Featured SoCal Events and Services

A Place to Visit this Summer: The Queen Mary! See the World's Largest LEGO© Brick Model Ship : The Shipyard!

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             Summer is the perfect time to visit The Queen Mary! My son and I visited last week and loved it there, as usual! We were quite impressed with the World's Largest Lego Brick Model Ship in The Shipyard on the Promenade deck. It measures 26 feet and weighs over 600 lbs! It is quite huge! My son also enjoyed checking out the Lego tables where he was able to create his own … [Read More...]

Universal Studios Hollywood Don't forget to visit "Springfield!"

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     Looking for the place to take the family this Summer? Universal Studios Hollywood is a Must-Go-Visit place this Summer! Do you have a Simpson fan in your house? You will have to check out "Springfield!" The layout of the park will become unrecognizable when “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite family, The Simpsons, breathes new life to the sprawling and vibrant space … [Read More...]

L.A. Zoo’s World Elephant Day Weekend Features Opportunities to Explore and Learn Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, 2015 10 am – 4 pm Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

The Los Angeles Zoo presents World Elephant Day Weekend, two days of opportunities to explore and learn about elephants, especially the challenges they face in the wild, on Saturday, August 8 and Sunday August 9, 2015, 10am to 4pm.  World Elephant Day (August 12) is an international effort celebrating Asian and African elephants and bringing attention to the urgent threat of their extinction.  The … [Read More...]

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates an Extraordinary 50 Years of Movie-Making Magic with the 2015 Debut of New “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” Ride, First-Ever “Nighttime Studio Tour” and “Springfield,” Hometown of The Simpsons, as Destination’s Epic Transformation Continues

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The spotlight shines brightly on Universal Studios Hollywood as the world-class destination celebrates a milestone 50th anniversary with the much-anticipated opening of the “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” thrill ride, “Springfield,” an-all new immersive experience surrounding “The Simpsons Ride,” and a “Nighttime Studio Tour” as part of the theme park’s pioneering epic transformation. This … [Read More...]

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SoCal City Kids News

Chore war reality check, get tweens, teens to pitch in no complaints Tips for Parents to Motivate Children to Complete Their Responsibilities Around the Home By: Gregg Murset, Founder & CEO of MyJobChart.com

Take Advantage of Kid’s Love of Technology … Why threaten to take away a child’s technology when you can use that technology to take advantage of a teachable-moment or drive home a larger message about being responsible? By using an online job chart like MyJobChart.com, children consistently log in, see their responsibilities that need to be done, register the completion and find out their … [Read More...]

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Marvel Quiz & Disney Princess Quiz

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Lionsgate’s SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE – Screening

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for.  A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.   Lionsgate, Studiocanal and Aardman Animations present in association with Anthon Capital … [Read More...]

Camarillo Premium Outlets Welcomes New Additions This Summer TaylorMade, Tommy Hilfiger Kids, Ted Baker London and Starbucks All Slated to Debut at Center

Camarillo Premium Outlets is gearing up to welcome a slate of new retailers this summer, including TaylorMade, Tommy Hilfiger Kids, Ted Baker London and Starbucks.   “We’re adding to our already amazing roster of options here at Camarillo Premium Outlets,” said Brian Sikoff, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Camarillo Premium Outlets. “We continue to offer a unique … [Read More...]

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Fun Activities for Parents and Kids this National Parents’ Day! National Parents’ Day coming up on July 26

With National Parents’ Day coming up on July 26, here are some great family activities to celebrate the day on behalf of the National Park Service. There are more than 400 parks, and the Find Your Park campaign encourages everyone to get up, get out there and #FindYourPark no matter what your interest.   Here are the top three family parks to visit this month that both parents and kids … [Read More...]

Featured Products

The Bedtime Brushing Habit Kids Will Love Make Brushing Fun (and Not a Mess) with Violife’s Rockee Toothbrush

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Dread your child’s bedtime routine that’s often met with resistance when it comes time to brushing teeth, followed by the toothpaste disaster left on the counter tops and floors?   Say goodbye to the bedtime struggle and establish a solid teeth-brushing regimen with the Violife Rockee Toothbrush. While it rocks, wobbles and spins, the Rockee is designed to always stay upright, meaning … [Read More...]

Really Cool Coffee is…. Well....Really Cool!

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REALLY COOL COFFEE is a great way to get your daily pick-me-up in an easy to make, environmentally friendly way! Simply place one of our filter bags into a pitcher of water, let it steep for 18-24 hours, and voila: a week's worth of fresh, cold brew coffee! REALLY COOL COFFEE sends our filter bags directly to your door, saving you time standing in line for your cup of coffee every morning. Say … [Read More...]

Zarbee’s New Vitamin Drink Mixes Fulfill Daily Nutritional Gaps in Diet Supplement Drink Mixes Specially Formulated for Adults

Supporting your body's vitamin needs every day can be a challenge, especially with today's hectic lifestyle. That's why Zarbee's has introduced a new line of vitamin drink mixes. The new mixes feature a proprietary blend of handpicked natural ingredients formulated to help fill the nutritional gaps in your diet to maintain better health. The new line features six unique formulations that offer a … [Read More...]

Logic Products: TotLogic and InsectLogic Organic Baby and Kids Products that are a must-have for the Summer!

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TotLogic from Logic Products are Natural, Safe, & Gentle Bath, Body and Hair Care Products for Infants, Toddlers, and Kids of All Ages.  TotLogic products are formulated by a leading natural product chemist, and made with a unique proprietary scented blend that is calming and soothing for the entire family. Free of sulfates, phthalate and formaldehyde, TotLogic is a pure, gentle and natural … [Read More...]

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Giveaways

Folk Revival Festival Invites Families to the Wee Folk Village Giveaway Opportunity!

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The 3rd annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival invites families and folk fans of all ages to enjoy a pure American jamboree with banjos, crafts, beards, beers and more folk than imaginable. The festival will take place on Saturday, September 19 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the grass lawn of Rainbow Lagoon Park in Downtown Long Beach. Annually the Folk Festival brings the community together and … [Read More...]

The Whole-Brain Child Workbook By Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, PH.D. Giveaway Opportunity!

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Mystified by your how your child’s brain is wired? Neuropsychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and brain-based parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. offer 12 easy to remember “whole-brain” strategies (for example: Name It to Tame It, Engage Don’t Enrage, Move It Or Lose It), with dozens of exercises and activities that address sibling conflict, homework or screen time battles, meltdowns, … [Read More...]

General Mills Brings Minions Buddies in your Cereal Box for their Big Summer Movie Premiere Giveaway Opportunity!

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Just in time for their new movie to take the summer box office, General Mills has teamed up with the Minions to offer exclusive Minions Buddies in every specially marked box of General Mills cereals!           General Mills is once again connecting fans with what they love. Hidden inside each box, you will find one of six select Minions Buddies about to hit the big … [Read More...]

Charitable Gifts For Your Bridal Party Giveaway Opportunity!

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         With wedding season in full swing, brides are seeking the perfect gift to show gratitude to their bridal party. What better way to say “thank you” than with a gift that gives back from the Avon Foundation? A portion of the net profits from each product will benefit Avon’s Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program and the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.  All three of these items would … [Read More...]

Media Reviews

The Ghost Of Donley Farm By Jaime Gardner Johnson Illustrated By Laurie Allen Klein

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Rebecca, the red-tailed hawk, is not afraid of ghosts! One night she bravely ventures into the barn to meet the famous ghost of Donley Farm. But when she finally meets him, Rebecca is surprised to discover that the "ghost" is much more familiar than she's expected. Join Rebecca as she stays up late to talk with her new friend and find out what they have in common and how they are different. I … [Read More...]

Paper Towns

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This highly anticipated film, Paper Towns is adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green.  Paper Towns is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Brianna B. comments, “Paper Towns is a really good film that I’m sure that teenage girls will definitely love to watch. This … [Read More...]

Pixels – Hilarious! Perhaps the Funniest of the Year!

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The highly toted film, Pixels opens this weekend to much applause. When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games. Directed by Chris Columbus and starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Michelle Monaghan, this is sure to be a hit with families looking for their summer entertainment. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic … [Read More...]

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Beauty and Fashion Corner

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Vita Liberata Luxury Tanning & Skincare Summer Beauty Must-Haves!

Vita Liberata Luxury Tanning & Skincare, the first non-toxic, luxury tanning brand with Odour Remove™ technology for zero smell, and organic ingredients that care for the skin while tanning it. I recently received a gift from our new friends at Vita Liberta and was quite impressed with the products. I received samples of their tanning products and love them. They really are worth checking … [Read More...]

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What’s in Your Bag? KissSafe™ Oral Antiseptic Breath Spray: Kiss. Don’t Risk.™ Malibu Biotech System LLC Announces  KissSafe™Oral Antiseptic Breath Spray

There's a brand new breath spray and oral antiseptic called  KissSafe™, a must have item for every bag, backpack, pocket or clutch. An essential item, practical for both daily use as well as for meeting up with that special someone. KissSafe™ is the first personal hygiene product dedicated specifically to making kissing a safer experience while also freshening the breath. It contains an … [Read More...]

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NYC New York Color HD Automatic Eyeliner for Summer Beauty! Never-fail liner in five bold colors

I love these eyeliners! They go on so smoothly and the color lasts all day! Intense automatic liners with waterproof performance. Go for glamour with a fine line, or amp up the drama with a smokey look. No matter which way you style it, you get maximum impact, high definition color for an eye-catching look that lasts all day. These super soft liners provide intense color in a perfectly … [Read More...]

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READY TO MAKE A LASTING IMPRESSION? RIMMEL’S BEST SELLING 25 HR FOUNDATION BREAKS NEW RECORDS OF COMFORT! A Summer Beauty Must-Have!

Ready to leave a lasting impression? Rimmel’s long-lasting, transfer-proof foundation relaunches with the added benefits of comfort serum and SPF 20. With festival season fast approaching Rimmel will make sure you’re covered from humidity, to sun, to all night dancing!    Feel good flawless skin, all day, all night and beyond! Introducing Lasting Finish 25 HR full coverage foundation, Rimmel’s … [Read More...]

Pet Corner

Dutchess, July 30 Pet of the Week

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Meet the other Duchess! She’s about four years old, sports cream-colored fur with markings that hint at a royal Siamese lineage, and is at least as lovely, genuine and sweet as that other cover girl! You can have an audience with Duchess on the shelter side of Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A551944. (This rescue encouraged by the usual … [Read More...]

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Logic Products: BarkLogic Safe & Natural Grooming and Home Care Line for Dogs!

Looking for safe and natural grooming products for your pet dog? BarkLogic products are the answer! BarkLogic is a safe, natural and effective grooming and home care line for dogs. Made without toxins or pesticides, your pet will not carry any toxic residue into their living environment or yours. All products are freshly scented. All products are also made in the U.S.A. I received samples of … [Read More...]

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Two Meows Cat Litter Mat (Grey) – Paw Shaped is a Must-Buy for Cat Owners!

Does your cat kick litter out of his box when he (or she) uses it? I know that mine sure does! There is an easy and even cute way to help with this mess. The Two Meows Paw shaped Mat is a great way to have less mess and it looks cute too! It really does help eliminate cat litter scatter and is easy to clean. You simply shake the mat over the cat box and you are good to go. You can also use soap … [Read More...]

Whiskers, July 23 Pet of the Week

Whiskers is Pet of the Week!

Whiskers is only 8 months old, yet she seems to possess the gravitas of a feline several years her senior. She’s sweet as can be, but don’t let that staid stance fool you—directly after her photo session, she hunkered down on her haunches, ready to play! She’s spayed and ready to go home! Meet Whiskers at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for … [Read More...]