Archives for March 2014

TENZI Fast and too much fun!

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Looking for a fast and fun game that the whole family will enjoy? Tenzi is the answer! My family loves it! Basically, it’s a really easy game to play. Everyone gets 10 dice (up to 4 players) and you start rolling as fast as you can until someone gets all their dice on the same number. It’s not quite as easy as it may sound and you have a whole lot of fun playing! Game includes 40 dice (ten each of four different colors & a rule sheet for $14.95. The rules are pretty simple and I also love that there are more ways to play such as Tenzi Tower where you stack them on top of each other. My son loves this one! Tenzi is just a great game and perfect for Rainy days and for family nights. Actually, this game would be fun anytime! For more information, check out the website. Check your local toy store or book store to also buy this fun game!

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Self Disclosure: I received free product samples to facilitate this review feature. Photo Credit: Tenzi.

Easter is on its way..time for PEEPS! Holiday Giveaway Opportunity!

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It’s starting to look like Easter and what is Easter without PEEPS? I love PEEPS and they have such an awesome variety of choices for Easter. Two of my favorites are the Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg and the Peepsters! The Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg is available wrapped in pink or blue and the Peepsters are available in Creamy Milk Chocolate or Dark Chocolate.

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My son loves the Party Cake Peeps and the Chocolate Peeps that are also dipped in chocolate….yum! Have you checked out the fun PEEPS website? I just love all the ideas for Easter! I think I may have to make the PEEPS party cake or the PEEPSTERS stuffed cookies! My son enjoys the EXPRESS YOUR PEEPSONALITY® WITH YOUR VERY OWN PEEPS CHARACTERS! There is just too much fun on this website!

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We have teamed up with our friends at PEEPS for a Spring Time Easter Giveaway! One winner will win a PEEPS package containing all the items in this post (and a few more!) To enter, check out their website and leave a comment below telling us your favorite thing or favorite recipe! next, “like” their Facebook Page and the SoCal City Kids Facebook Page. Deadline to enter is April 3rd, 2014 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries!

Self Disclosure: I received free PEEPS samples to facilitate this review and giveaway.

 

SipSnap

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Be a part of the excitement of finding a solution for sippy cup lids that fit all drinking cups and fit right in your pocket- join the SipSnap design team today as they launch their new line building awareness and crowd-funding on Kickstarter.

 

Kickstarter Live March 5th – March 31st. Link here:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sipsnap/sipsnap

SipSnap, the universal sippy cup lid is made up of 100% food safe silicone, allowing consumers to reduce waste by stretching the product around their existing cups. This also gives parents more control over what kind of material their kids drink from. Their eco-friendly line is BPA and phthalate free, and dishwasher safe.

 

Offering two versions of SipSnap that are patent pending, both versions come in a pack of three. SipSnap Toddler has a spout that is co-molded so it’s chew resistant, and SipSnap Kid has a straw hole design that fits any size straw. Each will come with one carrying case so you can take SipSnap to go. Its compact size allows it to carry in your bag making it great for travel and everyday on-the-go as a parent. They will release with sixdifferent colors.

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Update:

Reaching their goals quickly within two days on initial launch earlier this month, the inventors of SipSnap share a refreshing success story while continuing to position their universal ‘one size fits all’ drink lid that converts any drinking glass into a spill-proof kids cup.  The excitement is still growing and the designers of SipSnap are ready to reach even higher!

 

Michelle Ivankovic and Sativa Turner raised more than $28,000 in their first 48 hours and are now setting their sights on a higher stretch goal of $90,000 while meeting specific requests of consumers who have written to them.

 

Their successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign currently has raised $66,000.  Michelle and Sativa are now reaching out to give back to their supporters with extra offerings if they reach their new goal within the remaining days of the campaign.

 

Moms and Dads across the country showed tremendous support reaching out to the design duo to help them solve an additional challenge of also wanting healthy, kid-safe sipping……STRAWS to go with their SipSnap.  Over the first half of the campaign numerous moms wrote to the designers to ask for a safe BPA, phthalate free, and dishwasher safe drinking straw.  Wanting to meet the demands of their more than 1,000 enthusiastic supporters, the SipSnap team will now offer a free stainless steel drinking straw with every SipSnap KID set.  In addition to straws, requests have also been made for extra carrying cases. All SipSnap TOT sets will come with 2 cases, if they reach their goal of $90,000. They will be launching with stretch goals on Kickstarter today. Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sipsnap/sipsnap

Self Disclosure: SipSnap sponsored feature.

PizzaRev opens its eighth LA area restaurant!

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 PizzaRev, a growing build-your-own artisanal pizza concept, has completed construction on its eighth Los Angeles area restaurant in just 22 months, and is set to open in Mid-City on March 26, 2014.

With the recent installation of PizzaRev’s custom-built 9,600 pound open-flame stone-bed oven, Mid-City guests will soon “Craft Their Own” artisanal-quality pizza and have it served piping hot in less than three minutes. The location sits conveniently at 4550 W. Pico Blvd at the “Midtown Crossing” shopping center.  Store hours will be 11am -10pm, open daily. 

“This is our first LA city location, and we couldn’t be more excited to introduce Mid-City to our unique approach to everyone’s favorite food,” said Irv Zuckerman, Co-CEO of PizzaRev. “We look forward to becoming a big part of this vibrant community.”

To celebrate the opening of the new Mid-City restaurant, PizzaRev launched a free-to-enter sweepstakes where five lucky guests will win Free Pizza for a Year.”  Guests can fill out an entry form at the Mid-City location or visit www.pizzarev.com/freepizza/midtown. Full sweepstakes rules available here; all entries must be in by April 30, 2013.  

PizzaRev – Midtown will also host a “Social Media Fan Appreciation Night” from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 30. Anyone who “Likes” or “Follows” PizzaRev on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and shows their like/follow status via phone or print-out at the register will receive a FREE PIZZA.

About PizzaRev

PizzaRev is a “build-your-own” fast-casual pizza concept that has reinvented the way America eats its favorite food. Guests are empowered to fully customize a personal-sized 11” pizza for under $8. Homemade dough options, flavorful sauces, delicious cheeses, and over 30+ fresh toppings, everything is on display at PizzaRev and assembled right before your eyes. The pizzas are then fired in a 900 degree, stone-hearth oven which produces a thin and crispy Roman-style pizza in just three minutes.

 

Los Angeles-based PizzaRev was founded in 2012 by longtime entertainment industry executives Irv Zuckerman and Rodney Eckerman, along with their sons, Nicholas Eckerman and Jeff Zuckerman. The executive team possesses a combination of Fortune 500 operating experience and high-profile restaurant management. PizzaRev is currently franchising and announced a strategic partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings in 2013. The company currently operates eight corporate restaurants with additional franchise locations under development in Minnesota, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Texas, and Orange County and San Diego in California.

Join PizzaRev on Facebook www.facebook.com/pizzarevco and Twitter www.twitter.com/pizzarevco.  Visitwww.PizzaRev.com for updated news, videos and updated location information.

View a short video clip of PizzaRev in action here!

Spring time Nail Fun with Sally Hansen! CHANNEL YOUR INNER NAIL ARTIST WITH THE NEW SALLY HANSEN® I <3 NAIL ART COLLECTION

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Breakthrough new products to bring your nail art creations to life, from nail color leader Sally Hansen®. The I <3 Nail Art Collection lets you produce unprecedented special effect textures, one-of-a-kind designs, and unforgettable nail artistry at home. Sally Hansen® has assembled all the colors, embellishments, special effects and tools—new go-to nail art accessories—all in one place; the nail wall at your favorite retailer. It has never been easier for you to design as many extraordinary nail art looks as you can imagine. Sally Hansen® now has the final word in nail art.

 

“The best part about nail art is that you can never be wrong when bringing your vision to life,” says Sally Hansen® Nail Ambassador and celebrity nail artist, Tracylee. “Now anyone can tap into their inner artist with this amazing nail art arsenal that lets novices and pros alike create the looks of their dreams.”

I received a few products to try out and I really love the fun colors! They really make me think of Spring and what I really love is how simple it is to make my nails look like art! The colors are just so fun and bright! My favorites are the Blues, Pinks and Purples! These would also make great Easter basket stuffers for those Tweens and Teen girls but they are Mom-must-haves too! You don’t have to be an artist or a Manicurist to use the Nail Art Collection from Sally Hansen!  I am having so much fun with these Nail Art pens that I know I will be posting some designs on our social media sites this Spring! 

 

The I <3 Nail Art Collection includes:

 

  • I <3 Nail Art Pen ($5.99): Sally Hansen’s water based formulas offer an easy to use precision tip to help create lines and designs. Available in 15 of-the-moment colors in Sally Hansen’s new fine tipped pen and two nail art essential shades (black and white) in a novel round tipped pen, it’s never been easier to express yourself. Once you’ve nailed the look, seal it with any Sally Hansen top coat formula.

 

  • I <3 Nail Art Embellishment Kits ($5.99): The ultimate arsenal for three dimensional, wow-factor nails. Use Sally Hansen’s innovative embellishment kits to layer on must-have nail toppers in Bead, Fringe, Studs, or Glitter for stunning depth and texture. Each set contains three embellishment colors to create rich, brilliant looks. Apply these eye catching embellishments with the Sally Hansen I <3 Nail Art Tool Kit for professional looking results.

 

  • I <3 Nail Art Tool Kit ($5.99): Create works of art on each nail. With Sally Hansen’s new I <3 Nail Art Tool Kit you get an essential detailer brush, striping brush, marbling and dotting tool, plus a perfectly sized stencil with ten creative designs. Use in conjunction with the innovative I <3 Nail Art Embellishment Kits or any Sally Hansen® nail color to transform each nail into a masterpiece.

 

  • I <3 Nail Art Stripers ($3.99): For fine lines and detail work, you used to have to buy a separate striper brush. Sally Hansen’s new I <3 Nail Art Striper includes a specialty striper brush right in the bottle! Available in 10 trend setting colors with a precision fine tip brush, the short striper brush gives maximum control so you can be your own nail artist.

 

  • I <3 Nail Art Neons ($3.99): Get maximum brightness with 10 new neon shades from Sally Hansen®. Day glow fashion and accessories are the bold way to get noticed. Now nails can get in on the neon trend too with dazzling yellows and greens, hot pinks and purples, and the brightest blues.

 

WHERE TO FIND THEM: Available at chain drug stores, food stores and mass merchandisers nationally beginning March 2014.

Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this feature but all opinions expressed are truthful and my own.

 

Kidoodle.TV Built for Kids, Kidoodle.TV has been Launched with their Safety in Mind! Great for Spring break!

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Looking for a way to keep your kids safely occupied while you’re on the go? A Parent Media Co. Inc. (“APMC”) recently announced the launch of its children’s subscription video on-demand service, Kidoodle.TV (www.kidoodle.tv)!

 

Available across the United States and Canada, Kidoodle.TV is a kid’s video streaming service designed for kids ages 12 and under, ensuring an age-appropriate viewing experience. Featuring a brightly colored, easy-to-use user interface, customizable Kid Profiles for up to 5 kids, and great entertainment and educational content from a variety of sources, Kidoodle.TV is child oriented and convenient, with no adult content and with robust controls for parents.

 

Kidoodle.TV offers kids freedom of selection from a diverse collection of content but with parameters built in to assist with child safety. Once logged into Kidoodle.TV, parents simply select a Kid Profile and hand off the navigation to the child.

 

Parental controls include password protection, passcode protection between profiles, age category filtering, and title selection and de-selection, which allows parents to tailor available content to each child’s needs.

 

Offering a 14 day free trial period, subscribers can sign up for Kidoodle.TV at www.kidoodle.tv for only $4.99*/month for unlimited streaming of children’s content. Annual subscriptions are available at $49.99*/year.  *+tax

 

Kidoodle.TV is available on Mac and PC environments, as well as on iOS and Android devices.

 

 

With thousands of hours of content, Kidoodle.TV features over 2,500 episodes for viewers to choose from, including My Little Pony, Caillou, Transformers, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Adventures of Chuck & Friends, Mona the Vampire, as well as science, nature, and wildlife content from National Geographic, such as “Crittercam” and “Wild Chronicles”. Kidoodle.TV will to continue to add content including educational and entertainment programming on an ongoing basis.

 

APMC has secured long term content deals with Hasbro, DHX, Nelvana, Video Elephant and other global providers.

 

Mike Lowe, President of APMC says, “We are excited to bring the Kidoodle.TV service to market after several months of successful consumer testing. With consumer feedback top of mind, we continue to evolve the Kidoodle.TV service to meet the needs of families.

 

Lowe also acknowledges the demand for customized service. “We know and appreciate that every family’s values are different. What may be acceptable content for one family may not match the values of another. Kidoodle.TV allows you to vet the content, giving you the ability to cancel out titles and allowing you to tailor viewing within Kid Profiles to match family values or to restrict content access based on age.

 

Children are particularly vulnerable to the messages conveyed through television. The Kidoodle.TV service is appropriate for its audience and is free of advertising within the service.

 

About a Parent Media Co. Inc. and Kidoodle.TV™

Kidoodle.TV™ is owned and operated by a Parent Media Co. Inc. (“APMC”).  APMC’s mission is to provide an audience-appropriate approach to television and movie viewing by allowing parents and caregivers to tailor content to match family values, and by allowing safe viewing anytime, anywhere.  Visit www.kidoodle.tv to learn more.

Self Disclosure: Kidoodle.TV sponsored. No compensation was received.

SWEEPSTAKES: Win a Shopping Spree Savor sponsored Feature

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Savor is an app that creates curated coupon catalogs for users based on their Facebook likes that provides users with the means to start their shopping experience on one device and finish it on another with both their iPad and desktop applications. Users can adjust their favorite categories and tailor their savings catalogs to update them when offers are about to end or a new one has just popped up.
Visit Savor here: www.Savor.co
Download the iPad app here: http://goo.gl/jZd0sJ
In promotion of their new iPad app release, Savor is launching a sweepstakes that we’re promoting. Below you’ll find details on the sweepstakes:
Sweepstakes Details:
  • Sweepstakes to run from March 24th, 2014 to April 30th, 2014
  • Prizes: Every 100th person to sign up for Savor (either online or via the iPad app) will receive a $25 gift card to the retailer of their choice. Every 500th person to sign up for Savor will receive a $50 gift card to the retailer of their choice.
  • Every person who signs up for Savor between 3-24 and 4-30 will automatically be entered into the grand prize sweepstakes drawing to win a $500 gift card to the retailer of their choice. Participants can also receive up to 20 extra entires by referring their friends to sign up for Savor (one extra entry per friend that signs up, up to 20 friends).
  • Winners will be notified by Savor if they’ve won a gift card and winners will also be announced on Savor’s social media pages.

Self Disclosure: Savor sponsored Feature/no compensation received by SoCal City Kids.

The Green Earth Pan by Ozeri My new to-go-to pan! I love this pan!

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I just love the Green Earth Pan by Ozeri! I received the 12-inch pan and this Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan is 100-percent PTFE & PFOA Free. Unlike other Ceramic pans, the Ozeri Green Earth Pan utilizes GREBLON-an ultra-safe ceramic coating from Germany. It is made out of durable heavy-gauge die-cast-aluminum.  I absolutely love this pan! I use it for veggies, to make eggs, to make pancakes…well…to make anything! The pan is well-designed and works really well! The non-stick surface works extremely well and after reading other reviews I had to try it at least a dozen times and it still is non-stick! What I also really love about it is that it is so super easy to clean! I have no problems with any food sticking..even meat. I have tried many other pans and this is easily a favorite of mine and really is now my to-go-to pan for cooking anything. You can find it on Amazon and it is on sale!

Self Disclosure: I received this product to review but all opinion expressed are truthful and am so happy with this pan. Photo Credit: Ozeri.