Archives for August 2014

Amy’s Celebrates 25 Years with a Sweet Dream Come True! Meet Amy’s Hottest New Frozen Treat: Organic Vegan Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert!

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Amy’s, the nation’s top-selling brand of natural and organic convenience foods now celebrating its 26th anniversary, is launching a brand new frozen food category, Amy’s Organic Non-Dairy Frozen Desserts. Amy’s has found a way to make a frozen, certified vegan dessert that has the luscious, velvety texture and flavor of super-premium dairy ice cream but none of the milk or eggs in its ingredients.
All four new flavors – dark Chocolate, creamy Vanilla with real vanilla bean, refreshing Mint Chocolate Chip and rich Mocha Chocolate Chip – are made with healthful, cholesterol-free organic coconut milk. Amy’s proprietary technique combined with high-quality, organic ingredients, keeps the coconut flavor in the background, resulting in a sumptuous frozen creation that will fool even traditional dairy ice cream fans.

“We are so excited to bring this vegan-certified treat to our customers that we can’t stop smiling,” says company co-founder Rachel Berliner (Amy’s mom). “We know our fans will be pleased with this playful indulgence we’ve made for them.”
Amy’s Non-Dairy Frozen Desserts (SRP: $6.99/pint) will be ready for retail purchase just in time for the warmest days of summer and early fall. Made with organic coconut milk and sweetened with agave syrup, the new desserts are vegan certified, organic, non-GMO, non-dairy, gluten free, and Kosher Pareve. The new line is made with the same care, quality and love for which Amy’s foods are known.

We received samples to try and I am so happy with these frozen desserts! My favorite is the Mocha Chocolate Chip and this really is a Must-have this Summer and Labor Day weekend!  My son even agreed that it tastes like ice cream and these will not last long in our house! 

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What inspired Amy’s to make a non-dairy frozen dessert? Amy’s cousin Anna tried an extraordinary non-dairy frozen dessert at a vegan restaurant called Plant in North Carolina. Anna’s husband, a conventional ice cream fan, couldn’t believe the dessert was non-dairy. The two were so blown away by the recipe that they enlisted Amy’s to bring this amazing dessert discovery to a wider audience. Thanks to Plant, Amy’s now has four remarkable non-dairy desserts.
Amy’s non-dairy frozen dessert makes a great complement to Amy’s other frozen offerings. Try scooping this creamy new treat over Amy’s Organic Gluten Free Brownies or Amy’s Organic Apple Pie. Or sandwich it between slices of Amy’s Organic Gluten Free Non Dairy Chocolate Cake for the ultimate vegan frozen dessert sammie. Just for fun, try scooping it into cones at a party and see who you can fool into thinking it’s regular ice cream!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: Amy’s.

 

Moms and Daughters Step Out in Toeless Sock Style With Comfort And Joy Year Round FREETOES are a warm-fuzzy solution to wear your flip flops year round and a perfect gift anytime of year!

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Be a free spirit any season with the FREETOES fashion already famous for kids, tweens, teens and women in Canada, this fabulous toeless sock line is now making it’s way into the USA adding comfort and joy from head to toe. FREETOES are a warm-fuzzy solution to wear your flip flops year round and a perfect gift anytime of year!

 I received a couple of samples and these are a Must-Have for living in sunny SoCal! I love these! Actually you really can wear these with Flip Flops! So very clever! I recommend these comfy and so very cool FREETOES to all girls and women! 

Wonderful for Mom’s at all stages of pregnancy to keep her swollen feet comforted, and a fabulous fit for all the little gals in the family with their ‘one size fits most’ toeless sock innovation.  Take FREETOES with you for a girls day out as your playful pedicure pal to keep your “piggies” free and your feet warm, but still show off your polish. A soothing solution as you relax and walk about the spa and perfect for pirouettes while you dance and help stretch out your toes throughout a yoga class. Fabulous for comfort in travel – consumers can create their favorite way to sport their toeless socks.  Wear FREETOES and incorporate comfortable toeless socks in your everyday walk in the park, make it part of your fun and functional fashion and style everywhere you go and your toes take you.

Adorable new designs will continue to surprise FREETOES fashion following online with their toeless socks. All FREETOES styles are Limited Editions with some returning based on popular demand.  Choose from the latest styles and colors currently available at freetoes.com

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FREETOES toeless sock line was created by a dynamic young gal Katelyn Lohr out of Canada when she was 8 years old as she simply snipped off her toes on her socks and began to wear them with her flip flops creating her own style against her parents rules one Winter. She received interest early on as she stepped out in her toeless socks, seeing many were taking notice of her style – she quickly began selling and in one week she made $100.  She encouraged the support of her Oma (Grandma) to get more socks, cut them and sew the frayed ends – then selling 10,000 pairs soon after.  Katelyn developed awareness for FREETOES with her initial outreach at markets and fairs and eventually her story and product line was featured on the Canadian TV hit series Dragon’s Den for entrepreneurs. Now, 13 years old, with her Mom, Karina (Momma FREETOES) and a full team behind her booming business in Canada and being globally recognized – they are now bringing their bright idea to the USA.

Katelyn has also established her non-profit organization K8 which supports Project Aftershock and they have donated over 300 pairs of FREETOES to orphaned children from the Haiti Earthquake using their sock design to assist in wound dressings for feet, knees, elbows to help keep them secure and in place.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are honest. Photo Credit: FREETOES.

 

Relax & Refresh with Laura Mercier’s New Eau Fraiche Bath & Body Collection from Laura Mercier – Eau Fraiche: Verbena Infusion

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I don’t know about you but I take my relax time as a Mom very seriously! I love Laura Mercier’s New Eau Fraiche Verbena Infusion Dry Oil Body Mist. 

This lightweight dry oil mist is a fast absorbing moisturizer that invigorates and refreshes skin.

Infused with Natural Coconut Water it cools, comforts and soothes the skin, leaving a natural-looking luminosity and healthy glow. I received a sample and what I like best is that it is so fast absorbing and it smells great too!

Inspired by the countryside of Provence, Laura captures the crisp freshness of Verbena to invigorate the senses.  A sparkling bouquet of green citrus and leafy spearmint infuse beautifully with petals of fresh blossoms and a touch of white amber and cedarwood.  The products leave behind a refreshing sensation that rejuvenates the body.

August 2014 Launches:

·         Dry Oil Body Mist, $45

·         Gel Body Scrub, $40

April 2014 Launches:

·         Gel Body Moisture, $45

·         Crème Body Cleanse, $30

·         Eau Fraiche Eau de Toilette, $55

For more information, go to the Laura Mercier website.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: Laura Mercier.

Summer time Must-Haves! CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer and ScarAway Scar Repair Gel

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Summer is still here even though back-to-school time is here (or will be here next week)! These are two products that are Must-Haves for the summer season and actually for anytime!

CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer (www.CapriClear.com) – Made with 100% fractionated coconut oil, this all-natural, paraben-free treatment combats dry, flaky, irritated skin, making it soft and silky.  Conceived by a dermatologist, fragrance-free CapriClear is an exceptionally pure, gentle and effective single-ingredient solution for even the most sensitive skin.  It also has the eczema seal of approval and is safe for the entire family.  Plus, it results in soft, silky skin.

I received a sample and just love that it is made with 100% fractionated coconut oil and the best thing is it is great for dry skin! Actually, my husband likes it and so does my son so it won’t last much longer in our house! I just love how it leaves my dry skin feeling soft.

 Full-size 5.2 fl. oz. bottle (MSRP $19.99) is available at Ulta, Harmons, Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon.comdrugstore.comAskDerm.comGreenCupboards.com or at http://www.capriclear.com.  Now also available in a convenient 1.9 oz TSA-friendly travel size (MSRP $10.99) on the first aid aisles of CVS and Walgreens.

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The next item is ScarAway Scar Repair Gel (www.MyScarAway.com) – The only patented, transparent, self-drying 100% silicone gel designed to improve the appearance of scars and prevent abnormal and excessive scar formation.  The transparent gel offers convenient application for custom scar prevention and treatment that can begin the moment a wound has healed or sutures are removed.  This odorless gel dries in minutes to form a flexible, breathable, waterproof sheet over the affected area.  Great for day or night healing and completely safe for the entire family.
I received a sample of this one and had my husband try it out. He likes that it is odorless and dries very quickly. This one really is safe and is a Must-Have for the family!
 Available at CVS/pharmacy, Walgreens, Rite Aid, ULTA, Duane Reade, Meijer, Harmon, and other fine retailers (MSRP $29.99)
Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature but no other compensation was received. Any opinions expressed are truthful and honest.

 

Nap Mat Carriers – an essential for every parent!

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Trying to get out the door (on time) with all of your children’s essentials can be almost impossible for busy parents. Keeping everything clean and germ free can be even harder. Pretty soon this problem will be a thing of the past – with the newest must-have for parents and kids – Nap Mat Carriers.  They have just launched this month!

Truly a first of its kind – Nap Mat Carriers offer a unique line of nap mat bags, which are used to easily carry a child’s nap mat, pillows and blankets in-style all in one place. From daycare to play dates and everything in-between this durable Nap Mat bag will keep children’s nap mats clean, dry, and effortlessly portable.

We received a Nap Mat Carrier and have to say I so wish they had these when my son was young! I gave this sample to a friend who has a 2 1/2 year old and she loves it! She said that she likes it because it is the perfect size and likes that it has a Name Tag Pocket and is really easy to keep clean. The clear vinyl can simply be wiped with a damp cloth. It is not recommended that the bag be washed in a washing machine.

 

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This on-the-go essential features:

  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • Full zipper closure
  • Expandable interior pocket
  • Room to fit most nap mats small to medium sized
  • Retails for $29.99

 

www.napmatcarriers.com

Self Disclosure: I did not receive compensation to post but did receive a free sample. 

The Aquarium of the Pacific invites the public to meet the newest members of its Magellanic Penguin family

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 Four Magellanic Penguin chicks born at the Aquarium of the Pacific this summer are getting ready for their debut. The public can now see the first two, female penguin chicks of this season in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. The parents of the chick born in late May are Kate and Avery—two of the Aquarium’s birds that were rescued off the coast of Brazil. The parents of the second female penguin born this summer are Patsy and Noodles.

 

The two baby birds had been behind the scenes learning how to be handfed fish and to swim before going on exhibit today. The Aquarium has live webcams in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, allowing people around the world to tune in to catch a glimpse of the chicks exploring the habitat. Cameras are located above and below the water, giving viewers up-close and candid looks at the lives of the Aquarium’s penguins. The webcams have been provided courtesy of explore.org, the philanthropic multimedia arm of the Annenberg Foundation.

 

The public also has the chance to help name Patsy and Noodles’ female chick though the Aquarium’s Adopt an Animal program by adopting at the $100 limited-edition penguin chick level or above before October 31, 2014. The person whose suggested name is chosen by Aquarium staff members will be able to go behind the scenes and participate in a feeding and training session with the penguins.

 

Native to Argentina and Chile, this penguin species prefers a more temperate climate such as that of Southern California than their Antarctic-dwelling cousins. Magellanic Penguin chicks hatch with their eyes closed and are able to open them about a week later. After about ninety days the chicks fledge, losing their downy newborn feathers, which are replaced with water-tight, sub-adult feathers.

 

WHEN:           Now on exhibit – two female penguin chicks

 

WHERE:         Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium WayLong Beach, CA 90802

Live Webcams: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/exhibits/webcams/

 

PUBLIC:         The public can see two new Magellanic Penguin chicks in the Aquarium of the Pacific’s June Keyes Penguin Habitat. The public will also have the chance to help name Patsy and Noodles’ female chick though the Aquarium’s Adopt an Animal program by adopting at the $100 limited-edition penguin chick level or above before October 31, 2014. The person whose suggested name is chosen by Aquarium staff members will be able to go behind the scenes to participate in a feeding and training session with the penguins. All “parents” at the $100 level will receive an adoption certificate, color photo, fact sheet about the animal, a penguin plush toy, and two aquarium admission tickets. Higher levels include such benefits as Behind-the-Scenes Tours and Animal Encounters. For a full list of levels and benefits, please visit aquariumofpacific.org/adopt. The Aquarium is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Aquarium admission is $28.95 for adults 12+, $25.95 for seniors 62+, $14.95 per child (ages 3-11), and free to Aquarium members and children under age three. The two penguin chicks can now be seen via the Aquarium’s live webcams. For more information, visit www.aquariumofpacific.org or call (562) 590-3100.

 

Photo Credit : Robin Riggs.

 

 

Think Pink! Labor Day Essentials that Give Back!

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No matter how you plan to spend Labor Day weekend, the Avon Foundation for Women has must-have pink products for any activity or occasion – all under $20! These two items are perfect for September since in sunny SoCal, we still are having that beach weather! 

These  pink summer essentials  will not only help spruce up any Labor Day Weekend ensemble, but will also help  support the fight against breast cancer. A percentage of the net profits of each product are donated back to the cause. 

Breast Cancer Aviator Sunglasses

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  • Available since June 13
  • $12
  • 20% of the net profits ($2.40) donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
  • Breast Cancer ribbon logo on the arms
  • Metal with plastic flash lenses

 

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  • Available since June 13
  • $12
  • 20% of the net profits ($2.40) donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
  • Breast Cancer ribbon logo on the bottom
  • Floral print and pink straps

 

I received samples of both of these products and I just love them! Pink is my favorite color! They really are Mom-Must-Haves and not just for the Summer!

Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this post but this supports a cause that SoCal City Kids strongly believes in supporting. Photo Credit: Avon Foundation for Women.

 

Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit Coming out in September to Nintendo 3DS!

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Coming out in September to Nintendo 3DS, Cooking Mama 5 is the newest addition to the best-selling Mama franchise that’s sold more than 13 million copies and provides a great way to celebrate the holidays through yummy recipes and fun mini-games around Mama’s house.

Players will join Mama, the original kitchen diva, in Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit and unlock 60+ recipes to perfect a kaleidoscope of foods including appetizers, drinks, main courses and desserts.  

The original kitchen diva that created the cooking genre is set to school you with brand new mouth-watering recipes and household mini-games. Cook your way through classic fare, exotic cultural dishes and sweet treats to delight the palate! Fun stylus-based activities will keep you busy around the house and prove to Mama that you’ve got the culinary chops to play in her kitchen!

Key Features:

  • The latest addition in the successful Mama franchise: 13 million+ games sold worldwide!
  • Unlock 60+ recipes as you progress. Test your skills with new appetizers, drinks, main dishes and desserts including: pork cutlet rice bowl, chicken nuggets, BBQ skewers, pumpkin gratin, raisin bread, Hawaiian pancakes, gingerbread cookies and much more!
  • Step out of the kitchen and help Mama with more than 30 new activities around the shop and house: feed the pets, deliver orders, make change, serve ice cream, wash dishes, pick apples, organize, draw and more.
  • Six gameplay modes feature intuitive stylus-based activities:

o   Let’s Cook: Create recipes step-by-step with Mama on hand to help you.

o   Cooking Dojo: Earn medals in timed challenges that reward you for quick and accurate preparation.

o   Help the Store: Work the register and play waitress at Mama’s Burger Shop.

o   Help Harvest: Gather your recipe fixins’ before you cook.

o   Let’s Help Mama: Step outside the kitchen and assist Mama as CEO of the household with fresh activities that make “chores” fun and rewarding.

o   Let’s Study: Number and word games mix up the kitchen fun.

  • Earn furniture and decorations via SpotPass to customize your menus and game screens. Make your kitchen your own with stained glass, wallpaper, picture frames, plants, holiday items and more. You can even customize Mama’s outfit!
  • Single cart download play offers multiplayer cook offs for up to four players.
  • Gyroscope and accelerometer support for certain recipes.

Release Date:    September 16, 2014 and will retail for $29.99.

URL:   www.CookingMamaUS.com

 

Stay tuned! We will be reviewing it in September!

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. I will be receiving a free game to review in September.