Keeping Tech in Check Giveaway Opportunity!



More and more, contemporary parents feel “tech shamed” over the amount of time that their children spend consuming electronic media.  Research released almost daily warns of the mental health value of unplugging and the dangers of unrestricted time spent in front of a screen for kids of all ages. While parents recognize that today’s technology offers numerous developmental and educational benefits, parental anxiety over the tech takeover of family life is real and growing-but it’s time to reframe the conversation.
This past April, Cricket Media, the most award-winning children’s magazine publisher in the marketplace and Parents’ Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit guide to quality children’s media and toys, will launch theKEEPING TECH IN CHECK campaign. With the tagline, “a balance, not a ban,” KEEPING TECH IN CHECK offers families across the country a wealth of tools, tips and resources to help them find the right balance between technology and real-life experiences at
We have teamed up with Cricket Media to offer a Giveaway! One winner will win one annual subscription.

 Your choice of magazines. Perhaps something tied to literature/arts such as Babybug, Ladybug, Spider and Cricket. Or something science oriented, you would offer Dig, Ask, Muse, etc. Your choice of one! To enter, leave a comment below either telling us how you keep Teach in Check in your house or you can tell us your favorite magazine from Cricket.
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Deadline to enter is May 30th, 2017 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected. 
Self Disclosure: SoCal City Kids is a member of the  Keeping Tech in Check advisory panel.

Must-Haves for the Kids this Spring!

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Kids love to construct and the Techno Gears Bionic Bug kit from The Learning Journey is the perfect way to encourage them to build. With its 80+ colorful construction pieces, power motor and more, this kit includes everything a child needs to build their own bug with motorized gears. The product aligns with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math standards and introduces children to the science of gear ratio.  Techno Gears Bionic Bug is for ages 6+ and is available online and at specialty retailers for approximately $19.99.

I like that this is bright, colorful and just simply fun! It’s also educational and really is a fun way to learn!

Techno Gears Bionic Bug is for ages 6+ and is available online and at specialty retailers for approximately $19.99. You can find it here.


Rocket Science for Babies: Physicist Creates Science Board Book Series! I love this! I really wish this set had been available when my son was a baby.

In a world where toddlers operate smart-phones and computers before they learn to walk, is it really too soon to teach them Newton’s three laws of motion or Einstein’s theory of general relativity? Physicist and father, Chris Ferrie, doesn’t think so.


Chris’s mission to teach toddlers (and their adults) advanced science and math concepts before they encounter them in school led him to create Baby University, a board book series that introduces young readers to complex ideas like physics and math using simple explanations and colorful illustrations.


All books in the series approach topics with a tongue-in-cheek humor that adults will love sharing with their little geniuses or their adult friends. In Rocket Science for Babies readers learn about the basics of aerospace engineering. General Relativity for Babies introduces Einstein’s most famous theory and teaches babies all about black holes, gravitational waves, and more. Quantum Physics for Babies and Newtonian Physics for Babies give simple introductions to the principles that give quantum physics and Newton’s laws of motion their names.


These first four books in the series were released on  May 2, 2017. Additional releases will be added to the series July 2017, October 2017, and January 2018.

Disney Gets into Subscriptions!

Do you have a Princess at home?  They will absolutely love this!

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A few months ago Pley launched with Disney a brand-new, Disney Princess subscription, a limited edition mystery box designed to empower girls.
I received the first box which featured Beauty and the Beast. It had come out around the same time as the movie that hit the theaters in March.  I was really impressed with everything that was included and the little girl I gave the box to was delighted!
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For just $24.99 you’ll get a mystery box containing between 4-8 Disney Princess toys, activities and fashion accessories (all have $50+ retail value). Each bi-monthly box tells the story of a new princess and, like a rags-to-riches princess story, the shipping box magically transforms into a castle, boat, or tower that can be decorated and played with, both reducing waste and increasing play value.
Little girls everywhere will anxiously await the sound of the doorbell, announcing their Disney Princess PleyBox delivery.
Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this post. Photo was provided for the Techno Gears Bionic Bug kit.

Kitty is Pet of the Week!

Kitty, May 20 Pet of the Week

He-e-e-ere, Kitty! Her family moved across the country and took everyone but Kitty. They left this sweet lap cat at the shelter to her fate. Kitty is an affectionate indoor 10-year-old, good with kids and dogs, and weighing in at a whopping 17 pounds! Because she’s a senior, her adoption fee will be only $20. She’ll need lots of love, affection and likely a weight-loss cat diet. Meet Kitty at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A589611.


(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Best holiday destinations in Europe for families

Are you planning for a holiday? How about Europe? There are so many destinations in the continent apt for a family vacation. Choose the one as per your budget and likings.

Are you planning a holiday or a vacation with your family this summer? If so, Europe can be one of the finest options to consider. Europe is a favorite holiday destination among the tourists from all over the world. There are spots in the continent that seems apt for holidaying with your family members, including children.

While you are visiting Europe, see if you’re eligible for the European Health Insurance Card is an important element to consider for more info on this click here to find out more. This is helpful when you fall sick in a foreign land and require medical attention at the earliest.

The article highlights the top five holiday destinations in Europe that is considered apt for families.


For a long time, London is considered as the top most holiday destinations in Europe for families. The city is the greatest example of the amalgamation of the tradition with the contemporary. The best part about the city is that there is something for everyone. You and your children will be mesmerized with the spots like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, The London Eye, British Museum, Piccadilly Circus and so many other spots.


If you have considered Rome as the next holiday destination with your family, you and your children can create so many memories together as you visit the world famous historical Colosseum and the Pantheon. There are several museums that are kid friendly and there are piazzas or public places tp roam and enjoy gelatos. Basically, it can be said that Rome isana educational city to explore at any age.


The city is known for its beautiful tourist spots and the name itself brings so much of excitement and thrill. Paris is popular for its iconic historical landmarks that the kids will love to explore and have an enriching and fun filled vacation. Centre Pompidou and Jardin de Luxembourg along with the City of Light are a must visit. Furthermore, visiting Eiffel Tower, especially in the evening is simply jawdropping to watch.


If you are travelling to the beautiful Scottish city of Edinburg with your family, perhaps visiting in the month of August is the best idea. During the month, the Annual Edinburg Festival takes place in the city. Your kids will simply enjoy every bit of it. They can even try their feet at the traditional bagpipe tunes and have the best of the moments. The ancient Edinburg Castle is also an attraction of noteworthy.


The beautiful countryside alongside the warm sunny weather and the kid friendly beaches make Spain one of the perfect destinations for enjoying family vacations. There are so many different activities to get indulged in that the kids won’t get bored at all. Mountain biking is one of the popular sports loved by the biking enthusiasts. You can accompany your little one and explore the towns and cities of the country on bikes. This is an excellent way of creating memories and having fun.




Look at the best things to get Daddy for Father’s day

Do you want to make your dad feel special? Father’s day is near and it is an excellent opportunity to showcase your love and appreciation for your dad. There are so many gifting options. Choosing any one can be a challenging thing.

Father’s Day is not far away and if you want to make him special and extraordinary, gifting him with presents won’t be a bad idea. Sometimes it can be really difficult to choose a gift for your father on the special day. Selecting a gift for your dad depends largely on his interests. If it is your child’s first time celebrating Father’s day, as a mother you can make arrangements and make your partner feel special. If you and your little one are struggling for ideas you can try to find the perfect Fathers’ Day Gift Ideas in 2017 From Look What’s Cool and then decide what to get after that.

Today, in the digital age, even your dad is tech savvy and won’t mind if he is gifted with the new age gadgets and technology. The market is flooded with so many different products apt for gifting your dad and showing your love, respect and appreciation towards him.

The article highlights some of the best gifts that you can present him on the Father’s Day.

Fitness tracker band

If you want your father to adopt the healthy way of living and adhere to fitness activities, gifting the activity tracker band, can be an excellent option. It is a smart accessory that can fit on your wrist and can monitor our heart rate, keep a track on your workouts and also your sleeping patterns. It can sync with your smartphone easily and give your call notifications right on your wrist.

DSLR camera

You are well aware of your dad’s fascination and love for photography. Fulfilling the responsibilities of the family head, he seemed to have forgotten about his passion and even never complained about it. How about gifting your father a DSLR camera? Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? Help your father nurture the skills of photography and give him the opportunity to capture his best snaps. Your dad will simply love you for it.

An oak recliner

From morning till night, you must have found your dad running from home to grocery shops to office and everywhere to meet your and other family members demands. Don’t you think your father needs a break as well and relax for some time with his very own time? Gifting an oak recliner seems to be an excellent idea. Allow him to relax watching television or reading his favorite book with his favorite cup of coffee.

An expensive watch

Your dad deserves to be treated like a king. You can make him feel so by gifting him with an expensive, luxury watch. All through the years he had hardly spent on expensive items on himself. On such a special occasion, you have the opportunity to make your dad feel special about everything he has been doing for you all these years.

Wireless speaker

Does your dad loving listening to the old classics. But he always have to depend on the laptop or desktop for listening to songs. The quality of the songs is not up to the mark, but he doesn’t care much. Give him the taste of real musical treat with the wireless speaker. You dad can enjoy music anytime, anywhere without compromising on the quality.



5 things you need when your kids get their first job

Congratulations for your kid’s first job. Is he/she relocating to a new destination? It must be hard for the child to adjust. You as a parent must make it comfortable for your child.

You must be feeling very proud as parents! Your child has landed with a lucrative job offer. A lot is going to change for her/him after she/he bags the job opportunity. After all it the first job and it is a transition period that your kid undergoes. From being under your protective shell, she/he is going to a totally different world that she/he is completely unfamiliar of.

As parents there are several things that you need to do so that your child is comfortable enough when they get their first job and relocate to some other location. Moving out of the home and settling someplace else means moving out of the comfort zone and adapting to a totally new environment.

Have an open conversation with your child

Since your child is away from home, adjusting to a totally new environment with new people, you have to also assure your child that you are with him/her every time. For this there is the requirement of an open conversation with your child. Your child must be comfortable and feel free to talk about everything. This attitude can help your child adjust faster.

Make sure your child has the right documentation.

When your child gets their first job there are a few bits of documentation they will need to have. They will need to set up a current account for their paycheck, have ID to show they are eligible to work and other more local documents, such as social security in the US and National insurance in the UK, these are easy to get, for example National insurance can be easily sorted by sites like NI apply in the UK to get them in the work place as soon as possible.

Words of encourgament are a must

The words of encouragement from the parents are the best for your kid’s self esteem boosting. Your kid might be little shy and have a low level of confidence. Words of encouragement can be an excellent medicine to eliminate their inferiority complex and also help them adjust faster. This is a must step for all those parents whose kids are going out for jobs outside.

Avoid being judgemental

A new workplace, and that too when it is the first job, is not an easy thing to handle. Your child will be busy learning things in office. In fact, in the personal front as well, your child is adjusting to the new environment. In the midst of all such events, there is every possibility that your child might not get the adequate amount of time to make calls to you or even speak to you. It is advisable that you should not be judgemental about your child’s behaviour because he/she is going through a lot of new things and that too all alone without your physical presence.

Always support your child

No matter what it is your duty as parents to support your kids every time. Even if your child’s performance at workplace is not satisfactory, you must support him/her and encourage to do better. You should never discourage the child and compare with others. Everyone is different and unique in their very own ways.



Designing the perfect playroom for your child

Are you planning to beautify your kid’s playroom? There are several ways that can be executed. All you need is being creative. Go for some fun designs.

As a parent, you definitely want the space for your child to enjoy his/her childhood and expand their imaginations. A creatively designed and decorated playroom for your kid can be an excellent option to consider. It will be your child’s favourite place in the home. The article highlights on some of the creative and innovative ideas for making your child’s playroom a magical space in the entire home.

Let us get into the brief of some of the ideas.

Using fun and vibrant color

When you are planning to paint your kid’s playroom, you have to give special attention to the colors. Since it is the room where your child will be spending the majority of his/her time, you have to choose the colors that represent positive feelings and creates an ambiance of fun and enjoyment. It is essential to understand the psychology of each color. For instance, blue and green represents calmness and tranquillity, purple is associated with creativity, passion and wisdom, red is associated with energy.

Lighting needs to be focused

Lighting plays a vital role while designing the playroom for your kid. You need to make sure that the room gets enough light so that the child doesn’t get fatigued or tired and continues with his/her creativity flowing all over the room. It is best to have large sized windows so that the natural light can come in, keeping the environment refreshed. In fact, you can also add light fixtures to brighten up the room.

Don’t neglect the flooring

If you want to guarantee a comfortable and safe room for your child, it is suggested that you shouldn’t neglect the floor. Despite the presence of carpet on the floor, adding more plush down can keep the floor safe for the kids and is also comfortable for the kids. The plush area rug is the best option because they are soft in texture, apt for the kids and are also easy to clean, especially with the liquid spills.

Considering a storage space

Since it is your kid’ playroom, the floor will be covered with scattered toys here and there. This not only makes the room look messy, but can be dangerous as well as there is every possibility of toppling down. It is where the storage space comes into the scene so that all the toys can be placed in one particular space. Cut my plastic can be an excellent option for making storage boxes for kid’s toys and other materials.

Creating an art gallery

Have you ever thought of displaying your child’s drawings and paintings on the walls of your home? How about considering a separate art gallery on your kid’s playroom? Sounds a great idea, isn’t it? Creating an art gallery can encourage your kid to continue being innovative and creative. Choose a wall on the room and add some fancy frames. In fact, you can also hand two or three strings and place hanging frames. It will also give a new texture to the whole room.

The above mentioned are some of the creative ideas to design your kid’s playroom. Have a look at them and try to include the same.

Move Over, Probiotics: MicroFood Is the Next Frontier in Gut Health


Does your digestive system ever feel… off? Do you ever get constipated? Have acid reflux? Confession time: I do! Lately I’ve been pounding the probiotic yogurt to try to feel more like myself, but no dice.

So I partnered with ISOThrive []—a gastroenterologist-endorsed, bacterially fermented microFood  ‘pre’-biotic—to try out a new solution for digestive health, and to share a little bit about their philosophy. And let me tell you, this has been so eye-opening. I have learned so much about nutrition and digestion!

First: I learned why those probiotic yogurts never made me feel any better—the bacteria they were touting never made it to the part of my gut where they were needed! MicroFood feeds the bacteria that are already in your gut, but aren’t getting the nutrition they need. Brilliant, right?

Here’s what else I learned about what microFood can do:

1. Go where probiotics can’t
Most probiotics are neutralized in our stomachs and never make it to our lower digestive tract. To heal GI issues, the whole digestive system has to be re-balanced. A daily dose of fermented microFood like ISOThrive fuels the good bacteria to tackle the organisms that cause acid reflux, constipation, bloating, and gas.

2. Rebalance our diets the ancient way
Most modern diets lack nutrients to feed our “good” bacteria—more particularly, a very specific type of microFood that our ancestors got by eating lots of fermented vegetables or sourdough breads made from heirloom wheat. ISOThrive adds back this bacterially fermented food to rebalance our diets and keep our bacteria happy. (And, no, the sauerkraut on your hot dog or the kimchi on your bibimbap won’t get you the the microFood you need—you’d have to eat several cups of fermented veggies every day to get the same amount of microFood in one 1/4 teaspoon of ISOThrive microFood!)

3. Prep our bodies to prevent disease
Because the modern Western diet is so deficient in specially fermented microFood, our starving “good” gut bacteria are “breaking bad”—adapting to use other energy sources (such as our gut lining), and making us sick. Fermented microFood restores this imbalance, enhancing immune function and staving off disease.

So let me tell you about my experience with ISOThrive…

I loved it! It’s easy to take it in the morning.  Since it comes in a small packet, it is great to take it on the go! I usually mix it in water and it doesn’t have a bad after taste or anything like that!  I really didn;t notice much of a difference at first but over the next week or so, I started to feel better. It actually helps me not feel so hungry at times.

When my 30-day trial was up, I ordered another immediately. It feels so good to wake up and do something great for my body!

Would you try microFood to balance your own gut health? Check out ISOThrive []
I’d love to hear about your experiences with digestive health. Share your thoughts in the comments below!


Self Disclosure: I received a free product to facilitate this post. The photo was provided.