Archives for July 9, 2014

Channel Your Inner Parisian on Bastille Day with Laura Mercier

Can’t jet off to the French Riviera to celebrate Bastille Day (the French National Day) on July 14? With Laura Mercier cosmetics, founded by French makeup artist Laura Mercier, you can at least channel your inner Parisian! See below for a roundup of tres chic selections from the brand.



Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Credit: Laura Mercier.

Win a Trip to Brazil with TCBY!

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TCBY™ “World of Fro-Yo” Embarks On Around-The-World Palette Experience!

In anticipation of summer vacations and the desire to experience other cultures through food, TCBY™ is proud to officially unveil the globally-inspired flavors for the TCBYWorld of Fro-Yo, which kicked off on May 22.  Created for culinary explorers and adventurous taste buds, the four featured flavors will roll out in TCBY stores across the United States and take America’s hearts and palettes on an international journey. Although this started in May, it is still happening! So, don’t miss out!

  • Brazilian Guanabana (July 3 – July 16) As fun to eat as it is to say, the guanabana is fruit that blends all the best flavors of pineapple, banana and papaya. (Try not to get the Mahna Mahna song in your head while you enjoy.)

Loosely inspired by the global soccer tournament, TCBY World of Fro-Yo will end the campaign with a Brazilian flavor during the global soccer finals.

TCBY adventurers who want to experience World of Fro-Yo can receive a postcard in stores with instructions on how to enter the Travel the World of Fro-Yo Sweepstakes.  Each flavor will offer a unique microsite where consumers can upload a picture and create digital postcards of the featured country (Indonesia, Japan, Germany or Brazil).  Consumers can share their postcards for an extra chance to win via facebook or by using the hashtag #WorldFroYo.  Each new flavor presents another chance to win, as consumers visit their neighborhood TCBY stores to get the flavor’s postcard and unique website information.

One lucky winner will receive a trip for two to one of the four countries that inspired the World of Fro-Yo flavors, complete with round-trip airline tickets and deluxe accommodations. Beyond the campaign, TCBY’s World of Fro-Yo is a sign for more to come with the brand that is evolving its offerings to grow with the interests of its consumer base.

“Some of our best customers have been enjoying our frozen yogurt for more than 30 years,” said Kelly Miano, Director of Marketing at Famous Brands International. “We are evolving and innovating with our consumers’ needs and interests. Flavor interests are becoming more dynamic and culturally inspired as consumers’ palettes are more refined and ingredient savvy. World of Fro-Yo is a sign of more to come,” added Miano.



Founded in 1981, TCBY™ was the first, and remains the largest, frozen yogurt brand. TCBY™ has been on the forefront of innovation including being the first brand to market Greek Frozen Yogurt, Silk® Frozen Yogurt, a plant-based, dairy-free frozen yogurt and “Super Fro-Yo.” TCBY™, which currently has over 500 franchise locations worldwide, is part of Famous Brands International and a sister company to Mrs. Fields™. To learn more, visit or follow us @TCBY.

 Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. SoCal City Kids will be reviewing TCBY later this summer so stay tuned!

pediped® Gives $13,000 to Schools as Part of pediped® ♥ schools Initiative Annual school program gives parents yet another reason to shop the award-winning brand

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Charitable footwear brand, pediped®, announces the company will give $13,000 back to over 200 schools enrolled into the pediped® ♥ schools program. Each school will receive a check for a 10% rebate on their total attributed purchases of pediped® footwear from May 15, 2013 to May 15, 2014. The top five performing schools will receive $1,000 as an additional bonus.


pediped® ♥ schools is a one-of-a-kind giving campaign where participating education partners receive a check for 10% of their total combined purchases of pediped® each year. Individual schools can earn up to $10,000 per year. pediped® is thrilled with the success of the program to date which receives positive feedback as it also brings awareness to the importance of helping schools get the things they need.


pediped® ♥ schools is currently accepting enrollment for the upcoming year. School officials and leaders of the PTO or PTA are encouraged to enroll their community’s school along with parents and teachers. Upon enrollment, each school receives a unique code and those who purchase pediped® footwear should enter the code at checkout when shopping online at or in any pediped owned boutique located in Las Vegas. pediped® tracks the purchases registered to each school’s code to determine the amount of dollars earned. Purchases will be tracked now until May 15, 2015 and schools will receive checks for 10% back in June 2015.


Schools enrolled into the program are encouraged to visit to track their earnings and print promotional aids to pass out to parents and caregivers to help spread the word of the program. pediped® will also provide electronic newsletters that can be shared through the school’s online community as well.


Giving back has and always will be a core value of pediped®. Since its founding in 2005, pediped® has been dedicated to bettering communities and enriching the lives of children. In 2010, the pediped® Foundation was established and since its inception has donated $2.75 million in product and monetary support to charities around the world that are devoted to the health, education, and basic needs of children. pediped® ♥ schools is yet another commitment of the company’s continuing philanthropic efforts.


Please visit to enroll your school today.


About pediped®

Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort and distinctive styling have made the award-winning company the fastest growing children’s footwear brand in the United States. pediped® has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development, and preeminent orthopedic medical professionals, Dr. Mininder S. Kocher and Dr. Thomas W. Vorderer, deem pediped® shoes an excellent choice for parents/caregivers who want their children’s feet to develop naturally and healthily. In 2011, Earnshaw’s, the premier media resource serving the children’s market, recognized pediped® with an Earnie Award for Company of the Year and Best Footwear. Earnshaw’s also recognized pediped® with an Earnie Award for Company for Good for their philanthropy efforts of nearly $2 million in 2012, and an Earnie Award in 2013 for Best Community Outreach.


pediped® footwear is sold in over 2,500 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 140 designs for boys and girls between their three lines, Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex®. Their award winning footwear is available in EU sizes 17 to 36 (US newborn to 4.5 Youth). For more information, visit or call 1-702-567-0311. LIKE on Facebook at /pedipedfootwear and follow on Twitter and Instagram @pedipedfootwear.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Photo Credit/info: pediped.

Blockitecture from AREAWARE Designer: James Paulius


Art meets science in this set of nesting hand-painted blocks, designed by James Paulius while still a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His intent was to create a timeless toy that challenged the user’s creativity and understanding of physical laws. Blockitecture was awarded first place in the RIT Metaproject03 design competition. Made from New Zealand Pine. Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 5 inches (size varies per piece.

My son was excited to receive this set and loves making different buildings from the blocks. I love that it is so creative!  The Blockitecture Series 1: Brutalism is a hit in our house! There is not just one way to build. We can’t wait for the next series!


 Retails for $25.00 and found at

More about James Paulius:

James Paulius was born and raised in Chicago. During high school, he was introduced to industrial design and immediately knew this was the field he wished to pursue. He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2013. James has an interest in designing products that integrate people with their environment to promote creativity, curiosity and joy. Hi belief that our ability to manipultae society and culture through the conscious creation of our environment inspires him to design artifacts that are sensitive towards the effects they have on humans and nature.


AREAWARE is a Williamsburg, Brooklyn based producer of everyday objects that are functional and unusual. To find out more, check out their website. They have the coolest products!

Self Disclosure: I received a free product to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are honest. Photo Credit: Top photo: Areaware. Bottom: Socal City Kids.



It’s Time for WordGirl’s Word of the Month for July!


Summer is heating up, which means it’s the perfect time for outdoor play and learning – WordGirl style! Scholastic Media’s Emmy Award-winning animated TV series for the school-age set will help keep your child’s vocabulary skills building this summer.


The word-powered superhero is always ready for some fun in the sun, so it’s only fitting that July’s WordGirl Word of the Month is…RECREATION!


From swimming and campfires to trips to the beach and playing outside, the list of summertime activities – and vocabulary words to describe them – is endless. And WordGirl is where to tune-in for some vocab-building action this summer!

Don’t forget to watch  WordGirl daily on PBS KIDS (check local listings) for fast-paced, vocab-driven hijinks all season long!

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Credit: PBS Kids/WordGirl.