Featured SoCal Events and Services

“LACO @ THE MOVIES: AN EVENING OF DISNEY SILLY SYMPHONIES” BRINGS DAZZLING ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNING DISNEY ANIMATION TO THE BIG SCREEN WITH ORCHESTRAL SCORES PERFORMED LIVE BY LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, LED BY EMMY® AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER MARK WATTERS Dustin Hoffman Serves as Honorary Chair Saturday, June 4, 2016, 7 pm The Orpheum Theatre Downtown LA

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      Photos: LACO @ The Movies 2015 Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) showcases the interplay of music and film with “LACO @ the Movies: An Evening of Disney Silly Symphonies,” a program of dazzling and delightful Academy Award®-winning animation created by Walt Disney Studios between 1929 and 1939, with orchestral scores performed live by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra led by six-time … [Read More...]

Wok With Your Mom this Mother’s Day!

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     This Mother's Day do something different with Mom! How about cooking with a Wok? I love cooking veggies in a Wok but how about something even better for Mother's Day? I received the recipe for the New Pacific Chili Shrimp at Panda Express so I was quite excited about trying this recipe out for myself and even more excited about sharing it with you! The recipe is easy to follow and … [Read More...]

Flavor Quest promotion at Yogurtland is a must-visit for Mother’s Day! Yogurtland’s Fourth Annual Flavor Quest Brings The World’s Best Flavors to the Land of Frozen Yogurt

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Looking for somewhere to take Mom this Mother's Day? Yogurtland is one of my top choices! Yogurtland's fourth annual Flavor Quest is still happening! Don't miss it! My favorite flavor so far is the Argentinian Dulce De Leche Cookie! It is still available at many locations today. Yogurtland’s big international flavor mixer, serving up sensational new flavors inspired by destinations from … [Read More...]

Circus Vargas presents iLUMINOUS! Buy your tickets now! Giveaway Opportunity!

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Circus Vargas presents iLUMINOUS, a new, high-energy extravaganza that illuminates the wonder and imagination of every child at heart. Arrive 45 minutes early for the interactive pre-show where kids can join the circus! Stay for a post-show meet and greet with the stars. Don’t miss the high-octane Yeromenko on the gymnastic bars, the brother-sister roller skating daredevils, and the Justin … [Read More...]

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SoCal City Kids News

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Nostalgic Sweets Brand holds “Lifetime Supply of Free Cookies” Contest

Otis Spunkmeyer is running a “Lifetime Supply of Free Cookies” contest– no purchase is necessary, to enter folks just have to like or follow Otis Spunkmeyer on any of its social channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).   You may remember Otis Spunkmeyer for its chocolate chip cookies and cupcakes sold at your school cafeteria or local baseball concession stand, but as of this week, … [Read More...]

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Denny’s Offers Guests A Wild Experience At The San Diego Zoo!

Denny’s is offering guests a chance to experience an exciting behind-the-scenes tour at one of Southern California’s most beloved family attractions, the San Diego Zoo. Five (5) lucky winners and their families will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the Zoo’s most exotic animals. “We’re delighted to once again partner with the San Diego Zoo to bring families … [Read More...]

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SALUTE TO 1980s MUSIC WITH TRIBUTES TO DAVID BOWIE AND PRINCE ADDED TO SLATE OF SIX SUMMER EVENINGS AT THE L.A. ZOO June, July, August and September 2016 Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

A salute to 1980s music with tributes to David Bowie and Prince has been added to the Roaring Nights lineup in September by the Los Angeles Zoo during its slate of six unforgettable summer evenings, including the popular four-part "Roaring Nights" Summer Music Series and "Brew at the L.A. Zoo," both for adults only, and "Family Jam at the L.A. Zoo" for youngsters and families.  Guests at all six … [Read More...]

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SIX SUMMER EVENINGS AT THE L.A. ZOO: Bands, Brew and Families, Too! June, July and August 2016 Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

   Sizzling summer nights just got a lot cooler at the Los Angeles Zoo, which brings people together through music, food, craft beer and wildlife at five unforgettable evenings for adults and one for families, including the popular three-part "Roaring Nights" Summer Music Series, "Family Jam at the L.A. Zoo," and "Brew at the L.A. Zoo."  Guests at all six evenings will experience after-hours … [Read More...]

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Free family event at 365 by Whole Foods Market Silver Lake, May 22, 12-3PM

The ultimate pre-party before the first 365 by Whole Foods Market store opens in Silver Lake on May 25! Enjoy snacks from food trucks – Coolhaus, Kogi, Yeastie Boys, Border Grill and Allegro Coffee – an acoustic set with Rocky Duwani, DJ Monalisa, face painting and henna hand painting, games like cornhole and skeeball, a kid’s area and fun giveaways. LA-based non-profit rescue Wags and Walks … [Read More...]

Featured Products

BeachBuddy,co Beach Tent is a Must-Have this Summer!

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Looking for a great tent for the beach this Summer? BeachBuddy.co has an EasyUp beach Sun and Shade Umbrella that is really easy to use! It's a nice little tent..not too big but just perfect for a Mom and kids! I love that it is lightweight and easy to assemble and easy to take down.  It also seems quite durable and comes complete with stakes and a carrying bag. I like that it is not too big to … [Read More...]

SweetLeaf® can help you stay fit and healthy this Summer!

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Looking for a healthier option this Summer than soda and many other flavored drinks? SweetLeaf and SweetLeaf Organics can replace table sugar for everyday sweetening needs with no bitterness or aftertaste. Keep SweetLeaf® Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops™ in the pantry to add award-winning sweetness and flavor to foods, beverages, and favorite recipes. I received samples and they were a hit in our … [Read More...]

Have you tried a2 Milk® yet? Now is your chance to try it for FREE! Also, you have an opportunity to enter a contest for a chance to win a trip to Australia!

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“This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”  Have you tried a2 Milk® yet?  What I like best about a2 Milk® is that it is pure farm fresh milk. My nephew, who is "self-diagnosed" with lactose intolerance issues has tried a2 Milk® by my suggestion and has been quite surprised that he … [Read More...]

Must-Have’s for Spring Time Picnics and Outings!

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Spring is the perfect time for outings at the beach and picnics! Here are our favorite products to take along on Spring time adventures! Bauli Mini Croissants are sure to turn your picnic Parisian with their delightful, light taste. These mini treats are made in a REAL oven with no preservatives and naturally leavened dough and are available in two delicious flavor fillings: chocolate … [Read More...]

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Giveaways

13th ANNUAL PACIFIC ISLANDER FESTIVAL at The Aquarium of the Pacific PACIFIC ISLANDER TICKET GIVEAWAY: Family 4-pack Giveaway Opportunity!

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Experience dance, music, cuisine, and cultural artifacts of the Pacific Islands on Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, at the Aquarium of the Pacific! Discover and explore the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium’s 13th annual Pacific Islander Festival. The festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, … [Read More...]

Melitta Coffee is a Must-Have this Mother’s Day! Mother's Day Giveaway!

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One of my favorite things about waking up in the morning is my morning coffee! I just have to have one cup and I love flavored coffee! This Mother's Day Melitta coffee would make a great gift! They have such a great  variety! My favorites are the Caramel Macchiato and the Parisian Vanilla from the Cafe De Europa collection. Both taste so good! Melitta also has a wide range of products such as … [Read More...]

Mother’s Day with Hallmark! “Inspire & Connect” Mother’s Day Giveaway Opportunity!

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It isn't Mother's Day without Hallmark!  I was thrilled to be selected this year for a Love, Hallmark “Inspire & Connect” Mother’s Day opportunity! I received a  package form Hallmark containing gifts from the heartfelt Ken Sheldon collection, all of which capture fleeting, yet meaningful moments that moms experience on their motherhood journey. I just love this collection! My favorite … [Read More...]

How to teach children to be global citizens! Tips from World Vision this Mother’s Day! Giveaway Opportunity!

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  This spring, I would like to talk about child sponsorship and ways parents can teach children to be global citizens. Following are some tips from World Vision for bringing this concept home:   -       Turn story time into a teachable moment: Learning about other countries and cultures can happen during daily activities. Choose children’s books that accurately portray other … [Read More...]

Media Reviews

“The Little Linebacker” by Stephen Tulloch and Maria Dismondy teaches a valuable life lesson! Illustrated by Heather Heyworth! An inspirational and entertaining story for young children is a must-read!

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  Stephen is a little kid with big dreams of playing football. The odds are against him when he is tested and faced with challenges. This is a story of a boy who worked really hard to defy the odds and become a leader. Have you ever wanted something so much, but it seemed impossible? That’s how it was for Stephen growing up. The odds were against him when all he ever wanted to do was … [Read More...]

A Beautiful Planet, Seen From the International Space Station

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Now playing in IMAX theaters, this film is an exploration of Earth and beyond as seen from the International Space Station. Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence and directed by Toni Myers, it is truly a visual treat and also shows the impact that humans have had on Mother Earth. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Torri P. comments, “Every think looks so realistic. It feels like you are in space with the astronauts. … [Read More...]

The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time by Arianna Huffington

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In her new book, THE SLEEP REVOLUTION: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time (Harmony Books; Hardcover; $26.00; released on April 5, 2016), Arianna illustrates how the combination of the myth that burning out is the necessary price for accomplishment and success, along with the distractions of a 24/7 wired world, has imperiled our sleep as never before, resulting in a global sleep … [Read More...]

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Beauty and Fashion Corner

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Add some Sass to your hairstyle? Try this DIY Hair Bling!

Teenage girls and Tweens will love this one! Glitzies. It's Glitz, It's Glam, It's Jewelry for your Hair! Easy-to-use, stick-on hair accessories for all ages. Adding sparkle to everyone's life with the coolest new hair accessory has never been so easy! Thanks to Glitzies DIY hair bling, fashionable females of all ages can add a bit of sparkle to their look with these easy-to-use, stick-on hair … [Read More...]

Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream SPF 30 Out of Box

Spring Must-Have’s from Olay!

Skin care is something I take rather seriously and Olay is a favorite of mine! Here are two of my new favorites this Spring! The Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream with SPF 30 is a must-have because it really leaves my skin soft and it also has SPF 30! I have been using it for a few weeks now and I have noticed improvement in my skin texture. It is also supposed to reduce the appearance of … [Read More...]

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Bold Eyes and Bold Lips from NYC New York Color and Rimmel London Spring Beauty Must-Haves!

       NYC New York Color  and Rimmel London are going bold! With the launch of the new NYC New York Color Kajal Eye Pencil and Get It All Lip Color, you are sure to stand out for Spring. And with Rimmel London’s new Magnifeyes double ended shadow and liner, you will have all you need for a complete eye look. NEW NYC NEW YORK COLOR GET IT ALL ALL IN ONE LIP COLOR ($2.99) -Comfortable and … [Read More...]

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Splendor Santa Barbara Coconut Oil Soap Sampler

Are you looking for soap that is made with Food-grade coconut oil and has no alcohol, parabens, solfates or artificial colors? Splendor Santa Barbara Coconut Oil Soap Sampler is a real must-buy! I received 6 samples  ( 10 OZ) OF PURE COCONUT OIL SOAP ( Vanilla Oatmeal, Tea Tree, Charcoal and Rose Clay, Lemongrass Poppy Seed, Lavender Rosemary Leaf, and Lavender). First off, these soaps smell … [Read More...]

Pet Corner

Joe Cocker, May 26 Pet of the Week

Joe Cocker is Pet of the Week!

He’s a cocker spaniel and the shelter calls him Joe Cocker—what else? At around 10 years old, Joe’s a young senior with plenty of play in him, and he has nice manners as well. Like his namesake, he enjoys romping about, and he’ll tell you that a good, loving home will get him “feelin’ alright.” Please come and visit Joe at Long Beach Animal Care Services on the shelter side of the P.D. Pitchford … [Read More...]

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Roscoe is Pet of the Week!

Roscoe, a gunmetal (perhaps an inspiration for his name) gray-and-white pit bull terrier, looks as if he has something up his sleeve! No doubt it’s his heart, which he proudly wears there. He’s about 6 years old, is extremely calm, and is gentle on the leash. He’s nonreactive to other dogs, even when they bark at him, and is used to other dogs and kids. Meet this sweetheart on the shelter side of … [Read More...]

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Mac Daddy is Pet of the Week!

Mac Daddy’s enormous head is an asset to him because there’s so much room on it for your hand to pet! In fact, two people might be able to pet him at once—and would he love that! Mac Daddy came in as a stray—he’s about 5 years old with golden fur and a heart to match. Meet him on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A567847. (This … [Read More...]

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Pepper is Pet of the Week!

Is this a face, or what? This Maltese/poodle mix was brought in as a stray wearing a collar with a name tag that read Pepper. Sadly, no one came to claim her, so we kept the name. Pepper is about 6 years old and has as much personality as she shows in her photo. Meet Pepper on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for … [Read More...]