The Easter Bunny Photo Experience at The Avenues



Families can also visit the Caring Bunny – a unique event in a subdued environment tailored to special needs children

Simon®, a global leader in retail real estate, is hosting its annual Easter celebration festivities at The Avenues, offering families the chance to participate in traditional and unique seasonal events.
Save time and avoid the line with Bunny by Appointment! Now you can reserve your magical moment with Bunny online at
The Bunny Photo Experience begins March 10, 2017 and runs through April 15, 2017 in Center Court. Kids will have the chance to visit with the Bunny and take home a treasured snapshot of the fun occasion.
The sponsors for the 2017 Bunny Photo Experience are The Gymboree Corporation – including its Gymboree and Crazy 8 children’s clothing brands and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment which is celebrating the highly-anticipated release of “Sing,” available on Digital HD March 3rd and on Blu-ray DVD March 21st.  Come visit the Simon Easter Photo Experience and receive a fun-filled activity sheet, a custom Sing holiday headband, and watch highlights from the movie.
“We love to hold family-friendly events and we always look forward to watching children interact with the Bunny at Easter,” said Ashley Nettles at The Avenues.
The Avenues’ Caring Bunny™ event will offer families that have children with special needs a subdued environment to participate in the Bunny Photo Experience. Caring Bunny, the largest program of its kind, has been developed by Simon and is guided by, a national online resource hub and special needs community. Over 90 Simon® properties will host the Caring Bunny this season. Promotional assistance for Caring Bunny has been provided by Autism Speaks.
On April 2nd from 8 – 10:30AM many steps will be taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for children’s cherished visit with the Bunny. The subdued environment is likely to include (specific elements or aesthetics may vary):
•     Turning off in-mall music, stopping escalators located near the photo set, dimming the lights and shutting down fountains for the duration of the event.
•     Eliminating queue lines through the use of a numbering system whereby guests approach the set when their number is called.
•     Special activities geared toward the needs of the child during the ‘wait’ period to help the child understand what activities will occur during the visit.
The Avenues
Bunny Photos: Now – April, 15
Caring Bunny: April 2, 8 – 10:30 a.m.
About Simon
Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE: SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit is an online hub and special needs community for parents and professionals to learn, connect and live a more balanced life. The website combines social networking features with expert content’s team of educators, parents, therapists and medical was created by Community Gatepath, a nonprofit with over 90 years of experience serving families and children with special needs by fostering hope, dignity and independence. may also be found on Facebook and Twitter.


About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $500 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit
About Gymboree
Gymboree has a 30-year rich heritage in dressing children, newborn to 12 years old. Gymboree offers colorful, head-to-toe clothing and accessory collections – quality clothes that let kids be kids.
Gymboree is part of The Gymboree Corporation family, which began in 1976 with Gymboree Play & Music, offering parent-child play programs. Today, along with franchised and company-operated Gymboree Play & Music locations, The Gymboree Corporation operates three specialty retail brands – Gymboree, Crazy 8 and Janie and Jack – offering unique, high-quality products delivered with personalized customer service in more than 1,300 stores worldwide and on, and
About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios ( Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.


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Elderly Support Systems – Finding the Balance Between Freedom and Safety


Caring for an elderly person – be it a relative or a friend – in their home requires a fair amount of preplanning and work to ensure that you are striking the right balance between freedom and safety. Every elderly person has a right to respect, care, and choice, and it’s vital that you ensure that everyone’s needs are being met in the safest and most respectful way. One of the most important parts of being human is the desire to be heard, the freedom of expression – to tell one’s story – and when you invest the time and consideration into choosing the right kind of home care packages you will reap the rewards of a safe and happy environment. You want to ensure that there is sufficient freedom for personal expression, while staying safe.


Indeed as the Charter of Care Recipients’ Rights and Responsibilities – Home Care states, every person has the right to freedom and respect, and to be treated fairly. A person’s rights don’t reduce simply because they need home care – regardless of their physical or mental frailty – or their ability to fully exercise their rights. A positive and supportive environment should be fostered no matter what – and this short piece is here to help you find the right balance between safety and freedom.


Safety in home care


One of the most important parts of in-home care is ensuring that both the carer and the recipient of care are being safe. Whether you are practicing safe lifting when moving into and out of the shower, or if you are making sure you are vacuuming ergonomically – it’s vital to stay safe. Some of the most common injuries endured in home care include:

  • Vacuuming injuries taking place from pushing or pulling a vacuum, using a poor posture when you’re vacuuming or moving furniture around
  • Mopping can cause injuries to your body due to similar issues as listed above
  • Showering clients or relatives – making sure you are using the right posture
  • Moving elderly clients/relatives – make sure you use a sling or hoist if you need to!


Freedom in home care


It’s important that the kind of care you’re providing is conducive to enough freedom that the person being cared for feels that they have their civil liberties. You can speak to your client or the elderly relative for whom you are arranging care and speak to them about what they value and what is important. Too often you’ll see people who just don’t speak up when it comes to their care and they end up missing out on what they want. It’s vital that the lines of communication are open with the people you are caring for, so they can get the best from their in-home care experience.


Other things to consider

If you need to talk to your relative about the possibility of investing in something, like an in-home lift or some ramps for the home, then perhaps this is a conversation to have. There is a great deal to be gained from being able to stay in your home, and it’s often the case that a few simple modifications can have a huge effect for the accessibility and enjoyment of the home.


Just remember that you can always maximise the freedom of both the relatives who are caring for their elderly relatives and for the person getting care, by investing in in-home care aid. When you have in-home care help you can ensure that you are getting professional care at all times when you need it the most. We all have a right to live as freely as we can given our particular set of circumstances, so why not make the most of what is available to us?







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Pink Zebra’s New Spring/Summer Line with Easter Special


I first found out about Pink Zebra almost a year ago. I was intrigued but wanted to know what makes this better than any other wax candle melts product? I received some samples from my friend and was immediately hooked. I have since done a few reviews on their product line and now became an Independent Consultant myself! I want to tell you about Pink Zebra’s new Spring/Summer scents and their current Easter special!


Pink Zebra offers a whole line of home decor candle products, along with a Soaks line, which is liquid fragrance, and a jewelry line. Today I am going to focus on the Sprinkles.

What are Pink Zebra Sprinkles?

Pink Zebra’s Sprinkles are made in the U.S. from Soft Soy, a proprietary blend of soy wax and paraffin wax, to capitalize on the best performing components of each ingredient. They burn cleaner and longer than other wax melts. The sprinkles are safe for humans and animals in case of accidental ingestion. They are perfect for using in our custom glimmer candles, simmering lights warmers, and simmer pots. Sprinkles come in 3.75 oz jars for $9 or 16 oz cartons for $28.

What I love most about the sprinkles is I can use as much or as little as I went depending on my mood. If I want just a bit of fragrance I won’t put in many sprinkles. If I want a good amount of fragrance through out my home I will use more. Plus you can customize your own fragrance! I love mixing sprinkles together to see what kind of scents I can make. I love to mix Buttercream Cupcake together with Fresh Sweet Strawberry to make a “Strawberry Shortcake” fragrance.

You can use these sprinkles in a Pink Zebra simmering light, simmering pot, candles with wicks or any warmer you may have at home! The new spring scents are out and they really do smell fabulous!


Right now Pink Zebra has a special going on! You get 3 Speckled candles with wicks and 2 jars of sprinkles for only $27. Tropical Rainforest is brand new for Spring and is a nice clean scent, and Woodland Iris is brand new and only available with this special. This special is good for a limited time only, and only until supplies last.  You can use the below link to order and check out more of the great products we have to offer! This special would make a great Easter gift!!

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*I am an Independent Consultant with Pink Zebra. All thoughts are my own. 



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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – New Clip and Featurette Now Available! #BeOurGuest #BeautyAndTheBeast

I am excited to share with you a new clip from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST as well as a new featurette about how empowering the character Belle is! Beauty and the Beast will be in theaters March 17th!



“Dinner Invitation” Clip:


“Empowered Belle” Featurette:




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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST opens in theatres everywhere on March 17th!


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Check out the brand new trailer for Guardian Of The Galaxy Vol. 2!! This movie is being released to theaters on May 5th!









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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is in theaters May 5th! 


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