Archives for March 13, 2018

Strasburg Children is the brand to check out for your little one’s Special Occasion clothing! Beautiful dresses for Easter and the Spring!

It’s almost Spring! Looking for the perfect dress for your little girl this Spring? Have you heard of Strasburg Children? They make  Special Occasion clothing and are based in Alabama and selling online at www.strasburgchildrens.com. All of their clothing is handmade using the finest materials and made to be passed down for generations.

I just love their dresses and so does our adorable young reviewer! The Cape Cod style dress we received is just precious and our little reviewer felt like a Princess wearing it! (it’s also available in other colors but we love the pink!)

I love the quality and the style of the dress! You just have to check out their site! Check out their Holiday Collection. They also have some great gift options.

This is the perfect site to find the right dresses and accessories for First Communion, baptism and Easter

Self Disclosure: I received a free clothing sample to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received and I highly recommend.

Ring in Spring with MAM: Share your Baby’s Breastfeeding Style with MAM and win BIG! Giveaway Opportunity!

MAM is celebrating breastfeeding and the triumphs and challenges that come along with it. MAM is inviting moms to share their breastfeeding experiences and baby’s different nursing styles to win big.

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb! MAM is celebrating Spring’s arrival by discounting 25% off all MAM pacifiers featuring lions and/or lambs until 3/31. Shop here: http://www.shopmambaby.com

 MAM also has a great contest going on for the month of March as well:

 Which of the below styles best represents your baby’s breastfeeding style?

The Barracuda: Feeds rapidly with laser-like focus. Gulps like it is his/her first-ever meal. The Billy Goat: Sometimes head-butts you in the face/chest with no warning. You always have to be on your toes with the billy goat. The Black Belt: Favorite pastimes include karate chopping you in the breasts and kicking you in the face. The Dine + Dasher: After eating a bit it’s off to the races for the dine and dasher. On the bright side, you get a nice workout constantly chasing after him/her to continue their meal! The Dentist: Probes your mouth while feeding, often scratching your tongue and scraping your teeth as if performing a professional cleaning. The Gymnast: Likes to switch between various acrobatic positions while feeding, treating your body like a balance beam. The Kitten: Paws at your body while feeding, batting at your eyes and ears like a kitten would yarn. The Lion Cub: Prefers to eat in the ‘pounce’ position, laying on top of you. The Milk Drunk: Often unable to keep their eyes open, the milk drunk is notorious for falling asleep mid-feed. The Nibbler: Teething bites.. so your baby bites you. The Sloth: In it for the long haul, the sloth likes to hang off of you and feed at his/her leisure. The Space Cadet: Everything distracts the space cadet from feeding – ooh, a dust bunny!

Which unique breastfeeding style best describes your little one? Share with MAM and they’ll select three lucky winners to receive a $100 prepaid card and a $50 gift pack of MAM Anti-Colic bottles for yourself or a friend!  Learn more and enter here: http://www.facebook.com/mambabyusa

Join the MAM Club today and receive a free 2-pack of pacifiers with $25 purchase + free shipping on shopmambaby.com and be the first to know on news of special offers, promotions and new product introductions from MAM!

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 We have also teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a $30 giveaway prize package of assorted MAM items. To enter, leave a comment below! Deadline to enter is March 20th, 2018 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected by SoCal City Kids. 

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. Information and images were provided. 

A Wrinkle in Time – A Must Watch for Sci-Fi Fans

Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg’s classmate Calvin O’Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Arjun N. comments, “A Wrinkle in Time is an enjoyable, yet somewhat flawed interpretation of the classic novel of the same name. The direction and special effects provide a world unlike any other. This is sure to be a watch for sci-fi fans.” Ryan R., adds, “I liked, but did not love this latest Disney film and here’s why…It is visually stunning, but unfortunately falls short in the storytelling.” See their full reviews below.

A Wrinkle in Time

By Arjun Nair, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

A Wrinkle in Time is an enjoyable, yet somewhat flawed interpretation of the classic novel of the same name. The direction and special effects provide a world unlike any other. This is sure to be a watch for sci-fi fans.

The story follows Meg Murry (Storm Reid), a genial teen who is the daughter of famed scientist Alex Murry (Chris Pine). After her father disappears, she goes through a period of insecurity and despair. Four years later, a group of primordial celestial beings – Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) visit Earth to help Meg find her father. Meg’s brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) and friend Calvin (Levi Miller) also join the quest to find Alex. However, Meg is also brought in to help fight the “It”, an entity of darkness that threatens to destroy people’s happiness.

Storm Reid, as Meg, excellently presents her inner struggle to be happy and accept herself and this adds a unique element to the story. As the movie progresses, she slowly rises beyond her doubts to become better. Chris Pine, as Alex, delivers an ardent love for science in his character and, while much of his character is witnessed before he disappears, the rest of his scenes add a performance filled with remorse. Deric McCabe, as Charles Wallace, is my favorite character due to his charismatic performance – full of comic relief. Levi Miller, as Calvin, encompasses a respectful companion who seems to be rather enamored by Meg. Oprah Winfrey, as Mrs. Which, is a wise mentor for Meg who guides her throughout her journey. Reese Witherspoon, as Mrs. Whatsit, is the least wise of the three celestial beings, but she provides a kind companion. Mindy Kaling, as Mrs. Who, represents an encyclopedia of character teeming with knowledge.

Ava DuVernay incredibly directs the movie, as you feel as if you are a part of the world through her use of word building to convey a story. My favorite scene is the resolution to the main conflict, as it feels like an appropriate conclusion. My problem with the movie is that is unevenly paced, with the first half of the movie following generic clichés, despite a great first 10 minutes. But the movie gets running as soon as the second half begins, going into uncharted territory unlike any other movie. I also feel that the scenes for Alex and some other plot points are limited, resulting in a few disjointed, convoluted narrative at times and that could throw off some audience members.

The message of the movie is about believing in yourself and accepting who you are. I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18. The movie releases in theaters on March 9, 2018, so check it out.

A Wrinkle In Time

By Ryan Rivera, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

I liked, but did not love this latest Disney film and here’s why. This film is an adaptation of the book, “A Wrinkle in Time” written by Madeleine L’Engle. It is visually stunning, but unfortunately falls short in the storytelling. The protagonists are Meg Murry (Storm Reid) and her little brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe). Their scientist father, Mr. Murry has been missing for four years. Meg has had a rough time at school ever since her father’s disappearance. Her younger brother, Charles Wallace introduces Meg to three mysterious astral travelers.  Meg is very skeptical of them at first, until she and Charles Wallace are informed by them that their father is not dead, but was taken by a dark force. Meg, Charles Wallace and her classmate Calvin (Levi Miller) go on an adventure with the three astral travelers, called the Misses.  Will Meg and Charles Wallace find their dad? Well, you must see the movie to find out the answer.

I like the visuals, the cast and the message of this film. The visuals are very stunning. The scene where Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) becomes a leaf and gives the kids a ride looks very spectacular. It almost looks like this could be possible in real life. I also like the transitions of the worlds changing as a result of the characters’ actions. The visual effects bring this world to life. Another thing I like is the cast. Oprah’s, Reese Witherspoon’s and Mindy Kaling’s performances as the Misses are exceptional. They show different personalities which make them unique. Mrs. Whatsit is more negative, unlike Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), who is wise and uses quotes from famous people to relay her messages. Mrs. Whatsit is more direct and rude, unlike Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey) who guides Meg when she is scared or unsure. Lastly, the messages in this movie are very important. They are about embracing your uniqueness, recognizing the importance of love and being brave enough to discover your inner warrior.

One thing I do not like is the pace.  In the first act, the pace is slow and that is fine since it builds up the exposition. However, the final act of the movie feels very rushed and is unsatisfying.  I feel the script has some holes in it which made me feel like the movie is missing some important details. This is why I did not really love the film.

Even though this film is not “Pixar great” it still is a good movie to watch with your family. I give it 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it to kids ages 7 to 15. Adults might like it as well. I recommend this to people who have read the book or like book adaptations and fantasy movies. A Wrinkle In Time comes out March 9, 2018, in theaters nationwide.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!