Archives for February 12, 2018

Mangiacotti’s New Whipped Body Wash and Whipped Body Lotion are a must this Valentine’s Day! POMEGRANATE...SHAKESPEARE'S IN LOVE!

Looking for a wonderful beauty gift this Valentine’s Day? Mangiacotti’s new Whipped Body Wash and Whipped Body Lotion are both lightweight yet incredibly luxurious, providing hydration and intensive moisturizing along with other key features and benefits as they clean and moisten the skin. I had the opportunity to try them out and I love how soft my skin feels after using them. I also love that you only need to use a small amount.  I really love the fragrance and you just have to check out Mangiacotti’s scented candles. They smell so good!

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

 

 

 

Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab: Rock It to the Moon – Star Trek-ishly Informative and Entertaining

Join Angie and friends as they deal with everything from a remote control dance outfit to gravity to moon rocks and more! Hoping to get on a dance show, Von Bolt wears a remote-control dance outfit. But if he lets someone else dance for him, is he really a winner? Next, the Secret Lab Kids are ready to demo their new science song for web entrepreneur, Mook Zookerboom, when he learns that a satellite is coming down out of orbit, panics and heads for the airport. So the team must gather some data on gravity to convince him to return. Then, when Von Bolt accidentally destroys the museum’s new moon rock, the Secret Lab Kids must find a way to replace it. Guided by fun-loving Edison, Angie and friends will show kids just how fun science can be! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Rohan F. comments, “This is a very educational show. It’s bright, colorful characters and high-level facts make it attractive to most ages.  It manages to be both informative and entertaining.” Talia J. adds, “I am happily surprised by this DVD. I was expecting these episodes to be very child-like and not very humorous. I was very wrong! The episodes kept me interested the entire time.” Damon F. wraps it up with, “

 

Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab: Rock It to the Moon

By Rohan Foxe, KIDSFIRST! Film Critic, age 12

This is a very educational show. It’s bright, colorful characters and high-level facts make it attractive to most ages.  It manages to be both informative and entertaining.

The DVD has eight episodes that follow Angie, Kent, JD and Nicky as they go on adventures using science. The episodes include Dancing Machine, Murphy’s law of Gravity, Rock it to the Moon, Act Your Stone Age, Von Drop-Out, Freaky Furry, The Monster Not Under the Bed and Nanobots Byte. In each episode the Secret Lab Kids, as they’re called, use their hologram projector to visit a scientist from the past. The scientist tells them a bit about his most famous discovery, which gives them a hint to solve the major problem of the episode. I like their decision to use some lesser known scientists such as Thales, instead of just the most famous scientists like Albert Einstein. However, they could have been more diverse in who they chose. Other than the kids, there are no female scientists in the entire episode set.

My favorite episode is Von Drop-Out. Von Bolt is my favorite character on this show. I like him because he is funny and interesting. In this episode, he feels underappreciated and quits. He gets a new job as a rescue robot and the Secret Lab Kids try to find him so they can get him to come back. I like this episode because its explanation on the science of proportion and measurement is easy to understand and is used in the most practical way that could be used by anyone in the real world. Von Bolt is voiced by Dan Russell. I really enjoyed this voice. He manages to show emotion but still keep the voice robotic.

I like how educational this series is. It teaches science, history, technology, math, vocabulary and much more. This isn’t the only thing children might take from these episodes. The educational values are almost over-shadowed by the wacky, unexplained, convenient items the Secret Lab Kids have.

The music on this show is almost better than the show itself. After each episode, there is a song. These songs teach more science than the stories, teach it faster, are equally entertaining and are amazingly well produced. They are, by far, my favorite part of this DVD and the show as a whole. Overall I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 through 14.

Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab: Rock it to the Moon

By Talia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab: Rock it to the Moon is an entertaining DVD gives everyone a better understanding of science.

Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab: Rock it to the Moon is an animated series of science-themed episodes. The show is about a group of friends who find the famous scientist Thomas Edison’s secret lab. Thomas Edison has made a secret lab where he creates a virtual version of himself and a robot named Van Bolt. The friends embark on fun adventures with one another while at the same time learning valuable scientific knowledge of the world around them.

I am happily surprised by this DVD. I was expecting these episodes to be very child-like and not very humorous. I was very wrong! The episodes kept me interested the entire time. The episodes are rather short which I think is fantastic because it keeps the audience attention the whole time. The episodes are silly, but in a way that got me laughing. These episodes are definitely aimed for much younger audiences. Since I am not in that age range, I did not think I was going to appreciate the humor like a little child would. My expectations were definitely wrong. I absolutely love the little jokes and funny characters. The humor gives these episodes character.

These episodes are perfect for anyone interested in science. What surprised me the most about this DVD is that I didn’t even know most of the science related topics. Some of the topics the episodes discuss are Murphy’s Law of Gravity, fossils, and many more. It is very important for children shows to be both informative and entertaining. Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab: Rock it to the Moon definitely incorporates these two ideas beautifully. Each episode helps teach kids that science is actually fun. Perhaps one day it can inspire the next generation of scientists.

I absolutely adore the music in this DVD. There are a total of eight episodes in the DVD. At the end of each episode there is a music video about science. The music is written and produced by Stefanie and Ron Fair. I must say that I am still caught humming some of the tunes. The music is very catchy, and the music videos are entertaining to watch. In the music videos there are always five robots that are doing something crazy. In one episode they float around space and orbit the Earth. The five robots give the music videos a unique touch.

This DVD is a perfect way to introduce children to science. Each episode adds humor and silliness while including a valuable science lesson. I recommend this DVD for anyone between the age of 4 and 9 and give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars. This DVD is out now so go check it out!

Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab – Rock It to the Moon

Damon F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab – Rock It to the Moon is a DVD full of episodes about a group of kid scientists who work together on adventures in Thomas Edison’s secret lab. The series is about the group finding problems around their town and solving them by using scientific facts. I always enjoy these episode packs because I like science and they teach us a lot about chemicals and discoveries I didn’t know about before. After every episode there is a song (written by Stefanie and Ron Fair) about the episode that is sung by dancing robots. The songs are very repetitive and younger kids would like that.

The four kid scientists are, Angie (Phillipa Alexander) a modern female version of Thomas Edison, JD (Adam Long), Angie’s brother who  thinks well under pressure, Kent (Shash Hira), who has all kinds of phobias and loves all applications of science,  Nicky,  a scientific genius who is secretly jealous of Angie, and of course Thomas Edison (Livingston Taylor), a hologram of the scientist who is the kids’ inspiring mentor who  doesn’t solve their problems for them, but instead offers advice and guidance.  In the lab they have Edison’s projector which makes his hologram and a virtual reality machine which opens a portal that each episode sends them to a different scientist from the past who teaches them something that will help them solve their current problem. These lessons teach real life facts which I like. This episode pack is about a few of their problems that they solve using all they know about science.

Episodes on this DVD include, Dancing Machines, Murphy’s Law of Gravity, Rock it to the Moon, Act your Stone Age, Von Drop-Out, Freaky Furry, The Monster Not Under the Bed, and Nanobots Byte. My favorite episode is Freaky Furry which is about when Angie accidentally switches brains with her dog during a test. The group must find out what happened and switch the brains back. I like this because it is the only one about the human body which I find fascinating and because I like dogs. My favorite character is Von Bolts, the robot lab assistant, because he is a funny, indestructible machine who features in all the episodes.

The message of this show is that if you work together, you can do anything. I recommend this DVD for ages 4 through 10 because it is funny and very educational but easy to understand. I rate this DVD 4 out of 5 stars because I like to hear facts and some parts are funny. This DVD/Blu-ray is available now so go check it out. This series has its own website called, edisonsecretlab.com which you should also look at because it has a lot of added features.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

 

 

 

Valentine’s Gift Ideas for the Kids!

 

Here are some great ideas for the Kids!

This plush animal is too cute!

PBS KIDS continues its multi-year partnership with Whole Foods Market with a variety of toys, including a new line of sustainable, educational wooden toys for children. Part of a new licensing partnership between PBS KIDS and Maxim Enterprise, Inc., the new collection of PBS KIDS EverEarth products spans multiple product categories for both indoor and outdoor play, encouraging families to explore and learn together. Additionally, PBS KIDS will premier eight new plush animals, made by Aurora, available exclusively at Whole Foods Market. These came out over the past holiday season.

The new PBS KIDS toy line includes stackers, blocks, wooden vehicles, pull-along animals, musical instruments and more. Each toy is manufactured sustainably with FSC®-certified wood and organic cotton, and embellished with water-based paint.

The PBS KIDS Aurora line of plush toys will debut in November exclusively at Whole Foods and will feature a new lineup of animals, including a narwhal, flamingo and black jaguar. The toys feature fun, kid-friendly facts about each animal, connecting children with the diversity of wildlife.

About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby Award-winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning. The PBS KIDS Video app is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

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Kids’ Book Subscription Box!

   

Spark a lifetime love of reading with Literati’s monthly Book Club for kids. Literati works a bit like Stitch Fix, for books. They work with top-educators and librarians to hand-pick five beautiful new books every month with a fun theme (science, friendship, adventure, history, etc.). You just select the book club based on your kids’ age and development (up to 9 years old), and the books come each month.

Th above books were included in the January’s box. The Book Club theme was “What Dreams Are Made Of.” I  loved the quality of the books and such great choices! February’s theme is “In My Heart,” and March – “Our Great Civilization” and April – “The Earth Speaks.”

To find out more go to www.literatibooks.com.

Do you have kids who love games? 

HABA’s Rhino Hero Super Battle, the 3D card stacking game is back on the job! This time Rhino Hero faces Giraffe Boy, Big E. and Batguin. Who will win the battles and successfully fend off the mean spider monkeys? This one will have you laughing in no time and it’s a fun family game! Recommend for ages 4-8 but the adults may enjoy it on family game nights! Available online at HABAusa.com.

Self Disclosure: I received samples of the above products to facilitate this post. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.

 

 

 

Books for the Kids this Valentine’s Day!

Looking for Kids books for the upcoming holiday? I love these two choices!

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I LOVE YOU FOR MILES AND MILES by Alison Goldberg; illustrated by Mike Yamada (ages 2-6, on sale December 26, 2017)

  • An “I love you” book that speaks the language of the vehicle-obsessed toddler, perfect for fans of Nancy Tillman and GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT CONSTRUCTION SITE.
  • Bold and cheerful illustrations by animator Mike Yamada whose works for Disney include BIG HERO 6, and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON.
  • Perfect for Valentine’s Day, this is an I-Love-You book that touches on themes of separation, and loving from afar. This is such a cute book with a delightful story! I highly recommend for ages 2-6!

LOVE, MAMA by Jeanette Bradley (Roaring Brook Press, January 2, 2018, Ages 2-6)

  • A modern mommy-love picture book by a debut author/illustrator about a young penguin who learns that a mother’s love is never too far away. Perfect for any child who needs reassurance when a parent leaves—whether out for a night or on a business trip.

  • This is a fresh update of a perennially commercial theme, especially poignant as 70% of women with kids under 18 have jobs in the U.S.

  • An unnamed second caregiver—who could be a parent, babysitter, grandparent, etc.—keeps the story inclusive of diverse family structures.

This book is just too sweet! I highly recommend for ages 2-6!

You can find both of these books here.

Self Disclosure: I received free sample copies to facilitate this post. Images and information also provided. 

Head to Dunkin’ Donuts this Valentine’s Day!

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Looking for a special treat for your love? Do they love donuts? I know I do! Head over to Dunkin’ Donuts!

Dunkin’ Donuts is showing a lot of love during the month of February with special Valentine’s Day-inspired donut designs and names. Now through February 14, guests can indulge in three different flavored heart-shaped donuts; the Vanilla Truffle Donut, the Brownie Batter Crumble DonutCupid’s Choice Donut and Lovestruck MUNCHKINS® (at select locations.)

I had the chance to try the Vanilla Truffle Donut and it is delicious! My son really liked the Brownie Batter Crumble Donut!

Dunkin’s classic donut varieties will also get Valentine’s Day makeovers such as:

  • Boston Dream
  • Pillow Talk
  • Donut Be Jelly
  • Roses are Red
  • Pretty in Pink
  • Chocolate Double Date
  • Choc Full O’ Love

These love-inspired treats are the perfect touch to any Valentine’s Day celebration!

 

Self Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and some form of compensation was received. Images were also provided.

Kids Music for Valentine’s Day! Giveaway Opportunity!

Valentine’s Day is almost here! Kids everywhere are cutting up doilies and red construction paper and scribbling out little notes to their friends and family. Many are planning class and home parties to celebrate this day of love.
Sugar Mountain PR has a playlist of sweet songs by some of the top songwriters in family music, including three GRAMMY nominees and bilingual award-winning artists.
Here’s a  link to their annual FREE streaming playlist of “Songs for Valentines
We are offering a giveaway!

  MP3s of these two songs:
Be My Baby by Lisa Loeb –  www.lisaloeb.com
Valentine (I Don’t Want To Be Yours) by Justin Roberts – www.justinrobertsmusic.com
Here’s the list:
1. Be My Baby – Lisa Loeb
2. You’ve Got Me – Sara Lovell
3. Love Your Neighbor – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
4. Loving & Kind – Aaron Nigel Smith
5. Light of Love – Brady Rymer
6. Te Amo – Cathy & Marcy with Sonia De Los Santos
7.  Recess Monkey – Lovestruck Unicorn
8. Valentine (I Don’t Want To Be Yours) – Justin Roberts
Tell us your top 2 song titles from the above list and you could win the MP3s of the two songs! There will be 3 winners. Deadline to enter is February 14th, 2018 at 9 am pst.
Self Disclosure: Credit Sugar Mountain PR. Socal City Kids will select the winners. Happy Pre-Valentine’s Day!

Outdoor Exhibition Ending Soon Showcases National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore’s Work Documenting Every Species Living in the World’s Zoos and Other Wildlife Sanctuaries

Photo Credit: Jamie Pham.

From now until February 25, Los Angeles Zoo guests can view selections from the ambitious National Geographic Photo Ark project. Founded by National Geographic photographer and Fellow Joel Sartore, the Photo Ark aims to document every species in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries and inspire people to help protect animals for future generations. The current display shows more than 50 of Sartore’s most compelling images — many of which were photographed at the L.A. Zoo —throughout the grounds and provides Zoo visitors with the unique opportunity to come face to face with animals up close and in vivid color. This exhibition is organized by the National Geographic Society and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

Sartore has worked in more than 250 zoos, aquariums, and animal rescue centers around the world on his quest to build the exhibition. “I hope when [visitors] look at the Photo Ark kiosks here at the L.A. Zoo, they see that a lot of conservation work [is] being done,” states Sartore. “This is a zoo that breeds critically endangered animals, and does education and habitat restoration and anti- poaching patrol funding. They do it all. It’s world- class and it’s right here in L.A. We can all help and it all starts with coming to the Zoo to see the Photo Ark exhibit.”

“Saving species requires everyone to be engaged and make use of every tool available,” explains John R. Lewis, L.A. Zoo Director. “It has often been said that we will only preserve what we love and Joel’s beautiful portraits inspire compassion, awe, and appreciation for each individual animal. It is my belief that the National Geographic Photo Ark will galvanize people to save animals by supporting individuals and institutions involved in species conservation.” Lewis also expresses his appreciation saying, “The Zoo is actively involved in saving species from extinction, so we are proud and humbled to not only have some of our residents included in Joel’s exhibition, but also to be given the opportunity to share the portraits with the people of the greater Los Angeles area.”

The Photo Ark exhibition is traveling to zoos and institutions around the world to raise awareness of the project’s mission, which is further explored in the new National Geographic book, The Photo Ark, and a children’s book, Animal Ark, both available at the L.A. Zoo gift shop. Fans of the exhibit are also invited to join the conversation on social media with #SaveTogether and learn more about how to get involved with the project at NatGeoPhotoArk.org.

The National Geographic Photo Ark exhibition is included with the purchase of a general admission ticket or free with GLAZA membership. Learn more at www.lazoo.org/photoark

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About the National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. The Society aspires to create a community of change, advancing key insights about the planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time, all while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Its goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

About the Los Angeles Zoo
Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which holds member institutions to rigorous professions standards for animal welfare, the Los Angeles Zoo is renowned as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. Drawing nearly 1.8 million visitors each year, the L.A. Zoo is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. The Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Admission is $21 for adults and $16 for children ages 2 to 12. The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call (323) 644-4200 or visit the L.A. Zoo Web site at www.lazoo.org.

Meet the Aquarium’s new sea lion, Cain! NEW SEA LION TO MAKE HOME AT THE AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC

A sea lion boarded a plane, leaving the southeast U.S. for his new home in California at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Cain is a high-energy California sea lion, who comes from another Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited facility. He is four years old and weighs nearly 250 pounds. While most of the sea lions and seals at the Aquarium of the Pacific prefer herring and capelin for their meals, Cain prefers to eat squid. On February 8 at 9:00 a.m. members of the media are invited to meet Cain. Cain will be in an introduction area next to the Seal and Sea Lion Habitat at the Aquarium of the Pacific, where staff will be able to gradually introduce him to Parker, Harpo, Ellie, and other sea lion and seal residents. Cain will join the other animals in the larger Seal and Sea Lion Habitat when he is fully accustomed to living with his new family. The public can see Cain when the Aquarium opens that morning at 9:00 a.m.

California sea lions can be found from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, to Baja California, Mexico. Sea lions inhabit temperate or subtropical waters. They haul out on land, rocks, or structures such as piers, boats, breakwaters, and buoys. Although hunted in the past, the current sea lion population has increased substantially along the West Coast of the United States since the passage of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972.

WHEN:           On exhibit now!  – See all the coverage with the hashtag #AOPCain.

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

Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific. 

Photo by Robin Riggs.