Fresh Brothers Pizza Comes to WeHo

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Skinny and Thin Fit Right in, Along with Deep Dish, on Santa Monica Strip

Clearly the management at Fresh Brothers are family folks.  For the recent opening of their newest location in West Hollywood, the scene was kid friendly, as little ones ran the joint — rolling dough and making their own personal pizzas, then delightfully devouring their custom creations – from plain tomato to double cheese and triple olives.  The results: amazingly delicious, and terrific fun.

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Yes, the founders are indeed brothers.  A bunch of Chicago guys who grew up on the windy city’s best, which they have re-created with a California twist.  Their first pizzeria opened 2008 in Manhattan Beach, and now they have spread across Los Angeles, with 10 locations and growing.

So far, the chain is off to a great start.  So far I’ve ordered carry-out twice, and it’s been hot, fresh and delivered sooner than promised.  I’ve visited only one location, in WeHo, and the staff were terrific.

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Talk about a business that’s in touch with its customers.  During Passover, Lotsa Matazh Pizza was added to the menu, prompting two Rabbi’s to call offer their thanks and one family in Beverly Hills to order 10 pizzas to feed their whole extended family.

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Besides great pizza, the restaurant features meatball sliders topped with pizza sauce and mozzarella on a King’s Hawaiian Sweet Roll, Buffalo Wings with a choice of Hot, Mild , Sweet Chili , BBQ,  Roasted Garlic BBQ  or Super Hot seasoning, Mozzarella Sticks, garlicy Fresh Knots, a variety of fresh salads, and of course, French fries.  There’s also plenty of Gluten-free options, and cookies and brownies for a sweet finish.

The casual atmosphere with big wood block tables and benches is perfect for families, or a friendly group outing or informal date night.  For kids’ birthdays or other occasions, parties packages come complete with pizza making and cupcake decorating.

In the heart of WeHo on Santa Monica Boulevard, adjacent to the famous meetery known as “the gay Starbucks,” it will be interesting to see who becomes regular patrons.  For sure it will be a regular stop for me and my family.

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Sweet Rose Creamery Opens in Santa Monica

Organic Ice Cream Shop Serves Artisanal Frozen Treat Flavors, Pastries and Coffee

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The scene of Sweet Rose Creamery’s preview opening on September 20 was an odd one for the block in Santa Monica where the new ice cream, pastry and coffee shop chose its latest location.  In this developing part of town on Pico Boulevard between 9th and 10th street , home to many without homes, the offer of a scoop of housemade ice cream was an inviting one.  As hipsters, uppies, soccer moms and kids and random people from the surrounding neighborhood lined up, the common denominator was appreciation for truly delicious ice cream.

Restaurateurs Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan and co-owner/Executive Chef Shiho Yoshikawa selected the location because in addition retail storefront, the location offered a huge amount of space for their research and development kitchen, which boasts a 1,000-square-foot freezer and ample workspace, where Yoshikawa can experiment and create her new recipes for her celebrated frozen treats.  The owners also wanted to support the local community, which is part of the company’s philosophy.

“We opened Sweet Rose Creamery in an area we felt would welcome a family-centric, artisanal ice cream shop; a place where everything is truly made by hand,” says Loeb. “When we looked to find our next location, we wanted to invest in a developing part of Santa Monica. We turned down the opportunity to open in higher traffic areas in order to support our local neighborhood.”

A special benefit to the neighbors will be exclusive flavors at the Santa Monica location.

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The newest shop is the second location for Sweet Rose Creamery which opened its orginal location at the Brentwood Country Mart in 2010.  At both locations, customers can find exclusively organic dairy, integrating seasonal produce from neighborhood farmers’ markets, and making all items—from waffle cones to the ice cream base—from scratch.

In addition to ice cream, the shop will sells fresh and frozen yogurts, pastries from sister restaurant Milo and Olive and coffee from local roaster Caffe Luxxe.

The Brentwood Country Mart shop is located at 225 26th Street, Suite 51, Santa Monica, CA 90402 and the newest location at 826 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405. For additional information, visit http://www.sweetrosecreamery.com.

Disney Releases Classics and Favorites on Blu-ray: What’s Old is New Again

New Restored Releases of Disney Classics and Favorites Now Available on Blu-Ray 

The spate of kids’ summer movie releases is over, but chances are there are still some movies your kids have not seen – because they were not born, and maybe you were not either — when these classics hit the theatres. Disney has just released a treasure trove of animated classic movies that will provide hours of delightful entertainment for families and bring back memories for parents and grandparents.

 Peter Pan: Return to Neverland

Kids can let their  imaginations soar as their favorite characters from Peter Pan, Disney’s classic adventure, return to Never Land. Debuting for the first time on Blu-ray, families can experience all the thrilling action with digitally restored picture and high-definition sound.

Wendy’s very practical and no-nonsense daughter, Jane, begins the adventure of a lifetime when the infamous Captain Hook whisks her away to the enchanted island of Never Land. It’s up to Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and the Lost Boys to help Jane believe in faith, trust and pixie dust. Available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy).

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Robin Hood   

To commemorate its 40th anniversary, Disney has released the unforgettable animated classic Robin Hood on Blu-ray for the first time ever.

In this legendary adventure, Robin Hood, his trusted companion Little John and his band of Merry Men outfox greedy Prince John to save the good people of Nottingham. Dashing from one daring deed to the next, Robin won’t rest until he wins the hand of Maid Marian and restores King Richard to the throne.

Included in the collection are various bonus features, which embrace deleted storyline “Love Letters”, an alternate ending, “Oo-de-lally” Disney Sing-Along Song, Disney Song Selection, Robin Hood Storybook, Robin Hood Art Gallery, and “Ye Olden Days” Bonus Short & Sing Along with the Movie. The soundtrack features the song “Love,” nominated in 1973for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.  Available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with Digital Copy.

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The Sword in the Stone

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Disney’s animated classic The Sword in the Stone brings together magic, humor and adventure as a young orphan named “Wart” encounters the extraordinary wizard Merlin. According to legend, only someone with the purest character and inner strength can pull the enchanted sword from the stone and claim the throne of England. Armed with newfound confidence and the power of friendship, Wart discovers his destiny and learns the best magic is the kind you find inside yourself.

The digitally restored feature includes an Academy Award-nominated music score (Best Score – Adaptation or Treatment, 1963) and a new alternative opening: “Where Wart Meets Merlin” plus all the original classic DVD release bonus features, including “Music and Magic: The Sherman Brothers,” Sing-along with The Movie, “All About Magic,” “A Knight for a Day”  and  “Brave Little Tailor.”  Available in Blu-ray Combo Pack.

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Oliver and Company

Featuring the music of Billy Joel, Bette Midler and Huey Lewis, the animated Disney classic Oliver and Company celebrates its 25th anniversary with its Blu-ray debut.  The story takes place

in the heart of New York City, where Oliver, a mischievous orphaned kitten, is befriended by Dodger, a carefree pooch and his ragtag family of misfit mutts. Life gets even better for Oliver when he is adopted by a lonely little girl named Jenny. But when tough guy Sykes and his Doberman sidekicks try to keep Jenny and Oliver apart, the spirited kitten and his newfound friends discover the meaning of courage and find a home where they truly belong.  The 25th Anniversary Edition pack includes Blu-Ray and DVD discs.

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The Muppet Movie

See how the Muppets began, with the nearly 35th Anniversary Special Edition of the original, classic that started it all—The Muppet Movie, produced by the cultural icon and Muppet creator himself, Jim Henson.  Witness the hilarious origins of everyone’s favorite Muppets–Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Animal, and the rest—as they embark on an inspirational and laugh-filled road trip to follow their Hollywood dreams.  Now for the first time, you and your family can see the Muppets make the “rainbow connection” in vibrant Blu-ray HD.

Complete with never-before-seen bonus features and the never ending entertainment of Disney Intermission (press pause and see what happens).  Experience the beloved Muppet classic that has been praised for decades.

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 Seeing Double – Disney Two-Fers

Disney knows that kids can’t get enough of some movies, so they recently released two-title special packages of family favorites for a double feature of fun.  These 2-Movie Collections come in a 3-Disc Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (Blu-ray + 2 DVDs) for $29.99.

Lilo and Stitch and Lilo and Stick 1: Stitch Has a Glitch Two-Movie Collection

Lilo and Stitch is the story of Lilo, a lonely little girl, and Stitch the mischievous little creature from outer space. When Stitch crash-lands in Hawaii, Lilo adopts him as her pet, but he soon turns her world upside down. Stitch takes Hawaii by storm, wreaking havoc and hanging ten while he evades the alien bounty hunters who are after him, and also learning about loyalty and friendship. Featuring six original Elvis Presley songs, Lilo and Stitch is fun for the entire family.

The laughter continues in the sequel Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch. As Stitch settles into life with his human family it appears his molecular makeup is out of whack and his friendship with Lilo is threatened as a result. Lilo and her friends must find a way to restore his “goodness” level before he ruins everything, including Lilo’s big hula competition – the same competition her mother won years before.

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Emperor’s New Groove and Kronk’s New Groove Two-Movie Collection

The fun begins with The Emperor’s New Groove, featuring an all-star cast and Academy Award-nominated music by Sting (Best Music, Original Song, Sting, 2000). When the young and spoiled Emperor Kuzco (voice of David Spade) is transformed into a llama by his sinister advisor Yzma (voice of Eartha Kitt) and her henchman Kronk (voice of Patrick Warburton), it takes a thoughtful peasant named Pasha (voice of John Goodman) to restore the kingdom and show Kuzco just how much fun it is to be true to yourself.

Continue the fun with Kronk’s New Groove. The sequel stars Yzma’s henchman Kronk in a riotous adventure that’s filled with hysterical mayhem and mishaps. Kronk cooks up a get-rich quick scheme to impress his Dad. But when things go wrong, Kronk kicks into comical high gear and discovers that the true riches in life are his friends and being “true to your groove.”

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 Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Atlantis: Milo’s Return Two-Movie Collection

In this animated action adventure combo set, Milo Thatch and his fearless crew dive into the mysteries of the sea.  The group’s underwater expedition brings them face-to-face with gigantic sea monsters, spectacular spirits and the mythical land of Atlantis while they discover the power of friendship and teamwork.

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Kids Walk the Red Carpet at Family Day at the Movies at Regal Cinemas LA LIVE Stadium 14


 

Every kid can be a star at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 at Family Day at the Movies, a series of special movie watching experiences with pre- and post-show activities for kids and families, including a red carpet photo op for kids with characters from the movies.

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The grand lobby of the downtown Regal Cinemas LA LIVE location, known as the venue for many movie premieres and events, transforms into a festive interactive fair with activities like a magic show, face painting, balloon art, games where kids get a chance to win prizes from the movies.

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Before the screenings, the characters from the movies make an appearance to greet the children and pose with them for photos on the red carpet.

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The events are held simultaneous with the release of new kid flicks.  Upcoming Family Days include Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on September 28, and Walking with Dinosaurs, the 3D Movie, on December 21.  Past events have included special activities for Smurfs 2 and Planes.

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A great advantage to the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE location is its proximity to the adjacent L.A. LIVE plaza, where often other activities are hosted, and the nearby hotels, stores and restaurants offering shopping and dining options, so families can make a day of entertaining activities at the complex.

The Family Day at the Movies activities are free and open to the public.  Regular ticket prices apply for the movie screenings.  For more information, go to lalive.com/familyday.

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Spruce Up Your Patio for All-Season Outdoor Entertaining

Add a touch of Southwestern flair to your table and serve your guests in style with the 16-piece Santa Fe Hand-Painted Striped Stoneware Dinnerware from BrylaneHome.

Add a touch of Southwestern flair to your table and serve your guests in style with the 16-piece Santa Fe Hand-Painted Striped Stoneware Dinnerware from BrylaneHome.

Style and Comfort are Always in Season When You Entertain Outdoors

Just because the nights are getting shorter, it doesn’t mean you need to cut short outdoor entertaining this fall.  In Los Angeles, warm autumn temperatures are perfect for weekend barbeques and evening dinners outside.  Make your alfresco dining experience fall into place with these entertaining essentials and accessories.

Going South

Add a touch of Southwestern flair to your table and serve your guests in style with the 16-piece Santa Fe Hand-Painted Striped Stoneware Dinnerware from BrylaneHome.  The set is microwave and dishwasher safe set, and it can be matched with flatware, canisters and cookware from the collection.  Sales priced at $34.99, http://www.brylanehome.com.

Sitting Pretty

Liven up your lounge chairs with the comfy Universal Chaise Cushion from BrylaneHome.  Available in 13 colorful patterns, like the bright striped McCoury Beachside print, these reversible UV-mildew- and weather resistant poly canvas cushions are plumped with foam fill for soft and inviting seating.  $79.99.  www.brylanehome.com

The Universal Chaise Cushion from BrylaneHome is available in 13 colorful patterns, like the bright striped McCoury Beachside print.

The Universal Chaise Cushion from BrylaneHome is available in 13 colorful patterns, like the bright striped McCoury Beachside print.

Cover All

Shade your backyard party with the spacious oversized 10’x10’ Instant Pop Up Gazebo from BrylaneHome. gazebo This portable and stylish canopy sets up in minutes with no tools needed.  The brown powder-coated, rust-resistant steel frame is sturdy yet light-weight enough to cart in the handy carry bag to the beach or park.  The two-tone fire retardant polyester fabric cover with a vented top and matching leg skirts add style to this gazebo, wherever you need shade. $149.99 byrlanehome.com.gazebobeach

Keep Away

Feed your guests, not the flies.  When the insects come buzzing, cover and protect your food with Mesh Tents that pop up like an umbrella and then close compactly for easy storage.  Available in several dimensions to suit your table size.  $3.99 – $8.49.  www.brylanehome.com.mesh tents

Made for Shade

Crank up the color and give your outdoor table some shade with the BrylaneHome Rectangular Umbrella.  The blue stripped 6’ x 10’ six-rib canopy of weather-resistant poly canvas on a sturdy 8’ metal pole is perfect for your rectangle or oblong table and will add a dash of flair to your backyard décor.  $59.99. http://www.brylanehome.com.umbrella

Bug Off

Winter, spring, summer or fall, mosquitos suck.  Get rid of mosquitos, black flies, and other biting six-legged winged party crashers at your outdoor event with the ThermaCELL elegantly designed bronze outdoor repellent lantern.  This silent, odorless and decorative lantern uses three AAA batteries and a single butane cartridge, which heats a repellent mat releasing allethrin, a synthetic copy of a natural insecticide found in chrysanthemum flowers, into the air creating a 15’ x 15’ comfort zone.  Also great for fishing, hunting and gardening. $22.99.   www.thermacell.combugzapper

Picnic and a Movie: Best Outdoor Movie Nights in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is known for its weather and its love of the movies, so it is a natural that Angelenos enjoy watching movies under the stars.  Here is a quick guide to some of the best alfresco movie nights in the city.

Creep Show

The granddaddy of outdoor movies, Cinespia (www.cinespia.org), which runs through September 21, boasts a most unique location on the grassy Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, with films projected on the mausoleum of Rudolph Valentino, amid the final resting places for other movie greats like Cecil B. DeMille, Jayne Mansfield and Douglas Fairbanks.

thebreakfastclub-140Thousands of patrons bring their picnic dinners and cast their blankets on the graveyard grounds for the weekend movie nights, with a DJ warming up the crowd before the movie starts.  Chairs up to 21 inches tall and wine and beer are permitted, but no spirits, except for the ones that might be lurking there.  Admission is $12 – $15, with higher pricing for special events, such as a screening of Breaking Bad with cast members, priced at $45.

Movie Sense

If a name says it all, then Eat/See/Hear is all you need to know about this premier outdoor movie night, food truck and live music event series.  The two-year-old series, presented by SHOWTIME, features up and coming bands from the local music scene, hip and hot food trucks and a three-story high, 52-foot wide inflatable movie screen with HD-projection and digital surround sound. This Halloween season, the series will chill audiences with Eat|See|Hear|SCREAM, featuring a timeless Halloween movies throughout October, starting with a drive-in screening of Poltergeist on October 12 at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, followed by Ghostbusters on October 19 at Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall, and The Shining on October 26 at LA Historic Park. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the band performs at 6:00 p.m.  The movie begins at 7:30 p.m. Get tickets at the door or online at http://eatseehear.eventbrite.com for $12. A limited number of $20 premium reserved seats are also available, and old-timey lawn are available for rent.

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Starry Nights

The Hollywood Bowl (www.hollywoodbowl.com) is known for its prestigious outdoor concert series at its famed amphitheater, but sprinkled in the mix are special showings of classic and cult movies.

The see-and-be-seen box seats at the Hollywood Bowl offer a great vantage and cozy seating for movie sing-alongs

The see-and-be-seen box seats at the Hollywood Bowl offer a great vantage and cozy seating for movie sing-alongs

Not to miss is the Bowl’s annual Grease sing-along, where patrons don Pink Lady wigs, pedal pushers and leather jackets and interact with the movie by blowing bubbles during Beauty School Dropout and waving pom poms during the pep rally.

Not to miss is the Bowl’s annual Grease sing-along, where patrons don Pink Lady wigs, pedal pushers and leather jackets and interact with the movie by blowing bubbles during Beauty School Dropout and waving pom poms during the pep rally.

Not to miss is the Bowl’s annual Grease sing-along, where patrons don Pink Lady wigs, pedal pushers and leather jackets and interact with the movie by blowing bubbles during Beauty School Dropout and waving pom poms during the pep rally.

Audience members can follow along with the subtitled lyrics of the soundtrack, with appropriate censorship, such as an icon of a kitty in place of the “P” word in Greased Lighting.  On September 21, the Bowl hosts a sing-along of the classic The Sound of Music.  Patrons are encouraged to wear costumes for a pre-show parade for this beloved classic that is sure to bring the Hollywood Hills alive.

Patrons at the Hollywood Bowl picnic before the outdoor movie

Patrons at the Hollywood Bowl picnic before the outdoor movie

Camp Beverly Hills

Though a much more intimate gathering than some of the large-scale outdoor movie nights around town, the City of Beverly Hills presents Sunday Movie Nights (www.beverlyhills.org) along with musical performance as part of its Concerts on Canon outdoor event series. The film selection is family friendly, including classics like Mary Poppins and kids favorites like Back to the Future and Wreck-It Ralph.

The City of Beverly Hills hosts Sunday Night movies screened on a 20-foot inflatable screen at the hidden gem of a park, the Beverly Cañon Gardens.

The City of Beverly Hills hosts Sunday Night movies screened on a 20-foot inflatable screen at the hidden gem of a park, the Beverly Cañon Gardens.

Movies are screened on a 20-foot inflatable screen at the hidden gem of a park, the Beverly Cañon Gardens, at 241 N. Cañon Drive, between the Montage Hotel and Bouchon. Showtime is 8pm, but come early and bring your picnic dinner and get a good spot in the open grass area, or if you prefer, seating available on a first-come basis. Park free in the Beverly Canon Gardens parking structure with validation from the Concert Information Table.

Take to the Helms

The Helms Bakery complex, surrounded by artsy galleries and trendy eateries, is the perfect location for the Helms Bakery Sunset Cinema (www.helmsbakerydistrict.com), featuring music-themed movies.  The series runs Saturdays in September, showing fun and campy films like Enchanted and Mamma Mia!  Go early to shop, grab a bite to eat, and then join your friends and neighbors on the pedestrian plaza in front of Room & Board furniture gallery, at 8758 Venice Boulevard in Culver City. Showtime is 7:17, and admission is free and chairs are provided.

Park and Eat

Street Food Cinema’s (www.streetfoodcinema.com) name says it all.  Held May to September, the event features outdoor movies projected on a giant inflatable screen surrounded by food trucks.  The evening begins with a live mini concert featuring local musical talent, followed by popular flicks and cult classics like Pitch Perfect, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Swingers.

At Street Food Cinema  there’s not much walking room amidst the wall-to-wall people and patchwork of blankets, so the key is to arrive when doors open at 6 pm and stake your piece of grass.

At Street Food Cinema there’s not much walking room amidst the wall-to-wall people and patchwork of blankets, so the key is to arrive when doors open at 6 pm and stake your piece of grass.

There’s not much walking room amidst the wall-to-wall people and patchwork of blankets, so the key is to arrive when doors open at 6 pm and stake your piece of grass.  Even in the reserved grassy area up front space is tight. Most events are held at Exposition Park with special nights at LA Historic Park and other locations. The food trucks are some of the best in LA, including Kogi BBQCousins Maine Lobster, Belly Bombz, Dogtown Dog, Reuben Truck, and The Melt Bus.  The lines for the food trucks get long, and service can be slow, so plan accordingly.  Low chairs are permitted in the front grounds, and an area in the back is marked for higher chairs.  General admission is $10, reserved seating is $15, and children are $5 and children under 5 are free.

Bring It

 

Pack a picnic for movie night that will impress your date but not break the bank. Safeway’s chef, Jeff Anderson, offers creative and affordable appetizer ideas that you can pick up at your local market.  Anderson suggests elegant and tasty cracker snacks layered with Primo Taglio roast beef drizzled with horseradish, topped with white cheddar cheese cut in triangles and served on Open Nature Rosemary Crisp crackers.  For dessert, create sweet bites with halved Driscoll strawberries, drizzled with Safeway Select Balsamic Reserve Vinegar, sprinkled with Maldon Sea Salt and topped with thin-sliced Primo Taglio Parmeggiano Reggiano.  All ingredients, along with quick pre-made salads and entrees that are suited for serving cold or room temperature can be found at the deli departments at Vons and Pavilions.

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Take along CalNaturale (www.calnaturale.com) wine, made from organic grapes and packaged in eco-friendly Tetra Paks. The resealable, portable cardboard carafe carries easily and will pass through the backpack search at the entrance at venues where no glass is allowed.

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A Guide to Enjoying LA’s Indian Summer

Triple-Digit Fall Temperatures Send Angelenos Flocking to the Beach and Pool
Labor Day signals the official end of summer, but don’t stow your beach togs yet. In LA, hot weather and summer fun goes on at the beach and pool into autumn.

Who Wear’s Shorty Shorts?
Kids love splashing in the waves no matter the season. As the water gets colder, keep them toasty in a Konfidence shorty or child wetsuit. The soft, flexible 100-percent UV protection neoprene fabric will keep them warm in and out of the water. $36.99 to $59.99, http://www.konfidence-usa.com. For the stylin’ boys of endless summer, quick-drying microfiber swim trucks by Australian brand Tom and Teddy will withstand seasons of and salt and chlorine year after year with quality and smart design, like durable double stitching, two pockets, rear eyelets for air circulation and comfortable 100 percent cotton mesh lining. Boys sizes 1-12 years, $49.95. Also available in men’s sizes small through XXL, $84.95 at http://www.tomandteddy.com.

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Suit Beer Float
Grab your bathing suit, best squeeze and a cold one and hop on the Pool and Beach 2Up Lounge by Sportstuff, $59.99, http://www.sportstuff.com. This stylish blow-up lounger has a molded cup holder for your fave beverage and side-by-side mesh seats with a comfy back rest, and its thick, durable 20 gauge K80 construction ensures long life. Have a party by linking up other lounges with the integrated connectors. Feeling like a little more me time? Sail solo in the Fiji Float by Airhead, $19.99, http://www.airhead.com. twoupfloatieBuilt for the pool or lake with durable vinyl and welded seams, this single-seat lounge features a mesh bottom to keep you cool and a molded drink holder, and if you get lonely, you can hook up with other floats using the side-mounted rope anchors.

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Sandy Places

That pesky sand gets in the darndest places. Brush if off with SandGone, a pleasant-smelling, non-toxic dry powdery solution to removing sand that gets stuck everywhere you don’t want it to be. Apply the talc with the included soft puff and watch the sand fall off. Great to use all over after a day on the beach or on sandy feet before getting into the car. 8 oz. jar, $12.95. www.sandgone.com.

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Just Plane Fun

Forget the remote controls and batteries, Sky Riders old-fashioned foam flyers by Kids Only, a division of JAKKS Pacific, Inc., take fun to new heights. Great for the beach or park, the colorful lightweight foam material makes them easy to launch, and the aerodynamic design lifts them into the sky to loop and glide. Available in 24”, 36” and 48” wingspans. Ages 3 and up. $7.99- $14.99, Toys R Us, RiteAid, and Bed Bath and Beyond.Sky-Riders-Patriot-Foam-Glider-1366051381

Cover Up

It’s true what your mom told you about getting a sunburn, no matter the season, no matter if the sun is shining. Cloudy day or bright and sunny, be safe and slather on sunscreen year-round to protect your skin. The new hypoallergenic, fragrance-free 50-SPF Coppertone Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion is perfect for any season, without a heavy coconutty smell or oily feel, and it lasts for 80 minutes and is water resistant. 6 oz., $10.00 at Kmart.

Hydrate or Dry

Refresh and hydrate yourself with HINT Premium Essence Water, a great alternative to sugary beverages and sodas that leave you thirstier.  With a “hint” of flavor, this delicious drinking water comes in Watermelon, Blackberry, Pomegranate-Tangerine, Strawberry-Kiwi, Raspberry-Lime, Mango-Grapefruit, Lime, Pear, Honeydew-Hibiscus and Cucumber.   12 pack, $16.66-$20.68, www.walmart.com.

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Go Nuts, and Berries

Forget fast food and pack along fast energy food instead.  USANA all-natural energy and nutrition bars, like the taste Go Nuts ‘n’ Berries Nutrition Bar, are loaded with ingredients like peanuts, almonds, chia, flaxseeds, raisins and cranberries, without gluten, soy or dairy, to provide you with the fuel you need to power you up for swimming laps, body surfing, and all your outdoor activities. Box of 14 bars, $31.85.  http://www.usana.com.

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