Featured SoCal Events and Services

5 Ways to Get Your Kids Excited for School


With summer coming to an end and school quickly approaching, it’s not surprising that your kids will be filled with mixed emotions. It may be sad leaving summer behind but here are five ways to help your kids get excited for the upcoming school year! Go Shopping for a First Day of School Outfit Who doesn’t remember going back to school shopping with their parents? Getting a new outfit … [Read More...]

Long Beach Folk Revival Festival Showcases Artisanal Foods, Craft Beers & All Things Made in Long Beach

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In addition to banjos, crafts, beards and pure American live music, the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival is bringing a highly curated selection of local Long Beach artisanal food vendors and craft beer purveyors to the 3rd annual event at Rainbow Lagoon Park on Saturday, September 19. Annually the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival celebrates all things “Made in Long Beach” and takes pride in … [Read More...]

Yogurtland has the best Candy Crush flavors this Summer! Don't miss them!


I love frozen yogurt but my son and I actually have a favorite place to eat frozen yogurt! We have tried quite a few over the past couple of years and are all-time favorite is Yogurtland! So, I was quite excited to go and try their Sweet Treat Candy Crush flavors this Summer! I have to admit my favorite this Summer was the Maple Donut! Although, the current new flavors are pretty good too! … [Read More...]



The Aquarium of the Pacific is announced the birth of a Magellanic Penguin chick. The baby made its public debut and joined the other penguins in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat on Tuesday, August 18.   The chick hatched on June 5 and represents the third generation of Aquarium-born penguins. Four penguins hatched in 2014 (Paddles, Jayde, Mattson, and Skipper) and two in 2013 (Heidi and … [Read More...]

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SoCal City Kids News


Free and Low Cost Events in September at Michaels

During the month of September, Michaels will offer a variety of free and low-cost in-store crafting events including Designing with Gelatos® paper-crafting classes, a meet-the-instructor open house, beading and rhinestone bracelet-making sessions, pumpkin workshops and more. Crafters of all skill levels and their families are invited to join in on the creative activities!   Kids Club events … [Read More...]

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Are you prepared for emergencies? September is National Preparedness Month

In July, there was a  launch of a new public service advertisement (PSA) with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Ready Campaign to raise awareness among all people about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. While the PSA targets everyone, “We Prepare Every Day” is the first in a series of videos that aim to deliver a strong preparedness message by showing people with … [Read More...]

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Ace Hardware’s Miracle Bucket Promotion For Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

On Saturday, September 5th, customers at Ace stores across the country who make a five dollar donation to CMN will receive a limited edition five-gallon bucket and receive 20 percent off most everything that fits in the bucket. One hundred percent of the donations will benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Ace has been a proud partner of CMN since 1991 and, together with Ace … [Read More...]

CBF San Dimas Returns with Two Days of Craft Beers, Food and Music

With less than one month until the 2015 California Beer Festival (CBF) in San Dimas, CBF is working hard to book the best bands, food vendors and breweries to perform and serve at their first two-day festival at Frank G. Bonelli Park. CBF is California’s largest travelling beer festival. As they have done so over the past 4 years, the event will showcase the best microbreweries and ice-cold … [Read More...]


Gimbal’s Fine Candies Announces 2015 Back to School Sweepstakes Entrants are eligible to win a Gimbal’s Party Trunk for their classroom

Gimbal’s Fine Candies today announces the official kick off of its annual Back to School Sweepstakes. The lucky winner of this year’s sweepstakes will win a Gimbal’s Party Trunk filled to the brim with Gimbal’s candies and party supplies to use in a classroom celebration. The sweepstakes will take place August 17ththrough September 30th, and anyone who enters will automatically receive 10 percent … [Read More...]

Featured Products

GoGlass Glass Baby Bottle is a great baby shower gift!


I really like this and think it would make a great gift for a new mom and baby. It's really cute and it also seems quite sturdy and durable. The elephant on it is really cute! I also like that it is BPA Free and comes with an extra nipple. I do not have a little one at home but gave this to a friend to try out for me and she says that it is one of her favorite baby shower gifts. She is impressed … [Read More...]

Back to School with CustomInk!

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Get your kids excited for school by creating customized apparel and accessories. CustomInk, the leading provider of custom apparel and accessories has a variety of products to help with this. From customizing a t-shirt for the first day of school to adding a personal touch to the kids’ school supplies, there’s plenty of things to get the kids pumped for the new school year!       We … [Read More...]

Spokester – Make Your Kid’s Bike Sound Like a Motorcycle! Kids will love this!


Spokester is a fun toy to entice kids to play outside and a  turned safety device for Boeing! Do you remember as a kid, riding your bike and pretending it was a motorcycle? Okay..maybe not. But, I did have brothers and I do remember them doing this and I have to admit, I had to try it and it was kind of cool. Spokester is the perfect toy. It's simple, inexpensive, and durable. It promotes … [Read More...]

Celebrate National Coffee Month with Egoiste Cafe!


It's National Coffee Month! Looking for a new and fresh coffee to try? I received a sample of Egoiste Cafe Instant Coffee and loved the smooth taste! I usually am not a big fan of instant coffee but I was pleasantly surprised by this instant coffee. It's a blend of highland and lowland Kenyan Arabica and it has a  rich flavor.You can purchase here. It also comes in ground and whole … [Read More...]

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Candy Molds for making LEGO bricks and figures by Merchant Smile Great for making candy, soaps and so much more! Giveaway Opportunity!


     I absolutely love these molds! My son really likes Legos so these really are hit! So far we have made ie cubes and also frozen juice Lego blocks. I like that they are easy to use and that the ice pops out super easily. They are also easy to clean. These really can be used for so many different occasions from birthday parties to holidays. As a matter of fact, I think that I will make frozen … [Read More...]

Rubba Ducks are no ordinary Ducks!


  I love Disney! I guess that really isn't a big secret!  I was quite interested in finding out about something happening at the Boathouse Restaurant in Disney Springs! There are new ducks swimming around there and it’s not Donald! In a move that would make Disney’s famous duck proud, Rubba Ducks®, the premiere rubber duck toys with personality, has aligned with The Boathouse in Disney … [Read More...]

Fall Must-Haves for Baby! SoCal City Kids Favorite baby products this season!


Are you a new Mom or Dad? Maybe you are looking for the perfect baby shower gift? Here are SoCal City Kids favorites for the Fall! We have product reviews, giveaways and more! In response to a growing demand for affordable, safe baby products, Whole Foods Market created a line of 365 Everyday Value®Baby Body Care that meets its Premium Body Care® Standards, which prohibits 400 ingredients … [Read More...]

Back-to-School with Stationery Studio! Giveaway Opportunity!


The school year is here! Even though I am actually still enjoying the last couple weeks of Summer vacation...I have to admit it is here! But, one thing I really love is coming up with back-to-school ideas,  gift ideas or ways to be more organized. Stationery Studio makes finding gifts and being organized an easy task this school year! As a Homeschool Mom, staying organized is a real … [Read More...]

Media Reviews

LikeThat Style- a new fashion app makes finding fashion simple!

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      Welcome LikeThat Style- a new fashion app that makes it a snap to find fashion you love.   It is as simple as taking a picture (it can be online, in a magazine or from your closet) of a piece of clothing that fits your style, and  get instant results of visually similar styles from thousands of stores.   Just launched today, LikeThat Style is a free mobile app and is available at both … [Read More...]

Port Town Available as E-Book and Paperback Vivid new history book tells the story of Long Beach and its Port


Port Town — the epic new history of how the people of Long Beach built, defended and profited from their port — is now available in e-book and paperback formats. Written by maritime journalists George and Carmela Cunningham, the book debuted on June 20 at the Long Beach Public Library Foundation’s 12th annual “Grape Expectations” benefit fundraiser. Port Town, which is already getting … [Read More...]

ABC Monsters: Starring ABCD – Fun, Creative, Supporting Early Language Skill Building


This DVD from N Circle Entertainment, a leader in children’s entertainment, has compiled four episodes of this charming TV show for your preschoolers. Produced by the French production company La Pompadour, it pairs letters of the alphabet with a corresponding, and not too scary, movie monster.   These four stories follow a crew of big, hairy and not too scary “Monsters.”  Twenty six … [Read More...]

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Beauty and Fashion Corner

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Bairly Sheer, the Ultimate Aerosol Foundation + Color Collection

I am quite excited to tell you about the Launch of Bairly Sheer! This one really is rather unique! Bairly Sheer, the first full line of spray-on airbrush cosmetics that goes onto the skin effortlessly for a blendable, beautiful finish. The antidote to heavy foundation, the Bairly Sheer collection includes the following lines for all your coverage needs: Ultra Mist Foundations (Available in … [Read More...]


Azure Naturals-New Ocean Minerals Products A Beauty Must-have! Giveaway Opportunity!

  Looking for a facial skin product line up that really works together and leaves your skin hydrated? I love the Azure Naturals-New Ocean Minerals Products! 90 powerful Oceanic Minerals, micro minerals, vitamins and vital nutrients help repair, rejuvenate and deeply nourish your skin, giving it a healthier, more youthful glow. This wonderful line of Ocean Mineral products is specially … [Read More...]


Keeva Anti-Wrinkle Cream A Beauty Must-Have!

I really like this one because it is great on combination skin! I love that it is safe and that they do not do any animal testing to make this product. I have somewhat sensitive skin so sometimes I am a bit leery of trying new face products but this one worked great on my skin. It hasn't made my wrinkles disappear (I have yet to find a product that does that!) but my skin feels hydrated and much … [Read More...]


Anti-aging Cream – Perfective Ceuticals Divine Age Guardian Cream with Growth Factor A Beauty Must-Have!

This is a beauty-must-have! It is a nourishing cream for your face that smells like flowers! I like how it feels on my skin and I do notice that my skin tone seems more even. I have combination skin and it works really well on my skin. It especially works great on my dryer spots. I still have wrinkles, but they do seem a little less noticeable. My husband tried it but didn't care much for the … [Read More...]

Pet Corner


Deluxe Pet Booster Seat by Devoted Doggy is a Must-Have! Great for small to small/medium dogs

      Looking for a Pet Booster Seat that both you and your pet will love? This one is a must-buy! I love that it is easy to install..it actually took under a minute. My puppy is a medium/large hound dog mix so he is a little big so I tried this out on a family members pup. She has a chihuahua mix. They loved it! One main reason is that her dog found it very comfortable and it is super easy to … [Read More...]

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PAWZ are a must-have for keeping your pup cooler during this heat wave!

It's really hot outside as we wrap up the last month of Summer! It's not always easy to take the dog out in this heat. Sure! We take drinking water with us but what about his paws? The ground can get very hot! Pawz dog boots are also a must have on rainy days! I received a pair of these for our pup and I love that they are waterproof and are also great for when the ground is hot! They are made of … [Read More...]


Happy National Dog Day! A gift box that your dog is sure to love!

It's National Dog Day today! Time to celebrate your dog! What better way than with gifts? The following items would make great gifts for your pup!          I received a  Box from BarkBox this past month..or I should say my pup, Bink did. It really was pretty cool! The box had a Circus theme so he received  some pretty cool treats and pretty cool toys! His favorite were the BarkMade … [Read More...]

Nikko, Aug. 27 Pet of the Week

Nikko is Pet of the Week!

One-year-old Nikko’s owner moved and took everything but Nikko. For us at the shelter, this was leaving a family member behind. Nikko is smiling because he knows that he’s sweet and pretty enough to get a real family. If you have room in yours, meet Nikko on the shelter side of Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A552058. Credit:  Companion Animal … [Read More...]