One Lucky Kiddo will be the next #zulilycutie!

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Exciting News!  zulily has launched the search for their next #zulilycutie! Here at zulily, they are ALL about inspiring their fans to share the unique and special #zulilycutie in their life on social media! So, in celebration of all the cuties out there, they are hosting another contest to find their next OFFICIAL #zulilycutie (aged between 2-5 years old), who will be the face of an upcoming zulily campaign!

So, what is a #zulilycutie? It’s an adorable kid with a unique style, personality and sense of fun. Above all, they’re looking for a cutie who embodies their zulily spirit. At zulily, what makes them unique is their use of real people as models to tell a story around the products their customers love. Many of their models are everyday people like you and me, unique in all the best ways!

The winner of the #zulilycutie contest will receive:

  • A trip to zulily headquarters in Seattle, WA for a photo shoot featuring the cutie, which will be used in an upcoming zulily campaign!
  • Featured in images and posts across zulily’s social media channels!
  • A feature blog post here on The Find!
  • The opportunity to take over zulily’s Instagram account and more!

Be sure to watch the zulily social channels for updates on this exciting contest! All information, including how to enter, is available at the link below.

Contest Blog Link: http://www.zulily.com/blog/the-find/may-zulilycutie-contest/

 

Credit: zulily. I did receive some form of compensation to post. The contest is not affiliated with SoCal City Kids.

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.

 

 

Kids Eat FREE Every Wednesday Night at Ruby’s Diner Downey

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Ruby’s Diner in Downey is pleased to announce the launch of Ruby’s Diner Family Night: Kids Eat Free on Wednesdays beginning May 17, 2017. At the new Ruby’s Diner Family Night, kids 12 years of age and younger will eat for FREE from 4-9pm*.

“The Downey community has been extremely welcoming and has embraced our new Ruby’s Diner with open arms. We are thrilled to be able to offer this special kids Eat Free promotion to the community as a way of celebrating,” stated Abraham Kobi, franchise owner of Ruby’s Diner in Downey. 

Young guests of Ruby’s Diner can choose from an array of entée options on the kids menu including the kid-sized beef or turkey burger, macaroni and cheese, BBQ chicken breast meal, hot dog, grilled cheese, chicken fingers, turkey corn dog, peanut butter & jelly sandwich and cheese quesadilla. Every kids meal at Ruby’s Diner includes a choice of French fries, applesauce or sliced apples, plus a refillable drink with an upgrade option available for a handmade kid-sized shake, malt or float.

Bring the whole family and shooby dooby down to Ruby’s Diner at the Promenade at Downey every Wednesday for Family Night! 

*Family Night: Kids Eat Free Promotion Details –  Limit one free child’s entrée per each adult entrée purchased. One free toy with every Kids meal. Valid at participating locations only. Dine-in only. Additional charge on substitutions and additions may apply. Cannot be combined with any other offer, coupon, promotion or discount. 

Ruby’s Diner Downey

8801 Apollo Way, Downey, CA 90242

562 – 401 – 4011

Open Daily: 7am – 9pm

Self Disclosure:  No compensation was received to post. Credit: Ruby’s Diner.

Kiehl’s partners with Jeff Koons and International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children

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Jeff Koons and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) to help raise awareness and funds for missing children.

 

In keeping with their longstanding commitment to children, Kiehl’s, Jeff Koons and ICMEC have partnered as we’ve never before:  Jeff is creating TWO original pieces of art with Kiehl’s – 1.) a Limited Edition Kiehl’s x Jeff Koons collectible tin for customers, and 2.) a public art installation in New York for all!

Beginning May 2, Kiehl’s will donate 100% of net profits from the sales of any product in our Midnight Recovery Collection, up to $100,000, to benefit ICMEC. Any customer who purchases any of the three items in the range will be able to take home the collectible tin, their own work of art from one of the foremost internationally recognized American contemporary artists.

The Midnight Recovery Collection is:

 

Kiehl’s will then further bring this program to life with the unveiling of an original Jeff Koons public art installation, in New York, the first week of May. (Location is under wraps for now!) With its incredible NYC backdrop, the installation will represent Kiehl’s commitment to community spirit and the greater good – right in our hometown.

Credit: Kiehl’s.

The Queen Mary’s Ships & Giggles Comedy Night Continues May 8 Featuring Top LA Comedians Including ANT, Joe Dosch, Craig Phillip Conant, Brian Monarch, and Kate Quigley

The Queen Mary welcomes back Ships & Giggles Comedy Night to The Observation Bar & Art Deco Lounge aboard the ship for another Monday night filled with laughs and drinks with some of the funniest comedians Southern California has to offer.

 

WHO:

Hosted by internationally known comedian, Rocco Stowe, this comedy showcase features top Los Angeles comedians including ANT, Joe Dosch, Craig Phillip Conant, Brian Monarch, and Kate Quigley. ANT was a regular guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Tyra Banks show and is the only comedian to appear on all five seasons of NBC’s hit series Last Comic Standing. Joe Dosch recently performed on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle 2 and has also written material for the Comedy Central Roasts of Rob Lowe and Justin Bieber. Craig Phillip Conant is a Los Angeles native who quickly became a rising star performing regularly at the World Famous Comedy Store. Brian Monarch can be seen on Fox, Hulu, and Comedy Central or at your favorite comedy clubs around town on any given night. Kate Quigley is a headlining comedian and actress who hosted the 2016 AVN Awards and can currently be seen on MTV2’s ADD TV. She is also a paid regular at the Improv, Laugh Factory, Icehouse, and Haha Comedy Club in Hollywood.
WHEN:

Monday, May 8 at 8 p.m.


WHERE:

The Observation Bar & Art Deco Lounge, The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

TICKETS:

Admission is $15 per person and $5 of the admission ticket value can be used at the Observation Bar and Queen Mary restaurants during the comedy showcase.

 

PARKING:
Parking is $8 with validation.

PURCHASE TICKETS AND INFORMATION:
http://www.queenmary.com/events/ships-giggles-comedy-night/

 

Credit: The Queen Mary.

Cricket Media Introduces KEEPING TECH IN CHECK!

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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 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.
Unlike similar efforts that focus only on “unplugging,” KEEPING TECH IN CHECK recognizes that screens are a mainstay in our 21st century lives, and this initiative is being launched to help parents mindfully manage screen-time as an intentional part of a daily “diet” of activities.
“Technology is here to stay, offering a wealth of resources,” says Stephanie Sharis, CEO of Cricket Media.  “Our magazines have always promoted active learning, acting as catalysts for children’s curiosity and creativity.  And with the Keeping Tech in Check initiative, we hope that we can help that play out in real life as much as online.”
The KEEPING TECH IN CHECK hub has been thoughtfully designed to give parents the information they need to navigate and manage technology guilt-free in ways that work for them.   Drawing from Cricket Media’s deep archive of award-winning magazine content, the site includes stories and downloadable activities, as well as news and current research. A dedicated blog will feature expert advice and real-life ideas for activities that shine the spotlight on balancing tech mindfully.
Launched on April 17, families everywhere are invited to join the KEEPING TECH IN CHECK community at KeepingTechinCheck.com. Among the site’s features at launch will be:
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics Media Use Planner and Media Calculator (both kids and parents will be able to monitor their tech use with these planners)
  • Downloadable content from Cricket Media’s award-winning magazines, designed for ages 3 mos. to 14+
  • Advice from experts and peers, including a regularly updated blog written by Cricket Media editors, parents and other experts, sharing seasonal and topical ideas for screen-free activities, including “Out of the Box” ideas to unplug. Guest bloggers offer real-life examples of unplugged fun for various ages
  • Programs designed to focus families on achieving their goals together, including a summer reading program; the Smithsonian Institute sponsored Folklife Challenge and Invent It Challenge; and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Yang’s Reading without Walls Challenge
  • Mini printable books -colorfully illustrated tales by top authors and artists, aimed at a variety of age levels
  • Printable activities – enjoy conversation starters, scavenger hunts, recipes, party ideas, ad-lib word games, writing prompts, and brain teasing games for the whole family
  • Parents’ Choice Family Adventures Map
  • Subscription discounts to the 11 ad-free and multiple award-winning Cricket Media magazines for various ages and interests: ASK, BABY BUG, CLICK, CICADA, COBBLESTONE, CRICKET, DIG, FACES, LADYBUG, MUSE, and SPIDER
 “We long ago crossed the Digital Rubicon,” adds Claire Green, president of The Parents’ Choice Foundation.  “Keeping Tech in Check offers parents ways to help balance families’ screen based play.  No PhD required.”
 
About Cricket Media
Cricket Media is an education media company that provides award-winning content on a safe and secure learning network for children, families and teachers across the world.  Cricket Media’s 11 popular media brands for toddlers to teens include Babybug®, Ladybug®, Cricket™ and Cobblestone™.  The Company’s innovative web-based K12 tools for school and home include the ePals community and virtual classroom for global collaboration as well as Cricket Together, an e-Mentoring program that builds reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Cricket Media serves millions of teachers, students and parents in over 200 countries and territories through its platform and NeuPals, its joint venture with China’s leading IT services company Neusoft. Cricket Media also licenses its content and platform to top publishing and educational companies worldwide.
 
About Parents’ Choice Foundation
Established in 1978 as a 501c3, Parents’ Choice Foundation is the nation’s oldest nonprofit guide to quality children’s media and toys. Best known for the Parents’ Choice Awards® program, the Parents’ Choice Award Seals are the Foundation’s internationally recognized and respected icons of quality. Parents’ Choice Award judges are experts in areas of industry and interest, from dinosaurs to digital media and from mathematics to making mayhem. The Parents’ Choice Awards committee members hail from families across the country who evaluate media and products based on developmentally appropriate content and challenges, design and function, the educational value, long-term play value, and the benefits to a child’s social and emotional growth and well being. Please visit www.parents-choice.org for more information.
Self Disclosure: SoCal City Kids is honored to say we are a member of the advisory panel. So stay tuned for more!

Dunkin’ Donates 1,000s of Donuts and Cups of Joe for Teacher Appreciation Week Mon., May 1 through Fri., May 5

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In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, will donate thousands of donuts and cups of coffee to public schools in Southern California.With a passion for supporting the areas in which it serves, the donations from Dunkin’Donuts are a way to show appreciation for teachers in Southern California and all they do to help the local communities thrive.

Over 25 Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Southern California will be participating in the Teacher Appreciation Week donation. More than 4,500 donuts and 2,000 cups of coffee are expected to be donated through the local program.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for real time updates.

WHEN:  Teacher Appreciation Week- Mon., May 1 through Fri., May 5

 

Credit: Dunkin’ Donuts.

Autism Awareness Month Here's a list of some great resources!

Autism Awareness during Big Sur!

KultureCity Launches Innovative Program Benefitting Families

With Autistic Children.

NestFresh, the leader in sustainable, local, humane and natural eggs, has pledged to support the charitable efforts of partner KultureCity through the organization’s unique fundraising campaign titled KCFit. This marathon season, KCFit, with the help of caring partners like NestFresh, will attend a number of the nation’s most prestigious marathons. In doing so, KultureCity’s advocates will use the KCFit platform to promote acceptance for all special needs children while fundraising in support of the lifeBOKS program. In launching this exceptional fundraising endeavor, NestFresh has joined the KCFit team, helping to promote upcoming races and educating consumers about both KultureCity and KCFit. The egg producer will support the organization through marketing promotional efforts.

 

The concept of KCFit was born of KultureCity co-founder Dr. Michele Kong Maha and NFL legend Tiki Barber to merge philanthropy with physical fitness through exercise, diet and community. With the philosophy “We can achieve anything, even the impossible, one step at a time. It starts with having the courage to take the first step,” each marathon attended by KCFit will fundraise for KultureCity’s innovative lifeBOKS program. The lifeBOKS program provides free kits to the families of autistic children to prevent wandering and wandering related accidents. In NestFresh’s current partnership with KCFit, the brand will continue its history of giving back to the communities it serves in meaningful ways.

 

“NestFresh is proud to support KultureCity and its KCFit program as part of our ongoing commitment to helping those who do good in our communities,” shares Brandy Gamoning, Marketing Manager at NestFresh. “We have been impressed by the work KultureCity does since they were nominated and eventually voted the winner of our first NestFresh Cares contest. This partnership with KultureCity allows us to continue to engage with consumers that care just as much about their communities as we do.”

 

“KCFit is a fantastic initiative that will continue to support the incredible work of KultureCity and the lifeBOKS program,” shares Dr. Michele Kong, Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer of KultureCity. “We’re proud that NestFresh has joined our team of individuals and organizations that truly care about the vision, purpose and health of KultureCity.”

 

NestFresh’s support of KultureCity and KCFit pivots on the values upon which NestFresh stands. From the company’s partnerships with family farmers nationwide to its insistence on transparency from farm to grocery store, this year’s giving efforts align with everything NestFresh has worked towards since the brand’s founding in 1991.

 

About NestFresh

NestFresh Eggs was the first nationally distributed egg line to receive the Non-GMO Project Verified seal from the Non-GMO Project and to offer liquid and dry egg products that are also Non-GMO Project Verified for retail, food service and manufacturing.
“Coding Autism” Launches to Train Adults with Autism How to Code

Program Aims to Combat Unemployment and Underemployment Rates Among People with Autism; Crowdfunding Campaign Launches to Help Fund Program and Provide Scholarships

(Los Angeles, CA) – April 13, 2017 – Every year, the number of people diagnosed with autism rises, however there are simply not enough quality programs designed towards training adults with autism with real-world career skills.  As a result, too many are either unemployed or working in menial jobs below their skill level.  To help adults with autism learn the fundamental skills necessary to secure an entry-level web developer job, LA-based Coding Autism has announced a new program to train those with autism how to code.

To help fund the program, and allow contributors to provide for scholarships so that the entire 15-person first class can attend tuition-free, Coding Autism has launched a crowdfunding campaign at: startsomegood.com/coding-autism-training-adults-with-autism-in-code.

Coding Autism’s first web development boot camp is called the ASPIRE Web Development Immersive. This is a 15-week, full-time course where students will be learning the fundamental skills of coding.  The first class will take place at Hub 101 in Thousand Oaks, CA (Greater Los Angeles Area) with online classes planned in 2018.

“It is completely unacceptable that our autistic community is experiencing an over 80% unemployment and underemployment rate,” said Oliver Thornton, CEO & co-founder of Coding Autism.  “As passionate advocates who have either been diagnosed with autism ourselves or have family members affected with autism, we understand that with the right resources, training, coaching and environment that individuals with autism can thrive in the workforce.”

By founding Coding Autism and launching the ASPIRE Web Development Immersive, Mr. Thornton believes that they can create highly qualified, skilled, and eager to work autistic employees to fill job vacancies in the tech industry.

Research has shown that typical autistic characteristics such as attention to detail, affinity for repetitive tasks and introversion are all traits that lend themselves to becoming a successful employee within the tech industry.  With the $50k+ average annual salary for entry-level, full-time web developers, tech is an attractive industry in which to pursue a career.

Over the last decade, companies such as Microsoft and SAP have implemented autism hiring initiatives.  This was done not to combat autistic unemployment, but because they have seen that adults with autism can be exceptional employees and drive innovation when provided the right structure, mentorship and on-boarding.  Students that want to enroll can sign-up to receive more information at: CodingAutism.com

A video can be seen at: youtube.com/watch?v=gVybQJSNlS4

About Coding Autism:
Coding Autism is a full-service professional coaching and training company that trains adults on the autism spectrum in professional skills such as software engineering, quality assurance, and web development. We also assist our graduates in finding employment within the software and technology industries. We do so by providing services such as immersive programs and bootcamps, resume workshops, career counseling, interview preparation, and coaching/mentorship, all of which is designed around providing an environment where people on the spectrum can thrive.  More information is available at CodingAutism.com.

Self Disclosure: Information was sent to me for posting.