Pacific Islander Festival June 3-4, 2017 at The Aquarium of the Pacific Giveaway: PACIFIC ISLANDER TICKET GIVEAWAY: Family 4-pack!

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Experience dance, music, cuisine, and cultural artifacts of the Pacific Islands on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

      Discover and explore the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium’s 14th annual Pacific Islander Festival. The festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances. Enjoy hula, Tahitian drumming, Hawaiian games, and the work of artisans. Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan, Chamoru, Marshallese, Kiribati, and Maori cultures will be featured.

 

HONOREE:  Regina “Ning” Quenga

Ceremony: Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 11:45 a.m. at Honda Blue Cavern

The award is presented in recognition of dedicated service to the Pacific Islander community.

WHEN:          Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  

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

 

COST:           Included with general admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), and $14.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members

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INFO:            (562) 590-3100 or

http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/pacific_islander_festival/

 With coupon adults receive $10 OFF admission on June 3 or 4. Regular $29.95, just $19.95 with coupon!

http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/fest10

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a PACIFIC ISLANDER TICKET GIVEAWAY: Family 4-pack!

To enter leave a comment below! Deadline to enter is May 31st, 2017 at 12 PST. One winner will randomly be selected. 

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AQUARIUM: The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, and the new FROGS: Dazzling and Disappearing, Our Water Future, and Archerfish exhibits. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. The Aquarium has won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers, and the 2016 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits.

Photo credit: Courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific.

 

Keeping Tech in Check Giveaway Opportunity!

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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 KeepingTechinCheck.com.
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.

Go Organically Momination Sweepstakes!

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner, show the moms in your life some love by entering them in the Go Organically Momination Sweepstakes! Whether it be your mom, grandma, friend or neighbor, you can enter ANY great mom by sharing what makes them so special.

To enter:

  • Simply visit http://goorganicallymominationsweeps.com/, and share what makes the mom you are entering so special. The description will automatically enter you AND the “mominee” for a chance to win the first two tier prizes. To enter for the grand prize, you must upload a photo in addition to sharing what makes your “mominee” so special.

Prizes:

  • Grand Prize: $500 Visa gift card and 3 boxes of Go Organically Fruit Snacks
  • Runners Up: A bouquet of flowers and 3 boxes of Go Organically Fruit Snacks
  • Giveaways: 1 box of Go Organically Fruit Snacks

Credit: Go Organically. Sweepstakes is not affiliated with SoCal City Kids.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Delicious Chocolate from R.M. Palmer! Giveaway Opportunity!

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Mother’s Day is almost here! I can’t wait! One of my favorite things is chocolate! I don’t think I could survive Motherhood without it! Okay…I need coffee too! Some of my favorite chocolates are from R.M. Palmer! I just love their Peppermint Patties and the Lavender Filled Caramel Foiled balls! They are just delicious!

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I also had the opportunity to try their Gold Foiled Peanut Butter Cups and these are a hit with my whole family! I’m saving the 1 lb Belgian chocolate bar for myself this Mother’s Day!

You can find all these delicious chocolates at https://shop.rmpalmer.com/

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! To enter leave a comment below telling us how you plan to spend Mother’s Day this year or how you plan to pamper Mom this year! You can also tell us your favorite choice of the above chocolates! Deadline to enter is May 7th, 2017 at noon PST. U.S. Residents only, please. One winner will win the following:

  • Gold Foiled Peanut Butter Cups
  • Silver Foiled Peppermint patties
  • Lavender Filled Caramel Foiled balls.
  • 1 lb Belgian chocolate bar

Don’t forget to say “Hi” to R.M Palmer on Facebook too!

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this special Mother’s Day Giveaway post. Photos were also provided.

Stress Less Paint-By-Number Flowers for Mother’s Day Giveaway Opportunity!

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The Stress Less Paint-By-Number Flowers kit gives you everything you need to paint your stress away, and create beautiful art in the process!

With more than two dozen flower illustrations, you can choose from lilies, zinnias, daisies, sunflowers, bluebells, and more, then follow the color selection instructions and unwind. You don’t have to worry about picking the wrong color, or blending the wrong shade. This carefully curated, soothing palate ensures each piece you complete will be frame ready.

Enjoy spring time with Stress Less Paint-By-Number Flowers—you deserve it!

Includes:
· An 8.25″ x 9.25″ book with 30 flower designs
· 6 tubes of acrylic paint
· 3 professional-grade brushes
· 1 paint tray

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win the Stress Less Paint-By-Number Flowers Kit! To enter, leave a comment below! Deadline to enter is May 7th at noon PST! U.S. Residents only, please. 

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. Info and image were provided and SoCal City Kids will select the winner.

Award-winning Lisa Loeb headlines Great Big Family Play Day in Griffith Park on May 7 Giveaway Opportunity!

Lisa Loeb, whose newest album Feel What U Feel is available on Amazon, will perform two concerts as headliner at the 2017 SoCalMoms Great Big Family Play Day at The Autry in Griffith Park Los Angeles, on Sunday, May 7.  As part of a full day of active fun for families, Lisa will perform two sets at 10 am and 12 noon. Check the Great Big Family Play Day schedule for complete information.

This is the second year for Lisa as headliner at Great Big Family Play Day. “I’m really looking forward to playing and singing again with everyone this year,” she says. “My kids enjoy the activities. This festival is one of my favorites ; there’s so much to do!”

Chosen by School Library Journal and Cool Mom Picks as one of the best family music releases of 2016, Feel What U Feel features 12 original songs. Guests include actors Craig Robinson and Ed Helms. SiriusXM Satellite Radio recently featured the full album, and Lisa will appear on the channel’s Mother’s Day special features.

Lisa is also currently touring the country, performing shows for both grown-ups and families, including one with Billy Lawler at the Grand Annex in San Pedro on May 13. In June, she will perform a two-week residency in New York City at the iconic Carlyle Café at the Carlyle Hotel. The current schedule is available at www.lisaloeb.com. The current schedule is available at www.lisaloeb.com.

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! This one ends soon so enter today!

One winner will win Lisa Loeb’s CD and also A Family Pass for 4 ($20 value for the pass)! To enter, leave a comment below! Deadline to enter is May 3rd at noon PST!

 

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I received a CD and highly recommend for young kids! There are fun songs such as Wanna do Day and Wiggle! The music will make young children want to dance and sing along! 

More about Lisa Loeb
Lisa Loeb is an internationally touring artist, author, actor and philanthropist who burst out onto the national scene with the platinum-selling Number 1 hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites. A trailblazing independent artist, Lisa was the first pop musician to have a Number 1 single while not signed to a recording contract. She followed that remarkable feat with the hit singles “Do You Sleep,” “I Do” and “Let’s Forget about It” and the albums Cake and Pie and No Fairy Tale. Her albums Tails and Firecracker are both certified Gold. Lisa continues to craft irresistible pop songs for the 21st century, while designing Lisa Loeb Eyewear, writing children’s books, and supporting non-profit causes. Her newest albums are Nursery Rhyme Parade! and Feel What U Feel, released exclusively with Amazon Music. She also composed music for the children’s series “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” This mom of two lives, works and plays in Los Angeles. Connect on Twitter and Instagram at @LisaLoeb.

About SoCalMoms Great Big Family Play Day
One of the most family-friendly festivals in Southern California, Great Big Family Play Day features a live stage filled with kids’ music, stories, fashion, gear, giveaways and more.  More than 100 interactive booths include everything from arts and crafts to education, to active adventures (obstacle courses, carnival rides, building stations), plus many family friendly product samples and lots of unique shopping.  Face painting, glitter tattoos, water play, family photos, sweet treats, and several food trucks are included in the day of fun.  Tickets and the complete schedule for this full day of live entertainment are available online at GreatBigFamilyPlayDay.com

Self Disclosure: I received a free CD to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. Photo was provided. SoCal City Kids will select the winner.

The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its eighth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 2017 Giveaway Opportunity!

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EXPLORE AND CELEBRATE SOCAL’S COAST AT

AQUARIUM’S URBAN OCEAN FESTIVAL, APRIL 29-April 30, 2017

 

          The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its eighth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 2017. The Pacific waters off Southern California host an array of industrial and recreational activities and provide habitat for a diverse group of animals. Visitors to this festival can learn more about and appreciate our urban ocean. The festival will include art exhibitions, the Trashin’ Fashion Show and contest for designs using recycled materials, mural painting, poetry readings, booths, live band performances, educational activities, sustainable seafood tastings, and more. The Urban Ocean Poetry boat cruise will also be available during the weekend at an additional cost and Urban Ocean Cruises will occur monthly throughout the summer.

 

WHEN:          Festival: Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

 

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

 

COST:            The festival is free to Aquarium members and included with general admission for the public. General admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members. Additional cost for cruises. Poetry Cruise and Urban Ocean Cruises are additional and can be purchased in combination with Aquarium admission or à la carte.

Mobile-device and printable coupon

http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/fest9

With coupon adults receive $10 OFF admission on April 29 or April 30. Regular $29.95, just $19.95 with coupon!

INFO:                         (562) 590-3100

Festival: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/urban_ocean_festival/

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to attend either Saturday or Sunday. To enter, leave a comment below telling us your favorite thing about visiting the Aquarium. Deadline to enter is April 27th, 2017 at noon PST so enter now! 

 

AQUARIUM: The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse

cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the Ocean Science Center, and Molina Animal Care Center. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. The Aquarium has won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits.

Photo Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.

Whole Foods Market® announces release of ‘The Whole Foods Diet: The Lifesaving Plan for Health and Longevity’ Giveaway Opportunity has been added!

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Whole Foods Market is proud to announce the release of co-founder and CEO John Mackey’s newest book, The Whole Foods Diet: The Lifesaving Plan for Health and Longevity (Grand Central Publishing, April 11, 2017).

“In the world of popularized diets, we can sometimes miss the broad agreements by focusing too much on the minor differences,” Mackey said. “When it comes to our health, it’s the overall dietary pattern that makes all the difference. By highlighting different proponents of whole foods, plant-based eating in this book, I hope to shed light on the broad consensus that exists among them, empower readers to make more informed food choices that promote health and vitality, and promote unity among the various health diet ‘tribes.’”

Mackey and co-authors Drs. Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman, of the popular documentary, Forks Over Knives, dispel nutritional myths and simplify a huge body of medical science, health research, and nutritional advice to help readers make more informed food choices and discover how The Whole Foods Diet, can help promote health and longevity.

Offering both a persuasive science-based analysis of the benefits of a primarily plant-based diet rich in unprocessed foods along with practical tools for navigating food choices and making dietary and lifestyle changes, The Whole Foods Diet is broken down into three parts:

PART 1: Discussesthe science behind the diet, including the commonalities and differences that co-exist across the ever-changing landscape of popular diets and dietary choices and how health outcomes have evolved across cultures over time. Through science and research, readers can make more informed choices about what’s on their plates.

PART 2: Guidance on how to navigate everyday food choices and how to customize the Whole Foods Diet for particular preferences and needs. Also addresses food politics, health, and the ethical and environmental impact of dietary choices.

PART 3: Invites readers to take the 28-Day Eat Real Food® Plan by providing four full weeks of delicious, nutritious recipes along with shopping lists, culinary tips and other practical tools to support healthy eating at home or when traveling.

The Whole Foods Diet features inspirational success stories and advice from leading voices in the plant-based-diets movement. The book is a life-affirming invitation to become Whole Foodies, who love to eat, love to live, and love to nourish themselves and their families with the rich array of nature’s bounty. The book highlights “Whole Foodie Heroes,” experts who have contributed research and have advocated for a plant-based lifestyle including experts like Drs. Joel Fuhrman, Michael Greger, David Katz, John McDougall and Scott Stoll as well as Whole Foods Market team members, who share inspirational firsthand accounts of their personal journeys into a Whole Foodie lifestyle.

Through scientific research and personal experience, the co-authors show how a predominantly plant-based diet can add longevity and improve quality of life. The authors also provide practical guidance for readers beginning the diet and life transition, from planning, to shopping, to preparing meals.

“Our shared passion is to help people heal and thrive with nutritious, whole, unprocessed food,” said Dr. Alona Pulde. “Sharing some of the journeys we’ve seen firsthand provides tangible and inspirational accounts of how conscious food choices can have a profound impact on health and longevity.”

The book has a suggested retail price of $28, and it is available via booksellers across the country, including: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound and iBooks.

Mackey will donate his royalties from book sales to Whole Foods Market’s three nonprofit foundations: Whole Planet Foundation, Whole Kids Foundation and Whole Cities Foundation.  For more information, please visit wholefoodsdiet.com.

 

 

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a copy of the book! To enter, leave a comment below! Deadline to enter is May 4th, 2017 at noon PST. 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

John Mackey is co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market. He has devoted his life to selling natural foods and to building a better business model. Alona Pulde, MD, and Matthew Lederman, MD, are both physicians who specialize in nutrition and lifestyle medicine. They were also featured in the film Forks Over Knives and co-authored the New York Times bestseller Forks Over Knives Plan, Forks Over Knives Family, and Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole. Drs. Pulde and Lederman joined Whole Foods Market in 2010 where they serve as health and wellness medical experts.

 

Credit: Whole Foods Market.