Archives for July 6, 2014

Little Me Tea Low Sugar, Organic & Healthy Drink for Kids! Tea + Fruits + Veggies!

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Little Me Tea is a low in sugar, completely organic, caffeine-free tea sweetened with fruits and veggies and boasts the lowest sugar content of any kids’ drink on the market. With no added sugar, there are just 6 grams of sugar naturally occurring from juice per 6.75 ounce juice box. This summer two new flavors will be added to the Little Me Tea family.  Fruit Punch Tea and Berry (names subject to change) will join Julia’s Tropical Ta and Zane’s Grape Tea.

Little Me Tea is gluten free, vegan and 100% healthy and only 25 calories per serving. Currently available in two delicious flavors, Julia’s Tropical Tea and Zane’s Grape Tea, each is made with a blend of four organic teas that offer a host of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which may help improve immune systems and fight allergy symptoms. With Little Me Tea, kids aren’t just getting less sugar, they’re also getting the fabulous health benefits of tea and organic fruits and veggies. Available at Whole Foods and Central Market throughout the US. www.littlemetea.com.

We received samples to try out and what I really like is that Little Me Tea is a great alternative to juice! It is sweetened only with fruit and veggie juices and is low in sugar and caffeine-free. It does not have a strong taste and appropriate for children ages 18 months and up. My son likes it because he just says “it tastes good!”

Self Disclosure: We received free samples to facilitate this feature. No other compensation was received and any opinions expressed are truthful.

Kids away at Sleep Away Summer Camp? Writing Tips from Lettrs!

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Things have finally calmed down now that the kids have left for sleep away camp.  But you’ve still got a massive “To Do” list before you retreat to the beach or take a (long overdue) summer vacation with the hubby.

Of course the kids are still top of mind but since they don’t have their iPhones, only a traditional form of communication will do: a letter.

Has it been a while since you have written a letter, much less a letter to your child? Add to the mix that in the midst of all your summer plans and travel, when and where will you find the nearest post office?

 

Have no fear because the app, lettrs has you covered.

The digital letter-writing platform allows you to write a letter on the go and will even mail it for a mere $2. And that’s a heck of a lot cheaper than buying a card not to mention all the time you will save!

Just follow these foolproof letter writing tips and once you’ve signed your letter, input the camp’s address and lettrs will print and post it!

 

And voila, happy trails…

Camp Letter Writing Tips

 

Give an update on family life.

Share a morsel of home, whether it is the latest trick Fido has learned or the new flowers in the garden.

 

Mention something you learned when you were went to camp.

Did you have a signature tie-dye technique? A secret strategy to capture the flag? Write about it!

 

 

 Ask only one question.

Yes, only one. The beauty of a letter is that it does not have a reply button above it. Instead, your child will write you back when they have something exciting to tell you. But, you can help egg them on. Perhaps ask, “What food are you craving? I’ll have it waiting for you in the pantry.” Or “Are you glad I packed that extra bottle of bug spray?”

 

Bonus: Include a picture.

Don’t expect it to be taped on the front of their bunk when you pick him or her up. But, know that it will be appreciated!

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to feature. Credit: Lettrs.

Rules For Being A Kid Guidebook By the Original Popsicle and their fans

Original Brand Popsicle pops can bring out the kid-at-heart in all of us, so the brand asked families across the country to help compile a guidebook of the top “rules” for how to have fun like a kid – whether it’s owning a tutu in every color or running through the sprinklers to cool off. Select rules were featured in the guidebook and have been entered for the chance to win $500 and to have their “rule” on future, limited-edition boxes of Popsicle pops! Even celebrities like Brooke BurkePeter Facinelli and Holly Robinson Peete helped spread the word!

 

Click here to download the guidebook and for more information about Popsicle pops.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. This is something that SoCal City Kids thought that their readers would be interested in. Credit: Popsicle.

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo The Perfect Quirk Underground Playground Records Released: 24 June 2014

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Declaring 2014 The Year of the Weird!, award-winning “King of Kid Hop,” Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, has created a supercharged summertime double header — a new album and a new picture book-with-audio — both inspired by the wild and creative spirit of kids.  Skidoo’s fourth album, The Perfect Quirk, is set for release on June 24.  On that same day, his premier literary work, Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out, will have its “soft” release.

We received this CD to review and this really is Hip Hop for the whole family to enjoy! Such fun tunes that both kids and parents will like! 

The Perfect Quirk, a raucous celebration of originality and the quirkiness of being a kid in this crazy awesome world, is the ideal soundtrack for living room dance parties or a summer vacation on the road less traveled. The tunes are classic hip hop spiced with Motown, reggae, club thump, blues, and the occasional pirate shanty, each one aimed at the quirky soul of the funky family.

As the proud dad of an amazing daughter who gets down to the beat of her own drum, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo knows the parent’s perspective.  As a kid who grew up feeling different and strange before realizing that nobody’s normal, he eventually discovered the need to accept your funky self.  And as a music lover who found gateways to his own understanding on CDs and cassettes, he understands his Secret Mission.

Skidoo explains, “The word ‘weird’ derives from the Old English ‘wyrd,’ which translates as ‘destiny’ or ‘fate.’  I hope this album will help kids realize that their quirks are their own funky destinies, meant to be lived to their potential.  Oh yeah, and I hope it makes ’em dance like they’re crazy!”

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s approach to music has always been eccentric and eclectic, and The Perfect Quirk is no exception.  From the combination of Miami bass sounds with Afropop and steel drums on “You’re It” to a rave-sounding dance track about pillow fights to a song written from the song’s own perspective, Skidoo thoroughly embraces the Weird.

Highlights on this party rocker include the Motown flavored “Unwind,” the klezmer/gypsy swing/pirate shanty/polka hop “Imaginary Friend,” and the straight up hip hop “3 Pointed Back,” featuring the world’s quirkiest guest rappers, Skidoo’s daughter MC Fireworks and Adam Strange.  Recess Monkey’s Jack Forman contributes a picture perfect boxing announcer voiceover to “Pillowfight Pillowfort,” and The Verve Pipe’s Craig Griffithdeftly weaves his blues harmonica throughout “PJs All Day.” 

With five #1 hits on Sirius/XM global radio, a track on the 2012 GRAMMY winning children’s recording, and gigs from basketball courts in the Bronx to stages at the Smithsonian, Lollapalooza, and the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is a standout star on the indie family music scene.  The Washington Post praised his “compelling rhythms and stories, the messages are all positive.  23 leaves parents skeptical of the genre powerless to resist.”  Enthused Today.com, “Secret Agent 23 Skidoo has married the compex beats of hip hop with the magical world of kids.”

Previous Secret Agent 23 Skidoo recordings include Make Believers(2012, NAPPA Gold Award, USA TODAY Best of the Year List, Fids & Kamily winner), Underground Playground (2010, USA TODAY Best of the Year List, Fids & Kamily winner), and Easy (2008, Fids & Kamily winner).

The Perfect Quirk is available at amazon.com, iTunes,www.secretagent23skidoo.com, and at independent retail outlets throughout the country.

Self Disclosure: I received a Free CD to review and feature. Photo Credit/press release info: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo.

 

PARENTING ALERT: Peace of Mind Protection worth Paying For!

As a parent, protecting your children can seem like a full-time job. KidsEmail.org’s service can make it easier to allow your children to learn about technology while still being safe. With a safe and easy to use email interface, your children will be able to keep in contact with friends and family members, but are protected from interactions with strangers and spam. Tweens and Teens will appreciate the teen login feature atkmail.org, which not only loses the Kids Email name, but also boasts age appropriate graphics that can’t possibly damage any reputations for this discerning age group. With parental controls, spam filtering, and many useful features, parents can decide how much control to give their child when communicating with others online. Boasting 47,000 users, KidsEmail.org is the #1 Kids Email service provider and starts with a free 30 day trial at www.kidsemail.org.  

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. Credit: Kidsemail.org.

Moderna Artisan Series Double Wall 2 oz Beverage & Espresso Shot Glasses – Set of 2 by Ozeri

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I really like these glasses because they are the perfect size for smaller drinks and the glass seems to be stronger and more durable that many other glasses. They are cute glasses but what I like best is that my hands do not get too hot with hot drinks or too cold with colder drinks. The drinks stay hot longer and cold longer too! They are dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe and they do well in all three and clean easily. These quickly have become my to-go-to glasses when I want something small to drink.

Find them on Amazon currently on sale for $12.95.

More info:

  • Set of 2 heat and shatter resistant borosilicate glasses that each holds 2 oz.
  • Patent-pending double wall design that suspends drinks within an inner wall, creating an engaging optical effect.
  • Sold by Moderna Housewares LLC  & fulfilled by Amazon.

Self Disclosure: I received these free to review but any opinions expressed are honest and truthful.

¡Sabor! Spanish Learning Songs Available on CD September 9, 2014 for National Hispanic Heritage Month

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Get ready to shake your caderas and sing and learn español with ¡Sabor! Spanish Learning Songs, a fantastic new collection of Spanish language songs from Whistlefritz, producers of the award-winning Spanish immersion CDs Cha, Cha, Cha and ¡A Bailar! (Let’s Dance).

 

This eagerly-awaited follow-up CD – arriving September 9, 2014 just in time for National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 –  Oct. 15) — is a lively, interactive (emphasis on the word active!) playlist of 15 original songs and family favorites performed in Spanish by internationally beloved singer-songwriter Jorge Anaya and keyboardist Didier Prossaird¡Sabor! introduces children to Spanish vocabulary for words and phrases that children use everyday.  The CD is a fun-filled fusion of musical styles – from cumbia and calypso to salsa and merengue – that gets the whole family moving, dancing and having a blast!

“Nothing brings a family together quite like music. And to be learning Spanish at the same time … what could be better?” says Anaya.  “Great rhythms and upbeat songs create an energy that’s contagious and gets kids on their feet every time.  In the Spanish-speaking world when people hear great music they yell ‘Sabor!  So, get ready to dance, learn Spanish and shout ‘Sabor!’”

 

Recommended for children of all ages, ¡Sabor! retails for $14.99 and is available on iTunes.  Each CD comes with a translation guide.  Whistlefritz CDs for kids have won top honors from such prestigious children’s media organizations as Parents’ Choice Foundation; KIDS FIRST!, Mom’s Choice Awards, The National Parenting Center, NAPPA, Mr. Dad and Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Educational Products and 100 Best Children’s Products.

We received a CD to review and this CD is such a fun way to learn Spanish! I love that it is great for children of all ages! It has to be one of the most fun ways to learn Spanish!  You will also feel like dancing and singing along!

 

Also available are Spanish for Kids and French for Kids CDs and DVDs. For more information and to purchase, visit www.whistlefritz.com.

 

About Whistlefritz:

Founded in 2006, Whistlefritz was borne out of a mom’s passion to teach her children Spanish.  Motivated by research showing that early childhood was the best time to learn a language, Whistlefritz’s founder Heidi Stock set out on a mission to assemble high-quality teaching materials for her children.  Not finding what she wanted, she created a line of engaging, playful, live-action Spanish immersion programs for her own children and kids everywhere. Whistlefritz is a trusted name in language learning entertainment, working with schools and parents across the United States and internationally to do one thing:  create entertaining and educational programs to inspire children to want to learn a new language. For more information and to order Whistlefritz products, please visit www.whistlefritz.com.

Self Disclosure: A FREE CD was received to facilitate this feature review but any opinions expressed are honest and truthful.

Laura Mercier 2014 Colour Story – Sensual Reflections Limited edition collection from Laura Mercier: Sensual Reflections.

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Product Product Detail Shade Detail Price
Lip Glacé image002 Laura Mercier Lip Glacé is a high-shine, perfectly pigmented lip gloss with rich, long-lasting colour and brilliant shine that creates the appearance of fuller lips.
  • New, Limited Edition

o   Desire

 

  •  Repromote, Permanent

o   Bare Blush

 

$25
Cheek Mélange image003 Laura Mercier Cheek Mélange features hand-selected, complementary shades to add natural, glowing colour to cheeks. It provides natural radiance to complexion and is designed to complement all skin tones.
  • New, Limited Edition

o   Sensual Reflections

$42
Faux Lash Mascara image004 Laura created Faux Lash Mascara to give real lashes extreme volume and length for intense exaggeration and drama The formula is extra-smooth, glossy and good-for-lashes, created with a blend of waxes and absolutely no fibers. Build rich, exaggerated lashes that are extraordinarily thick, super-shiny and conditioned.
  • New, Limited Edition

o   Sierra Brown

 

  • Repromote, Permanent

o   Black

$24
Crème Eye Liner image005 Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner is an ultra-smooth, water-proof creamy eye liner that applies with the ease and smooth silky finish of a gel and the precision of a liquid liner. Smudge and transfer-resistant, this long-wearing formula goes on “foolproof” with the Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush.
  • New, Limited Edition

o   Envy

 

  • Repromote, Permanent

o   Espresso

 

 

$23
Satin Matte Eye Colour image006 Laura Mercier Satin Matte Eye Colour is a highly-pigmented eye shadow with a creamy texture that applies effortlessly with a multi-dimensional matte finish. Long-wearing formula provides rich colour payoff without dusting.
  • New, Limited Edition

Tempting Green

Plum Allure

Gold Seduction

Sensual Pink

$24
Crème Smooth Lip Colour image011 A luxurious lipstick that gives lips the ultimate in colour, texture, and finish. In one smoothing swipe, the crème formula envelops lips in rich colour with a semi-lustrous finish.
  • Repromote, Permanent

Sienna

 

Plumberry

 

Cocoa

$24

 Self Disclosure: No products were received or compensation. Credit: Laura Mercier.