Archives for April 2017

PACT Organic are a Must-Buy! Super soft and good for our planet too!

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

Have you heard of PACT Organic?

I received an outfit to try and I am so impressed with how soft the material is! I received long leggings, a racerback bra, shelf bra camisole, crew socks, classic fit bikini underwear, a light weight hoodie, and men’s boxer briefs. My favorites are the light weight hoodie and the socks! They are super soft! I wear the hoodie all the time now!

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PACT Organic uses organic farming practices that don’t pollute the soil or water while partnering with organizations that protect the well-being of the people who make the clothes. I just love that these clothes are also good for our planet. If you know me, I am big beach clean up and the environmental issues are one of my big causes.

More info:

PACT Organic clothing is Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified, Organic Content Standard (OCS) certified, and Fair Trade Certified.

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You can purchase at https://wearpact.com/

But, to receive a 25% discount, click here!   Discount code: CityKids25

Discount code expiration: 8/31/17

They also have clothes for babies! My husband tried the Men’s Boxer Briefs and they were a hit with him too!

Self Disclosure: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

TOUCH THE EARTH by Julian Lennon with Bart Davis Illustrated by Smiljana Coh

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From internationally known singer, songwriter, and environmental activist Julian Lennon—along with New York Times bestselling author Bart Davis and beloved Croatian illustrator Smiljana Coh—comes TOUCH THE EARTH, an inspiring and lyrical story about how children can change the world and make it a better place.

In this debut picture book, readers will jump aboard the White Feather Flier, a magical plane that can go wherever you want, just point it up in the air, or down into the water. The White Feather Flier’s mission is to take children to places all over the world, engage them in helping to save the environment, and teach them how to keep it clean for future generations.

A passion project that comes from the heart, this stunningly illustrated book is inspired by the white feather he was given by his father when he was young. TOUCH THE EARTH is the first in a planned trilogy of similarly-themed picture books, and each will be released one year apart on Earth Day. A thrilling interactive experience à la Press Here, readers will participate in the action by pushing buttons within the book to help “fly the plane.”

Lennon has written an original poem to accompany the release of this legacy book, and all proceeds will be donated to the White Feather Foundation.

I received a copy of this delightful book and highly recommend! It’s the perfect book for young children in this day and time! It is inspiring and a magical story about making the world a better place.

About the Authors and Illustrator

Julian Lennon (author) is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, photographer, documentarian, and philanthropist. Born in Liverpool, England, Lennon is an observer of life in all its forms developing his personal expression through his artistic endeavors. In 2007, Lennon founded the global environmental and humanitarian organization The White Feather Foundation whose key initiatives are education, health, conservation, and the protection of indigenous culture.

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Twitter: @JulianLennon

Website:  http://www.julianlennon.com/

Instagram: @julespicturepalace
Facebook: Julian Lennon Official

Bart Davis (author) is an international bestselling author of novels and nonfiction books. His most recent is Black and White—The Way I See It, the biography of Richard Williams, father of tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams. He has also written two feature films and a wide range of print articles. Davis lives in New York City.

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Smiljana Coh (illustrator) is an artist who studied film animation and combines traditional and digital illustration techniques in her work. She has illustrated the picture books I Want to Be a Ballerina and wrote and illustrated The Seven Princesses. She lives in Croatia and can be found online at cohillustration.com.

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You can purchase at  Amazon, B&N, and Indiebound.

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book from Sky Pony Press to facilitate this post.

 

 

Gift Mom Rosy Glowing Clean Skin… AllGlamR ROSE PETAL CLEANSER is a Beauty Must-Buy!

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I simply love the AllGlamR Rose Petal Cleanser! I love how it cleans my skin, leaves it feeling soft and I even like the way it smells! 

AllGlamR’s Rose Petal Cleanser is a new lightweight facial wash formulated with delicately fragrant Rosehip Seed Oil and Seaweed Extracts to gently remove and lift dirt, impurities, and dead skin while regenerating new cell growth, restoring skin’s natural PH levels and delivering much needed moisture. Harvested from the seeds of rose bushes, the oil is full of vitamins A, C, E and F, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that are known to correct dark spots and hydrate dry, itchy skin, all while reducing scars and fine lines. It also influences collagen growth helping to reduce wrinkles and restore a firmer, smoother, younger looking appearance to every skin type and age.

My skin was really feeling dried out from the Winter season and this is the perfect face cleanser for the Spring! I love that only a small amount is needed and my skin feels smoother!

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More info:

“Rosehip Seed Oil is the next coconut oil”, says Gina Caruso co-founder of the AllGlamR brand. “It’s full of antioxidants that work on a cellular level to rejuvenate the skin and promote a healthy glow. Rosehips were used by the ancient Egyptians, Mayans and Native Americans for their healing properties and now provide a natural alternative to many ingredients that dry and irritate skin and unlike heavier oils, Rosehip Seed Oil is easily absorbed into the skin.”

 

This proprietary formula also contains Linoleic Acids, which are integral skin nutrients and Seaweed extract imparting additional skin nourishing, collagen-boosting vitamins and essential fatty acids that don’t just infuse the skin with moisture, but prevent skin from losing moisture. With all these natural skin reviving benefits Rose Petal Cleanser is the perfect everyday cleanser to clean and repair the skin’s surface, restore elasticity and protect against sun and pollution stressors that can lead to wrinkles.

You can find it here.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Photos were provided.

 

The Habit Burger Grill Spices Up Menu With Return of The Tempura Jalapeno CharBurger Don't miss this one! Its delicious!

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The Habit Burger Grill Brings Back Fan-Favorite

‘Tempura Jalapeno Charburger’

Burger fans can spice up their spring with The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) popular “Tempura Jalapeno Charburger,”available from April 26 – May 30.

First introduced in late 2015, the Tempura Jalapeno Charburger (price) adds a delicious and satisfying blend of crunch and spice to The Habit’s juicy Charburger line-up.  This Charburger tops a flame-grilled beef pattie with crisp tempura battered jalapenos, American cheese, fresh lettuce and tomatoes, spicy jalapeno ranch mustard, and juicy pickles, served on a toasted bun. The Tempura Jalapeno Charburger joins a variety of tasty made-to-order burgers, fresh, hand-cut salads, and a variety of sandwiches, just in time to spice up any Cinco de Mayo celebration.

“Taking chargrilled burgers to the next level is what our guests expect from The Habit, and the Tempura Jalapeno Charburger delivers with spice and quality. This has become one of our most requested items, and we are pleased to return it to our menu for a limited time,” said Adam Baird, executive chef at The Habit Burger Grill.

I had the opportunity to try this one today and I highly recommend! I just loved the crisp tempura battered jalapenos! Yum! So, don’t miss this one! It’s only available until May 30th!

 

About The Habit Burger Grill

The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade albacore tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. The Habit has since grown to over 175 restaurants in 10 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Washington and Maryland as well as two international locations.

More information is available at www.habitburger.com.

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to try the New Tempura Jalapeno Charburger. Any opinion expressed is my own. Photo image was provided.

Dunkin’ Donates 1,000s of Donuts and Cups of Joe for Teacher Appreciation Week Mon., May 1 through Fri., May 5

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In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, will donate thousands of donuts and cups of coffee to public schools in Southern California.With a passion for supporting the areas in which it serves, the donations from Dunkin’Donuts are a way to show appreciation for teachers in Southern California and all they do to help the local communities thrive.

Over 25 Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Southern California will be participating in the Teacher Appreciation Week donation. More than 4,500 donuts and 2,000 cups of coffee are expected to be donated through the local program.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for real time updates.

WHEN:  Teacher Appreciation Week- Mon., May 1 through Fri., May 5

 

Credit: Dunkin’ Donuts.

Belli Skincare this Spring is a Must! And Don't Miss Belli’s BIG Baby Shower (April 23 - May 8)!

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Are you a new Mom or are you pregnant? Looking for some amazing skin care products? Belli Skincare products are a must! And, you don’t have to be a new Mom or pregnant to use them! I received samples to try out and I was quite impressed!

I tried out the Healthy Glow Facila Hydrator and the Sheer Comfort Lip Balm and these work really well! I love how soft my face felt after using the Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator!  

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I also really like the All Day Moisture Body Lotion because it also is great for dry skin! I didn’t try the Stretchmark Minimizing Cream but a friend tried it and she says it works better than any other ones that she has tried!

Find out more about these and their other products at http://www.belliskincare.com/

And wait! I have some exciting news!

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Belli’s BIG Baby Shower (April 23 – May 8)

 

During this BIG Baby Shower, Belli will be showering you with gifts!!  Belli Skincare is proud to partner with like-minded mom and baby brands to celebrate the full pregnancy to motherhood experience with a sitewide sale and online giveaways.  
 
Visit the Belli website to enjoy 20% savings sitewide on Belli Skincare products with promo code (BABYSHOWER). 
 
Enter to win daily for a chance to win a Grand Prize Package, which features items from all of the Belli BIG Birthday Bash brand partners.  One lucky winner will take home the Grand Prize package valued at over $1,500 in mom and baby products.  
 
Participating brand partners include Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Posh Playmat, Gugu Guru, Guava Family, Tootsies, PsiBands, Evoz, Chewbeads, BabyBjorn, Bump Boxes and Belabumbum.
Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate the post. SoCal City Kids is not affiliated with the Belli’s BIG Baby Shower. Images were provided except for the middle group photo.

 

 

The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its eighth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 2017 Giveaway Opportunity!

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EXPLORE AND CELEBRATE SOCAL’S COAST AT

AQUARIUM’S URBAN OCEAN FESTIVAL, APRIL 29-April 30, 2017

 

          The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its eighth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 2017. The Pacific waters off Southern California host an array of industrial and recreational activities and provide habitat for a diverse group of animals. Visitors to this festival can learn more about and appreciate our urban ocean. The festival will include art exhibitions, the Trashin’ Fashion Show and contest for designs using recycled materials, mural painting, poetry readings, booths, live band performances, educational activities, sustainable seafood tastings, and more. The Urban Ocean Poetry boat cruise will also be available during the weekend at an additional cost and Urban Ocean Cruises will occur monthly throughout the summer.

 

WHEN:          Festival: Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:        Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

 

COST:            The festival is free to Aquarium members and included with general admission for the public. General admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members. Additional cost for cruises. Poetry Cruise and Urban Ocean Cruises are additional and can be purchased in combination with Aquarium admission or à la carte.

Mobile-device and printable coupon

http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/fest9

With coupon adults receive $10 OFF admission on April 29 or April 30. Regular $29.95, just $19.95 with coupon!

INFO:                         (562) 590-3100

Festival: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/urban_ocean_festival/

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to attend either Saturday or Sunday. To enter, leave a comment below telling us your favorite thing about visiting the Aquarium. Deadline to enter is April 27th, 2017 at noon PST so enter now! 

 

AQUARIUM: The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse

cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the Ocean Science Center, and Molina Animal Care Center. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. The Aquarium has won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits.

Photo Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.

The Fate of the Furious – Fan Pleaser with Ridiculous Action Scenes, Fun Characters, Slick New Cars

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Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage… and to bring home the man who made them a family. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Benjamin P. comments, “The Fate of the Furious is an enjoyable entry into the Fast and Furious franchise that brings exactly what fans want to see: ridiculous action sequences, fun characters and slick new cars.” Na’im S. adds, “I find the direction and acting to be quite good. Car and action movie fans will rejoice at the movie.” For their full reviews, see below.

 

 

The Fate of the Furious

By Benjamin P, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11

 

The Fate of the Furious is an enjoyable entry into the Fast and Furious franchise that brings exactly what fans want to see: ridiculous action sequences, fun characters and slick new cars.

 

Directed by F. Gary Gray, The Fate of the Furious opens with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his wife Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) on their honeymoon in Cuba when his team is called to assist Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) with a mission in Berlin. Dom ruins the mission by going rogue and leaving Hobbs injured on the side of the road. The team soon figures out that Dom is working with a cyber terrorist by the name of Cipher (Charlize Theron). To take down Dom and figure out why he has changed sides, they must enlist the help of old friends as well as new ones.

 

My favorite part of this film is the jailbreak scene where Hobbs has to stop an old enemy named Deckard (Jason Statham) from escaping prison and wreaking havoc. Seeing two action heroes fighting their way out of prison and preparing to duke it out is exhilarating and had me pumping my fists in the air with excitement. This scene is over-the-top and outrageous but I was having too much fun to care.

 

I am an outsider to this franchise, having never before seen a Fast and Furious film. I really enjoyed this movie. As this franchise has evolved, it has learned what the fans want to see. By not taking itself too seriously, the cheesy dialogue and slow-mo feel a little more fitting with its lighter tone. The way this film works is that it knows it’s absurd and has fun with it.

 

I don’t love the story because it tries to do too much, a common thing in blockbuster movies today. The opening sequence in Cuba is unnecessary. It barely has anything to do with the plot but it does establish the mood and tone. By upping the ante with ridiculous action from the very start, it prepares the audience for what’s to come. There are also a lot of characters to follow and sometimes the plot gets a little too ridiculous for comfort. But if you’re going to see this film, it’s not for a strong story.

 

Some performances in this film are very funny. Tyrese Gibson is hilarious as Roman. He has a lot of fun with this role and is very energetic. Dwayne Johnson is another standout who delivers an amusing performance. He maintains his action hero persona while also exercising his comedic chops.

 

The lesson of this film is that you should never turn your back on family. Even when Dom goes rogue, his team never gives up on him. I recommend this film for ages 14 to 18 for its mild language and violence.

 

I give The Fate of the Furious 4 out of 5 stars. Overall, The Fate of the Furious is a film that should be appealing for outsiders to this franchise as well as those who have been on this ride since the very beginning. This film opens in theaters on April 14th, so be sure to check it out.

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The Fate of the Furious

Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

 

 

The Fate of the Furious is the eighth movie in the long running franchise, and it doesn’t disappoint. I find the direction and acting to be quite good. Car and action movie fans will rejoice at the movie.

 

The story is about Dom (Vin Diesel), who is enjoying himself with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) in Cuba. However, Dom encounters Cipher (Charlize Theron), an infamous hacker. Cipher presents Dom with an offer to betray his team and Dom agrees. The reason for his betrayal is unknown and he frames one of the members of his team, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), for the theft of an EMP. Hobbs is broken out of prison to catch Dom under the condition that he works with an enemy, Deckard (Jason Statham). The team, under the lead of Hobbs works together to stop Dom and Cipher.

 

Vin Diesel, as Dom, is believable in his betrayal and his eagerness to follow Cipher. Michelle Rodriguez, as Letty, presents her love for Dom and her concern for why he is down his dark path in a very convincing way. Charlize Theron, as Cipher, brings thrills and espionage to the film with her coerciveness. Dwayne Johnson, as Hobbs, performs his role well with his macho man physique, despite his corny one-liners. Jason Statham, as Deckard, stands out as my favorite character because of how he banters with Hobbs and how well he fits his action hero role.

 

From Cuba, to New York, to Russia, the direction of F. Gary Gray is fast paced and packed with action scenes. He handles the character moments well, too. The twist on why Dom betrays his team is an example. My favorite scene is the prison fight with Hobbs and Deckard because the actors are fun to watch and the music choice fits the scene well. My only problem with the movie is that the comedy doesn’t land many times and for me is cringe worthy and cheesy.

 

The movie’s message is to always trust in your family. The team could easily turn on Dom, but they always try to help him out. I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18 due to its intense action and language. This film opens in theaters on April 14th, so check it out if you want a fast ride.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!