Archives for January 15, 2015

ROVE products are a Must-Have for families on the go!

hot and cold flask     double wall Diamond Collection 2

ROVE – a new mobile lifestyle brand of eco-friendly mugs, tumblers and containers.


ROVE is dedicated to providing fashionable, sustainable, functional and easy-to-use products that make life more comfortable for today’s active, on-the-go generation.

I received samples of their products and absolutely love them!  My favorites are the 20-ounce Double Wall Flavor Infuser Tumbler and the 7-Piece Laptop Iced Bento Lunch Box. I love the Infuser Tumbler because it is so easy to infuse drinks on the go with fresh fruit, flavored ice or fresh herbs. I love using fruit! The 7-Piece Laptop Iced Bento Lunch Box is just perfect for portion controlled lunches and I love that it includes multiple compartments, cutlery and even an ice-pack compartment. It really keeps food cold and fresh for hours! Both of these are a Must-Have for families on the go!

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Rove Gets Stars “Golden Globes Ready” with Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar at Chateau Marmont

Lifestyle brand offers stylish and innovative hydration-on-the-go products to achieve that red carpet glow

This past weekend, rove – a new mobile lifestyle brand with products that make life easier for today’s on-the-go generation – offered celebrities deluxe beverage infusers filled with delicious teas and flavored waters as part of its Beauty Bar participation with Colgate Optic White at the famed Chateau Marmont.


Stars including Jennie Garth, Cheryl Burke, Audrina Patridge, Terrell Owens, Torrey Devitto, Aviva Dresser and many others were treated to rove’s 16 ounce Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Hot and Cold Drink Travel Flask, which includes a built-in tea infuser (brew as you go!) and is capable of keeping beverages warm for up to eight hours.


Stars also received a sneak peek of rove’s soon-to-launch Diamond Collection in the form of a 26 ounce Tritan™ Iced Infuser, which creates “spa quality” flavored water in a attractive beveled bottle. With the hot and cold infusers, rove offered organic loose teas and fresh rose, ginger, pineapple and raspberries for nourishing hydration.


“Award season is a hectic time for those in the entertainment industry – and there’s an added pressure to bring you’re beauty and style A-game,” noted rove representative, Rami Izadyar. “Our hot and cold infusers offer chic, fun and tasty ways to stay healthy and hydrated.  These are perfect for anyone living an active, on-the-go lifestyle.”


With prices for the bottles starting at $12.99, you need not be famous to enjoy convenient hydration with quality rove bottles that are as stylish as they are functional.


For more information or to shop the debut line of rove products, visit To join the ROVE culture, like ROVE on Facebook at


About ROVE

ROVE is a mobile, eco-friendly lifestyle brand dedicated to providing fashionable, sustainable and easy-to-use products that make life more comfortable for today’s on-the-go generation. From work to play, ROVE products are designed to enhance a healthy, active lifestyle. Rove recognizes that on-the-go products serve as accessories for the 24/7, eco-conscious lifestyle. As such, they need to embody quality design, functionality, and ease.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature. Any opinions expressed are my own. Photo Credit: Rove.

New Neutrogena® Long Wear Eye Shadow + Built-In Primer

I love how this eye shadow really is long-wearing and great for both day and night! It blends in really well and lasts for hours! I love that it has a built-in primer and it lasted for at least 8 hours. It looks really natural too!


Self Disclosure: I received free as part of a Crowdtap Sample Mission but all opinions are honest.


10th Annual Coaster Run March 8th Knott's Berry Farm 5K, 10K & Kids Run


Run, Walk and Ride the Coasters for the Kids of Speech and Language Development Center. The Coaster Run offers a 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run and 1/2 Mile Kids Camp Snoopy Fun Run followed by a finish-line expo with a complimentary piece of Knott’s famous Boysenberry Pie.

10th Annual Coaster Run
March 8th
Knott’s Berry Farm
5K, 10K & Kids Run
Finishers get pie, medal and event t-shirt.
Special discount for our readers! Use this code: SOCALCITYKIDS good for 10% off any race, unlimited as long as registration is open.
The website is
Twitter: @RenegadeRace
Instagram: @RenegadeRaceSeries
Hashtags:  #CoasterRun #RenegadeRace #KnottsBerryFarm #SLDC
Don’t miss out!  See you there!
Self Disclosure: I have received Media comps to feature.

Paddington – A great Adventure! Lots of Twists and Turns and an Adorable Character


From the producers of Harry Potter comes this 21st Century version of Paddington with all the charm that this classic character deserves. The storyline follows a young Peruvian bear who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven. KIDS FIRST! Critics Gerry O. comments, “This movie has a nice core of humor with an intriguing story that is intense, but lighthearted too. Breathtaking special effects, animation and a strong feel of adventure round out the show.” Brianna Hope B adds, “Paddington is so outgoing and adorable. You can’t help but love this bear. He has an innocent way about him, but still is a little mischievous and gets into trouble.” See their full reviews below.




Reviewed by Brianna Hope B. KIDS FIRST! Critic, age 15


Paddington is a great adventure, with lots of twists and turns. This film is playful, comedic, enjoyable and definitely a great film for friends and family.


Paddington (Ben Whishaw, voice) is a rare breed of bear that travels all alone to London.  He wants to find a home after his is destroyed. While there, he discovers that it’s not what he expects, but finds a family that’s willing to take him in and look after him for just a little while. This is when everyone’s adventure begins.


Paddington is so outgoing and adorable. You can’t help but love this bear. He has an innocent way about him, but still is a little mischievous and gets into trouble. His visual effects and fur looks very real and life-like. Nicole Kidman’s character (Millicent) is very determined to add Paddington to her collection of stuffed animals.  She will stop at nothing to get him. She’s fierce, frightening and intimidating. I love the story line, humor, and definitely the action. I liked that the climax of this film is very unpredictable and shocks the audience. My favorite character would have to be Paddington. He truly thinks of the wellbeing of others and his curiosity is adorable. He reminds you of a child learning new things. A scene that I would call my favorite is when Paddington tries to return a wallet to a man that dropped out of his packet while walking out of an antique shop. Paddington chases him, trying to get the wallet to him. Finally he catches up with the man by falling on him from the air. When he falls on the man they both tumble down and about 30 wallets fall out of the man’s coat. Paddington catches a pickpocket and ends up in the paper on his first day in London. It’s a very comical scene that makes the audience crack up.


One of the messages of this film is that families are not just made up by the people who are related to us, but friends and even animals can be a part of our family.


I recommend Paddington for ages 8 to 16. However it’s great for the whole family and anyone who loves Bears. It’s rated PG and there’s nothing really you would need to look out for.


I give it 5 out of 5 stars.  It’s a great film that makes you feel good. Paddington arrives in theaters on January 16th, so please check it out.

By Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Critic, age 12


From the producers of the Harry Potter franchise comes another children’s film that many families will love for its humor, storyline, special effects and of course – the Bear! Paddington will be loved by families everywhere.

This movie has a nice core of humor with an intriguing story that is intense, but lighthearted too. Breathtaking special effects, animation and a strong feel of adventure round out the show.

The story starts when a very intelligent family of bears is sadly separated. An earthquake happens and the aunt must send her young nephew to London for a better home. After arriving in London, this young bear is taken in by a family but immediately starts running into challenges of fitting in to the human world.

This film is wonderful. I love the cast – lots of talented and wonderful people. Ben Wishaw plays the voice of Paddington and is excellent at making his character seem adorable and innocent, yet smart and caring at the same time. The humor is off-the-charts amazing and the camera angles and shots are one-of-a-kind. Some shots I could not get over and had to watch again and again.

My favorite scene is when Paddington tries to say his name to Mr. Brown, who is kind of the father of the family. But, Paddington says it in bear language. When Mr. Brown tries to repeat it, Paddington looks horrified and says, “How Rude!” It is a funny and lighthearted scene and kind of sets the right mood for this funny film.

This film is diffidently meant for kids but adults will enjoy it as well. I recommend it for ages 8 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.




Lines That Rhyme By Mark Tepper


Lines That Thyme is a fun book for children ages 6+. It isn’t too long or wordy which makes it perfect for younger readers to read alone. But, it is more fun to read together and try to guess the answers to the rhymes. It is only 24 pages which makes for a great story time bedtime read. The collection is a variety of fun rhymes on different subjects and my son enjoyed guessing what the answer and illustration would be on the next page. He also likes that the poems aren’t too long and wordy. They usually are about 8 sentences. It is a good book for children and the illustrations are also quite fun! I easily give this one 5 stars! I am looking forward to more children’s books by this author.

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