The holidays are here and it’s time for Christmas photos with Santa and Christmas shopping! The best place to go? The Shops at Montebello is a favorite of mine!


Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience at The Shops at Montebello. Children can whisper wishes and capture photo memories with Santa which began on  November 10 and runs through Christmas Eve Day, December 24 at Center Court.

 Save time, avoid the line with Santa by Appointment! Now you can reserve your magical moment with Santa online at

For local pet owners, there is a  popular Pet Photo Night with Santa December 3 from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Many pet owners view their pet as an integral member of the family and are just as committed in caring for their pets as their “human” family members. Pet Photo nights are hosted after regular mall closing and the set gets an extensive cleaning following the event to remove any potential risk to allergy sufferers.


The Shops at Montebello will also host Breakfast with Santa and a Holiday Photo Booth on December 2. Breakfast with Santa is 9 – 10 a.m. Reservations are required. Seasonal carolers will delight children and families.

I just love shopping at The Shops at Montebello because they have the best shops! Some of my favorites are the following:  Bath and Body Works, Old Navy, and Cotton On! This is the best place to find Christmas gifts for everyone on your Christmas list this holiday season! They also have some great places to catch lunch or dinner such as Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que! On Black Friday if you spend $200 or more at the following retailers: Disney Store, Express, Hollister, New York & Company, Cotton On, Steve Madden, Victoria’s Secret, Vision Center, Zales Jewelers, Robert Wayne Footwear, Bath & Body Works, and the Children’s will receive a $25 voucher from Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que.  I’m sure that there will also be some great Black Friday deals! 

Don’t miss other holiday festivities, including:

  • Black Friday Fun on November 24 where shoppers can look forward to hot chocolate and desserts, holiday photo booth and entertainment.
  • November 15 – December 24 – Enter to Win 2 Disneyland Annual Passports.  Entry forms at Guest Services.  No purchase necessary.
  • MDA Fill the Boot from November 24-26 with Montebello Fire Department hosting a fundraiser for families with muscular dystrophy.
  • Join The Shops at Montebello for the puppy Pals Family Programming Event on December 1 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. in Victoria’s Secret Court with activities for the kids and prize giveaways.
  • Don’t miss theVisa Gift Card Holiday Event with KOST 103.5 on December 2 from 2 – 4 p.m. The first 200 shoppers to receive a holiday scratcher.  Every scratcher wins a prize.  No purchase necessary.
  • The Holiday Photo Booth is December 2 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Countdown to Christmas from December 14 to 24 with Manny on the Streets from KIIS-FM.

Self Disclosure: I received some form of compensation to post. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.

Holiday Cards from The Stationery Studio are a must-buy this month!


It’s that time of the year! Can you believe it?! The holidays are here! It’s time to send out the Holiday/Christmas cards! I love the choices at The Stationery Studio! They have so many choices and I love how user-friendly their website is.  Their unique selection includes great die cut shapes on cards at with no extra fees, including scalloped edges, rounded corners, and medallion shapes. You are sure to find one that you like! The toughest thing was picking just one! I finally chose the Lagoon and Tan Seasons Greetings Holiday Photo Cards and I absolutely love them! The shipping is also pretty quick! So, what are you waiting for?

Check out The Stationery Studio for your holiday cards this season!


Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.


Mozzy is Pet of the Week!

MOzzy, November 16 Pet of the Week

Ever been punished for something you didn’t do? Then you and Mozzy will have a lot to talk about. Mozzy, a pit bull terrier about 3 years old, was surrendered to the shelter by his owner. Why? The other dog in the house was a biter, so the owner was afraid Mozzy would be a biter! And not so——he’s a big lover and would rather lounge around with you than chase toys. He is good with children, the owner said, so he’d be a fine addition to your Thanksgiving get-together (keep him away from those table scraps!). Meet Mozzy on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A599173.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Courtesy: Credit of the Companion Animal Village.

The top 3 tips to teaching kids a new language

As parents, we all want what’s best for our kids and enroll them in anything especially if it contributes to their development. While we all want them to enjoy their childhood, we also want to get them ready for their growth into adulthood. In our modern age today, learning a new language has become an increasingly important skill. Not only does it provide you a great leverage when traveling, but it gives you education and social advantage. That is why a lot of parents are now trying to give their children a chance to learn a new language in preparation for their future.


Here are three tips for teaching kids a new language.


  1. Start them young.


One of the best ways for your kids to easily learn is to introduce the language as early as possible. Children tend to easily learn a foreign language when they are exposed to it at an early age. However, it does not mean that older children can’t learn a new language. Start now, no matter how old they are. It may not be as easy but the important thing is that children are usually more passionate and curious to try new things at their age. Starting them early will give them higher chances of mastering a new language as they get older. They will have plenty of time to practice the language and eventually get to that level of proficiency that will give them the education and social advantage.


  1. Make use of any foreign resources and expose them to different cultures.


The best way to learn a new language is when you actually get to live or experience the culture behind the language. Make use of any foreign resources that you can easily access such as language books and audio books, language programs, foreign-language games, and language apps. You can also enroll them in a foreign language class. For instance, there are a lot of spanish lessons for kids where you can enroll them to. You may also let them watch their favorite TV programs and cartoons in a foreign language. Try to expose them to different cultural backgrounds by letting them socialize with children from a different culture or by letting them join events and activities that will let them immerse in a new language.


  1. Find a way for them to practice.


It is one way to learn the basics of a new language and finally practicing it. Language classes and other resources are a great foundation for your kids learning but for them to actually master the language; they will need to find time to practice it. In order for them to practice a foreign language, it is not enough to just speak it; they will have to ‘think’ like that language. One way to do this is by traveling to a country where the language is spoken. You can also let them join social groups who are studying the same language or you can find them a friend from a foreign country whom they can write to so they can also practice the new language through writing.

Where to Celebrate National Happy Hour Day on Nov. 12

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This year, the celebration lands on a Sunday, and while most bars and restaurants limit happy hours to weekdays, Islands Restaurants will have specials all day in the bar area. Repeat: all day happy hour.

Specials include $5 mai tais, mojitos, margaritas, sliders and cheddar fries (everything on the menu is under $10), as well as two new cocktails: the Maui Mojito with Don Q coconut rum, Myers Rum, pineapple, lime and mint; and the Blue Hawaiian featuring blue Curacao, rum, piña colada and pineapple. Both were created by Islands employees and will be available for a limited time.

And, because National Happy Hour Day lands on a Sunday, football fans can catch all the games with NFL Redzone, Sunday Ticket and plenty of big screen TVs at every location.

Credit: Islands Restaurants.

Wonder The Movie #ChooseKind Giveaway Opportunity!


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. 🙂 One winner will be selected via 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.



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— 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 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.