Archives for June 21, 2014

Pet360.com Officially Launches SUMMER OF PETS Week 1 – STARTS TODAY! – Stress & Anxiety

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Everything you need to know about #SummerOfPets Week 1 – Stress & Anxiety!

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On July 4, Oh Say Can You See..Fireworks and Your Cat’s Comfort

 “This article was originally published at Pet360.com”

Brilliant, glittery bursts of color and sparkle grace the skies on the Fourth of July, and human “Ahhhhhs” can be heard as we marvel at the fireworks crackling and ka-booming across the summer evening.

For cats, this traditional display of Independence Day (a holiday whose message is fervently embraced by felines) is less about appreciation, more about anxiety. Loud sounds, especially sudden, harsh noises, startle the purr out of felines, who are highly sensitive to anything loud. Noise assaults their tender ears and sends them scrambling for cover: they only know “loud” means unknown and scary.

My late one-eyed tabby Yoda was so fearful of July Fourth fireworks—which were too close for comfort, taking place at a high school field across the street—that I kept all the windows closed, the AC on high and TV at a conversational level to keep him from freaking too much. Even so, he could feel the air ruffled by that muted “BOOM” and sizzling aftermath, and spent every July Fourth curled in a far corner under the bed. Worse for Yoda: one summer the town sponsored a weekly band concert followed by fireworks, every Thursday through Labor Day.

Your feline could be mellower, so the sound of fireworks and/or loud music may be no more interesting than the occasional backfiring truck. But if your kitty reacts keenly to noises, you can easily prepare for the sounds of summertime, especially those near your home.

If you’ll be around on the night of the fireworks, your presence will reassure your pet that no, the world is not under attack! Just as I did for Yoda, you can batten down the hatches till the last firecracker fades. But if you’re planning to be out enjoying the festivities, attend to your cat first. Secure him in a room without windows if possible—an interior bathroom is great. With litter box, bed, fresh water, food, night light and a radio set to classical tunes, your cat can weather the celebration in purrfect feline style: by ignoring it.

If your cat is very nervous or excitable, you may be tempted to tranquilize him. NEVER EVER give human medication to a cat. Before even thinking of administering anything to your pet, speak to your vet first. She’s the best judge of what your cat needs, and may recommend one of the pet-specific products that can provide a calming touch in situations like July Fourth or on car trips.Holistic spirit essences offered by Jackson Galaxy, the tattooed “Cat Daddy,” are popular choices. The ‘Stress Stopper’ version is excellent for fireworks-shy cats. Similar products like Cat Calm Down and Rescue Remedy are also available. A few drops on a paw or tongue, or in water/food, a light spritz on toys or in his room, will ease feline anxiety for several hours—plenty of time for the final rocket’s red glare to vanish in the air. Ka-BOOM!

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Penguin Chicks Hatch At The Aquarium Of The Pacific The chicks were born to first-time parents Kate and Avery and Patsy and Noodles, residents of the Aquarium’s June Keyes Penguin Habitat

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 The Aquarium of the Pacific is announcing the birth of two Magellanic penguin chicks. One of the chicks is less than a week old and was born to first-time parents Patsy and Noodles. Kate and Avery are also first-time parents with a two-and-a-half week old chick. The penguin chicks are currently being cared for by their parents in their nest burrows in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. The Aquarium expects the chicks to be viewable by the public when they leave their nests and join the other birds in the main areas of the penguin habitat later this summer.

 

Magellanic Penguins are a temperate species native to the coasts of Argentina and Chile in South America. It takes between thirty-eight and forty-three days of incubation before a Magellanic Penguin egg will hatch. The chicks hatch with their eyes closed, and they are able to open their eyes about a week later. Magellanic Penguin parents take turns incubating the eggs on the nest and feeding and raising the chicks after they hatch. The chicks fledge, or replace their downy newborn feathers with water-tight sub-adult feathers, after about ninety days. The Aquarium’s penguin chicks are expected to fledge in late August or early September and join the other penguins in the viewable parts of the exhibit in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. It is also around that time that we may know if they are male or female. In the meantime, the public can help support the penguins at the nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific through the Adopt an Animal program. Adoptions start at $25 and include various benefits such as a photo of your adopted animal, adoption certificate, invitations to special events, and more.  Adopt an Animal is one of the many giving programs at the Aquarium of the Pacific, which is a nonprofit institution that recently earned a 4-out-of-4 score from Charity Navigator for financial health, accountability, and transparency.

  The chicks will be viewable when they leave their nests. Expected in late Aug./early Sept. 

Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Photo Credit : Robin Riggs

 

 

Say Goodbye to Pesky Pores

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Did you know that the average adult female has five million pores on her body? According to a recent research study that surveyed more than 2,000 adults, women have become increasingly concerned with the size of their pores. The results revealed very interesting facts that we just had to share:

  • 45% of women wish they could change the size of their pores
  • 28% of women are more concerned about their pore size than wrinkles
  • 19% of women edit or filter photos before posting to hide skin imperfections
  • 13% of women have avoided taking selfies because they are self-conscious of their pore size

People have become so obsessed and self-conscious about their pores that dermatologists are now coining the term “porexia.” We anticipate that this will become a fast-growing trend and wanted to make sure you’re armed with the latest pore correcting technology from RéVive Skincare.

  • RéVive Pore Correctif, ($225) is a multi-action repair serum that reduces the size of existing pores and improves skin’s firmness and elasticity. What differentiates Pore Correctif from other products on the market is brand founder Dr. Gregory Bays Brown’s discovery of Pore Repair Complex; a blend of enzymes and amino acids that encourage aged skin cells to flatten when they reach skin’s surface. This technique mimics the way young, healthy cells operate in order to reduce the size of existing pores and restore a youthful expression.

Say goodbye to pesky pores and hello to beautiful looking!

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Self Disclosure: No compensation or products were received to post. Credit:  RéVive Skincare.

 

LumenX Bike Light

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Looking for a bike light that will work on any bike? I love the LumenX Bike Light! I love the quality of this bike light and how sturdy it is! It is easy to mount on a bike and was easy to even mount on my son’s bike. No real tools are needed and I also like how bright it is. I highly recommend for everyone with a bike.I also really like that it can be removed and used as a flashlight. This really is a Must-Have for riding a bike at night.

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The Lumenx mountable bicycle headlight is a powerfful 2-in-1 portable LED bike light that will shine up to 500 feet and can effectively light up your path every time. Its LED lights are shockproof with a higher light output and life span than other competitive incandescent bulbs.

It fits around any handlebar, seat post frame tube and more.

Guaranteed to be made of the highest quality materials and gives the highest safety and security possible.

Characteristics:
*Up to 500 feet light visibility
*1x – 2000x zoom and flash mode
*Made up of durable military grade aluminum
*Flexible silicone water resistant body
*Energy-saving feature that ensures long lasting battery life.

You can find it on Amazon and it retails for $25.77.

 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Laura Mercier Lip Shades for Summer

Summer is finally here! We encourage you to enjoy the fruits of the season with one of these luscious lip colours from Laura Mercier:

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Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Fresh Raspberry, $27image003 image004
Stickgloss Lip Colour in Pomegranate, $23 image005 image006
Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Mango, $27 image007 image008
Gel Lip Colour in Clementine, $23 image009 image010
Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Strawberry Sorbet, $27 image011image012

I received samples of the Strawberry Sorbet and the Mango and I love these fun, bright summer colors! I also love how this lip color glides on smoothly.These really are a Must-Have for the summer!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to feature but any opinions expressed are my own. Photo Credit: Laura Mercier.

 

 

The Signal – A Sci-Fi Thriller Unlike The Norm KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

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If you’re a sci-fi fan and are tired of the same old thing then, this film might be just the thing for you. A trio of MIT students take off on a road trip and are drawn to an isolated area by a computer genius. When everything suddenly goes dark, Nic regains consciousness – only to find himself in a waking nightmare. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Raven D., age 16 comments, “This is one of the weirdest films I have ever seen but, I love it.” See her full review below.

 

The Signal

Reviewed by Raven Devanney

 

Best friends Nic and Jonah embark on a road trip with their close friend Haley to help her move to California. Along the way, Nic and Jonah continue corresponding with a computer genius known to them as Nomad. Nomad previously hacked into their college’s computer system and, being computer programmers themselves, they aim to one-up this mysterious hacker. They trace the IP address from the emails they’ve been receiving and intend to confront who ever is “messing” with them. But when they are lead to a small abandoned home in a desolate area, things take an unexpected turn. When Nic awakes from unconsciousness he finds himself in a government testing facility and what he learns is more shocking than anything he could have ever imagined.

 

This is one of the weirdest films I have ever seen but, I love it. The cinematography is absolutely incredible. Most of the film is centered more around the visuals than the  dialogue. This film shows a lot of flashbacks and memories throughout that are shown mostly in slow motion and the film work is very artistic and thoughtful. The soundtrack is incredible. Since there is little to no dialogue, at times the music often carries the emotion and intent of the film. The music contains quite a bit of ambient noise and definitely has a spooky sci-fi feel to it. Not only is the music a vital part to the film, but there are almost always strange, off-setting, whirring sounds that play in the background. It gives the feel that something is about to happen which is a nice way to add some edge and unease.

 

The reason I say this is one of the weirdest movies I have ever seen is because I can honestly say there were very few moments when I completely knew what was going on in the film. This movie does not explain what is happening throughout the whole thing, it gives no real background info on the characters, what happened to them, where they really are, nothing. Throughout the movie I kept thinking that there would be a big reveal and everyone would say “Oh, I get it now!.” But, that came in a very surprising way. There is a big reveal at the very last minute of the film but honestly, it left my friend and I with more questions than before. Although I spent the 95 minutes of this film terribly confused, it isn’t a bad thing at all. In fact, it’s brilliant. Director William Eubank only gives the audience as much information as the character Nic has in this film. And, after suffering major head trauma and being told very little, Nic has barely any information to work off of or any idea what is going on. So in a sense, the audience is being forced to feel what Nic is feeling complete with his frustration and confusion. It’s a very immersive movie experience and, like I said, it’s brilliant.

 

Unfortunately I can’t share my favorite scene, or any scene really without taking away from actually watching the film. But I can talk about the incredible cast and characters. There are very few speaking roles in the film, only six actually. But these six characters are fantastic. Of course there is the main trio, Nic, played by Brenton Thwaites, Haley, played by Olivia Cooke and Jonah, played by Beau Knapp.

 

Nic is an interesting character and also the main one. I’m assuming he suffers from MS or some degenerative disease because in the beginning of the film he is walking around with forearm crutches and mentions that he’ll need a wheelchair but, in flashbacks you see him running and walking around freely. However this is never explained. He is such a great character because as I mentioned before, he is confused about what is going on throughout 95% of the film. Brenton does a phenomenal job portraying this sense of panic and frustration at being so lost. His actions and reactions seem so authentic to his character and he has a wonderful way that invites the audience to join him in his ups and downs. Jonah is also a really great character. He is very quirky but also crazy intelligent and, although he is not in a large portion of the film, he is able to shed some light on what is potentially happening to them. I love Haley because Olivia Cooke plays my favorite character on “Bates Motel” so it is really cool to see her playing a more mature role. Haley is what drives Nic to do pretty much everything he does in the film because the two of them are in a relationship. It is very nice to have such sentimental and caring interactions throughout this film since everything else is quite intense. I can’t discuss the rest of the characters without, again, taking away from your movie watching experience.

 

I wholeheartedly recommend this film for ages 13 to 18 because of the difficulties around following the plot, some very intense and violent situations and also, there is a lack of dialogue. You’re just viewing images from the past and present which may be confusing and not very entertaining for a younger audience. At first, I was very hesitant about this film because it starts off a bit slow and is, as you know, confusing as heck, but after watching it all the way through I give The Signal 5 out of 5 stars and am eager to see it again. If you’re into sci-fi film, aliens or just want a mind-bending experience, then check out The Signal in theaters now.

Credit:  KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

RED BAND SOCIETY Screening Invite June 25th!

 

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From Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and starring Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (“The Help,” “Fruitvale Station”), Dave Annable (“Brothers & Sisters,” “666 Park Avenue”) and a charismatic cast of fresh faces, RED BAND SOCIETY is a provocative, unconventional and unique coming-of-age drama about a group of unlikely and rule-bending friends and the adults who mentor them through the ups and downs of adolescence in Los Angeles’ Ocean Park Hospital. Exploring everything from strong friendships, first loves, humorous mishaps and heartbreaks, the series is a story of life, with an edgy comedic tone all its own.

Our readers have been invited to a  special screening for FOX’s new fall series, RED BAND SOCIETY. The show is about a group of teenagers living in a hospital. They will be showing the first episode and having a Q&A with some of the cast immediately following. 

RED BAND SOCIETY

June 25th

7:00PM

The Landmark

10850 W Pico Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90064

 

Download passes at http://redbandsocietytour.com/

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. This is an invite for our readers and is not affiliated with SoCal City Kids.