Archives for February 2014

Invest in your Body’s Health as Nationally Known Certified Fitness Trainer Tracie Long Releases her Latest Health/Fitness DVDs Designed for Women 35+ Tracie Long “Longevity” Series Shelter Island Releases “Defining Shape,” “Staying Power” & “Step Forward” on April 8, 2014! Giveaway Opportunity!

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There’s no better time to invest in a healthy body than during the spring as the outdoors calls and wanting to look extra good and feel terrific is a natural wish. Nationally certified fitness trainer Tracie Long will get you trim and toned with her latest health and fitness DVD series targeted to women 35+. With her newest programs, the Tracie Long Longevity Series:  Defining Shape, Staying Power and Step Forward, Long has proven again that women of all ages can feel fabulous, gain flexibility and strength, and have more energy to get through their hectic work and home schedules. Defining Shape, Staying Power and Step Forward are available April 8, 2014 from home entertainment label Shelter Island at a suggested retail price of only $14.98 each. I received all 3 and found them fun and easy to follow along with! My favorite was the Step Forward DVD with a high energy workout!

Tracie Long is an icon for women and fellow moms across the globe for her work with The Firm, one of the most successful fitness franchises in history with sales exceeding 100 million units worldwide. After starring and/or appearing in more than 15 titles, Tracie Long launched her own workout series Tracie Long Focus Series in December 2013. The Tracie Long “Longevity Series” is an innovative 50 minute workout system specifically designed for women 35+ who face the most demanding schedules. The workout regimes require light equipment.


Tracie Long Longevity Series: Defining Shape

Designed to increase lean muscle mass, this all-weights workout focuses on the lower body and shoulders.


Tracie Long Longevity Series: Staying Power

An interval style that delivers a balanced total body challenge, this workout is designed to improve overall cardiovascular performance.


Tracie Long Longevity Series: Step Forward

This step cardio workout targets the legs with a varying range of motion and tempos that will get you closer to your best legs ever.


About Tracie Long

Tracie Long (Mathewes), founder of “Tracie Long Fitness” has spent more than 25 years in the fitness industry. At 44 years old, Long shows no signs of slowing down. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina, Long is a certified fitness trainer. She became famous working for The Firm, one of the most successful fitness franchises in history. Today, Tracie and her husband, John own and manage Tracie Long Fitness, a Charleston, South Carolina fitness studio.

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win one copy of each title. To enter, leave a comment below telling us how you are exercising this New Year! Having trouble keeping those exercising New Year resolutions? That is okay too! These DVDs will help! Just let us know in a comment below! Deadline to enter is February 28th, 2014 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

Self Disclosure: I received a copy of each title to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: Tracie Long/Shelter Island.

Olay Fresh Effects VA-VA-VIVID! Powered Contour Cleansing System that really cleans!

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I love the Olay Fresh Effects line up so I was thrilled to receive the VA-VA-VIVID! Powered Contour Cleansing System! I love that it really is designed to fit your facial contours and the power brush deep cleans in and around the T-zone, hair line and nose. This is actually a lot like having a mini facial! My face felt so clean and felt so smooth after using. The kit includes 1 Facial Cleansing brush and 1 Cleanser. This one really is a Must-Have! Check out this product and many more at

Self Disclosure: I received a product for free to facilitate this feature.

The Lunchbox – Thoughtful and Touching Story from India KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions,

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This beautiful new film from India explores the relationship between a young housewife and a newly widowed man. They are connected quite by mistake when Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system delivers the lunchbox to the wrong person. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Keefer B comments, “For anyone who has lost a loved one, you can really identify with his (Mr. Saajan’s) emptiness.” See Keefer’s full review below.


The Lunchbox

Reviewed by Keefer C. Blakeslee

Full video review available here:


This movie creates a touching new twist on a story that might have come across as corny, but doesn’t. Mr. Saajan (Irrfan Khan), a retiring accountant, is grieving over the death of his wife and Lla (Nimrat Kaur), a young mother, desires more attention from her husband. Lla sends her husband a special lunchbox and, by accident, the lunchbox is delivered to Mr. Saajan instead. Realizing the meal was misdirected, Lla writes a letter, places it inside the next day’s lunchbox and what unfolds are sincere and beautiful messages that changes their lives.


The plot’s not unique, but the writers produce an atmosphere in this script that sets it apart. Shot in Mumbai City, India, we roam through the streets and are allowed to observe the people, their traditions, their homes and their work establishments. The dialog is in English much of the time but at times in Hindu with English subtitles, which immerses you further into the culture. Irrfan and Nimrat’s characters have their own stories that are spectacular to watch and, once these characters start writing to each other, we see a whole new side to both.


My favorite character is Mr. Saajan. Khan creates this man who reaches out to someone who he does not even know. His role is heartbreaking to see and you feel the emotions he is experiencing. For anyone who has lost a loved one, you can really identify with his emptiness.


My favorite scene is when Mr. Saajan is watching a show that his wife had taped. He remembers watching her and watching the show that made her laugh. You see his face change as he understands the joy she got from the comedy. We see how, a moment that brought joy in the past can still bring joy now, only in a different way.


The message in this story is, “Sometimes the wrong train can bring you to the right station.” Lla is unsure what to do when she realizes the lunchbox is going to a perfect stranger. Mr. Saajan is not sure what to do when the notes start to touch his heart. So they both feel they are on the wrong train.


I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this to age 11 to 18. There is use of cigarettes and subject matter that is not appropriate for younger audiences. Check it out to see what I’m talking about.


Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

RunPhones combine headbands, headphones for comfortable and safe exercise with music


I love listening to music when I walk or jog, but don’t really care for the ear buds in my ears or the heavier headphones. So, I was excited to find out about the RunPhones! No annoying ear buds, or bulky headset! They also fit snugly and I love that the headband also keeps my hair out of my face! They are available in 4 different colors (Blue, Black, Orange and Green) and are available in different sizes. The Summer weight:optimized for warm weather with a thin, moisture-wicking headband, made with Polartec® PowerDry® mesh.  High quality padded adjustable speakers with a 48″ (120cm) cord, 1/8″ (3.5mm) stereo plug. Retail for $39.95. What I like best is how comfortable the RunPhones are and they don’t make me sweaty! It also doesn’t fall off easily and it is washable. I received the blue RunPhones and I just love how it stays put when I walk and jog. I’m still working my way up to running but I imagine it will stay in place when I run too! Another great thing is that you can also hear traffic sounds along with your music!  For more information, check out the website!


Self Disclosure: I received a product sample for free to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are my own. Photo Credit: RunPhones.



Red Hot Giveaway! Open World Wide February 21st-March 8th, 2014!



Don’t miss this amazing Giveaway!You could be the lucky winner and win $100 in paypal cash and win Schism:The Battle for Darracia Book by Michael Phillip Cash! Now, how cool would that be?!

On the planet Darracia, an ever-widening social gap between its inhabitants is causing turmoil that is fracturing a once peaceful world. Struggling with his identity, nineteen year old Prince V’sair must harness the power of the elusive Fireblade, the secret to a warrior’s heart, in order to overcome his uncle Staf Nuen’s lust for supremacy. Will the energy of the Elements guide the young prince to his true destiny or will Staf Nuen conquer Darracia? 

After the success of his first three books (Brood X, Stillwell, and The Hanging Tree) Michael Phillip Cash has fulfilled a dream and created his own epic fantasy world. Schism: The Battle for Darracia is the first book in a planned series.


To share Schism: The Battle For Darracia with the world at large, author Michael Phillip Cash is generously giving away $100 in Paypal Cash and a copy of this book. (Please make sure to check disclosure for full details) Does the Fireblade burn within you? Do you have what it takes?

Enter in the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win!

 Disclosure: This giveaway is arranged by Away We Go Media on behalf of  Michael Phillip Cash who is responsible for the giveaway. My blog, SoCal City Kids, was asked to help co-host the giveaway and was in no way compensated for this post.
The winner will be selected at random by Rafflecopter.
The giveaway is open Worldwide, however if the winner is outside the US the book will only be a Kindle download version. The winner must have an active paypal account and will only be paid in US dollars.
Giveaway begins on Feb. 21st at 12AM MST through March. 8th at 12AM MST.
Winner must respond within 48 hours to an email sent or an alternate winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media outlet.

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Laura Mercier’s 2014 Spring Colour Story Limited edition Spring Renaissance Collection


The Inspiration:

  •          Spring Renaissance brings a new day, a new beginning and a new you
  •          It’s a time to reinvent yourself with shades that shine and shimmer and colours that cast a happy, youthful glow


The Look:

  •         Warm and fresh tints of colour, with glowing, luminous skin
  •         Cheeks are celebrated in fresh, pearly peaches and energetic corals
  •          Sense of purity and innocence in the look





Product Detail Shade Detail Price

Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette

Includes four eye shadows in shimmering neutrals and two blushes in pops of colour to create the perfect look for the season New, Limited Edition $55

Faux Lash Mascara

Builds rich, exaggerated lashes that are extraordinarily thick, super-shiny and conditioned; the formula is extra-smooth, glossy and good-for-lashes, created with a blend of waxes and absolutely no fibers New, Limited Edition

  • ·         Sierra Brown

Repromote, Permanent

  • ·         Black

Crème Cheek Colour

A long-lasting, natural cheek colour formulated to provide translucent, buildable coverage for a soft, velvety finish Repromote, Permanent

  • ·         Sunrise
  • ·         Praline

Metallic Crème Eye Colour

A lightweight, non-greasy, lush metallic formula that floats across the eye leaving a gorgeous, shimmering sheen New, Limited Edition

  • ·         Golden Mist
  • ·         Copper Sunrise

Repromote, Permanent

  • ·         Platinum
  • ·         Alloy

Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour

Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour is a 100% wax-free lip colour that delivers pure, long-lasting breathable colour and comforts with lip-nourishing hydration; now available in a unique Pearl finish for shimmering lips New, Limited Edition

  • ·         Pure
  • ·         Play

Lip Pencil

A perfectly textured lip pencil designed to outline, define and enhance the natural shape of the lip Repromote, Permanent

  • ·         Chestnut

Foundation Primer – Radiance

The universal pearl tint creates a soft focus effect to minimize the look of imperfections with a radiant finish; leaves makeup looking fresh & colour-true the entire day Repromote, Permanent



Crème Smooth Lip Colour

A luxurious lipstick that gives lips the ultimate in colour, texture, and finish; in one smoothing swipe, the crème formula envelops lips in rich colour with a semi-lustrous finish Repromote, Permanent

  • ·         Brigitte
  • ·         Palm Beach

Eye Canvas


This oil-absorbing innovative formula acts like a foundation for your eye, neutralizing the eyelid by providing lightweight coverage – all while extending makeup wear and prevent creasing and smudging all day Repromote, Permanent

  • ·         EC-2

Crème Eye Liner 

An ultra-smooth, water-proof creamy eye liner that applies with the ease and smooth silky finish of a gel and the precision of a liquid liner New, Limited Edition

  • ·         Graphite

Repromote, Permanent

  • ·         Espresso

Angled Eye Liner Brush 

Specifically designed to work with the Crème Eye Liner, this brush uses high quality synthetic fibers in a narrow, exact point with a thin profile that creates the most precise looks Repromote, Permanent



I received the Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour to try out and I love how long-lasting it is! I also love the color!

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this feature. Laura Mercier sponsored feature.


The Wind Rises – A Must See For Animation Fans! Stunningly Beautiful! KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions,

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From master animator Hayao Miyazaki comes this wonderful film that examines the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during Worle War II. Jiro is inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni, Jiro became one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life including his love story with Nahoko. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Keefer B. comments, “This is a breathtaking masterpiece of art that allows your mind and heart to soar like the wind.” Gerry O adds, “This film has something for everyone to enjoy – action, drama, suspense, romance, history, Japanese culture, adventure and, of course, planes.” Their full reviews are below.

The Wind Rises
Reviewed by Keefer C. Blakslee
Video review available here.

This is a breathtaking masterpiece of art that allows your mind and heart to soar like the wind. The story is loosely based on the real life story of Jiro Horikoshi (Joseph Gordon- Levitt). He dreams of flying but, because he’s nearsighted, decides to be a Japanese airplane designer. We observe his life from child to adulthood as he makes his dream plane and, in the process, falls in love with Naoko (Emily Blunt). Will Jiro create the beautiful plane or realize that the beauty he’s seeking is right in front of him all along?

The film is a work of art. Hayao Miyazaki (Director and Writer) creates unique color palettes and designs. Since the movie takes place in the sky, the animators go above and beyond to hand draw backgrounds and movements for the planes. We witness them majestically soaring through the skies and you feel as if you’re with them. The voice acting is well done. I think they portrayed the characters and their relationships exceptionally well. Much of the film focuses on the romance between Naoko and Jiro. Their connection is both loving and tragic. The film was first released in Japan, so American voice-overs are dubbed over the animation and yes, it can be distracting. They confront actual events that happened in Japan, such as the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and Japan entering the war. I love the truth in this film. It doesn’t shy away from talking about the real issues that happened during this time.

My favorite character is Mr.Caproni (Stanley Tucci) a historical Italian aircraft designer who is Jiro’s mentor in his dreams. I enjoy Stanley’s voice acting skills. He’s one of those character actors who is fantastic at everything he does. The character himself is fascinating. He looks at aircraft not as a bringer of war, but a creator of dreams.

My favorite scene is the last dream sequence, after Jiro goes through a life changing experience. This is one of those bitter sweet endings, where you don’t know what to think at first. You just need to take it all in.

The message in this film is, “Sometimes the outcome to your dream is not always what you expect.” Jiro spends his whole life wanting to make his aircraft, determined to do anything to fulfill his goal. After a few sacrifices, he realizes his potential but it’s not what he expects. Mr. Caproni then asks him, “Did you have a good ten years?”

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to 11 to18-year-olds. This film shows people smoking and deals with serious issues of the time. This is a must see film!

The Wind Rises
Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

Video review available here:

I didn’t know what to expect from this movie. When I saw it, however, I was pleasantly surprised! “The Wind Rises” is a heartwarming movie that many people will love. Especially, since it is based on true events.

This film has something for everyone to enjoy – action, drama, suspense, romance, history, Japanese culture, adventure and, of course, planes.

The story is about a life of a young boy, who dreams of flying and designing planes. However, he can’t see very well and has to wear glasses. Luckily, he grows up during pre-World War II in Japan to become a super successful engineer. Then, though, he needs to build a plane for the military – a powerful one.

I lov this movie. The animation is breathtaking and pretty. The plot is interesting and it is also based on a true story as well. However, there are many time transitions and some can be a bit confusing. Everything else though is fantastic. This is the last film of a famous director Hayao Miyazaki and it sparked a lot of controversy in the U.S. and Japan.

My favorite scene is when the boy is a bit older. He is on a train and everything is fine until – BAM, the infamous earthquake of Japan that shook the world. The boy gets off the train very calmly. He sees a girl crouching next to a lady and goes to them. He rescues the lady who was injured and becomes a hero.

I recommend this movie for ages 13 -18. It is very mature and contains a lot of adult concepts that younger kids may not understand or appreciate. I also give it 4.5 out 5 stars.

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions


PIZZAREV INVITES ALL PIZZA LOVERS TO EXPERIENCE COCA-COLA FREESTYLE “Revolutionary Made to Order” Artisanal Pizza Chain to Feature the Coca-Cola “Fountain of the Future,” at all PizzaRev Locations


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You’re thirsty, but you want variety and choice to select the perfect beverage to complement a specialty made-to-order artisanal style pizza.  Now you need look no further than PizzaRev for the ultimate refreshment to go with your favorite pizza.  Coca-Cola Freestyle®, the revolutionary fountain dispenser will soon make its debut at all PizzaRev locations.


PizzaRev, one of the nation’s leading made-to-order artisanal pizza concepts, today announced a new multi-year agreement with The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO).  Under this new agreement, all current and future PizzaRev locations will exclusively serve Coca-Cola products through Coca-Cola Freestyle®. 

With Coca-Cola Freestyle, PizzaRev guests can choose from more than 100 regular and low- calorie brands – including many varieties of waters, sports drinks, lemonades and sparkling beverages offered nowhere else. People can select brands such as Caffeine-Free Diet Coke® with Lime, Fanta® Peach, Minute Maid® Light Orange Lemonade and more via an interactive touch-screen on the front of the fountain.

Coca-Cola Freestyle truly offers the kind of variety designed to meet peoples’ beverage needs and lifestyles.

“The Coca-Cola Company is a great brand leader and innovator in the industry,” said Rodney Eckerman, PizzaRev Co-CEO.  Our guests can now customize their entire meal with our Craft Your Own pizza and a refreshing Coca-Cola Freestyle beverage!  We are excited to provide this enhanced quality experience for our guests.”

“We are delighted to introduce Coca-Cola Freestyle to PizzaRev guests,” said Tony Ferlauto, vice president of national sales, Coca-Cola North America.  “With its wide variety of choices and ability to mix and match to customize your beverage, Coca-Cola Freestyle is the perfect complement to PizzaRev’s artisanal made-to order pizza.”

The sleek, stylish new Coca-Cola Freestyle fountains are touchscreen operated and use unique, proprietary PUREPOUR TECHNOLOGY™ to dispense more than 100 beverage varieties in the same amount of space as a standard eight-valve machine.  People love the personalized, interactive experience and expansive selection offered by Coca-Cola Freestyle, often citing the new dispensers as a deciding factor in their choice to visit an outlet.  Retail locations with Coca-Cola Freestyle have experienced increases in beverage servings, total customer transactions and overall restaurant sales.

About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world’s most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company’s portfolio features 16 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.9 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world’s top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at , follow us on Twitter at, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at or find us on LinkedIn at

About PizzaRev

PizzaRev is a Los Angeles-based fast casual Pizza chain that has re-invented the way America eats its favorite food by delivering a truly interactive dining experience where customers craft their own pizzas choosing from a wide variety of premium quality ingredients, in any amount, for one price. PizzaRev fires its pizzas in a stone-hearth oven which produces a delicious, crispy Roman-style thin pizza in just 3 minutes. PizzaRev was founded by long-time entertainment industry executives Irv Zuckerman and Rodney Eckerman, who bring Fortune 500 executive operating experience along with their Management team of highly experienced and long-tenured restaurant operators. Like PizzaRev on Facebook, follow on Twitter and visit for updated news, videos and location information.

Credit: PizzaRev.