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Popchips for Back-to-School! Tips from Jillian Michaels and Back-to-School Giveaway! Popchips and tickets to Knott's!

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Back-to-school is the perfect time to start building good nutrition habits – and it begins with stocking up on healthier snacks that moms and kids will enjoy. One great snack perfect for any lunch box…popchips, which come in a variety of kid-friendly flavors including original, barbeque potato, ranch tortilla, nacho tortilla and new katy’s kettle corn popchips.


popchips are never fried (unhealthy), never baked (undelicious), they’re popped! These tasty chips contain no preservatives, trans-fats, saturated-fats, fake colors or fake flavors. compared to fried chips, popchips have half the fat, fewer calories and more chips per serving. plus, they’re certified kosher and gluten free making them a great lunch box snack that taste great and happen to be better for you. SoCal City Kids loves popchips! But, if you follow us, you know that by now!


See how a single-serving bag of barbeque potato popchips stacks up, chip-to-chip with popular lay’s® barbecue potato chips:


barbeque potato popchips (.8 oz) lay’s® barbecue flavored potato chips (.8 oz)
100 calories 128 calories
0 calories from fat 72 calories from fat
0 grams of fat 8 grams of fat
0 grams of saturated fat 1 grams of saturated fat
17 chips 12 chips


Kid tested and mother approved, nacho tortilla popchips were recently voted the #1 crispy snack for kids by ivillage awards/6-a-536134

Now, for some exclusive back-to-school tips from new mother and nutritionist jillian michaels!

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Jillian Michaels’ Back to School Tips


  •        Our kids today live in a world full of sugary sweets and fat-packed foods.  It’s our job as parents to steer them in the right direction when it comes to healthier eating and making wise snack decisions.


  •        It is important to give our kids positive reinforcement – we cannot make food items sound “off limits” or else they will only want to eat it more.  Instead, we have to show them that healthy eating can also be delicious and that moderation is key.


  •       There are a lot of snacks out there that seem healthier, but still have hidden secrets about them.  For example, juice boxes may appear to be the better choice over soda, but they are still filled with so much sugar that it is just as bad.  Looking at the calorie content is important, but it is just as crucial to look at how much trans-fat and sugar is included.


  •       I can’t stress enough how imperative it is to look at the ingredients list of the foods you are giving your children.  Make sure the treat foods they eat are not laden with chemicals and poisons. For example, let your kids have popchips instead of potato chips fried in hydrogenated trans-fats. They are tastier than those fried chips anyway, and are made with all-natural ingredients. 


  •         Let’s face it, kids love cookies.  Instead of packing the usual unhealthy options with ingredients you can’t pronounce, go for an organic option that has no hydrogenated oils or trans fats and is even more tasty.


  •         If the only option at school is regular milk, pack a juice box size carton of either organic milk or coconut milk so that your kids aren’t taking in unnecessary hormones.


  •         I’ve said it before – there is nothing more terrible for you than Doritos.  The things that are in those chips! That thing is like a cancer wafer.  I’d choose the new popchips tortilla over Doritos any day – all-natural, popped, and still packed with flavor that doesn’t leave you wondering about what you just consumed.

  Now, for the Back-to-School Giveaway! It is featured in the Giveaways! One mom/dad will win snacks for their kids class, provided by popchips of course! Homeschool parents can also enter and will win snacks for their family and Popchips has added a family 4 pack of Knott’s Berry Farm tickets!  So, here goes! You must be a subscriber to SoCal City Kids to participate! Next, leave a comment below telling us a tip on the best way you survive the school year! You can be serious or silly! For an extra entry, like their Facebook page and the SoCal City Kids Facebook page! Deadline to enter is September 4th, 2013 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries. Winner will receive popchips and the tickets to Knott’s! Now, that is too cool!

Self Disclosure: I received popchips to feature this giveaway but any opinions are my own.



Rip the Page! Leap Write In! Adventures in Creative Writing by Karen Benke and found at Roost Books!

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As a homeschool Mom and a writer, I am always looking for fun ways to be creative in my writing and also to teach my 9 year-old son. While searching the web, I found a website called Roost and discovered these two books. Rip the Page! is fun and fits the definition of the word creative! This is an awesome resource for both children and adults and especially great for teachers and homeschoolers. What I really like about the book is that you can decide what you want to use and as the Author explains in the beginning of the book, you can use the book “your way and that there’s no wrong or right way to write creatively.” My son and I loved the word lists and that yes, you really can rip some of the pages!

Leap Write In! is a wonderful book and resource and is perfect for tweens and teens. It is a book that encourages older children to write and be creative without any pressure. I liked the Suddenly A Story found in the book because it provides suggestions to really explore feelings such as fear, anxiety and happiness. This book is a wonderful companion to the Rip the Page! book. My son adds,” It’s actually fun to create poems, stories and even real-life on-the-spot sketches!” I like how it is an easy and fun resource for creative writing.  All you need is imagination and “Leap Write In!”  Both books can be found at Roost books and retail for $14.95.

Self Disclosure: I received both books for free to facilitate this feature.