Archives for September 18, 2014

Start Fresh this Fall with Favorites from Gurwitch Season-appropriate offerings from Laura Mercier, nyakio and RéVive!


   Amp up your coverage: Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide

o   With your readers’ summer tan starting to fade, now is the time perfect time for them to invest in a dependable foundation. The newest makeup innovation from Laura Mercier provides buildable, medium-to-full coverage and delivers a smooth, seamless complexion. Available in 24 colour-true, lightweight, oil-free flawless shades.

o   Retail Price/availability: $48, September 2014


·        Keep your “eye” on the prize: nyakio Firming Eye Balm with Kola Nut

o   Rejuvenate eyes that barely slept a wink during the summer with this powerful multi-tasking product. The balm utilizes baobab oil, from the African “Tree of Life,” to help skin feel instantly firmer, reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles and brighten the eye area.

o   Retail Price/availability: $45, August 2014


·        Smooth things over: RéVive Intensité Line Erasing Serum

o   Excess sun exposure and failure to apply sunscreen may have taken a toll on your readers’ skin this summer.This ultra-luxe serum will help reduce wrinkles instantly and overtime. The secret to this breakthrough technology is in the miracle ingredient, cone snail venom – extracted from marine, freshwater snails, it helps relax muscle fibers in the skin.

o   Retail Price: $600, September 2014

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. These brands are favorites of SoCal City Kids. Credit: Laura Mercier, nyakio and RéVive.

Dr. Cocoa: Relief with a Smile This a a Must-Have for Back-to-School!

It’s Back-to-School time and yes, back-to-school often means back to germs…and the return or kids’ colds and coughs. How many colds does your child(ren) come down with during the school year? I don’t know about you, but it is still really tough for me to get my child (and he is now almost 11!) to take medicine when he is sick because he just hates the taste! The only time he will take it is if he is feeling really, really sick and even then, he still complains and takes it very slowly. That is why I am really excited to find out about the New Dr. Cocoa for Children. What is Dr. Cocoa? It is the first-ever chocolate flavored, over-the-counter liquid cough and cold medicine line for children ages 4-13. The great chocolate taste, made with real cocoa, combined with trusted, effective ingredients, means kids are happy to take medicine and moms will be happy that their children will get cough and cold relief. I did receive samples to try out, but fortunately my son has not had a cold recently so we haven’t yet tried it out. But, my son is happy to know it is in the house!

Does taste matter? Well, like I said, I know that in our house it does! According to Dr. Cocoa’s new national Harris survey of U.S. parents of school-aged children (ages 4-13), almost 40% of parents said it isn’t easy to give their children over-the-counter liquid cough/cold medicines, with one-third of parents believing the taste of the medicine impacted how easy it was to give their child the recommended dose. Dr. Cocoa for Children was developed with its real chocolate flavor just for this reason.


Dr. Cocoa™ for Children comes in three patented formulas:

o Dr. Cocoa™ Long-Acting Cough Relief: relieves coughs for up to eight hours without causing drowsiness in children ages 4-13 (active ingredient: Dextromethorphan). Follow the package label for exact dose by age, or speak to your child’s pediatrician.

o Dr. Cocoa™ Daytime Cough + Cold Relief: relieves stuffy nose and cough for children ages 4-13. Its non-drowsy formula makes it ideal for daytime use (active ingredients: Dextromethorphan and Phenylephrine). Follow the package label for exact dose by age, or speak to your child’s pediatrician.

o Dr. Cocoa™ Nighttime Cough + Cold Relief: Made especially for children ages 6-13 to relieve coughs, along with stuffy nose, runny nose and sneezing at night (active ingredients: Diphenhydramine, Phenylephrine). Follow the package label for exact dose by age, or speak to your child’s pediatrician.

Your child will like the rich, chocolate taste, and you’ll love the cough and cold relief Dr. Cocoa™ provides. I know that I am feeling quite relieved that I have the New Dr. Cocoa for Children on hand for when my son comes down with a cold! Dr. Cocoa products are available nationwide at stores, as well as online. For more information about Dr. Cocoa™, including where to buy, visit

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I also received the most adorable Dr. Cocoa puppet that you have the chance to win on the Dr. Cocoa Facebook page at

Dr. Cocoa products are FDA regulated medicines and should be used only as directed and kept safely out of reach of children.

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It’s time for Skimboarding! The boogie board Eva Skimboard is a Must-Have for our heat wave!

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Yes, I know most of us are back in school (or are kids are!) but sunny So Cal has had temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s so summer is still here! I have never used a Skimboard in my life so was a little nervous about trying this one out! I received a boogie board brand Skimboard from our friends at Wham-O. I received a small which is just perfect because it’s the best one for my weight. They also make medium size and large size boards.  I love how it has the soft 3D grip on the board and that is has a high performance shape. I can’t say that I used this board and now I am an expert, but I did have a lot of fun attempting to use it! This really is a Must-Have especially if you live in Southern California!


Looking for your own Skimboard?  Check out Wham-O! You can check out their website for stores that sell surf goods, and/or your local surf shop or sporting good store.

Self Disclosure: I received a free Skimboad to review and facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are truthful. Photo Credit: Wham-O.

Mrs. Thinster’s COOKIETHINS are delicious! Brownie Batter...Cake Batter....Chocolate Chip...OH MY! Yum!


Looking for cookies that are extra crunchy and extra delicious? Mrs. Thinster’s CookieThins are what you are looking for! They come in three delicious flavors: Brownie Batter, Cake Batter and Chocolate Chip. Non GMO, No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives and extra crunchy and extra crispy, they are sure to be a hit with the whole family! My son and I loved the Cake Batter Cookie Thins the best! Think of yummy vanilla birthday cake in a cookie and add a crunch…too good for words! My husband preferred the Chocolate Chip but we also went through the Brownie Batter CookieThins rather quick! They did not last long in our house!

You can find them on and at Sam’s Club! You can also check them out on Facebook! 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature but all opinions expressed are honest. Photo Credit: Mrs. Thinster’s.