Archives for September 2, 2014

Quicker, Faster Meals on the Table Prep & Serve began a Kickstarter campaign on July 28, 2014!

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Getting dinner on the table is just another task on Mom’s (and sometimes Dad’s!) never-ending To Do List.  Now thanks to Prep & Serve, meal time is a snap.

Prep & Serve is Tupperware on steroids!  This modular system puts 3 containers with individual lids all under one box.  Having everything in one container means you have on hand what you need to make anything from subs to tacos to stirfry without having to hunt around for the fixings.  Best of all, you can then use Prep & Serve to store any leftovers!

Prep & Serve is also great  when bringing food to a picnic or a potluck.  This simple twist on food storage brings Tupperware into the 21st century for busy Mom’s on the go.

The made in America, Prep & Serve began a Kickstarter campaign on July 28 to bring this innovative new culinary storage system to the masses.  So, check them out at http://Facebook.com/PrepAndServe !

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Self Disclosure: No compensation was received and is not affiliated with SoCal City Kids. I thought this may be of interest to our readers for Back-to-School. 

Organo Gold Sweepstakes!

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To enter and to find out more info, go to  Organo Gold!

They are running a sweepstakes, and it’s pretty fun and easy- entrants are just asked to create a recipe using Organo Gold products, take a photo of it, and submit the recipe. Entrants are then automatically entered to win a year supply of BrewKups (think Keurig Cups with Organo Gold Coffee) AND a Samsung Tablet! Now, how cool does that sound?!

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post and is not affiliated with SoCal City Kids.  I will be reviewing Organo Gold Coffee in the near future so stay tuned!

Stainless Steel Veggie Steamer by Sunsella Perfect for steaming veggies!

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Looking for an easy way to steam veggies? I know, there are steamers thet you can plug in…I have one. But, I have found an easier way because for one, it is easier to clean.  The Stainless Steel veggie Steamer by Sunsella  is easy to use and easy to clean too!  It also takes up very little space! The steamer is 100% stainless steel (including legs). I like that it expands to fit a variety of different pot sizes. Nothing to plug in and easy to store! It really doesn’t get any easier than this! I also steamed fruit and found it so easy and the fruit was so tasty! This is a Must-Have for the kitchen! It is easy to  remove from pan with custom designed central ring. Diameter 5.3″ – 9.25″ Height range (legs included) 2″ – 3.35″. A high-quality product that should last a long time! You can find it on Amazon.com.

 
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.

Worlds Together Cuba from Master Communications Newest Title in Celebrated DVD Series Brings The Pearl of the Antilles Home to You September 9, 2014

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The Republic of Cuba is comprised of many islands in the Caribbean spanning hundreds of miles, but in less than 30 minutes you can take it all in thanks to Worlds Together Cuba, the newest title in the DVD series from Master Communications, landing on DVD September 9, 2014, just in time for National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15, 2014).

 

Worlds Together Cuba takes you on a whirlwind tour of the intriguing nation known as the Pearl of the Antilles.The country includes the main island of Cuba, the Isla de le Juventud, several archipelagos and over 4000 smaller islands and islets. Its economy is comprised mostly of agriculture, with an abundance of sugar plantations, tobacco farms, maize fields, mangoes, pineapples, coffee and rice.  Cuba has many wonderful theatres, museums and churches throughout its beautiful cities, including the capital city of Havana, one of the oldest in the Americas. The country provides free education for its citizens from kindergarten through University and free day care for children seven and under.  You’ll learn all this and so much more … and you won’t even need your passport!

 

Also available Sept. 9 in the Worlds Together series are Ecuador, which provides an overview of one of South America’s most diverse countries, and Colombia, which takes you throughout the beautiful and fascinating country, from the colonial jewel of Cartegena to the backstreets of Bogota and through the sprawling Amazonas region. Viewers can choose either a Spanish or an English track for these three new releases..

 

The Worlds Together series originated out of the travels of photographer/songwriter Elmer Hawkes.  The series visits some of the most remote places on Earth, examining topics ranging from history and culture to sports and cuisine and giving viewers an up close and personal introduction to cultures quite different from their own.  Each title introduces facts about the various climates, languages, religions, wildlife, architecture, agriculture, ethnicities and more. Other titles in this series include West Africa, East Africa, Ethiopia and Tibet.

 

Each 25-minute World Together DVD title includes a teacher’s guide with more detailed information about the country, quizzes and more. For more information and to purchase these and other Master Communication titles, call 1-800-765-5885 or visit www.master-comm.com.

I received a DVD to review and I love how educational the DVD is! My son loves geography and learning about other cultures so this is a great addition to our homeschooling resources.  I like that it also includes a Teacher’s Guide and that there are other titles in the series.

Self Disclosure: I received a free DVD to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are truthful.

 

Go Back-to-School with Yabon Baby Corporation’s Portable and Delicious Dairy Snack Pouches Protein- and calcium-packed dairy puddings are the perfect addition to kids’ lunchboxes

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It’s Back-To-School time and time to pack those healthy lunches!

Just in time for back to school shopping lists, Yabon Baby Corporation introducesSunny YummyTM, its new line of delicious, portable, squeezable pudding pouches that contain real proteins and a significant level of calcium, and are low in sugar. Sunny Yummy is the newest product from Yabon Baby Corp, the children’s nutrition specialist who also produces and distributes Nature’s ChildTM squeezable dairy pudding pouches, as well as Nature’s ChildTM squeezable fruit pouches.

 

For the past 60+ years, Yabon Baby Corporation has prided itself in offering products that deliver both superior flavor and essential nutrition, with no artificial flavors or trans fats. From fruit pouches to dairy pouches, Yabon offers a complete range of healthy, portable snack solutions that are a smart alternative to regular snacks.

 

And it looks like parents and kids are getting savvier about snacks as well, and are ready to introduce healthier alternatives to traditional snacks into their lives and lunchboxes. In the second annual Rock the Lunchbox Survey of more than 2,000 kids and parents, 72 percent of kids say it’s “cool” to have healthy food in their lunchboxes. The survey also concluded that 61 percent of kids prefer bringing lunch from home versus buying lunch at school, and 64 percent of kids say snacks are the most coveted item in their packed lunches. 51 percent of parents say they struggle with variety and coming up with new ideas to make lunch healthy and delicious, while 95 percent of parents say it’s important to provide healthy options in their children’s lunches.

We received samples and they were a hit in our house! These would make great additions to those packed lunches and even adults will like them! I like that they are made with natural ingredients and no artificial flavors.

Our favorites are the Nature’s ChildTM fruit Squeezers, the convenient & healthy fruit snack!

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Dora and SpongeBob will be a hit with the kids too! Made from 100% real fruit, the Nature’s ChildTM Fruit Squeezers – SpongeBob Square pants and Dora the Explorer (exclusive license) – come in 6 different flavors (Apple sauce, Berry, Mango, Banana, Strawberry, Apple cinnamon) and have no added sugar and no corn syrup. With a long shelf life (between 15 to 18 months), the Nature’s ChildTM Fruit Squeezers are perfect for snacks or lunchboxes.

For additional information, please visit:
www.sunnyyummy.com
www.puddnpouches.com
www.natureschildsqueezers.com

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are truthful and honest.

Belli Birthday Bash (September 8th – September 23)

It may be Belli’s birthday, but the gifts are for you! Belli Skincare is proud to partner with like-minded mom and baby brands to celebrate our birthday and the full pregnancy to motherhood experience with a sitewide sale and online giveaways.  
 
Visit the Belli website to enjoy 30% savings sitewide on Belli Skincare products with promo code (BDAYBASH30). Enter daily to win exciting sponsored product giveaways from prestige mom and baby brands.  Participating brands include Healthy Mama, Pretty Pushers, Guava Family, Birds & Bees Teas, Angelcare, Swaddle Designs and Sticky Bellies.  
 
Each day a different prize and/or gift certificate will be featured from a variety of brands.  On the final two days of the event (September 22nd and 23rd), there will be registration for a Grand Prize Package  which features prizes from all of the Belli Birthday Bash event sponsors.  One lucky winner will take home the Grand Prize package valued at over $1,200 in mom and baby products. 
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Self Disclosure: No compensation was received and is not affiliated with SoCal City Kids. Credit: BELLISKINCARE.COM.

Stewie Boomstein Starts School A Must-Read book for parents of children ages 3-6!

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 Over 3.5 million children start kindergarten each year. With the 2014/2015 school year these numbers will increase and new kindergarteners exhibiting signs of anxiety approaching the start of the school year can look to the new children’s book Stewie Boomstein Starts School to help ease the transition from a fearful experience to an exciting adventure ahead.

Author, and mother, Christine Bronstein (daughter of Borders Books founder and wife to journalist Phil Bronstein) successfully founded her own social network (A Band of Women) and publishing company specializing in female authors (Nothingbutthetruth.com), yet she was not aware how important a child’s transition into school was until her middle son had a rough start entering kindergarten.  Educating herself on the transition, Christine learned from the experts that in order for children to feel safe and secure in their learning environment, they needed to be equipped with information. Parents have the same needs. For seamless, successful transitions to occur, children and their families need to know what is going to happen and how it is going to happen. A smooth transition into school sets the stage for a child’s long-term relationship with education.  Christine shares what she learned along a bumpy path so that other parents don’t have to learn the hard way.

The 48-page book is divided into two parts. It has an engaging children’s story about Stewie Boomstein—a loud, sometimes cranky, funny boy—who has a very bad day at school and how he and his family overcome his problem. It is aimed for ages 3-6. The end of the book contains a parent tips section The parent tips section includes simple, concrete tips for parents wanting to smooth their child’s transition into school.  The tips are drawn from interviews with two renowned child and education specialists.

Stewie Boomstein Starts School is aimed to help parents and children smooth the transition into school and  launched on August 5th, 2014.

I received this book to review and the story is delightful. Young children ages 3-6 will love the story about Stewie Boomstein. Parents will love the great parent tips section. This is a Must-Read for parents who have children starting school this school year! 

Self Disclosure: I received a free book to facilitate this feature.