Archives for July 21, 2014

Pocket-Sized Summer Travel Essentials from CarmexR Are a Must-Have This Summer!

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With summer finally here you’re probably packing your bags to hit the beach, the road or just your back yard. Now you can ensure your pucker is always on point this summer with these pocket-sized travel essentials from Carmex® and tips from Shannon Tor, Director of Research & Development for Carma Laboratories, the company that makes Carmex® lip balms! 

I’ve been a fan of Carmex lip balms so I was happy to receive a sample to try out to facilitate this feature. I received the Protecting lip balm and it’s a must-have in my summer bag this summer!

  • Soaring temps can leave your lips dehydrated because “your lips don’t have any oil-producing or sebaceous glands so the only moisture they get is from saliva,” explains Shannon Tor. Saliva in turn “evaporates quickly and enzymes in which dissolve oils, which can actually lead to dry, chapped lips.” Be sure to pack Carmex® Lip Balm ($1.59) in a tube to keep them hydrated!


  • Hotter weather can leave your makeup melting so this summer go lipstick-free and instead sport well moisturized and protected lips with the Carmex® Protecting Lip Balm Sticks ($1.59). Plus, Shannon Tor explains that your natural lips are designed to be flaunted “since your lips have fewer layers of skin than the rest of your body, underlying blood vessels, blood-filled capillaries, are close to the surface, giving your lips a reddish or pink tint.”


  • With summer often comes summer romance so before you pucker up, turn to the Carmex® Lip Balm ($1.59) that has been around for 77 years to make your pucker memorable! Shannon Tor explains that “a lip balm is only as effective as the ingredients in the formula” and that the time-tested formula of the Carmex® Lip Balm “contains camphor and menthol to soothe severely dry lips and petrolatum to create a long-lasting protective barrier.”

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this feature and highly recommend these products this summer!’s #SummerOfPets Safety and Wellness Week!

This week, moves into their #SummerOfPets Safety and Wellness week, providing pet parents with the resources and products they need to have a safe and healthy summer with their pets. Their Chief Pet Parenting Expert, Rose Hamilton, partnered with SheKnows to compile a Summer Safety Tips infographic of their top recommendations for keeping your furry friends out of harm’s way. Feel free to share your own #SummerSafety tips! Plus, don’t forget to enter the weekly #SummerOfPets giveaway!


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Vincent Nunes Smart Songs for Active Children Lighthouse Records


Recognized for more than twenty-three years by those in the know for his intelligent, compelling music for children, Parents’ Choice®, NAPPA, and ASCAP award-winning musicianVincent Nunes is excited to share his seventh album, Smart Songs for Active Children, with families around the world.

Often compared to kids’ music legends such as Raffi, Vincent Nuneshas, since 1991, quietly forged a musical path that reflects his commitment to early childhood learning and deep respect for children’s innate intelligence.

Keeping his focus on the children, Vincent Nunes has not actively promoted his musical work, yet praise has rolled in from media outlets such as South Forida Parenting, which declared, “For parents and kids up to age 7 or so who never heard of Vincent, you’re missing something.”  Wrote Minnesota Parent, “It’s refreshing to listen to a children’s recording artist who isn’t dashing out a new release every year or two — the extra time and care come through in the quality and variety of the music.”

One of Vincent Nunes‘ proudest roles is that of father to two very accomplished daughters, one of whom is YouTube sensation and “Internet darling” Julia Nunes.  Julia, who recently appeared on the Conan O’Brien Show, took time from an active touring schedule to sing with her dad on Smart Songs for Active Children “Washboard Dave” Paprocki, a street busker, adds his wonderful, quirky rhythms to half the album’s tracks, playing tin can, wooden shoe, soda bottle, bundt pan, and vintage washboard.  Percussionist Emmet Basha enhanced his standard drum set with udu, jembe, conga, and other African drums to add an international sound.  Vincent Nunes not only sings on Smart Songs for Active Children, he also plays piano, B-3 organ, bass, acoustic guitar, and accordion, an instrument he found to be “far more difficult than I imagined!”

Smart Songs for Active Children kicks off with a song co-written by children, “House of Love,” whose open structure allows kids to add their own activity ideas as they listen and sing along.  With a classic R&B vibe, “No One’s Going to Keep Me Down” is a bluesy number built around affirmations.  “They Speak Spanish” presents a lesson in geography and cultural diversity, as the song travels, accompanied by a Latin rhythm, to every country where Spanish is spoken while reminding listeners that in Brazil, the language is Portuguese.  There’s even a song with seven different rhythms and tempos, “Manuel the Great,” written especially to help kids become aware of contrasting musical patterns and styles.

The son of a Portuguese musician who was a well-known composer of fado music, Vincent Nunes grew up in a bilingual household in Ludlow, Massachusetts but didn’t learn much Portuguese because his dad wanted him to assimilate into U.S. culture. Vincent has been a keyboard player and back-up vocalist with many bands since junior high school, and he helped finance his college education by playing in the Millard Fillmore Memorial Band.  He also played keyboards with the psychedelic punk rockers The Chesterfield Kings and co-founded the Public Market Band, which covered American standards.  While music was always his first love, Vincent Nunes earned a law degree, and, following graduation from Syracuse University College of Law and admission to the New York State bar, he began a legal career with a Wall Street firm.  After the birth of his first daughter, he left that position in order to be able to spend more time with his family and, in addition to his children’s music activities, he now works as an attorney and litigator in Rochester, New York.

I received a copy of the CD and what I like best is that the music is original and my son and I loved the song with seven different rhythms and tempos!  I really love the classic R&B vibe and the originality of this music over-all. 
Smart Songs for Active Children is available for purchase via the online store at

Check out Vincent Nunes’ website at


Self Disclosure: I received a free CD to facilitate this feature but any opinion expressed is honest. SoCal City Kids highly recommends this CD for children.