PBS KIDS Announces Adaptive Apparel Collection Available Exclusively at Zappos


PBS KIDS and Zappos Adaptive are introducing a line of gender-neutral two-way reversible adaptive apparel with kid-friendly designs that promote independence for all children. Manufactured by 4WARD Clothing, the PBS KIDS Adaptive Apparel Collection will soon be available exclusively at Zappos.com.

The PBS KIDS Adaptive Apparel Collection includes t-shirts and lounge pants designed to meet unique sensory needs. Each item includes dissolvable tags, has no buttons and is made with soft, machine washable poly-cotton blend fabric. The entire clothing line can be worn either forward or backward, making it versatile for kids.

“PBS KIDS is committed to diversity and inclusion, helping children of all abilities learn and grow,” said Dawn Ciccone, Vice President of Brand Licensing, PBS KIDS. “This collaboration with Zappos Adaptive is one more way we’re honoring that commitment. The PBS KIDS Adaptive Apparel Collection is purpose-driven to help empower children, encourage independence and promote creative expression.”

Additionally, in support of Autism Awareness Month, PBS KIDS will air and stream episodes of ARTHUR, DINOSAUR TRAIN and SESAME STREET featuring characters with autism on pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video app. Related digital games can be found on pbskids.org, hands-on activities on PBS Parents, and educational resources on PBS LearningMedia.

As the exclusive home of 4Ward Clothing, Zappos Adaptive promotes inclusion by providing functional and fashionable clothing and shoes to help make getting dressed easier. 4Ward Clothing represents the important underlying concept of providing a garment that fosters independence and inclusion for those who need it most so they can move forward in life.

“We’re so excited to collaborate with PBS KIDS and 4ward Clothing on this collection because it brings something fresh and fun to our assortment of super soft, reversible clothing. Zappos Adaptive is focused on curating a wide selection of products that make our customers’ lives easier, and this definitely helps us fulfill that purpose,” said Derek Flores, Senior Buyer at Zappos.com.

With fun and bright colors using PBS KIDS-branded graphics, the PBS KIDS Adaptive Apparel Collection includes four design themes: dinosaurs, rainforests, oceans and air travel. Offered in child sizes 18m-6x, the clothing line is available at an affordable price, ranging from $26-$32 SRP. One hundred percent of the net proceeds PBS receives from purchases of the PBS KIDS Adaptive Apparel Collection will support PBS KIDS’ mission to empower children to succeed in school and in life.

The PBS KIDS Adaptive Apparel Collection will soon be available at http://www.zappos.com/e/adaptive-pbskids


PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers children ages 2-8 the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital media and community-based programs. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn, including their teachers, parents and community. Provided by stations, the free PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream is available to nearly 95% of U.S. TV households. Kidscreen- and Webby Award-winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video.

PBS KIDS offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning, including the PBS KIDS Video app, which is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Chromecast. PBS KIDS also offers parent and teacher resources to support children’s learning anytime and anywhere. For more information on PBS KIDS content and initiatives supporting school readiness and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.


About Zappos.com
Established in 1999, Zappos.com has quickly become the leading destination in online apparel and footwear sales by striving to provide shoppers with the best possible service and selection. Zappos currently showcases millions of products from over 1,000 clothing and shoe brands. Zappos is also proud to be rated ELITE by STELLAService and was named a J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champion, one of only 40 companies so named in the U.S. More information about the customer service philosophy, unique culture and job openings can be found at www.zappos.com/about/press-kit. More information about Zappos Insights and its business membership program can be found at zapposinsights.com. Zappos.com, Inc. is a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc.

Whole Foods Market will sell four of Humphry Slocombe’s most popular flavors

Southern California is about to get sweeter! Humphry Slocombe,the rebellious ice cream brand synonymous with unique, ultra-premium flavors is now available at all Whole Foods Markets in Southern California.

Whole Foods Market will sell four of Humphry Slocombe’s most popular flavors. Whole Foods exclusive Hong Kong Milk Tea, Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee, Honey Graham, and Peanut Butter Fudge Ripple. Hong Kong Milk Tea is the brainchild of Humphry Slocombe’s chef Jake Godby and Top Chef alum and Whole Foods Chef Ambassador Melissa King.

I had the opportunity to try out a flavor and I love the Honey Graham flavor! It is simply delicious!


Website www.humphryslocombe.com

Find Humphry Slocombe near you: http://www.humphryslocombe.com/find-us/

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Photos: SoCal City Kids. 

The YES Bar is the perfect on-the-go Snack!

Have you heard of the YES Bar? They are quite tasty!

The YES Bar, featured on the Today Show and on Yahoo, takes the best ingredients like macadamias from Hawaii, sea salt harvested in France, artisanal German dark chocolate, and tangy California sun-dried strawberries and apricots, to create four mouth watering (nearly vegan minus the honey) flavors:
  • Macadamia Chocolate
  • Black Sesame Sea Salt
  • Mocha Cayenne
  • Strawberry Coconut

The YES Bar is committed to a completely anti-inflammatory profile of nuts, seeds, and clean carbohydrates. There are no grains, fillers, preservatives, soy or refined sweeteners like agave or brown rice syrup. The YES Bar uses just the highest quality ingredients that anyone can say YES to! The bars are individually wrapped making them easy to store in a purse, backpack, lunch box or even a carry-on, and the round shape gives you a cookie feel without any guilt.

The YES Bar was created by Abigail Wald after giving birth to her son who had so many food sensitivities. She was tired of always having to say “no” to the foods he wanted to try and in frustration and out of love, created a bar she could say YES to.

I had the opportunity to receive a few samples and I love the taste and love that they are a great snack to take on the go. I also feel that it is a healthier option than many other snacks out there! 

The YES Bar has an 8-month shelf life and is made of high protein nuts, seeds, dried fruit and spices bound together with maple syrup, honey and tahini. The composition of the bar is distinctive. The bars are hand crafted in small batches and pressed into circles. Each bite in The Yes Bar is a little bit different and complex versus the same taste you might get with every other bar.

In addition to a commitment to a healthy body, The YES Bar is committed to the earth, the packaging is made from craft paper and the 6-pack display boxes are 100% compostable and recyclable and come from responsibly managed forests.

Find out more here!


Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. I also received additional information and images. 


HAND SANITIZER SPRAY LEADS IN FLU PREVENTION! Mangiacotti’s Hand Sanitizer Spray works great and I love how they smell too!

According to the CDC, cleaning hands is the #1 defense against the threatening flu…but be warned…not all hand sanitizing products are created equal! 


It’s the height of the flu season and the persistent H1Ni virus is projected to linger until May! Health experts keep reminding us how important it is to keep hands clean, but how you clean your hands, and what you clean them with,  plays a vital role in the prevention and spread of the flu.


While washing with soap and water is always the suggested first choice, Hand Sanitizers are the best defense when you can’t get to soap and water, and they’re actually more effective at eliminating germs because they kill bacteria rather than just removing it.


While alcohol-based hand sanitizers are tremendously effective in preventing the spread of bacterial-based diseases, they only kill the germs you have touched and once the alcohol dries they begin to recontaminate. Alcohol-free hand sanitizers that have benzalkonium chloride as their active ingredient continue to protect against microbial activity for 4 hours. And most impressive, studies have shown benzalkonium chloride may be associated with antibiotic resistance in the MRSA virus while no resistance to alcohol has ever been noted.


Introducing Mangiacotti’s Hand Sanitizer Spray one of the most extensively tested and leading alcohol-free hand sanitizer formulas available today.  Mangiacotti’s proprietary formula meets all FDA recommended testing protocols and features the active ingredient: Benzalkonium Chloride proven to kill 99.99% of germs on contact and used in hospitals for over 40 years to prepare the skin and surfaces for surgery. Mangiacotti Hand Sanitizer Spray works in 15 seconds to kill germs and bacteria leaving a protective anti-microbial shield that lasts 4 hours, while delivering skin softening moisturization.


Specially blended therapeutic essential oils delicately scent the antiseptic formula imparting a pleasant light fragrance. Unlike alcohol-based products, Mangiacotti’s Hand Sanitizer does not sting on contact, chap or dry hands, or strip away natural oils that help skin retain moisture but delivers super moisturization as it cleans and sanitizes even the most sensitive skin. And since it’s active ingredient is used on surfaces in operating rooms, Mangiacott’s Hand Sanitizer Spray may also be used on surfaces such as tray tables on airplanes and public toilet seats.


Available in six unique all-natural fragrance profiles: Jasmine Plum, Clementine, Lemon Verbena, Ocean, Lavender and Pomegranate.   The 0.5 fluid Oz. spray bottle is compact and great for travel and “on-the-go” germ prevention and features 100+ applications. Suggested use: One application after the first handwashing of the day and then again after lunch to help lock in the skin’s natural moisture and provides a hydrophobic barrier.

I love how easy these are to use and I love the fragrances! My favorites are the Jasmine Plum and the Lavender! These are just perfect to take on travel and I love to take them in my purse to work! 

Suggested Retail Price $6.50. Available nationwide at specialty, gift and department stores or at: http://mangiacotti.com

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

The Habit Burger Grill Serves Up South-of-the-Border Flavor With New Guacamole Crunch Charburger

For a limited time, The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) is introducing a new Guacamole Crunch Charburger jam-packed with unique layers of flavor and the perfect crunch to match.

The new Guacamole Crunch Charburger ($4.99) heightens the flavor of the already juicy, award-winning Charburger by topping it with a perfectly crisp tostada shell, fresh, house made guacamole pico de gallo, melted cheese, and a zesty, ancho chile lime sauce made in house. The new, south-of-the-border inspired Charburger is served on a toasted sesame seed bun with crisp, shredded lettuce, tomato and pickles. Like all Charburgers at The Habit, the Guacamole Crunch Charburger is always made-to-order and chargrilled over an open flame.

Better burgers are just the beginning at The Habit where the menu also includes hand-cut salads, grilled sandwiches including line-caught, sushi grade chargrilled tuna, fresh chicken, and hand-filleted marinated grilled tri-tip, and sides including onion rings, sweet potato and French fries, and tempura green beans. Guests can choose from a variety of peppers, lemons, limes, and sauces at a complimentary condiment bar to customize the flavor of their meal.

The Habit is known for its award-winning Charburger which features 100% fresh, never frozen ground beef grilled over an open flame and topped with melted cheese, caramelized onions, pickles, fresh tomato, crisp lettuce, and mayo served on a toasted bun. Their restaurants have been serving the Best Tasting Burger in America exactly this way since the first Habit opened in 1969.

I had the opportunity to try this new burger and I have to admit I was petty impressed! I love the guacamole and the crunch! I will definitely be buying this one again on my next visit! I’m actually hoping it stays on the menu for a while! I wasn’t sure what to expect about a burger with a tostada shell. But, it is really delicious!  I also still really love the Tempura Green beans at the Habit!

Connect with The Habit on social media at facebook.com/habitburgerinstagram.com/habitburgergrilltwitter.com/habitburger  and youtube.com/habittube.


About The Habit Restaurants, Inc. 

The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. The Habit has since grown to over 220 restaurants in 11 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Washington and Maryland as well as three international locations. More information is available at www.habitburger.com.

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to try the New Guacamole Crunch Charburger to post. Information and image of the New burger were also provided. 

The Little Prince Celebrates its 75th Anniversary The most-translated non-religious book in the world expands on its unique tradition of giving through new charitable activities, merchandise, and special events!

The Little Prince marks its 75th anniversary this week and delights fans across the globe through social media campaigns, unique events and new official merchandise. The Little Prince line of items ranges from a collection of graphic bag accessories to a 75th Anniversary edition of the novel, to a range of environmentally-friendly baby products.

Pioneering aviator, best-selling writer and humanist, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote The Little Prince in 1943. Long considered one of the greatest pieces of French literature ever written and voted as “The Best Book of the 20th Century” in France, The Little Prince also has a very special American connection. The book was written in the United States, while Saint-Exupéry was in exile and living in New York City. To date, the book has sold over 200 million copies and has reached more than 500 million readers around the world. In the US, 100,000 additional copies of The Little Prince are sold every year. A special 75th Anniversary edition of the book is available for pre-order now on Amazon and goes on sale in October.

The story is inspired by Saint-Exupéry’s own experience of being a pilot stranded in the Sahara desert in the 1930s after a long-distance race.  He originally wrote the book for young children, but it resonated with readers of all ages through its messages of respect for humanity, friendship, authenticity, and charity.

A true cultural phenomenon, millions of fans are also experiencing The Little Prince in ways the author could have only imagined with visits to the theme park in France, the museum in Japan, and the flagship store in Paris. The Little Prince movie has been seen by 32 million viewers in theaters and 30 million on Netflix. A robust social media presence is driven by more than 10 million Facebook followers and 4 million views on the official YouTube channel.

“It’s incredible to see how many people adore The Little Prince and that its wisdom is creating, connecting, and compelling fans everywhere seventy-five years later,” said Thomas Riviere, General Manager, SOGEX, an arm of the estate of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

True to the spirit of The Little Prince, the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation (www.fasej.org) was established in 2009 to concretely actualize the book’s mission by supporting projects for children around the world. In the last eight years alone, over $3 million dollars has been raised to fund more than 50 projects in 20 countries.  In the US, Foundation efforts benefit art and education projects for the visually-impaired. Every partner of The Little Prince is engaged in giving back; through their contributions to good works in the name of The Little Prince or a percentage of proceeds from the sale of licensed merchandise.

Fans of the story can continue the good works inspired by The Little Prince on social media as well. As part of the diamond jubilee, people can participate in the anniversary celebration and send a “Happy Anniversary” message by posting their favorite quote from the book or a photo inspired by The Little Prince to social media platforms during April 2 to April 15th with #TheLittlePrince75.  For each post, the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation will make a donation to a new scholarship in the name of The Little Prince to help blind American students pursue their academic goals and achieve their dreams. (TLP75 Video).

There are over 150 licensees worldwide offering new products and merchandise collections for fans of The Little Prince to keep the story and key messages top-of-mind during the anniversary milestone including:

  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt– Master Publishing Partner of 75th Anniversary Edition of the classic novel available October 23, 2018. Pre-order now on Amazon.com.
  • LeSportsac– Spring ’18 Collection of Backpacks, Baby Bags, Cosmetic Bags, and Cross-body Bags LINK
  • Out of Print– T-shirts, Hoodies, Pin Sets, Unisex Socks and Totes; The Little Prince Nook Tablet Cover (Exclusive to Barnes and Noble)
  • Little Unicorn– All new line of Swaddles and Quilts featuring Little Unicorn’s signature watercolor take on iconic images from The Little Prince story.
  • Running Press– Light-up Rose Mini-kit. The Little Prince’s cherished rose, set under a clear dome and on a base bearing the story’s most famous bit of wisdom: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

The 75th Anniversary collection of product also includes: infant apparel and sleepwear from Finn and Emma, a cotton fabric collection and a soft storybook from Riley Blake, men’s and women’s socks from Socksmith, a calendar from Rizzoli’s Universe imprint, boxed gift mugs, bookmarks and prints from Culturenik, an encyclopedia from Cernunnos (distributed by Random House), and music boxes and gifts from Trousselier.

Because of The Little Prince’s American origins, the collection also includes a number of products specifically Made in the USA. Among them are: earrings and necklaces from Vinca, infant caps and baby blankets from Storiarts, t-shirts, scarves and posters from Litographs, inspirational shower clings from Dezign Your Mind, laser-cut wood décor from GArts, and a full range of lift-and-place wall graphics from Walls360.

The Little Prince also celebrates its 75th Anniversary with remarkable event partners such as The Morgan Library & Museum in NYC (LINK), which will host a special exhibition of newly discovered drawings by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.  A special screening of The Little Prince animated movie will also take place there on June 3, hosted by the film’s director and Foundation’s Goodwill Ambassador in the US, Mark Osborne. Throughout 2018, guests of Sofitel Hotels can enjoy special offers themed to The Little Prince through the chain’s “Magnifique Family” program (www/sofitelhotels.com).

Self Disclosure: Information and images were provided. Some form of compensation (product) has been received to post. 

March is National Nutrition Month! Celebrate with Cascade Ice Sparkling Water!

Looking for a couple of great Drink ideas for the Spring and maybe even for Easter? How about going with something a little healthier since March is Nutrition Month!

Cascade Ice Sparkling Water has you covered!

Energize your family with our Grapefruit Sparkler! Per serving, mix 6 oz of Cascade Ice zero-calorie Pink Grapefruit with 3 oz of club soda. Squeeze in some lime wedges for a zesty twist! Garnish with small grapefruit wedges and you’re ready to serve!

I actually received samples and tried this one and it is very tasty!

To incorporate more fruit into your diet, try a Berry Pomegranate Cooler. Start with a cup of fresh strawberries, 1/2 cup of ice cubes and 5 oz of Cascade Ice zero-calorie Cranberry Pomegranate. Blend all the ingredients together and garnish with a couple of pomegranate seeds.

And….by the way..Cascade Ice Sparkling water is delicious all by itself too!

Happy Spring and Happy Nutrition Month!


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

Yogurtland Expands Ice Cream Offering with New Strawberries & Cream Ice Cream and Mint OREO® Cookies & Creme Ice Cream

Industry-leading, ever popular Yogurtland, whose successful ice cream introduction last summer gave self-serve dessert fans more to love, today announces two new scratch-made ice cream flavors.  Mint OREO® Cookies & Creme Ice Cream and Strawberries & Cream ice cream are available now through the end of March at all Yogurtland locations.

A delicious, undeniable treat, the new Mint OREO Cookies & Crème Ice Cream combines real OREO chocolate cookies and mint for a perfectly rich and creamy ice cream.

Yogurtland’s Strawberries and Cream ice cream brings together the tart and juicy flavor qualities of California strawberries with the fruitiness and jam-like quality of Northwest strawberries to create the perfect strawberry and cream balance.

My son and I enjoyed the new flavors at Yogurtland the other day and our favorite is the Mint OREO® Cookies & Creme Ice Cream! We rarely like the same flavor but this one is a hit! You just have to try it before it’s gone!


Yogurtland’s flavorologists are continually creating craveable flavors that keep fans loving their frozen dessert experience. Yogurtland owns its own dairy, and by controlling the frozen yogurt making process, the company can deliver the highest quality flavors, setting new standards for millions of fans.

Yogurtland features non-fat and low-fat yogurt flavors, ice cream, and non-dairy and no sugar added choices while using milk that does not contain antibiotics or added hormones. Fruit flavors are fortified with Vitamin C for an extra boost.

Presently Yogurtland has more than 320 locations across the U.S., Australia, Dubai, Guam, Korea, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Venezuela. Flavors are always subject to creative change and popular demand. For more information, visit http://www.yogurt-land.com or http://www.facebook.com/yogurtland.

Self Disclosure: I received a gift card to try out the delicious new flavors and facilitate this post. Images are my own.

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