You Should Take Your Kids to

Keeping your kids busy and engaged has many benefits aside from saving you from chasing them around the house most of the day. For one, activities enable them to positively release all of the energy stored up in their little bodies. It also gives them the chance to self-express and explores their creativity and interests. For these reasons, taking your kids out and allowing them to participate in different events can positively contribute to their development. This article is going to list three types of events that you should consider taking your kids to next time you have the opportunity.

Arts and Crafts

Any event that is arts and crafts related can be both fun and beneficial to your child. If you thought that arts and crafts had few benefits beyond enabling kids to get paint all over their clothes and sculpt adorable figurines, you should know that there’s so much more to it. For one, it has the ability to improve their coordination. Some other significant benefits of arts and crafts include helping their visual processing abilities, promoting executive functioning, strengthening their academics, and teaching them life skills. Additionally, it can also teach them patience, flexibility, critical thinking skills, and also how to be hands on. For these reasons, arts and crafts events can be a lot of fun.

Music and Drama

If you find that your kids are often signing and dancing around the house, dance and drama may be something that they enjoy. If you look at events happening in your local community, you may find plays for kids as well as music and dance related events. You should see if you can make time out to take your kids and even allow them to participate where possible. If they attend a school such as Downsend Private School, it is likely they already have drama in their curriculum. This means they may often have school plays and musicals that you can attend. Another key benefit of taking your kids to drama, music, or dance-related events is how it can help their self-expression and self-confidence. Watching other kids confidently perform could inspire them to want to do the same too.


The benefits of taking your kids to sports-related events are endless. Aside from it being a way for them to burn energy, it also contributes to their physical development. Kids who stay physically active are more likely to have stronger bones. They’re also less likely to become overweight and should have lower blood pressure. You should, therefore, be on the lookout for sports-related activities such as family fun days, soccer matches, or other beneficial events targeted at kids.

Parenting isn’t an easy job as you’re likely constantly looking for ways to engage your kids. This is necessary to keep them out of trouble, keep them focused, and also help develop their mind, bodies, and emotions. As mentioned in this article, one of the simple ways to help their holistic development is to take them to events.

5 Things to know about finding a good family lawyer when going through a divorce

Divorce is never an easy process to go through. When you have invested so much time and love in another person, only for the relationship to not work out, it can really cause anxiety and stress on a person. For people who have never gone through the process, one of the questions they ask when suddenly faced with the end of a marriage is what should they do next?


One of the first things you need to do is to hire a lawyer. There will be issues that you need to iron out, such as the division of assets, and if you have children together, the custody of your child and children. If you are still navigating your way through the process, take a look at the list below to know how you can hire a good lawyer to advocate you through the divorce process.


  1.    You don’t just get the first lawyer you talk to – it might be tempting to just pick a random name from a list or click the first website that comes up on a search engine, but getting a family lawyer is also a process. You may need to talk to at least three lawyers to make your choice. Not every lawyer tackles a case the same way, so it would be good to consult with your top three prospects before making a decision.


  1.    You need to consider how much you can afford – you need to set a budget and be realistic about it. Unless you are a high-powered executive living with a six-figure salary, then it is impossible for you to afford an expensive lawyer. Don’t worry as you do not need to shell out a lot of money just to get divorced. You just need to spend some time and effort researching on the potential lawyers in your area.  At Jones Whyte Law, for example, they assure that their rates are competitive, but they will give you the best service possible.


  1.    You need to be ready with research and questions – don’t go to a consult with a lawyer without having done your research. Make sure to know about the history of the firm, and what kind of reviews they have from former clients. Also, make sure to ask about their former cases that may be similar to yours.


  1.    You should go with your instinct and watch out for red flags – sometimes you need to go with your instinct and choose a lawyer that you are comfortable with. You will be sharing some details about your life and your family lawyer will be your advocate in court. You want someone who you can talk to freely. Watch out for lawyers who like to give out confidential information as that is not a good sign of a good lawyer.


  1.    You need to stay focused on the goal – ultimately, whether the separation is amicable or not, the goal is to get divorced. There may be times when your emotions might get the best of you and you become unreasonable with your demands. Keep the goal in mind in order for the process to run smoothly.


Looking for Graduation Invitations? Basic Invite has you covered!

Spring is almost here and before we know it…it will be time for Graduation! I recently discovered a site called Basic Invite and am really impressed with what they have to offer! They have a variety of graduation announcements, invitations, and thank you cards. I really like that they have almost unlimited color options! Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. That sounds really great to me!

You can also order a printed sample of your actual invitation so you can see what it looks like before you place a final order. Now, how cool is that!? They also have a variety of colors for their envelopes so you don’t have to just get the typical boring white! Okay, so maybe white isn’t exactly boring but I love having a choice of colors! They have over 40 different colors to choose from and their envelopes are peel and seal and that makes it super easy to close the envelopes securely.

Basic Invite also has Address Capturing Service! What’s that? This allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders.

So, if you are looking for graduation open house invitations, you have to check out Basic Invite! They also have great thank you cards for graduation.

And check out Basic Invite on Social Media too!






Self Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and compensation was received. Information and images were provided but I checked out the website and highly recommend Basic Invite. Any personal opinions expressed are my own.

Celebrate Natl. Waffle Day March 25 with Pure Maple Syrup during Tapping Season

B&G Foods, a pure maple syrup powerhouse, is the largest bottler of pure maple syrup in the United States. Tapping Season is now underway, so it’s time to celebrate and learn more about B&G Foods’ extensive offering of pure maple syrup brands, including:  Maple Grove Farms®Spring Tree®,Cary’s® and MacDonald’s.

Tapping Season, as the maple syrup season is known, is the time when the trees are “tapped” to gather sap which is then boiled in sugar houses to produce maple syrup. It takes 40 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup.  Tapping season, which typically lasts about six to eight weeks, ends sometime in April. Weather dictates the length of tapping season – warm days followed by cool nights are needed to get the sap flowing. Once a tree buds, tapping season has come to an end.

Pure maple syrup is just one ingredient, sourced from nature, and contains no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial flavors or colors.  Our pure maple syrup is naturally gluten-free and certified kosher.  Additionally, pure maple syrup offers inherent benefits of the minerals manganese and zinc.

With proprietary blending methods and the highest standards of quality, B&G Foods is proud to offer the largest branded portfolio – nearly six times that of the nearest competitor. Maple masters on staff have an incredible 860 years of combined experience, ensuring that only the best maple syrup is bottled for our leading brands. Our pure maple syrup goes through numerous taste and consistency checks to ensure the highest quality.

With changes in pure maple syrup grading in 2015, all of our pure maple syrup is now Grade A followed by a color and taste qualifier (Golden Delicate, Amber Rich and Dark Robust). Different grades are best suited for different usage occasions and taste preferences which is why B&G Foods’ portfolio of brands feature different grades and sizes. Additionally, our Maple Grove Farms and Spring Tree brand offer Organic varieties that are USDA or QAI certified and support the sustainable practices of maple syrup farming. For all of our syrups, trees are never tapped in the same place twice, to ensure the health and safety of this renewable resource.

Multiple reports have shown the use of maple syrup is on the rise. According to Techonomics, restaurant menus have shown a forty-five percent increase over the past four years in the use of maple syrup.  Additionally, maple syrup – a delicious alternative to cane sugar and artificial sweeteners – reflects the alternative sweetener movement that has grown 200 percent in the past four years.

“Pure maple syrup is affectionately called liquid gold,” says Meghan Swatt, Brand Manager, B&G Foods.  “It is the secret ingredient to almost every recipe occasion and our brands offer an array of grades and certifications, but one thing always remains – our commitment to quality and consistency.  We encourage everyone to explore with our pure maple syrup beyond breakfast—as a sweetener in baking, roasting vegetables, poured over salmon, stirred into a cocktail and even in your morning tea or coffee!”

B&G Food’s portfolio of pure maple syrup brands satisfies every palate and use:

Maple Grove Farms has been making maple products since 1915 and sources syrup from local and well established farms, including trees that have been tapped since the 1700s. Maple Grove Farms offers Golden Delicate and Amber Rich grades as well as Organic varieties of pure maple syrup. Bottled in the maple syrup capital of the United States, St. Johnsbury, Vermont, in a Zero Waste Certified Facility, Maple Grove Farms pure maple syrup is nationally distributed in three sizes: 8.5 fluid oz., 12.5 fluid oz. and 32 fluid oz.

Spring Tree was founded in 1976 and is named after the time of year maple syrup is produced.  Spring Tree pure maple syrup is available in both Amber Rich and Dark Robust in Organic and regular options.  Spring Tree pure maple syrup is available nationally in three sizes: 8.5 fluid oz., 12.5 fluid oz. and 32 fluid oz. ‘

Cary’s, is the oldest maple syrup brand in the United States, founded in 1906 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Cary’s pure maple syrup is available in Amber Rich nationally in 8 and 12.5 fluid oz. sizes.


MacDonald’s pure maple syrup is available predominantly in the Midwest and West Coast in two sizes of Amber Rich:  8.5 fluid oz. and 12.5 fluid oz.

Stay tuned! I will be reviewing soon! 

Credit: 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 www.bgfoods.com.

Self Disclosure: Information and images were provided. I will be receiving samples and reviewing soon so stay tuned!

New ‘Ballads for the Age of Science’ Zoom a Little Zoom: A Ride Through Science The release date is March 30th!

The two-time GRAMMY® winning folk and children’s music duo of Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer will release their 46th album collaboration, Zoom a Little Zoom! A Ride Through Science, on March 30, 2018 on their Community Music label.With 10 new interpretations of tunes from Ballads for the Age of Science, a classic 1961 collection of educational science songs on such subjects as space, nature, weather and energy, and an Activity Guide featuring dozens of ideas for hands-on science fun, the album is intended to excite a new generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers.


The original songs, written by lyricist Hy Zaret and composer Lou Singer, and performed by Dorothy Collins, Tom Glazer and other artists, appeared on the 1961 space race era album Ballads for the Age of Science.  Academy Award nominee Zaret (1907 -2007) is renowned for writing the timeless hits “Unchained Melody,” “One Meatball” and “Dedicated to You.” He also wrote dozens of socially conscious songs for his public service albums, Little Songs on Big Subjects and Little Songs About U.N.

“The science in the originals remains sound, not to mention the wonderful lyrics and melodies, 57 years after the original release,” says Cathy Fink. “Marcy and I are delighted to take a new approach to this material.” Marcy Marxer adds, “We’ve brought some exciting genre treatments to a number of the songs, including western swing, Klezmer and boogie-woogie, and I believe that while the kids are moving and grooving to the songs, a little science may just seep in.”

Zaret’s son Robert (Argosy Music Corp.) commissioned GRAMMY winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer to create contemporary arrangements, selecting the best science-based earworms from the original six-LP Ballads for the Age of Science collection. Fink and Marxer assembled other top-flight musicians and the result is an upbeat album of catchy songs about rockets, constellations, animal habits, gravity, and more. The reworked songs aim to spark listeners’ curiosity to learn, and together they provide a resource to introduce elementary level science concepts.

The new album includes an Activity Guide for each song by Lynn Baum (former head of School Programs at the Museum of Science in Boston), downloadable from the CD. The guide, which features ideas easy to replicate at home or school using household materials, will be available for free download soon at cathymarcy.com. In upcoming performances and videos, these activities will come alive – experiments and all.

I received a copy of this CD and highly recommend! If you have a child that likes Science, they will love this CD!~SoCal City Kids. 

More about Cathy & Marcy

Cathy & Marcy are trailblazers in children’s and family music. Their relationship with family audiences spans over 35 years of live performances. They play dozens of instruments from banjo to mandolin to rockin’ electric guitar, steel drum and ukulele. Two GRAMMY® Awards (and 14 nominations), Parents’ Choice Awards, American Library Association Awards, National Association of Parenting Publications Awards, Early Childhood News Awards and Washington Area Music Association Awards all attest to the superb quality of their body of work. Along with the album release Cathy & Marcy offering a limited number of live concerts based on the new album complete with fun activities designed by Lynn Baum (formerly of the Boston Museum of Science), plus graphics, animation, and film from NASA. These always-touring artists are based in Maryland and North Carolina.

More about Hy Zaret

The New York-born songwriter is best known today for his 1955 collaboration with composer Alex North, “Unchained Melody,” written for the Hollywood film, Unchained. That year, the song was recorded by more than 40 artists, including 3 chart-toppers, and was nominated for an Academy Award. Revived in 1965 by The Righteous Brothers, “Unchained Melody” became a worldwide hit once more, and gained momentum again in 1990 when The Righteous Brothers version was used in the 1990 film, Ghost. Parodies of the pottery wheel scene continue to be a staple of advertisements. With over 1000 recordings in multiple languages, including platinum records by The Righteous Brothers, Elvis Presley, Robson & Jerome, Gareth Gates, and Harrison Craig, “Unchained Melody” is #5 on the BBC’s 2012 list of the Ten Richest Songs. The Righteous Brothers original recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000, and the song was recognized with the U.S. Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Towering Song Award in 2007, just weeks before Hy Zaret’s passing at the age of 99.

Self Disclosure: I received a free CD to facilitate this featured CD. Images and information were also provided by our friends at Sugar Mountain PR. 

Top 4 Reasons to Go Little Tokyo for the​ ​Allegiance Broadway Musical

The Broadway musical, Allegiance, starring George Takei, will take center stage in LA’s most vibrant neighborhood, Little Tokyo, February 21 – April 1, 2018. Planning to see the musical? Go Little Tokyo, the community campaign offering top insights into Little Tokyo, presents countless opportunities to discover or re-discover one of Los Angeles’ most historically rich and energetic urban neighborhoods. From family-owned eateries, to traditional sweet shops and discounted tickets, Go Little Tokyo presents the top 4 reasons to experience a deliciously, authentic night in Little Tokyo, before and after the musical.

1. Tastes of Allegiance Time Period: Let your taste buds travel back in time and dine where the scent of nostalgia lives, at Little Tokyo’s classic Japanese diner, Kouraku. Located in the heart of Little Tokyo and open since 1976, Kouraku is a cozy mom-and-pop eatery offering an array of authentic Japanese comfort food dishes from ramen, curry, and their famous tenshin chahan ankake, a gravy covered omelet filled with pork fried rice. Awarded “Best After Midnight Snack” by Los Angeles Downtown News, Kouraku is open nightly until 3am.


2. Become a Sushi Aficionado: No tempura, no teriyaki, no noodles – no problem! Experience traditional, delicious sushi at Hama Sushi in an intimate, laid-back setting. Enjoy high-quality nigiri sushi and menu favorites like the sashimi platters, red snapper with a squeeze of lemon and brush of salt, and the spicy tuna roll. Pro tip: For the true aficionado experience, sit at the sushi bar and ask for the decadent off-menu item, Salmon Belly Nigiri.


3. Enjoy a ‘sweetened’ Encore: Continue the entertainment after the musical and indulge in your greatest dessert fantasies at Snowya. Offering sweet treats like croissant taiyaki with your choice of filling and their signature snowflake shaved ice bowls, Snowya offers melt-in-your-mouth goodness that guests can surely applaud. Capture the moment with an Instagram-able photo of the infamous fish-shaped cone topped with your favorite matcha ice cream.


4. Use code GOLITTLETOKYO for 15% off Allegiance tickets: Purchase tickets to the powerful and uplifting musical with Go Little Tokyo’s 15% off promo code: GOLITTLETOKYO. Allegiance is inspired by the true story of L.A.-based actor, director and author George Takei. The musical transports audiences back to a dark time in U.S. history when roughly 120,000 Japanese-Americans were forced into internment camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Experience the Los Angeles premier of the musical in Little Tokyo, where the story has it’s richest legacy. Promo code valid on performances 3/1–3/31, excluding Sundays, on sections A–D. Cannot be combined with other discounts or student/senior pricing. Maximum number of tickets is four per transaction. Ticketing fees apply.