Archives for November 18, 2013

Scandinavian Child Debuts b.box 2014 Collection of On the Go Everyday Feeding and Diapering Essentials

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Scandinavian Child (SCI), a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of innovative, functional and stylish children’s products debuts the 2014 b.box collection of award-winning, on the go feeding and diapering essentials for baby.

Founded in 2007 by Dannielle Michaels and Monique Filer, Australian-based b.box offers an innovative range of design led everyday baby essentials that help to make the lives of parents easier in a fun, functional and stylish way.

Six items will be offered in the 2014 b.box collection including the essential travel bib; essential sippy cup; essential baby spoon; essential snack pack; essential baby bottle & dispenser and essential diaper wallet.

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essential travel bib  

The b.box essential travel bib has meal time wrapped up wherever you are with baby.  This neat and compact bib folds up; zips closed and comes complete with a soft and flexible silicone spoon. A handy catcher is formed when the bib is opened and it includes a loop for added convenience to hang it on a diaper bag or a stroller.  It features an adjustable neck strap and easily wipes clean.   No more zip lock bags!  Just pack the essential travel bib and after baby has finished, simply pop the spoon inside, fold the bib inside the catcher, zip and go.  All the mess is safely contained.  BPA, Phthalates and PVC Free.

Available in six designs: Cherry Delight, Beep Beep, Splish Splash, Flower Power, Shining Star and Retro Circles

Recommended retail: $14.95

 

essential sippy cup

This award-winning b.box essential sippy cup features an innovative weighted straw that allows little ones to drink to the very last drop.  The durable leak proof plastic cup has an easy grip handle and simple flip top lid.  Dishwasher safe and BPA, Phthalates and PVC free.

Available in four colors: Apple, Blueberry, Grape and Raspberry

Recommended retail: $11.95

 

essential baby spoon 

Ideal for starting solids and also for independent eaters, the b.box essential baby spoon offers a flexible soft bite, easy grip handle and large spoon head/tip.  The dishwasher safe silicon spoon comes in a handy twin pack and easily fits inside the essential travel bib.

BPA, Phthalates and PVC free.

Available in a handy twin pack in three stylish color combinations:

Green/Blue, Blue/Red and Purple/Pink

Recommended retail: $6.95

 

essential snack pack

Ideal for meal time on the go, the b.box essential snack pack offers a compact storage container with two compartments and a soft spoon that clips into the lid.

BPA, Phthalates and PVC free.

Available in three stylish color combinations:  Aqualicious, Grape and Pinkalily

Recommended retail: $11.95

 

essential baby bottle & dispenser

The b.box revolutionary essential baby bottle + dispenser features a built-in convenient formula dispenser to prepare at home and feed on the go.  Just scoop, plunge, shake and feed!  Unique dual functionality is also offered as it converts to a conventional bottle.  The 8 oz. essential baby bottle + dispenser is dishwasher and sterilizer safe, includes anti-colic nipples and other leading brand nipples will fit on the bottle.  BPA, Phthalates and PVC Free.

Available in four colors: Aqua Groove, Berry Surprise, Lime Twist and Plum Punch

Recommended retail: $19.95

 

essential diaper wallet

This compact container holds all of the necessities for a quick diaper change on the go.  A built-in dual-access box holds up to 20 wipes.  The essential diaper wallet can store two disposable diapers and a convenient, easy to clean change mat is included as well.

Available in seven fun, fashion forward patterns: Retro Circles, Shining Star, Beep Beep, Flower Power, Falling Leaves, Cherry Delight and Splish Splash. We received a sample of the essential diaper wallet and this is a Must-Have for New Moms! Since my son is no longer a baby, we didn’t try it out but a close friend did and she loves it!  She says, “It is just so handy!” Sometimes she doesn’t need the diaper bag and she said this is perfect!  She highly recommends it for all new moms! 

Recommended retail: $24.95

 

b.box products are the recipient of multiple awards from Australia and internationally including:

 

•             2013 Peekaboo Design Award for Best Travel Product and for Best Bottle Feeding Product

•             2013 Australian Business Award for Best New Product

•             Parent Tested, Parent Approved (PTPA) Winner

•             Finalist, 2013 Mother & Baby Awards

•             2012 Mother & Baby Gold Award, Sippy Cup of the Year

•             2011 Winner, Creative Child Magazine Best Travel Aid

•             2010 AusMumpreneur Award for Product Innovation

•             2010 iParenting Award, Best Product, Gear & Equipment

•             Finalist, UK Practical Parenting Awards

 

The b.box collection is available now at www.svan.com and at leading specialty juvenile products stores nationwide. For more information visit svan.com

 

About Scandinavian Child:

 

Founded in 2002 in Raleigh, North Carolina, SCI is focused on bringing high quality

children’s products to discerning parents.

 

In 2011, Scandinavian Child acquired Svan AB, Sweden-based designer and manufacturer of extraordinary bentwood juvenile furniture.  In addition to b.box, Scandinavian Child brands include Svan, Fertile Mind, Totseat® and Duux.

 

Built on the company philosophy “Childhood Without Compromise,” all SCI products meet the company’s criteria of innovative design, usefulness and safety.

 

For more information, visit www.scichild.com. Follow Svan on:

Twitter: @svanbaby

Pinterest: /svanbaby

Facebook:  /svanbaby

Youtube: svanbaby

 

Follow b.box on:

Twitter: @bboxforkids

Pinterest: /bboxforkids

Facebook: /bboxforkids

Self Disclosure: SoCal City Kids received a product from this line up for purposes of review/feature.

 

Layer On The Shine With New Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Color!

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Looking for bold, shiny nail color with lots of sheen?  Sally Hansen  brings maximum radiance to the season’s most covetable colors with the new Triple Shine Nail Color. Sally Hansen knows that high shine is what you crave. Yet, daily hand washing can eat away at color due to water’s high PH, detergent can dull shine, and everything from chlorine to heat damages polish’s precious luster. Luckily, this innovative formula features a one-of-a-kind Ultimate Shield Complex, designed to help polish withstand the wear and tear of on-the-go living.  As the latest breakthrough from Sally Hansen, the definitive color authority, Triple Shine Nail Color marries sheer brilliance with the shades of the moment for non-stop shine in the colors you covet. I received a few to try out and love how long the color lasted (and I do a lot of dishes!) and also love the extra shine! Triple Shine Nail Color is formulated with an Ultimate Shield Complex, exclusive to Sally Hansen. It is also available in 29 colors in three trend-setting color palettes, including: Iridescence: A range of nine ethereal, pearlescent pastels and shimmering metallics, Pop: A rainbow of ten vibrant polishes in bold brights, Fanta-Sea: A glittering selection of then aquatic tones that evoke the sun-dappled sea. I just love this new nail color! They are quite affordable too! They retail for $4.99 each and can be found at chain drug stores, food stores and mass merchandisers nationally.

Self Disclosure: I received products for free but any opinions expressed are my own.

“Planes” – A Visual Spectacle and a Wonderful Family Film! KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

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If you thought “Cars” was brilliant, then you’ll be sure to love their latest animated adventure, “Planes” which comes out on DVD/Blu-ray November 19. It’s an action-packed comedy about a small plane with big dreams. The only problem is that the plane, Dusty is a crop-duster who’s afraid of heights!  As you can imagine, this makes it very difficult for him to achieve his dreams.  With the help of his best friends Dusty’s future turns a bit brighter. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Brianna Hope B says, “It is a great film. It has hope, adventure and good humor.” Her full review is below.

“Planes”

Reviewed by Brianna Hope B.

Video Review available here: http://youtu.be/-TByz99bmeA

This film is too cute, funny and has great animation.

Dusty, (Dane Cook-Voice) is a basic crop-dusting plane with big dreams of competing in an aerial race. However he is afraid of heights, yes that’s right, heights! In order for him to even get up the nerve to compete and pursue his dreams; he needs the help of his mentor, Skipper, (Stacy Keach-Voice) and his friends.

“Planes” has a good story line and I really like it. It has hope, adventure and good humor with comedians Brad Garrett (Chug-Voice), Sinbad (Roper-Voice) and many more. All the voice actors do a great job portraying their characters. Of course, the 3D animation is spectacular with great detail and lots of lively colors. My favorite scene is when Skipper starts training Dusty and Chug and Dottie (Terri Hatcher-Voice) are talking too loud for Dusty to concentrate. Skipper yells at them to be quiet and they straighten up immediately, but keep talking. This is really funny. My favorite character is Roper, because he says and does the funniest things. He always seems to be rambling about something and is funny.

Writer, Jeffrey M. Howard, writes a comedic script that gives kids something to enjoy and feel good about. Another well known comedian voice cast who I enjoyed in this film is Cedric the Entertainer (Leadbottom-Voice).

As Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”  I really like this and believe this message is demonstrated throughout the film.

I recommend this film for ages 7 to 13. Kids who love Disney animation films will love this one as it is similar to other Disney films. It’s also a great film for the family to see although older teens may not be too interested in it.

I give “Planes” 4 out of 5 stars because I would like to see more originality and uniqueness, but overall it is a great film and I really enjoy watching it. I know you will too. Reviewed by Brianna Hope B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

Brianna Hope B. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

 

 

Dino Tracks By Rhonda Lucas Donald and Illustrated by Cathy Morrison Buy it at Sylvan Dell Publishing

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Step back in time and follow dinosaur tracks around the world. Whether made by a few dinosaurs or large groups, these tracks provide clues to the movement and behavior of these lovable ancient creatures. What dinosaurs made the tracks and what do scientists think they were doing when they made them? The author tells the story in rhythmic rhyme that may be sung to the tune of Over the River and Through the Woods. We received this book to review and found it very educational and perfect for ages 4-8 years old. Another thing we love about the books from Sylvan Dell Publishing is the section at the back of the book titled ” For Creative Minds” and this book had fun Dinosaur Puzzles and Scientists, Dinosaur True or False and Tracks Around The World.  Available in hardcover for $17.95 or paperback for $9.95 and can be found at Sylvan Dell Publishing.

Self Disclosure: I received this book free but any opinions expressed are my own.

Holiday Treats for the Animals festival at Aquarium of the Pacific Saturday & Sunday, December 7-8, 2013

Holiday Treats Flyer 2013

Don’t miss this wonderful family event at the Aquarium.

 

With flyer receive FREE CHILD admission with paid adult.

Please print this flyer and bring it to the ticket window during the festival!

 

DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS ROCKIN’ EVER AFTER Giveaway Opportunity!

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Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After, an all-new live production coming to the Southland!  A cast of world-class skaters brings your favorite moments from Disney•Pixar’s BRAVE, Tangled, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast to life in a musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom.

Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from the Academy Award-winning Disney•Pixar film, BRAVE, competes to win the heart of adventurous, sharp-shooting Merida, making her on-ice debut!  Experience a show-stopping performance as Sebastian breaks out of his shell for one night only to make waves with Ariel.  A chorus of harmless hooligans from Tangled unleashes musical mayhem when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn. And, get your feet moving as the Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle.  It will be a rockin’ remix of royalty when Disney On Ice brings this superstar line-up to Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire and Long Beach!

 We have teamed up for a Giveaway! You must be a subscriber to enter! Next, leave a comment below telling us your favorite Disney character! Deadline to enter is November 24th, 2013 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries. The winner will win 2  weekday ticket vouchers! (Admitting 2)

Self Disclosure: I have received free ticket vouchers to sponsor this giveaway.

 

Babyhome Emotion Named Winner Best Everyday Stroller, 2013 SheKnows Parenting Awards Annual SheKnows Parenting Awards Recognizes Winning Products for Parents and Kids

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Barcelona, Spain — (November 2013) –Barcelona, Spain-based Babyhome, a manufacturer of highly designed, extremely functional and lightweight baby products is pleased to announce that their Emotion stroller has been selected as Best Everyday Stroller in the 2013 SheKnows Parenting Awards.  SheKnows, LLC (www.sheknows.com) is an award-winning women’s media platform and a top lifestyle site with a network of more than 40 million unique visitors per month (comScore 2013).  The SheKnows Parenting Awards is the premiere awards program that recognizes the pregnancy and parenting products that moms and kids love.

 

SheKnows’ fourth annual Parenting Awards recognizes products and services for children and parents that stand out in the areas of functionality, durability, innovation, convenience, price and overall excellence. The SheKnows editorial team reviewed nearly 200 products, and the SheKnows user community cast more than 18,000 votes to help choose this year’s winners. Categories ranged from baby gear and pregnancy essentials to baby and toddler toys and tablets for kids.

 

“We are honored to be the recipient of this coveted award from one of the leading lifestyle sites for women,” said Stellario D’Urso, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Babyhome USA.  “Our Emotion stroller being selected among the hundreds of submissions they received is an incredible achievement.  Thank you to the SheKnows editors and of course to our Babyhome fans worldwide for their votes.”

 

“The SheKnows Parenting Awards are a great resource for parents who want recommendations on products and services that are vetted by their peers, especially as the holiday season approaches,” said Kristin Bustamante, SheKnows Editorial Director. “Each year, the Parenting Awards gets bigger and better. We are proud to work with so many great companies and would like to extend our congratulations to Babyhome.”

 

Babyhome’s Emotion stroller is designed for parents who seek an affordable, lightweight stroller without having to sacrifice the latest design trends and functionality.  Emotion comes complete with a mosquito net and rain shield.  It also offers an adjustable seat that will hold up to 55lbs, a footrest, waterproof canopy, large shopping basket and removable wheels – all of which can be folded easily and compactly.

 

For more information on the Babyhome Emotion stroller visit

http://www.babyhome.es/us/en/products/emotion .  Watch the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvg_1zOEI50.

 

For more information about the SheKnows Parenting Awards and to view winners, finalists and the Editor’s Choice picks in each category, go to http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/awards/parenting-awards-2013.

 

About SheKnows

SheKnows, LLC is an award-winning women’s media platform and a top lifestyle site with a network of more than 40 million unique visitors per month (comScore 2013). The SheKnows family of sites ranges from entertainment and parenting to beauty and food. Our mission is to connect women’s interests in real-time and in real voices, celebrating the everyday “experts among us.” We enable brands to distribute authentic content and integrated advertising at scale to influence preferences and drive purchases. SheKnows is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The company also operates internationally, with sites in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.

 

About Babyhome

Based in Barcelona, Spain, Babyhome offers a dynamic range of award-winning high quality stylish, functional and affordable child care products.  The range includes a stroller, sleep cot, highchair, and bed rails and the so-ro wooden cradle collection.  Babyhome’s U.S. offices are located in Budd Lake, New Jersey.  For more information on Babyhome products visit www.babyhome.es.

 

Visit Babyhome on:

Facebook: facebook.com/babyhomeofficial

Youtube: youtube.com/babyhomeofficial

Twitter: @babyhome_social

Pinterest: pinterest.com/babyhome