Archives for August 11, 2014

Back-to-School shopping with Schoola! Help Kipp Academy save its Music Program!

It is time for Back-to-School shopping! Yes, I know it is still summer for many of us! But, you can shop online with Schoola and also help a school in need of saving its Music program!  My son and I had the opportunity to shop online on Schoola and it was so quick and easy! The shirts were a hit too!   Wait! There is also a 20% discount! 

The code is BacktoSchoola20, and expires on August 20, 2014; please also note there is a limit of one use per customer.


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Music helps KIPP Academy reach and engage every child who enters its doors. The slogan on the Music Room wall sets the stage—All of Us Will Learn Music.  No matter what backgrounds they come from or what challenges they face, they learn lessons together that will serve them the rest of their lives.

 Here’s how you can help:
Click on this link!  Schoola will donate $1 to KIPP Academy for those who shop on Schoola. KIPP Academy has a Goal: $25,000 to fund the music program!  So check it out and request a Schoola donation bag. You really will be helping such a great cause!
Self Disclosure: Compensation will be received as this is for a paid promotion but it is also a cause that SoCal City Kids strongly believes in.

Get set for Back-to-School with Scholastic! Back-TO-School Giveaway Opportunity!


The start of a new school year is about to get a lot more fun, with the introduction of a brand-new collection of imagination-inspiring, brain-boosting products from Scholastic, the most trusted name in learning!


The debut assortment of affordably-priced offerings, available at Walmart and Toys“R”Us stores nationwide, features nearly 30 innovative educational items, from sequencing puzzles and pocket charts to matching games and learning cards, and much more!

I just love Scholastic! I really do! My son and I love their book clubs and games. So, I am quite excited to share this information about their products and  we have also teamed up for an exciting Back-to-School Giveaway!

The very special giveaway package – featuring a selection of the irresistible new products – for one lucky reader to enjoy with their family during this back-to-school season and all year long! The “Back-to-School with Scholastic” prize-pack will include one of each of the following new items (styles may vary):



  • Preschool Games: These interactive parent-child learning games help kids practice basic alphabet, math and word skills. Each comes packaged in sturdy re-sealable foil bags and includes 96 full-color game pieces and instructions. Available in the following themes: Alphabet, Math, Sight Words, Blends and Word Families.


  • Bingo: Children can build important fundamental skills while playing a fun game of Bingo! Each game includes four double-sided playing boards, call cards, bingo chips and instructions. Themes include: Alphabet, Colors & Shapes, Rhyming Words, Sight Words, Time and Money.


  • Spinner Learning Games: These fun interactive games help kids learn basic color, alphabet, and counting skills. Each game includes one spinner, four playing cards, and plastic playing pieces (number of pieces varies by style). Available in Color Matching, Alphabet Matching and Counting.


  • Learning Cards: Each set includes a dry erase marker and 26 double-sided dry erase cards, with a plastic ring to keep them all together! The dry erase surface and marker allow kids to practice over and over! Learning Cards come in two “subjects”:

o    ABC’s Learning Cards: Build letter recognition, handwriting and basic phonics skills

o    Math Learning Cards: Build number recognition, counting, handwriting, and basic math skills


  • Pocket Charts: With this double-sided pocket chart easel, kids can learn basic alphabet or number and word recognition through associating a letter with the appropriate word and picture. Cards slip easily into clear pockets to visually display the number, word and picture associations! The Alphabet version comes complete with 26 alphabet cards, 54 word cards and 54 picture cards; the Math version includes 20 number cards, 20 word cards and 20 picture cards, as well as 87 equation cards for extra math skills-building!


The colorful and engaging new Scholastic products from Tara Toy (ranging from $1.99 – $6.99 each) are sure to help children and families everywhere start out on the right track for a successful school year!

One winner will win this exciting package! To enter, leave a comment below telling us which New Scholastic item you are most excited about! Deadline to enter is August 18th, 2014 at 7 pm. (PST) One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post except for giveaway prize for the winner.

Waxelene Creates Buzz In The Bee-auty Industry The petroleum jelly alternative, Waxelene, launches 100% natural Lip Tube


Waxelene, the 100% natural petroleum jelly alternative, announces the launch of its revolutionary Lip Tube: a buzzworthy and all-natural beauty must-have with 100+ uses.


The Lip Tube ($3.99) joins cruelty-free Waxelene’s top-selling trio of doctor-recommended and celeb-approved products, made from only  four of the highest-quality ingredients: organic soy oil, naturally moisturizing beeswax, organic rosemary oil and natural vitamin E.


Created to relieve and protect skin for all seasons, the Lip Tube also functions as a makeup primer and remover. The all-purpose beauty essential actually moisturizes skin better than petroleum jelly because Waxelene’s patented aeration process, paired with the line’s natural ingredients, allows skin to breathe as well as remain soft and creamy, never greasy.


Waxelene’s Lip Tube beauty uses are endless and include:

  • Lip gloss/lipstick primer

  • Wear alone on lips for a subtle sheen. Just a dab!

  • Complexion enhancer: a dewy glow can be achieved on eyelids or cheek bones

  • Makeup remover (even mascara)

  • Moisturizing (non pore-clogging) night cream

  • Nail polish brightener

  • Eyelash nourisher

I received a sample to try out and my favorite way to use it is as a lip gloss! But, I had to try it to see if it really removes makeup and it works really well! I was impressed that it even removes mascara. This really is a Mom-Must-Have!

For a full list of uses, click here.  As if the 100+ uses weren’t enough to become a beauty must-have, the line even boasts an eco-friendly, green approach.


Our facility is fueled by 100% wind power and our boxes are made of 100% recycled material,” said Waxelene founder, Todd Cooper. “We use the most sustainable packaging we can get, including recyclable glass jars instead of plastic and BPA-free plastic for our tubes.”


All Waxelene products can be purchased online at or at other retail locations, such as: Whole Foods Market, Bed Bath & Beyond, CVS Pharmacy and Pharmaca.


About Waxelene:


Waxelene is the eco-friendly alternative to petroleum jelly. It has the same protective, waterproofing, moisturizing and soothing properties that doctors love, but contains no petroleum or hydrogenated oils. Waxelene’s ingredients include natural beeswax and oils like vitamin E and organic rosemary which soak in and nurture skin cells. Waxelene’s patent-pending aeration process gives it a silky smooth texture that won’t clog pores. Committed to the environment and healthy living, the makers of Waxelene endeavor to become more sustainable every day. From using natural and organic ingredients, to packaging in recyclable jars and tubes, and to implementing energy-efficient practices, Waxelene is striving to do its part to prepare for a petroleum-free future. For more, visit:

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: Waxelene.


Silk Soymilk Contest: Celeb Fitness Expert to give Private Yoga Session

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New York Times best-selling author and celebrity yoga instructor, Mandy Ingber, is partnering with Silk to send one lucky winner and a guest to take part in a private yoga session and attend four days of Yoga Journal LIVE! – both in Estes Park, Colorado between September 18th and September 21st.


Having offered wellness advice to some of America’s favorite actresses like Jennifer Aniston and Kate Beckinsale, Mandy knows the secrets to staying healthy, energized and purposeful– no matter how busy you are. She’ll be sharing health tips and four personal recipes at the Yoga Journal LIVE! event in Estes Park, Colorado.


Here how to enter:


Visit, starting August 9, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. ET through August 25, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter. You can also follow us on Twitter using the hashtag: #silkproteinpower


Here are a few additional details about our prize package:


  • A trip for two (2) to Estes Park, Colorado
  • One private thirty (30) minute yoga session with Mandy Ingber
  • 4-Day access to Yoga Journal LIVE! Colorado
  • Three nights’ hotel accommodation
  • $500 spending money

Self Disclosure: No Compensation was received. Credit: Silk.