Archives for June 2012

READING RAINBOW IS BACK AND IT’S AN APP! LeVar Burton Reinvents the Beloved Brand and Inspires Reading for Today’s Digital Kids


Reading Rainbow host and producer, LeVar Burton,  reimagines the iconic brand as a reading adventure App designed especially for the iPad.
Designed for children 3-9 years of age, the App delivers a library of hundreds of curated books and allnew videos presented in a world of adventure and discovery. Traveling to themed islands, such as Animal Kingdom, My Friends, My Family and Genius Academy, kids find a variety of books and videos customized to their age and interests. The App brings together books from numerous acclaimedchildren’s publishers. Each book comes alive with audio storytelling by celebrity actors, including spoken word Grammy winner Burton himself, and features light animations and related activities to enhance the story.  [Read more…]

Umi Children’s Shoes for the Summer! Water-friendly Shoes!

Looking for shoes for your children this Summer? Umi has water-friendly shoes! We received a pair of the boys Racer(Ocean/Dark Navy) shoes and my son loves them! The racing stripes on hook & loop closures make these sandals comfortable and also very stylish.  These open-toed sandals also have removable, machine washable anti-bacterial inner soles. [Read more…]

Congrats to the Giveaway Winners!

Congrats to the following Winners:

Tracy Owens- The Chronicle Books Father Day Giveaway!

Karla- The Nudo Father’s Day Giveaway!

Suzanne A- The Hallmark Father’s Day Giveaway!

Jina A- The Sam and the Sugar Bug Giveaway!

Cheyenne R- Lunchbox Love for Summer Camp Giveaway from Say Please!


Today’s Plum Steal from Armstrong Garden Centers $15 for $30 worth of Plants, Gardening Supplies and more

Looking for a great deal to make your yard more beautiful? Plum District has the deal for you! Add beauty to your oasis with today’s deal from Armstrong Garden Centers. For $15, get $30 worth of lush, gorgeous plants, useful garden supplies, decor, gifts, and more. Whether you’re looking for vines, citrus or fruit trees, basil plants, tree ferns, iris bulbs, shovels, trowels, or ground cover, Armstrong has it all. If you have questions or need some guidance, feel free to ask a friendly Armstrong Associate. Their customer service is second to none!  [Read more…]

Alphabetown USA launches line of fun and educational children’s books Engaging series helps teach and encourage young ones to read through the use of lively characters and illustrations and worthy life lessons

Imagine living in Alphabetown USA , populated by letters from the alphabet which  come alive, have their own personality and teach young children word formation.  The new Alphabetown USA series of stories from Beaner Books features the titles Where is Ziggy?Hannah’s Homework and Catena Goes Camping followed this summer by the introduction of Madison’s Magical Adventure.

The Alphabetown USA series was developed by Ryan and Nicole Mayer, a husband and wife team from Rolesville, North Carolina and is illustrated by artist Russ Simmons. The first Alphabetown book, Where Is Ziggy? , prior to its official publication was made available for use in local elementary schools. Where Is Ziggy? went on to receive an Honorable Mention at the 2008 NYC Book Festival for Best New Children’s Book. [Read more…]

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

The first Madagascar movie hit the screens in 2005, racked up a number of awards wins and nominations (including an ASCAP award for composer Hans Zimmer and a Kids Choice award for Chris Rock as the voice of Marty) and spawned two sequels and a TV series in seven short years. The latest from DreamWorks is Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, with the voices now indelibly associated with the main characters: Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Cedric the Entertainer.

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Father’s Day with Hallmark! Giveaway!


Father’s Day is almost here! Hallmark and special occasions always go together! We received a “Hallmark’s Dad Has Character” gift pack from our friends at Hallmark to review and am excited to tell you all about these fun products for Dad!  The Father’s Day greeting cards are simply the best at Hallmark! Make dad the star with Hallmark’s new Father’s Day cards that are full of new tricks and stunts including alternative action, fiber optic lights, pop-ups and even lip-sync sound. New superhero greetings also let you give dad a card that’s as exciting and action-packed as he is. The ones with sound effects and lights were a big hit with my son and I and we can’t wait to give our favorite card to my husband this Father’s Day!  Hallmark also has interactive type books that make the greatest gifts for Dad! We received the Conversations To Keep Recordable Interview Book  titled “Dad & Me.”  My son had so much fun recording this book for his Dad on Father’s Day. It has great questions like: “If you and Dad were inventors, what would your first invention be? How would you use it?”  You could have your child answer and record the questions and surprise Dad on Father’s Day or they could do this one together! What a wonderful keepsake and it’s fun too!  Then there are the Recordable Storybooks. Hallmark’s popular library of Recordable Storybooks let you and dad bring story time to life. Escape on an adventure with Curious George in Curious You on Your Way or race to the finish line with Lightning McQueen in Lightning McQueen and his Winning Team. We received Curious George (since we’re all fan’s of Curious George in our household) and this is such a fun story! The best thing about these books is that you can read and record them for your child or they can read it themselves and give it to Dad or Grandfather too!  These products can be found at local Hallmark Stores near you so don’t miss them! Father’s Day is Sunday!

We’re also excited to announce that Hallmark has teamed up with us for a Father’s Day giveaway!  You must be a subscriber to enter! Deadline to enter is on Father’s Day at 12 pm. Simply, complete the entry form below. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

Enter to win!

Enter to win our Hallmark Father's Day giveaway!





Nudo’s New Gift Set for Father’s Day! Giveaway!

Father's Day Gift

Father’s Day Gift Package

This Father’s Day, celebrate Dad over a delicious homemade Italian feast made with the new Aglio, Olio, Pepperoncino Gift Set from Nudo (, the company best known for its Adopt-An-Olive-Tree Program. This special Father’s Day gift set includes everything you or your father will need to prepare the classic Italian dish, spaghetti aglioolio e peperoncino (spaghetti with garlic, olive oil and chili peppers).


The conveniently packaged set with artisanal Italian products is perfect for foodie Fathers who are happiest spending time in the kitchen. Or, let Dad sit back, relax and enjoy a classic Italian meal cooked especially for him.

Nudo’s Aglio, Olio, Pepperoncino Gift Set ($22.00) includes:

·      One 250ml tin of Nudo’s olive oil, stone ground with fresh Italian garlic

·      One 500g box of organic spaghetti

·      One 50g box of dried Calabrian chillies

·      One beautifully designed, reusable Nudo spaghetti tin

·      One recipe card for spaghetti aglioolio e pepperoncino, a classic Italian dish

We received this wonderful product and Nudo’s products are always the freshest tasting!  If you haven’t tried their olive oil…you really need to put it on your list of things to try!  SoCal City Kids is excited to announce that Nudo has teamed up with us for a special Father’s Day giveaway!  You must be a subscriber to enter!  Complete our entry form below! Deadline to enter is June 21st at 12 pm. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

Enter to win!

Enter to win our Hallmark Father's Day giveaway!