Featured SoCal Events and Services

Celebrate The Holidays At The Aquarium Of The Pacific Get in for a discounted price after hours, sleep amongst the fish, or enroll kids in camp

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This holiday SEA-son, the Aquarium of the Pacific has something for you, whether you are an adult or child. Here are three ways to celebrate. Everyone can get in for the kid’s price during Discounted Holiday Late Nights on select evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. starting Dec. 26. Meet over 11,000 animals, including penguin chicks and sharks you can touch.  The Aquarium brings a whole new … [Read More...]

Del Amo Fashion Center is the Best Place to shop this Holiday Season! Holiday Giveaway Opportunity!

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         The Holidays are here! It's almost Christmas time! Earlier this week I had the opportunity to visit and go shopping at the Del Amo Fashion Center.  This actually is one of my favorite places to shop so I was quite excited!  You really can find something for everyone on your shopping list and have fun shopping too!  I had received a $100. gift card to shop so off I went! I just HAD to … [Read More...]

Universal CityWalk Rings in 2015 with Special “New Year’s Eve Movie Night” Celebration at the AMC Theatres, Featuring Five of Universal’s Most Iconic Films Back on the Silver Screen

The countdown to 2015 begins with Universal CityWalk’s all-new “New Year’s Eve Movie Night” celebration at the CityWalk AMC Theatres, featuring five of Universal Pictures’ most iconic films, including “Jurassic Park,” “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,” “Back to the Future” and a double feature of “Dracula” and “Frankenstein.” The New Year’s Eve festivities will include a red carpet entry and live DJ … [Read More...]

Universal Studios Hollywood Rings In the Holidays with 20 Days of “Grinchmas” The Entertainment Capital of L.A. Rings in the Holiday Season: Universal Studios Hollywood Cel-Who-brates with 20 Days of “Grinchmas” and Universal CityWalk Decks the Hall with Free Concerts, Nightly Snowfall and Special Appearances by Santa Claus

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year as Universal Studios HollywoodSM and Universal CityWalk® deck the halls for a wintry calendar of cool holiday activities at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM A very, merry “GrinchmasTM” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood as the theme park celebrates the Who-lidays with The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Whos from the town of … [Read More...]

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SoCal City Kids News

Affordable Winter Activities for “Mom, I’m Bored” Winter Break Blues

With the average winter break from school lasting anywhere from 10 days to two weeks, children are destined to go stir crazy stuck inside, testing parental sanity. Bowlmor AMF – has families covered this winter with fun and affordable activities to rid the “Mom, I’m Bored” winter break blues.   With four different brands across the nation – AMF, Brunswick, Bowlmor Lanes and Bowlero – … [Read More...]

Deals to help your readers save + give back with their holiday cards

Goodshop.com works with thousands of online retailers, including stores to help you with creating this year's cards, and donates a percentage of your total purchase back to the cause of your choice. In the lead up to the holidays, your readers are sending cards to their loved ones, so give them a reason to send cards with a difference this year. There are more than 110,000 causes to choose from … [Read More...]

Patricia Nash has announced the winning mother & daughter of the all-inclusive trip to Italy from the brand’s #CarryMeThrough Campaign held during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

With over thousands of applicants entered into the campaign, Patricia was overwhelmed with the stories and the amount of love and strength each participant possessed. She thought the winner was impossible to pick out until she came upon Nicole Battaglia and the story of her and her mother’s journey through breast cancer. Nicole’s mother has been diagnosed with breast cancer twice, leading to two … [Read More...]

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Kids CWIST for Kids Charitable initiative connects a parent and their children to a child in need!

Now that you have had your Turkey, it’s on to the holiday shopping, decorating and festivities. However, during the holidays, with so much promotion about the latest toys and video games, it’s easy to get caught up in the commercial side of the season. And with so much emphasis placed on receiving gifts and making wish lists this time of year, kids especially can forget the importance and value of … [Read More...]

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Crappy Holiday Cookie Exchange

Americans with burnt gingerbread men, smashed sugar cookies, and salty snickerdoodles will be posting their #crappycookieexchange pics for the chance to swap them out for homebaked quality cookies to pass off as their own.   Have you returned from a holiday cookie exchange with a tin of crumbled chaos?  Did you forget to set the oven timer only to return to a charred mess?  Do your … [Read More...]

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National Egg Month is in January! Let's get ready with some great recipes from NestFresh!

Did you know that nest month is National Egg Month? Well, I had to admit that I didn't. I do now! Thanks to NestFresh! I will be reviewing them in the New Year! But, would love to share some recipes with you now.   Check out their blog with all these great recipes!  My favorites are the Eggnog Cheesecake and the Cheesy Egg and Potato Breakfast Tacos! Yum!   Stay tuned for the … [Read More...]

Featured Products

Christmas Gifts from Hallmark! Some of our favorites this Holiday season!

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    It's that magical Christmas time and I can't believe that Christmas is only a a few days away! Looking for some fun ways to make the season even more magical? These are some of our favorites from Hallmark. The  Northpole Communicator Interactive Microphone is s fun way for younger children to communicate with the Northpole. My son is a little older so he wasn't completely into this but … [Read More...]

Kobert Exercise/Sport Armband is a Must-Have!

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Looking for a great way to exercise, walk a 5K or go running and keep your phone handy? I know that I sure was looking for a product that would be handy for walking. The Kobert Exercise Armband is just perfect for keeping my cellphone protected yet handy when I go walking. It's a great way to listen to music too! My Android phone fits perfectly inside and it works well at the beach too because it … [Read More...]

Looking for more Gift Suggestions? PowerSkin, Outdoor Tech., AcousticSheep LLC

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I think that almost everyone on my Holiday shopping list can use an all-inclusive, hands free, viewing stand and portable charger. I received one from PowerSkin and love it! The PowerSkin Power Stand is a Must-buy this holiday season!  I like that it is small and lightweight but works with most phones.  PowerSkin is also having a  great Buy One Get One Free 48 hour sale on their popular phone … [Read More...]

Celebrate the New Year with BuyCostumes.com It's almost 2015!

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    It's almost Christmas and soon after that, it will be the NEW YEAR! Yes, 2015! What better way to bring in the New Year than with party accessories and fun hats? BuyCostumes.com has you covered! I received a really great New Year's Eve Neon Midnight Party Set, Glowby's Rainbow Hair Accessory and a Hollywood Deluxe Tiara Headband.  I can't wait to use these on New Years! Find these and so … [Read More...]

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Giveaways

A Charlie Brown Christmas Holiday Giveaway Opportunity!!

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A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi Trio is one of the most popular and beloved holiday albums of all-time! A special 2012 re-mastered edition, this CD includes THREE BONUS TRACKS from the original soundtrack recording of the CBS Television special, which did not appear on the previous version of this recording. A robust CD booklet includes historic liner notes, images from the TV special, … [Read More...]

Start Singing Again With The Perfect Gifts For The Holidays! “Voice Lessons to Go™” CDs Make the Perfect Stocking Stuffers! Holiday Giveaway Opportunity!

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“Voice Lessons To Go™,” the acclaimed vocal warm-up CD series that has sold over 100,000 CDs and downloads, has several CDs and downloads that make perfectly unique and memorable holiday gifts. Ariella Vaccarino, creator of Voice Lessons To Go™, guides listeners through a wide range of singing exercises, providing explanations and vocal examples to piano accompaniment. The “Voice Lessons To Go” … [Read More...]

Bamboo Pro™ Self-Warming Knee Support The Healing Tree, LLC Giveaway Opportunity!

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Bamboo Pro™ supports contain Bamboo Charcoal Technology that offers self-warming properties. Unlike normal supports, it activates with your body heat to bring restorative warmth to your muscles, cartilage, and joints. Natural heat increases blood circulation, which in turn delivers proteins, nutrients, and oxygen to the affected area. This helps ease discomfort, relieve achy joints due to aging, … [Read More...]

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Media Reviews

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – An Adventurous Journey That Is Bigger and Better Than Before

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This latest installment to the Night at the Museum series finds Ben Stiller returning as Larry who spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever. Rebel Wilson joins the cast as a security guard, Robin Williams makes his final portrayal as Teddy Roosevelt and Owen Wilson plays Jedediah. KIDS FIRST! Critics Brianna … [Read More...]

Santa’s Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right Night Before Christmas is now Interactive! A fun, interactive app that is perfect for the Christmas season!

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Looking for a fun Christmas time app that is great for kids ages 2-8? Santa's Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right Night Before Christmas is the answer!  Kids will enjoy watching Santa's suit change from purple to red and there are some other fun interactive parts! It's the same story that I interviewed earlier this month but this is a fun, interactive app.  A Must-Buy for the season! You can purchase … [Read More...]

Little Luna, Big Talent from Bastei Entertainment Yes, there is a "Farting Bug" but.....young children will enjoy this app! Laughing Guaranteed!

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Okay, I have to admit...when I received the info about the new app Little Luna, Big Talent and that there was a "Farting Bug"..I wasn't so sure. But, this app really is a fun, interactive story that I think young children will enjoy.  I am recommending for ages 4-8 years old. Little Luna’s interactive adventure promotes concentration, musical expression and coordination, while educating … [Read More...]

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Beauty and Fashion Corner

LISTERINE® HEALTHYWHITE™ GENTLE Sodium Fluoride Anticavity Mouthrinse Love how this leaves my mouth feeling clean & fresh!

It's not often that I find a Mouthwash that does exactly what it claims it will do! But, I did recently find this to be true with Listerine Healthywhite Gentle Sodium Fluoride Mouthrinse. It works pretty quickly and I was impressed with after only a couple of weeks my teeth also seemed brighter. I like that it is gentle since my gums are somewhat sensitive.   Self Disclosure: I received … [Read More...]

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Emily Blunt & Anna Kendrick Their “Into the Woods” Premiere Looks!

Emily Blunt World Premiere of “Into the Woods” December 8, 2014, New York Look by Jenn Streicher for Laura Mercier Makeup artist Jenn Streicher created an “alluring and sophisticated” makeup look for actress Emily Blunt at the premiere of “Into the Woods” in New York.  She was inspired by Blunt’s Dolce & Gabbana statement dress, and paired it with a “bold, sexy lip and elegant eye … [Read More...]

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CapriClear Moisturizing Spray make a great stocking stuffer! A Must-Have to combat dry skin this Season!

I don't know about you...but my skin seems to really dry in the Winter! It even seems flaky at times. I am quite excited about this product by CapriClear, It really helps with dry skin! CapriClear Spray-On Moisturizer is an innovative over-the-counter treatment that combats dry, flaky, irritated skin. Conceived by a dermatologist, CapriClear is an exceptionally pure, gentle and effective … [Read More...]

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Belli Skincare products make great gifts! A Beauty Must-have!

If you are an expectant or a new Mom, you will like the Belli Skincare lineup!  These products would make a great Holiday gift for new or soon-to-be Moms! Belli is a physician-formulated skin care line focused on ingredient safety to provide expectant and new mothers with piece of mind. The following would make great gifts this Holiday season: Belli Pure & Pampered Body Wash which is a … [Read More...]