Archives for September 4, 2013

Back-to-School with Hallmark! Giveaway!


The beginning of each school year is a reminder of how quickly time flies. It’s an opportunity to make memories that will last far beyond the classroom years.  And, whether it’s kindergarten or senior year, sometimes a simple “You can do it!” helps remind kids that you’re rooting for them, no matter what.

Because the start of a school year can be a whirlwind for everyone, Hallmark wants to help you pause and capture those special moments and celebrate kids as they head back to class with new gift and greetings designed to create lasting memories and share an extra boost of encouragement throughout the school year.

We received the “Making Memories & Encouraging Kids” gift pack to feature this month for Back-to-School and this really is a must-have for the school year!  It includes the following awesome products:

Pics ‘n’ Props School Days Activity Kit: Capture a child’s first day of school in a creative way with the snap of a camera and Hallmark’s Pics ‘N’ Props School Days Activity Kit. The kit includes chalkboards and a frame to document the first day each year — from kindergarten to senior year! Add your photos to the included “My First Day!” photo album to create a lasting memory that can be admired throughout the years. This is so cool! My son and I can’t wait to put this together!

o   SO SO Happy™ Greetings: Hallmark’s new line of SO SO Happy greetings help moms connect with their kids in a way they understand and appreciate. From Taco to Tribe, a variety of adorable characters inspire and celebrate positivity, acceptance and love — attributes especially important during the school year. Cards even include fun surprises for kids like shoelaces, key chains and more. We received one with a really cool happy face pin! 

o   Kids Encouragement Greetings: Whether it’s a new social situation, a test, first game of the year or any day of the week, sometimes kids need a confidence boost. These cards feature kid-appropriate topics to help encourage the special kiddos in your life. I just love these! I am all for being positive and encouraging kids especially during the school year and these really are some of the best cards I’ve seen for kids!

o   Back-to-School Greetings: The newest back-to-school greetings feature furry friends to help you say “Go get ‘em!” to the kiddos in your life. These are really cool for kids of all ages!


Yes, we have teamed up with Hallmark for a Special Back-to-School with Hallmark Giveaway! One winner will win their very own “Making Memories & Encouraging Kids” gift pack! You must be a subscriber to enter! Next, leave us a comment below telling us one way you encourage your child (or a special child in your life) during the school year! Deadline to enter is September 12th, 2013 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries!

Self Disclosure: I received products for free to facilitate this feature/giveaway but opinions are my own.



TICKETS TO All-New Stage Show, Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure ON SALE NOW ***Long Beach Terrace Theater, September 21-22 Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, September 27-29*** Giveaway!


Feld Entertainment, Inc., producers of Disney On Ice and Disney Live!, is taking top performing cable
TV series for preschoolers to the stage in Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure. Featuring characters from the smash hits Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates, this brand new production launched a 90-city national tour in July 2013.

Terrace Theatre (300 E. Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802)
September 21st, 2013 (1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm) – September 22nd, 2013 (1:00pm, 4:00pm)
Ticket Prices: $25.00 / $30.00 / $45.00/ $70.00
To order tickets by phone: 800-745-3000
Dolby Theatre (6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA)
September 27th, 2013 (6:30pm), September 28th, 2013 (10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm),
September 29th, 2013 (1:30pm, 4:30pm)
Ticket Prices: $25.00 / $30.00 / $45.00/ $70.00
To order tickets by phone: 800-745-3000

“The Feld Entertainment mission of providing quality live entertainment experiences that the entire family enjoys starts with Disney Live! because it is often a young fan’s first theatrical experience,” said producer Alana Feld. “Children everywhere are falling in love with Sofia and Jake, and we are thrilled to bring these popular Disney Junior characters to the stage for the first time ever.”   We have teamed up for a Giveaway!  One winner will win a family 4 pack for September 21st at 1 pm. You must be a subscriber to enter! Next, leave a comment below simply telling us your favorite Disney character! Deadline to enter is September 10th, 2013 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries. 







Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Creme Pomade Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Foam Mousse Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Hair Primer Spray

Fifty years after Vidal Sassoon transformed how women wear and care for their hair, P&G Beauty & Grooming is making salon genius available to all with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series color, care and styling line. Perfected by experts, the collections offer quality products for creating effortlessly beautiful, real life styles at home.

The Waves Collection is the newest addition to the Vidal Sassoon Pro Series line, and features effective
technology to create fashionable waves and perfectly defined curls. This new collection not only helps enhance natural waves and curls, but also leaves hair shiny and touchable for long-lasting frizz control.

I received this fabulous line up and I love how well it works and how affordable it it! The Waves Texturing Shampoo really helps enhance natural waves and curls and left my hair shiny and soft! It didn’t give me curls that I don’t have but it did work with the natural waves I do have but don’t always see. It also helps with frizz control! The Waves Texturing Conditioner helps detangle and moisturize and I love how it leaves my hair soft. Both are affordable at $2.50 each.

Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Hairspray  Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Texturizing Conditioner Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Texturizing Gelee

The line up also includes: Waves Hair Primer Spray, Waves Creme Promade, Waves Foam Mousse, Waves Texturing Gelee and Waves Hairspray.  They all work so well but my favorite is the Waves Hair Primer Spray. This provides a light conditioning hold and lightly coats the hair’s surface. It really preps hair for desired styling and can even be used alone to achieve tousled looking waves. All products retail between $2.50-3.99.

For more information, check out the Vidal Sassoon website!

Self Disclosure: I received products to review to facilitate this feature.

Soak City! The place to beat the heat! By Guest Travel Blogger, Karla Earley


Last fall my family purchased annual passes to Knott’s Berry Farm. The passes we bought for myself and our kids include admission to Soak City which is the water park across the street from Knott’s. I have three children ranging from age 2 to 7 so I was worried about going alone with the kids.  Recently a friend invited us to join her and a group of her friends.  Since that trip we have returned two times.

I am impressed with how family friendly the Park is. For example the wave pool is well staffed with lifeguards some in the water some out and others carrying life vests which they require children under 46″ to wear.  In addition the water is not scary deep and the waves are not over whelming even for my kids who are good swimmers but have never been in the waves at the beach.  Sunset River also known as The Lazy River is so relaxing and great for all ages.  They have a nice toddler area and a beach house which is a large structure with slides, sprayers and large buckets that intermittently dump water on the crowd below.


I suggest you bring an umbrella they allow umbrellas under 7ft. Shade is limited and seating under the shaded areas gets claimed quickly. Take your sunscreen and wear protective clothing.  They allow you to bring in water but not food.  However they have several options for purchasing food and a nice grassy area just outside the entrance where you can eat a picnic.  They have nice clean bathrooms with showers and changing areas near the entrance. Each time we went on a week day so the crowds were fairly light.   I imagine on the weekends and at the height of the summer it gets pretty crowded.  Also Soak City is only open from May to mid September. From now until the end of October Knott’s is offering special pricing on all annual passes. You can find information on their website. I know we will be renewing or passes.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received for this feature but SoCal City Kids has received free passes and can’t wait to beat the heat soon at Soak City!