Featured SoCal Events and Services

The Queen Mary Hosts SoCal’s Top Fireworks Display for All-American 4th of July Celebration Multiple Stages with Live Entertainment, Family-Friendly Activities, Arts & Crafts and Strolling Performers Throughout the Legendary Ship

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Let freedom ring and celebrate Independence Day aboard the majestic Queen Mary with a full day of live entertainment, family-friendly activities, delicious food, spectacular drinks from multiple bars, Ferris wheel ride, and more on Tuesday, July 4 from 2 - 10 p.m. The red, white and blue celebration is a ship-wide event, culminating with one of SoCal’s best 4th of July fireworks display above one … [Read More...]

Release Your Inner Child in Carlsbad, CA

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Catching a wave off the Carlsbad Coast (Photo Credit: Visit Carlsbad) Home to the blocky amusement park and SeaLife, the sunny SoCal city Carlsbad, CA is often thought as a wonderland for kids. However, with Omni La Costa’s new Edge Day Club, bike-friendly roads throughout the city, seven miles of pristine beaches, ample watersports activities, and more this city isn’t just a playground for … [Read More...]

Celebrate Independence Day at Dana Point Harbor

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OC Parks invites the community to spend Independence Day at Dana Point Harbor. Enjoy waterfront dining, ocean activities, boating, sailing, and experience south Orange County’s best aerial fireworks display, the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. The July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza will light up Dana Point Harbor. Visitors can enjoy fantastic views from the harbor, Baby Beach, the Island, and the … [Read More...]

Universal Studios Hollywood Casts a Dazzling Spell on “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” with an All-New Summertime Enhancement, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.” Inviting Guests to Experience the Immersive Land in a Whole New Light, Beginning June 23rd!

"The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle" at "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios Hollywood.

I have to admit that I was in awe of this amazing light show! As night falls on the Hogsmeade village, "The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle" will shine brightly with an awe-inspiring spectacle that showcases the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin (Which one is your favorite? I have to admit that Gryffindor is mine!) that culminates with awesome beams of … [Read More...]

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SoCal City Kids News

3 Tips to getting compensated for serious injury accidents

Being involved in a serious accident can cause life-threatening and long-term injury. This can change one’s lifestyle and cause a great deal of mental, emotional, physical, and financial stress on a person as well as their family. If you or a loved one has experienced serious injury due to an accident, there are ways in which you can get compensated for your pain and strife. This article will … [Read More...]

Harry Potter in Concert Returns to the Hollywood Bowl

HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS™ - IN CONCERT Thursday, July 6, 2017, at 8:00 PM HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN™ - IN CONCERT Friday and Saturday, July 7 & 8, 2017, at 8:00 PM Harry Potter returns to the Hollywood Bowl with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ - in Concert, the second film in the Harry Potter series, on Thursday, July 7, at 8:00 PM, and Harry … [Read More...]

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Baby Penguin hatches at Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of the Pacific is announcing the arrival of a Magellanic Penguin chick. The penguin hatched at the Aquarium in late May. Parents Roxy and Floyd, residents of the Aquarium’s June Keyes Penguin Habitat, cared for the baby penguin until it was ready to go to its behind-the-scenes nursery to learn to take whole fish from keepers for feedings and to swim in shallow pools. The approximately … [Read More...]

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Celebrate #DaddysDay with MAM and win a $500 prepaid card or tickets to a MLB game of your choice! We have also teamed up for a Giveaway!

MAM is celebrating Father’s Day with a great contest!   This Father’s Day, MAM will be selecting one lucky person to win a $500 prepaid card or tickets to a Major League Baseball game of your choice! Share a story that shows what makes the dad in your family a great father with the #DaddysDay hashtag and MAM will select their favorite story to win! Enter here: … [Read More...]

Star Wars Day

Star Wars Day Returns to The OC ZOO June 17 First 100 Children in Costume Receive Gift and Free Train Ride

May the Force be with you! Join the County of Orange and OC Parks for Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo on Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gather family and friends for a day of animals and activities at the OC Zoo.   Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo invites Stars Wars fans of all ages to enjoy a fun filled day of activities including visits from Star Wars characters, kids’ crafts, games, … [Read More...]

Featured Products

Bursting into Fourth of July with Cascade Ice

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Looking for some healthier and delicious drinks this upcoming holiday? Cascade Ice has you covered! I received samples and actually tried a couple of the following recipes! My favorite is the Fresh Firecracker! Yum! Patriotic Punch: For this fun concoction, start with Cascade Ice Blueberry Watermelon sparkling water. Next, muddle strawberries and blueberries just a bit to release the flavor … [Read More...]

Chicken and Beef Taquitos from Red’s are a Must this Summer!

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Looking for a quick lunch or snack this Summer? For a grab-and-go snack, Red’s has you covered with their New Taquitos! Available in chicken or shredded beef, these easy eats are the perfect solution to an empty snack tray. Both flavors have 10 grams of protein per serving. The taquitos are finished with a sprinkle of cheese and hand rolled in flour tortillas. I recently tried the Chicken … [Read More...]

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear would make a great gift for Mom-to-be!

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear is a cute and cuddly stuffed animal that also make the perfect keepsake for expecting parents.  This unique kit consists of an adorable stuffed animal (choose from several winsome creatures) and a 20-second red heart battery recorder that captures the sound of your baby’s heartbeat during your next ultrasound. https://youtu.be/-zz6kX78hkc   Credit: My Baby’s … [Read More...]

Restore for Health is a Must-Try!

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“I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.” Have you heard of Restore?  I have to admit that I hadn't until I was asked to participate in receiving free products from Moms Meet. So, what is it? Restore is a unique dietary supplement that … [Read More...]

BuddyPhones: Innovative and SAFE Volume Limiting Headphones for Kids

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Portable devices like iPhones, iPads, MP3 players, and others are all capable of outputting sound at a level high enough to damage your hearing. While adults (should) know better and turn the volume down, kids often don’t. In order to protect their little ears, onanoff designed BuddyPhones to be the safest sound solution for children! BuddyPhones teaches kids to protect their hearing, encourage … [Read More...]

These Products are a Must for the Summer!

Block Island Organics SPF 30 Natural Mineral Sunscreen

Summer is here! Finally! I can't wait to spend time at the beach! Here are my favorites for the Summer! Block Island Natural Mineral (zinc only) Sunscreen - SPF 30.  It's great for adults, kids and babies over 6 months.  All of their products are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, dyes and artificial fragrances. They  also don't do animal testing and use vegan-based formulas. I … [Read More...]

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Giveaways

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, … [Read More...]

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 … [Read More...]

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 … [Read More...]

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 … [Read More...]

Media Reviews

Disconnected Kids by Dr. Robert Melillo The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Discorders

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I found this book to be quite interesting as it shows how left- and right-brain weaknesses could be at the root of behavioral, social, and learning difficulties in children. Brain Balance Achievement Centers [https://www.brainbalancecenters.com/] use an holistic, non-medical, drug-free approach to help children with behavioral, social, or learning difficulties. Since 2006, their program has helped … [Read More...]

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Twilight and Starlight – Lessons of Friendship and Understanding

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  Twilight Sparkle is determined to prove that anyone can learn the magic of friendship. So when a reformed Starlight Glimmer wants a fresh start, Twilight is only too happy to take her under her alicorn wing and lend a helping hoof. And though challenges await Starlight as she learns about friendship, Twilight and the rest of the Mane 6 will do whatever it takes to ensure Starlight … [Read More...]

Latin Grammy and Emmy Award-winners LUCKY DIAZ and the FAMILY JAM BAND Launch National Summer Family Concert Tour, Celebrating the Release of a New Album MADE IN LA

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Latin GRAMMY and EMMY Award winners Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band embark on a busy summer of family performances around the nation.  The band, led by Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis, present interactive, multi-cultural, mixed language and movement based musical performances for children and adults. Catch details of the tour, celebrating the release of their forthcoming album Made in LA, … [Read More...]

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Beauty and Fashion Corner

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Summer Beauty Must Products

Does the Sun dry your hair out? This one is a must! I absolutely love it and have been using it once a week! Sun Bum Beach Formula Deep Conditioning Masque Our Deep Conditioning Masque was specifically formulated to restore essential hydration and enhance overall softness and smoothness to dry, damaged or over-processed hair. DDF Protect and Correct Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad … [Read More...]

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YouCam Celebrates National Selfie Day!

With National Selfie Day just around the corner, YouCam, the #1 downloaded beauty augmented reality app,  will let you instantly perfect the art of the “Selfie”. YouCam is the number one interactive platform offering users the complete beauty journey, from selfie expression to makeup experimentation, and empowerment through social sharing.   YouCam launched  in 2014, and in only three  years’ … [Read More...]

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Kiehl’s Unifies Men’s Routine with 6-piece grooming regimen Perfect gift for Father's Day! You can find it at Kiehl’s in South Coast Plaza!

As male grooming trends have evolved in recent years, so has the need for efficacious products to groom and style beards and hair. Kiehl’s Since 1851 – a longtime leader in men’s skincare – is proud to offer men an essential toolkit to achieve their desired look, whether it’s perfectly polished or deliberately wild.   Grooming Solutions, a line of expertly crafted men’s grooming products, … [Read More...]

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Treat Dads, Grads, and Friends to a Day of Relaxation at Burke Williams

Burke Williams Day Spa invites you to spoil dads, grads, and loved ones with the relaxing gift of a spa treatment. For each generous and luxurious spa gift purchased, receive a gift for yourself in return. Guests that spend $150 - $249 on a gift card at Burke Williams Day Spa will receive a complimentary $25 gift card. Guests that spend $250 - $399 on a gift card for a loved one will receive a … [Read More...]

Pet Corner

Goalie, JUne 29 Pet of the Week

Goalie is Pet of the Week!

Amidst the dogs, cats and, increasingly, rabbits waiting at shelters to be adopted, pocket pets often get overlooked. Pocket pets, which include hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats and guinea pigs like Goalie here wind up at shelters for the same reason that other pets do—owner surrender, abandonment, cruelty and unwanted litters. Goalie is a sleek piggle outfitted in his black-and-white uniform, … [Read More...]

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Peluches Dog Toy may make your Pup feel less lonely when you are away!

I recently heard about a wonderful toy that may make your Dog feel less lonely while you are at work or out for the day! I was happy to receive one to review. My Pup Bink wanted to play catch with it so we tried it with a friend's slightly older dog and she loves it! She actually loves to sleep with it. Peluches is a fun dog toy that can be easily connected to your dog’s collar so they are … [Read More...]

Sally, June 22 Pet of the Week

Sally is Pet of the Week!

Sweet, shy little Sally is a lovely female (as most calicos are) 2-year-old. At first, Sally’s bashful, but when she gets to know you, she’s affectionate and full of fun. Want to dilly-dally with Sally? Meet her at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A590031.   (This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.) Credit: Courtesy of the … [Read More...]

Amanda, June 15 Pet of the Week

Amanda is Pet of the Week!

Whether it’s the kiddie pool behind the house or Rosie’s Dog Beach in Belmont Shore, Amanda will be at her literal element. Amanda, a spayed female black Lab mix, loves water—not just to drink but also to splash around in. She’s 9 years old, which qualifies her for our shelter’s senior discount, and has lived with cats and kids. She’s an owner surrender and so deserves a loving home. Meet Amanda … [Read More...]