Archives for June 2013

Keeping Memories with Shutterfly! Special End of the School Year Giveaway!

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It’s that time of year to be wrapping up the school year! A great way to keep school memories is a Photo Book or Yearbook from Shutterfly ! I had the opportunity to create a 8×8 Yearbook Photo book with  my son and we enjoyed creating and love the final product so much that we plan to do this every school year! This is also a great idea for Senior Year memories or Summer memories! I like that there are so many choices from designing the cover to creating each page!  You can choose from so many styles and personalize it to make it the way you want. It’s also so easy to do and the shipping is so quick! Check out the photo books and yearbooks at Shutterfly!

We have teamed up with our friends at Shutterfly for a End of the School Year Giveaway! You will win an 8×8 photo book to create yourself!  Don’t forget you must be a subscriber to enter! Next, leave us a comment below telling us one of your child’s favorite school year memories! Deadline to enter is June 27th, 2013 at 12 pm. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

Self Disclosure: I received compensation by receiving products to facilitate this review/giveaway but opinions are my own.

Summer with popchips! Special Summer time Giveaway!

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Summer is officially here! I love this time of the year! Time for picnics at the beach and time for popchips! So many delicious flavors that you could pick a different flavor for each day of the week. I also love that they are healthier than other chips. What would summer be without a special popchips giveaway!? This one is even more special since popchips has teamed up with Eat|See|Hear!

Eat|See|Hear brings the largest outdoor movie screen west of the Mississippi to each event, featuring the only 52-foot wide image on an outdoor screen in LA, with full digital, high definition projection and audio every week. Each event includes gourmet food trucks, some of LA best buzzbands rocking out before the movie and popchips for all! This summer our friends at popchips are giving you a chance to win a family pack of 4 in the vip “fashionably late” section to the showing of  Boogie Nights on Saturday, June 29th,2013 at  Los Angeles Trade Tech College and a month supply of popchips.  Don’t miss out on this fun giveaway! You must be a subscriber to SoCal City Kids to enter! Next, leave a comment below telling us you favorite sight, taste or sound of summer! Next, follow @popchipsLA and if you would like an extra entry “like” the popchips Facebook page too! Deadline to enter is June 26th, 2013 at 12 pm. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries!


Self Disclosure: I received popchips and tickets to facilitate this review/giveaway.

Bath Time with Laura Mercier! Must-Haves for the Summer!

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After a day out in the sun, it’s great to pamper your skin! Laura Mercier has wonderful bath time products! The Creme de pistachio honey bath and the Almond Coconut Milk Body Butter are two of my favorites for the summer! It really isn’t easy to pick a favorite out of the two. The Creme de pistachio honey bath is inspired by the scent of pistachio nuts and cream. I love how this one smells! This foaming honey bath left my skin clean and soft! Ingredients include Vitamins A & E. 12 oz. and retails for $40.00. The Almond Coconut Milk Body Butter smells delicious…just like coconut and almonds. This one hydrates your skin and I like that it absorbs into the skin quickly. Ingredients include Shea Butter, Grape Seed Oil and Aloe Vera. 6 oz. retails for $35. You can find both of these products at Laura Mercier.

Self Disclosure: I received both of these products to facilitate this review.


“Monsters University”: A Refreshing Prequel From Pixar by KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions,


Everyone’s favorite monsters from “Monsters Inc.”, plus a few more, are back in “Monsters University.” This time, instead of telling the story of what happened next, they’ve created a prequel to show us how the monsters first became friends and give us more insight into the characters. Mike, Sulley and the gang bring a ton of laughs to the screen as they learn how to become “scarers” and become best buddies in the process. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Jailene A., age 13 especially loves the animation in this film, “every character has its own personality and special features, as none of the monsters look exactly the same.” She was excited to see an advance screening of “Monsters University” and shares her thoughts below.

“Monsters University”

Reviewed by Jailene A.




From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes.  Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

“The Lone Ranger” also stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter.

A Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films presentation, “The Lone Ranger” is directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski, with screen story by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Justin Haythe and screenplay by Justin Haythe and Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio. “The Lone Ranger” releases in U.S. theaters on July 3, 2013.

Credit: Disney.

Summer with mark. Summer Must-Haves for Mom!

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Summer is almost here! Looking for some wonderful skin products to get you through the season? Mark. has you covered! It’s been difficult for me to find coverage that is light-weight yet perfect for days at the beach. Get a Tint Tinted Moisturizer Lotion with SPF 15 has amazing lightweight coverage that is just perfect for days at the beach! It’s also oil-free and gives your face just the right amount of color to even out skin tone and give your face a healthy glow. 1.6 fl. oz. retails for $12.00. A great foundation lotion that can be used every day is the Got the Goods Multi-Benefit Foundation Lotion SPF 15. I love this one! This one contains orange and lemon extracts and other healthy ingredients. Formulated with super fruits and super food! SPF 15 broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. What more could you want? Retails for $18.00.

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My favorite is for goodness face. This one is is an Antioxidant Lotion SPF 30 and is my favorite for the summer! It is an oil-free moisturizer that helps protect the skin. This one is made with a powerful antioxidant combo of dark chocolate, blueberry extract, lemon fruit, European herb extract and Canadian willow herb extract. I love how it feels on my skin and that it provides SPF 30! Retails for $18.00.

You can find all these Summer-Must-Haves at meet mark.

Self Disclosure: I received these products to review but any opinions are my own.






Balloon Trees Written by Danna Smith Illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein and found at Sylvan Dell Publishing


How could a tree make a balloon?

Balloons do come from trees-rubber trees. Told in rhyme, the story follows the wide variety of steps involved in making the air-filled decorations we all know and love. Starting with the tapping of the rubber tree, the ship that carries the liquid rubber to the factory, and the manufacturing process itself; readers will learn just how that latex balloon arrived at his or her house. This delightful, fun-to-read-aloud story is sure to give readers a new appreciation for balloons. Great for ages 3-8! My son and I enjoyed this book and my 9-year-old son said it was very interesting! Teachers and parents will love the educational section at the end of the book. You can find this book and many other fun and educational books at Sylvan Dell Publishing.

Self Disclosure: I received this book to review.

Olay Mild Make-up Remover Cloths A Mom-Must-Have this Summer!


Sometimes cleaning your face quickly is important especially in the Summer when you are on the go! Olay’s Clean & Mild Make-up Remover Cloths are a must-have this summer! They are gentle and can be used every day. One of the main ingredients is Aloe Vera and the cloths gently remove make-up. I love that even water-proof mascara comes off quickly and easily! After I use this product my skin is left feeling clean and soft. Retail price app. $3.97 and can be found online at Walmart and at retail stores nationwide where Olay products are sold.

Self Disclosure: I received product to facilitate this review but any opinions are my own.