Archives for April 4, 2014



Stellar Voice Cast includes Jess Harnell, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Bill Farmer, Maurice LaMarche, Kevin Michael Richardson, Dee Bradley Baker, Scott Menville, Stephen Stanton, Billy West and Paul Rugg


Rocking Soundtrack by YouTube Sensation Parry Gripp


Kelly Osbourne has joined the cast of Disney’s “The 7D,” an animated series that delivers a comedic new take on the Seven Dwarfs. Produced by Disney Television Animation, the zany and broadly appealing series will be presented on three Disney TV platforms: Disney XD, Disney Channel and Disney Junior, beginning this summer.


Ms. Osbourne, who shared the news with fans via her Twitter account today, said, “It may surprise some to learn that I grew up watching Disney Channel, so playing a character in a Disney cartoon is beyond exciting for me.” She continued, “I’m having a blast voicing Hildy, who I’ve now come to think of as my alter ego – she is my Sasha Fierce. The role has taught me so much about acting – and Hildy’s a tough one to keep up with, so I wear workout clothes to recording sessions because I jump and move around to really bring her to life.”


Set in the contemporary and whimsical world of Jollywood, “The 7D” story finds the 7D – Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey, Grumpy and Doc – hard at work helping the quirky Queen Delightful (voiced by Leigh-Allyn Baker of Disney Channel’s “Good Luck Charlie”) keep her kingdom in order. Osbourne will voice the role of Hildy Gloom, a novice witch who, together with her warlock husband Grim (voiced by Emmy-nominated Jess Harnell of Disney Junior’s “Sofia the First” and “Doc McStuffins”), haplessly plot to overthrow the kingdom.


The stellar voice cast includes Disney Legend Bill Farmer (the voice of Goofy) as Doc, Maurice LaMarche (“Pinky and the Brain”) as Grumpy, Kevin Michael Richardson (“Randy Cunningham: 9thGrade Ninja”) as Happy, Dee Bradley Baker (“Phineas and Ferb”) as Dopey, Scott Menville (“Teen Titans”) as Sneezy, Stephen Stanton (“Doc McStuffins”) as Sleepy, Billy West (“Ren & Stimpy”) as Bashful and Paul Rugg (“Animaniacs”) as Lord Starchbottom.


Meme master Parry Gripp, the creative force behind such viral videos as “Hamster On A Piano (Eating Popcorn)” and “Baby Monkey (Going Backwards On A Pig),” is the songwriter and composer for the series and also performs the theme song.


Television personality, host, fashion designer, singer and actress Kelly Osbourne shot to notoriety after appearing with her famous parents and younger brother in the Emmy Award-winning reality television series “The Osbournes.” The youngest daughter of heavy metal rock legend Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne, television host, author and voice of Mama Hook in Disney Junior’s “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” Osbourne is a fashion correspondent for E! Network and also serves as co-host for the network’s popular “Fashion Police” series. She competed on season nine of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and placed third with her partner Louis van Amstel.


Emmy Award-winner Tom Ruegger (“Animaniacs”) is the executive producer, Tom Warburton (“Codename: Kids Next Door”) is the co-executive producer, Sherri Stoner (“Pinky and the Brain”) is the story editor and Alfred Gimeno (“Tiny Toon Adventures”), Jeff Gordon (“Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks”) and Charles Visser (“Animaniacs”) are the directors.

Photo Credit: COPYRIGHT ©2014 Disney Channel. Disney Channel sponsored feature. No compensation received by SoCal City Kids.



Snow White will be making a special appearance on “Sofia the First!”

Friday, April 4

Original Series – Episode Premiere

Sofia the First “The Enchanted Feast”

(9:00 AM – 9:30 AM ET/PT)

Snow White appears to help Sofia learn the importance of trusting one’s instincts after she suspects that a visiting sorceress is not who she says she is.

*Guest-starring: Megan Mullally (“Will and Grace”) as Miss Nettle, an evil fairy who disguises herself as a powerful sorceress to attempt to steal Sofia’s magical amulet.


SOFIA THE FIRST – “The Enchanted Feast” – Snow White appears to help Sofia learn the importance of trusting one’s instincts after she suspects that a visiting sorceress is not who she says she is.
Photo Credit: COPYRIGHT ©2014 Disney Junior.

BREA MALL TO CELEBRATE COMPLETION OF RENOVATION Center to host series of transformation showcase weekends

Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG) and Brea Mall are celebrating putting the finishing touches on the property with a special community event and a series of showcase weekends throughout April and May.


Several areas of the shopping center received upgrades during the transformation, including redesigned mall entrances and new signage, flooring, landscaping, glass handrails, and overhead lighting. Brea Mall now displays updated textures, colors, and amenities such as soft seating and charging stations, creating a more contemporary and inviting shopping environment.


Highlights of the renovation include a faster and larger elevator in Center Court, cosmetic upgrades in the Food Court, family-style restrooms and a new Children’s Play Area on the lower level of the mall near Macy’s Women’s.


“We are thrilled to be able to provide an updated center with new amenities and new places to shop to the community of Brea,” said Anna Cotter, director of marketing and business development at Brea Mall. “We’ve heard some really positive feedback from customers on the new look and feel. People really love the new Children’s Play Area and family-style restrooms.”


Meant to enhance the customer experience and accommodate the growing community of Brea, the new Play Area has become quite a popular amenity for families, said Cotter. It features surrounding soft seating, a playhouse featuring a chalkboard, and various cars, boats and plane play fixtures inspired by the Simon Kidgits Club characters.


Brea Mall’s new family restrooms, which are also a hit, feature five changing stations, two nursing rooms, soft lighting and comfortable chairs, creating a cozy space where parents can feed children and relax. The family-style restrooms are located near the Play Area on the lower level.


The transformation process that started in February 2013 will culminate on April 16, with a Renovation Celebrationfrom 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Brea Mall’s newly remodeled entry way, located between the Macy’s Women’s and Macy’s Men’s, Children and Home stores and next to Red Robin restaurant.


The celebration will include remarks by Brea Mall General Manager, Rajeev K. Chhabra, and Brea Mayor, Brett Murdock, as well as a balloon launch and reception where guests can mingle with Brea Mall, City and Chamber of Commerce officials, enjoy refreshments and participate in photo opportunities. Invited guests will receive special gifts commemorating the celebration.


Festivities will continue through the weekend, as Brea Mall hosts a Family Fun Simon Kidgits Club event on April 19, from noon to 2 p.m. in Center Court. The event is set to feature crafting stations, music, costumed characters, a mobile library, enter-to-win contests, and other entertainment.


A face painter will be available near the new Children’s Play Area. The first 200 attendees will receive a special swag bag with goodies and offers from retailers on a first-come, first served basis. Families can also purchase popcorn to benefit the Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk students graduate from high school.


The following Saturday, April 26, will give shoppers a taste of what Brea Mall’s updated food court has to offer during the Taste of Brea Mall event from noon to 2 p.m. in the food court, which showcases new flooring, lighting, columns and tables and chairs with banquet-style seating.


Shoppers will receive punch cards to try Brea Mall’s selection of dining options and can enter to win a $100 Simon gift card to put toward free lunches, by sampling all eatery options. The first 200 shoppers who register at the event with their e-mail will receive a swag bag filled with dining and retailer offers. In addition to tasty eats, the event will feature greeters, entertainment, and the launch of Brea Mall’s Surprise and Delight program, in which mall management will greet and reward shoppers with surprise treats and goodies.


Wrapping up the showcase weekends is Indulge: A Stylish Treat for Mothers, which is slated for May 8, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Center Court. Meant to celebrate motherhood in style, the evening will be filled with refreshments, entertainment and fashion and beauty services, all focused on rewarding moms.  Moms can get styling advice, shop special promotions from participating retailers, enjoy sips, snacks, and swag bags to the first 200 shoppers, and check out complimentary product sampling, mini-makeovers, demonstrations, and more.


During the festivities, customers can check out new shopping options as well. Last year, Brea Mall added Lorna Jane, The Art of Shaving, Tesla and National University. This year, the center announced the upcoming openings of ANGL, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Kelley’s Kookies, Shoe Palace, and a standalone Starbucks with café-like seating in Center Court. Other stores such as Charlotte Russe, Bath & Body Works, The Disney Store, Pac-Sun, Robert Wayne and Forever 21 will receive store remodels.


Shoppers can expect special grand opening events celebrating the center’s exciting new lineup of retailers. For example, Kiehl’s will celebrate its grand opening on April 8 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. with hands-on activities, arts and crafts for children, refreshments and complimentary 20-minute facials and hand massages. The first 50 customers in line before 3 p.m. will receive a mystery gift card worth up to $500 towards a Kiehl’s shopping spree.


Likewise, The Disney Store will celebrate its grand re-opening on Saturday, May 31, with an Unlocking Imagination ceremony at 10 a.m. on the lower level, near Sears Court. The first 500 guests will receive a complimentary pair of Mickey Ears. The magic continues with a character meet and greet near Sears Court from noon to 4 p.m.


Additional new stores will be announced later this year.


For more information, visit Brea Mall on Facebook at, Twitter at or Instagram at


About Brea Mall

Brea Mall is an upscale center showcasing four major department stores, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, jcpenney and Sears, and more than 175 specialty shops. Brea Mall also features a full-service day spa, a newly upgraded Food Court, and several fine restaurants, including The Cheesecake Factory, BJ’s and California Pizza Kitchen, which all feature outdoor patios. In February 2013, Brea Mall underwent a large-scale interior and exterior renovation that touched several areas of the shopping center, including new mall entrances and light fixtures, the addition of family-style restrooms, a brand new children’s Play Area on the lower level, a larger and faster elevator in Center Court, and new flooring, landscaping, handrails, signage and lighting throughout. The center showcases updated textures, colors and amenities, creating a more contemporary and inviting shopping environment. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit or call 714-990-2732.


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, Asia and Europe comprising approximately 243 million square feet. We are headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employ approximately 5,500 people in the U.S.  For more information, visit the Simon Property Group website

White Matcha Tea


Usually when you hear the word Matcha, you automatically think about Green Tea. Well, we have put a spin on the Matcha name and technique with our White Matcha. White Matcha is made in exactly the same way as regular Green Tea Matcha is made: stone ground to a fine powder. But we have done it with White Tea. Why would we offer you a White Matcha? For people who like Matcha Tea in its original form as a Green Tea, you know how flavorful and pure it is. We want to give that to all tea lovers. Whether you like Green Tea, Black Tea, White Tea or any other kind of tea, we want you to experience the Matcha in different flavors.
What does stone grinding do for tea leaves? It is quite simple. This is special process that does not take away from the flavor or take away any of the health benefits of original tea leaves. Basically with the stone grinding process, you are getting the highest quality tea in its purest form outside of just having straight from the tea tree. It is simple and straightforward, leaving tea leaves with tons of flavor and amazing healthful qualities.
White Tea has some wonderful qualities to help maintain good health. In essence, White Matcha contains those same qualities with a purer taste. The health benefits of White Matcha include:

  • High antioxidant count to kill free radicals in the blood stream
    Reduces the risk of certain types of cancer
    Decreases fine lines and wrinkles in the skin
    Helps maintain a beautiful complexion
    Has only one percent (1%) caffeine content of coffee

As you can see, there are many great qualities of White Matcha that will help you everyday. What is the flavor of amazing White Matcha? Its flavor is quite mild with a vague natural sweetness. It is lightly malty and does not have a grassy taste like some teas do. White Tea is delicate with a slight perfume-like taste.
White Matcha is a great tea and our White Matcha is of the best quality and is one of the most competitively priced. We offer many varieties of Matcha Tea for you to enjoy.

I received a sample of the White Matcha tea described above and I loved it! I am a much bigger fan of White Tea than I really am of Green Tea so I was excited to try this one and my favorite thing is the mild taste. It doesn’t have a grassy or bitter taste and it can easily be added to smoothies and lattes too! 

You can purchase this product on Amazon.

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.

The 1st Annual Loomy Awards Have You Entered yet? Giveaway Opportunity has been added!

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January has the Golden Globes, February hosts the BAFTAs, and March is home to the Oscars. What better time than awards season to announce the first ever award for loom bracelet fanatics! This April, “loomers” from far and wide will submit their creations for a chance to become a Super Loomer in the 1st Annual Loomy Awards!


The Loomy Awards are sponsored by The Original Loom Boom, a first-of-its kind product intended to organize, display, transport and share your loom bracelet creations. Winners will be chosen from four categories: Best Bracelet, Coolest Charm, Wackiest Wearable, and Best Loom Boom. Three winners will each receive a $250 gift card, and one grand prize winner will receive a $500 gift card! Plus, all winners will receive a special edition of The Original Loom Boom! Entries can be submitted on The Original Loom Boom’s Facebook page beginning on March 30, 2014, and winners will be announced on a live web award show April 30, 2014.

Some Quick Facts about The Original Loom Boom:

  • Organize, display, transport and share your loom creations
  • Features bright colored tubes that can hold up to 40 bracelets
  • The tube is detachable from the base, giving you easy access to bracelets at the bottom
  • The base contains extra storage compartments for loom bands, charms, clips, and other spare parts
  • Available in a variety of color combinations
  • Can be purchased nationwide for $9.99 at Michael’s and Learning Express



Like all loom-crazed households, rubber-band bracelets were taking over. As moms, Katy and Lauren (Co-Founders) loved the focus and creativity it provided for their kids. Every new stitch their children learned produced more patterns, more colors and more creations. However, these bracelets were winding up everywhere, from their couch cushions to their dog’s mouth. It was a problem that needed solving! They stumbled upon a solution when Katy’s five-year-old son, Jake, housed his ever-growing collection of bracelets on a paper towel roll! What began with a simple concept has now developed into a first-of-its kind product intended to organize, display, transport and share. Sometimes children see things so clearly, and they jumped on his simple yet genius idea.

The Loom Boom features bright-colored tubes that can hold up to 40 bracelets. The tube is detachable from the base so “loomers” can transport and share, as well as have easy access to bracelets at the bottom. The base also contains extra storage for loom bands, charms, clips, and other spare parts.

Update!! Read all about it!! Review and Giveaway has been added!

We received a Loom Boom to review and it is the best way to organize and display those awesome bracelet creations! It actually can hold up to 40 of them!

We have teamed up for a giveaway! One winner will win one Loom Boom! Leave a comment below letting us know why you are entering! next, “like” their Facebook page! Deadline to enter is April 8th, 2014 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries!

Self disclosure: The Original  Loom Boom sponsored feature.

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