Archives for October 25, 2016

VAHDAM Celebration Teas: Premium loose leaf teas gift box is a must-buy! A great gift idea for anyone who loves Tea!

If you are looking for a great  gift for someone who loves Tea, this one is a must-buy!

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I love that there is such a great variety of teas in this gift box! Included are: Chai Teas – 1. India’s Original Masala Chai 2. Cinnamon Chai 3. Sweet Cinnamon Chai Assam Teas – 4. Assam Exotic Black Tea Green Tea – 5. Organic Darjeeling Green Tea Darjeeling Teas – 6. Singbulli Organic and Fair Trade tea 7. Clonal Premium Signature Exotic Darjeeling Blend Nepal Tea- 8. Samal Valley FF15 Breakfast Teas – 9. Organic Breakfast Tea Flavoured Teas – 10. Earl Grey Tea.

I like that it comes in such a nice gift box and that there is a variety of teas. It really is a nice selection and would make a great gift for any tea lover! It truly is a wonderful assortment of teas that you can enjoy hot or cold.

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You can purchase on Amazon.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a free or heavily discounted product to facilitate this post.

The Magical Room on the Broom and Other Halloween Favorites

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From NCircle Entertainment comes a collection of Halloween DVD that are perfect for the younger kids in your family, from preschool to early elementary. Starting out with the delightful Room on the Broom based on the best-selling children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The story follows a kind witch who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, much to the frustration of her cat. When the gang saves the witch from a fearsome dragon she rewards them with a magnificent new broom, which has room for everyone! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Rohan F. comments, “Overall the film is magical… I like the animation because it is very detailed.  I imagine that it must have taken a lot of hard work to make this film. The expressions of the characters are very amusing and made me laugh.” See his full review below and information about the entire Halloween Collection from N Circle.

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Room On the Broom

By Rohan D. Foxe, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11

 

 

 

 

This film is very funny and has great animation. I enjoyed that they quote directly from one of my favorite old books, “Room On the Broom” by Julia Donaldson. I also like how the words all rhyme. I watched it with a toddler and he loved the movie because he liked making the WHOOSH noise when they took off. He also enjoyed all the different animals and the repetitiveness. Overall the film is magical.

 

Room On the Broom is about a witch and her cat. They go on a trip and the witch drops something from her broom. She flies down to get it and a wild animal finds it. When they give it back they ask her if they can come with her. Meanwhile, a scary monster is chasing them, but they don’t know. This happens three times and soon there are so many creatures on the broom that it becomes too heavy.

 

I like the animation because it is very detailed.  I imagine that it must have taken a lot of hard work to make this film. The expressions of the characters are very amusing and made me laugh. I also enjoyed the music because it sets the mood for each scene.  My favorite part is when the monster has the witch and it seems like she’s doomed. I like this part because it is a twist on the rest of the film. It is also the scariest part of the film. I like this scene because it is action packed and you wonder if they’ll escape.

 

The cast includes Simon Pegg as the narrator and Gillian Anderson as the witch’s voice. The four animals are played by Rob Brydon, Martin Clunes, Sally Hawkins and David Walliams.

 

The story is about a witch who meets lot of creatures that become her friends and then save her. The moral of this film is to be kind and make friends and it emphasizes the importance of friendship. Parents could have their children read the book along with the narrator and that would enhance their learning experience.

 

I give this film 4 ½ out of 5 stars and I recommend it for ages 2 to 8. I think parents would enjoy watching with their younger kids. It is available now on DVD so, go check it out.

 

Other Favorites in this collection include:

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Pocoyo: Boo! – Join Pocoyo and his friends on seven playful adventures. Whether it’s playing a new game called Boo!, enjoying a monster mash party or pretending to be Godzilla & King Kong, every day is fun & engaging with Pocoyo and his friends!

 

Sid the Science Guy: Sid’s Spooky Halloween – It’s Halloween! Join Sid and his friends as they discover how bats catch mosquitoes, why spiders are expert engineer web builders, and how skeletons make up the foundation of our bodies. The kids dress up to celebrate Halloween at school, and Teacher Suzie leads them in a special Halloween parade song to show off their costumes! With Sid the Science Kid, Halloween can be spooky and scientific!

 

Cat in the Hat: Tricks and Treats  – A new spooky adventure this DVD brings, with the Cat, Nick and Sally, Fish and the Things. Meet the eeriest critters you’ve ever seen, arrived just in time for Halloween. Therell be lots of tricks and of course, lots of treats, to share with the animal friends you will meet! There’s coconut crab, spider monkeys and bats, and plenty more fun with the Cat in the Hat.

 

Doozers: Spookypalooza – Welcome to Doozer Creek where the Doozers live! They’re green. They’re cute. They’re three inches tall and they’re full of energy, ideas, and enthusiasm! It’s Spookypalooza! The time of year when all Doozers get together to spook each other. The Pod Squad makes the spookiest pumpkin ever a cool Pumpkin Doozer made by stacking three pumpkins together. But when their new invention starts rolling all around town, the Doozers have to find a way to reign in their spooky creation! Enjoy four STEM-based adventures with the Doozers!

 

Houdini – Twelve year old Harry has lived and breathed magic since his early childhood.  Unfortunately, his hometown, Appletown, is not the best place for his natural talent to blossom. One day Harry catches the glimpse of a chance: the New York mayor has announced a magic competition due to the official opening of the Statue of Liberty. In order to try out one must be trained by a real magician and Harry doesn’t know one.  Harry’s father runs into the magician, the Great Tesla, in town and Tesla promises to see Harry, spots his talent, creativity and decides to give him a chance.

 

Chica Show: Chica’s Halloween Adventure – It’s Chica’s favorite time of the year but her indecision on what costume to wear stops her from enjoying all the Halloween fun. Will she be able to make up her mind in time? Find out in Chica’s Halloween Adventure! Then continue the fun with four more adventures in the Costume Coop. What are you waiting for? It’s time to dress up!

 

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Halloween! – The Cat in the Hat takes Nick and Sally on a Halloween ride filled with howlers and shockers and scary fandangles, big laughs and music and fun from all angles! Their fright-filled adventure takes them deep into the Oooky-ma-kooky Closet where Nick and Sally discover the very best Halloween costumes ever.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

 

R.M. Palmer Company has Delicious Candy this Halloween! Halloween Giveaway Opportunity!

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Halloween is less than a week away! Time to pick out Halloween costumes (if you haven’t already!) and time to buy Halloween candy!

SoCal City Kids has selected R.M. Palmer Chocolate candies as our favorites this Holiday!

I haven’t quite decided which bag is my favorite! It’s a close tie between the Monster Munch Mix and the Trick or Treat Mix! They are both filled with such delicious chocolates! They both have Peanut butter filled pumpkins…yum! My son likes the Double Crisp Monster Munny ones that are in the Monster Munch Mix!  What I really like about the Trick or Treat Mix is that the candies are individually pouched and sealed which is great for trick-or-treating or parties!

They are big bags too! The Trick or Treat package has 38 individual pieces and the Monster Munch Mix has 3 lbs of chocolates! Also available is the Milk Chocolate Flavored Tricky Treats Chocolate Mix and the Mummy Munchies! Each has over 200 pieces and I like that the Mummy Munchies are in a resealable bag!

They are easy to find too! I found out that many of the local stores near me have these yummy treats!

Mummy Munchies, 60 oz. bag  (SRP $10-12)

Trick or Treat Mix, 24 oz. bag  (SRP $5-6)

Monster Munch Mix, 48 oz. bag  (SRP $7-8)

Tricky Treats Mix, 70 oz. bag (SRP $10-12)

 

Click here to find out all locations!

We have teamed up for a Special Halloween Giveaway with our friends at R.M Palmer! You can win your own Halloween candy! To enter, leave a comment below telling us which bag you think that you would be most excited to try or you can simply tell us your favorite of the following chocolates:

Fudge Filled, Peanut Butter filled or Double Crisp!

Deadline to enter is October 29th, 2016 at noon PST! One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org.

*U.S. Residents only. One winner will win a gift prize featuring the above chocolates. 

Look for them on Facebook too!

About R.M. Palmer Company
R.M. Palmer Company has been crafting fun, seasonal chocolate novelties since 1948. Today, the R.M. Palmer Company is the 25th largest confectioner in North America and the 82nd largest confectioner in the world. (candyindustry.com <http://candyindustry.com> ). From its headquarters in West Reading, PA, Palmer’s 850 dedicated employees design, produce, package and ship more than 500 unique items to retail locations throughout North America – making Palmer one of America’s largest and most innovative confectioners.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this holiday feature and giveaway.

Looking for Halloween Costume Ideas? Check out Wholesale Halloween Costumes!

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Wholesale Halloween Costumes is making sure that your Halloween is the best, and most cost-effective, to date.

Their blog is filled with a ton of great DIY costume ideas and makeup tutorial videos that can help you with your look heading into the final few weeks before Halloween. Between characters from Finding Dory, Paw Patrol and your favorite Star Wars characters and superheroes, you won’t have any trouble dressing yourself this October 31st.

Additionally, their sister site, Wholesale Party Supplies, provides parents with fun guides for throwing a themed Halloween party, and step-by-step instructions for corresponding crafts. Don’t think we forgot about the pumpkins on your porch, either. We’ve got some awesome carving stencils for you to print and use.

The best part? All of this great content is free! Let Wholesale Halloween Costumes help you out this Halloween. Save money, dress well, and enjoy!

 

Credit: Wholesale Halloween Costumes.

Keep Your Mouth Healthy this Halloween!

Halloween is almost here and yes, candy really is a must this time of year! But, there is a way to help keep your teeth clean!

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This is really a rather unique toothbrush and I am pretty impressed!

The HartFelt 360 Toothbrush is the world’s first 360 degree toothbrush and revolutionizes your brushing experience with unparalleled cleaning power.

I was quite impressed with how well this toothbrush works! It seems to work better than a regular manual toothbrush and even seems to work without toothpaste. (Although I am not recommending not to use toothpaste!) They are available for both kids and adults. What impressed me the most is how it can reach hard to reach places easier and that  the toothbrush dries more quickly than an average manual toothbrush. Baby Buddy, the sister brand of HartFelt, also offers 360 Toothbrushes. They start at The baby buddy brushes start at 0-16 months and go up to 12 years old. I had my little niece try one out and her mom was also really impressed with how well it cleans and even when just using water.

To find out more, click here.

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. 

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Special Edition 2017 To Feature 11-Year-Old’s Candy, Zollipops Healthy Lollipop Company Featured in Iconic Book

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Zollipops® and its eleven-year-old entrepreneur and inventor, Alina Morse, are part of the 2017 special edition hardback non-fiction edition of the iconic Ripley’s Believe It or Not! book. In partnership with Scholastic, the book is aimed at young readers and presents weird stories and photographs in a similar format to the larger, more mature Ripley’s Believe It or Not! annual. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Special Edition 2017 is on newsstands now.
“I cannot believe I’m featured in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! book,” said Morse. “To be included in such a legendary book that includes so many cool facts and figures is a huge honor for me.  Our mission is to help reduce childhood tooth decay, and it’s thrilling to introduce Zollipops to a new audience and start changing the minds and candy eating patterns of kids and parents alike.  With kids heading Back to School, timing is perfect for kids to learn about Zollipops and for teachers to sign up for 250,000 smiles at www.Zollipops.com and get free Zollipops for their schools.”
The world of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! started in 1919 when Robert Ripley began traveling the world in search of the most unbelievable people and places, visiting more than 200 countries in his lifetime. His legacy lives on through the Ripley’s Believe it or Not! book series, which has been annually published since 1929. The kid’s edition has been publishedannually since 2004, and targets kids age 8 to 12 and in grades 3 through 7.
Morse and Zollipops are featured in a two-page spread as part of Chapter 1 on Entertaining Enterprises. The feature describes Morse’s unbelievable story behind her alternative to sugary suckers, and her healthy candies.
Zollipops help naturally raise the pH in your mouth and helps teeth remineralize faster, help reduce development of future cavities and leave teeth feeling smooth and clean.   Zollipops are sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan, dairy free, kosher and made with natural color and flavors in the USA.
Zollipops is #1 selling sugar free lollipop in USA, at Whole Foods Markets, US Military Exchange, Amazon, Meijer, HEB, Costco.com, and  at Toys R Us.  Morse’s pops were the only candy company invited to participate in the White House Easter Egg Roll in 2015 and 2016, and have been featured on Good Morning America and Steve Harvey.
I actually received samples of Zollipops and am really impressed! I like that they are sugar-free and my son actually likes the taste! Look for them this Halloween!
 
To learn more about the Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, visit http://www.ripleys.com/ or for more on the popular Clean Teeth Pops™, visit: http://zollipops.com/.
ABOUT ZOLLIPOPS:
Zollipops were invented by eleven-year-old Alina Morse and are made in the U.S., by LOL, in Walled Lake, Mich. Zollipops are available at Whole Foods Market, Meijer, HEB, Toys R Us, Exchange, BigY Markets, online at Amazon, Jet, Lucky Vitamin and Costco.com.  Zollipops and its founder Morse have been featured in a wealth of media including: Good Morning America, Steve Harvey, People, Parenting, Forbes Magazine, TIME For Kids,Entrepreneur Magazine, Bloomberg, ScholasticABC News, and The Washington Post. For more information, please visit http://www.Zollipops.com, http://www.Twitter.com/Zollipops,  https://www.facebook.com/Zollicandy.
Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post.

Burrito is Pet of the Week!

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One Burrito to go, with sides of love and kisses! Burrito at 11 years old is a sweet senior—a brown-and-white Chihuahua/mini-pin mix who knows all about family. That’s because he had one, once, and they surrendered him to Animal Care Services. The shelter is not a retirement home for pets—what this guy needs is a real home for the rest of his life. Dogs like Burrito have lots of years left to them, and we’d love someone to share them! Meet Burrito at Animal Care Services on the shelter side of the P.D. Pitchford Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A572569.

 

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

 

Credit: Courtesy of the Animal Care Services on the shelter side of the P.D. Pitchford Animal Village.

Non-profit announces winners of video game contest to educate and prevent teen dating violence One in three 14-year-olds have been in an abusive relationship

With recent findings determining that one in three 14-year-olds has experienced physical, sexual or psychological abuse within a dating relationship, rising to 44 percent by the time American young people graduate from college, teen dating violence (TDV) is a serious and widespread problem that continues to take parents and their children by surprise. In an effort to educate and prevent teen dating violence, the non-profit Jennifer Ann’s Group has been producing video games to stop TDV for the past nine years. Today, the nonprofit organization announces the winners of its ninth annual “Life. Love. Game Design Challenge.”

After Drew Crecente’s 18-year-old daughter was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, he founded Jennifer Ann’s Group to increase awareness about teen dating violence as well as provide educational information to help teens, tweens, and young adults identify and avoid abusive relationships. The non-profit started out by distributing leaflets, bookmarks and other printed materials across the United States, but since 2008, it has been running a game design challenge, and the interactive approach is working.

Research has shown that the most difficult thing for teenagers is seeking or accepting help. To that end, exploring concepts behind relationship abuse through games, at their own pace and often outside the classroom, has proven to be more effective than traditional pen-and-paper learning on the subject in a school environment.

The “Life.Love. Game Design Challenge” has received worldwide attention since its inception by challenging game designers and developers to create video games designed to prevent teen dating violence. Once again, the annual challenge received registrations from around the world, including Argentina, Canada, France, India, Philippines, Malaysia, Tunisia, Turkey, UK, USA, Sweden and Vietnam.

Winners of the 9th Annual Life.Love. Game Design Challenge

·       First Place ($8,000 prize) – “The Room Beneath the Rafters” – Luciano Sgarbi – UK / Sweden

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·       Second Place ($2,000 prize) – “Leaving” – Greg Heath-Kelly (Tetsudo) – UK

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·       Third Place ($800prize) – “Honeymoon” – Sandra Lara Castillo (SNDR) – UK

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·       Door Prize ($200 prize) – “A Casual Chat” – Andreas Lopez (Sphere 9) – USA

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Jennifer Ann’s Group

Jennifer Ann’s Group is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization preventing teen dating violence through awareness, education, and advocacy. The organization has been instrumental in the passing of legislation mandating teen dating violence awareness in schools and has distributed over a half-million free educational materials to schools, churches, and other organizations throughout the U.S. and U.K. at no cost to the recipients.

On February 15, 2006, Jennifer Ann Crecente, a high school senior, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. Jennifer was an honor roll student in high school, a camp counselor, a hospital volunteer, and participated in community theatre with her dad. Jennifer Ann’s Group is run by her father.