Archives for August 16, 2014

Yorkie Splash & Shine is a hit for all breeds of dogs! Giveaway Opportunity!

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Are you looking for a fantastic shampoo, conditioner and detangling spray for your dog? We recently received a travel set from Yorkie Splash and Shine and were quite impressed! We don’t have a Yorkie but it is a great set for all breeds of dogs! Bella, the Golden Retriever agreed that this is a Must-Have for all dogs! The shampoo and conditioner are best used together. The detangler (which is our favorite!) can be used every day as a freshener between baths or as a bushing aid. You can spray the detangler directly onto the coat or onto your dogs favorite brush. We like to use this on Bella every couple of days and she seems to like it!

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Just look at Bella’s happy face! You can find these products at www.YorkieShampoo.com.

I really like that there are no chemicals in the shampoo. The products help restore the natural skin oils on the coat and hair while restoring the skin’s natural pH balance. These products even smell good! The shampoo is an aloe castile soap, made from organic oils of olive, jojoba, and coconut. I would recommend these products for all dogs and if my cat would take a bath, I would try them on him! (But, I am not ready to attempt that feat!)

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We are happy to be able to offer our readers a 5% off code. The code is B7LSR4071. It is good for anything on their site. It’s a one-time use per customer code.

We have also teamed up for a Giveaway! Remember…you do not have to have a Yorkie! One winner will win a Travel set of the three products. To enter, leave a comment below telling us something fun about your pet dog! Deadline to enter is August 22,2014 at noon PST. Those who enter must reside in the US. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are 100% truthful. 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

The Giver – An Intense Film About The Effects Of Accepting The Good And Bad Things Memories Of Life KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

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Based on Lois Lowry’s book, this highly anticipated film tells the story of a perfect world where everyone is happy. When Jonas is 12 years old, he’s chosen to be the community’s Receiver of Memories where he learns about pain, sadness, war and all the unhappy truths of the “real” world. He quickly realizes that his community is fake and faces difficult choices about his own life and his future. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Willie J comments, “This film is really quite an achievement. To bring such a loved and popular book, with tons of deep ideas and themes, and execute as wonderfully as Director Philip Noyce and company do, is great.” Samantha A adds, “This movie is very captivating. I had my eyes glued to the screen the whole time, not wanting to miss a second of the story.”

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Willie J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Full of pretense, theories on life and enough ideas to cause you to rethink your own ideas, The Giver is an intense film about the effects of accepting the good and bad things memories of life.

Being a huge Meryl Streep fan (Chief Elder), I was very excited to see her performance and, I was not disappointed. Jeff Bridges’ (The Giver) performance gives this film a veteran presence that adds to the wisdom their characters possess. As for Brenton Thwaites (Jonas) and Odeya Rush (Fiona), their performances show great promise for their careers. Their youth and lack of experience add a sense of naïveté to their characters that beautifully contradicts with the characters played by both Streep and Bridges.

I find the script a bit pretentious but necessarily so. The premise itself is very complex but suitable for the subject matter. What could have 90 minutes of melodrama turns into brilliant and intelligent conversations thanks to the skills of the ensemble. I give an Oscar nod for both Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges.

There is a scene towards the end of the film where The Giver and Chief Elder debate on the pros and cons of memories and allowing people to make decisions. That is one of the very best acted scenes I’ve seen this year. The dialogue is so poetic that we’re drawn into the fantasy instead of repulsed by its theatrical nature.

My favorite part of the film, second to Meryl’s performance, is the beautiful cinematography by Ross Emery. Mr. Emery and Editor Barry Alexander Brown really come together wonderfully to create awesome moments of visual storytelling. The mixture of black and white with color, and the short shots of real life events give this film a certain vivacity the book is unable to give.

This film is really quite an achievement. To bring such a loved and popular book, with tons of deep ideas and themes, and execute as wonderfully as Director Philip Noyce and company do, is great. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and really hope you see it. It opens theatrically on August 15. Due to the mature themes and ideas, I recommend this film for ages 14 to 18.

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By Samantha Alexander, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

 

The Giver is based the book by Louis Lowry. It tells the story of what seems like a perfect community where there is no pain or suffering – a simple, secluded world where there are no differences and no choices. A young boy named Jonas is selected to become the receiver of memories and he learns from an elderly man about the pain and suffrage, from the outside world, that has been kept from everyone. Jonas soon figures out that his whole life has been a lie and tries to change the way his secluded community is governed.

 

This movie is very captivating. I had my eyes glued to the screen the whole time, not wanting to miss a second of the story. I was so excited to see this movie because The Giver is one of my favorite books and I think the movie is just as good, although a bit different.

 

Like most movies that are based on books, there are some big parts of the storyline that the movie misses that I feel would have helped people who hadn’t read the book understand the story better. Although at certain points in the movie it doesn’t matter that parts are missed, because the missed parts are replaced with something equally as great. Then sometimes, the missed parts aren’t replaced and it takes the movie in a whole other direction. That’s why even if you read the book some parts in the movie will be a total surprise. I enjoyed watching the movie and seeing which parts of the book are included and what surprises are added by the movie’s producers.

 

The actors and actresses in this film are fantastic. Brenton Twaites (Jonas) was born for this role. I really like how bold and brave his character is throughout the whole movie. Meryl Streep fits the role of the chief elder perfectly. Odeya Rush is great as Fiona. I love the fact that she stands with Jonas through thick and thin. Lastly is Jeff Bridges who plays the role of The Giver, he is phenomenal. His character isn’t very outspoken but has a strong on-screen presence and he says a lot just using body language and facial expressions. He has true acting talent.

 

I rate this movie 5 out of 5 stars because of its great acting, a great story line and definitely worth seeing in theaters with a best friend. I recommend it for 10 to 13-year-olds because the storyline is a bit mature and I don’t think kids under age 10 would understand the story.

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

The ABC’s of Style An upcoming Back-to-School event at Del Amo Mall!

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SIMON INVITES STUDENTS AND FAMILIES TO PREPARE FOR THE

NEW SCHOOL YEAR WITH “ABC’S OF STYLE” EVENTS AT DEL AMO FASHION CENTER

With the new school year fast approaching, Simon, a global leader in retail real estate, and Teen Vogue, the number one source of fashion, beauty and pop-culture news for trendsetting teens, are hosting a series of back to school events at nearly 80 shopping centers across the country to get young people prepped to head back to class. Del Amo Fashion Center’s kick-off “ABC’s of Style[SM]” festivities take place on Saturday, August 23 from noon to 4 p.m. in the Outdoor Promenade, helping families have fun while shopping for seasonal must-haves.

 

Simon’s ABC’s of Style events are presented by Unilever brands St. Ives, Simple and Q-tips in association with Coca-Cola and Fox’s new fall series RED BAND SOCIETY. The ABC’s of Style are a special feature of Simon’s broader collaboration with Teen Vogue on their “Back-To-School Saturdays” initiative, occurring at shopping centers throughout the month of August.

 

“This is an exciting time of year and as Del Amo Fashion Center is the center of fashion in Los Angeles,teaming up with Teen Vogue elevates our back-to-school shopping season into a true fashion and entertainment experience that helps parents and students alike get set for the upcoming school year,” said Lindsay Hermance, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Del Amo Fashion Center.

 

Del Amo Fashion Center’s ABC’s of Style events will include various elements that create an unprecedented social shopping occasion, with young shoppers’ preferences top-of-mind. Featured activities provide exclusive, in-person experiences, including:

  • Exclusive Style Guide: Get early access to an exclusive style guide from Simon and Teen Vogue, featuring fashion looks curated by style experts. Following the event, shoppers can also pick up a guide at Del Amo Fashion Center’s Guest Services or access it online at http://simon-malls.publ.com/Fashion-Trend-Report.
  • Fashion Show: View the hottest trends of the season on the runway and receive first-hand fashion advice from Teen Vogue.
  • Special Musical Performance: Enjoy a “meet and greet” and musical performance starting at1:50 p.m. from British band Rixton. In March, Rixton released their debut EP Me And My Broken Heart, featuring their buzzworthy platinum selling single of the same title The single, which has sold over a million copies globally, cracked the Top 10 at Pop radio and ranks as a No. 1 Most Shazam-ed new track in the U.S., while the official video, has racked up over 18 million views on YouTube/VEVO.  Rixton has delivered killer performances on The VoiceEllenThe TODAY ShowLate Night with Seth Meyers and more and been featured as an MTV 2014 “Artist To Watch” and a VEVO LIFT artist.  The band recently released their follow up single “Wait On Me” check it out HERE. Hailing from Manchester, Rixton are Jake Roche, (vocals/rhythm guitar), Danny Wilkin (bass/keys), Charley Bagnall (lead guitar), and Lewi Morgan, (drums).  Inspired by the soulful pop sounds of Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars, Rixton offer up a wealth of addictive pop/rock/R&B built on their own brand of songwriting, instrumentation, and vocal harmonies.  Working with Grammy-winning producer Benny Blanco, Rixton are set to deliver their debut album on School Boy/Giant Little Man/Mad Love/Interscope Records.
    • Performance Admission: Access is free to the public and available on a first-come, first serve basis. Due to demands/space, attendees must have wristband for entry. 1,000 wristbands available. One per person. Wristband distribution (each guest must be present to receive) will take place on August 23, at Del Amo Fashion Center on the second level of the North parking structure (at the corner of Fashion Way and Del Amo Circle East). Public may start lining up on August 23 at 8 a.m., with wristband distribution beginning at 10 a.m. No one will be allowed to line up prior to 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 23.
    • Meet and Greet Admission:Of those 1,000 people who receive performance wristbands, the first 400 to purchase Rixton’s EP “Me and My Broken Heart” will receive a second separate wristband from the Rhino Records booth located next to the Del Amo event wristband distribution location, to have their photo taken with the band after the performance. No memorabilia of any kind will be signed by Rixton. No personal photos may be taken by photograph line attendees on the stage. All cameras and cell phones are to be put away once wristbanded attendees reach the stage stairs.  Additional rules apply, and will be posted onsite at the event.
  • Mall-Wide Discount Offers & Samples: Play free interactive games, watch a sneak peek of Fox’s new fall series RED BAND SOCIETY, get up-close and personal product demonstrations and walk away with free giveaways from St. Ives, Simple, Q-tips and Coca-Cola. Attendees can also pick up a SWAG bag at the registration table filled with other goodies and offers (500 swag bags available, while supplies last).

 

“We are thrilled to once again be collaborating with Simon during the all-important back-to-school shopping season,” said Teen Vogue Vice President and Publisher, Jason Wagenheim. “Through this alliance, we’re able to bring relevant and authentic fashion content to Simon.com and into consumers’ everyday mall experience—starting with Teen Vogue‘s Back-To-School Saturdays, but with much more to come. Simon’s ‘ABC’s of Style’ events are really the perfect complement to our BTSS initiative and we’re looking forward to bringing the excitement to many Simon shopping centers nationwide throughout the month of August.”

 

In addition to offering on-mall events, Simon will launch several digital-focused back-to-school elements that give students and their families the tools to gear up for school and stay connected to Del Amo Fashion Center. Shoppers can impress Simon with their Back to School look using the hashtags #foundationsimon and #contest to be entered to win a $500 Simon shopping spree. Entries must be received by December 31, 2014, and official rules are available here: http://www.simon.com/foundatsimon-bts.

 

Shoppers can also check out the progress being made at Del Amo Fashion Center, which is undergoing a complete transformation. The redevelopment of Del Amo Fashion Center includes the brand new garden-like Patio Cafes dining pavilion, as well as the upcoming creation of a new state of the art two-level mall, new entrances, landscaping, flooring and lighting upgrades, enhancements to the ambiance in the outdoor lifestyle village and a new Nordstrom slated to open in Fall 2015.

 

For more information about Simon malls ABC’s of Style events, visit Del Amo Fashion Center on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/DelAmoFashionCenter, Twitter at https://twitter.com/delamofashion or Instagram at http://instagram.com/delamofashion.

 

About Del Amo Fashion Center

Del Amo Fashion Center is the South Bay’s retail destination for shopping, entertainment and dining. A complete transformation is underway at Del Amo Fashion Center, which includes a new garden-like dining experience called Patio Cafes, construction of a new state of the art two-level mall to connect the existing Macy’s women’s store with a new Nordstrom store, enhancements to the outdoor lifestyle village, additional parking capacity with a new 1,900 car garage, the addition of lush landscaping throughout the entire property, new informational signage, and improvements to customer circulation in and around the center. Completion of this work will be timed with the grand opening of Nordstrom in Fall 2015. Del Amo Fashion Center boasts more than 200 stores, including Macy’s, H&M, Anthropologie, Barnes & Noble, Coach, and more. Visit the outdoor promenade and enjoy dinner at Stacked or PF Changs before a movie at our 18 screen AMC Theater. The indoor mall offers fashion for women, men and children plus jewelry, footwear and electronics. Del Amo Fashion Center serves the nearby communities of Palos Verdes, Lomita, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Redondo Beach and Gardena. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit http://www.simon.com/mall/del-amo-fashion-center or call 310-542-8525.

 

About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG).  Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales.  For more information, visit simon.com.

 

Riff Rockit “If I Could Fly” Reminiscent of the 80's and 90's...

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Bringing a taste of ’80s and ’90s anthem rock to kids, Parents’ Choice® Award winning musician Riff Rockit released his third album on July 29th, If I Could Fly.

Wrote The Rock Father in his July 22 review, “It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of RIFF ROCKIT’s theatricality and penchant for arena rock anthems for the Kindie set … His sound is unlike anyone else operating in the family music space, and proceeds from his records benefit blood cancer research.”

James Zahn (a.k.a The Rock Father) describes Riff Rockit this way: “Imagine for a moment a world in which Ace Frehley’s Spaceman alter-ego spawned a guitar slinging son … Now imagine this space suited young man embarking on a career as a children’s entertainer, breaking out kid-friendly power ballads and arena anthems for the toddler set. Intrigued? Welcome to the world of Riff Rockit.”

If I Could Fly lifts off with a blast of guitar energy on the album opener, “Food Groups.” If AC/DC and Kansas had a baby and penned the child a song about food groups and eating healthy, this would be it. “Backyard,” a Van Halen-inspired tune with an irrepressible dance beat, follows. “The Beach Song” conjures gentle images of a day on a California beach à la Seals and Crofts, while the all-things-Hollywood California kitty cat, “Mr. Tux,” brings to mind ’80s electropop in a feline pairing with ’80s rock. If I Could Fly cruises to an expansive conclusion with the album’s title track, a wistful bit of imagination that Riff describes as “Tom Petty mixed with Def Leppard.”

I am a big fan of 80’s and 90’s music and still believe those were the years of the best music! Def Leppard was a favorite of mine and I feel like I grew up with Tom Petty. I received this album to review and really was impressed with songs such as If I could Fly and Beach. It definitely reminds me of those favorite 80’s and 90’s and is a Must-Have for kids of all ages!

Riff Rockit’s alter ego, indie musician and Fort Lauderdale native Evan Michael, is a leukemia survivor with a great desire to help those suffering from blood cancers. Consequently, he will donate all proceeds from If I Could Flyto BeTheMatch.org, an organization whose mission is to deliver cures for blood cancers.

Riff Rockit’s debut recording, the self-titled Riff Rockit (2012) was honored with a Parents’ Choice® Award, a NAPPA Award, and a Mom’s Choice AwardRiff Rockit recently released his first all-Spanish album, Luz Verde Vamos!, and he has also released two DVDs, The Power of Music and Riff Rockit: Live in Concert.

If I Could Fly will be available for purchase at www.riffrockit.com and iTunes, and free downloads of the album will also be available — with a request for voluntary donations — at riffrockitcharities.com, a website dedicated to contributions to BeTheMatch.org.

Self Disclosure: I received a free CD to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are honest and truthful.

Southern California Band’s Video Launch Garners Over 13,000 YOUTUBE Views in Hours Galvanized Souls

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You may remember months ago we featured Galvanized Souls and Colin’s anti-bullying message through an amazing YouTube video “Carry On.” This was am amazing message for both kids and adults! SoCal City Kids decided to feature this group of talented musicians on our website.

Galvanized Souls is a hard rock band comprised of four Southern California teenagers, whose enthusiasm and dedication to music pushes their abilities well beyond their years. Formed in December 2012, band members Chris Taylor (guitar/vocals), Zakk Silveira (guitar/lead vocals), Matthew DeMartini (bass/vocals) and Kevin Cogen (Drums).

Galvanized Souls has a 5 song self titled EP, which is available on all digital media outlets.

In addition to the band’s signature heavy sound, one of the most attention grabbing aspects of galvanized Souls’ performance is their harmonizing vocal arrangements. We received their CD to review and their talent definitely shines through. The rich melodies are amazing in their original songs! It really is difficult to decide which song I like best but they do have powerful lyrics in all their songs. (As many of us know because of their YouTube hit Carry On).This is an amazing group of musicians that both kids and adults will like.

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Galvanized Souls is headlining shows in Southern California this year so be on the look out for this talented group of musicians! They are participating in several charity concerts and are currently writing and recording new original songs.

Self Disclosure: I received a free CD and T-shirt to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are truthful. Photo Credit: Galvanized Souls.

 

All the “Buzz” – Honey Infused Beauty Faves for National Honey Appreciation Day Saturday, August 16th, 2014

The following are luxurious products from Laura Mercier and nyakio that contain the “buzz” worthy ingredient!

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Laura Mercier Honey Bath, $40; available: www.lauramercier.com

·        This decadent, foaming honey moisture body bath leaves skin feeling clean, fresh and supple. Available in five delectable fragrances: Almond Coconut Milk, Crème Brûlée, Ambre Vanillé, Crème de Pistache and Fresh Fig. These really are my all-time favorite bubble baths! My favorites are the Almond Coconut Milk and the Crème Brûlée! I love how they smell and they leave my skin so soft. Lots of foaming bubbles too!

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nyakio Hydrating Lip Balm with Kola Nut, $20; available: HSN, www.HSN.com, and www.nyakio.com

·        nyakio™  Hydrating Lip Balm is infused with African Kola Nut, Marula Oil, Trichilia Oil and Honey to help relieve and hydrate dry lips; this unique fusion also provides superb antioxidant benefits, leaving lips immediately comforted and soft.

Self Disclosure: I received a Laura Mercier Bubble Bath to facilitate this feature but any opinions are honest and truthful.

 

ICU Sunglasses for the Summer! Summer Must-Haves!

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Looking for stylish sunglasses? I love the variety of styles I recently found on a website. There are so many different choices at ICU Eyewear.  Looking for sunglasses that are unique, stylish and even styles that are retro? Find whatever style you are looking for with great sunglasses from ICU Eyewear.  The biggest decision will be selecting the ones you like best! I received the Retro Cat Eye Polarized Sunglasses in Black and the Butterfly Sunglasses in Tortoise/Ivory styles and I love them both! They are stylish and I can’t choose which is my favorite!  They are made of plastic and seem quite durable. They don’t seem flimsy at all! Many affordable sunglasses that I have tried in the past do not last long because they aren’t very durable. The Retro Cat Eye sunglasses retail for $21.95. The Butterfly Sunglasses style is very pretty and made out of plastic but also seem to be durable and they also retail for $21.95. I just love all the variety of styles! 

Check out these and many other styles at ICU Eyewear! They really are a Must-Have!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are honest. Photo Credit: ICU Eyewear.