September 9th is California’s Birthday! Celebrate with Gaslamp Popcorn! Giveaway Opportunity!

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Celebrate with Gaslamp Popcorn by posting about how young the Golden State looks after 167 years (and more than a million Hollywood facelifts).

We have teamed up for a special Giveaway! One winner will win a Prize package of Gaslamp Popcorn! They have such delicious flavors, by the way! My favorite is the Malibu Mix! The Kettle Corn doesn’t last long in our house either! I love the recipe below and it is super easy to make!

To enter the giveaway…leave a comment below telling us your favorite thing about California and your favorite flavor of Gaslamp Popcorn! Deadline to enter is September 16th, 2017 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected. U.S. Residents only, please. 

 

Birthday Cake

gaslamp popcornPopcorn Recipe Ingredients:
6 cups Gaslamp Kettle Corn Popcorn
3/4 cup white chocolate, melted
1/8 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup white or yellow cake mix
1/4 cup sprinkles

Popcorn Recipe Directions:

Melt the chocolate in the microwave, using 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval until it is fully melted. Add the vegetable shortening to the chocolate and stir until it is melted. Add the cake mix to the chocolate. Pour the coating onto the popcorn and coat evenly. Use 2 spoons and toss it almost like a salad. Pour the popcorn out onto cookie sheets to cool/harden. Sprinkle immediately with your choice of sprinkles. Wait until fully hardened and enjoy this festive popcorn recipe!

This sweet and colorful popcorn recipe has just the right amount of crunch that’s perfect for any party. And by using the best Kettle Corn Popcorn made in California, you’ll get a tasty gluten-free snack that’s just right for the whole family.

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Self Disclosure: I received free samples of Gaslamp popcorn to facilitate this post/giveaway. Recipe and images were also provided.

The Bazillions Carry Kids through the School Year! Rock-n-Roll Yearbook available now! Giveaway Opportunity!

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One of the most exciting – and anxious – times in a young person’s life is the start of the school year. This fall, The Bazillionsprovide young students with a soundtrack to carry them through the school year:  Rock-n-Roll Yearbook, available on August 25.

 

The Bazillions, known for their “pitch perfect twangy indie pop rock,” tight harmonies and tangentially educational songs and music videos, are a Parents’ Choice and NAPPA Award winning mom-and-pop indie band based in Minneapolis. Led by former teachers and current life partners Adam and Kristin Marshall, The Bazillions have released three previous award-winning albums:Rock-n-Roll Recess, Heads or Tales and On the Bright Side. Animated videos onThe Bazillions YouTube channel have generated more than 6 million views. Radio shows around the nation – including SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Radio Disney and 89.3 The Current – have been spinning their tunes since the band launched in 2010.

 

From the first hand-clappy track “Back to School,” the energy remains high on this new album. “New Pair of Shoes” expresses the joys of getting new gym shoes and being able to run faster than ever, and “That’s My Style” celebrates individuality. Learning opportunities arise with “Take Turns” to “Who What Where When Why” and “The Wide Open World of Adjectives.” Some songs are aspirational, like “You Could Be the One” and “Queen Ellen of Spelling Bee.” “More To Be Done” embraces the future and how children have an important voice in making the world a better place. Flights of fancy make a boring day better on “Just Another Monday.” And “Keep Your Identity Safe” is a poignant ballad about a superhero-style pact between friends as one of them moves away. The album ends with the exuberant “Summer’s Here.”

 

Appealing to adults, Rock-n-Roll Yearbook is chock-full of musical references, from The Fab Four to The Who, The Monkees and Elvis Costello to bossa nova master Antônio Carlos Jobim‎. Songwriter Adam Marshall grew up steeped in the bright harmonies and hooks of 60s bands like The Hollies and The Mamas and the Papas. His SiriusXM favorites list is topped by the Beatles channel. Kristin Marshall grew up infatuated with harmony. Her mother sang in a Sweet Adelines group, and she and her siblings often tried to mimic the harmonies together. Kristin and Adam met acting together on a theater tour. One day, Kristin started harmonizing with songs on Adam’s demo tape, and he realized that her voice made everything sound better. They formed the indie pop band The Humbugs and moved to the Twin Cities. As they both taught at Kenny Elementary School, they started writing and recording songs and formed The Bazillions, almost as a lark. The project took flight, and today The Bazillions perform hundreds of shows around the Twin Cities and beyond, and their videos have been viewed by kids on every continent. The Marshalls live and work in Minneapolis with their two children.

 

Teachers and parents write to The Bazillions every day to say how they learn from their songs and videos. They’re excited to share Rock-n-Roll Yearbook with fans. “It came together so naturally,” says Adam. “I was writing a bunch of new songs and realized that they corresponded with events during a school year.” Adds Kristin, “Our goal became to create a story where the listener can imagine a child, or themselves, going through the school year and all the events that they might experience. We are still so connected to school life through our teaching experiences and our own children. All of this inspired and informed these songs.”

 

The Bazillions are developing a downloadable “Rock-n-Roll Yearbook” for fans to track their progress through the coming school year, and they’ll be producing new animated videos.  Stay tuned through the school year at TheBazillions.com.

http://www.thebazillions.com/yearbook/

We have teamed up for a Back-to-School Giveaway! To enter, leave a comment below! Deadline to enter is September 5th, 2017 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected. U.S. Residents only.

Self Disclosure: I received a CD to facilitate this post. Infomation and image were provided courtesy of Sugar Mountain PR.

MAM Introduces New Designs for MAM Perfect Pacifier Including Glow in the Dark Perfect Night Range Designed for Baby’s Comfort and Oral Health, Recent Clinical Studies Prove MAM Perfect Supports Healthy Teeth and Jaw Development! Giveaway Opportunity!

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MAM, the leading designer brand of award-winning, medically sound and innovative baby products debuts new designs for its signature MAM Perfect Pacifier which has now been clinically proven to support healthy jaw and tooth development. The MAM Perfect Night, a glow in the dark pacifier is now offered as a new design.

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A recent independent study by Dr. Yvonne Wagner, a pediatric dentist at the Jena University Hospital (GER)* examined the effects of the MAM Perfect pacifiers on the development of the teeth and jaws. The study shows that switching from a conventional pacifier to the MAM Perfect minimized the risk of developing an open bite and an increased overbite. The University Clinic of Dentistry in Vienna, Austria carried out another series of independent tests** on the MAM Perfect and has reported similar results. “In my opinion, the MAM Perfect is the tooth-friendliest of all pacifiers tested”, remarked Professor Hans-Peter Bantleon, Head of the Department of University Clinic of Dentistry Vienna (Austria).

 

The MAM Perfect’s ultra-thin neck is 60% thinner and four times more flexible, making it the thinnest and most flexible pacifier on the market***.  Therefore, teeth have more room to grow and the risk of misalignment is reduced. The ultra-flexible nipple also makes soothing easier for baby.  The pacifier’s unique nipple with MAM’s SkinSoft™ silicone surface is so soft and feels more like mom that it is accepted by 94% of babies****.

 

The MAM Perfect comes in a convenient storage case that allows the pacifier to be quickly sterilized in a microwave, reassuring parents of the health protection for their children. An easy hold button is also featured on the pacifier making it simple for baby to grab and easy for parents to attach to a pacifier clip.  Its curved shield, big air holes and innovative inside surface comforts baby and helps to prevent skin irritation.

 

Offered in a range of designs featuring cute and whimsical animals and cheerful stars and moons for babies of all ages (0-6 months and 6+ months), the new MAM Perfect and MAM Perfect Night pacifiers are available exclusively in Babies “R” Us stores nationwide and online http://www.toysrus.com/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&kw=mam%20perfect%20pacifier&keywords=mam%20perfect%20pacifier&origkw=mam+perfect+pacifier&sr=1&ff=Taxonomy&fg=Category&fd=&fv=2254197.  The pacifiers are sold in a single pack at a recommended retail pricing of $5.49 and in a two-pack with a recommended retail of $8.99.

We have teamed up with MAM for a Giveaway! One winner will win a $30 gift package of assorted MAM items including the new Perfect Pacifier. To enter, leave a comment below! Also, follow MAM on IG too for your entry! Instagram: mam_usa. U.S. Residents only please. Deadline to enter is August 9th, 2017 at noon PST.

About MAM – standard setting baby products:

MAM combines technological innovation, medical function and contemporary design to develop superior baby care products that support a baby’s development from day one. Since MAM developed its first pacifier in Vienna in 1976, it has evolved to become a global authority on baby care product design and quality. Today MAM products are used by families in over 60 countries and on six continents. To find out more and view MAM’s baby care range of award-winning pacifiers, bottles, cups, teethers, oral care items, coordinating accessories and gift sets visit www.mambaby.com.

 

*Y. Wagner, R. Heinrich-Weltzien, “Effect of a thin-neck pacifier on primary dentition: a randomized controlled trial”, Orthodontics & Craniofacial

**Scientific reports from Wild Hi-Precision institute verify that the MAM Perfect‘s nipple neck is on average 60% thinner. The test series by the

University Clinic of Dentistry Vienna confirms the MAM Perfect‘s nipple is 4x more flexible than comparable pacifiers. (Between: 32%-83% thinner,

1.1-19.5 times more flexible than regular pacifiers)

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***32%-83% thinner, 1.1-19.5 times more flexible than regular pacifiers

***Market research 2010-2014, tested with 1,236 babies

Follow MAM

Facebook: facebook.com/MAMbabyUSA

Twitter: @MAMBABY

Pinterest: Pinterest.com/MAMUSA

Instagram: mam_usa

Self Disclosure: Information and images were provided. Credit: MAM.

Enter to win a trip for two to the South of France!

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Le Petit Marseillais™ is partnering with ATOUT France to offer a chance to visit the sunny south of France! Born in Provence, Le Petit Marseillais remains rooted in the sunny ingredients and joie de vivre of the South of France.

In honor of Bastille Day, Le Petit Marseillais™ is hosting a sweepstakes to win a dream vacation for two to its birthplace, Provence! The getaway includes the following for two:

·         Three-night’s stay at the five-star InterContinental Marseille – Hôtel Dieu

·         Breakfast at the hotel’s brasserie

·         Flights with Air France

·         72-hour City Passes

Click here to enter the Sweepstakes for your chance to win!

*Bonus, the first 100 entries will receive a free Le Petit Marseillais™ Extra Gentle Scented Body Wash!

Enter from July 10, 2017 – September 10, 2017

Winners will be notified by September 18, 2017

 

Credit: Le Petit Marseillais™. SoCal City Kids is not affiliated with the giveaway.

Win a Chance to See Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes

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We have teamed up for a Giveaway! Tell us your favorite Super Hero and why!

 

Winner will receive (2) vouchers (redeemable for two tickets)

VOUCHERS AVAILABLE ON OPENING NIGHT(S) ONLY No Weekends. Vouchers are valid for all three venues, ONE NIGHT ONLY at EACH VENUE.

o   Friday, July 7 – STAPLES Center, Downtown LA

o   Thursday, July 13 – Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario

o   Thursday, July 20 – Honda Center, Anaheim

 

  • Value $45 each
  • Once received, vouchers can be redeemed at the participating box office of winner’s choice – be sure to call ahead for hours of operation.
  • Vouchers cannot be sold for cash or placed for sale on ticketing sites, including Craig’s List, eBay, FB sell groups, etc.

Deadline to enter is June 20th, 2017 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org.

Celebrate World Oceans Day with Free Tote Bag Giveaway From Rubio’s! June 8 is World Oceans Day!

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Rubio’s Restaurants, the brand that has counted the ocean as a source of inspiration since its founding more than 30 years ago, is continuing its efforts to be a friend of the ocean with its 8th annual World Oceans Day reusable tote bag giveaway. On June 8 (World Oceans Day) Rubio’s is inviting fans, friends and ocean enthusiasts to help reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean by visiting a Rubio’s Coastal Grill location to receive a complimentary, specially designed reusable tote bag.

Since its first official World Oceans Day celebration eight years ago, Rubio’s has given away more than 90,000 free reusable tote bags. Reusable bags are a great alternative to plastic bags, which persist in the ocean for decades and endanger fish, turtles and other marine life. To get your complimentary World Oceans Day tote bag, simply download the coupon from https://www.rubios.com/coupons/world-oceans-day and bring it to any Rubio’s Coastal Grill location June 8 (while supplies last).

“Since much of our menu includes seafood, we are passionate about helping educate the public about how important it is to maintain healthy marine ecosystems,” said Ralph Rubio, co-founder of Rubio’s Coastal Grill. “We are committed to supporting initiatives that help preserve our healthy oceans, and World Oceans Day is a great way for us to help raise awareness for clean water. We look forward to celebrating World Oceans Day and hope to see our guests in our restaurants on June 8.”

Rubio’s works to be a friend to the ocean year-round with a majority of its seafood being sourced from sustainable fisheries, recycling plastic and glass bottles in restaurants whenever possible, and using eco-friendly plates and to-go containers. These efforts help reduce the amounts of trash that can end up on beaches and the coastline.

We have also teamed up for a Special Giveaway! Two winners will each win a Tote bag with 2 Meal Vouchers! To enter, leave a comment below telling us why you think World Oceans Day is important! It’s important to SoCal City Kids and beach clean up is one of my special causes! Deadline to enter Is June 8th, 2017 at noon PST. Two winners will randomly be selected via Random.org.

 

Self Disclosure: I also will be receiving a Tote bag and vouchers. No other compensation was received. Photo and info was provided.

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

PUBLIC

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.

 

Brown Bear Prize Pack Giveaway #BrownBearEverywhere

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As part of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, I am able to to host a giveaway for a very special Brown Bear Prize Pack, featuring official Brown Bear swag, as well as a copy of the book signed by Eric Carle himself.
I have always loved this book and remember reading this to my son when he was a little one!
If you would like to enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below! Deadline to enter is May 28th at 12:00 pm pst. One winner will randomly be selected.
More information about the Brown Bear anniversary can be found at http://www.brownbeareverywhere.com/.
Self Disclosure: I have teamed up with Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group to host this giveaway and they will be sending the prize package.