Archives for April 2014

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Salutes WonderMoms for the Amazing Feats They Accomplish Every Day with Girls Getaway Contest

Every mom in the world can share a story that will leave mouths hanging open in shock and awe. Their real life experiences managing children, husbands, jobs and the general chaos that daily life can often dish up leaves outsiders asking these WonderMoms, how do you do it? The source of a WonderMom’s strength is one of the great mysteries of the world. To honor the sacrifices and accomplishments moms make that often go unrecognized, Downy Wrinkle Releaser is hosting the WonderMom contest asking moms to submit videos about their craziest day ever for the chance to win a girl’s getaway trip to South Beach.


The entry process is simple. Moms, grab your smartphone, video camera, tablet or computer and film a selfie or have a friend film you sharing the tale of your most crazy, unbelievable day ever as a mom. Professional editing, side effects or the perfect lighting are not necessary. The raw details of what occurred will be the deciding factor so hash up the memories of that terrible day and use it to win a relaxing spa weekend at the beach!


Sue in Florida sent in a video telling the tale of how she returned home one night after a long day at the office to find her three children engaged in a full-fledged food fight. Macaroni and cheese was plastered to the walls, furniture and floor. One child was standing on the kitchen table screaming and hurling handfuls of pasta while the family dog ran around attempting to lick up as many stray noodles as possible. Sue’s husband was in the middle of the fray attempting to regain control, but fighting a losing battle. After negotiating a ceasefire, bathing and putting her children to bed, Sue spent the next two hours scraping and scrubbing dinner of off nearly every surface in her kitchen and dining room.


Completed confessional videos about the craziest days ever should be submitted for judging on the Downy Wrinkle Releaser Facebook page. Visit, click on the WonderMom contest and upload a video. Then share the post with friends and family to increase votes for the video. The WonderMom whose video receives the most votes will win a trip for herself and a female companion for three days and three nights of relaxation at a luxury Phillipe Starck hotel in South Beach. The prize package includes round trip airfare, meals at some of Miami’s hottest restaurants, a private poolside cabana, standup paddleboard and/or surf lessons, a two-day beach fitness camp with top trainers followed by a signature massage and treatments and relaxation at the hotel’s world-renowned spa.


Entry is open to U.S. residents only. Video entries can be submitted beginning April 21, 2014. For full rules and regulations and additional contest information, visit:


Self Disclosure: SoCal City Kids is not affiliated with this contest and no compensation was received.


About Nehemiah Manufacturing

Nehemiah was founded in 2009 with the mission to build brands, create jobs and change lives. Led by a team of seasoned consumer product good professionals, Nehemiah partners with Procter & Gamble and other consumer product goods companies to license and acquire small brands, to innovate new concepts and contract manufacture products that support the company mission. Nehemiah is committed to bringing jobs back to the inner city of Cincinnati to stimulate community development and economic growth. For more information visit:

Personalized books and gifts from Chronicle Books! Mother's day Gift Ideas!

If you are already familiar with Chronicle Books, you know that they have several fully personalized books that are popular with the kids – however, they now offer personalized memory journals for adults – My Quotable Kid and One Line A Day– both make great gifts for Mother’s Day!  I had the opportunity to personalize and receive both of these books and I love them! One Line A Day is a Three-Year Memory Book and inside there is space to write in on every day for three years.You can write a thought, a quote or a sentence to remind you of something that happened that day. My Quotable Kid is a Journal of Unforgettable Quotes. This one is my favorite since it has different shaped talking bubbles that you can write in what your child said. There is also room to write their age, when and where they were when they said it. These would make wonderful Mother’s Day gifts especially for new Moms. 

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Check these out and many other wonderful books at Chronicle Books!

We also have these wonderful free gifts from our friends at Chronicle Books!

 Personalize, download and print these free coloring pages and door hangers – perfect for children!

Self Disclosure: I received free personalized books to review to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are truthful and honest.


Art & Sole by Jane Weitzman The Perfect Mother's Day Gift & Coffee table book!

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Jane Weitzman’s first book Art & Sole by Harper Collins Publishing makes a perfect Motherʼs Day gift.
Retailing for $25 at Barnes & Noble, Stuart Weitzman boutiques and other retailers across the country, Art & Sole makes an impeccable gift for shoe and art aficionados everywhere.

Art & Sole’s red cloth case with an elaborate crystal embossed shoe on the front cover, gold gilded bordering, and a satin ribbon marker creates an original gift, an eye-catching coffee table book and a statement piece.

The dazzling cover makes a great conversation starter for any shoe lover, art enthusiast, interior designer, and fashionista.
Art & Sole is also a philanthropic purchase as Jane Weitzman will continue to donate 100% of
profits to Ovarian and Breast Cancer Research.

Not meant to be worn, art shoes are pure fantasy. Art & Sole showcases approximately 150
shoes of the more than 1,000 Jane Weitzman has discovered and commissioned for display
since the first Stuart Weitzman retail shop opened in the mid-1990s on Madison Avenue. Using
the best of this collection, many of the shoes are in printed form for the first time. With an
introduction by Jane Weitzman, the shoes are featured along with brief, identifying captions, in an
impeccably designed, graphically compelling, artful package. Thumbnail photographs of every
shoe in the book, along with a more in-depth description and a brief biography of each artist are
also included.

I received this book and the photos are simply just beautiful! This will make a wonderful coffee table book and Moms will just love it!
About the Author:

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Jane Gershon Weitzman was the executive vice president of Stuart Weitzman and the first vice
President of Stuart Weitzman Retail. She spearheaded philanthropy for the company by
generating funds to support breast and ovarian cancer research and awareness. Her efforts were
brought to life through innovative charity events on the brand’s website, such as the Stuart
Weitzman Celebrity Breast Cancer Shoe Auction, and its retail stores. She serves on the Trust
Board of the Boston Children’s Hospital.

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

Change the World With BeadforLife’s NEW Mother’s Day Party CELEBRATE HERE, CHANGE LIVES THERE....


BeadforLife is giving Moms a chance to change the world this year by holding a Mother’s Day Party. We’ve created a special way to celebrate the mothers in your life and help moms in Uganda working to rise from poverty. It’s a chance to honor moms and friends, find one-of-a-kind gifts from our exclusive new collection and empower moms in Uganda to provide for their families.

The NEW Mother’s Day Party is overflowing with many new items handcrafted with love! In addition to vibrant paper bead jewelry items, the Mother’s Day Party includes:

  • NEW Tendo line of necklaces and bracelets
  • NEW Shea Nilotica Tubes – 100% East African Shea Butter
  • Newly packaged Loose Beads, along with fun DIY craft projects
  • NEW Akora Bags in bright, poppy fabrics
  • Hand-tailored fabric jewelry bags
  • Kibbo Baskets woven with hopes and dreams
  • 10 Mother’s Day cards to share with moms who inspire


We received samples of the necklaces, bracelets and a NEW Akoran Bag in the bright fabrics and these would make wonderful Mother’s Day gifts! They really are quite unique and beautiful.   BeadforLife is a registered nonprofit organization and member of the Fair Trade Federation that works to eradicate extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens. Uganda women turn colorful recycled paper into beautiful beads. Women in northen Uganda gather Shea nuts that are pressed into Shea butter for cosmetics and soaps. Your participation in a Bead Party directly touches the lives of women in Uganda striving to take control of their economic futures.


For more information, please check out  WWW.BEADFORLIFE.ORG

Self Disclosure: I received products for free to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are honest and truthful.


Whaley’s Big Adventure by Alexander Luke Giveaway Opportunity!

How amazing is this? This Author is only 5 years old! That is just so impressive to me!

Young author and illustrator, Alexander Luke has written an adorable book, Whaley’s Big Adventure. Get this, he is only 5 years old and his book has several 5 star reviews! Wow!

Join Whaley on his big adventure in the ocean as he meets Whales of all different sizes. Written by 5 year old Alexander Luke, and presented by his grandmother, award-winning children’s author Carole P. Roman, this oceanic adventure of whale-sized proportions will teach youngsters about the different whales that live in the oceans.

Alexander Luke, along with his grandmother, are wanting “Whaley” to find adventure in your home. They are giving away a copy of his book and an inflatable whale to one lucky winner! Wow! Follow the Whaley’s fishy friends and join in the adventure below!


Disclosure: This giveaway is arranged by Away We Go Media on behalf of  Alexander Luke & Carole P. Roman who is responsible for the giveaway. SoCal City Kids was asked to help promote this giveaway and was not compensated for this post.
The winner will be selected at random by Rafflecopter.
The giveaway is open US only.
Giveaway begins on April 27th at 12AM MST through May 13th at 12AM MST.

NOTE: Winner must do the first mandatory entry which is to submit full name and address or you will be ineligible to win. However, this sole entry will not constitute a win for you. This information will only be seen by Away We Go Media moderator and not used for any other reason than this giveaway.

This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media outlet.

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“I Want To Do Yoga Too” book & kid’s yoga mat

You don’t want to miss this fun giveaway! Such a wonderful way to teach young children yoga!

Do you exercise in any form? Do you play or imagine? Do your kids?
Albert Einstein once said, ” Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

Award winning author, Carole P. Roman loves to write children’s books and loves that children imagine and play the way they do. Her I Want To Do Yoga Too book was born out of  her own love of yoga.



Carole P. Roman is wanting your children to learn a little yoga and maybe “stretch” their imaginations too. You might even have some fun right along with them . Carole P. Roman is  giving  to 3 winners a copy of  her book, I Want to Do Yoga Too and kid’s yoga mat. That is right, THREE WINNERS!

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Hurry and enter below!

About Carole P. Roman:
Award winning author Carole P. Roman is a former teacher turned businesswoman. She has successfully run a family business with her husband that employs close to five hundred people. Her most favorite job is being grandmother to her many grandchildren. Roman has two wonderful sons and hit the jackpot in the daughter-in-law department. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband.

Disclosure: There will be 3 winners for this giveaway.
This giveaway is arranged by Away We Go Media on behalf of Carole P. Roman who is responsible for prize shipment. SoCal City Kids has been asked to promote this giveaway and has not been compensated for this post other than links on the Rafflecopter.
All 3 winners will be selected at random by Rafflecopter.

NOTE:The first entry is for full name and address for mailing. This is a mandatory entry and if not entered you will automatically be disqualified. Also, this entry does not solely constitute a win for you.

The giveaway is open to US.
It begins on April 25 at 12AM MST through May 11th at 12AM MST.

This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media outlet.

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Mother’s Day with Hallmark! Special Mother's day Giveaway Opportunity!

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I love Hallmark and I love to feature and review their wonderful Products! One holiday that really is more special with Hallmark is Mother’s Day! I recently received the New “We Love You Because” pics ‘n’ props Frame Kit and I really love this! It is the perfect Mother’s Day gift for all Moms and Grandmothers too! It includes a chalkboard and chalk to create a personalized gift. The frame holds four 4×6 photos and retails for $24.95. I actually opened this review package with my son and I was so excited that he asked  if  he could make it for me as a gift. How could I say no to that? I also received four of their Mother’s Day Cards and the ones I received are just perfect for a few Mom friends I know! I love the New Sarah Jessica Parker Collection! Check out for the “We Love You Because” Frame Kit and all their other wonderful gift suggestions or simply go to one of my favorite places…the local Hallmark store. I could spend just hours looking at all the cards!

Here are a few of the Gift Card Collections for Mother’s Day:


  • Sarah Jessica Parker Collection: This collection includes 12 Mother’s Day cards created by a stylish mom herself — Sarah Jessica Parker. Parker worked with the Hallmark creative team to pair vintage artwork from the Hallmark archives with modern touches and embellishments. The designs feature simple, authentic and heartfelt messages, perfect for your mom and friends.
  • Hallmark Signature Collection: Celebrate mom or grandma with a card as unique as she is. With beautiful papers, rich textures and unique embellishments, each card in the Hallmark Signature Collection is handcrafted to be extra special, just like mom.
  • Magic Prints: Magic Prints is a line of greeting cards and gifts designed for kids to give mom or grandma a hand (their handprint) without a mess! New card designs for 2014 include Disney® characters, Peanuts® characters, as well as a baby’s footprint format — perfect for first-time moms.

We have teamed up with our friends at Hallmark for a very special Mother’s Day Giveaway!  Three of our readers will win a 10-card pack of greeting cards as well as a special gift from Hallmark! To enter, leave a comment below telling us your wish for Mother’s Day. For an extra entry, “like” the Hallmark Facebook Page and our page too! Deadline to enter is May 1st, 2014 at midnight. Three winners will randomly be selected from all entries. Self Disclosure: I am a member of Love, Hallmark (a group for bloggers) and received Free products to facilitate this feature/giveaway. All opinions expressed are truthful and honest. LogoLoveHallmark

Surprise Mom with a “Low” Afternoon Tea this Mother’s Day Let Nielsen-Massey Vanillas help you bypass the brunch celebrations this year and throw an English-themed Mother’s Day “low tea”

Vanilla Sugar-Crusted Scones

With Mother’s Day just a few weeks away on May 11, it is time to begin planning how to make Mom feel special this year. Following the booming popularity of a certain PBS Masterpiece Classic, English-themed parties are certainly in vogue. However, instead of throwing the typical Mother’s Day brunch, try surprising Mom with a traditional afternoon “low tea.” Whether you are inviting sisters, aunts, grandmothers, or friends, a tea is a unique way to make the special women in your life feel like duchesses.

“Not only is hosting a tea a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day, it’s also a way to educate your friends and family on English tradition,” said Beth Nielsen, Chief Culinary Officer of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc. “In the U.S., we’ve always thought the British had ‘high tea’, but really it is a misnomer. Americans thought ‘high tea’ meant high society, but we misunderstood.”

According to Ellen Easton, author of the book Afternoon Tea ~Tips, Terms and Traditions and a tea consultant to luxury New York City hotels The Plaza and Waldorf-Astoria, it is never correct to use the term ‘high tea’ when referring to the genre of afternoon tea popularized during the Victorian era. “Low tea, better known as afternoon tea, became customary amongst the leisured class in 1840, in ladies’ sitting rooms during the low time of day between 3 and 5 p.m.,” said Easton. “Around 1900, at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, laborers had what is actually ‘high tea’ at the high time of day before sunset between 5 and 7 p.m. in pubs on raised tables or at home before returning to work the second factory shift. With this in mind, a ‘low’ afternoon tea is perfect for Mother’s Day, as the tradition was originally created to foster friendships.”

You can share this tidbit and other Downton Abbey-inspired fun facts at a special tea for mom and the other special ladies in your life while serving finger-foods such as scones, tea sandwiches and petit fours. Indulging in a bit of British tradition within your own home is extra special when you add Nielsen-Massey Vanillas to your menu:

  • Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract to a pot of black tea along with cream or milk for the perfect vanilla-flavored centerpiece to your afternoon.
  • While Devonshire or clotted cream is a traditional accompaniment to scones, if you prefer a lighter whipped cream, try adding 1 to 2 teaspoons of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste to the cream, along with 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar, before whipping for a sweet, full flavor.
  • For a lighter dish, pair a teaspoon of fruity and floral Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract with fruit salad for an additional depth of flavor.

Tie your Mother’s Day menu together with the Vanilla Sugar-Crusted Scones recipe below!

Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Beans and Pure Vanilla Extract make these scones a classic favorite that Mom is sure to love.

I received samples of the Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean and the Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Pure Vanilla Extract and I am really looking forward to making the scones for Mother’s Day! I also love the idea of adding the Pure Vanilla Extract to the Tea! I actually did try that with a dab of milk and it was delicious!

Vanilla Sugar-Crusted Scones

(Yield 1 to 1 ½ dozen)

1 Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 oz. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 egg
2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract (or Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract)
1 cup (or less) whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
4 oz. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Position an oven rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds into a bowl; discard the bean. Combine the flour, baking powder, 1/3 cup sugar and the salt in a food processor container and process for 10 seconds.

Add equal amounts of the butter in three stages to the dry ingredients and process for 6 to 8 seconds per addition; the dough should have a slightly coarse texture. Place the dough in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the center. Add the egg, vanilla extract, 3/4 cup of the cream and the vanilla seeds. Stir with a fork 10-14 times awhile turning the bowl. Knead five or six times; the dough should hold together. Add enough of the remaining cream to reach the desired consistency if the dough does not hold together or seems dry.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar on a work surface. Turn the dough onto the sugar work surface and knead gently so the dough holds together. Let rest for 3 to 5 minutes. Divide the dough into two discs 1 inch thick and 6 inch to 8 inch in diameter. Cut into wedges. Place the scones on the prepared pans. Brush with the butter. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes or until brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

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A Marcy Goldman BetterBaking.Com Original Recipe for Nielsen-Massey.

Note: To experiment with a different flavor profile, try our Mexican or Gourmet Vanilla Beans. To replace the Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans, simply use the same amount of the Mexican or Gourmet Vanilla Beans.

About Nielsen-Massey Vanillas

Throughout its more than 100 year history, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has earned its reputation as a manufacturer of the finest extracts in the world. The full line of Nielsen-Massey’s Pure Vanilla products include: Vanilla Beans and Extracts from Madagascar, Tahiti and Mexico; sugar and alcohol-free Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar, Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Beans.

Nielsen-Massey Vanillas also offers a full line of Pure Flavors: Pure Chocolate Extract, Pure Almond Extract, Pure Orange Extract, Pure Lemon Extract, Pure Coffee Extract, Pure Peppermint Extract, Orange Blossom Water and Rose Water. All Nielsen-Massey products are All-Natural, Allergen-Free, and certified Kosher and Gluten-Free. The company is headquartered in Waukegan, Illinois, with production facilities in Waukegan and Leeuwarden, The

Self Disclosure: I received Free products to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are truthful.