Archives for August 28, 2014

The Aquarium of the Pacific invites the public to meet the newest members of its Magellanic Penguin family

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 Four Magellanic Penguin chicks born at the Aquarium of the Pacific this summer are getting ready for their debut. The public can now see the first two, female penguin chicks of this season in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. The parents of the chick born in late May are Kate and Avery—two of the Aquarium’s birds that were rescued off the coast of Brazil. The parents of the second female penguin born this summer are Patsy and Noodles.

 

The two baby birds had been behind the scenes learning how to be handfed fish and to swim before going on exhibit today. The Aquarium has live webcams in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, allowing people around the world to tune in to catch a glimpse of the chicks exploring the habitat. Cameras are located above and below the water, giving viewers up-close and candid looks at the lives of the Aquarium’s penguins. The webcams have been provided courtesy of explore.org, the philanthropic multimedia arm of the Annenberg Foundation.

 

The public also has the chance to help name Patsy and Noodles’ female chick though the Aquarium’s Adopt an Animal program by adopting at the $100 limited-edition penguin chick level or above before October 31, 2014. The person whose suggested name is chosen by Aquarium staff members will be able to go behind the scenes and participate in a feeding and training session with the penguins.

 

Native to Argentina and Chile, this penguin species prefers a more temperate climate such as that of Southern California than their Antarctic-dwelling cousins. Magellanic Penguin chicks hatch with their eyes closed and are able to open them about a week later. After about ninety days the chicks fledge, losing their downy newborn feathers, which are replaced with water-tight, sub-adult feathers.

 

WHEN:           Now on exhibit – two female penguin chicks

 

WHERE:         Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium WayLong Beach, CA 90802

Live Webcams: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/exhibits/webcams/

 

PUBLIC:         The public can see two new Magellanic Penguin chicks in the Aquarium of the Pacific’s June Keyes Penguin Habitat. The public will also have the chance to help name Patsy and Noodles’ female chick though the Aquarium’s Adopt an Animal program by adopting at the $100 limited-edition penguin chick level or above before October 31, 2014. The person whose suggested name is chosen by Aquarium staff members will be able to go behind the scenes to participate in a feeding and training session with the penguins. All “parents” at the $100 level will receive an adoption certificate, color photo, fact sheet about the animal, a penguin plush toy, and two aquarium admission tickets. Higher levels include such benefits as Behind-the-Scenes Tours and Animal Encounters. For a full list of levels and benefits, please visit aquariumofpacific.org/adopt. The Aquarium is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Aquarium admission is $28.95 for adults 12+, $25.95 for seniors 62+, $14.95 per child (ages 3-11), and free to Aquarium members and children under age three. The two penguin chicks can now be seen via the Aquarium’s live webcams. For more information, visit www.aquariumofpacific.org or call (562) 590-3100.

 

Photo Credit : Robin Riggs.

 

 

Think Pink! Labor Day Essentials that Give Back!

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No matter how you plan to spend Labor Day weekend, the Avon Foundation for Women has must-have pink products for any activity or occasion – all under $20! These two items are perfect for September since in sunny SoCal, we still are having that beach weather! 

These  pink summer essentials  will not only help spruce up any Labor Day Weekend ensemble, but will also help  support the fight against breast cancer. A percentage of the net profits of each product are donated back to the cause. 

Breast Cancer Aviator Sunglasses

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  • Available since June 13
  • $12
  • 20% of the net profits ($2.40) donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
  • Breast Cancer ribbon logo on the arms
  • Metal with plastic flash lenses

 

 image003Breast Cancer Floral Print Flip Flop

 

 

 

  • Available since June 13
  • $12
  • 20% of the net profits ($2.40) donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
  • Breast Cancer ribbon logo on the bottom
  • Floral print and pink straps

 

I received samples of both of these products and I just love them! Pink is my favorite color! They really are Mom-Must-Haves and not just for the Summer!

Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this post but this supports a cause that SoCal City Kids strongly believes in supporting. Photo Credit: Avon Foundation for Women.

 

Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit Coming out in September to Nintendo 3DS!

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Coming out in September to Nintendo 3DS, Cooking Mama 5 is the newest addition to the best-selling Mama franchise that’s sold more than 13 million copies and provides a great way to celebrate the holidays through yummy recipes and fun mini-games around Mama’s house.

Players will join Mama, the original kitchen diva, in Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit and unlock 60+ recipes to perfect a kaleidoscope of foods including appetizers, drinks, main courses and desserts.  

The original kitchen diva that created the cooking genre is set to school you with brand new mouth-watering recipes and household mini-games. Cook your way through classic fare, exotic cultural dishes and sweet treats to delight the palate! Fun stylus-based activities will keep you busy around the house and prove to Mama that you’ve got the culinary chops to play in her kitchen!

Key Features:

  • The latest addition in the successful Mama franchise: 13 million+ games sold worldwide!
  • Unlock 60+ recipes as you progress. Test your skills with new appetizers, drinks, main dishes and desserts including: pork cutlet rice bowl, chicken nuggets, BBQ skewers, pumpkin gratin, raisin bread, Hawaiian pancakes, gingerbread cookies and much more!
  • Step out of the kitchen and help Mama with more than 30 new activities around the shop and house: feed the pets, deliver orders, make change, serve ice cream, wash dishes, pick apples, organize, draw and more.
  • Six gameplay modes feature intuitive stylus-based activities:

o   Let’s Cook: Create recipes step-by-step with Mama on hand to help you.

o   Cooking Dojo: Earn medals in timed challenges that reward you for quick and accurate preparation.

o   Help the Store: Work the register and play waitress at Mama’s Burger Shop.

o   Help Harvest: Gather your recipe fixins’ before you cook.

o   Let’s Help Mama: Step outside the kitchen and assist Mama as CEO of the household with fresh activities that make “chores” fun and rewarding.

o   Let’s Study: Number and word games mix up the kitchen fun.

  • Earn furniture and decorations via SpotPass to customize your menus and game screens. Make your kitchen your own with stained glass, wallpaper, picture frames, plants, holiday items and more. You can even customize Mama’s outfit!
  • Single cart download play offers multiplayer cook offs for up to four players.
  • Gyroscope and accelerometer support for certain recipes.

Release Date:    September 16, 2014 and will retail for $29.99.

URL:   www.CookingMamaUS.com

 

Stay tuned! We will be reviewing it in September!

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. I will be receiving a free game to review in September.