Featured SoCal Events and Services

Record-Breaking Animated Hit Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory Makes a Splash as part of Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart Plus Riley and the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out Take the Ice for the First Time in the New Skating Production Coming to the Southland December 14, 2017 - January 7, 2018

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      Follow your heart straight to adventure with Disney On Ice! Families will make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when the new ice show Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart arrives to the Greater Los Angeles Area! The ice skating extravaganza features the beloved stories & characters from the smash hit animated movies Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory … [Read More...]

LA Zoo Lights Sets Zoo Aglow with Wonder, Awe and WOW! from Nov 17-Jan 7 Friday, November 17, 2017, through Sunday, January 7, 2018 (except November 23, December 24 and December 25) 6 to 10 pm Nightly Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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L.A. ZOO LIGHTS, awarded USA Today's "10 Best Zoo Lights" honors in 2015 and 2016, returns for its fourth spectacular year to shimmer for seven weeks of wonder, awe and "wow!" from Friday, November 17, 2017 , through Sunday, January 7, 2018 (except November 23 and December 24/25) at the L.A. Zoo. Los Angeles' holiday "must" destination under the stars sets the Zoo aglow with LED lights by the … [Read More...]

It’s starting to look like Christmas at The Shops At Montebello! MAKE MAGICAL MEMORIES AT THE SANTA EXPERIENCE AND HOLIDAY EVENTS AT THE SHOPS AT MONTEBELLO THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

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The holidays are here and it's time for Christmas photos with Santa and Christmas shopping! The best place to go? The Shops at Montebello is a favorite of mine! Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience at The Shops at Montebello. Children can whisper wishes and capture photo memories with Santa … [Read More...]

Newport Dunes Celebrates 27th Annual Lighting of the Bay 11.24

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CELEBRATE THE 27th ANNUAL LIGHTING OF THE BAY. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort will kick off the holiday season with the 27th annual Lighting of the Bay celebration featuring a full schedule of seasonal festivities on Friday, November 24 from 3-8 p.m. Families will enjoy live chorale performances, cookie decorating, holiday crafts and train rides. Santa will take center stage at dusk as he … [Read More...]

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SoCal City Kids News

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U.S. Postal Service Letters FROM Santa Program Provides Santa’s Personalized Response to Your Child’s Letter

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus — and the U.S. Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter — complete with a North Pole postmark. Here are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa: Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole. Later, when alone, open the envelope and … [Read More...]

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BGCA My.Future inspires kids & teens!

Self Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Boys and Girls Club as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. I had the opportunity to attend a really inspiring and educational event this past month! I was blown away as I watched the staff and the kids at The BGCA My.Future event. I would love to attend more of these events … [Read More...]

LOS ANGELES ZOO SPONSORS HYGIENE DONATION DRIVE 11/20/17-11/23/17 November 20, 2017 to November 23, 2017 10 am – 4 pm Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Make Thanksgiving week extra special by giving back to a cause near home. The Los Angeles Zoo has partnered with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s initiative on solving homelessness by sponsoring a donation drive for the Skid Row Hygiene Center.Beginning Monday November 20, 2017 through Thursday, November 23, 2017 L.A. Zoo visitors can receive an adult or child general admission ticket for $10 by donating any … [Read More...]

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Miguel’s Jr. Launches “Photo of the Week” Social Media Contest Put your food photography skills to the test for the chance to win a $25 Miguel’s Jr. gift card

Miguel’s Jr. invites guests to photograph burritos, nachos, tacos and taquitos in all of their delicious glory for a chance to win a $25 Miguel’s Jr. gift card. Beginning November 14,  Miguel’s Jr. will launch a social media contest where a number of lucky customer’s fabulous food photos on Instagram will be selected and shared across all of Miguel’s Jr. social media channels. A winner will be … [Read More...]

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LA Children’s Chorus Rings in Holidays at Disney Hall Dec. 3

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs, rings in the holidays with special guest, Grammy Award-winning opera singer Susan Graham, and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a concert featuring the world premiere of Los Angeles-based composer Paul Gibson’s Ring Out, Wild Bells – based on Tennyson’s beloved poem and arranged for chorus, organ, strings … [Read More...]

Featured Products

Make Thanksgiving more Flavorful with Pereg Natural Foods

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This Thanksgiving, Pereg Natural Foods wants to help you “wow” your guests with some mouthwatering recipes served with delicious flare. Try using any one of their many quinoa varieties – tri-color, white, and red, among others – in this harvest vegetable and quinoa recipe served in a whole pumpkin, for a starring role in your Thanksgiving meal. All Pereg Quinoa is pre-washed, all natural and … [Read More...]

Brentwood Home celebrates the holidays with 15% off sitewide through November 29 Shop gifts for new parents, homeowners, fitness lovers, pets and more with code CUDDLEUP

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Brentwood Home, California-based designer of healthy, luxurious, affordable home essentials is offering 15 percent off its entire site November 21-29 using code CUDDLEUP. Give the gift of better zzz’s with Brentwood Home's top picks this holiday season, including: Better for your baby mattresses, starting at $349   Perfect for new or expecting parents, the Wildfern and Poppy 2-Stag Crib … [Read More...]

Holiday Cards from The Stationery Studio are a must-buy this month!

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It's that time of the year! Can you believe it?! The holidays are here! It's time to send out the Holiday/Christmas cards! I love the choices at The Stationery Studio! They have so many choices and I love how user-friendly their website is.  Their unique selection includes great die cut shapes on cards at with no extra fees, including scalloped edges, rounded corners, and medallion shapes. You are … [Read More...]

How NestFresh is giving back to the community NestFresh Celebrates Second Annual NestFresh Cares, Putting the Power to Give Back In the Hands of Consumers Nationwide

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NestFresh, the leader in sustainable, local, humane and natural eggs, has pledged to support charitable efforts nationwide through a unique giving campaign titled NestFresh Cares. From October 15, 2017 through December 15, 2017, consumers are invited to nominate and vote for a charity or cause that demonstrates its genuine care for the community. One charity – voted on by consumers will win a … [Read More...]

Fall Flavored Drink Recipes from our friends at Cascade Ice

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The brisk winds of fall are fast approaching! As the leaves begin to change, so will our taste buds. There’s no need to feel guilty about your fall cravings when using naturally flavored Cascade Ice, so pull out those warm clothes and enjoy a refreshing beverage! Below are a few festive drink recipes recommended by our friends at Cascade Ice for mixing up for fall. Low-cal, but full of … [Read More...]

Barbara’s Bakery & RD Frances Largeman-Roth Have The Perfect Tips For Better Breakfast!

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This past September as Back-to-School started, Barbara’s had partnered with Frances Largeman-Roth - RDN, nutrition expert, mom of 3 and best-selling author of Eating in Color - and created five better breakfast tips that are just wonderful for this Fall! Breakfast Time over Screen Time – Mornings are hectic, especially at the beginning of the school year, before everyone has settled into … [Read More...]

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Giveaways

Visit Santa, see him SCUBA dive, see the Penguin Walk, enjoy a snow play area, and a variety of festivities during the holiday season at the Aquarium of the Pacific Aquarium Holidays Ticket Giveaway, plus coupon for Free Child Admission with Paid Adult.

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Get into the holiday spirit each weekend from December 2 through 24, 2017 at the Aquarium with a snow play area and photo opportunities with Santa in his traditional attire. Every day from December 2 to 24, Aquarium guests can also see Santa Diver giving “fishmas” gifts to the animals, watch the 10:00 a.m. Penguin Walk, take photos with Aquarium costumed characters in their holiday outfits, … [Read More...]

Zebra by Popcornopolis® is a must-try this Holiday Season! Giveaway Opportunity!

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Looking for a tasty treat this Holiday season? Popcornopolis has created a new product line called Zebra by Popcornopolis® —five indulgent, confection-style gourmet popcorn snacks made with organic popcorn, premium chocolate, and hand-selected ingredients with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. I had the opportunity to try them all and they are absolutely delicious! I still can't … [Read More...]

Wonder The Movie #ChooseKind Giveaway Opportunity!

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Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and … [Read More...]

Where Do YOU Take Your Welch’s?

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Until November 20th, simply visit http://wheredoyoutakeyourwelchs.com/ and submit where you take your Welch's to be entered to win a box of Welch's Mixed Fruit Snacks! To win even bigger, submit a photo or video of where you take your Welch's to be entered for the grand prize, a Tumi Double Expansion Travel Satchel, Beats by Dr. Dre Beats EP Headphones, a S'well Water Bottle AND 1 box of each … [Read More...]

Media Reviews

Coco – Fantastic, Family-Friendly Animated Film About Mexican Tradition

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Despite his family's generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Hector, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family … [Read More...]

f You Give a Mouse a Cookie Songs by Lisa Loeb

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This month, Amazon Studios debuts season 1 of a new animated series for kids, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. A trailer for the show is here, and you may view Episode 1 of Season 1 here.   If You Give a Mouse a Cookie features original songs by GRAMMY nominated recording artist, Lisa Loeb, and her collaborator Rich Jacques. Also on November 7, eight songs from the series will be available … [Read More...]

Thor: Ragnarok – Excellent Action And Style. Great Acting And Direction. Captures Details With An 80s Retro Feel

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Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor's quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Arjun N. comments, “The acting is top level … [Read More...]

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Beauty and Fashion Corner

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Refresh your Fall Routine with Mario Dedivanovic & Colgate Optic White!

To help you with your beauty routine this Fall, Colgate is excited to share a few exclusive glam tips from their makeup guru, Mario Dedivanovic, below. One of his go to products is the latest addition to the portfolio – Radiant Toothpaste by Colgate Optic White – which helps whiten your teeth inside and out to reveal your most radiant white smile. It also includes a Pro-Oxide Complex, which … [Read More...]

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NEW! Sally Hansen Color Therapy Enchanting Gems Collections is a must for the holidays! Sally Hansen’s Color Therapy nail polish blends saturated color with nourishing argan oil in 6 new, elegant jewel tones.

Stone cold stunning! Inspired by multi-faceted luxurious gemstones, the Sally Hansen Color Therapy range introduces 6 new opulent shades designed to elevate every autumn look. Sally Hansen’s Color Therapy nail polish contains a patented micro-delivery system that delivers an argan oil enhancing formula, resulting in intensive nourishment and instant moisture for healthier-looking nails. The Color … [Read More...]

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Plums The Word for Fall!

Plum’s The Word for fall and what better way to create bold looks than with beautiful nails from Sally Hansen and the perfect lip color from Rimmel London. RIMMEL LONDON STAY MATTE LIQUID LIP COLOUR ($5.79)   Get ready for a bold, matte lip-look that stays on. Rimmel London introduces Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour, a new liquid lipstick with high-intensity colour, a velvety matte finish … [Read More...]

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Holiday collection featuring Disney’s Mickey Mouse will help Kiehl’s donate $100,000 to Feeding America®. Collaboration helps to provide 1,100,000 meals to families in need this holiday season

Kiehl’s Since 1851, the 166-year-old purveyor of the finest skincare, is proud to announce its collaboration with Disney this holiday season, for a collection featuring Mickey Mouse, one of the world’s most beloved luminaries. Part of this one-of-a-kind collaboration furthers the company’s support of organizations that work to help children and their families thrive:  Kiehl’s is proud to announce … [Read More...]

Pet Corner

Frost, Thanksgiving Day Pet of the Week

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“When the Frost Is on the Punkin,” a poem by James Whitcomb Riley, evokes warm, cozy, quiet feelings even in our hot California weather. It makes you think of a sleepy morning, a cup of tea or coffee, a silent room and a cat purring on your lap. Frost would be perfect to complete this picture! He’s the color of frost but warm as toast. He was found as a stray and has warmed up to the staff and … [Read More...]

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“Play Ball” with Chrysler & Sesame Street

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp6WfHtLTmc&feature=youtu.be With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s important to remember the real reason for the season – giving back! Chrysler and “Sesame Street” have always promoted the essential values of acceptance, caring and sharing, and their latest video collaboration “Play Ball” is no different. In this installment, Abby and Elmo learn about … [Read More...]

9 Simple Tricks You Can Teach Your New Puppy

Many people think that puppies are too young to start basic training.   But just because your puppy is walking around aimlessly without a clue in the world, that doesn’t mean you can’t get those mental juices flowing.   Starting puppy training early is a good investment in your new best friend. It will ensure good communication, trust and balance throughout your relationship … [Read More...]

MOzzy, November 16 Pet of the Week

Mozzy is Pet of the Week!

Ever been punished for something you didn’t do? Then you and Mozzy will have a lot to talk about. Mozzy, a pit bull terrier about 3 years old, was surrendered to the shelter by his owner. Why? The other dog in the house was a biter, so the owner was afraid Mozzy would be a biter! And not so——he’s a big lover and would rather lounge around with you than chase toys. He is good with children, the … [Read More...]