Archives for May 28, 2014

Hands-On History: Ancient Civilizations Activities By Garth Sundem


Looking for a great resource for teaching about Ancient Civilizations? Hands-On History Ancient Civilizations Activities by Garth Sundem makes learning fun! I like that this book is interactive and it is a great resource for homeschool and also teachers, in general. There is prep time involved which may take almost up to 50-60 minutes but it is worth it because it makes learning more fun for kids. Although it may be easier to do some of the activities in a classroom setting, it is still a great resource for homeschool parents. I am looking forward to using it next school year to teach my 10-year-old son about Ancient Civilizations.

You can find it at amazon.


Self Disclosure: I received this book for free to facilitate this review but all opinions expressed are truthful.


California Legislature Recognizes Museums, Snoopy Licensee Plate to Fund Museums


The California State Legislature unanimously passed a bill yesterday with bipartisan support to recognize the essential role that museums have in the State of California as educational institutions. This overwhelming endorsement complements a program underway to put the beloved beagle Snoopy on California license plates and help fund the state’s museums at the same time. In recognition of California Museums Month, Californians are invited to visit to pre-order their Snoopy license plates and support the vital work of museums in preserving and sharing our State’s culture and heritage.


Assembly member Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) introduced ACR 115 California Museums Month, a measure that designates May 2014 as California Museum Month and invites all Californians to recognize and celebrate the vital role museums serve as educational institutions. “California museums play an essential role in our state,” stated Assembly member Calderon in a press release. “They are not only the key drivers of tourism, but also an excellent source of educational programs that enhance a student’s learning experience.” Assembly member Calderon is the Chair of the Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media.


The license plate features a reproduction of an original drawing of Snoopy by Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz. Proceeds from sales will establish a competitive grant program to support California’s museums, administered by the California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE), a State entity.


In less than four months, over 3,800 Californians have pre-ordered the special interest license plate to support museums – which is more than half the number needed to establish the program. The Department of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing the Snoopy license plates upon receipt of 7,500 paid applications.


The Snoopy plate is also an opportunity to commemorate Santa Rosa cartoonist and cultural icon Charles Schulz. Jean Schulz, the widow of Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz, the Schulz family, and Peanuts Worldwide are generously allowing access to the original drawing for this special plate.


The California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) was established at the California State Library in 2003. AB 482 (Atkins) transferred the CCHE to the California Natural Resources Agency in 2014. CCHE grants have helped to preserve the many historic treasures that are California’s cultural legacy. Current funding for CCHE projects is from voter-approved Proposition 40 bonds from the California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Protection Act of 2002. Approximately $122 million was appropriated to CCHE to distribute competitively for the acquisition, restoration, preservation and interpretation of historical and cultural resources.


The California Association of Museums (CAM) is a non-profit service organization representing the interests of California’s 1,400 museums, including art and history museums, aquariums, natural history museums, science centers, children’s museums, zoos, cultural centers, and botanical gardens. CAM assists California museums in fulfilling their missions as educational and research institutions that interpret and preserve art and cultural and scientific collections for public


The PEANUTS characters and related intellectual property are owned by Peanuts Worldwide LLC, a joint venture owned 80% by Iconix Brand Group, Inc. and 20% by members of the Charles M. Schulz family. Iconix Brand Group, Inc. owns, licenses and markets a growing portfolio of consumer brands. The company licenses its brands to a network of leading retailers and manufacturers that touch every major segment of retail distribution from the luxury market to the mass market in both the U.S. and worldwide. Through its in-house business development, merchandising, advertising, and public relations departments Iconix manages its brands to drive greater consumer awareness and equity.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post but SoCal City Kids loves Snoopy and Museums!

Win a Hometown Screening of How To Train Your Dragon 2 from Sparkling ICE


Sparkling ICE® sparkling mountain spring water is excited to announce an alliance with Dreamworks Animation surrounding the summer release of How To Train Your Dragon 2, the highly-anticipated second installment in the popular franchise.

As part of the promotion, Sparkling ICE is activating a social media sweepstakes for consumers to “Win A Home Town Screening,” where one winner and 100 of their friends will enjoy a private showing of How To Train Your Dragon 2 at their local theatre, including concessions.

Fans can “enter-to-win” via Facebook through June 20th, and the winner will be announced June 23rd. (Must be 18+ to enter or 13+ with parent/guardian permission. Theatre subject to availability. United States-only.)

For more information about Sparkling ICE, visit the website at For More information about the “Win a Home Town Screening” sweepstakes, visit the Sparkling ICE Facebook page at or search for the hastag #fireandicesweepstakes. 

Self Disclosure: No product received or compensation received.

Summer Fun Giveaway

We are celebrating the coming of summer with a fabulous giveaway featuring everything a mom needs for her little ones! One lucky mom will win this great prize package worth more than $500!

Guava Family

Guava Family

Lotus Everywhere Crib – $249.95

The Lotus travel crib is so easy to use and easy to take with you, you will want to use it everywhere… places you never would even consider taking more traditional portable cribs simply because they are too bulky & heavy. Use the Lotus at home, at a friends house for dinner, or even in the airport terminal (it fits as a carry-on). The Lotus is more than a travel crib. It’s an Everywhere Crib. Learn more at

Loved Baby

Loved Baby

$50 Gift Certificate

L’ovedbaby is a boutique brand of baby clothes and nursing shawls. Adored by moms worldwide, L’ovedbaby products are also sought out by A-list celebrities including Halle Berry, Courtney Thorne-Smith, and many others. Learn more at

Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches

Yummi Pouch

Brights Gift Set – $39

Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches encourage healthy snacks for active kids. Our eco-friendly food pouches are freezer safe, dishwasher safe, BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and can be filled with healthy blended snacks and easily taken on-the-go, no spoon required! Learn more at We love how easy these are to use and how simple they are to clean!

Nine Naturals

Nine Naturals

Natural Unscented Deodorant and Sunscreen SPF 32 – $40

Nine Naturals creates safe, 100 percent plant-based, high-performance haircare and bodycare products for women during pregnancy and beyond. Nine Naturals helps women look and feel beautiful while ensuring a safe, healthy start for their children. Learn more at



Big Pocket Tee – $18.50
Small Eat Bag – $49.50
Pop Socks – $27.50
Leggings – $18.50

Trumpette is a high-end children’s clothing and accessories label providing contemporary and comfortable designs for your little one. Learn more at

Green Toys

Green Toys

Safe Seas Set – $19.99
Shape Sorter – $19.99
Twist Teether – $10.99

The award-winning Original Green Toys™ brand features eco-friendly, safe children’s toys made from 100% recycled plastic milk containers in California, USA. These classic toys are free of BPA, phthalates, and PVC and meet FDA standards for food contact. Equally cool, Green Toys’ earth-friendly packaging uses recyclable materials that are printed with soy inks. Learn more at

Buttons Diapers

Buttons Diapers

2 one-size diaper covers + 6 daytime diaper inserts – $45

Buttons Diapers are quality, affordable, and adorable cloth diapers. Buttons’ is an easy to use two-in-one system. Our one-size diaper covers can snap to fit babies from 9-35 lbs, and are made of 2 layers of soft wipeable PUL with double gussets around the legs. Our snap-in diaper inserts are soft and absorbent, and come in two sizes. Learn more at

Enter to win this fabulous gift set contributed by our sponsors! Retail value: $580

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. I am part of the Green Scene Mom Street Team.

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PopcornflixKids, a Family-Oriented Sister Website of the Popular Popcornflix Free Movie Platform, Launches on Web and Roku FREE Streaming Movie Platform features Family Friendly Movies and TV Series

Screen Media Ventures, LLC, a leading global independent motion picture distribution company, today announced the launch of PopcornflixKidsTM, an ad-supported, full-length feature, free streaming movie platform that is currently available on the web, Roku® and Android, and coming soon to iOS devices in the USA. PopcornflixKids apps are also being developed for connected TV. PopcornflixKids is a sister-site of the popular PopcornflixTM free streaming movie platform, with a focus solely on family-friendly and children’s movies and TV programming.


PopcornflixKids offers hundreds of hours of family and children’s movies and TV programming in a range of genres, including fun for the family, animated, wild kingdom, fairytales, musicals and Español.


PopcornflixKids films include hit family movies like “Jack and the Beanstalk,” a live-action thriller adapted from the timeless fairy tale starring  Colin Ford, Chloë Grace Moretz and Christopher Lloyd. Other titles families can view at no charge include “School of Life” with Ryan Reynolds, classic cartoon series such as Popeye, Superman and Betty Boop as well as “The Big Comfy Couch” and “Popular Mechanics for Kids.”


“It is challenging for parents to find quality family friendly entertainment – especially for free,” said David Fannon, Executive Vice President at Screen Media Ventures, parent company of PopcornflixKids and Popcornflix. “Consumers and especially families are getting nickeled and dimed by content providers. Netflix wants a fee, Amazon wants a fee, cable companies want a fee, iTunes wants a fee. Popcornflix and PopcornflixKids are providing families with a free alternative when they are looking for quality family entertainment.”


PopcornflixKids is an ad-supported platform that is free to viewers. There is no subscription needed. PopcornflixKids is owned and managed by Screen Media Ventures, LLC, a leading worldwide independent motion picture distribution company.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received and is not affiliated with SoCal City Kids. I simply felt that our readers may be interested in this information.

PopcornflixKidsTM and PopcornflixTM are trademarks of Screen Media Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.


Scanlife Mobile App Joins SessionM’s Mobile Loyalty Network Scanbuy Introduces New Program that Rewards ScanLife App Users for Engaging with Products, Earning ‘Mobile Points’ Redeemable for Gift Cards


Scanbuy, the world’s leading mobile engagement solutions provider, today announced that it has partnered with SessionM, the leading mobile loyalty platform, to reward users of the popular ScanLife app for Android and iOS  simply for scanning QR Codes and UPC codes on products and media in the physical world.


ScanLife mobile app users can earn mPOINTS (or “mobile points”) by completing in-app activities that ScanLife wants to reward, like interacting with barcodes and QR Codes they discover in their everyday surroundings such as stores and restaurants, products, print advertising and more. Users can then redeem their points for rewards such as gift cards from iTunes, Amazon, Starbucks and other online retailers, charitable donations or fun merchandise.


“Loyalty is a natural extension of how consumers are using the ScanLife app to engage with the brands they love in their everyday life,” said Mike Wehrs, president and CEO of Scanbuy. “With 25 percent of ScanLife iOS users already engaging, there have already been millions of mPOINTS collected since its initial introduction.”


ScanLife joins a lengthy roster of other mobile apps in SessionM’s network including The Weather Channel, Moviefone and MTV News. ScanLife is also able to take advantage of SessionM’s location check-in feature, mPLACES, which enables the app to reward users for checking in to specific store locations where they can scan products using the app.


“SessionM and the ScanLife app are a perfect fit as consumers increasingly look to engage with brands via their mobile devices, wherever they are, in ways that are personally relevant and meaningful to them,” said Lars Albright, CEO and co-founder, SessionM.  “We look forward to working with ScanLife to help build these connections.”


ScanLife is the most popular mobile engagement app in the world with millions of users discovering new information from their real-world environment every day. It is available for free on all major platforms, including Android and iOS. For more information about the ScanLife mobile app, visit


About Scanbuy
Scanbuy is the global leader in developing mobile engagement solutions that power intelligent connections between the physical and digital world. The ScanLife suite of products consists of a cloud-based platform used by a wide variety of industries including retail, CPG, and media to create, manage and monitor dynamic mobile engagement campaigns. The ScanLife mobile app is used by millions of people around the world to discover new information and is available for all major platforms including Android and iOS.

ScanLife processes millions of mobile barcode scans as well as Microsoft Tag, mobile URL requests and NFC engagements from over 150 different countries.  It is headquartered in New York City with local offices throughout North America, Europe and Latin America.  Scanbuy has the largest and oldest patent portfolio of any company in the industry, owning 19 patents globally and licensing more than 40 patents to cover our entire solution. The company’s investors include Motorola Solutions Ventures, Google Inc., and Masthead Venture Partners. For more information, visit us at

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received and is not affiliated with SoCal City Kids. Credit: Scanbuy.