Archives for June 23, 2014

StoryCub After Millions of Streams, StoryCub’s “Video Picture Books” Launches New Premium Service For App And Web, Making Story-Time Just A Click Away! Giveaway Opportunity!

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StoryCub, the producer of children’s Video Picture Books™ for digital, has announced a new premium option to compliment their already popular free “Story of the Day” available via StoryCub.com and the StoryCub app for iOS and Android. StoryCub “Plus” truly makes “Story-Time, Anytime”, and features on-demand, 24/7 streaming of the Top 100 Video Picture Book titles for only $3.99 per month with a 30-day free trial. Exclusive bonus content is also included. StoryCub, founded in 2012, bridges the gap between the traditional and digital storytelling experience with it’s unique and innovative Video Picture Book platform for kids 0—8 years-old. Each Video Picture Book is read by enthusiastic on-screen talent that really connect with kids, along with the actual illustrations as seen in the book.

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Built for today’s families who live in a digital world, StoryCub allows parents a one-stop location where it’s always, Story-Time. Families have responded in droves, as the service has been viewed in over 200 countries and charted Top 5 numerous times in the podcast section of iTunes, beating big name titles from Sesame Street, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Disney. StoryCub ‘s Video Picture Book version of the best-selling children’s title “All About Poop” skyrocketed to #1. As a place that supports early childhood education, each Video Picture Book includes a direct message to parents, encouraging them to read with their kids. The company’s founder Dave Swerdlick notes that “StoryCub brings the excitement of the classroom story-time experience, making it available anywhere your are. In the classroom, when a teacher lets students know that it’s Story-Time, they rush over to get the best spot on the floor. Now, the best spot is right in front you,” via iPad, iPhone, Android, and the Storycub.com website.

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What I like best is that  StoryCub is different: it features a real person on-screen reading to YOUR child, mixed with the book’s imagesWithout any advertising messages. I am not a fan of advertising messages for kids. So, if you are looking for something fun for kids ages 0-8, this really is a wonderful app. SoCal City Kids gives it a thumbs up!

We have also teamed up for a giveaway! We have two Plus memberships to give away! To enter leave a comment below telling us either your child’s favorite story or tell us why you would like to win! Deadline to enter is June 28th, 2014 at noon. Two winners will randomly be selected from all entries!

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received but free subscription membership has been received and we have been offered a giveaway for our readers to enter.

Playmaker Playdate with Claritin!

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I am now a Children’s Claritin Mom Crew Member, which I am excited about since we’ve used Claritin for my son’s allergies for years now. It really seems to work the best when he is suffering from his allergies. We recently had a fun outdoors Mom get together for a Playmaker Playdate. We actually had this get together at the beach enjoying time off from school and to welcome Summer! The moms were happy to talk about allergies and the ones who weren’t already using Claritin, said that they would love a coupon to go try Children’s Claritin for their child’s allergies.

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As a Claritin Mom Crew Member and Host of a play date, I received a Children’s Claritin cooler tote, Spring totes for other Moms, Children’s Claritin spring themed refrigerator notepads, discount coupons and Outdoor play space ideas and recipes.  The recipes were the big hit! (Strawberry and Cream Cheese Sandwich, Pizza Roll-Up, Cucumber and Dill Dip, Springtime Lemonade and Dirt Cups with Gummy Worms. My favorite was the Cucumber and Dill Dip!

Cucumber and Dill Dip

Ingredients:

1 small English cucumber, peeled and seeded

1 cup plain Greek Yogurt

1 TBS finely chopped fresh basil

1 tsp kosher salt

1 TBS olive oil

Directions:

1. Use the large holes of a grater to shred the cucumber

2. Lightly squeeze the pieces to extract some of the liquid

3. In a small bowl, stir together the cucumber with the remaining ingredients.

There were also great activities suggested such as Backyard Obstacle Course, Mud Pie Station and Creating an Outdoor Art Space.  The hit was the Art Space! The kids had a lot of fun! Yes, we were able to set this up at the beach and had lots of fun making sand art!

Self Disclosure: As a member of the Children’s Claritin Mom Crew, I receive product samples and promotional items to share and use as I see fit. No monetary compensation has taken place and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.

 

Disney Store Celebrated Grand Opening of Newly-Designed Location at Del Amo Fashion Center A Magical Experience!

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 Disney Store celebrated the grand opening of their newly-designed store at Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, CA on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Del Amo Fashion Center is one of several newly-designed Disney Stores to open across North America in 2014, offering interactive and magical experiences for Disney fans of all ages. The first 500 Guests that  attended the opening celebration  received a free gift and an opportunity to meet Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in the Grand Court from noon to 4 p.m. This really was a magical experience! It was almost like actually being in Disneyland with the cheerful, helpful staff, the excitement and the smiles seen on the faces of the children. There really was a big turnout and I was quite amazed at all the people that turned out for the magical celebration!

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Yes, even my 10 year old son enjoyed this event! (Photo above!)

Photo Credit: Disney Store and SoCal City Kids.

Smart Home Lighting Kit Giveaway Week 4 Question is "Which time of the day would you use your Smart Home lighting more?"

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To enter you must go to their Facebook Page, you can go here. 

The official contest rules can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/scw37ije0gdy8zd/Smart%20Home%20Lighting%20Official%20Rules.pdf.

 

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received and giveaway is not affiliated with SoCal City Kids.

The Personalized Reminder Alarm System by Medcenter Systems MedCenter System features new approach of pill stocking (with days and dates), talking alarms and visual aids. Giveaway has been added!

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Prescription medicines are an important component of health management, however a growing volume of research indicates a disturbing trend in consumer noncompliance. Millions of Americans do not take their medicines correctly.  People simply forget to take them, are confused about the proper dosage and timing, or lack the personal organization to carry out the daily task.

After noticing the problem of consumer noncompliance, Martin Cooper began a project based on a simple idea; create a talking system of remembering your daily medications using the date of the month – The Med Center system. This system emphasizes the “Date” rather than the “Day of the Week.” The “Date” is located on each Pill Box and Pill Cavity, the visual display of the Clock as well as audibly during the alert messages. This repetition of the “Date” helps ensure proper medication compliance, even when the user is unsure whether it is Monday or Tuesday.

“Growing up, my father would forget to take his necessary medication – which would result in him fainting and passing out,” says Martin Cooper, the inventor of The MedCenter System. “Coming up with a way to organize my parents’ medications and encourage their adherence was the true motivation behind creating the system,” he says.

The system works in the following steps:

 

  • Load the entire month’s meds into the (31) Daily Pill Boxes and place them into the Organizer with their Green ends up, showing they are full.
  • Set up to 4 Daily Alarms to alert you when your medication is due.
  • At the beginning of the day, take the correct Pill Box out of the stand and place it into the “Today’s Pills” tray on the front of the Organizer Stand.
  • A repeating friendly reminder notifies you of the time, the date and which daily dose to take. “Good morning! Please take your morning pills for the 20th.”
  • Press the red “Alarm Acknowledged” button to confirm compliance and the MedCenter Talking Alarm Clock tells you when the next daily dose is due.
  • At the end of the day, return the Pill Box to the stand with the Red end up to show the day’s pills have been taken.
  • Press the green “Talk / Time” button at any time for an audible notification of the current time and date.
  • Press the blue “Alarm Check” button at any time for an audible notification of the upcoming alarms.
  • The clock also features an easy to operate, talking, Set procedure for all four alarms, the time and date.
  • Large easy to read LCD with backlight makes the clock easy to read, even in the dark.

We received a sample and it really is a great product for reminding a loved on to take their medications. It is really easy to operate and it can easily be heard since it is quite loud. 

Doctors and Pharmacists agree that taking medications on a set schedule is crucial for managing your health. With the MedCenter System, taking your medications on schedule, becomes a part of your daily routine.

The MedCenter System has a suggested retail price of $69.95 with the talking LCD clock and $34.95 without it. Other products include: the Monthly Mini Monthly Organizer ($24.95), Traveler Weekly Organizer ($19.95), Daily Pill Organizer ($18.95), Daily Pill Organizer with Alarm ($28.95), and 5-Alarm Sport Watch ($24.95). More products can be seen here: http://www.medcentersystems.com/Store.html.

MedCenter System products can be found nationwide at any WALGREENS, also at a variety of retailers, including select Kroger pharmaciesDiscount Drug Mart StoresThrifty WhiteKerr Drug,  Ralph’sCSN/WayfairThe Gift ClosetStacks & StacksActive ForeverHealthy DirectionsAlimedLS&S Dynamic LivingMedlineMiles Kimball Easy Comforts catalogThe Shopping Channel (Canada)Mary Maxim Catalog (Canada)Amazon.comWalMart.com,Target.comMeijer.comCVS.comSears.comKmart.com, ForgettingthePill.comTheInsulinCaseShop.com,EPill.comDiabetesandMore.comMaxiAids.comAEKmarketingco.comAssistedLivingStore.com,ActiveandAble.com,  and on the company’s e-commerce site: www.medcentersystems.com.

Update! A Giveaway has been added!

One winner will win the Personalized Reminder Alarm System by Medcenter Systems! To enter, simply leave a comment below.  Deadline to enter is June 30, 2014 at noon. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

Self Disclosure: I received a free product to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are truthful and my own and may differ from yours.

 

 

 

THE NEW COLORED PENCIL by Kristy Ann Kutch Create Luminous Works with Innovative Materials and Techniques

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In her anticipated new how-to guide, The New Colored Pencil (on sale 5/20/14), bestselling author,artist, and teacher Kristy Ann Kutch introduces readers new techniques and strategies for making colored pencil art more vibrant, textured, and less labor intensive.
One of the many tools utilized by skilled artists in creating special effects or for retouching old photographs, colored pencils are increasingly standing on their own as a fine art medium. The New Colored Pencil guides readers through the myriad of new developments in materials, techniques, and practices, focusing on both traditional and modern styles and uses of the colored pencil.
Moving beyond the regular wax or oil based traditional pencils associated with grade school art classes, new types of pencils with vastly different merits and characteristics, such as watercolor pencils, are expanding the possibilities at an artist’s disposal.

Featuring the work of dozens of contemporary colored pencil artists, taking on a wide array of subjects, from still lifes and portraits, to landscapes and much more, The New Colored Pencil will appeal to artists no matter their focus.

With lessons in color theory, combining color media, creating and enhancing textures, and experimenting with new surfaces, each chapter spotlights a number of demonstrations to make even the most novice of drawers into an adept impressionist.
Some examples of the simple, easy-to-follow lessons include:

 Applying and Lifting Colored Pencil
 Creating and Enhancing Textures with Colored Pencil
 Compatible Surfaces for Waxy Colored Pencils
 Getting the Most Out of Color
 Combining Color Drawing Media
For artists seeking new inspiration and perspectives on this exciting and diverse medium, The New Colored Pencil will be the ideal go-to guide.

We received a copy of this book and besides looking at the beautiful drawings, I love how detailed the instructions are in this book.  I highly recommend for everyone especially those who love to draw or those who just love art.

Self Disclosure: I received this book for free to facilitate this post.

Baby Mantra Calming Lotion for the Summer!

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Baby Mantra Calming Lotion, their flagship product, is a gentle formula that is highly moisturizing and safe for both mom and baby. For use with babies, kids and adults with sensitive skin, the Calming Lotion is made in the U.S.A. with key ingredients like Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Sage Oil, Honeysuckle flower extract and Lavender. All of these ingredients work together to sooth itching from heat rash and mosquito bites.

We received a sample of this product and it works really well on my son’s dry skin. It’s not only for babies! He’s 10 and it works well on his skin and even on my dry skin. I love the smell and it really soothes your skin! This is a Must-Have this Summer!

 

Price: $13.95

Availability: Walgreens.com, BabyMantra.com and Diapers.com

Self Disclosure: I received a free product to facilitate this review but any opinions expressed are my own.

Classics just get better ­case in point Bosco Syrup!

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Bosco Syrup is making a national comeback in Walmart with a brand new look and two decadent new flavors: Sea Salt Caramel and Fudge Brownie! Yum! We received free coupons and tried the Fudge Brownie (still on the look-out for the Sea Salt Caramel!) and it’s delicious on ice cream! My son likes it in his milk since he’s big chocolate milk drinker! Summer is the perfect time for ice cream with this delicious syrup!

Although Bosco spent 35 years as a regional brand, Bosco is no stranger to the big stage, with “starring” roles in Seinfeld, Shrek, and Laverne & Shirley. With natural cocoa, vitamin B, and the thickest and richest syrup around, Bosco is a simple way for you and your family to enjoy the delicious goodness of chocolate, whether as an ice cream topping or a delicious milk enhancer!

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We have teamed up for a giveaway! Two winners will win two free coupons to try the new flavors of Bosco Syrup out for themselves! To enter, leave a comment below telling us your favorite ice cream! Deadline to enter is June 30th, 2014 at noon. Two winners will randomly be selected from all entries!

Self Disclosure: I received free coupons to facilitate this review & giveaway but any opinions expressed are truthful and honest.