Friday, December 01, 2023

A Washington Toddler Receives the Best Gift - A New Heart

This Month She Will Enjoy the Season Thanks to the Selfless Gift She Received


December 1, 2023 -- December is the month when many families focus on gifts. For a Pacific Northwest transplant family, December is the month to celebrate the ultimate gift -- the gift of life. Lester Stoltz and Andrya Dodson are stepping into December focusing on their toddler’s third birthday and excitedly waiting to watch her enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season later this month … all thanks to receiving a new heart and a second chance at life.


Lester and Andrya were excited to learn they were pregnant with their first child. As Andrya was stepping into the last trimester of her pregnancy, they were looking forward to the final ultrasound before they welcomed their baby to the world. On that October day in 2020, the unanticipated discovery that their baby had an enlarged heart took them by surprise. Further in-utero testing revealed the baby had Cardiomyopathy, which had caused the left ventricle of the heart to expand and develop incorrectly. They were also told the tiny baby would not survive a Cesarean section at this stage in the pregnancy. A neonatal team from Seattle Children’s Hospital consulted with Andrya’s obstetrics team who determined it would be best to keep Andrya on bedrest and allow the baby to grow to 37 weeks. The news … and the plans they needed to quickly make …were sobering.


Pediatric cardiomyopathy is a rare heart condition that affects a small percentage of infants and children. Cardiomyopathy means disease of the heart muscle (myocardium). Several different types of cardiomyopathy exist and specific symptoms can vary. Cardiomyopathy is a progressive condition that may result in an impaired ability of the heart to pump blood, irregular or rapid heartbeats and, potentially, heart failure. Most infants diagnosed with cardiomyopathy eventually require a life-saving heart transplant for long-term survival.


In November 2020, Lester and Andrya moved from their Leavenworth, Washington, home and settled into a Seattle condo that close friends graciously invited them to use. Andrya was able to carry the baby to full term and delivered her via Cesarean section on December 5th. Their baby girl, Betty, was immediately intubated and transported to Seattle Children’s Hospital while Andrya remained at the University of Washington Medical Center for several days to recover from the operation. Lester remembers spending these days travelling back and forth between the two medical campuses to be with Baby Betty and with Andrya. Once the family of three was finally able to be together in one place, they learned COVID-19 restrictions dictated that only one parent could be with Betty at Seattle Children’s Hospital. They settled into the routine of Andrya staying at Betty’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) bedside during the day, and then returning to their borrowed condo each night to rest. Lester spent each night at the infant’s bedside. 


This was their routine for about a month while Betty continued to hold her own. Christmas was spent on the split parent schedule, but their tiny baby who was fighting to live was the only gift they needed that year. Since both Andrya and Lester worked in the medical field, they were keenly aware of the hurdles their baby was facing. Andrya worked as a Medical Assistant (MA) at Cascade Medical in Leavenworth and Lester worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) there. Both had to put their careers on hold to be at Betty’s Seattle Children’s bedside.


While at Betty’s bedside, Lester started to research and calculate what he and Andrya could possibly be facing in terms of inpatient stay costs, loss of income, out of pocket medical costs, medical insurance for a medically fragile baby … all of these issues that would soon become stressors for the young family. A transplant social worker at Seattle Children’s Hospital encouraged them to reach out to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) to see how the organization might be able to help. On December 18th, Lester called the COTA office to learn more. Lester spoke at length with COTA’s Family Services Outreach Specialist about insurance co-pays and deductibles they would soon be facing. He explained their home (and their jobs) were roughly 140 miles from the transplant center; therefore, travel, meals, lodging and parking were going to be significant, ongoing costs. Then, of course, there was the cost of a heart transplant and their portion of that likely substantial bill. But primarily Lester wanted to ask about a GoFundMe that had been established during Andrya’s pregnancy once family and friends heard about the baby’s condition. Of primary concern was the fact that funds raised via GoFundMe are considered taxable income for the individual or family who receives them. Lester understood the GoFundMe would need to be shut down before anything could move forward with COTA. Lester was agreeable to this due to numerous conversations with the social worker and the transplant team regarding the lifetime of transplant-related expenses they would be facing.


On January 8, 2021, the family’s signed agreement arrived at COTA’s Indiana headquarters, and Lester and Andrya officially became part of the COTA Family and Betty became a COTA Kid. A few weeks later in late January, a COTA fundraising specialist trained their group of volunteers via telephone due to COVID-19 and so fundraising for transplant-related expenses could begin immediately. The COTA staff member shared information about COTA’s fundraising process, fundraising templates, guidance and support, and the no-cost website they would be provided. COTA in honor of Bettys Big Heart was launched, and the website was immediately available for online donations to help with transplant-related expenses. 


The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) uniquely understands that parents who care for a child or young adult before, during and after a life-saving transplant have enough to deal with; therefore, COTA’s model shifts the responsibility for fundraising to a team of trained volunteers. COTA is a 501(c)3 charity so all contributions to COTA are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law, and COTA funds are available for a lifetime of transplant-related expenses. 


One of the lead COTA volunteers shared this message with their community of supporters:

While we continue to pray for Betty, the Stoltz family needs your help. Your donation to COTA in honor of Bettys Big Heart, no matter how big or small, will allow COTA to help this wonderful family during this difficult and unprecedented time. Travel to and from Seattle Children’s Hospital and University of Washington Medical Center, growing medical expenses, an uncertain number of months off of work, and daily living expenses are adding up quickly. Your support of COTA in honor of Bettys Big Heart allows Andrya and Lester to stay focused on Betty and help her grow strong!


Lester and Andrya took turns utilizing the COTA-provided website to post Betty updates to their community of friends, colleagues, COTA supporters and family members who were more than a hundred miles away. Here are some highlights of how they kept everyone connected to what was happening with Bettys transplant journey:


January 19, 2021: There is a heart for Betty! As of January 18, 2021, a donor heart became available that is a match for Betty. The transplant team at Seattle Children’s Hospital is planning on performing a heart transplant surgery today to save Betty’s life. Please keep Betty and her family in your prayers. We all know the sad reality of what it means to have a donor heart available. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family who is coping with the loss of a loved one. It is bittersweet, but Betty’s family will be forever grateful.


January 20, 2021: Betty has a New Heart! Betty had a stable night after a successful heart transplant! She is still recovering and has a long road ahead of her, but she is doing great and her new heart is beating on its own. She has great color returning to her skin. Lester and Andrya are running on fumes but have expressed relief and excitement for Betty’s future. Just one week ago Betty was going downhill quickly. Today, she has a new heart and is on the road to the healthy happy life of a normal little girl. Please keep praying for Betty and family, and also pray for the donor child and her family. Pray for peace in their hearts, knowing that their child helped save the life of another.


January 24, 2021: Last night Betty was taken off all breathing support and is doing great. This is a huge step, and she is already showing relief from tubes, tape and cannula on her face. She is still struggling with her feeds but is making progress. She will continue to have a feeding tube, which we do not anticipate being removed anytime soon. She was taken off a heart medication that she has been taking since birth. It is hard not to be overly excited with her progress since it has only been 5 days since her heart transplant. This next week we will begin OT and PT, to learn how to move and feed her. We thank all of you who have helped support us, so we can support Betty. We will continue to dream of a bright future.


January 28, 2021: Betty continues to amaze. We have graduated from NICU and moved to the floor. We are told life on the floor is more relaxed and will be a learning environment for Betty and for us. Betty has been removed from all cardiac medications and has no breathing support. She still has sedatives and will need to learn to eat, but for now she is still on a feeding tube where she receives mom's milk and medications. 

Simultaneously with our move to the floor, COVID-19 restrictions have eased up and both Andrya and I can be at her bedside. This is a great relief and we have already proved to be a great team and look forward to a more normal parenting schedule. Betty is much easier to pick up and does not require three people to do so. She still has some ‘attachments’ but compared to what she had before, they are very manageable.


Your continued support has been crucial to our success. The speed at which Betty progresses leads to thoughts of the future. We will likely be on the hospital floor for 2-4 weeks and will then move to a condo or apartment in Seattle for 3-6 months. During this time, I will commute to Leavenworth to work and to care for our house and pets. Andrya and Betty will enjoy the spring and summer in Seattle while the cardiac team focuses on her anti-rejection meds.


February 14, 2021: Betty is home in Seattle! Betty is doing great; her new heart is working great. There is no way to express our gratitude for such a great blessing. We were able to write a letter to the donor family and hopefully this will bring them some relief. We enjoyed a snowy day in Seattle in the comfort of the condo. It truly feels like home with Betty here.


Betty has a long list of meds that we diligently are learning to administer on time with accuracy. She has about 20 different medications and we have 15 or 17 alarms set to administer them. Thankfully there is an app that helps keep track and can be updated in real-time by her doctors, nurses and pharmacists. 


The support we are receiving is tremendous and has allowed us to focus on being new parents to our special girl, which by the way is a wonderful and tiring experience in itself. Betty will have a bright and healthy future and your contributions will ensure COTA’s help all along the way. One of my biggest struggles is finding ways to express our thanks for all that has been done for us and in honor of Betty. 


September 28, 2021:  Betty is wonderful. We had her GI, transplant cardiology, and ultrasound appointments in May. She weighed in at 12lbs 11oz and no longer needed Mom’s milk fortified. Betty’s heart is terrific. Her ECHO came back with a reject level of 1 which is fantastic, and her EKG came back normal as well. She is off all narcotics and sedatives. Meds are now 5 times a day (from 10 times a day) and she is down to 10 meds (from 18)!

Lester is back to work full time and Andrya is Betty’s fulltime Mom/Caretaker. Due to her transplant, she will not be able to attend a daycare so that leaves Mom and Dad. In June Betty turned 6 months old! We introduced baby food. She can have 1 teaspoon twice a day. She seems to like sweet potatoes and carrots and is not a fan of bananas.

In July Betty weighed in at 14lbs and 4oz and was 25.5 inches long. She is starting to hit some milestones even if she’s a bit behind. Most days start with her big smiles after waking from a long night of sleep and follows with her sitting in Dad's chair. Then we do floor time, Johnny Jumper, physical therapy, feeding therapy, naps and play time. We returned home to Leavenworth near the end of July.  This little girl amazes me every day. We are still dealing with some pain and learning about her new feeding tube. On July 27th, Betty cut her first tooth, and another is right behind it!

This wonderful little girl means the world to us. Her deck of cards is unique but this Mom and Dad would not have it any other way. The universe and those up above looking down on us found it fit for us to have this special girl. Life for her will always be filled with daily meds and monthly medical appointments … but it will also be filled with lots of love, snuggles and kisses. Love you Betty!!! Proud to be your Mom!!!

December 2, 2021:  Betty is turning One! These words bring me so much joy to write. We have had a year to remember; we cannot believe the support we have been given. The feelings I have experienced in the last year can never be explained. Betty brings so much happiness to us and those around us. She is growing and learning every day. She tolerates so much with very little complaining. She is learning to eat and stand and will soon walk. She sleeps through the night. She is excited to see new places. I would say her biggest complaint is going to the hospital. Poor girl had a fever two weeks ago and got poked and prodded for 3 days. She came out on top and back to her normal joyful self. 


Two years have passed since Betty’s First Birthday update. This month, Betty turns three-years-old; Andrya and Lester are grateful. “COTA has helped us immensely throughout Betty’s transplant journey to date. Specifically, with insurance costs. Betty’s monthly insurance premium is quite high and with only one parent still able to work fulltime, things have been financially tight for us. We are able to make her monthly insurance payment with an allocation from COTA. COTA has also helped us with our costly trips to Seattle. Sometimes the tests that need to be done take two days, which requires overnight lodging and meals in restaurants. COTA funds have been crucial for us to afford these trips as well,” Andrya said.


Very soon, Andrya and Lester will be celebrating Christmas at home with Betty, which is a milestone they were unsure they would ever see come to fruition. They are thankful for two gifts that cannot be wrapped or put in a gift bag with lots of tissue paper. The first is seeing Christmas through their toddler’s eyes. The second is the gift of support in the forms of donations to COTA for Bettys Big Heart campaign. In a relatively short amount of time, their friends and family members utilized COTA’s fundraising resources and guidance and were able to raise nearly $33,000 to assist with transplant-related expenses.


“COTA was critical to us during a time of great need and great unknowns,” Lester said. “COTA funds have been crucial to keeping our family financially whole when we were at our miracle baby’s hospital bedside and unable to work. With COTA, we did not lose everything. COTA gave us a platform where we could share Betty’s transplant journey with our networks back home. And when our family and friends could respond and share their words of encouragement, we were given a gift we will always treasure.”


However, this year has also presented new challenges for the family. Betty has been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, but new medications prescribed by her new GI doctor have helped tremendously. Also, this year in March, Betty was diagnosed with moderate autism. These new hurdles, along with keeping her new heart healthy, are difficult for Andrya and Lester … but not insurmountable. Life today for this family includes weekly occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy and feeding therapy. They check in with Betty’s nutritionist quarterly via Zoom. Every three months they travel to Seattle and for appointments with her G.I. Specialist and transplant team. Betty currently gets blood drawn monthly. It is a lot for Lester and Andrya to manage, but they both are thankful for the support they continue to receive from COTA for transplant-related expenses.


“We love our Betty no matter how many toddler/sensory meltdowns she has,” Andrya said. “Betty is so very happy most every day and she always has a big smile.”


Three-year-old Betty loves her inflatable bounce house that is filled with many Squishmallows. She loves Queen’s song “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the Eagles’ song “Hotel California,” and regularly watches Casper Babypants, The Bee Movie and Moana. Andrya said that due to autism, it takes Betty a little longer to like things so she watches one thing repeatedly for a while before they introduce something new. One of Betty’s favorite activities is walking with her daddy to the fruit stand to get apples.


This Christmas will be filled with lots of singing and celebration. Betty will likely be gazing at the Christmas tree nonstop while chattering away. For Andrya and Lester, simply being able to watch their little girl enjoy the sights and sounds of the season is the only gift they will need under their tree for many years to come.


Merry Christmas, Betty, Andrya and Lester from your COTA Family!


For more information about the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA),
or to find a COTA family in your area, please email

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Finding Motivation to Exercise in the New Year


Have you ever found yourself running around in circles? Promising yourself to start exercising tomorrow?

The way to sustain motivation to workout throughout the years is to stop doing what we’ve always done and focus on creating an environment that will lead us to adapt to bigger challenges. Below are five steps that will help in your journey.

Step #1: Visualize. Lean onto your vision to discover the source of exercise motivation

The first step is to ask yourself What was it that drove me to start exercising in the first place? and think of a specific thing you can visualize. Was it running the 5k that takes place in a couple of months? If you have the visual – good. Picture it, feel it and, most importantly, focus on it. If it helps, write it on a piece of paper and put it in your wallet. This shall serve as a vision for you and will create motivation to train.

From now on don’t think about daunting workouts you have to complete. Think of the vision you created and the end result you’ll want to celebrate. Once you focus on the vision, it will pull motivation to exercise and help you stay on track without any extra willpower. You’re more likely to succeed when you know where you’re going.

Step #2: Be inspired. Add a dose of challenge and set inspiring goals.

In life, just like in training, we only grow in response to resistance. Our mind & body need to be challenged, otherwise we will stagnate. In fact, without pushing ourselves to do something uncomfortable we will fall behind, because the world around doesn’t wait for us to catch up.

It’s those things that scare us eventually lead to growth. For athletes that is where adventure comes into play. Stay ahead of what might come and challenge yourself before life challenges you.

Step #3: Plan your exercise program. Create a plan to turn your vision into reality.

A plan essentially splits the entire journey into many smaller parts (phases) that are easier to focus on and execute. Having a plan ensures that every important detail is considered, which reduces the pressure and allows a person to immerse him or herself in the present moment and fully enjoy the experience.

When we plan something meaningful and inspiring, we put our heart and soul into and actually enjoy it. In such empowered state it’s not difficult to consider small details, because they come to mind on their own. Moreover, being involved in the planning process satisfies the second need that cultivates intrinsic motivation – autonomy.

Step #4: Share your journey. Training with a group makes it easier and more fun.

As humans we thrive on communication and the sense of togetherness. We need to feel recognized, interact or just have someone to share our success & concerns with. Many pro athletes agree that having a community that pushes you is one of the most effective ways how to become a better athlete and stay active throughout the years.

Having meaningful connections also helps to satisfy the third need that affects intrinsic motivation – relatedness. An experience that is shared carries more power and provides much stronger stimulus to carry on. So, make an effort to involve more people in your journey. Join a fitness group, find a mentor, or hire a coach.

Step #5: Celebrate the journey. Take the time to stop and appreciate the moment.

It’s more important to take the time to stop and appreciate where you are and where you’ve come from. Celebrate the journey – not just the outcome. Cultivating that mindset will help you to stay motivated to exercise.

When we celebrate, we tend to immerse ourselves in the present moment. The present moment connects us with joy that is within us. So, embrace that and let it fill you.


The goal of the strategy above is to self-drive your fitness journey and create a foundation for continued growth. That will guide you to get motivated to exercise even in the lowest of points.

The real magic happens when you incorporate all 5 steps in your life. Craft a vision that inspires you. Find an exciting adventure that is a little outside your comfort zone and take active part in planning it – from training to lifestyle. Involve others in your journey to make it meaningful and exciting. And, finally, celebrate the experience you get along the way to keep it fun.

About the Author

Andrejs Birjukovs
 is a certified coach and multisport athlete with a background in swimming, kayaking, marathon and trail running, as well as long-distance triathlons. Throughout his professional athlete and coaching careers, Andrejs has learned the value of reinventing oneself through physical exercise and lifestyle changes. He is an IRONMAN certified coach and runs The Athlete Blog where he shares his training and coaching experience with the world.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Dolly Is Colorful, Now You Can Color Dolly



Crafted by Michael and brought to life by Ramon Salas, "Dolly Parton: Female Force the Coloring Book Edition" spans 56-pages, available in both digital and print formats on platforms like Amazon. The paperback version showcases a cover by Ramon Salas, while the hardcover edition features an alternative cover crafted by the talented Marvel Comics artist Yonami.


Embark on over 50 pages of coloring delight, immersing yourself in the vibrant world of Dolly Parton! Become a colorist in the comic book realm—grab your cherished crayons and relish the experience. This coloring book provides a distinctive look at Dolly Parton's diverse journey, catering to a unique audience. Renowned for her quote, "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap," Parton's roles as a singer, songwriter, and philanthropist reflect her empowering ascent from humble origins to the most honored female country performer, leaving a legacy of generosity and inspiration.


“Imagine my surprise when I learned that a comic, I wrote would become a coloring book, too! It’s a great way to show off the incredible work of artist Ramon Salas and cover artist Dave Ryan and Joe Phillips."said Writer Michael Frizell. 


TidalWave's "Female Force" imprint highlights accomplished and influential individuals across diverse fields such as authors, business executives, entertainers, journalists, politicians, and activists. This latest addition to TidalWave's library of over 200 comic book biographies enriches the collection with a broad spectrum of inspiring figures. Past titles have featured extraordinary women like Reba McEntire, Tina Turner, Gloria Steinem, Pink, Cher, Oprah Winfrey, and numerous others.


TidalWave has also published comic books on other country icons such as Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood. 


The biographical comic series has sparked widespread media attention, garnering headlines on popular platforms like The View, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, and earning features in esteemed publications including Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, TIME, and People magazines.


TidalWave Comics is available for purchase from various online book retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Furthermore, the diverse range of TidalWave Comics titles is easily accessible for digital download on platforms like Kindle, iTunes, EPIC!, ComiXology, Global Comics, Google Play, Overdrive, Library Pass, Biblioboard, Nook, Kobo, and other eBook outlets.

Just Announced - Get Ready For More Big Adventures In The All-New Movie - Craig Before The Creek!!! Coming To Digital December 11, And To DVD March 26th!

 Craig Before The Creek

An Original Animated Movie from the Creators of

the Hit Cartoon Network Series Craig of the Creek


Own The All-New Animated Movie 

Digitally on December 11, 2023 & on DVD March 26, 2024


Full-Length Film To Also Premiere On Cartoon Network January 13, 2024


BURBANK, CA (November 28, 2023) – Get ready for big adventures, laugh-out-loud whole-hearted family fun, and a magical mystery with the long-awaited prequel to the hit Cartoon Network series Craig of the Creek! Discover the origin story of the Creek’s greatest explorer trio - Craig, JP, and Kelsey - and in a way we’ve never seen them before when the original animated movie, Craig Before the Creek is released digitally on December 11, 2023, and on DVD on March 26, 2024.


Cartoon Network will debut Craig Before the Creek on Saturday, January 13 at 10:00am ET/PT and the next day on Sunday, January 14 at 10:30am ET/ PT. The network will also celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 15 with a marathon block of the original series, its spin-off Jessica’s Big Little World and Space Jam: A New Legacy, all leading to an encore airing of Craig Before the Creek.

Now in its fifth season, the Emmy, GLAAD-, and NAACP Image Award-nominated Craig of the Creek sits among one of Cartoon Network’s top 10 series by reach, and among its top 15 series by hours streamed. In 2023, the series garnered over 13 million viewers! Additionally, Jessica's Big Little World, a spin-off series featuring Craig’s little sister Jessica, premiered in 2023 as part of Cartoon Network’s Cartoonito preschool block. Craig of the Creek was created by Matt Burnett & Ben Levin. The pilot episode debuted on the Cartoon Network app on December 1, 2017, and the show premiered on February 19, 2018.


Craig Before the Creek will be available on December 11, 2023, to purchase Digitally from Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu and more. The DVD will be available March 26, 2024, to purchase online and in-store at major retailers. Pre-order your copy now. 


Before he was Craig of the Creek, he was just Craig - a new kid in a new town. All Craig wants is to go back to his old friends at his old home. But when he learns that the nearby creek is hiding a lost treasure that could make his wish come true, Craig sets off on a journey to find it - navigating the perilous suburban wilderness, forging new friendships, all while being pursued by a fearsome band of pirates who are bent on destroying the Creek itself.


Craig Before the Creek features the voices of Philip Solomon as Craig, Noël Wells as Kelsey, H Michael Croner as JP, Vico Ortiz as Serena, Kimberly Hébert Gregory as Nicole, Byron Marc Newsome as Duane, Phil LaMarr as Bernard, and Lucia Cunningham as Jessica. 


Produced by Cartoon Network Studios, the film is directed by Matt Burnett & Ben Levin and co-directed by Naija Porter. The screenplay is by Matt Burnett & Ben Levin from a story by Matt Burnett, Tiffany Ford, Ashleigh Hairston, Ben Levin, Dashawn Mahome, Naija Porter, and Jeff Trammell. The Executive Producers are Matt Burnett, Ben Levin, and Sam Register. The Supervising Producer is Rossitza Likomanova. The Producer is Lisa Zunich. The Associate Producer is Susan Varghese.


Pricing and film information:

PRODUCT                                         SRP

Digital purchase                                 $14.99 ($14.99 in Canada)

DVD                                                   $14.99 SRP ($19.99 in Canada)

Audio: English, Latin Spanish

Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, French

Running Time: 87 minutes

Rated: TV-Y7

About Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network is one of the most loved global animated networks. Widely seen by fans all over the world as the best in animation, Cartoon Network combines a rich legacy of characters and a deep roster of creatives with unique brands of storytelling. Showcasing original content from across Cartoon Network Studios, Warner Bros. Animation, Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe, and beyond, Cartoon Network programming includes “Craig of the Creek,” “Teen Titans Go!,” “We Baby Bears” and “Tiny Toons Looniversity” and “The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe.” Cartoon Network's content commitment appeals to the complete spectrum of kids and families including preschoolers with “Batwheels,” “Bugs Bunny Builders,” and more on Cartoonito, and blockbuster hits on the ultimate family destination, ACME Night.


About Cartoon Network Studios

Established in 2000, Cartoon Network Studios (CNS) is a global animation and interactive studio recognized for its innovative approaches to IP development and world-building. Fostering a creator-driven environment, CNS is home to hundreds of visual artists who have been a part of the studio’s many critically acclaimed and groundbreaking animated series including Adventure Time, Craig of the Creek, Steven Universe, Summer Camp Island, The Powerpuff Girls, and We Bare Bears. CNS has also produced notable Adult Swim hits such as Primal, Samurai Jack, and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.

CNS has been honored with multiple awards and accolades including Emmy®, Peabody, GLAAD and Annie Awards. Internationally, the studio also garnered the BAFTA Children’s Award, Italy’s prestigious Pulcinella Award and Annecy Festival’s Cristal Award.

About Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment (WBDHE) distributes the award-winning movies, television, animation, and digital content produced by Warner Bros. Discovery to the homes and screens of millions through physical Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD retail sales and digital transactions on major streaming, video-on-demand cable, satellite, digital, and mobile channels.  WBDHE is part of Warner Bros. Discovery Content Sales, one of the world’s largest distributors of entertainment programming.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Maximizing Comfort and Reliability: What to Look for in an Airport Shuttle

Travelers can benefit from airport shuttle services that operate on a set schedule and always keep them on time. They can also appreciate those that have convenient booking processes and excellent customer support.

Shuttles come in many shapes and sizes, allowing for one to a dozen passengers and their luggage at a time. They should be comfortable and reliable regardless of the type to maximize their appeal.

Comfortable Seating

A good airport shuttle should offer comfortable seating for passengers. It should have enough space for everyone to stretch out and relax, especially after spending hours in a cramped airplane seat. The vehicle should also be fuel-efficient to minimize operating costs.

Studies on service quality indicate that seating comfort is one of the most important elements influencing customer satisfaction and loyalty. This is particularly true for people traveling in groups, so a shuttle service like the Disneyland airport shuttle that offers spacious and comfortable vehicles will make your trip much more enjoyable.

When looking for an airport shuttle, check the number of seats and luggage capacity. Shared airport shuttles typically have room for six to twelve passengers and their luggage. Private airport shuttles have more limited capabilities but are ideal for traveling with friends or family. The vehicle’s seat depth should also be considered. It is best if it supports the thighs without causing discomfort in the hamstring muscles and not allowing a person’s feet to reach the floor, which can increase the risk of venous thromboembolism (VT). A seat depth of around 20 - 22 inches should be sufficient.

Clean Vehicles

An airport shuttle is often less crowded than public transit and offers plenty of room to stretch your legs and relax. Plus, the vehicles are impeccably maintained for a comfortable ride.

Many people choose to use a shuttle service because it saves them the cost of renting a car during their trip. It can also be more convenient than finding parking at the airport.

Running a shuttle service comes with recurring costs, including vehicle and driver maintenance, licensing fees, and fuel. Luckily, there are ways to reduce these expenses and increase profitability. For example, route optimization software like OptimoRoute can help shuttle services create more efficient routes and save on fuel costs.

Starting an airport shuttle service can be a great way to earn income and serve the local community. However, it is essential to research and ensure you have a robust fleet of clean vehicles with experienced drivers.

Reliable Chauffeurs

A reliable chauffeur service provides consistency that helps reduce travel stress. Look for a company with flexible scheduling that accommodates flight delays and early arrivals. Also, consider one with a seamless booking process and responsive customer support.

You also want to know who will accompany you during your shuttle ride. Some services share vehicles and charge based on the number of passengers they carry. Book a car with only you and your party on board to avoid additional charges.

Professional chauffeurs are familiar with the best routes and shortcuts to get you to your destination and the traffic patterns at different times of the day. They will always prioritize your safety by driving safely and avoiding dangerous conditions on the road. In addition, they will stay awake and alert in case of any flight cancellations or delays. Chauffeurs also wear gloves, improving their wheel grip and minimizing hand fatigue.

Convenient Booking

A convenient booking process and customer service are essential to a stress-free travel experience. Checking online reviews is an excellent way to gauge how efficient and professional a company’s services are.

When choosing a shuttle transportation service, make sure to find out how many people they can accommodate. Shared airport shuttles usually have space for six to twelve passengers and their luggage. On the other hand, private airport shuttles can usually seat fewer people and their luggage.

It is also essential to find out the company's vehicles in its fleet. They should have various vehicle options to cater to all types of travelers. This includes SUVs, passenger vans, and buses. It is also a plus if they can extend their shuttle transportation service to local destinations. This will help their riders save time and money on travel expenses. In addition, it will also allow them to increase their market reach and revenue growth.

Saturday, November 18, 2023

A Culinary Adventure: Must-Try Cuisines Around the World

Embarking on a gastronomic journey is akin to exploring the diverse cultures and traditions that make our world vibrant. Each country boasts a unique culinary heritage, offering many flavors that tantalize the taste buds and tell stories of past generations. In this culinary expedition, we'll delve into some must-try cuisines around the globe.

Japanese Delicacies: A Symphony of Freshness

Let's start our journey in Japan, renowned for its meticulous attention to detail and reverence for fresh, seasonal ingredients. Japanese cuisine celebrates simplicity and balance, with sushi taking center stage. The artful presentation of sashimi, coupled with the precision of sushi rolls, reflects the mastery of Japanese chefs. Don't miss out on ramen, tempura, and the delightful array of mochi desserts that add a sweet note to this gastronomic adventure.

Mexican Fiesta: Spice, Flavor, and Tradition

Travel across the Pacific to the vibrant land of Mexico, where a fiesta of flavors awaits. Mexican cuisine is a kaleidoscope of colors and tastes, with dishes like tacos, enchiladas, and guacamole taking center stage. The combination of spicy chilies, tangy lime, and the robust flavors of cumin and cilantro create a symphony for the senses. Savor the richness of mole sauce and indulge in the sweet delight of churros for a complete Mexican experience.

Indian Extravaganza: Spices and Savoriness

Next, let's explore the diverse and aromatic world of Indian cuisine. Bursting with various spices, Indian dishes showcase a harmonious blend of flavors. From the fiery curries of the south to the fragrant biryanis of the north, Indian food is a journey through many tastes. Don't forget to try street food favorites like samosas, chaat, and dosas for an authentic experience that captures the essence of Indian culinary culture.

Italian Elegance: A Symphony of Pasta and Pizza

Now, let's turn our attention to the heart of the Mediterranean, where Italy reigns supreme in culinary excellence. Italian cuisine is a timeless celebration of simplicity, fresh ingredients, and a passion for food. Pasta, in its myriad forms, dances on plates with velvety sauces like marinara, Alfredo, and pesto. Italian dishes tell tales of tradition and craftsmanship, from the enchanting aroma of a Neapolitan pizza to the comforting warmth of a bowl of risotto.

Italian cuisine is a journey through the regions, each offering unique specialties. In Tuscany, revel in the simplicity of a perfectly cooked Florentine steak, while in Sicily, savor the vibrant flavors of arancini and cannoli. The diversity of Italian food is as rich as its history, and each bite transports you to the sun-kissed landscapes and charming villages that dot the Italian countryside.

As you embark on your culinary journey, be sure to include a visit to Terra Rossa Italian Restaurant, where the chefs artfully craft authentic Italian dishes, inviting you to savor the rich flavors and traditions that define this exquisite cuisine.

Exploring Beyond Borders

While we've touched upon just a few highlights of the world's culinary map, an endless array of cuisines is waiting to be explored. From the fiery flavors of Thai street food to the hearty dishes of German gastropubs, each country contributes its unique chapter to the global cookbook.


Embarking on a culinary adventure is not merely about satisfying hunger but connecting with the stories, traditions, and flavors that make each cuisine a masterpiece. So, whether you find yourself indulging in the delicate artistry of Japanese sushi or savoring the rustic charm of an Italian pasta dish, let your taste buds be your guide as you traverse the delectable landscapes of the world's diverse cuisines.


Thursday, November 16, 2023

Upgrading Your RV - What Repairs and Renovations Are Worth It?

 RV upgrades are a great way to add a personal touch to your home on wheels. These upgrades can improve comfort, safety, and even the appearance of your RV.

Replacing the standard RV mattress can make for a more restful sleep. 

Increased Comfort

One of the most popular reasons RVers upgrade is for increased comfort. Whether installing a new mattress, optimizing living space, or adding modern amenities, upgrading your RV can significantly improve your family's experience on the road.

Upgrading an RV with an awning can provide relief during inclement weather.

It's essential to consider your money and available time when remodeling your RV. You should also know how the upgrades will impact your vehicle's weight and GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating). Before installing any enhancements that can harm your RV's performance or towing capacity, speaking with a towing expert from GoHome Port might be necessary. The RV market is constantly evolving, so if you're thinking about upgrading yours, it's a good idea to keep an eye on the latest products that are hitting the market.

Increased Value

While RVs are typically depreciating assets as soon as you drive them off the lot, many upgrades improve your rig's value and make it easier to sell when the time comes. Upgrades like solar panels, interior remodels, and enhanced storage solutions will increase your RV's resale value.

Other RV upgrades, such as awnings, can protect you from the elements and make it easier to enjoy your RV when camping in rain or snow. A new heating and cooling system can also improve comfort, especially if you camp in a hot or cold climate. Upgrading your battery to a lithium model will improve longevity and save you money on replacement batteries in the long run.

Before deciding, it is advisable to carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of upgrading your RV. Ensure your core reasons for wanting an RV upgrade are justified and that you're not just buying a new shiny toy. Making use of this information will prevent you from making an expensive error.

Increased Safety

RVs are designed to be your home on the road, but you can make it even safer by upgrading certain features. Safety upgrades can save you money on maintenance costs and ensure your family feels safe while traveling, especially if you're a full-timer or frequently travel to remote locations without hookups.

Some upgrades that prioritize safety include installing a new shower head, LED lighting, and better insulation. The latter is particularly beneficial, as it can reduce energy bills and condensation. It's also a critical feature that potential buyers look for in an RV since it demonstrates a commitment to efficiency and comfort.

Another significant upgrade is switching to lithium-ion batteries, which last up to 10 times longer than traditional lead-acid ones. Investing in proper maintenance of your RV's electrical system can help you save money on battery replacements and extend its lifespan. Additionally, installing solar panels can be valuable for generating power when boondocking or staying at remote destinations.