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ECO DOG WASH AND CARE LA

The xmas tree is up! The bed is being made for the boarding dogs
The xmas tree is up! The bed is being made for the boarding dogs

I am extremely grateful to say that my first official job is with the ECO DOG WASH AND CARE LA.  Eco dog is green certified business and uses only natural, Vegan, eco friendly, biodegradable and cruelty free products with a range  from aloe vera and avocado infused simply bath spray  to  peppermint, cedar, geranium & lemongrass to argan oil, coconut-derived cleanser, jojoba, lavender and myrrh in their Simply Clean Shampoo. All of eco dogs products not only make your dog smell good using only natural ingredients but the formulas made also to naturally repel fleas & ticks.

 

IMG_1154Before i started working at eco dog i had been taking both my dogs (medium sized yellow lab and small tibetan terrier) for either a self wash or groom for years! Their prices are wonderful! Did i mention that its only $32 for a full day of cage free care! where the dogs play all day with each other and staff. When the dogs are boarding (staying over night) they are with a staff member at all times, get fed a natural healthy vegan dinner with no artificial flavor or colors (Im telling ya! the pups at eco dog eat healthier than me! ) and sleep in huge human beds with conforters and pillows.

 

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I absolutley reccomend eco dog to anyone with a doggy! Whether it be big or small they are all accepted and treated with immense care and respect. Eco dog takes in dogs that were found on the street too with no home, abused and broken yet whenever i come in for work those dogs are filled with joy and love for the care that the dogs revieve is outstanding, i had never even heard of a dog care or wash that takes care of them as much as eco dog does.IMG_1153

Eco Dog Wash started in 2010 by Owner Karen

“I started this business because I love dogs and know that other dog lovers want eco-smart, eco-friendly options for self-wash, grooming, daycare & boarding services right here in our neighborhood.

I’ve lived here for over 20 years and am deeply committed to this community and doing what I can to support ecologically sound practices. In every aspect of the store operations we strive to be as clean and green as possible.”

IMG_1140Working at eco dog and seeing how much Karen cares for these dogs and making sure that they are safe and happy no matter where they came from has inspired me even more to do whatever i can to help doggies be happy and healthy!

and is located off of Pico and Genesee in Pick-fair village (Mid-City).

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They are open

MONDAY to FRIDAY    7 – 7
 
SATURDAY                 10 – 5
 
SUNDAY                     11 – 4 (last self wash bath is at 3)

 

To find out more about eco dogs amazing products click here

 

And to find out about thier awesome cage free and eco bath and care services click here 

Los Angeles Drama Club Benefit for Free Shakespeare in MidCity & Shakespeare Youth Fest, LA 2016

 

Distinguished Actors Perform Opposite Country’s Youngest Shakespeare Troupe

Los Angeles Drama Club Launches its 10th Anniversary Season & 400-Year Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death; Kids across Los Angeles, ages 7 – 17, will Perform Four of the Famed Bard’s Plays

Opening Performance & VIP Reception, April 15th

LADC Embraces Diversity, Features LGBTQ Theme in Play

Shakespeare Youth Fest, LA 2016 Blaire Baron Larsen, Julia Walker Wyson, Los Angeles Drama Club Board of Directors 

Shakespeare Youth Fest, LA 2016 Blaire Baron Larsen, Julia Walker Wyson, Los Angeles Drama Club Board of Directors and Staff with Guest Actors Alex Kingston, Diedrich Bader, Sam Pancake

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Blaire Baron, Kila Packett and Will Gressman
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Blaire Baron with Deidrich Bader, Guest Actor (Veep, Office Space, Napoleon Dynamite )

 

LOS ANGELES —

Following in the footsteps of Mayor Eric Garcetti who recited Shakespeare for LA Drama Club’s last fundraiser, celebrated Hollywood actors will soon take the stage opposite the Country’s Youngest Shakespeare troupe on April 15 to launch the 10th season of the Los Angeles Drama Clubbi-annual Shakespeare Youth Festival L.A.

For the kick-off VIP Party, children, ages 7-17, from both South L.A and Hollywood will perform a light show, opposite distinguished actors, Royal Shakespeare Co member, Alex Kingston (Dr. Who) and Diedrich Bader (Veep) in comedic excerpts from the Shakespeare’s plays.  Guests will enjoy music, food, drinks and table-side Shakespeare.

The Shakespeare Youth Fest, LA runs from April 16-May 5 and coincides this year with the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The four plays headlined feature families disrupted by internal and external storms and re-united by time and forgiveness…

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My mom and students
My mom and students
Shakespeare Youth Festival, LA 2016
Shakespeare Youth Festival, LA 2016

 

 

The historic and picturesque Club Fais Do Do in West Adams will open the Festival with Shakespeare’s

Comedy of Errors and close with the epic Pericles at Club Fais Do Do. “Pericles showcases some of our

newest Mid-City actors who are having a great adventure exploring the world and portraying kings and

queens, sorcerers, evil guardians, a long-lost child, pirates and a mermaid,” comments Co-Artistic

Director Julia Walker Wyson. She goes on to state, “Young actors have been gathering from across the

city for 10 years to experience the magnificent language and timeless themes of Shakespeare. It is so

gratifying to see new students develop a passion for Shakespeare and theater. You will be amazed at what

a child can accomplish when you remove the limits!”

The Club Fais Do Do performances showcase LADC’s Shakespeare in the City program. Started in the Mid-City West Adams area in 2011, Shakespeare in the City offers free/low-cost classes, summer camps, and performances to the community. “We are so grateful to the neighborhood councils for welcoming and supporting Shakespeare in the City,” says Larsen, a Mid-City resident. “MINC was the first neighborhood council to offer its support, and they have been invaluable to the growth of our programs.”

WHO: Hollywood Celebs take the stage with the Country’s Youngest Shakespeare Troupe

WHAT: VIP Party, Shakespeare Youth Festival L.A.

WHEN: Friday, April 15

             7 p.m. – Doors open/wine reception ● 8 p.m. – Show

WHERE: Lyric Theatre & Voila , 518-520  N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles

Some performances at Club Fais Do-Do, 5253 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles.

For more information and tickets ($150 each), visit: www.losangelesdramaclub.com

Event sponsors are: Showtime Networks, Lyric Theatre, Voila Studio and Danielle & Ernie Del.

The festival is an officially recognized event in 2016 of BritWeek (www.britweek.org). Funded through grants and donations, Los Angeles Drama Club is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and by the MidCity Neighborhood Council (MINC).

About Los Angeles Drama Club:

Launched in 2004, the Los Angeles Drama Club (LADC), an award-winning, Los Angeles-based youth arts and literacy organization, creates the opportunity for young people to experience exceptional artistic experiences – immersed in the works of Shakespeare – in their own communities and neighborhoods. More than 100 children, many of them from underserved communities and some with handicaps, travel from across Los Angeles to participate in and stage five to six full productions each year.  The troupe also brings the Bard to senior centers, libraries and public spaces. LADC’s arts programs have earned recognition as a PBS Community Champion and a top rating from Great Non-Profits.

Cruelty free KINDri is my choice!

Cruelty free KINDri is my choice and it should be yours too!knidribottles8201a

Everyone is always seeking the best results yet also the best for their skin too. SO many beauty companies use horrible chemicals such as Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone.. im sorry what even is that name.. GROSS! and did you know that chemicals like those might be in the face wash or serum YOU are using!!!   It is important that we know what we are using and putting on our bodies!

 

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I recommend KINDri,

Robin McDonalds KINDri is an all Organic, Vegan against animal testing and has only the most down to earth ingredients. KINDri uses ONLY natural ingredients such as prickly pear cactus seed oil, All natural and organic almond oil, Cooling citrus oil and aloe vera in her skin care formulas. Many of the oils she uses are quite hard to find because they are literally straight from the plant and from the desert.   

No chemicals usedZero preservatives, zero additives, Zero cosmetic fillers, zero animal testing.  Robin McDonalds carefully researched formulas ONLY contain organic natural oils. All imported locally from botanical gardens. 

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Robin  McDonald of KINDri has been mentioned in Vougue, instyle, yahoo and much more! ” Robin is my go to person! She is knowledgable about the best and most effective products on the market and really cares about “the natural health and maintenance of the skin” states Charlize Theron

I had heard so much amazing stuff about KINDri i decided to give it a try and WOW was i impressed!
unnamed-1 I tried the Orange Almond Cleansing Oil which consists of 100% organic almond oil, sunflower oil, Cactus Pear oil, pink gratefruit oil, grapeseed oil and orange oil- You cant find these oils at regular stores.  I would apply to my cheeks, eyebrows and nails every-night. After the first few days of using i noticed that my cheeks were softer and lighter, evening out my skin tone! I couldn’t believe it that in just a little time my eyebrows grew out longer and thicker and my nails grew stronger and longer! Definitely a go to if you have dry skin or even normal skin because it moisturizes your skin it doesn’t make it all oily and gross like other serums and oils out there. Then my mom who is in her 50s tried KINDri’s serum.  In  a week her skin looked firm and smooth!
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Local Merch! Blu Elefant Cafe! GO !

A hidden secret in the city of LA on Washington off of Normandie. This cafe is GORGEOUS!  (And healthy)


Funky Art is everywhere and everything is so well put together!! It feels super comfortable once you walk in and you can sit anywhere and order your self some lunch or breakfast!

There are games out for anyone to play and 8 tracks on display along with records and comic books. It’s like a little wonderland once you walk in! And there’s open mic nights!!

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I have never seen any place like this in my area (Mid City) this coffee shop is the only one around and there’s nothing like it I’ve seen before!!


We need more places like this around here.

Blu Elefant stays open today (Labor Day) and caters to there customers we did this from scratch. They put the customers first. They want this to be a place where you remember your experience here not like a Starbucks where you grab your mocha then scram.


My mom the owner Inri and I continued talking for 20 minutes on how we need more places like these to bring the community together. 20-30 years ago nobody would come down here it was mainly gang territory but now it’s very different.


Very cute atmosphere and nice people.  Open mic Monday’s!!:)

In this area it’s mainly upholstery and auto body stores but the Blu Elefant is one of the first to change that and make this area what it’s supposed to be, a community  

You can find out more about Blu Elefant Coffee and Tea on there Yelp http://m.yelp.com/biz/blu-elefant-cafe-los-angeles-4

Or give them a visit on 2024 w. Washington blvd Los Angeles, Ca 90018. 

323-641-0466


 

Hope to see you there sometime!!

Support your Local mom & pop buisness today!!

A Little Secret in El Sereno (Holy Grounds Coffee & Tea)

Supporting small businesses is always a good idea!

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Outside Holy Grounds

Whether it’s a local thrift shop, a family owned restaurant or a coffee shop that supports local artists  – like the one I’m going to tell you about today –  in this era of Big Box/Mega/Super Stores, it is critical to keep these small businesses alive!  Today we are enjoying  Home Boy Cinnamon Coffee Cake at HOLY GROUNDS Coffee & Tea located on Alhambra Ave in the East Los Angeles Area (El Sereno). Holy Grounds is no regular coffee shop and as far as you can get from the ubiquitous Starbucks on every street corner. (My mom calls, the McDonalds of Coffee).

Inside!
Inside!
Painted fountains!
Painted fountains in the patio!

I would have to say this place is actually feels sacred – true to its name! When you first walk in, you are struck by vibrant and colorful art everywhere: including a wall filled with arts & crafts for sale, from Local Artists in the El Sereno/East Los Angeles/Alhambra area, like Andrew Cervantes.  The two women serving us are sweet and welcoming! You  you can order your homeboy coffee cake and latte or tea together 5$  Hey, I know you may think that’s expensive if you’re on a budget like me, but it’s worth it! Always better to support a small business than a corporation!


Outside stage

Outside stage

As you walk in
As you walk in

Once you want into the patio you literally find yourself NOT in Los Angeles anymore.  Sort of like you’re in the middle of Oregon and New Mexico combined.  There’s a big water fountain and small wooden chairs and tables spread out so you can enjoy a little snack with your friend or hopefully working  on  YOUR activist blog. There is art out here too, adding a folksy quaintness and magic feel, along with the gorgeous painted wall fountains.

2 awesome  baristas Lauren and Paulina!
2 awesome baristas Lauren and Paulina!
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Local art by local artists.

There is also a mini stage with two paper mache skull senoritas where fellow Angelinos  can  come do some spoken word or stand up comedy and screen movies. Steve, the owner, has created a wonderful venue to bring the community together,  one of his main goals.  He is caring and community-minded and he built this magical oasis right in the middle of nothing! No coffee shops in this industrial enclave!

My purpose today is not only to recommend that you think FIRST of  your local small business for all things. But next to SHOUT OUT this wonderful place. Holy Grounds!

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Support your Local Artists!
Support your Local Artists!

 

Inside!!
Inside!!
Where i was working on my moms computer. Pretty!
Where I was writing this on my mom’s computer. Pretty!

Hope you like the photos!  Come here and take beautiful photos for yourself and discover the Magic of Holy Grounds!

To Learn more about Holy Grounds Coffee and Tea 

Check out there website here!  

http://www.holygroundscoffeeandtea.com