Archives for December 12, 2013

Don’t fall behind on flea and tick treatment this season with Seresto!

Bayer Seresto

It’s easy to forget about fleas and ticks bothering our pets when summer is over, but they really do need protection from these annoying little pests all year-long. I recently had an opportunity from Bayer to try out a flea collar on my pet cat, Titan.

Topical solutions work but getting any pet to sit still for the treatment can be tricky. Plus, it’s easy to put off or even forget the monthly application, especially when the weather gets cold. But it’s a fact – flea and tick-borne diseases simply don’t take a holiday. Seresto is an innovative flea and tick collar for dogs and cats that delivers the same stopping power as a topical, but lasts up to 8 months. One collar, no mess, 8 months, done. I received a collar to try out on our pet cat, Titan and was really quite impressed!

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What impressed me the most is there is no icky smell and it doesn’t seem to bother him to wear it. Normally, he does not like collars so this is a big thing that he is fine with it and not constantly trying to get it off of his neck. What is also impressive is that it really seems to work! Watch this video to see more about how it works.

I know most people think of flea collars as dog products, these are available for cats as well. And unlike other flea/tick products for dogs that can’t be used on cats, Seresto works equally well for both! Check out the Seresto website for more information.

There pet parents can:

  • Use the product finder to find out where to buy Seresto in their area
  • Request a rebate on a Seresto collar
  • Join Bayer’s PetParents online community

Self Disclosure: I received a Flea Collar for my cat for free to facilitate this review but any opinions expressed are my own. Photo Credit: Seresto (except for cat photo of Titan the cat).




Tickety Toc “Christmas Present Time,” a brand-new half-hour special, premiering Saturday, December 14, on Nick Jr.


It’s time to celebrate the holidays with Tickety Toc, the animated hit TV series for preschoolers from Zodiak Rights! Families from coast-to-coast can join their favorite comedic twin stars, Tommy and Tallulah, and all their adorable Tickety Town friends for non-stop seasonal fun in “Christmas Present Time,” a brand-new half-hour special, premiering Saturday, December 14, on Nick JrThe holiday special will re-air on Tuesday, December 24, and Wednesday, December 25.


As Christmas Eve falls upon Tickety Town and all the townsfolk are busy putting their final preparations together for a Tickety Christmas, a sudden crash landing by Santa throws everything into turmoil. The reindeers have caught a chill, Santa’s sleigh is broken and all the presents are spread across Tickety Town. It’s up to Tommy and Tallulah to work together “quickity tickety” and come up with a plan to save Christmas before it’s too late! The festive, fun-filled special also features a Christmas song that will have the whole family singing along.

Tickety Toc presents the everyday adventures of 6-year-old twins, Tommy and Tallulah, as they work to “chime the time” and keep everything running like clockwork in Tickety Town.  Through the hilarious heroes’ madcap adventures, Tickety Tocexplores teamwork, social responsibility and problem solving – important concepts for preschoolers as they learn and grow.


New Patio Cafes to Bring Outdoor Dining Indoors at Del Amo Fashion Center Upscale dining atmosphere to enhance shopper experience

 Greenery walls, lounge seating and an indoor sidewalk café experience are coming to Torrance. Simon Property Group’sDel Amo Fashion Center will soon provide a new garden-like dining experience, with its indoor Patio Cafes dining pavilion.


A sneak peak of the new dining experience is coming by early this winter, offering customers a chance to relax and refuel in style while shopping for holiday gifts. The beautiful new Patio Cafes in the heart of the shopping center, near the central Macy’s store, is part of the first phase in a comprehensive redevelopment project underway at Del Amo Fashion Center, that will upgrade and enhance the shopping experience for its customers and bring exciting new retailers to this market.


“We truly value our shoppers and want to create the best possible shopping experience that meets their needs through a complete transformation of Del Amo Fashion Center,” said Lindsay Hermance, director of marketing and business development.


The garden-inspired collection of cafes will replace the existing food court. This daylight-filled dining pavilion will provide shoppers with an indoor sidewalk cafe experience, and will feature 10 cafes and more than 700 seats. Greenery walls, lounge seating with charging stations and communal dining tables with bar stool seating will add convenience and variety to the comfortable yet upscale environment.


Shoppers can get a taste of what the new Patio Cafes will have to offer with the opening of Panda Express, the well-known Asian dining experience that customers flock to, and Sbarro, a popular Italian eatery featuring New York-style inspired pizza, pasta dishes and entrées, in December. Both eateries are relocating from their previous spots in the food court.


Following shortly will be the opening of Chipotle Mexican Grill and Gengis Khan. Chipotle specializes in gourmet burritos, tacos, burrito bowls and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Gengis Khan (relocating from the existing food court), allows diners to try Mongolian Barbecue and build their own bowl of fresh meat, fish, chicken, seafood, noodles, rice and vegetables.


Stone Oven Gourmet Sandwiches and Ginza Grill will make their Patio Cafes debut in January 2014, with additional dining options such as Blaze Pizza to follow.


Stone Oven Gourmet Sandwiches serves European breads and pastries, along with a full menu of soups, salads, wraps, sandwiches and desserts. Ginza Grill will offer Japanese-style cuisine prepared teriyaki, teppan or other Japanese-style barbecue, sushi, “maki style” rice rolls, chicken, steak, rice and cabbage, combined with an assortment of Japanese-style sauces.


Slated to open in spring 2014, the leading build your own artisanal pizza chain Blaze Pizza will offer signature “fast fire’d” pizzas in a blazing hot oven while guests view the creation process. Diners can also create their own pizza by choosing from more than 40 fresh-made sauces, hand-selected vegetables and a variety of artisanal meats and cheeses. Blaze Pizza’s opening at Patio Cafes marks the eatery’s first dining terrace experience in the country.


Starting in early 2014, the transformation of Del Amo Fashion Center will continue to move forward with the demolition of the north mall area in order to make way for construction of a new state of the art two-level mall to connect the existing Macy’s women’s store with a new Nordstrom store (to be located near the intersection of Hawthorne Boulevard and Fashion Way). 


The redevelopment project will also include enhancements to the outdoor lifestyle village, additional parking capacity with a new 1,900 car garage, the addition of lush landscaping throughout the entire property, new informational signage, and improvements to customer circulation in and around the center. Completion of this work will be timed with the grand opening of Nordstrom in Fall 2015.


For ongoing updates and to learn more about the transformation of South Bay’s retail destination, follow Del Amo Fashion Center on Facebook at, Twitter at or Instagram at Check out a 3D architect rendering animation at for a bird’s eye perspective on the future Del Amo Fashion Center once this transformational, property wide renovation is complete.




About Del Amo Fashion Center

Del Amo Fashion Center is the South Bay’s retail destination for shopping, entertainment and dining. It boasts more than 200 stores, including Macy’s, H&M, Anthropologie, Barnes & Noble, Coach, and more. Visit the outdoor promenade and enjoy dinner at Stacked or PF Chang’s before a movie at our 18 screen AMC Theater. The indoor mall offers fashion for women, men and children plus jewelry, footwear and electronics. Del Amo Fashion Center serves the nearby communities of Palos Verdes, Lomita, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Redondo Beach and Gardena. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit or call 310-542-8525.


About Simon Property Group

Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE: SPG) is an S&P 100 company and a global leader in the retail real estate industry.  The Company currently owns or has an interest in more than 325 retail real estate properties in North America and Asia comprising approximately 242 million square feet. We are headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employ approximately 5,500 people in the U.S.  For more information, visit


About Panda Express

2013 marks Panda Express’ 30th Anniversary. Founded in 1983, with close to 1,600 locations in 42 states, Panda Express is part of Panda Restaurant Group, the world leader in Asian dining experiences. The successful chain of concepts includes Panda Express, Panda Inn and Hibachi-San. Panda Express is best known for its wide variety of original recipes including their famous Orange Chicken®, Beijing Beef, SweetFire Chicken Breast®, Award Winning Honey Walnut Shrimp™ and Shanghai Angus Steak™. For more information, visit, or become a fan on Facebook.


About Sbarro

Since it first opened its doors as an Italian Salumeria in 1956, Sbarro has been a leader in driving the growth of the Italian restaurant category. Today, Sbarro team members bring a taste of the true Italian spirit to guests every day at its more than 1,000 eateries across more than 40 countries. An award-winning franchise organization, Sbarro features a menu of popular Italian food including pizza, pasta dishes and other hot and cold Italian entrees, salads, drinks and desserts. Sbarro is headquartered in Melville, NY. For more information, visit


About Chipotle

Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that—where possible—are sustainably grown and Responsibly Raised™ with respect for the animals, the land, and the farmers who produce the food. In order to achieve this vision, we focus on building a special people culture that is centered on creating teams of top performers empowered to achieve high standards. This people culture not only leads to a better dining experience for our customers, it also allows us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and currently operates more than 1,500 restaurants. For more information, visit


About Gengis Khan

Gengis Khan is a build your own bowl, fast casual, Asian stir-fry concept. The atmosphere is colorful, lively, and a lot of fun! It’s actually not a cuisine, but an interactive style of exhibition cooking modeled after a centuries-old legend. According to this legend, 12th century Mongol warriors, led by the mighty warrior Genghis Khan, heated their shields over open fires to grill food in the fields of battle!


About Stone Oven Gourmet Sandwiches

In 1993, Tatyana Rehn had a craving for the luscious, crusty breads of her European homeland and could not find them in her new home in Cleveland, Ohio. She began making her own bread and before long found herself working at all hours of the night to shape loaves for friends and family. What started as a passionate hobby later turned into a business, providing many Clevelanders their first experience of hearth-baked European bread. In 1995, after several years of selling wholesale to restaurants and grocery stores, Tatyana and her husband John surfaced a new concept – the bakery/café. Combining elements of a European café with a bread and pastry bakery, The Stone Oven Bakery & Café opened its doors in Cleveland Heights to an enthusiastic and supportive community. Over the next ten years, The Stone Oven opened two additional stores – one in the Galleria at Erieview in downtown Cleveland and one in the Eton-Chagrin shopping center in Woodmere, Ohio. Today, the stores continue to serve European breads and pastries, along with a full menu of soups, salads, and sandwiches. For more information, visit


About Ginza Grill

New to the Los Angeles scene, Ginza Grill is a high-end Japanese restaurant featuring traditional Japanese cuisine prepared teriyaki, teppan or other Japanese-style barbecue, sushi, “maki style” rice rolls, chicken, steak, rice and cabbage, combined with an assortment of Japanese-style sauces.


About Blaze Pizza

Blaze Pizza uses an interactive ordering format that allows guests to create their own custom artisanal pizzas at freakishly fast speed – each for around $7.00. Every Blaze Pizza restaurant makes its own dough from scratch using a recipe that requires a 24-hour fermentation period to produce its signature light-as-air, crisp crust. Guests watch as each perfectly proofed dough ball is pressed into a generous 11-inch crust. Next, they travel down the assembly line to “co-create” a signature pizza or design one of their own — choosing from more than 40 fresh-made sauces, hand-selected vegetables and a variety of artisanal meats and cheeses. Pizzas are “fast-fire’d” in a blazing-hot oven and ready in a scant 180 seconds. Blaze Pizza’s menu also features signature salads, fresh lemonades, craft beer and wine, and house-made S’more Pies. For pizza fans with specific dietary needs, Blaze Pizza offers gluten-free dough and vegan cheese. The prototypical store is 2,400 square-feet with seating for about 60 guests. A creation of Elise and Rick Wetzel (founder of Wetzel’s Pretzels), the concept is backed by investors including Maria Shriver, movie producer John Davis and Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner, and includes the talents of highly acclaimed Executive Chef Bradford Kent. The company, which has been featured by CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Good Morning America Live, was founded in Los Angeles and is now expanding nationwide. For more information, please visit


Tortle, the Pediatrician developed Lightweight Baby Beanie Designed to Prevent or Treat Flat Head Syndrome Now Available on Target.Com Holiday Giveaway Opportunity!


Tortle Products, LLC, manufacturer of Tortle, the lightweight knit beanie that helps prevent and treat Flathead Syndrome, announced today that Tortle will now be available on beginning December 10, 2013.


Baby_2b will carry three Tortle designs; Blue Elephant, Pink Flowers and Solid White.  The Tortle beanies are available in medium and large sizes at a suggested retail price of $19.99.


Developed by Dr. Jane Scott, a Board Certified Pediatrician and Neonatologist, the Tortle beanie is an FDA-cleared patented Class 1 medical device that promotes proper head and neck movement which is essential for appropriate development.  Tortle helps prevent and treat early stages of flat head syndrome: plagiocephaly (the flattening of the baby’s skull) & torticollis (unbalanced neck muscles). Tortle works by gently deflecting a baby’s head from side to side when they are sitting or lying on the back of their head.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends regular head repositioning of babies younger than six months.


“Every baby is at risk of developing Flat Head Syndrome with one out of two babies being diagnosed with the Syndrome,” said Dr. Jane Scott.  “Through we will have an opportunity to further increase awareness of Flat Head Syndrome and the ease in which it can be prevented or treated.”


The incidence of Plagiocephaly and Torticollis (or Flathead syndrome) has increased to epidemic proportions since 1992 with more than a million babies being diagnosed with the condition each year in the U.S. alone.  This is due to their lack of movement and the amount of time infants spend on their back (the safest place for them to be).  If left untreated, there can be long-standing problems.  Treatment is frequently expensive and can be somewhat uncomfortable for a baby.  Plagiocephaly and Torticollis are almost 100% preventable with repositioning and Tortle makes this safe and easy.  It is recommended that all newborns wear a Tortle for the first 6 months of life to support healthy development.

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Dr. Scott, whose specialty is Pediatrics and Neonatology, is recognized as an expert in the areas of Plagiocephaly and Torticollis.  In her nearly 30 years as a practicing physician, Dr. Scott has counseled and educated hundreds of parents to help prevent as well as treat the many problems associated with Flathead Syndrome.  Dr. Jane’s mission is to prevent Flathead Syndrome-an epidemic affecting the babies across the world. Please visit for more information.


About Tortle

Founded by Board Certified Pediatrician and Neonatologist Dr. Jane Scott in 2012, Tortle Products, LLC is located in Denver, CO.  Tortle Products manufactures Tortle, an FDA-cleared patented Class 1 medical device.  This stylish knit beanie prevents and treats Flat Head Syndrome (Plagiocephaly and Torticollis), a condition most prevalent in babies 0-6 months of age.  Every baby is at risk for developing Flat Head Syndrome with one out of two babies being diagnosed with the Syndrome.  Tortle works by gently deflecting a baby’s head from side to side while they are lying on their back.   Available in a variety of colors and designs, Tortle has a recommended retail price of $19.99.  For more information visit

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We have teamed up for a fabulous Holiday Travel Essentials Package for baby Giveaway! Prize package will include: a Tortle and a 2 Red Hens Diaper Bag! Here is more info about 2 Red Hens: 

2 Red Hens Studio Rooster Diaper Bags

This custom designed bag gives mom all the style and sass she had before she had a baby, and all the functionality she needs now that her precious little one has arrived.  Features include:

•             Interior zipper pocket, bottle holder and 2 elastic pockets

•             Convertible stroller straps

•             Attached key fob

•             Magnetic snap and button closure for easy access

•             Extra long changing pad in 2 Red Hens signature red dot pattern.


Available in 5 custom designed, vintage-inspired patterns:

•             Chevron Stripes, Grey Damask, Peacock Mum, Pink Lemonade and Owl Dots

Recommended retail: $50

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About 2 Red Hens Studio

Based in Denver, Colorado, the 2 Red Hens Studio collection of Vintage Chic Inspired Items for Modern Mamas include diaper bags, the Toy Nanny, Shopping Cart Nests, and a range of accessory items. Limited edition handcrafted one-of-a-kind diaper bags and dolls are also offered. For more information visit 2 Red

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Twitter: @2redhensstudio


 To enter the giveaway, simply follow these guidelines:

You must be a subscriber of SoCal City Kids to enter!  Next, leave a comment below telling us who you would give the prize package to this holiday season! For extra entries, like the 2 Red Hens Facebook page and the Tortle/Dr. Scott Facebook page. Deadline to enter is December 17th, 2013 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to feature this post except for the prize package being shipped to the winner.