Archives for March 2014

Olay Moisturizers with SolaSheer Technology Perfect for the Spring and Summer!

SPF 30 Out of Package  0007509002786 Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging UV Moisturizer SPF 15 1.7 OZ

We all have daily rituals that we practice before leaving the house for the day. We ask ourselves if we remembered to turn our curling iron off and whether or not we tossed our keys, wallet, and phone into our purse. But what we often forget to ask ourselves is if we remembered to apply SPF.


Since 80% of UV exposure is a result of incidental sun exposure, like walking to work or driving in your car, it is important to incorporate SPF into your daily routine. This season, Olay arms you with the tools you need to make that task easier than ever. A number of Olay’s daily moisturizers with SPF are now formulated with SolaSheer Technology, which combines broad spectrum SPF protection with proven moisturizing agents. The result is nourished, moisturized skin, protected against harmful UVA/UVB rays.

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Olay Moisturizers with SolaSheer Technology:

  • ·         Total Effects Daily Moisturizer + SPF 30 (NEW)
  • ·         Total Effects Daily Moisturizer + SPF 15 with SolaSheer Technology
  • ·         Complete All Day Moisturizer SPF 15 with SolaSheer Technology

I received samples of these products and I love that all the products are Formulated with SolaSheer Technology! Besides, that the Olay Complete all day moisturizer with sunscreen feels so good on my skin! It is oil-free and I can just use this every day! It never feels greasy on my skin and provides long lasting hydration. My skin actually does look healthier after using these products. I also like that the Olay Total effects 7 In One is an anti-aging moisturizer and is now available in Broad Spectrum SPF 30. For more information, check out the Olay website.

Self Disclosure: I received Free products to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: Olay.


Juicepresso giveaway

The NEW to the market Juicepresso (why its unique and different?)

·       Patented one-piece extraction system (three-in-one extractor systems, merges the auger, strainer and rotating brush components and dishwasher safe).

·       Slow pressing with a 40 RPM motor, gently squeezes the last drop of juice, enzymes and nutrients from fruits and veggies

·       40% more juice

·       72-hour juice life

·       Almost the smallest footprint and lowest maintenance of any in-home slow juicer on the market

·       Make more than just juice, you can make soups, pancakes, organic baby food, etc


One lucky winner will receive a Juicepresso (MSRP $449.99).  Below are the rules!

•   ‘Like’ to win!

•   Users need to like the Juicepresso Facebook page (

•   Then they will have to provide their email address

•   Users are awarded up to 5 bonus entries if other entrants click and enter from original entrants shared link on Facebook

•   Winner will receive a Juicepresso machine and will be chosen randomly

•   Contest ends: 4/10/14 at 12:00PM CST

Self Disclosure: Not sponsored by SoCal City Kids. Sponsored by Juicepresso. No compensation was received.



Safe Kids Worldwide announced today that annual Safe Kids Day events will be held around the country throughout April. These events will bring together families, celebrities and donors to raise awareness and funds to prevent childhood injuries, the number one killer of kids in the United States.


Numerous celebrities and athletes are joining the effort as Safe Kids Day Celebrity Heroes:


Tom Arnold & Ashley Groussman Neal & Ruve McDonough
Nigel & Cristen Barker Alysia & Louis Montaño
Drew Barrymore & Will Kopelman Piers Morgan & Celia Walden
Garcelle Beauvais Bill & Giuliana Rancic
James & Linda Caan Pete Sampras & Bridgette Wilson-Sampras
Tina Charles Jamie-Lynn Sigler & Cutter Dykstra
Michelle & Michael Chiklis Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale
Kevin & Brandi Garnett Sharon Stone
Kelsey Grammer & Kayte Walsh Leonor Varela
Matthew Hatchette Mark & Rhea Wahlberg
Kate Hudson Vanna White
Larry & Shawn King Noelle & Dick Wolf
Chef Josie Smith-Malave


Two national Safe Kids Day fundraising events will be held on Saturday, April 5 at The Lot in Los Angeles and onSaturday, April 12 at the Highline Stages in New York City, in addition to local events held in more than 100 communities across the country.


“Many people are surprised to learn that preventable injuries are the number one killer of kids in the United States,” said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “We don’t want any parent to have to endure the loss of a child. We’re honored to be supported by our celebrity heroes and sponsors, who are so dedicated to helping us reach our goal of preventing injuries and saving lives.”


Every year, a million families around the world lose a child to a preventable injury. Millions more children are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime. Too many families don’t have access to the information they need to keep their children safe from tragedies such as drowning, car crashes, fires and falls. Safe Kids Worldwide provides resources to families and communities to protect children.


The 2014 Safe Kids Day campaign fundraising goal is $1 million. Proceeds from Safe Kids Day support local, state and national injury prevention efforts of Safe Kids Worldwide. Safe Kids Day is presented by Children’s TYLENOL® with support from the General Motors Foundation, FedEx, Johnson & Johnson, American Airlines, Tyco and others. To learn more about Safe Kids Worldwide and Safe Kids Day, please visit

7 Tips for Keeping Kids Safe”:

1.       Tug on your kid’s car seat where the seat belt goes.

2.       Secure furniture and TVs.

3.       Check smoke and CO alarms monthly.

4.       Scan your home for places kids can get into medicine.

5.       Check around your house for coin-sized button batteries.

6.       Ask your kid’s coaches if they have had concussion or sports safety training.

7.       Call to action: Take the Challenge and Take Action Against Distraction.

Self Disclosure: No compensation received. Safe Kids Worldwide sponsored feature.



The Kid Who Went To The Moon By: Walter Levin

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James Gibson is 12 years old and only needs $2 million to convince NASA to let him go to the moon. It’s not a regular thing for a kid to get $2 million. But James is no ordinary kid. Follow his adventure … from getting his weekly swirly in the school toilet from the neighborhood bully … all the way into outer space … in this exciting new novel, The Kid Who Went To The Moon.

“I’m so impressed with the imagination and storytelling ability of this young man! His tale would make a perfect Phineas & Ferb adventure! If we’re still around in a few years I’d happily give him a job, (Heck, let’s be honest, I’ll probably be asking him for a job).”
—Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, Co-creator of Phineas & Ferb

We received this book to review/feature and loved it! It is funny, imaginative and I am simply amazed that the Author is only 11 years old! My 10-year old son also enjoyed it and thought it was very creative and he loved the character James Gibson and his adventure to Space. “Kids will also be able to relate to this modern-day character,” my son Joshua adds. We can’t wait to read the next book by Walter Levin!

Walter Levin Headshot

*Photo of Walter Levin

Self Disclosure: I received the book for Free to facilitate this feature.

Adovia Dead Sea Mud Mask


Details about the product:

  • Facial Mask Tightens and Purifies Pores leaving Clear, Younger Complexion
    Dead Sea Mud Quickly Reduces Acne and Pimples
    Over 21 Minerals Present in Dead Sea Mud Mask help to keep skin healthier and act as acne treatment
    A Facial Dead Sea Mud Mask Facial Treatmet in Spas cost from $70-120. This Mask contains 30 Sessions!
    Can be Used as Spot Treatment & Blackhead Remover

I had the opportunity to receive this product sold on Amazon by TrustedOnlineStore and I really love this Mask! It is one of the best mud masks that I have tried and love that it can also be used as a spot treatment. It’s also a great Purifying Natural Mask for men & teens too. My skin felt so clean and refreshed after using. It is like getting a mask at the spa! You can purchase it here. Go to “more buying choices” and order from the seller TrustedOnlineSeller.

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Off the Edge of the Map: Marco Polo, Captain Cook, and 9 Other Travelers and Explorers That Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World by Michael Rank


From the #1 bestselling author of History’s Greatest Generals comes an exciting new paperback book on the greatest explorers in history and how their discoveries shaped the modern world.

Whether it is Rabban Bar Sauma, the 13th-century Chinese monk commissioned by the Mongols to travel to Europe and form a military alliance against the Islamic Caliphate; Marco Polo, who opened a window to the East for the West; or Captain James Cook, whose maritime voyages of discovery created the global economy of the 21st century, each of these explorers had an indelible impact on the modern world.

This book will look at the 11 greatest explorers in history. Some travelled for religious piety, such as Ibn Battuta, who travelled from North Africa to China in the 1300s, visiting every Islamic pilgrimage site between. Others travelled for profit, such as Ferdinand Magellan, who wanted to consolidate Spain’s holdings on the spice trade. Still others travelled for discovery, such as Ernest Shackleton, who led two dozen men to the bottom of the world in an attempt to cross Antarctica on foot.

Whatever their reason for discovery, these explorers still inspire us today to push the limits of human achievement — and discover something about ourselves in the process.

I received this book and found it to be an enjoyable read filled with action and adventure! A Must-read for all who love history!
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

AUTISM BREAKTHROUGH: The Groundbreaking Method That Has Helped Families All Over the World by Raun K. Kaufman

Autism Breakthrough

AUTISM BREAKTHROUGH: The Groundbreaking Method That Has Helped Families All Over the World (on-sale April 1, to coincide with World Autism Awareness Day), Raun Kaufman argues it doesn’t have to be that way. Autism can be effectively treated and even a cure is possible – he’s living proof!


After his diagnosis with severe autism at age 2, Raun’s parents refused to accept his bleak prognosis. Rejecting traditional (and ineffective) behavior modification methods, they tried the opposite approach: rather than change their son’s autistic behaviors, they “joined” in his activities. In doing so, they forged a bridge from his world to theirs.


Flash forward to today—Raun is a thriving Ivy-league graduate with no trace of autism. With his parents, he runs the Autism Treatment Center of America whose world-renowned Son-Rise program—based on the groundbreaking methods that helped him recover—has helped thousands of autistics worldwide progress significantly and many fully recover.


In AUTISM BREAKTHROUGH, Raun shares the groundbreaking principles and strategies that helped him for the first time. He offers parents new hope through a scientifically proven roadmap for helping their children progress.

I received this book and found it a very interesting approach to dealing with the diagnosis of Autism. I highly recommend this to parents.


RAUN K. KAUFMAN is the Director of Global Education for the Autism Treatment Center of America. As the key spokesperson for ATCA and the Son-Rise Program, he conducts lectures and seminars worldwide and has worked with families and professionals for over 15 years. Kaufman has been featured on NPR, BBC, Fox News, and in People Magazine. He co-hosts the radio show Raun & Kristin: Bringing Hope Into Your Home on Autism Approved Radio.




“An innovative, alternative approach that directly empowers parents and caregivers.”

Kirkus Reviews


“Practical and upbeat…[Kaufman’s] personal faith in the program, his warmth, and the targeted application of principles will encourage readers to try his methods.”

Publishers Weekly

Autism Breakthrough must be read by every parent who wants a step-by-step plan to reach and transform their child with autism. The Son-Rise Program changed my life and [that] of my daughter. Today she thrives because I knew to ignore dire predictions and immerse her in the techniques described in Autism Breakthrough. I couldn’t recommend this book more enthusiastically for all parents and professionals. It turns the all-powerful principle of unconditional love into a practical blueprint that anyone can follow.”

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, #1 NYT bestselling author of The Power of Intention

“I learned more about my daughter by reading this book than I have through any other I’ve read since her diagnosis 11 years ago. If you’re a parent of a child with autism, this book truly is a must-read. With case studies, step-by-step instructions and an accompanying website, it’s an invaluable resource that may prompt you to rethink what and how your child can best progress to meet their full potential. No matter how old your child is, Autism Breakthrough can help you to connect with them in ways you may have never thought possible.”

Wendy Fournier, President, National Autism Association

“I highly recommend Autism Breakthrough. It combines the scientifically-validated therapies of The Son-Rise Program with an easy-to-read, informative approach. I frequently refer patients to The Son-Rise Program and have seen objective improvements in my patients. Autism Breakthrough will make huge impact.”

Phillip C. DeMio, M.D., Executive Director, American Medical Autism Board, & Chief Medical Officer, US Autism & Asperger Association

Autism Breakthrough provides enormous help to those who care for someone with autism…a revelation.”

Lawrence P. Kaplan, Ph.D., founder of US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA)

Autism Breakthrough is remarkable. Kaufman has done a stellar job weaving together sensibility, science, and the meticulous learning from his own life experiences as a boy with autism. He shares the eye-opening perspective that turned his life around and that’s helped countless children around the world.

Julie Matthews, BS, NC, Leading Autism Diet & Nutrition Specialist, Co-Founder of Nourishing Hope®, Author of Nourishing Hope for Autism: Nutrition & Diet Guide for Healing Children

Autism Breakthrough is a unique, amazing book…an absolute essential for parents of and professionals working with children on the autism spectrum. Kaufman provides a well-written, accessible (and humorous!) breakdown of The Son-Rise-Program. The program, shown to improve communication and social skills in people with autism, uses a rich set of treatment procedures grounded in scientific principles, with current research attesting to its efficacy. Indeed, if I had a child with autism, I would definitely select The Son-Rise Program to help [them].”

Cynthia K Thompson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Communication Sciences and Neurology at Northwestern University


“If you’re the parent of a child on the autism spectrum, Autism Breakthrough was written just for you. The Son Rise Program is a fantastic treatment method…I’ve never [seen] a set of clinical principles as powerful, elegant and effective. The outcomes are truly stunning: children make concrete, sweeping progress, often far outstripping their original prognosis, and parents overcome feelings of devastation and learn to accept, enjoy and help their children. With humor and caring, Autism Breakthrough not only provides clear techniques, it’s a testament to the impact of hope, love and acceptance! I personally see applications of the principles in all clinical endeavors.”

Ted McCarthy, M.D., Former Chief of Psychiatry, Mercy Hospital


“With Autism Breakthrough, Kaufman has done what few in the field of autism treatment would dream of doing. He’s empowered parents to take charge again, given them real hope for change and armed them with tools and techniques to make those hopes a reality.  Our children are not ‘stuck’… autism is not hard-wired. My son fully recovered from autism to become his 6th grade class president (in a regular, mainstream school) thanks to the principles of The Son-Rise Program. Medicine today offers little other than a dismal prognosis. It doesn’t have to be that way! Many children completely recover using this program and whole families thrive. “

Wendy Edwards, M.D., Pediatrician, B.Sc.N., F.R.C. P. (C).


“A game-changer. If you’re the parent of a child on the autism spectrum, Autism Breakthrough gives you a whole new way to help your child. My own son is the beneficiary of the principles explained in Autism Breakthrough. I gave birth to him, but The Son-Rise Program gave him life.”

Kristin Selby Gonzalez, President, Autism Hope Alliance

“Kaufman has given a roadmap to unravel the autism mystery. In my forty years in the field of disabilities, I’ve observed how well-intended therapists with their sophisticated behavior plans have created more unwanted behaviors than benefits. Autism Breakthrough provides a commonsense guide on how to establish harmonious, humanistic relationships based on trust and unconditional acceptance and empowers people on the autism spectrum to relate and thrive…a significant contribution to the awakening of humanity to neurodiversity.”

Ken RoutsonAuthor of The Gifts of Autism & Alzheimer’s and Beliefology

Autism Breakthrough breaks the ‘autism is a life-long condition’ paradigm and shifts hopelessness to hope. As occupational therapists and international lecturers, we highly recommend this wonderful “user-friendly” resource with all the principles, strategies, and techniques needed to support those with social-relational challenges.  A must-read, not only for parents but all teachers and therapists who support those on the autism spectrum!”

MarySue Williams and Sherry Shellenberger, Creators of Alert Program

“Insightful, personal, and accessible. A hopeful message and one which only a person that has looked through the eyes of an autistic child could offer.  Autism Breakthrough is a must read…its depth and practical advice empower you to join your child on their journey toward achieving their limitless potential.”

Alex Doman, Author of Healing at the Speed of Sound, Founder & CEO Advanced Brain Technologies



Self Disclosure: I received this book free to facilitate this feature.

Matcha Green Tea Powder-Organic Great in Smoothies, Baked goodies and more!


Looking for a product that would give you all day energy and also increase focus and  improve skin health? Matcha Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics is the answer! This Organic Matcha is great to add in smoothies, lattes and you can even bake with it! What is really impressive is that it is 137x Antioxidants of brewed green tea. I like that it is all natural & organic and is a calorie burner! Green Tea is not usually a favorite of mine but I really love this way to drink Green Tea!

Here are a few more facts:


Matcha provides 4 to 6 hours of mild steady energy as it acts as both a stimulant and a relaxant. This is ideal for focusing on whatever the day throws your way.


Consuming matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis (the body’s own rate of burning calories) from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure, to between 35% and 43% of daily energy expediture.


​Scientists have discovered that Matcha Green Tea helps protect the skin from harmful UVrays, while improving blood flow and oxygen levels lifting the overall quality of the skin.


Antioxidants are essential as you age to boost your body’s natural defenses against oxidation. Researchers have found that a high level of dietary antioxidants can prevent many age-related diseases.

You can find this product on amazon and you receive a FREE Matcha Recipe Guide EBOOK with purchase: 50+ Recipes All Yours-Emailed After Purchase.  I received the EBOOK and I love the recipes! My favorite so far are the Berry Good Morning Smoothie and the Refreshing Matcha Cooler. I plan to try some of the baking recipes next!
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.