Archives for March 8, 2014

Bebe Bella Designs Crinkle Toy Update: A sponsored Giveaway has been added!

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Sensory development is serious play for your little one!  Keep your baby both stimulated and comforted with Bebe Bella Designs Crinkle Toy. This crinkle toy is made with our signature soft minky chenille and is lined with a fun “crinkly” noise that can keep your little one entertained for hours. Size: 5″X5″

We received one to review and give this a Thumbs up for babies! It is soft and they will love the “crinkly” noise it makes! For more information, check out the website!

A Giveaway has been added! (Not sponsored by SoCal City Kids)

 Here are the details: the crinkle toy giveaway will start Tuesday, March 11th and run through March 31st, or while supplies last. This is an absolutely free crinkle; you just pay for shipping and handling. **Limit one crinkle per household.** Simply place the crinkle toy in your shopping cart and enter code “crinkleblog” in the discount code area at check out.

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.



Families from coast-to-coast will come along on a breathtaking and uplifting wilderness adventure when Anchor Bay Entertainment unleashes Against the Wild on DVD and digital download for the first time. The action-packed feature film tells the dramatic tale of two siblings and their Alaskan Malamute, who must make an emergency landing when their small plane has engine problems. They find themselves in a beautiful but potentially dangerous natural environment that they must overcome together. Written and directed by Richard Boddington, starringCJ Adams (The Odd Life of Timothy GreenDan in Real Life), Erin Pitt (Silent Hill: Revelation 3DCamp Rock 2: The Final Jam and the upcoming American Girl: Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight) and Natasha Henstridge(“She Spies,” The Whole Nine Yards) and co-starring John Tench (Tooth Fairy), the film makes its national retail and digital debut on March 11, 2014.


A gripping adventure for the whole family, Against the Wild (SRP $24.98) begins with siblings Zach (Adams) and Hannah (Pitt) traveling by seaplane with Chinook, their Alaskan Malamute, to visit their father (Ted Whittall of “Beauty & The Beast”) for the weekend. When their plane encounters engine trouble, the pilot is forced to make an emergency landing in the woods in the middle of nowhere. As they travel on foot to seek help, Zach, Hannah and their loyal companion come face-to-face with the challenges of the wilds – from wolves and grizzly bears to forest fires. Using all the wilderness skills they know – and with some help from Chinook, the siblings must work together to overcome each obstacle and conquer the ultimate goal – returning home again.

An exciting, fast-paced adventure with beautiful cinematography and a stirring musical score performed by a live 65-piece orchestra in Prague, Against the Wild will keep the whole family on the edge of their seat from start to finish.

DVD Special Features: Outtakes and the Music of Against the Wild.

Against the Wild
 has been approved for all ages by the Dove Foundation, which awarded the film with 5/5 Doves, and recommends it as “a terrific film for the entire family!.”

We received this DVD to review and loved it! It will make you smile, it will make you cry and it’s a wonderful heart-warming story for the whole family!

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a free DVD. To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us that you would like to win! Deadline to enter is March 16th, 2014 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.


About Anchor Bay Entertainment

Anchor Bay Entertainment is a leading home entertainment company.  Anchor Bay acquires and distributes feature films, original television programming, including STARZ Original series, children’s entertainment, anime (Manga Entertainment), fitness (Anchor Bay Fitness), sports, and other filmed entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray formats.  The company has long term distribution agreements in place for select programming with AMC Networks, RADiUS, and The Weinstein Company.  Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment has offices in Troy, MI, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.  Anchor Bay Entertainment ( is a Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) business,

Self Disclosure: I received a free DVD to facilitate this review/giveaway.



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The battle for CHI builds on in the world of CHIMA™!  Warner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentThe LEGO Group and WB Games Montréal today announced the launch of LEGO® Legends of CHIMA™ Online for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices, playable with a WiFi connection.  LEGO Legends of CHIMA Online, already available for Windows PC and Mac, is an immersive and interactive free to play online game that extends and complements the popular LEGO Legends of CHIMA universe of products, including construction sets, vehicles, TV shows and more!  The online game officially moved out of Beta last month with game enhancements and new features including parent accounts and chat, and this enhanced experience is now available for download on the App Store.

“We are very excited to bring the expansive world of CHIMA Online to iOS players,” said Louis Lamarche, Creative Director for LEGO Legends of CHIMA Online at WB Games Montréal.  “Now players can seamlessly pick up and play right where they left off in the game from their PC or Mac to any of their iOS devices.”

In CHIMA Online, players take on the role of an animal warrior in the Lion, Eagle, Gorilla or Bear tribe, and set forth on missions to help protect the vast and magical world of CHIMA.  After creating and customizing their character, players explore massive environments from the cartoon series like the Forest of Falling Leaves. They will uncover hidden secrets and treasures, build weapons and gadgets, and collect studs and gold bricks that will help expand their Outpost.  Players will also be able to team up with their friends in epic battles and unleash the power of CHI, giving them extraordinary strength and power against their enemies.  With creative missions, side challenges, and action-packed battles, CHIMA Online offers hours upon hours of building, puzzle solving and exploration.

Committed to providing kids with fun and incredibly immersive connected game experience, CHIMA Online also contains actively moderated chat filters to help prevent the collection and sharing of personal information, ensuring a fun environment for kids to communicate and providing ease of mind for parents.

Developed by WB Games Montreal in conjunction with TT Games, LEGO Legends of CHIMA Online is rated “E10+,” appropriate for everyone 10 and older. For more information, please visit

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The game is free to play and can be downloaded below:


Self Disclosure: I did not receive any products to facilitate this feature.

Megan Fox and Avon Foundation celebrate IWD this Saturday and all month Avon Foundation for Women is proud to be working with Megan Fox to spread awareness of domestic violence

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In celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 and throughout the month, the Avon Foundation for Women is proud to be working with Megan Fox to spread awareness of domestic violence. She is partnering to with Avon to spread awareness for the Empowerment Tennis Bracelet (pictured below), which will donate 100% of the net profit from the bracelet to the Avon Foundation Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative to fund programs to end violence against women.

NEW Empowerment Bracelet: Join Megan Fox in Supporting the Cause and Launch

Details: Avon Empowerment Tennis Bracelet

  •         Cost: $5.00

o   100% of net profits ($3.47) is donated to Avon Foundation for Women Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program

  •          Description: Features interlocking infinity symbols, which on Avon Empowerment products represent lives with unlimited potential when free from violence. Silvertone and faux stones bracelet is  7 1/4″ L with a 1″ extender.
  •        Where to purchase

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Quote from Megan Fox:       “The Avon Empowerment Tennis Bracelet is a simple way to raise funds to help break the cycle of violence against women. In honor of International Women’s Day, I urge you to join me in making a difference by purchasing, wearing or giving the Empowerment Bracelet to help women everywhere live a life free from violence.”  — Megan Fox, Actress and the face of Avon Instinct fragrances

Domestic Violence and Dating Abuse Resource Guide:

Megan Fox Avon Foundation video!

Overview of Upcoming IWD Month Initiatives:

Nationwide Domestic Violence Survey

  • ·         The Avon Foundation for Women will launch a month-long series of events on March 6 at a Congressional briefing in Washington, D.C.
  • ·         The Avon Foundation President Carol Kurzig will present the findings of a new, nationwide report from the National Network to End Domestic Violence and funded by the Avon Foundation: Domestic Violence Counts 2013: A 24-hour Census of Domestic Violence Shelters and Services
  • ·         The report examines a random day in the United States and found that thousands of requests from domestic violence victims seeking life-saving, emergency shelter, were turned down because of severe underfunding of service programs.


Fergie to Join Avon Foundation at State Department to Launch Global Justice Institute

  • ·         On March 20, the Avon Foundation for Women Global Ambassador Fergie will help the Avon Foundation and Vital Voices launch the Institute on Violence Against Women, a new initiative of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women
  • ·         The Institute will provide training to facilitate a holistic response to address violence against in women in India, Mexico, Nepal and South Africa


2014 Avon Communications Award Winners

  •          IWD events will culminate on March 27 with the announcement of the 2014 Avon Communications Award Winners in partnership with Futures Without Violence
  •       The Avon Communications Awards will recognize five international organizations with outstanding communications campaigns that are helping change communities, policies, institutions and behaviors to end violence against women.

Self Disclosure: No products received to facilitate this feature. Domestic Violence Awareness is a cause I strongly advocate. Avon sponsored feature.





IBitz Reviewed by Simone Sharrieff, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

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The iBitz fitness monitor is a revolutionary device that puts the fun back into walking. This gadget allows kids to earn rewards and prizes while getting exercise. The best is part is that it’s fun for the whole family.

This tech toy is a wireless fitness monitor that comes for both kids and adults. It can track how many miles you walk, steps you take and calories you burn all at the same time. It also lets kids blast off on a space adventure, teaching things like how to eat healthy along the way. The great thing about iBitz is that there are no crazy wires. It connects wirelessly to your phone! Parents will love the Unity app, because it allows you to do things like form your own fitness groups and track the whole family. Kids will also adore the Geopals app that gives kids their own Geobot they can feed and play with. If that’s not enough, they can also unlock games in the AppStore. There are so many cool things about an iBitz and all you have to do is walk.

What I like about iBitz is that it is easy and fun. You can literally use it any where.  All you have to do is clip it on your pants or shoe and go. They also come in a rainbow of colors that are amazing and fun to look at. The inventors did a fantastic job of creating a smart way for kids to become more active using their phones, which rarely ever happens.

IBitz is different than any other pedometer on the market for many reasons. The iBitz is the world’s first pedometer that motivates kids to stay active using a kid friendly app along with the device. It can withstand anything a kid can do and can even be worn in the rain. The iBitz also tracks much more than your steps, it can help you start living a healthier life by allowing you to set goals for yourself. Also, no other pedometer sends your information right to your phone, so you can take it wherever you want.

I recommend the amazing  iBitz fitness tracker for both boys and girls ages 5 to 13 and I give it five out of five sparkling stars. The iBitz fitness monitor is now in stores and online so please pick one up today.

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions