Archives for June 17, 2015

Father’s Day with Decal Girl gift suggestions! Giveaway Opportunity!

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Looking for a gift for Dad for Father’s Day? What about a DecalGirl skin for his iPad or laptop? I love that these skins are so easy to apply and look so stylish! My son received the Blue Mosaic skin for his iPad Mini 3 and he chose the Matte/Satin Finish. It even includes a matching downloadable wallpaper.  What I like is that the skin is thin but sturdy and doesn’t bubble up when you apply it. It is also super easy to install. My son also selected the Digital Navy Camo skin for his iPod Touch and he loves it!  This one was also super easy to apply and I like that his tablet and iPod are more protected from scratches. These really are a Must-Have for not only Dad, but everyone in the family! I like that there are so many choices in designs and also they have skins available for so many devices. I actually can’t think of a device that they don’t make a skin for.  I’m sure you will find a style for Dad!

Our readers currently have a 15% off discount on any item until August 22nd, 2015. Simply use the code SOCALCITYKIDS15.

We have also teamed up for a Father’s Day Giveaway! Winner will be announced on Father’s Day! One winner will win  any skin up to $25. To enter, check out the DecalGirl website and leave us a comment below telling us one of your favorite styles. Deadline to enter is June 20th, 2015 at midnight PST. (US Residents only).Winner will randomly be chosen via and announced on Father’s Day! 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. Photo Credit: DecalGirl.

Kids Vitamins: No Pills, No Sugar, Great Option! Great in smoothies!


With summer coming, it means long days playing in the sun, camp, family trips and lots of activity!


But one thing parents don’t want to forget….proper nutrition…making sure their kids (Moms & Dads, too!) gets all the essential vitamins and minerals. And sometimes that is not always all in their food.


Taking a multi-vitamin is recommended by doctors, but over 40% of Americans have difficulty swallowing pills. And gummy vitamins contain added sugars and not all of the essential nutrients.

I don’t know if your child is like my son, but he is not crazy about taking his vitamins! He does like the Gummy ones but they do have sugar. I was quite excited to find out about this alternative!  I also like that there is no sugar and they can added to smoothies! Now, who doesn’t like a smoothie?

In 2010,  alternaVites, were introduced, a comprehensive multivitamin & mineral in crystal powder form that melts quickly in your mouth – the first of its kind. alternaVites quickly became the definitive “non pill” vitamin option and filled an unnecessary void in the market. With its success, it became clear to us that alternaVites is a product that’s great for everybody, not just those of us who have difficulty swallowing pills. Its convenience, delicious taste, portability, and high potency formula gave it much broader appeal.

While a children’s product was always part of the plan, they were overwhelmed with requests to develop an alternaVites formula that would be suitable for kids. Understandably, parents were equally as unhappy with the choices available for their children as they were for themselves. They were disappointed in products with high sugar content, incomplete formulas, and artificial ingredients. They listened to these concerns and developed alternaVites Kids – a children’s multivitamin & mineral that has awesome kid-approved flavors while maintaining the integrity, quality and versatility associated with the originalalternaVites formula.

Kids has revolutionized the children’s vitamin category as they no longer have to be the chalky chewable we grew up with, or a sugary gummy that’s missing essential nutrients, and can stick in between our children’s teeth.

alternaVites Kids® contains 17 essential vitamins and minerals specially formulated for children ages 4 and up.   Designed with both you and your children in mind, alternaVites Kids is remarkable not only for what it does contain, but also for what it doesn’t.


Now, what is really cool is that there is not any bad after taste. They really do taste good! I even tried them. I was quite impressed that they tasted good.

Available in two awesome flavors:  strawberry bubble gum and raspberry cotton candy.

  • Contains 0 grams of sugar (free of aspartame and high fructose corn syrup)
  • Gluten- free*
  • No artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors, or preservatives
  • Vegetarian
  • No GMO ingredients
  • Contains no egg, milk, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish or shellfish.*
  • Certified kosher (OU)
  • One per day
  • Endorsed by pediatric dentists

*However, we encourage all parents of children with food allergies or sensitivities to consult with their child’s doctor or pediatrician before use.

There are also ones available for adults! It is available in Mixed Berry!

Now, for three great smoothie recipes! I tried two of these and they are quite tasty!

alternaVites Green Strawnana Smoothie:


1/4 cup vanilla greek yogurt

3/4 cup strawberries (frozen or fresh)

1 banana

1 handful of kale (can substitute with spinach)

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup ice

1 packet of alternaVites Kids multivitamin


Direction: Place all ingredients in blender.  Blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!


alternavites Outrageous Orange Smoothie:


1 orange peeled

1/4 cup frozen mangos

1/4 cup plain greek yogurt

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup ice

1 packet of alternaVites


Direction: Place all ingredients in blender.  Blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

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Banana Oatmeal Smoothie


  • ¼ cup of cooked oatmeal (slightly cooled)
  • ½ cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup fat-free milk (or any milk you prefer)
  • ¼ cup ice cubes
  • 1 packet of alternaVites or alternaVites Kids
  • Optional: drizzle of maple syrup and/or sprinkling of cinnamonDirections:
    1. Place all ingredients in blender
    2. Blend until smooth and creamy
    3. Enjoy!


And alternaVites are MADE IN USA.

And just in time for Back to School, alternaVites Kids is launching stand-alone Vitamin D, Vitamin C and Calcium supplement packets.

alternaVites Kids is one of the most versatile children’s multivitamin & mineral products on the market! Other than sprinkling alternaVites Kids on the tongue, it can be mixed with smoothies, shakes, yogurts and/or puddings. You can also sprinkle it on top of their favorite fruit and you can get creative! Just remember, the entire packet must be consumed to provide the daily dose.

With alternaVites and alternaVites Kids, there are no more excuses for children and adults not to take their vitamins!

For more information go to:

For a a $2 off coupon go to:


Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photo Credit: alternaVites/alternaVites Kids.


WordGirl Father’s Day Card

WordGirl Father's Day Card

Feel free to print!


Credit: PBS KIDS/WordGirl/Scholastic.

Roxy is Pet of the Week!

Roxy, June 18 Pet of the Week

Foxy Roxy is a beautiful pewter girl with a face that always seems to be smiling and expressive eyes that show that she really is! Roxy is a 4-year-old female American Staffie who loves attention and a good hike with her bestie. Meet her on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A452952.


Credit: Companion Animal Village.


(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)