Archives for May 2, 2016

A Perfect Gift for Mom this Mother’s Day! Introducing GingerSnapCrate! Mother's Day Giveaway!

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Are you like me? Do you have a lot of photos sitting around in boxes or maybe just downloaded on your computer? Well, don’t you think that maybe it is time to do something really awesome with all those special photos? Introducing GingerSnapCrate! First off, I love the name! It’s so different and to me…well different is the coolest thing! So, what is GingerSnapCrate? Only the hottest monthly subscription box to hit the nation! It is a customized monthly box of your favorite images printed on photo gifts. Why is this the best box? There is nothing like it on the market and it’s simple!

 

I have to admit that I really didn’t know what to expect! I was asked to download photos on their website and then just wait and be surprised! And, surprised I honestly was! Actually, I am quite impressed with the photo gifts I received.  With GingerSnapCrate – they do everything for you! GingerSnapCrate has searched all over the world to bring you items you never knew existed. With over 250 products to get excited about including reusable bags, notepads, coffee mugs, make-up cases, photo blankets, device cases, personalized stationary and so much more, GingerSnapCrate makes picking and printing your photos a task of the past.

I can’t even begin to tell you which item is my favorite! I like how unique and creative some of the products are and I love what they did with my photos!

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For more information, please visit their website here: https://gingersnapcrate.com

You can also order individual products including photo books, stationary, thank you cards, art binders and more!

SoCal City Kids has received a promo code it’s MOMMY for 20% off a 3 month membership!

Below are the links to order the 3 month membership – as it’s not the regular subscription:

For the box: https://gingersnapcrate.com/gift-subscriptions/3-month-gift-membership

For the crate: https://gingersnapcrate.com/gift-subscriptions/3-month-membership-gift-card-for-the-crate

Also, as another perk – for anyone that joins any regular subscription (not the 3 months for 20% off), and mentions SoCal City Kids, they will get a free custom grocery tote.

We have also teamed up for a special Mother’s Day Giveaway! One winner will win a free month box and can see how amazing this subscription is! To enter check out their website and leave a comment below telling us what you think is most exciting about GingerSnapCrate. Deadline to enter is May 7th, 2016 at noon PST. Winner will be announced the May 8th (Mother’s Day) and selected via Random.org.

Self Disclosure: I received a free one month subscription box to facilitate this featured Mother’s Day post. SoCal City Kids will select the winner of the giveaway and prize will be shipped by GingerSnapCrate.

National Pet Week is May 1-7! Helpful Tips on Being a Better Pet Parent from our friends at Bil-Jac

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National Pet Week® is always observed the first full week in May. Created in 1981 by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Auxiliary to the AVMA, National Pet Week is dedicated to celebrating America’s more than 200 million pets that enrich our lives each and every day and encourage responsible pet care every day of the year. Bil-Jac wants to support National Pet Week, and has 8 Ways You Can Be a Better Pet Parent.

I love these helpful tips! But, my pup  loves the Bil-Jac Treats that we received! Can you tell these are one of his favorites?!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photos of Bink; SoCal City Kids.

Gift Ideas for Mom this Mother’s Day! Some great ways for Mom to be More Organized!

Mother’s Day is almost here!

Ever since becoming a Mom this really is one of my favorite holidays! Not just because I am celebrated on that day but it reminds me that I love being a Mom! It truly is my favorite part of my life.

Here are some suggestion this Mother’s Day!

Do you have a Mom who loves photography? A Mom who is never without her camera? No, I don’t mean a cell phone camera. This first suggestion is a must-buy!

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 24/7, a new brand of stylish and discreet camera bags available exclusively through Adorama. The 24/7 line has just debuted the Traffic Collection, its first-ever line of camera bags created to keep the urban photographer’s equipment safe, discreet and stylish – from café to boardroom to bustling city streets. The bags are great for carrying more than just camera equipment – perfect for families and travel.
The Traffic Collection currently includes six different styles:
  • The Holster M is a medium-sized holster designed for fast-paced city life. It can hold a standard DSLR camera, a memory card and personal items and can be worn either across the body or on the shoulder.
  • The Holster S is similar to the Holster M, but has a more compact size for carrying a mirrorless camera and additional personal items either across the body or over the shoulder.
  • The Messenger S is specially designed for bicyclists looking to carry a standard DSLR kit. It has an additional padded insert to keep equipment from jostling around during a bike ride.
  • The Pouch is designed with extra padding and support to safely hold a superzoom camera. It can be carried on the shoulder or attached to a belt for free-hand shooting.
  • The Shoulder is created for commuting photographers looking for style and discretion with a little extra space. It fits a standard DSLR kit as well as any equipment necessary for a full day of shooting. 
  • The Sling is designed to give shooters ultimate flexibility on the job. It offers side access to take the camera out without removing the bag – making gear accessible in a flash. 

I received the 24/7 Shoulder Bag and I love it! It’s roomy and quite stylish! This one is must-have for a day of taking photos!

Visit ADORAMA at www.adorama.com.

Maybe you have a Mom with too many shoes! I know, a Mom can never have too many shoes!

This next one is a Must-buy!

Shoe Slotz are innovative shoe-stacking storage units that instantly double your space and now make spring cleaning even easier.

I received a sample set and I love how my shoes now look organized and they are easier to find too!

 

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Show Slotz also does the following:

helps Organize and protect shoes

·         Allow for neat display

·         Work in all different spaces including closet shelves, cabinets, shoe racks and on the floor

·         Fit any size and type of shoe (from stilettos to men’s size 14!)

·         Are designed with a durable slip-resistance surface and top-panel shoe guard

Shoe Slotz are sold in a 6-piece set for a suggested retail price of $14.99.

They are available for purchase through the Shoe Slotz website, Amazon.com, in stores nationwide at Boscov’s and Walgreens and in select Bed Bath & Beyond and JC Penney locations.

Do you have a Mom who loves Tea? I know I love Tea! 

This next one is such a creative way to keep tea bags organized!

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The Tea Book is the perfect way to store and even share your tea! I love the one I received and now no more tea bag clutter in my kitchen!

Find out more here or http://www.theteabook.com/

Self Disclosure: I received the above products to feature in our Mother’s Day Gift posts. No other compensation was received.

 

How to teach children to be global citizens! Tips from World Vision this Mother’s Day! Giveaway Opportunity!

 

This spring, I would like to talk about child sponsorship and ways parents can teach children to be global citizens. Following are some tips from World Vision for bringing this concept home:

 

–       Turn story time into a teachable moment: Learning about other countries and cultures can happen during daily activities. Choose children’s books that accurately portray other cultures or focus on historical events for afternoon or bedtime reading. After finishing the book, parents can talk to children about what they learned and how the lives of the characters in the book differ from their own.

 

–          Make the facts digestible for young minds: Young children may have a difficult time comprehending abstract statistics about inequality around the world. Create a math activity at home to make this information more relatable. Use beads or buttons to count out how many children are in the child’s class, and then remove items based on global averages for clean water access or hunger statistics. According to World Vision’s 2015 Food Assistance Report, 1 in 6 children – more than 1.4 million kids – are dangerously underweight because they lack access to adequate food and nutritional assistance. For a classroom of 24, remove 4 beads to represent these children.

 

–          Experiment at home: Ask children to put themselves in another person’s shoes by conducting experiments at home. For example, create a family menu budgeting $1.25 a day per family member. Give children $1.25 during the next grocery store trip – the amount of money that 1.3 billion people worldwide live on each day, according to World Vision – and let them shop and price compare themselves. Afterwards, talk about the types of foods they couldn’t purchase and what kinds of foods the menu is limited to: Were you able to purchase fresh fruits or vegetables? Is the meal limited to rice or pasta? What kind of protein could you afford to buy?

 

–          Sponsor a child: Get children involved directly in providing a “hand up” to communities in need around the world by sponsoring a child as a family through World Vision. Involve children in the process of choosing a boy or girl to sponsor; ask them to write cards and draw pictures for the sponsored child, and talk to them regularly about how the sponsorship donation is helping provide equal opportunities for boys and girls, clean water, bed nets, job training for parents, and much more – including the freedom to simply be a child.

 

Why sponsor through World Vision?

Though children and families face hardships like poverty and conflict, we can bring hope to a hurting world. Child sponsorship through World Vision allows for a one-on-one relationship with a sponsored child, while pooling gifts from sponsors who support children within the same community to provide long-term resources for lasting change. World Vision believes that effective development that lifts communities and individuals out of long-term poverty lies in helping them discover their potential as human beings and mobilizing communities to take ownership of long-term projects that support clean water, healthcare, agriculture, education and income generation. Join us in partnering with those in need to build lasting solutions that address their challenges. Together, we can be greater than adversity.

We have teamed up with World Vision this Mother’s Day for a Giveaway! One winner will win a Handmade Baby Bib ($40 value) from the World Vision Gift Catalog.

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Every bib is handmade by artisans in Bali using only sustainable materials and recycled fabrics. These Fair Trade artisans utilize the traditions of Balinese craftsmanship while honoring nature with the smallest carbon footprint possible.

To enter, leave a comment below telling us which tip you find more helpful! Deadline to enter is May 6th, 2016 at noon PST. U.S. Residents only please. One winner will be selected via random.org.

Find the World Vision Facebook page at /WorldVision and Twitter at @WorldVisionUSA.

To learn more about how World Vision child sponsorship works, visit: http://www.worldvision.org/sponsor-a-child/how-sponsorship-works?campaign=3020570

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. SoCal City Kids will select the winner and World Vision will send the prize to the winner.

 

Kids Are Turds: Brutally Honest Humor For The Pooped-Out Parent Hilarious Parenting Book from Skyhorse Publishing

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Looking for a fun gift especially for a new Mom this Mother’s Day?

Skyhorse Publishing/Sky Pony Press is pleased to announce the publication of a hilariously relatable parenting book!

 KIDS ARE TURDS: BRUTALLY HONEST HUMOR FOR THE POOPED-OUT PARENT by Jenny Schoberl is a must-read for every current or expecting parent. Kids Are Turds proves that you don’t need to be Super-Mom to be a “good” mom (whatever that is), but you absolutely do need a sense of humor to get through the hard days. Either that, or you can give in, yank up your mom jeans, and rock a mile-long camel toe. So for the love of retinas everywhere, be strong!

This one made me laugh…a lot! It is an easy book to relate to no matter what age your child is! This is one I recommend for all Moms! It’s refreshing and much more fun to read than most parenting books on the market!

You can find it at:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kids-Are-Turds-Brutally-Pooped-Out/dp/1510704973

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kids-are-turds-jenny-schoberl/1122578969?ean=9781510704978

Indiebound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781510704978

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

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Denny’s! Friday, May 6, through Sunday, May 8

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At Denny’s they know that America’s Diner would be nothing without America’s Moms – us Moms inspire their recipes, fill their booths and help raise thier wonderful guests and employees. To say thank you, Denny’s is offering Mom’s a special sweet treat this Mother’s Day!

Don’t miss this one!

Denny’s Loyalty Program members will be sent a coupon to share a free dessert with their Mom with the purchase of two entrees (valid Friday, May 6, through Sunday, May 8, for rewards members only). Don’t forget – kids also eat free on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 4 to 10 p.m.

Credit: Denny’s.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with OC Simon Malls

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Here’s a fun Mother’s Day opportunity for OC families! Brea Mall and The Shops at Mission Viejo are celebrating mom with the installment of a “We Love Mom” photo booth on Saturday, May 7, from 11am to 7pm and Sunday, May 8 from noon to 5pm. Shoppers can capture memories and bring home treasured snapshots with mom while posing with fun props.
Now, how fun does that sound?!
The Mother’s Day photo booth will be located near Starbucks and Guest Services at Brea Mall and in Center Court at The Shops at Mission Viejo.
Credit: Brea Malls and The Shops at Missio Viejo.

Olay! It’s All About the Lime on Cinco de Mayo! Fresh Outlast Energizing Lime & White Tea body wash is a beauty-must-have!

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Get into the spirit of Cinco de Mayo.  This year, Olay invites you to celebrate with a cocktail in hand and beautiful sweet-smelling skin, courtesy of its new Fresh Outlast Energizing Lime & White Tea body wash.

I think this may be one of my all time favorite body washes yet! I just love the smell and how much it suds up! It also doesn’t dry out my skin! It is actually so much better than bar soaps!

As for the cocktail, chef and author Maureen Petrosky has you covered with her Energizing Lime and White Tea Margarita, inspired by Olay. Check out the recipe here:

http://www.maureenpetrosky.com/energizing-lime-white-tea-margarita-recipe/

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Recipe and Photo was provided courtesy of Olay.