Monthly Archives: February 2012
Feb 28 2012
Save on Your Next Hotel or Stay with

Traveling is fun for some people, while for others; it’s a routine activity that one has to do for business or work. With the rising rates of air travel and expensive prices of hotels, everyone is in the hunt for ways to save money on traveling. If you book your tickets via the popular travelling web portal,, you can make some nifty benefits with coupons. There are some terrifically well reputed coupon websites where you can save on your next hotel or stay with The best part of these coupons is the fact that you can avail massive discounts on all kinds of traveling. Whether you are moving with your family or are travelling alone for some urgent business deal, these coupons can genuinely help you save.

The popularity of coupons came from the uprising costs of hotels and motels. Most people are worried to travel because even after making smart online bookings, the costs don’t seem to go down. In the past, people had to just depend on the online booking agent for whatever deals they offered, but with coupons, they can exploit the cheapest options. There are endless coupons for every popular travel destination, and users are making the most of them. The discounts may vary according to locations and places, but the discounts you get are prodigious, ranging between 20% and 80%. Expedia is a popular website and has millions of customers globally, and therefore, the coupons belonging to the company are indisputable. You can smartly save on your next hotel or stay with and enjoy the benefits of frugal spending.

However, with millions of discount websites operating on the web, it often becomes difficult to find an online portal that will offer you genuine coupons. A branded and reliable portal is FrugalDad. The website offers the best discount coupons for Expedia and is highly authentic. The best part of the website is the simplicity factor, which allows you to browse through various coupons and deals without any complexity. You can check various things about a deal like the discount, the term for which it is valid, and options to maximize savings. Apart from hotel bookings, you can do apartment and rental bookings for most popular destinations. Since the coupons are legitimate, you will have no issues to using them. Also, the links of the coupons take you directly to the main website, which ensures that you get access to all terms and conditions of the deal to save on your next hotel or stay with before redeeming it.

Feb 28 2012
Season 14 Dancing with The Stars Cast Revealed – DWTS

Season 14 Dancing with The Stars Cast Revealed – DWTS

The cast of this season’s Dancing with the Stars was made official this morning via an announcement on Good Morning America.

Here is the list of who will be competing for the mirrorball trophy this season:

Donald Driver (football player, Green Bay Packers) with partner Peta Murgatroyd
Gavin DeGraw (singer-songwriter) with partner Karina Smirnoff.
Gladys Knight (legendary singer with The Pips) with partner Tristan McManus
Jack Wagner (soap opera actor) with partner Anna Trebunskaya
Jaleel White (Steve Urkel in Family Matters) with partner Kym Johnson
Katherine Jenkins (opera singer) with partner Mark Ballas
Maria Menounos (television host) with partner Derek Hough.
Martina Navratilova (tennis legend) with partner Tony Dovolani
Melissa Gilbert (Little House on the Prairie actress) with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Roshon Fegan (Shake It Up! actor) with partner Chelsie Hightower
Sherri Shepherd (The View co-host) with partner Val Chmerkovskiy
William Levy (telenovela actor) with partner Cheryl Burke

“Dancing With the Stars” premieres in a live two-hour event on Monday, March 19 at 8/7c on ABC

Feb 27 2012
Petition Ralphs to Upgrade Altadena Store

Petition Ralphs to upgrade

Please sign this petition to tell Ralphs’ corporate offices to upgrade the Altadena Ralphs. The more people shop in Altadena, the better it is for the health and vibrance of our community.
“Ralphs is the largest grocery store in Altadena, which has a population of 42,777 and a median income of nearly $80,000. Yet the store is cramped, with a poor selection of produce and items, and has no deli, bakery, meat department, or coffee bar. These are the types of improvements that people in Altadena want, need, and would patronize in their grocery store. We ask Ralphs to begin a remodel and/or expansion of this location to better serve our community needs.”

Feb 27 2012

Mark your calendars!!!  Hear Steve’s talk AND buy a wonderful selection of 4 inch tomato seedlings to get a jumpstart on your garden! No reservations necessary – just come!  Free with admission and to Arboretum members. Jill



When?    Wednesday, March 21 at 10am

Where?       Palm Room & and Gift Shop Patio

Instructor:  Steve Goto, Tomato Guru

Cost?             Free to Arboretum Members / Free to Non-Members with Arboretum Admission


Back by popular demand for the 11th year!! Join us for Steve Goto’s famous and informative (and funny!) talk, AND his Top Tomato Picks for 2012! Learn all the tricks to successful  planting and harvesting of the best tomatoes for this area. Have all your questions answered!  After Steve’s talk, attend THE GREAT TOMATO SALE on the patio behind the Gift Shop. You won’t want to miss the large selection of different varieties of heirloom tomato plants.


Feb 27 2012
3rd Annual VidCon – Video Conference

VidCon 2012
The event will be held June 28-30th, 2012.

We’ve got good news for you, our registration has gone live and since you gave us your e-mail address we watned to let you know even before we launch the new website.

Registration is OFFICIALLY OPEN! The website will be going live later today…so you pretty much just have a two-second head start. UTILIZE!

We also now have three types of passes, and wanted to explain that to you to avoid any confusion.

The Good-ol’ Community Pass – $80 which is the same as always and gives you access to EVERYTHING (including expo hall) on June 29th and 30th.

The Industry Pass – $300, which gives you access to the community stuff as well as industry day on the 28th. This is a time for the leaders and creators and enablers of the industry of online video to get together to learn from each other and talk shop.

The Expo Pass – $40: Which gives access just to the Expo Hall, with it’s nerf guns , gaming content, tournaments, merch booths, and exhibition space from YouTube, Maker Studios, DFTBA Records and more. It doesn’t give you access to anything outside the expo hall though, so no concerts, breakouts, keynotes, or meet-ups.

We created the Expo Pass for two reasons…one, because we want to have a cheaper ticket for people who haven’t been able to attend VidCon in the past. And, two, because we wanted for more people to be able to attend the conference (we keep selling out) but we don’t have space for everyone in the keynote, concert, and meet-up areas.

Only a limited number are available at these extra-cheap, early-bird prices, so get them while they’re hot.

Click Here to Attend VidCon 2012 before tickets are sold out

Here’s some of the many speakers at the 2012 event:

Alex Day
Charlie McDonnell
Dave Days
Hank and John Green
Michael Buckley
Mitchell and Kyle
Phil DeFranco
Rhett and Link
Shane Dawson
Shay Carl
Wheezy Waiter

Feb 27 2012
Costa Allegra Fire Out, Now Ship Adrift off Seychelles Islands

Cruise ship fire off Seychelles, ship adrift
Costa Allegra On Fire Off Seychelles, Ship Adrift

Over 1000 passengers are safe, but the cruise ship is without power.
Part of the same fleet of cruise ships from the ill fated Costa Concordia.

Italian coast guard says a fire broke out on an Italian cruise ship off the Seychelles islands and the ship is now adrift, but the passengers are safe

Feb 27 2012
Next Door Cafe Opens on Lake in Pasadena

Next Door Cafe Opens on Lake in Pasadena
1174 N Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91104
(626) 798-3000

Next Door Cafe Opens on Lake in Pasadena
7 AM – 4 PM
1174 N. LAKE AVE.

Feb 27 2012
HERB – Rosemary Linked to Improved Thinking

HERB –  Rosemary Linked to Improved Thinking With a Sniff

Smell the fresh rosemary and you could improve the thinking.

The results published in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology,  published by SAGE Publications.

Results showed absorption of 1,8-coneole into the bloodstream, meaning the natural compound was absorbed through the nose and into the blood plasma.

MSN Story on Rosemary

Just sniff the fresh rosemary.

Look up books by Dr. Alan Hirsch and info on the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.

Sniffing peppermint to subdue the appetite is pretty common diet advice at this point.

have read many places that citrus scents also help to decrease one’s appetite. Many dietitians recommend burning a grapefruit scented candle in the house (grapefruit is preferred over other citrus scents for some reason) in order to decrease appetite. I’ve never heard of peppermint (the smell) lowering one’s appetite, but I’ve heard several people say if you are hungry, just chew some peppermint gum and it will take the edge off your hunger. All very interesting stuff to me. One person I know says if he is hungry but it isn’t lunchtime or dinnertime, he brushes his teeth with a mint toothpaste. That suppresses his appetite.


“God makes the earth yield healing herbs which the prudent man should not neglect;” (Sirach 38:4)

Feb 27 2012

Best Picture: The Artist

Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help

Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Cinematography: Hugo

Art Direction: Hugo

Costume Design: The Artist

Makeup: The Iron Lady

Foreign Language Film: A Separation, Iran.

Film Editing: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Sound Editing: Hugo

Sound Mixing: Hugo

Documentary Feature: Undefeated

Animated Feature Film: Rango

Visual Effects: Hugo

Original Score: The Artist

Original Song: Man or Muppet from The Muppets

Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants

Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Live Action Short Film: The Shore

Documentary (short subject): Saving Face

Animated Short Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

Feb 27 2012
2008 Joseph Family Alexander Valley Cabernet Duo @lot18

From Lot18: Less than 22 hours left on this offer Family Vineyards won’t be a secret for much longer. It has been quietly and consistently producing Alexander Cabernet that is so good, it might make you want to sing after just a taste. Out of nearly 150 wines tasted at a recent event in San Francisco, this wine was by far the most memorable. The wine’s elegance, structure and Bordeaux-like qualities will have you pining for more. It didn’t take long for me to see the obvious reason for Joseph Family’s success: a truly venerable rockstar winemaker. David Ramey, who cemented his reputation working for wineries such as Bordeaux’s Château Pétrus, Rudd, Chalk Hill and Dominus, produces Alexander Cabernet that can stand shoulder to shoulder with wine from any other great Cab region.

Perhaps best of all, we were able to secure two bottles of this hidden gem for close to the price of one. Grab this gorgeous wine while Joseph Family is still under the radar!

View the 2008 Joseph Family Alexander Valley Cabernet Duo Only $49 for two bottles.


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