Archives for June 2017

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear would make a great gift for Mom-to-be!

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear is a cute and cuddly stuffed animal that also make the perfect keepsake for expecting parents.  This unique kit consists of an adorable stuffed animal (choose from several winsome creatures) and a 20-second red heart battery recorder that captures the sound of your baby’s heartbeat during your next ultrasound.


Credit: My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear.

The Queen Mary Hosts SoCal’s Top Fireworks Display for All-American 4th of July Celebration Multiple Stages with Live Entertainment, Family-Friendly Activities, Arts & Crafts and Strolling Performers Throughout the Legendary Ship


Let freedom ring and celebrate Independence Day aboard the majestic Queen Mary with a full day of live entertainment, family-friendly activities, delicious food, spectacular drinks from multiple bars, Ferris wheel ride, and more on Tuesday, July 4 from 2 – 10 p.m. The red, white and blue celebration is a ship-wide event, culminating with one of SoCal’s best 4th of July fireworks display above one of America’s “shining seas.”


The patriotic festival kicks-off at 2 p.m. with the sound of the historical Queen Mary horn. Upon entering The Village, guests will be greeted with a petting zoo, kids’ activities, inflatables, and more. Attendees will enjoy carnival games, strolling performers, delicious eats, All American Xpress Train, Ferris wheel ride, and live entertainment including a performance by popular 80s R&B singing group The Pointer Sisters at 8 p.m.


The festivities run all day long with live entertainment on multiple stages aboard the Queen Mary with comedy and magic shows in the Royal Salon and dance performances in the Grand Salon. The Straytones featuring the Lindy Sisters, Satin Dollz and Hollywood HotShots will perform in the Queen’s Salon, while DJ Mikey O. spins on the Sports Deck and DJ Rod Epic and HT Boombox light up the Verandah Deck. VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to experience even-more holiday fun with access to the crowd-favorite dueling pianos in the Britannia Salon and James Rensink and strolling performers on the Capstan & Britannia Deck.


In addition to the one-of-a-kind entertainment and 4th of July activities, ticket holders are invited to experience all the wonders of The Queen Mary with access to the Diana: Legacy of a Princess Exhibition, Queen Mary Story, All American Tour, 4D Theater screenings and Haunted Encounters Tours.


The Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July extravaganza is a patriotic celebration for all ages. The 15-minute-long firework show plays in-sync to patriotic music and paints the night sky with spectacular colors.


In honor of the holiday, The Queen Mary offers free admission to active duty military and military in uniform, at the door only. Tickets are $24 online for children, $29 day-of and $44 online per adult, and $49 day-of. The VIP-patriot pass is $99 for ages 4+ and includes additional access to Cap & Brit Decks, Britannia Salon, and premium firework viewing. Hotel and cabana packages are also available. For more information, schedule of activities and to purchase tickets visit


Credit:  The Queen Mary
Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include Chelsea Chowder House, Observatory Bar, as well as, a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum with various daily tours, and currently the ship is featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square- foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 346 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, see or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.


Restore for Health is a Must-Try!

“I received this product for free from Moms Meet ( to use and post my honest opinions.
Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.”


Have you heard of Restore?  I have to admit that I hadn’t until I was asked to participate in receiving free products from Moms Meet. So, what is it? Restore is a unique dietary supplement that strengthens the gut lining, which supplies the first line of defense against everyday exposures to environmental and food-borne factors. So, I tried it! I have read that it is a supplement that enhances mental clarity and even mood. I actually think it helps and I recommend it. So, what exactly does Restore do?  Restore creates an optimal environment in the gut membrane for good gut bacteria to flourish. I also had the opportunity to try out the New Restore Sinus Spray that is Non-Habit Forming, Preservative-Free, and Gluten & BPA-Free. This is actually not for when you have a cold but is designed to help you cleanse and soothe membranes lining your nasal passages.  This is actually my favorite of the products because it is great for when you are near dust and pollen.

So, how about trying Restore today? Our readers have a Discount to try them! Here’s the Discount: 20% off everything at using code B7X66JY. Code expires July 16, 2017!


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


BuddyPhones: Innovative and SAFE Volume Limiting Headphones for Kids


Portable devices like iPhones, iPads, MP3 players, and others are all capable of outputting sound at a level high enough to damage your hearing. While adults (should) know better and turn the volume down, kids often don’t. In order to protect their little ears, onanoff designed BuddyPhones to be the safest sound solution for children! BuddyPhones teaches kids to protect their hearing, encourage them to share, and embrace their inner creativity. BuddyPhones are innovative and built tough for kids. The headphone band is extendable to fit different sizes and grow with the child so it’s a perfect fit every time. The one size fits all is not only convenient but also budget-friendly, as parents won’t have to splurge on buy a new pair of headphones as the child grows.

I received a sample and love that they seem quite comfortable and my little reviewer did not want to take them off! They are available in the following:

STANDARD – The BuddyPhones Standard is the most economical edition.  The STANDARD’s key feature is the built in BuddyCable system is a built-in audio splitter that allows up to four audio cables to connect to one device, making it perfect for sharing with your best buddies. For those that have more than one child at home and they have trouble sharing it’s an excellent solution, allowing up to four kids to share one device, squabble-free. $19.99

EXPLORE – Along with its main key features, The BuddyPhones Explore has a detached BuddyCable with build a built-in microphone, which further improves the durability of the headphones. The microphone is useful for calling other buddies or to use with interactive learning apps, perfect for little scholars to use for study time. $24.99

EXPLORE FOLDABLE – BuddyPhones Explore Foldable extends the key feature of the explore by adding a foldable option with soft head band cushion.  It also comes with a color coordinated traveling bag, allowing the active explorer to travel with their headphones with ease.  $32.99

INFLIGHT – BuddyPhones InFlight are designed especially for airborne little travelers. The Inflight features a child-proof volume control dial, allowing parents to select the right volume between 75, 85 and 94 dB for different noise environment.  Inflight also comes with a two-prong airplane plug, detached BuddyCable, traveling bag and foldable function. $39.99.

MOOMIN –  This version of the Explore foldable BuddyPhones, are adorned with bright and cheerful Moomin designs portraying the fairytale Moomin family and other fun characters. $39.99.


Our readers have a discount code! Code CALKIDS2 for 20% off any Buddyphones.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to feature. Info and Image were also provided. 

Summer Beauty Must Products

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Does the Sun dry your hair out? This one is a must! I absolutely love it and have been using it once a week!

Sun Bum Beach Formula Deep Conditioning Masque
Our Deep Conditioning Masque was specifically formulated to restore essential hydration and enhance overall softness and smoothness to dry, damaged or over-processed hair.

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DDF Protect and Correct Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF15
A moisturizer with Mirco-Radiance ComplexTM to help diminish the appearance of brown spots and helps protect from UVA/UVB damage and discoloration. I love that this one really works! 

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Malin+Goetz Mojito Lip Balm
Back by popular demand this balm is soothing to the lips as its blended to protect, restore and replenish.

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Philip B. Oud Royal Thermal Protection Spray
Protect your hair against damage as this spray creates an invisible, weightless shield against the sun, chlorine and salt water.    This one is a beauty-must! It really helps from leaving my hair feeling dry and brittle after days in the sun!

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Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Nourishing Mineral Sunscreen
The lightweight, fast-absorbing formula spreads on evenly, leaving behind water-resistant, broad spectrum SPF30 protection, without the thick or sticky white residue. I LOVE this Sunscreen!  My favorite thing is that it truly does absorb quickly!


Look for all of these products at a retailer near you!

Happy Summer! 


Release Your Inner Child in Carlsbad, CA

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Catching a wave off the Carlsbad Coast (Photo Credit: Visit Carlsbad)

Home to the blocky amusement park and SeaLife, the sunny SoCal city Carlsbad, CA is often thought as a wonderland for kids. However, with Omni La Costa’s new Edge Day Club, bike-friendly roads throughout the city, seven miles of pristine beaches, ample watersports activities, and more this city isn’t just a playground for kids, it’s also a playground for adults looking to release their inner child.


Photo: Biking along one of the many bike paths that follow the coastline.(Photo Credit: Visit Carlsbad)

For those looking to find their younger self during their summer getaway, here are 15 ways to summer like a kid in Carlsbad, CA:


  1. Stop by Edge Day Club for perfectly poured crafted cocktails, bottle service options, and tempting culinary creations in a musically drenched outdoor venue atOmni La Costa Resort & Spa
  2. Take an electric bike tour through the village with Pedego Electric Bike Rental
  3. Beat your own best time racing at the K1 Speed Go Kart Track
  4. Go with the skate boarding flow at the Alga Norte Skate Park
  5. Go VIP with Cape Rey’s premium poolside cabana rentals, with personal service, an assortment of fruit and non-alcoholic drinks, complimentary WiFi, television, privacy drapes and VIP amenities
  6. Take in the amazing aerial views in an Icon Helicopter Tour
  7. Take a bite out of Carlsbad’s culinary best on a Food Tour
  8. Learn to swing like a pro at the Aviara Golf Club
  9. Surf with the pro’s with So Cal Surf Lessons
  10. Practice your sun salutes in a Stand Up Paddleboard yoga class
  11. Escape the heat with some figure skating at Icetown Carlsbad
  12. Test your kayak skills with Carlsbad Lagoon
  13. Surf while standing up with Two Guys Stand Up Paddleboard
  14. Taste Carlsbad’s best pizza at the Intergalactic Headquarters for the Pizza Port Empire
  15. Dance like nobody is watching during the 14th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival on August 25-27, 2017

Credit: Visit Carlsbad. 

Celebrate Independence Day at Dana Point Harbor

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OC Parks invites the community to spend Independence Day at Dana Point Harbor. Enjoy waterfront dining, ocean activities, boating, sailing, and experience south Orange County’s best aerial fireworks display, the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza.

The July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza will light up Dana Point Harbor. Visitors can enjoy fantastic views from the harbor, Baby Beach, the Island, and the many waterfront eateries located within the harbor. The display begins at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4 and early arrival is recommended. Visitors are encouraged to bring a personal FM radio to tune into KSBR 88.5FM and listen to the patriotic music accompanying the fireworks display.

Spend the week of Independence Day enjoying Dana Point Harbor’s many waterfront restaurants and ocean activities, or take a cruise in the harbor on July 4th to view the fireworks display. The Ocean Institute, Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, and Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari are all offering 4th of July Fireworks cruises.

Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the free shuttle services on July 4th to avoid traffic jams. The shuttles will make round trips from Dana Hills High School to Dana Point Harbor from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Shuttle service will suspend at 9 p.m. until after the fireworks and will resume until 11 p.m.

The Dana Point Trolley will drop off and pick up at stop #6 on July 4th in the Harbor from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the inter Harbor shuttle will pick up and drop off at the restaurants and retail area, Baby Beach, the Island, and Ocean Institute from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Streets within Dana Point Harbor will have restricted left hand turn lanes and cars will be detoured to go right only (Dana Point Harbor Drive, Puerto Place & Island Way). Cove Road will be closed during the fireworks and re-opened after the fireworks.

Celebrate Independence Day at Dana Point Harbor and experience the spectacular July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. For more information visit

Credit: OC Parks. Info and Image was provided.

These Products are a Must for the Summer!

Summer is here! Finally! I can’t wait to spend time at the beach!

Here are my favorites for the Summer!

Block Island Organics SPF 30 Natural Mineral Sunscreen

Block Island Natural Mineral (zinc only) Sunscreen – SPF 30.  It’s great for adults, kids, and babies over 6 months.  All of their products are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, dyes and artificial fragrances. They also don’t do animal testing and use vegan-based formulas.
I received a sample and I love how well it works! No sunburn for me!
Their sunscreen also made The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Best Beach & Sport Sunscreen list for the third year in a row.
Here’s a bit more about them: Their belief is that good skin care is about good suncare as the sun is the leading cause of skin damage and premature aging.  Skin care doesn’t need to be complicated, overly expensive or chemically manufactured.  They believe that it is our responsibility to educate consumers, provide quality products and simplify the skin care process.
Find it here! 
 Here is a discount code = denise
The code is good for 20% off on our site from today through Sunday, July 2nd!  May not be used with any other codes. 
Looking for Summer Camp products?
Here are a couple of my top choices!
Kids of all ages will love these adorable and cool Journals, Postcards and On-the-go games!
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I love all the fun choices from Peaceable Kingdom!  My favorites are the Cat and Emoji Face Postcards!
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But, the games such as You Guessed It! are also fun for Family Travel this Summer or for Family Game Nights! They have a great variety and I highly recommend all if their products!  I like that they have products for a variety of ages.
Here are some more necessities for Summer Camp! 
I love these all-natural products that will help protect your child from all types of critters!
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Bug Spray

Even if your child loves creepy, crawly things, mosquito bites and bee stings can make summer camp unpleasant. So don’t forget the bug spray — just be sure to use one made for kids. Fairy Tales Bug Bandit ($15) DEET-free formula ($13.95) promises to repel fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, and biting flies all with a mere spritz.  Plus, it is free of harsh chemicals, pesticides, toxins, parabens, sulfates, dairy, gluten, and nuts that can trigger allergic reactions.



There is nothing worse than a visit from Aunt Louise at summer camp! Close proximity in camp cabins and sharing caps and clothing create the perfect storm for a lice outbreak. To protect your child, simply pack a shampoo that will naturally repel lice. Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel Daily Shampoo ($12.95) gently cleanses the scalp while a proprietary blend of organic Rosemary, Citronella, Tea Tree and Geranium oils help prevent lice.


Bed Bug Protectant

Camp cabins are a breeding ground for bed bugs. Not only will they leave your child with itchy bites, but they’ll also be coming home with them in their suitcase (yikes). Bed bug sprays are often harsh and unsafe, so be sure to read the ingredients before packing one. Fairy Tales Sleep Tite Bed Bug Spray ($5.95) is an EPF exempt formula that is classified as minimal risk and uses natural ingredients that have been shown to help kill bed bugs and their eggs.

I love that these really do work and that they aren’t full of chemicals! I highly recommend all of their products!

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Who is ready for a BBQ?
 The 4th of July can be a hard time for those who eat gluten-free, and BFree would love to help with their soft rolls. The BFree Soft White Rolls and Brown Seeded Rolls are the perfect wheat-free substitute to grilling favorites such as hamburgers and sliders, allowing those living with Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivity enjoy backyard barbecues again.
I had the opportunity to try out these Soft Rolls and they are simply delicious! I also love their Sweet Potato Wraps! They have a great variety of products to choose from and they are all gluten-free!
Looking for something when the Kids start saying they are bored?
Introducing The 3D Magic Pen!

For everyone full of imagination and desire to turn their 2-dimensional fantasies into 3-dimensional realities, HamiltonBuhl introduces the 3D Magic Pen™.

With plug and play simplicity and at a touch of a button, doodles and hand-drawings will spring out of flat 2-dimensional paper world becoming real 3-dimensional objects.

Designed to stimulate creative thinking and help master problem-solving, the 3D Magic Pen™ is very easy to use, simply plug it in, watch the screen for optimal temperature, then press for action. Key features include:

  • Comfort grip design
  • Self-feeding motor
  • Ceramic nozzle for safe use
  • Speed adjusting dial
  • Vibrant filament colors
  • Non-toxic, quick cooling and hardening filaments

The 3D Magic Pen™ comes with three color filaments. Packs of fifteen color filaments or individual color rolls are available for purchase separately.

With so many filament color options, building and creating possibilities are endless – doodles and dinosaurs, towers, dragons and trolls – there is no limit to what can be built.

This one really is a lot of fun! I was surprised how easy it is to use!


The 3D Magic Pen™ is currently available for purchase with manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $99 through HamiltonBuhl’s educational dealer network or at Additional filaments are available in packs of 15 different vibrant colors and retail for $29.95.

Looking for an on-the-go Snack?


I love the GoMacro Bars! They are healthy and delicious! And, did you know that this past Spring, GoMacro completed Certified R.A.W.™ and Certified C.L.E.A.N.™ labels for all of their products?  For more information, please visit

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Starting on a small organic family farm in 2004, GoMacro is an internationally distributed plant-based food company that believes in the pursuit of thoughtful food choices and clean eating. Sourcing only the highest quality plant-based ingredients from the top organic and non-GMO certified growers, GoMacro has maintained a steadfast commitment to the company’s roots in Farm, Family, and Ingredients. GoMacro’s award-winning MacroBars and recently launched Thrive Bars are produced in Viola, Wisconsin, near the GoMacro family farm. For additional product information and more about our story, please visit or call 1-800-788-9540. Find us on social media at @GoMacro.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this Summer featured post. Photo images were also provided.