Featured SoCal Events and Services

Third Street Promenade Celebrates Hanukkah, Nov. 28th – Dec. 6th

The official City of Santa Monica 24-foot-tall holiday tree welcomes guests to the Third Street Promenade. Photo provided by Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM) brings the holidays to the Third Street Promenade with the return of Winterlit, transforming the downtown district into an immersive, festive experience. Tens of thousands of colorful lights, decor and garland … [Read More...]

Dana Point Harbor Partners Light up the Holidays Beginning November 17

Image courtesy of Dana Point Harbor Partners. Dana Point Harbor Partners (DPHP) is spreading holiday cheer by hosting the annual holiday light display, consisting of over 700,000 LED lights, set to illuminate the Harbor beginning November 17. Each night throughout the holiday season, the Harbor’s magnificent light display will illuminate the evening sky for guests of all ages to enjoy. DPHP is … [Read More...]

Santa Monica Tree Lighting Kicks Off Holiday Season, Nov. 19th

Photo Credit: Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM) brings the holidays to the Third Street Promenade with the return of Winterlit, transforming the downtown district into an immersive, festive experience. Tens of thousands of colorful lights, decor and garland will deck the Third Street Promenade, 2nd and 4th Streets, illuminating convenient shopping and cozy outdoor … [Read More...]

Magic of Lights Illuminates Angel Stadium this Holiday Season

For the First Time, Angel Stadium to host a dazzling drive-through holiday lights experience Nov. 19 through Dec. 26 Special “Affordable for All” Holiday Pricing – One Carload, One Price, Starting at $25. Tickets Go On Sale Friday, October 22 - MagicOfLights.com/Anaheim This holiday season will be brighter, bolder and more colorful as the Angel Stadium parking lot is transformed … [Read More...]

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SoCal City Kids News

Make This Year’s Hanukkah The Best Ever With PJ Library!

This year, Hanukkah, the holiday of lights, runs from November 28 through December 6. PJ Library, long a leader in providing engaging ways for families to connect with Jewish life, offers a wealth of free resources including kid-friendly Hanukkah stories, printable recipes, and activity ideas, book lists, as well as two new story-based podcasts that help kids learn more about the traditions behind … [Read More...]

How to choose a bed size for your kid?

Photo Credit: https://www.publicdomainpictures.net/en/view-image.php?image=105779&picture=baby-bedroom The seemingly easy task of purchasing a bed for a child frequently gives parents huge headaches. Which model should be chosen? How long will the crib be used? What is a convenient width, as well? The answers to these questions can be found in the following sections of the article. We'll … [Read More...]

Experts Reveal Tips for An Amazing at Home Kid’s Birthday Party

Planning your kid’s birthday party can be a headache; finding the perfect theme, organizing the activities that will keep every guest engaged, and setting up a celebration that works for your space can bring more stress than enjoyment when the special day comes. Experts have cultivated the tips you should follow to throw the best at home kid’s birthday party for every guest involved with the help … [Read More...]

Where to buy heptane?

Heptane is an amazing substance you can find in various online shops such as Simple Solvents. The substance is rarely used by itself, and instead, we utilize it as an ingredient for other products. It is a liquid without color, and experts categorize it as a hydrocarbon.                 Companies get heptane by deriving … [Read More...]

5 Non-Toxic Cleaning Products That Will Keep Your House Germ-Free

Cleaning doesn't have to mean using harsh chemicals throughout the home. There are plenty of ways to make sure the home is clean and disinfected without having to use a bottle of bleach or other chemical products. Non-chemical products are non-toxic, are easily accessible, and are eco-friendly, so it's easy to feel good about the products being used. Whether you're worried about the amount of … [Read More...]

Featured Products

This Toothbrush is a must-try!

The holidays are here and that means lots of holiday cookies, candy, cakes, and other sweets! So, that means it is very important to take care of your teeth! I had the opportunity to try out a new toothbrush and was very impressed! Doctor Plotka’s Mouth Watchers Antimicrobial Toothbrushes with Flossing Bristles is a definite must-try! Featuring silver-infused bristles, this innovative … [Read More...]

Healthy Footwear is Served

Check out pediped's latest blog post:  “Healthy Footwear is Served." Happy Thanksgiving! Credit: Pediped. … [Read More...]

“SPREADING TACO CHEER” GIFT BOX AVAILABLE FROM RUBIO’S COASTAL GRILL

Cozy Collection Includes Fleece Blanket & $30 in Rubio’s Meal Cards Rubio’s Coastal Grill is offering a limited-edition “Spreading Taco Cheer” holiday gift box, specially curated for the ultimate taco fan. Available beginning on Black Friday, November 26, boxes can be purchased at www.rubios.com. Each gift box is $49.99, plus tax & shipping, (valued at $120), … [Read More...]

It’s time for the Fall Baby Round-up!

It's time for the Fall Baby Round-Up! Here are the products that I recommend! The ergoPouch Cocoon Swaddle will surely be a hit with babies and parents! The zip-up swaddle sleeping bag from ergoPouch is designed to be both easy to use and difficult to escape from. The TOG-rated Cocoon Swaddle Bag will keep your newborn snug and securely swaddled without the need for complicated wrapping or … [Read More...]

Just a couple more last-minute Halloween suggestions!

Halloween is almost here! Are you ready? Here are a couple of great items to pick up for the fun holiday! Welch's Fruit Snacks are sure to be a hit with the kids! Welch’s Fruit Snacks NEW 72ct Halloween Box features snack-size pouches with custom Halloween graphics on the packaging as well as fun, festive fruit snack shapes including a bat, witch, ghost, haunted castle, and pumpkin. Made with REAL … [Read More...]

Last-Minute Halloween Suggestion!

Planning a party for Halloween or maybe a movie night? Sweet Chaos popcorn has some new Fall themed flavors that are sure to be a hit! They have some terrific flavors! NEW Pumpkin Spice, NEW Candy Corn, and NEW Black & Orange Drizzled Popcorn! My favorite is the NEW Black & Orange Drizzled Popcorn! Scarily delicious, Sweet Chaos Drizzles are Gluten Free, made with Non-GMO popcorn, and have … [Read More...]

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Giveaways

Rubio’s Peace, Joy & Burritos Gift Box Giveaway Opportunity!

Warm your spirits and bring a little burrito joy to you and your loved ones this holiday season with the Rubio’s Peace, Joy & Burritos Gift Box. For just $39.95 (plus tax and shipping), receive a burrito blanket, fuzzy socks, candle + matches, a puzzle, and 3 entrée cards ($30 retail value). Valued at $120, the contents of the Holiday Box will create those cozy, festive vibes we look forward … [Read More...]

Baby Beluga giveaway

Exciting news! Raffi is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of Baby Beluga this year. Can you believe that it has been 40 years? This song and album are among the best-selling children's music releases of all time! Check out Raffi's really cool video too! https://youtu.be/mIBY-LQYkVA Now, we have teamed up for a giveaway! One winner will win Raffi's original "Baby … [Read More...]

A bundle of new kid tunes for the dog days of summer 2020! Giveaway Opportunity!

Enter to win this three-pack of smart and educational children's music CDs from some of the top award-winning artists.  These are songs the whole family can enjoy together -- and they'll inspire kids as they head back to school. The Famadillo giveaway includes Backyard Bop by Portland family folk artist Red Yarn, Songs Across the Pond by Grammy nominee Brady Rymer and UK folk artist David Gibb, … [Read More...]

Now it’s time for Camp Warner Bros. Week # 7!

If you’ve ever been to a drive-in movie, you know how much fun it can be; from piling in the car with your cozy blankets to enjoying your favorite snacks in the Summer air! And if you have ever given a kid an empty cardboard box – you know how much fun they can have, as they use their creativity and let their imagination runs wild for hours! It's Week 7 at Camp Warner Bros. and we are bringing … [Read More...]

Media Reviews

Ghostbusters: Afterlife * Comedy And Nostalgic Moments Mixed With A Journey Filled With Adventure

When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ethan P. comments, “I like Ghostbusters: Afterlife because it includes a great combination of events from the original 1984 movie. This film has comedy and nostalgic moments mixed with … [Read More...]

Perfect Portion Author Mona Dolgov Launches New Cookbook

Looking for a cookbook with healthy recipes? This one is a must-buy! These recipes will not leave you hungry either! satisfy (978-0-578-71699-2, $29.99), is based on creating balanced meals from minimally processed ingredients that provide generous and satisfying portions. Each recipe is gluten-free and includes at least 2 cups of vegetables, making every meal nutrient dense while also staying … [Read More...]

A Gift From Bob * A Holiday Story With A Touching Message And A Loveable Cat Named Bob

Christmas gifts come in all shapes and sizes. For James (Luke Treadaway), a struggling street musician, a very special one arrives in the form of Bob, a strong-willed stray cat who wanders into James’s tiny flat. Bob enriches James’s life, giving him companionship, purpose, and a large, new audience. When Animal Welfare officers threaten to take Bob, the local community rallies to help James and … [Read More...]

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Beauty and Fashion Corner

Back to School Beauty Must-Buy!

I am quite excited to share this new product with you! Eco Lips has a Pure & Simple lip balm line and they are perfect for the whole family! This back-to-basics Pure & Simple lip balm is made with just four ingredients-sunflower oil, beeswax, Vitamin E, and flavor. It is available in amazing flavors: Raspberry, Coconut, and Vanilla. USDA Certified Organic and 100% edible formula made … [Read More...]

Baby Skin Care 101: Tips to Avoid Skin Problems

Don't we often dream of having baby-like skin? The secret is a white milky substance called vernix that coats the fetus inside a mother's womb. But did you know that this substance wipes off as soon as the baby is born? This is why taking care of a baby's skin is of utmost importance. If you don't, your baby might have to face issues like odd rashes, crusting, and bumps. Yes, they happen to … [Read More...]

Beauty Stocking Stuffers!

Here are my favorite Beauty items this season and they would all make terrific Stocking Stuffers! Hair ties, headbands, and scrunchies can be more than just an accessory! They can be fun! With Scenties, you can add a fun twist to your kids’ hair ties, headbands, and scrunchies. These accessories are fragranced with playful scents, which can be enabled by simply Stretching and … [Read More...]

MASAMI hair products are a beauty must-try!

Looking for hair products to try? MASAMI is the only clean haircare brand that harnesses the hydrating power of the Japanese seaweed, Mekabu.  After experiencing MASAMI just once you’ll be daydreaming of long walks down a sandy beach and leave with a spring in your step (and hair). Even if Winter is approaching, in sunny SoCal you can always walk at the beach. I really love the shampoo and … [Read More...]

Pet Corner

Nina, Thanksgiving Day Pet of the Week

Nina looks as if she’s saying, “Thanksgiving weekend is no time for a kitten to be in a shelter kennel!” Nina’s looking for love, empathy and a loving, forever family, and she won’t say no to a plateful of healthy leftovers (no fruitcake, please, she emphasizes). Nina is under a year old and has been at Long Beach Animal Care Services since June. She’s one of the shelter’s adoptables who … [Read More...]

Olive, Nov. 18th Pet of the Week!

As our volunteer Dee put it, sweet old Olive thinks that being in a kennel is the pits. She’s wonky, with bad skin and sad eyes. She was moping around the shelter, and only recently did she crack this smile after a few outings with Long Beach Animal Care Services’ loving volunteers. Someone needs to be the martini to this Olive and let her relax on the sofa with them and really enjoy her … [Read More...]

Brooke, Nov. 11th Pet of the Week!

Ever wanted to be on the cover of one of those old-time children’s storybooks? You know, the kind where someone’s sitting reading in an armchair and a fluffy calico cat is purring away on their lap? Well, Long Beach Animal Care Services has the cat, so you’re off to a good start! Brooke, 5 years old, was found as a stray. She’s affectionate toward humans and loves to be brushed. No matter … [Read More...]

Grayson, Nov. 4th Pet of the Week!

Grayson would prefer his tennis ball to just about anything except for a loving, forever home. Grayson’s a Lab mix with a beautiful gray coat and luminous brown eyes. His ideal adopter or foster would have experience with large-breed dogs and be able to keep up with his active self. Grayson’s very smart—he already knows several commands and is always down for a walk! He’s curious about other … [Read More...]