Archives for June 16, 2014

How To Train Your Dragon 2 – Visually Stunning Spectacle Sequel KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions,



This sequel to How to Train Your Dragon is part 2 of a trilogy based on the award-winning books by Cressida Cowell and takes you to the next level with visually stunning animation. Written and directed by Dean DeBlois, the story builds on the relationship between Hiccup and Toothless who have to work in unison to stand up for what they believe is right and protect the peace. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Jeremy B., age 7 comments, “This is an awesome movie… I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars because it is suspenseful and funny.” Haley P, age 11 adds, “The movie How to Train Your Dragon 2 is absolutely spectacular and even more improved than the first one…(it) is definitely a mind blowing journey and I love it. See their full reviews below.


How to Train Your Dragon 2

Reviewed by Jeremy B., age 7, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is an awesome animation! It is adventurous, funny, and suspenseful. The producer (Bonnie Arnold) does a great job keeping everyone on the edge of their seats throughout the whole film.


How to Train Your Dragon 2 is an incredible sequel to the first movie.  It is a 3D animation about a boy named Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon, Toothless (Randy Thom), who are trying to stop a bad Viking named Drago (Djimon Hounsou) from capturing all the dragons and making an army out of them. Hiccup and his friends must work together in a battle to protect the peace.


This movie has you feeling many different emotions throughout the film.  It is suspenseful, funny and even a little bit sad.  The amount of thrilling scenes in this film is incredible.  I kept wondering if Hiccup and his friends were going to get caught when they went on all their adventures.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 is also very funny.  All the characters and the dragons have a good sense of humor.  The characters scripts are hilarious and the dragons have very comical body language.  The animation in this film is also amazing. The 3D animators do a great job with the special effects.  The dragons look like they are popping out right in front of you! My favorite part of the movie is when the two alpha dragons fight with each other.  I like it because the special effects make it look like it is happening right in front of me.  Like I could reach out and touch them!


How to Train Your Dragon 2 has a great message.  It shares with us that you have to believe in yourself if you want to accomplish big goals or dreams.  This message is used a couple times with a couple different characters throughout the film.


I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars because it is suspenseful and funny.  Kids and adults will love it, especially those who love fantasies with dragons and Vikings.  I recommend How to Train Your Dragon 2 for children ages 8 and up. This is a movie the whole family can enjoy.


How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

Reviewed by Haley P., Age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

The movie How to Train Your Dragon 2 is absolutely spectacular and even more improved than the first one.  It is a battle between peace and dragon domination or in today’s world, as I see it, the battle between good and evil.  This movie is definitely a mind blowing journey and I love it.


The plot begins when Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless (Randy Thom) go exploring.  They find an old city that looks like an ice explosion and run into unfriendly dragon trappers who try to attack them and steal Toothless.  They claim that a man named Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou) is going to overcome all the dragons and achieve world domination.  Bludvist is a very evil man.  However, Hiccup has some peace making he wants to do with Drago instead.  The good in Hiccup makes him want to restore peace in the land.  Hiccup’s determination for peace costs him both happiness and disappointment. However, in the end Hiccup finds out what his true destiny is.


My favorite part is when Hiccup runs into his long lost mother, Valka (Cate Blanchett).  Everything immediately falls right into place.  It turns out that Hiccup receives his peace making personality and love for dragons from his mother. They have a lot of things in common with each other.


All the dragons, I mean characters do a fabulous job and play each part well.  My favorite human character is Hiccup because he is determined to make peace and show that dragons can be as loyal as humans. My favorite dragon character is Toothless. He proves his loyalty and stands up for Hiccup no matter what it may cost.  The moral of this story is not to judge someone negatively before you get to really know him.


This movie is a good fit for ages 8 through 18.  Both boys and girls will enjoy this action packed movie because it includes emotion as well as adventure with many unexpected turn of events. Therefore, I rate this movie a five out of five “dazzling” stars!  How to Train your Dragon 2 is playing in theaters now.


Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions



Stillwell: A Haunting On Long Island One Year Anniversary Giveaway!! Begins June 17th, 2014 at 12 AM MST and ends July 1st, 2014!

Paul Russo’s wife just died. While trying to get his family’s life back in order, Paul is being tormented by a demon who is holding his wife’s spirit hostage on the other side. His fate is intertwined with an old haunted mansion on the north shore of Long Island called Stillwell Manor. Paul must find clues dating back hundreds of years to set his wife’s soul free.”

This is a great book and I couldn’t put it down! Don’t miss this giveaway!

Author Michael Phillip Cash’s book Stillwell: A Haunting On Long Island still ranks among Amazon’s best seller list a year later after being published. 
The book has won the following awards:
             *ForeWord 2013 Finalist Book of the Year in horror category
             * Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards honorable mention for fiction

To thank everyone for reading Stillwell, for the reviews, and for the support, Michael Phillip Cash is having an one year anniversary giveaway. He is giving aways a copy of his book along with a $200 Home Depot Card to one lucky reader.

Go by and tell him congratulations on one year and enter in the rafflecopter below for your chance to win.

Disclosure and Rules:
This giveaway is sponsored by Michael Phillip Cash and is arranged by Away We Go Media.
SoCal City Kids was asked to promote this giveaway and received no compensation in any form. Michael Phillip Cash is responsible for prize shipment.

NOTE: You MUST enter your address in the first entry in order to win but this sole entry does not constitute a win for you. If you do not enter your full address, you will be disqualified. This information will only be seen by Michael Phillip Cash and Away We Go Media. It will not be sold to any third party.
This giveaway begins on June 17th at 12AM MST and ends July 1st at 12 AM MST
This is open to U.S. residents only and will only be one winner.

This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social media outlet. This is not associated with Home Depot.

Combat Forward Posture with a Massage and Enhancement and Save 20% Exclusively at Burke Williams


Burke Williams Day Spa invites guests to reverse the negative effects of forward posture by experiencing a Pure Relaxation massage with a enhancement for 20% off the regular price through June 22. This revolutionary massage technique incorporates back bolstering, strategic pressure and therapeutic stretching into a relaxing full body massage for the optimum rejuvenation. addresses prevalent issues from the stress of everyday life including head and shoulder forward posture, thoracic outlet syndrome and carpel tunnel syndrome. The service incorporates a back bolstering technique to work the shoulder girdle area, use of a therapeutic ball for shoulder and arm work, and a therapeutic wand as a way to enhance the stretching techniques used to open up the pectoral muscles and extend the front of the chest. This powerful combination of techniques target tension in the neck, back and shoulders. Although the service is designed to be therapeutic, guests will still receive the benefits of rest and relaxation through clay heat packs that help calm and center the body during the enhancement session.


The enhancement can be added on to a Pure Relaxation Massage or Deep Tissue Massage. The enhancement will last 20 minutes of the entire massage experience. The service will produce immediate results in posture. It is recommended that be experienced regularly in order to produce the most effective and lasting results.


Visit a Burke Williams near you and venture beyond the spa with a signature treatment and enhancement today. Enhancement Special Pricing Through June 22:

Southern California

20% off $130 for 50-minute or $180 for 80-minute Swedish

San Jose

20% off $139 for 50-minute or $189 for 80-minute Swedish

San Francisco

20% off $155 for 50-minute or $205 for 80-minute Swedish

Deep Tissue Upgrade

$20 for 50-minutes or $30 for 80-minutes. Deep Tissue upgrade cannot be discounted.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Credit: Burke Williams Day Spa.

New episodes of MARTHA SPEAKS to air this week!


 This week PBS KIDS and WGBH will be airing three all-new episodes of MARTHA SPEAKS during “Martha Speaketh Weeketh!”
During Martha Speaketh Weeketh, fans can watch their favorite canine linguist speaking in questions, in Polish, and even Elizabethan English. The fun continues online with the brand new game, Martha’s Steaks. Children learn vocabulary as they make Martha’s furry friends hurdle, dash, soar, and tumble to catch treats through Martha’s dream-landscape of steaks, bacon, and drumsticks!


June 16th
Thou Callest Me a Dog
A dog speaking Shakespeare?  ‘Tis a consumation devoutly to be wished and achieved when Martha swallows Hamlet.  Never was a dog’s desire for meat so artfully expressed.Martha’s Paper Chase
It’s the Town Crier deadline and Carolina needs a headline.  Hot on the trail for a story, and a biscuit, Senior Canine Reporter Martha stumbles into a scoop that screams front page: the whereabouts of Big Minnie.  But is exposing Minnie’s privacy worth the story?

June 17th
Alice Tells a Story
When Alice tells the story of how she got Nelson, her class is confused.  She ate pizza while playing hockey in an animal shelter?  With a little help from Helen and T.D., she might be able to tell it correctly, even if it is about cats…

Pirates and Princesses
Princesses Carolina, Alice and Helen needeth a castle.  Skipper Truman and First Mate T.D. are scouring the land for a ship.  The problem: Helen only has one tree house.  Who will prevail in the clash between bucanneers and royalty?

June 18th
Tomato, You Say
Why is there a tomato on T.D.’s shirt?  Helen’s eager to know.  Unfortunately, she’d have an easier time getting Martha to skip breakfast than getting a straight answer from T.D.  Will she ever find out?

Martha Questions
Is Martha only speaking in questions?  Why would that be?  Can Skits help her figure it out?  Did somebody put something funny in her soup?  Will the questions ever stop???

June 19th
Oh, Noooo!
Granny Flo’s Alphabet Soup is taking a licking from the competition, Oodles of Os. If Granny Flo goes out of business, how will Martha communicate? To increase sales, Helen, Martha, and T.D. set out to convince Granny Flo to advertise on the popular TV show, International Icon. Who will Granny Flo choose as a spokesperson?

Bye, Martha
Nefarious con artist Weaselgraft hatches a scheme to kidnap Martha by pretending to be Martha’s long-lost owner . . . from Poland. The family sniffs something suspicious, but why has Martha suddenly begun speaking Polish? Will they really have to say pozegnalny to Martha?

June 20th
Martha Sings
Martha wakes up singing and not just because she’s happy. She can’t stop! Helen and Martha visit the vet, some musicians, and an opera singer, trying to discover the source of her musical malady to no avail. Will Martha ever be able to talk without a tempo again?

TD Makes the Band
Everybody’s singing about Shecky the Sea Lion and it’s driving TD nuts! He could write a better song than that, and that’s just what he’s going to do! He recruits the gang to join his band and then sets out to write a hit song. . . . about Belgium? Inspiration strikes, but what will they do for an encore?


Self Disclosure: No compensation received. Credit: PBS Kids.


Simon Kidgits Club Celebrates A Safe And Fit Summer At The Shops At Montebello Event Aims to Promote Active and Safe Summer Vacation


With summer vacation coming up quickly, The Shops at Montebello wants to make sure local families have a fun and safe break from school.


The Shops at Montebello is hosting its Kidgits Safe and Fit Summer event to help families learn about summer safety and staying fit on Saturday, June 21 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Center Court.


The event will teach kids about tips for neighborhood safety, summer safety and stranger awareness, with easy tips including:

  • Stay out of the street. Cars make the street a dangerous place to play.
  • Tell your parents where you are going and when you’ll be back. Know your home phone number and address.
  • Ask your parents first. If someone invites you to go somewhere, offers you a gift or just wants to talk, say you need to ask your parents for permission first.


The Montebello-Commerce YMCA and City of Montebello Parks and Recreation Department will also be on hand to promote their summer programs for kids, to ensure children are entertained and active all summer long.


From 12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Kidgits stage, the Montebello-Commerce YMCA’s Aquatics Director will host a water safety presentation to give families tips on pool and beach safety. Kids can then interact with youth fitness instructors in a Latin Dance and Kids Yoga session from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.


“Summer is the season for kids to enjoy being active outdoors,” said Marida Petitjean, director of marketing and business development at The Shops at Montebello.  “We’re happy to help promote safe summer fun at The Shops at Montebello.”


Kidgits members will be treated to a face painter and a special Kidgits beach ball, while supplies last. A balloon artist and summer arts and crafts will be available to all families in attendance.


Bearemy from Build-A-Bear Workshop will mix and mingle with attendees.


The Simon Kidgits Club is a fun and informative program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3 to 8. Since 2003, the Simon Kidgits Club has kept children and parents alike amused with various events and activities while providing incentives for club members, such as special offers, rewards and games. Simon Kidgits Club programs have engaged more than 1.8 million parents and kids since its inception.


For just $5 a year, membership includes a Kidgits Club membership card and T-shirt, scheduled entertainment and activities for families, a Birthday Club (including birthday card and gift redemption certificate), unique programs and offers, discounts and a quarterly newsletter.


For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club, visit The Shops at Montebello on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at


Costume Accessory (July 4th Edition) from What a fun idea for the 4th of July!


Summer is almost officially here and that means that the 4th of July is almost here too! We love the 4th of July in my house and love to celebrate in fun ways! What is more fun then patriotic hats, light up rings? We received two Patriotic Skimmer Hats made from white plastic from I really like that the hats are made of sturdy plastic and that the hats are white with the patriotic colors of red, white and blue. These are great for both kids and adults!  You can buy your own on the website. They also have 4th of July Temporary Tattoos which are great for the kids but I have to say my son was more thrilled with the Light Up Patriotic Ring and the Patriotic Inflatable Baseball Bat.  The Light Up Patriotic Ring is cool because it is great for all ages and is so easy to activate. It lights up for hours! The Baseball Bat is great for birthday party favors and other sporting celebrations. Measure: 42″. It’s great to use for photos props too!

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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.