Archives for March 25, 2015

Smarty Had A Party for all Party planning! Giveaway Opportunity!


Looking for simply beautiful party ware for a fancy celebration? A Wedding? Easter Brunch? I can go on and on about this one! I received the most beautiful elegant disposable wedding dinnerware. Since I wasn’t actually having a wedding, I just planned a fancy dinner party for my family. I received the Elegant Wisteria Party Tablescape Set which includes the following:

1 Each 90×132 Purple Pintuck Tablecloth
1 Pack Silver Polyester Napkins (5/pk)
1 Pack 10.25″ Venetian White & Silver Disposable Plastic Dinner Plates (10/pk)
1 Pack 7.5″ Venetian White & Silver Disposable Plastic Salad Plates (10/pk)
1 Pack 8 oz White & Silver Disposable Plastic Bowls (10/pk)
1 Pack Radiance Silver-Look Disposable Plastic Flatware Set ((48 forks, 24 knives & 24 spoons).

I just love that these are so pretty! My favorite is the pintuck purple tablecloth. This is so fancy and great quality. I was quite impressed with the quality of all the items and my family was so impressed that it looks like I will be in charge of planning the next big family party!  I like that these items look more expensive and fancy than they are and that they really do bring a party table to life!

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I am actually planning to use the remaining products for a special family Easter Dinner. What a great way to decorate for a special occasion without paying costly rental costs! I checked out their website and I also love their helpful ideas. My 11-year-old son’s favorite were the Smarties candy samples! (Not sure if these little treats are always included but he loved them!)

We have teamed up for a special Giveaway! One winner will win the same lovely package that I received. To enter, check out their website and leave a comment below telling us your absolute favorite thing on their website. Maybe it is a helpful tip or a lovely product. Let us know! Deadline to enter is April 3rd, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via 

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Smarty Had A Party is the nation’s top-rated online party store for entertaining, from back yard pool parties to weddings, bridal showers, holiday dinners and special occasions. Smarty offers the widest selection of budget-friendly, elegant disposable dinnerware, eco-friendly party supplies and table linen on the web, enabling party and event planners to save the expense and hassle of rentals.

In addition to humorous, friendly product pages, Smarty’s helpful blog guides people planning events with illustrated party inspirations and ideas, creative recipe suggestions, and DIY instructions. Smarty also sells beautiful decorations to create a unique wow effect for guests, and preserve a lifetime of memories.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature review post and any opinions expressed are my own. Top Photo: Smarty Had A Party. All other photos: SoCal City Kids.

Marvel Universe LIVE! Debuts in Greater Los Angeles Coming Next Week!! First Ever Action-Packed Arena Tour March 26–May 3!



Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new groundbreaking level, with a mind-blowing stunt show unlike anything experienced before! Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man and The Avengers (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more) plus menacing Villains come to life in an action- packed arena extravaganza debuting in Southern California for the first time ever starting March 26th – playing Honda Center/Anaheim, Citizens Business Bank Arena/Ontario and The Forum/Inglewood.


Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel icons together on one awesome quest. The Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the  globe,  Thor’s villainous brother Loki  devises  a  scheme to  clone  its powers, inciting a threat that could not only decimate Earth but also obliterate the Universe.


Feel the energy and excitement with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and stunning video projections that completely immerse the audience into the epic action and story. Nearly two years in the making, Marvel Universe LIVE! is being hailed as the most technically advanced and innovative live touring shows ever (in the more than 40 year history of Feld Entertainment). Join Marvel fans of all ages for this once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance…the fate of the Universe depends on it!



WHEN:               Thursday, March 26 – Sunday, March 29

  • Thursday, March 26 7:00 PM
  • Friday, March 27 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 28 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 29 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM


WHERE:            Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806


TICKETS:          Prices range from $20, $30, $45, $75 (VIP) and $135 (Gold Circle) Kids (ages 2-12) tickets priced at $20 each*

Opening Night discount tickets available for $20 on select seating*

*not valid for VIP/Gold circle levels


Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.

*Tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

Use code MOM to save $5 off tickets in the $30-$45 price level. Limit 6 tickets. **Valid on select shows:
**Honda Center: Friday 3/27 & Saturday 3/28 at 7pm & Sunday 3/29 at 11am; CBBA – Friday 4/10 @ 7pm, Saturday 4/11 @ 11am, Sunday 4/12 @ 5pm; The Forum 5/2 @ Saturday 7pm***



WHEN:                Thursday, April 9 – Sunday, April 12

o Thursday, April 9                            7:00 PM

o Friday, April 10                                7:00 PM

o Saturday, April 11                           11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

o Sunday, April 12                              1:00 PM & 5:00 PM


WHERE:             Citizens Business Bank Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764


TICKETS:          Prices range from $20, $30, $45, $75 (VIP) and $135 (Gold Circle) Kids (ages 2-12) tickets priced at $20 each*

Opening Night discount tickets available for $20 on select seating*

*not valid for VIP/Gold circle levels


Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or

in-person at the venue Box Office.               *Tickets may be subject to ticketing service charges and facility fees.


I N G L E W O O D / L O S A N G E L E S

WHEN:                Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3

  • Friday, May 1 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 2 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 3 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM


WHERE:             The Forum – 3900 West Manchester Blvd. Inglewood, CA 90305


TICKETS:          Prices range from $20, $30, $45, $75 (VIP) and $135 (Gold Circle) Kids (ages 2-12) tickets priced at $20 each*

Opening Night discount tickets available for $20 on select seating*

*not valid for VIP/Gold circle levels


Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at

800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.          *Tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.



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New Retailers Headed to The Shops at Mission Viejo

The Shops at Mission Viejo is thrilled to welcome a premier set of new retailers to the center this spring. Windsor Fashions, Brow Arc Dry Bar and LUSH Handmade Cosmetics will bring exciting new offerings for shoppers, with other retailers slated for makeovers.


“We are excited about the arrival of new retail options and the positive reception they will inevitably receive from our shoppers,” said Patsy Sanquist, director of marketing and business development at The Shops at Mission Viejo.


Windsor Fashions specializes in stylish apparel and accessories for junior and contemporary women. The fashion-forward retailer recently opened its 3,693-square-foot space on the upper level near the Macys Women’s store. Windsor has maintained “a caring vision of shared beauty” since opening in 1937 by creating timeless and modern looks to help every generation feel beautiful.


Brow Arc Dry Bar is a sleek salon at which world-class beauty professionals offer the highest-quality threading, henna, makeup, eyelash extensions, waxing, and blow-drying services. The 1,017-square-foot salon is now open on the lower level near Ruby’s Diner.


LUSH Handmade Cosmetics will also join the mall’s beauty portfolio this Spring. The eco-friendly brand is known for supporting environmental, humanitarian and animal rights charities through sales of effective hair and skin products made from fresh organic materials, essential oils, and safe synthetics. LUSH will occupy a 708-square-foot space near Center Court.


In addition to new retailers, other stores are slated for relocations and upgrades. Talbots is scheduled to relocate to the upper level between Nordstrom and the Apple store later this season. Additionally, Z Gallerie, located on the upper level near Nordstrom, is currently undergoing a remodel with a projected completion date this spring.  


Other upcoming renovations on tap are for AVEDA, the MAC Cosmetics store and Steve Madden shoe store.


About The Shops at Mission Viejo

Among the 150 stores and restaurants at The Shops at Mission Viejo, this indoor mall features Nordstrom, H&M, Macy’s, Apple, Sephora, and The Cheesecake Factory. Home to Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour, Paradise Bakery and Microsoft, recognized by the OC Register’s 2013 People’s Choice Awards for “best ice cream,” “best cookie,” and “best tech store” respectively, The Shops at Mission Viejo serves many nearby communities such as Ladera Ranch, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, San Juan Capistrano and the city of Mission Viejo. The Shops at Mission Viejo is conveniently located at the intersection of the I-5 and Crown Valley Parkway in the city of Mission Viejo. With over 150 stores and restaurants, The Shops at Mission Viejo is south Orange County’s main shopping destination. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit or call 949- 364-1771.


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PBS KIDS’ newest series, ODD SQUAD, proves to be a hit with children and families both on-air and on digital platforms


This January, significant numbers of children and families across the country tuned in to the premiere of “Odd Squad Saves the World,” a special one-hour event from the new PBS KIDS live-action math series, ODD SQUAD. More than 3.7 million viewers* watched the ODD SQUAD kid agents save the day in the new special, which premiered on January 19. That week, “Odd Squad Saves the World” was the top-rated special across all kids’ demographics*.

In addition to the on-air broadcast, families have viewed the program on various digital platforms, the PBS KIDS Video App and PBS KIDS on Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV. During the “Odd Squad Saves the World” special event, there were over 44.5 million** video streams spanning these multiple platforms, while more than 1.7 million** users also visited the ODD SQUAD website. In total, ODD SQUAD saw over 70 million** video streams in the month of January.

“In just a few months since it has premiered, ODD SQUAD has already become a family favorite,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Media, PBS. “ODD SQUAD is a perfect example of the holistic and integrated approach we take to engaging children across multiple platforms. Kids were able to tune in to ODD SQUAD on their local PBS stations and on digital platforms, learning valuable math and collaboration skills as Olive and Otto solved some of their most unusual cases.”

“It is exciting to know that ODD SQUAD is engaging record numbers of children and families through its innovative approaches to math learning,” said Debra Sanchez, Senior vice President of Education, CPB. “CPB and the entire public media system are proud to be partnering with the U.S. Department of Education’s Ready To Learn program in developing media-rich approaches to support early childhood education.”

ODD SQUAD is a live-action series designed to help kids 5-8 build math, problem-solving and collaboration skills. The series focuses on two young agents, Olive and Otto, who are part of Odd Squad, an agency whose mission is to investigate unusual occurrences. A math concept is embedded in each of their cases, as Olive and Otto work together to problem-solve and set things right. ODD SQUAD premiered on PBS KIDS in November 2014 and airs weekdays on PBS stations (check local listings).

ODD SQUAD is created by Tim McKeon (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Adventure Time, The Electric Company) and Adam Peltzman (The Electric CompanyThe Backyardigans, Wallykazam!) and produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment and The Fred Rogers Company.

ODD SQUAD is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the U.S. Department of Education through the CPB-PBS Ready To Learn Initiative, a program that supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted to preschool and early elementary school children and their families, especially those from low-income communities.

  * Source: NTI Nielsen NPower Live+7 Persons 2+ Reach (000) for Odd Squad Saves The World, 75% unification   with a 6 minute qualifier, week of January 19, 2015.

** Source: Google Analytics (January 2015)

Credit: PBS KIDS.