Archives for November 10, 2017

Wonder The Movie #ChooseKind Giveaway Opportunity!

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Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

We have teamed up for a giveaway! One winner will win a Prize pack that includes: T-shirt, Fidget Spinner, Lunch Bag, Book, Bookmark, Fish Eye Lens, Sky/Star Projector and a Screening Pass good for two to see the film in theaters.

I know I can’t wait to see this one! To enter, leave a comment below about choosing kind. ūüôā One winner will be selected via Random.org. Deadline to enter is November 15th, 2017 at noon PST.

Self Disclosure: I received movie passes/prize package to post. SoCal City Kids will choose the winner. Credit: Lionsgate for movie info, prize package and images. 

Plums The Word for Fall!

Plum’s The Word for fall and what better way to create bold looks than with beautiful nails from Sally Hansen and the perfect lip color from Rimmel London.

RIMMEL LONDON STAY MATTE LIQUID LIP COLOUR ($5.79)

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Get ready for a bold, matte lip-look that stays on. Rimmel London introduces Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour, a new liquid lipstick with high-intensity colour, a velvety matte finish and a long-lasting, comfortable wear.

I really love the color and that it goes on easily and stays on.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Color ($8.99)

The patented argan oil formula fuses intensive nourishment and instant moisture for healthy looking nails.Up to 10 days of fade-proof, chip-resistant wear.

I love that this one really does not chip easily!

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel ($9.99)

The #1 no light gel system!* In just two easy steps get up to 14 days of color and shine. More chip-resistant than regular nail polish!

 

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure ($7.99)

This all-in-one formula with keratin boasts 7¬†benefits in one bottle‚ÄĒ base coat, strength, treatment, salon color, topcoat, chip resistance and gel shine finish.

Complete Salon manicure delivers up to 64% stronger nails and up to 10 days of chip-resistant wear.

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Look for all these Beauty Must-haves at Retailers that sale Rimmel and Sally Hansen Products! 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this beauty post. Info and images were also provided.

Where Do YOU Take Your Welch’s?

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Until¬†November 20th, simply visit¬†http://wheredoyoutakeyourwelchs.com/¬†and submit where you take your Welch’s to be¬†entered¬†to win a box of Welch’s Mixed Fruit Snacks!

To¬†win even bigger, submit a photo or video of where you take your Welch’s to be entered for the grand prize, a¬†Tumi Double Expansion Travel Satchel, Beats by Dr. Dre Beats EP Headphones, a S’well Water Bottle¬†AND¬†1 box of each Welch’s Fruit Snacks variety.

So, where do you take Welch’s Fruit Snacks? We like to take ours on field trips!

Self Disclosure: I received a free box of Fruit Snacks to post. No other compensation was received. Information and image were also provided. Sweepstakes is not affiliated with SoCal City Kids.

“Christmas With a Plan!” Workbook is a must this upcoming holiday season!

Christmas With a Plan! workbook helps busy families enjoy an organized and memorable holiday. The 122-page book also serves as a keepsake journal of cherished memories and photos. Available at Amazon.com and everywhere books are sold. (PRNewsfoto/Ahearn Ink)

Anyone who has ever experienced a stressful or overwhelming Christmas season now has a new reason to celebrate: the release of “Christmas With a Plan! A Week-by-week Guide to Creating a Memorable Christmas.” This detailed and comprehensive workbook is filled with gift lists, Christmas card lists, budget worksheets, inventory sheets for decorations, letters to Santa, ideas for new holiday activities, places for photos, meal and recipe plans, calendars, advice and inspiration.¬† The 122-page book, which is published by¬†Ahearn Ink¬†and is available now on¬†Amazon.com¬†and everywhere books are sold, provides a step-by-step visual road map to creating an ideal and organized Christmas.

“Christmas with a Plan!” was developed by¬†Joleen Peoples¬†of¬†Higganum, Conn., and is based on the successful planners she created for her PeoplesLifeOnPaper Etsy shop.¬† Her objective was to help readers navigate the Christmas season with joy and purpose, and to create a book that would serve as a family’s year-to-year referral guide and scrapbook of traditions and memories.

“I originally designed this guide as a six-week planner, but quickly realized it can be put into motion any time throughout the year when the mood strikes to begin thinking about gift giving, shopping lists, cards to send, and all the other details that make up the holidays,” Peoples said.¬† “We want readers to proactively use this guide to track what has been purchased, stay on top of budgets, manage checklists and calendars leading up to Christmas, as a place store notes and photos for brainstorming, and as an ongoing reference tool for future holidays. ¬†There are countless ways this planner will help create a memorable and far more relaxing Christmas and we are excited to now make it available in book format.”

Thousands of people have purchased downloadable planners from the PeoplesLifeonPaper Etsy shop, which cover nearly 40 topics such as planning a family vacation, getting holidays in order, being a rock-star bridesmaid, getting chores scheduled, and organizing medical records.  This is the first planner that she has developed into a workbook.

I received a copy of this book and highly recommend! The book actually starts planning in October and I love that you can set Christmas goals, plan week by week and even put your holiday shopping list in this planner!  Makes it so more easy to be organized in this hectic season!

Look for it on Amazon.com and at other book retailers.

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to facilitate this post. The image was also provided. 

Fall Flavored Drink Recipes from our friends at Cascade Ice

The brisk winds of fall are fast approaching! As the leaves begin to change, so will our taste buds. There’s no need to feel guilty about your fall cravings when using naturally flavored Cascade Ice, so pull out those warm clothes and enjoy a refreshing beverage!

Below are a few festive drink recipes recommended by our friends at Cascade Ice for mixing up for fall. Low-cal, but full of flavor!

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  • Pomegranate Berry Sparkler

o¬†¬†¬†Pomegranates pack a punch of vitamins and anti-oxidants and now that they are in season, it’s a great time for this refreshing Pomegranate Berry Sparkler. To make this delicious spritzer, start by filling a glass half way with your favorite champagne. Next, add a splash of¬†Cascade Ice Pomegranate Berry¬†and top off your glass with fresh pomegranates. Serve, sip and enjoy!

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  • Fall Sangria

o   You can’t go wrong with sangria, especially this fun fall version! First, pour your choice of white wine, club soda, and Cascade Ice Cranberry Pomegranate to taste into a punch bowl or beverage dispenser. Add apples and berries of your choice into the pitcher. Be sure to set aside a few pieces to garnish your individual glasses, if desired. Stir and you’re ready to serve!

  • Berry Spicer

o   This berry-flavored cocktail will warm you right up! Mix 5oz of Cascade Ice Wild Berry with 1oz of spiced rum in a glass. Stir the cocktail and garnish with a cinnamon stick or fresh berries. Enjoy the beautiful fall weather with this beautiful beverage!

 I received free samples and really enjoyed the Pomegranate Berry Sparkler!

Self Disclosure; I received free samples to facilitate this Fall post. Recipes and images were also provided. 

Barbara’s Bakery & RD Frances Largeman-Roth Have The Perfect Tips For Better Breakfast!

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This past September as Back-to-School started, Barbara’s had partnered with Frances Largeman-Roth РRDN, nutrition expert, mom of 3 and best-selling author of Eating in Color Рand created five better breakfast tips that are just wonderful for this Fall!

  1. Breakfast Time over Screen Time¬†‚Äď Mornings are hectic, especially at the beginning of the school year, before everyone has settled into their schedules. Make it clear to your kids that breakfast time needs to come before they turn on the TV or play with their phone.
  2. Better Breakfasts¬†‚Äď Barbara‚Äôs Breakfast Survey revealed that juice and cereal are the most common breakfast foods on school days: 71% of children drink fruit juice and 95% of children eat cereal. Clearly, kids love juice and cereal but you can still help them make better choices. For example, 100% fruit juice rather than ‚Äúdrinks‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúblends‚ÄĚ and lower sugar cereals like Barbara‚Äôs Puffins, which are also packed with whole grains.
  3. Add Color!¬†‚ÄstStudies show that kids like food that‚Äôs colorful, so take the opportunity to fit in an extra serving of antioxidant and vitamin C-rich fruit–and tempt their taste buds–by offering brightly colored berries, diced apple and melon, or sliced grapes and kiwi fruit on the breakfast table.
  4. Streamline Set Up¬†‚Äď Having a sit-down breakfast is much more doable if you do a little prep in advance. Set up the breakfast table the night before: Clear clutter, and set out bowls, spoons, and napkins. Then all you need to do in the morning is serve the food!
  5. Always Have Backup! ‚ÄstThere are some days when you just have to grab and go! Being prepared with a healthy back up option is smart. I like to make extra whole grain pancakes on the weekend and freeze them for a rainy day.

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I also received samples of Barbara’s cereal products and I just love the Puffins! It has been a real hit with our family this Fall!

Check out all their breakfast product here!  I also highly recommend the Pumpkin Puffins, which is seasonal!

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Tips and images were also provided.

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que Celebrates Military Family Month Teams Up With Round It Up America To Raise Funds for Operation Homefront Holiday Meals for Military

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Family-owned, award-winning barbeque destination Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que is celebrating Military Family Month by teaming up with Round It up America to raise funds for Operation Homefront’s Holiday Meals for Military program.

During November,¬†Lucille‚Äôs will donate to¬†Operation Homefront the Round It Up America contributions ‚Äď in which guests ‚Äúround up‚ÄĚ their purchases to the nearest dollar ‚Äď at 23 participating locations throughout Arizona, California and Nevada.¬†Team members at¬†Lucille‚Äôs restaurants will wear buttons to show their support.

Throughout November, for each donation of $5 or more,¬†Lucille‚Äôs will give guests a $10 bonus card good for a return visit. (One per table, please.)¬†Lucille‚Äôs will also be serving up a ‚ÄėLouisiana Lemonade,‚Äô a refreshing drink that combines Bacardi Raz, Chambord, fresh blueberries, lemonade, Lucille‚Äôs fresh house sour and topped with a light beer, all served in a 22oz mug. For each drink sold,¬†Lucille‚Äôs will donate an additional $1 benefitting military families.

In honor of all those who have served in the military, Lucille’s will be providing 20% off the bill for active duty or veteran military personnel.

‚ÄúAt Lucille‚Äôs we value the men and women who have dedicated themselves to our country,‚ÄĚ said Brad Hofman, president of Hofman Hospitality Group, parent company of¬†Lucille‚Äôs Smokehouse Bar-B-Que. ‚ÄúThis Veterans Day, we are honoring them throughout the month of November and providing support for those who may need an extra hand this holiday season. Together with our guests we can make a difference in the lives of those who do so much for our country.‚ÄĚ

Lucille’s, as well as the other Hofman Hospitality Group restaurants, have set a donation goal of $25,000 to Operation Homefront. For more information, visit lucillesbbq.com.

‚ÄúWe are very grateful to Lucille‚Äôs and the Hofman Hospitality Group team for helping to raise funds to support our mission to build strong, stable, and secure military families,‚ÄĚ said Jack Chirrick, senior director with Operation Homefront.¬† ‚ÄúThrough our Holiday Meals for Military program we have an opportunity to thank military families for their service to all of us and help them to truly thrive in the communities they work so hard to protect.¬† Key partnerships like those with Lucille‚Äôs and the Hofman Hospitality Group make a huge difference in our ability to do that.‚ÄĚ

Lucille’s restaurants are reminiscent of a Southern roadhouse with a distinctive Southern décor that features reclaimed wood outline doors and windows for a rustic yet contemporary look. Lucille’s features blues-inspired art throughout the restaurant and the Flying Pig lounge.  Lucille’s has been participating in Round It Up America, a platform that encourages restaurant guests to donate change.  Over the past ten years, Round It Up America has collectively raised millions of dollars for charitable organizations and programs across the country.

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Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

Signal Hill, Calif.-based Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que (lucillesbbq.com) offers award-winning, savory, Southern-style food in 23 full-service, high-energy restaurants throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. Signature slow-smoked barbeque, flavorful appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, sides and desserts are served with a large helping of down-home, friendly service. Lucille’s restaurants are reminiscent of a Southern roadhouse replete with its distinctive front Southern decor, and select locations offer live blues entertainment at the Flying Pig Lounges. Family-owned, Lucille’s has plans to expand its unique brand of Southern hospitality to more locations in the future.

For more information, visit lucillesbbq.com, facebook.com/LucillesSmokehouseBBQ or twitter.com/Lucilles_BBQ.

About Operation Homefront

Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive ‚Äď not simply struggle to get by ‚Äď in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Operation Homefront provides critical financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term struggles. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support from thousands of volunteers, Operation Homefront proudly serves America‚Äôs military families. For more information, visit OperationHomefront.org.

Self Disclosure: Some form of compensation may have been provided to post. Information and images were also provided.