Archives for June 2015

Shutterfly Photo Books are a Must-Have for Keeping Memories! Giveaway Opportunity!

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Looking for a great way to keep Summer memories?

Summer is here and  there is a great 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! We actually did one with this past school year.  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! I can’t believe my son will be in 7th grade in the Fall!

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

To find out more, check out Shutterfly !

We have teamed up with our friends at Shutterfly and are having a 8×11 – 20 page photobook giveaway ! One winner will be able to make their own 8×11 photo book (20 pages). To enter, leave a comment telling us something fun you plan to do this Summer! Also, a new guideline has been added! Simply go to the Shutterfly blog and comment on a post of your choice and then come back to SoCal City Kids and comment. Deadline to enter is July 5th, 2015 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.

Local 13 year old rides 130 miles to help those in need

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This weekend, on June 27 and 28, Casey MacLean, an ambitious, altruistic 13 year old aspiring firefighter from Marina Del Rey, CA will ride his bike from Fire Station #62 located at 11970 Venice Blvd in Los Angeles to the Whole Foods Market in  La Jolla, San Diego. Last year, he did his first 100 mile ride from Culver City to Santa Barbara and raised $4,100. This year, he is riding 130 miles with the goal to raise $5,000 for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation and his education fund. This is the second year Whole Foods Market is sponsoring his ride and Patrick Bradley, Southern Pacific Regional President will join him for the second half of his ride, from the Laguna Niguel Whole Foods Market store to La Jolla. In addition to Whole Foods Market, Casey has gained support from: GoPro, Wheel World Cycles, Santini SMS, Outlaw Graphix, Invo Coconut Water, Beyond Meat, Hornblower Cruises, Stromer, Bike Attack Electrc+, and Thule. Whole Foods Market got involved when Casey came into the store and shared his story. Last weekend they hosted a BBQ to fundraise and managed to collect nearly $1,000. More info about Casey and his cause available here:


Credit: Whole Foods Market.

MorphCostumes Unique and Fun for Halloween and other occasions!

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I know it’s Summer but it’s never too early to start thinking about Halloween costumes! I know that I always start thinking and planning before Fall arrives!  Also, costumes can be worn for a variety of other occasions from birthday celebrations to summer party celebrations! I recently received a Black Tutu Morphsuit and can’t wait for Halloween to wear it! I did try it on and it’s really comfortable, fits well and I like that it is rather unique! The Tutu is a really nice touch!  It’s slightly classy and reminds me of the classic little black dress. The Tutu Morphsuit also comes in pink. But, if you rather not have the tutu, there are many other choices available!


There are Morphsuits for adults and kids too! So, if you re looking for a costume that is unique and fun, then check out  because I am sure you will find one you like!  The Kids Morphsuits are pretty cool too!


Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. Photo Credit: MorphCostumes.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Cuticle Eraser + Balm is a Beauty Must-Have! This week's Summer Must-Have!


This is a Must-Have this Summer! After Winter taking a toll on my nails & cuticle, this is quickly making them look great for the Summer! I love how this product quickly removes and hydrates  cuticles. It is so easy to use and leaves my hands soft too! I have tried a variety of other cuticle products but this really is my favorite! It seems to moisturize and hydrate much better than the other products I have tried.  Look for it where Sally Hansen products are sold!



Self Disclosure: I received a free sample for review purposes.  Photo Credit: Sally Hansen.

RecordablePal makes a wonderful Baby Shower Gift!



Looking for a really adorable Baby Shower gift? RecordablePal by Elli & Nooli is a great gift idea! First of all…it is simply adorable! The RecordablePal records your voice or any sound at the press of one easy button, turning a soft and cuddly buddy into one of the most comforting items of baby gear that you’ve ever seen! The RecordablePal captures twenty seconds of mommy or daddy singing baby’s favorite song or any sound that baby likes the most … then plays it back on a loop for thirty minutes! I received a sample and we tried it out with a good friend who has a baby. Mom and baby both love it! It’s really easy to record and it really comforts babies. One really great thing is that you can re-record as many times as you want. So, you can sing new songs and leave new messages. It’s great for travel too! This is such a wonderful idea for new parents and also great for grandparents..especially those who don’t live close. Also, did I say how cute this Owl is? It’s just too adorable for words!  I wish that this had been around when my son was a baby!

You can find it on Amazon.



Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Any opinions expressed are my own. No other compensation was received to post.

Clouds By Katharine Hall A Compare and Contrast Book


There are many different kinds of clouds all around us. Clouds come in diverse shapes and colors. Some clouds are fluffy and others are wispy. Some clouds float high in the sky and others sit low on the ground. Some clouds warn of storms and other clouds tell of fair weather. Compare and contrast the characteristics of different types of clouds through vibrant photographs.

I really loved the beautiful photographs in this book! It’s a simple read and great for beginner readers. I recommend for grades K-3.

The For Creative Minds section includes: Water Cycle Experiments, Match the Clouds and Weather Predictions.

Find this wonderful book at Arbordale Publishing.

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes.

Animal Partners by Scotti Cohn Illustrated by Shennen Bersani


Animal Partners is a really fun and educational book for grades K-4! I love the poetry and the illustrations! 

From the “crocodile’s dentist,” to the “mongoose spa,” Animal Partners takes a whimsical look at the different types of symbiotic relationships of animals large and small. Although many animals live in groups of the same kind, here you will learn how some animals form unique partnerships with different species. After all, don’t we all need a little help from our friends?

A Must-Read for grades K-4! The For Creative Minds section includes: Helping Partners, What Type of Partners and Match the Animal Partners.

Find this  one at Arbordale Publishing!

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes.


Kandle by Ozeri Flex Reading Light Designed for the Amazon Kindle (fits latest generation Kindle and all models), and other eBook readers is a Must-Have! Great for Summer!


If you have a Kindle (or other ebook reader) this item is a Must-Have! I recently received the Kandle By Ozeri Flex and love it! This makes reading at night so much brighter and easier!

I like that there is flexibility so you can position it at the angle you want. It’s also stylish and sleek and it seems quite durable. I like to use to for reading at night. It works great with the older Kindles that do not light up. My son can even use it with his iPad mini. It’s small and compact so it is perfect for summer travels.


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Self Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchange for an unbiased review.