Archives for September 5, 2014


Salt Life, a lifestyle apparel brand that embraces everything ocean life including surfing, fishing, diving and paddling, has teamed up with SUP magazine to present Camp SUP September 13-14 at Doheny State Beach. Camp SUP is a unique two-day event created by SUP magazine to introduce new people into the sport, encourage everyday paddlers to improve their skills and give everyone a chance to try out the latest greatest hard and soft goods from leading SUP brands.


“We at Salt Life are proud to be the presenting sponsor of the first annual Camp SUP,” said Salt Life’s Jeff Stillwell. “This sport embodies living the Salt Life and we hope to be a part of this great event for years to come.”


Additionally, SIC Maui, a premiere manufacturer in the standup paddling world, has signed on to run the Grom Clinic at Camp SUP. Aspiring young paddlers are encouraged to join the SIC team at 3 p.m. each day for an hour-long tutorial guaranteed to get them stoked for life.


“We are really excited to be involved with Camp SUP and for SIC to be the presenting sponsor of the Grom Clinic,” said SIC’s Marketing Manager Braly Joy.  “SIC’s goal with youth programs is to help get kids on the water and make sure their first experience is a good one and a safe one so they come back.”

Camp SUP is the first event of its kind in the sport—part-demo, part instructional camp, and all about fun. Nikki Gregg, Gillian Gibree, Dave Boehne and Molokai Champion Connor Baxter have all signed on as clinicians for the two-day beach party. A four-mile fun paddle kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday (Register Here!). Part of the proceeds from the fun paddle will go to the winning Philanthropic Event at the 2014 SUP Awards.

Demos from some of the sport’s best brands and clinics highlight both Saturday and Sunday. The list of confirmed vendors includes: Bark, Boardworks, Body Glove, Futures, Henderson Wetsuits / Supreme, Hinano, Hobie, Infinity, King’s Paddle Sports, Laird SUP, Mamma Chia, Naish, NRS, OAM, Riviera Paddlesurf, SIC, Sun Protection Zone, SUP ATX, Surftech, ULI Boards, and Watermans Sunscreen.

Sierra Nevada, the Official Beer Sponsor of Camp SUP, opens their Beer Garden each day at 12 p.m. to kick off the beach party with live music all afternoon.

To learn more about Camp SUP, directions and a detailed schedule, visit:

SUP magazine would like to thank Salt Life, Payette River Games, Banzai Bowls, Flips Audio, Ocean Minded, Sierra Nevada, and California State Parks for their support of the 1st Annual Camp SUP at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California.

About Salt Life
Salt Life is an authentic, aspirational and lifestyle brand that embraces those who love the ocean and everything associated with living the “Salt Life”. Founded in 2003 by four avid watermen from Jacksonville Beach, Florida, the Salt Life brand has widespread appeal with ocean enthusiasts worldwide. From fishing, diving and surfing, to beach fun and sun-soaked relaxation, the Salt Life brand says, “I live the Salt Life.”

About SUP Magazine

SUP magazine is part of The Enthusiast Network (TEN) and isthe leading multi-media publication in the standup paddling world. With a progressive, approachable style, SUP strives to push readers off the couch and onto the water. By blending engaging print and destination features, gear coverage and in-depth instructional pieces with in-house video and event write-ups on, SUP magazine is enhancing your view of the sport, all while getting you into the game. For more information, please visit


About TEN: The Enthusiast Network

TEN: The Enthusiast Network LLC is the world’s premier network of enthusiast brands, such as Powder, BIKE, SUP, SURFER, Transworld, Canoe & Kayak and GrindTV. With more than 60 publications, 100 Web sites, the world’s largest automotive VOD channel, 800 branded products, 50+ events, TV and radio programs, TEN creates and delivers content that informs, entertains, inspires and connects with enthusiasts every day. For more information visit

Credit: Salt Life, SUP Magazine and About TEN:The Enthusiast Network.

Story Bug makes learning more fun!

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Cricket Media, an education media company and global learning network, today announced that Story Bug, an exciting new collaborative reading app for the iPad and iPhone, is now available on the App Store.

With Story Bug, sharing the experience of reading with loved ones is no longer limited to being in the same room together. The app, which seamlessly combines video chat with an interactive reader, allows young people and adults in different locations to socialize and bond while reading specially curated selections drawn from Cricket Media’s portfolio of acclaimed children’s magazines.

Story Bug is powered by technology from Kindoma, the award-winning creator of communication apps focused on connecting families.

Users of the Story Bug app see and hear each other while viewing the same digital book. They also share controls for turning pages and interacting with the content. So when a page is turned on one device, the page simultaneously turns for the user of the other device. In addition, a digital “shadow hand” shows where your counterpart is pointing, so grown-ups can challenge their young readers to point to items on the page or sound out specific words.

Now the magic of sharing a bedtime story, or simply reading to a child is possible anywhere, anytime for parents traveling on business, deployed military families and geographically dispersed friends and family.

In addition to being an exciting new way for families to read together, Story Bug offers children and their reading partners the very best in enlightening and entertaining content for young people, featuring selections from Cricket Media’s beloved children’s publications, such as Ladybug and Click.  In addition, full issues of Babybug, the award-winning magazine for children under 3 years old, will be available. Cricket Media is a market leader in developing enriching, educational content for children, and its publications were recognized for their excellence earlier this year by The Parents’ Choice Foundation, which honored each of Cricket Media’s magazines with its Spring 2014 Parents’ Choice Award.

Story Bug users can choose from a customizable library of digital books for children aged 0-6 that  engage young readers through early development concepts and subjects such as counting, rhyming, animals, colors, riddles, and machines & tools, bedtime and more. Titles at launch include “Favorite Mother Goose Rhymes,” a collection of favorite children’s rhymes such as Little Miss Muffet, Jack and Jill, Old Kind Cole, Pop Goes the Weasel and more; “The One with the Freckle,” a story about a little boy who learns to have fun without his twin brother on his first day of kindergarten; and “Big Sister’s Goodnight,” a story about a big sister who helps her baby sister get ready for bed.

“We are thrilled to introduce the new Story Bug app for iOS,” said Katya Andresen, CEO, Cricket Media. “Family members and friends have long turned to Cricket Media and our award winning library to entertain, enlighten and inspire children. Now with Story Bug, kids and their loved ones have a wonderful way to connect and come together to share the experience of reading our content whether they are in different rooms, different towns or different countries.”

The Story Bug App is available for free from the App Store on the iPhone or iPad or at Users  receive two books for free when downloading the app, and can subscribe to access dozens of other books, with more added each month, for $4.99 per month, $14.99 per six months, or $24.99 per year. Individual titles are also available for purchase at $2.99 each.


About Cricket Media 

Cricket Media (TSXV: CKT) is an education media company that provides award-winning content on a safe and secure learning network for children, families and teachers across the world.  Cricket Media’s 14 popular media brands for toddlers to teens include Babybug, Ladybug, Cricket® and Cobblestone® with multiple language editions and apps in English, Spanish and Chinese.  The Company’s innovative web-based K12 tools for school and home include the ePals community and virtual classroom for global collaboration as well as In2Books®, a Common Core eMentoring program that builds reading, writing and critical thinking skills.  Cricket Media serves approximately one million classrooms and millions of teachers, students and parents in over 200 countries and territories through its platform and NeuPals, its joint venture with China’s leading IT services company Neusoft. Cricket Media also licenses its content and platform to top publishing and educational companies worldwide.  For more information, please visit, and

About Kindoma

Kindoma is a communications company that lets families do activities like read and draw together, even when apart.  Kindoma has created the world’s first COPPA compliant video chat solution targeting kids and families, and used it to power its own critically-acclaimed app Kindoma Storytime as well as Cricket Media’s Story Bug.  Kindoma partners with leading publishers, producers and developers to help families around the world share experiences at a distance.  For more information, please visit



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Shine Bright Like a Diamond with Rihanna’s Favorite RéVive Product

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Have you ever envied Rihanna’s flawless, glowing complexion and wondered what skincare products she’s using? Good news: mystery solved! In Elle’s September issue, RiRi revealed that RéVive Intensité Crème Lustre Day SPF 30 is her go-to moisturizer while on vacation.

Perfect for vacation and everyday life, this ultra luxe daytime moisturizer will help you “shine bright like a diamond,” giving skin a firmer, brighter, younger look with diminished fine lines and wrinkles. Created by RéVive’s founder, leading plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory Bays Brown, Crème Lustre Day is loaded with antioxidants as well as SPF 30 to help protect against harmful UVB/UVA rays that can lead to visible signs of aging.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. Credit: RéVive.

What If – A Heartfelt, Genuine, Feel-Good Film with Morals – What a Surprise! KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions,


What If is a new romantic comedy about best friends Wallace and Chantry who have to face the fact that they might have deeper feelings for each other than they imagined. Wallace, played by Daniel Radcliffe, is a med school dropout who has become very anti-social after his serious girlfriend breaks his heart. One night, at his best friend Allan’s party, he meets a girl named Chantry. They have an instant connection, but when Wallace learns that she has a long time boyfriend, he decides to focus his energy on being her best friend instead of her lover. The two of them grow closer and closer while still trying to keep the boundaries of “just friends,” but will they be able to deny their feelings forever? KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Raven D., age 17, comments, “I really enjoyed this film. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, but the plot is wonderful, the cast is amazing and the story is very touching and funny.” See her full review below.


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Reviewed by Raven Devanney



I really enjoyed this film. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, but the plot is wonderful, the cast is amazing and the story is very touching and funny. The cinematography is great. I especially love the fact that there are some whimsical elements added to the visuals to help tell the story. Chantry is an animator, and occasionally her drawings come to life in the movie, adding a really cool multi-media element to the film.


My favorite character is Chantry played by Zoe Kazan. Chantry is a very fun character and Zoe is perfect for the role. I am a big fan of Zoe Kazan and love her work in Ruby Sparks and The Pretty One. She never fails to entertain me. One thing I love about Chantry is that even though you can tell she starts to grow romantic feelings for Wallace, she never crosses the boundaries from platonic to romantic while she’s in another relationship which is very cool. I’ve seen a lot of films where two friends have feelings for each other and they act on it even though one of them is in a relationship with someone else. In this film, it is stated many times that Wallace and Chantry are very against cheating, especially since Wallace’s ex cheated on him. I really admire that even though these characters are fictional, they still have solid moral standards.


Daniel Radcliffe also does a wonderful job in this film. His character, Wallace is very witty and cynical, adding a lot of comic relief to more intense interactions. He works wonderfully with Zoe Kazan and you can really see the chemistry between their characters. Daniel also pairs perfectly with Adam Driver, who plays his best friend Allan. The two of them make a hilarious combo and any scene with them together is sure to make you laugh.


What If is a heartfelt, genuine, feel-good film that I really enjoyed. It is definitely geared more towards adults, in my opinion and I believe 20-year-olds will probably enjoy it the most. My mom loved it and was even brought to tears because it is so sweet.  However, I love it as well, so I recommend it for ages 15 to 18. I give it 5 out of 5 stars, so make sure you don’t miss this gem in theaters now!

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions,

If I Stay – A Moving Film About a Teenage Girl and Her Life or Death Decision KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions,


Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether or not to wake up and live an altered life, far different from what she imagined. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Raven D. comments, “If I stay is a beautiful, moving film about a teenage girl and the life or death decision she must make.” See her full review below.


If I Stay

Reviewed By Raven Devanney



If I Stay is a beautiful, moving film about a teenage girl and the life or death decision she must make. Mia is a teenage girl who has a wonderful, quirky family, a boyfriend who loves her to pieces and a bright, ambitious future. But, all of that changes when she and her family are in a fatal car accident. While Mia’s body is in a coma, her mind journeys back to all of her memories, triumphs, heart breaks and future. She has to make the decision on whether or not to fight and stay alive, or let go and leave this world. Will Mia stay?


I love this movie. It made me laugh, cry and it helped me to see all of the good in my own life that I should cherish, because you never know when it could all change. The cinematography is beautiful. Most of the film is filled with memories that Mia has and the way they are portrayed is very neat. The music is also beautiful. Mia is a cellist and a lot of the film focuses on her dreams of becoming a successful musician, so the film is filled with beautiful classical music.


My Favorite character is Mia played by Chloe Moretz. This film shows so many aspects of Mia’s life, so it’s easy to find something to relate to. She has a great passion for playing the cello and dedicates most of her life to it. She has difficulties relating to her parents and even her boyfriend since their musicals tastes are far more edgy than hers. She has to face her insane loss and she has to choose between many different things in life. There’s something about her life that I think anyone can relate to, so she’s a wonderful character. Chloe does a wonderful job portraying everything she’s going through and she moved me to tears many times.


This film makes me think about my own family and everything I would do for them. It makes me think of my life and all the joys and sorrows I’ve faced. There was not a dry eye in the audience because this film provokes unique memories for every individual. I felt especially connected to Mia’s family because I too have a younger brother and am very close with my parents, so I was very touched by Mia’s situation.


I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18 because of the intense emotions and mature content. Make sure you check out If I Stay in theaters since August 22nd.

Credit:  KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions,

Epson Makes Back-to-School Prep Effortless The Epson LabelWorks LW-600P is a Must-Have!

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Back-to-School time and you are probably wanting to make sure that your children’s items don’t go missing! Epson makes this an easy task to accomplish! Parents can now print names, initials, and symbols directly onto Epson’s iron-on labels, which can then be easily added to clothing, backpacks or any other fabric. Both durable and machine-washable, the labels ensure items make their way home while adding a unique and personal identifier to children’s belongings.

We received the Epson LabelWorks LW-600P, which is the first app-enabled label printer on the market, offering unmatched capabilities in the world of label creation. I love that it is so lightweight and easy to use! It is the smallest 24mm (~1″) label printer on the market. The best thing is that you can use it with smart phones and tablets because of the Bluetooth connectivity. Another really cool thing is that it includes over 100 label design templates and 400 symbols. and is compatible with a variety of tapes, including iron-on, glow-in-the-dark, metallic reflective and ribbons. This just is really quite amazing! It is easy to use and you can wirelessly create, edit and print labels. Now, how cool is that?! There is even a Handwriting mode for custom drawing or annotation of labels using the touch screen interface.

This really is a Must-have for Back-to-School! The Epson LW-600P printer (MSRP) can be purchased at

Self Disclosure: I received a free product to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: Epson.

Save Those Summer Memories With Shutterfly!


Summer is almost over and we have already started Back-to-School but there is a fun and easy way to keep all those Summer memories! I recently had the fun opportunity to make a Memory Photo Book on the Shutterfly website and I love how fun and easy it is! You simply upload your favorite photos on the pages and you can add text and even fun sticker images. It really is the best way to keep a fun record of those memories! Remember, time goes too fast and they grow too quickly!

Shutterfly also has different options such as Soft or Hard Cover and different sizes and layouts. We homeschool and also design a yearbook on Shutterfly. It really is a great school project idea!

We have teamed up with our friends at Shutterfly and are having a Photo Book giveaway! One winner will be able to make their own 12×12 photo book. To enter, leave a comment telling us a favorite summer memory! Deadline to enter is September 12, 2014 at noon PST. One winner will be selected randomly via

Self Disclosure: I did received a free photo book from Shutterfly but any opinions expressed are my own. Photo Credit: Shutterfly.

Family Fun for the whole family! Aztack from Blue Orange Games


Looking for a fun game for family night? Aztack is a lot of fun for children ages 7+ and adults! Players compete to stack the most stones by matching the colors and glyphs.  Who doesn’t want to build an Empire? It is so much to block out your opponent and make it to the top!

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I love that this can be played with 2-4 players and it’s just so much fun! It has quickly turned into one of our favorite game night games. Laughing and fun are guaranteed!

To find out more and to find a variety of other fun games, check out Blue Orange Games!


Self Disclosure: I received a free game to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are my own. Photo Credit: Blue Orange Games.