Featured SoCal Events and Services

CHILDREN’S ALBUM GRAMMY® Nominees Perform at Lucky Strike in Hollywood on Saturday, February 13 All five nominees perform a public show for families; ticket proceeds benefit music in the schools! Giveaway Opportunity!

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The Children’s Recording Arts Alliance announces the seventh annual charity benefit performance featuring all five of this year’s children's album GRAMMY® Award nominees. This year’s public concert at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, CA, will be held on Saturday, February 13,2016 at 11 am to 12 noon. All ticket sales benefit the Symphonic  Jazz Orchestra’s music in the schools program. SiriusXM … [Read More...]

A Visit to the Burke Williams Day Spa is the perfect Valentine’s Day Gift! Special Valentine's Day Giveaway Opportunity!

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If you ask me what the perfect Valentine's Day Gift would be..what would I say? I definitely would say a visit to the Spa! Let me rephrase that...not any Spa..it would have to be a visit to a Burke Williams Day Spa. I recently had the opportunity to visit the Burke Williams Torrance location to check out the Spa services and also receive a Nourishing Facial. It was one of the best facials I … [Read More...]

Rubio’s is the place to go!

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    Looking for a fun place to eat? Rubio's is this month't top choice! I love the seafood burritos and the Chicken Tortilla Soup is back on the menu for a limited time. The Chicken Tortilla Soup is back by popular demand, thanks to the thousands of Rubio’s fans that requested its return to the menu. The savory combination of grilled chicken, citrus rice and chicken broth is topped with … [Read More...]

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates Lunar New Year from January 30 – February 14 featuring Special “Year of the Monkey” Festivities, Asian-Inspired Food, and a Mandarin-Speaking MEGATRON Character from the Park’s “Transformers: The Ride-3D” Thrill Ride Special Shenzhen Performances Will Take Place on Saturday, February 13

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Universal Studios Hollywood marks Lunar New Year and the “Year of the Monkey” with a traditional celebratory event featuring Shenzhen performances, Asian-inspired food, thematic décor and a special Mandarin-speaking MEGATRON character from the park’s popular thrill ride, “Transformers™:  The Ride-3D.” The special Lunar New Year celebration begins on Saturday, January 30 and continues through … [Read More...]

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SoCal City Kids News

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Universal Studios Hollywood Introduces EZ Rez, an Innovative, Easy-to-Use Online Ticket Reservation System Designed to Deliver Top Tier Consumer Benefits

For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood is introducing EZ Rez™, an innovative, easy-to-use online ticket purchasing system featuring an array of new consumer benefits designed to enhance visits to The Entertainment Capital of L.A. as the world-class destination continues its unparalleled investment in an ambitious epic transformation. In addition to affording guests the unique … [Read More...]

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The GRAMMY Museum® and Queens Museum To Celebrate the Ramones’ 40th Anniversary With A New Two-Part Exhibition Hey! Ho! Let's Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk Debuts April 10, 2016 at Queens Museum in New York and in Los Angeles at the GRAMMY Museum on Sept. 16, 2016

The GRAMMY Museum® in Los Angeles and the Queens Museum in New York have announced they are partnering to present an unprecedented two-part exhibition celebrating the lasting influence of punk rock progenitors the Ramones. Hey! Ho! Let's Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk will open on April 10, 2016, at the Queens Museum in New York. It then moves to Los Angeles on Sept. 16, 2016, where the second … [Read More...]

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New-Fun Development Toy

Ollies Blocks is launching its line of unique wooden building blocks for kids. The tactile blocks interlock to allow children to create various objects and explore their creativity while playing with eco-friendly products with a nostalgic design. They encourage imagination and spatial recognition by using three of the four types of child learning; visual, tactile, and kinesthetic. Check it … [Read More...]

GRAMMY Museum To Honor Lady Gaga At 2016 Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon Annual Luncheon Benefitting the Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award Program, Which Encourages Teachers To Utilize Music As A Tool to Enhance the Academic Experience, Will be Held Monday, April 4, 2016

Six-time GRAMMY® Award winner Lady Gaga will be the recipient of the Jane Ortner Artist Award at the GRAMMY Museum®'s 2016 Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon on April 4, 2016 at Ron Burkle's Green Acres home in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Artist Award honors a performer who has demonstrated passion and dedication to education through the arts. The recipient of this year's Jane Ortner Education … [Read More...]

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Rancho Los Cerritos 2016 Lecture Series “The Bixbys in Southern California: Legacy of a Pioneering Family”

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Bixby family’s arrival in Southern California, Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site’s 2016 lecture series will focus on the contributions of these Long Beach pioneers. The series will take place on Saturday mornings, 10am-11:30am, in the Rancho’s Sunporch. Seating is limited so advance reservations are requested. Admission will be $7 per person ($5/students … [Read More...]

Featured Products

Bake for Family Fun Month

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Did you know that February is National Bake for Family Fun Month? Here are five simple recipes from Country Crock ― perfect for Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day celebrations ― that families can bake together! Mardi Gras ― Bring the celebration to your kitchen by getting the whole family involved in making a traditional Three Kings Cake. It’s a great way to kick off this week-long … [Read More...]

Introducing 2016’s Hot New Superfood! Shakeology has a new flavor!

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Shakeology has a new flavor this year!  Café Latte! Shakeology is a premium superfood shake containing healthy ingredients including super-proteins, super-fruits, super-greens, antioxidants, adaptogen herbs, pre and pro-biotics, and digestive enzymes. The amazing benefits come from herbs, roots, fruits, and vegetables that range from the commonly known, like pomegranate and blueberry, to the … [Read More...]

2 Altarmoss Nessie Soup Ladle – Set Of 2 Spoons are a must-buy!

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It's that time of the year that I am more likely to make more soup and eat more soup! So, the 2 Altarmoss Nessie Soup Ladle - Set Of 2 Spoons have become one of my favorite products in the Kitchen! They are made from 100% food grade nylon and I love that they are pretty heat resistant and super easy to clean! They are safe to clean in the dishwasher but not safe for microwave use. They slightly … [Read More...]

Get Ready for the Big Game Day with Whole Foods Market!

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Looking for some great snack food items for the Big Game Day? Whole Foods market has your covered! I recently went shopping there and found great appetizers, chips and a really delicious guacamole with Kale! But, here are also a few recipes from our friends at Whole Foods Market that I am excited to make this weekend! Recipe credit:  Megan Myers. Buffalo Cauliflower Bites Recipe I … [Read More...]

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Giveaways

“Be Mine” Valentine’s Day Giveaway Sponsored by Mommy Scene

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We are very excited to share with you an awesome "Be Mine" Valentine's Day Giveaway sponsored by Mommy Scene and filled with lots of amazing natural products and fun stuff for families! You won't want to miss this giveaway! It's packed with so many wonderful prizes! Be Mine Gift Set Bun Maternity Classic Black Cozy Nursing Hoodie + Cozy Nursing Tee Wythe and Berry Organic Vegan Creams - … [Read More...]

Hallmark Puzzles- Marina Dreams Giveaway Opportunity!

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I love beautiful puzzles and I love walks at the beach especially seeing the Marina at sunset time. So, when I saw this puzzle from Hallmark titled Marina Dreams...I was more than thrilled to be able to feature. It's a nice size puzzle of 1000 pieces and it's simply beautiful! I like that the pieces are sturdy and I can't wait to put this one together this Winter with my son. It is the perfect … [Read More...]

Michael Phillip Cash has a new book: “The History Major” Giveaway Opportunity that you don't want to miss!

Don't miss this giveaway! Michael Phillip Cash is one of my favorite authors! Michael Phillip Cash is at it again with his newest novella and 12th book, The History Major. Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He's written the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist, Monsterland … [Read More...]

PlayKids app is great for the Holidays! Giveaway Opportunity!

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Certainly, one of the most pressing questions for today’s parents is how much “screen time” to allow and the reality is that mobile devices are everywhere.   Over 75% of kids have access to a “smart” mobile device at home -- causing an untold amount of parental worry about what constitutes the “right” amount of screentime.   There is no “right” amount of screen time, nor is the … [Read More...]

Media Reviews

Books of the week!

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Here are the top picks of the week! It’s the question that no parent or teacher wants to ask a child: “Are you being bullied?” However, with the release of ‘Pinky’, a new book by Josephine DeFeis, educators and caregivers may be able to let another authority do the talking for once. ‘Pinky’ does the difficult job of reaching out to children of all ages, and acts as a gateway for adults … [Read More...]

Earth science and astronomy series will premiere February 15, 2016 on PBS KIDS

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READY JET GO! will premiere Monday, February 15, 2016 on PBS KIDS (check local listings). “PBS KIDS is excited to offer a new series that expands on kids’ natural interest in science and astronomy,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Media, PBS. “Extending PBS KIDS’ mission to use the power of media to spark children’s curiosity, READY JET GO! encourages a love of learning and … [Read More...]

Hullabaloo album, I Chew "You Are Loved" video from Hullabaloo

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Looking ahead to Valentine's Day on Sunday, here's some mighty sweet love from Steve Denyes of Hullabaloo, who teaches kids three American Sign Language signs as he sings "You Are Loved." https://youtu.be/IovWKtTuKgY Here's a short and sweet bit of poetry for kids from the beloved "free-range, organic" duo, Hullabaloo: https://youtu.be/ci6Mn7XmiGg "You Are Loved" is heard on the … [Read More...]

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Beauty and Fashion Corner

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Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream is Beauty Must-Have!

From the brand behind America’s #1 selling CC Cream, Olay introduces the Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream. This dermatologist-tested, all-in-one multi-tasker goes beyond what most BB and CC Creams provide by instantly improving the appearance of pores and uneven skin tone for a flawless, airbrushed finish. I prefer BB and CC Creams over the usual foundation so I was quite thrilled … [Read More...]

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Let Duri Be Your Valentine!

L-R: Everyday is a Valentine, Cupid Rules, Iced Roses, Unexpected Kiss, and Sweetheart. Looking for an eye-catching and romantic gift to tuck alongside the traditional box of chocolates and roses?  Duri Cosmetics provides the perfect match for true love this Valentine's Day with five new “3 free” non toxic tantalizing hues to set the mood and paint on the love with a perfect amour-inspired … [Read More...]

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Beauty Brands is having a Sale!

Beauty Brands stores and www.beautybrands.com is having their Liter Sale, which features select shampoo, conditioner and body wash liters and value sizes for only $14.99!  Consumers can save up to 72% on their favorite hair care until February 6th!  Examples of featured brands include: Abba, AG, American Crew, Biolage, Blower, Brocato, Bosley, CHI, Joico, Kenra, Matrix, Redken, Rock Your Hair, … [Read More...]

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Frankincense Essential Oil by Simply Earth is a Must-Buy!

I really like this Frankincense essential oil. I have to admit that I hadn't heard of this one before trying it but I really like using it in the aroma diffuser that I have. It has a pleasant woody smell. I also heard that it is good for colds and I am planning to try it next time I have a cold. I am very pleased with this product and highly recommend. More info: Frankincense Essential Oil - … [Read More...]

Pet Corner

Bishop, FEbruary 11 Pet of the WEek Pet of the Week

Bishop is Pet of the Week!

Bishop, a 4-year-old Staffie/American bulldog mix, came to the shelter as a stray. He has a microchip, but his owners never came for him—Bishop’s deaf, which makes the story even sadder. But he loves human attention, enjoys all handling, and, despite his handicap, knows basic commands and is playful and fun. No special training is requiring for him. Can this Bishop capture the heart of a king or … [Read More...]

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A Great Valentine’s Day Gift for your Pup!

Looking for something a little different for your Dog this upcoming Valentine's Day? Yes, I am one of those dog owners who thinks her dog deserves a special treat for every holiday! Canine Cupcakes Pawty In A Jar is a must-buy and your pup will love it! So, what is it? It is a dog treat in a jar! Easy to transport, great for special occasions and wait! Did I tell you that your dog will love it? … [Read More...]

Leonardo, February 4 Pet of the Week

Leonardo is Pet of the Week!

Leonardo came to our shelter ill with respiratory disease bordering on pneumonia. Our vet staff saved him just in time. Leonardo is a big, handsome brown tabby, 4 years old, with soft fur and a cuddly disposition. He’s had a few stress issues that manifested in some urinary-tract infections, which likely stemmed from suddenly being placed in the shelter, but he’s fine now and really needs his … [Read More...]

Leia, January 28 Pet of the Week

Leia is the Pet of the Week

One person’s trash is not just another’s treasure. Leia, a 3-year-old American Staffie mix, is a jewel to every shelter volunteer and staff member. She richly deserves her name and princess tiara. Leia was found by a good Samaritan in a dumpster. She was as skinny as a rail and had apparently seen some tough times. But you wouldn’t know it—she loves to be petted and rewards you with sweet, gentle … [Read More...]