Archives for July 16, 2015

Authenticate your Tweens lives with AuthenticME’s “ELEMENTS for Girls A Fun & Engaging Self Discovery Project,” Turn off the electronics and tune into what makes them tick

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AuthenticME, a company created by two women who have dedicated their careers to helping adolescent girls, is aimed specifically for this purpose. The company’s mission is to develop products that will encourage girls to explore, embrace and empower all aspects of their authentic selves.


The company’s new book, “ELEMENTS for Girls  A Fun & Engaging Self Discovery Project,” provides a way for girls to slow down, disconnect from technology and connect with their authentic self,” said Sandra McDonnell, AuthenticME partner.  Each of the book’s 10 chapters invites girls to read, reflect, create and complete interesting and introspective activities while exploring themes such as feelings, self-acceptance, empathy, decision making and communications.  The theme of self-care is woven throughout the book in sections on sleep, healthy eating and stress management.


Integral to the concept is a bracelet that girls create as they work their way through the book.  “The beads are a fun, visual reminder of what is learned in the book,” according to Mary Ellen Young, AuthenticME partner and founder of Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence (HGNA), a Downers Grove, IL based non-profit organization that provides a variety of supportive programs for girls and parents.  “It takes time and practice to develop healthy, positive habits and skills,” said Young.


The section on empathy allows girls to work through real-life examples of how to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. “Developing empathy is a critical skill in reducing bullying and building healthy relationships,” according to Young, a bullying consultant and speaker on relational aggression. “A cute flip flop is the bracelet charm for this section, and serves as a reminder for the girls to put themselves in each other’s shoes. It is our goal to create a reminder for our girls so that when the temptation is there to throw out their arm and save a seat, instead they will look at their wrist, think about what it feels like to be that girl standing there, and make room.”


Many girls had a hand in development of the concept for the book and bracelet project. Focus groups were held with local girls who subsequently completed two sample chapters at home. “Their insight was key. We were motivated by how much they loved the concept,” said McDonnell.


“Girls benefit greatly from opportunities for personal reflection and self-awareness,” says McDonnell who is also the current HGNA president. The project was a creative family affair with Young and McDonnell’s three high school- and college-aged daughters playing key roles.  Sierra Young, a talented artist, created all the original doodle art, Nora Young inserted her keen sense of style into the book and bracelet designs, and Emma McDonnell researched and selected “the coolest beads” she could find.

We received the book to review and let our awesome tween guest blogger, Raya review it for us!

Here is Raya’s review:

What I liked. ..this product is a good way to express girl’s feelings and emotions. Elements for girls is a great way to build confidence and character. I think that elements for girls should improve their product by giving more helpful diagrams to build the bracelet. Overall this product is really great, and I really love this book. I think that all girls should express their feelings through this lovely product.

SoCal City Kids recommends this one!

The book comes with a kit to make the bracelet with beads that represent the theme of each chapter. The book and bracelet, priced at $24.99, are available at online at


Self Disclosure: SoCal City Kids received a book and bracelet making kit to facilitate this post. Review credit: Raya W. Photo Credit: Julie W.

Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions Amazing!


Last weekend, our family had the opportunity to attend the Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions at the Greek Theatre. This truly was an amazing experience! My son (who loves Pokemon) absolutely loved it! In his words, it was “Awesome!” If you have a chance to catch this tour, don’t miss it!  My husband said that it was unexpected and he was pleasantly surprised that the music from the  Pokemon games when it was set to music with a great composer, it really comes alive! Seeing the music come to life in a symphony was just amazing! I actually have no other words! The Greek Theater Orchestra and the amazing conductor were a great team! My son is hoping to see this tour again one day! Find out more at

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Self Disclosure: I received free media comps to feature and review.

Super Bright Glow Stick Bracelets – 100 Bracelets A Must-Have for Summer Night time fun!


Looking for Summer time fun at night with your kids? We had a blast with Super Bright Glow Sticks on the 4th of July. I love the way these are packaged with the USA and flag design. But, what is really how you can connect the sticks and make them really long. Two of our neighbor girls (ages 3 and 5) had a blast seeing who could make them the longest. My 11 year-old son had fun making a glow necklace that was really long. Although, we used them for the 4th of July, they would be fun for summer outdoor events such as movies on the beach, concerts in the park or any other fun things to do  like camping!


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Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Top photo credit: Super Bright Glow Sticks.





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With summer travel season quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about your packing list. While keeping luggage as light as possible can save you money on airlines, there are some items that are best not to leave behind. Whether you’re heading out for a couple weeks or even just a long weekend, if you’re a hemorrhoid sufferer you need to be prepared for flare ups that may happen at the most inopportune times!


Experiencing hemorrhoid symptoms while away from home can be extremely uncomfortable and unpleasant. Pain and discomfort may interfere with almost everything you do, from something as simple as sitting on a train to enjoying a meal with friends. There is a new way to get relief, however, and the good news is, it can go wherever you go.

Ferndale Healthcare® Inc., distributor and marketer of RectiCare® Anorectal Cream, has just introduced NEW RectiCare® Medicated Anorectal Wipes. Formulated with lidocaine 5% and glycerin 20%, these dual-action wipes provide effective relief from the pain, itching and discomfort of hemorrhoids and other anorectal disorders, while also forming a protective coating over inflamed tissues to temporarily protect irritated and inflamed perianal skin. RectiCare® Medicated Anorectal Wipes contain 12 individually packaged pre-moistened wipes which are discreet, portable and perfect for on-the-go relief.


After months of planning and saving, the last thing you want is for your travel plans to be ruined by a painful hemorrhoid. The new, on-the-go, medicated wipe from RectiCare® contains everything you’ll need to weather the unexpected and get you back to enjoying your trip—all in a discreet package that fits easily into your carry-on.

I have received samples and although I have not yet needed to use them, I am relieved to have these on hand!


RectiCare® Medicated Anorectal Wipes are available at Walgreens and Rite Aid locations with a Suggested Retail Price of $15.99. For more information or product coupons, please visit: or

NEW RectiCare® Medicated Anorectal Wipes  SRP: $15.99

RectiCare® 30g Anorectal Cream                      SRP: $29.99

Credit:  I received samples to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. 

About Ferndale Healthcare®, Inc.:

Ferndale Healthcare®, Inc. is an affiliate of Ferndale Pharma Group Inc., a fully integrated holding company. Ferndale Healthcare®targets several key specialty markets which encompass disease states that range from benign anorectal disorders to various skin conditions. The company’s mission is to provide high-quality, value-added products that help patients get back to what matters most in their lives—living well. Many of Ferndale Healthcare’s products are leaders in their respective categories.


Alice Nouveau Hydrating Anti-Wrinkle Serum A Beauty Must-Have!


I really like this product! I love how it feels on my face and I have noticed that my skin seems less dry since I started using it. I even had a couple of compliments on my skin the past few days. Someone seemed shocked that I am I still have wrinkles but they do see, much less noticeable.


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

SilverSport Helps Californians Conserve Water with Antimicrobial Fitness Products that Stay Clean Odor-Free Between Washes

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As Californians persevere through their fourth year of extreme drought,  residents are experiencing the new mandate to reduce their water use by 25 percent. Residents will be  looking for every possible way to save water, even re-considering how often they wash their clothes and towels. Fewer wash loads means saving more water. A new sportswear brand called SilverSport® ( can help. The company is offering an innovative water-saving solution through the use of its revolutionary SilverClean technology in towels,  socks and fitness products. SilverClean technology is a proprietary formula that incorporates natural silver, which has a well-established association with eliminating odor-causing bacteria. SilverClean also provides antimicrobial protection for all SilverSport products, helping the products stay clean and odor-free between washes, leaving how long between those washes up to each person. This can mean fewer washes, which helps to save water.
Joe DeLamielleure, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, walked for a charity from Buffalo to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, wearing the same SilverSport socks for 10 continuous days.    At the end of his journey, his SilverSport socks were still odor-free. “We know Californians will have some difficult choices to make about how they will save water,” said Franco Harris, SilverSport Chairman and Hall of Fame running back from the Pittsburgh Steelers. “I’m sure everyone will do their part to help out during the water crisis. Every bit of saving here and there will help to meet this challenge. Fewer wash loads means using less water.”  SilverSport products are the future of clean and odor-free workouts.
Clare Tobin, owner of Clearly Pilates is never without her SilverTowel. Clare says, “My SilverTowel performs class after class by staying odor-free, and SilverSport gives me the freedom to teach without the concern of odor.” Thomas Davis, one of the Co-Founders and President of SilverSport, stated, “Each Saturday morning last summer, I spent two hours kayaking around the lake. It is quite a workout and I always built up a good sweat in that hot sun. And of course I like to put our SilverTowel to the test. I didn’t wash my workout SilverTowel at all last summer and it still stayed odor-free. I wasn’t expecting anything less and I keep putting it to the test.”
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I received samples of the Women’s Athletic No show Socks, Men’s Athletic Crew socks and towels. I have to admit that I was quite impressed! My husband’s socks really did seem less stinky. That is a good thing! I like how comfortable the women’s socks are and I really don’t have to wash them as frequently! I like the towels because they don’t end up stinky right after you use them!
SilverSport offers odor-free SilverTowels for the shower, gym and camping and SilverSport odor-free socks for sports, work and dress. Californians will be cutting water consumption by 25 percent during the crisis. SilverSport is offering a 25-percent discount on your purchase. Visit us at
Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received to post. Photo Credit: SilverSport.


National Survey by Juicy Juice Provides Insights into Parents’ Attitudes and Buying Habits Regarding Juice

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Leading 100% juice brand, Juicy Juice commissioned a survey that provides insights into parents’ attitudes, understanding and buying habits regarding juice and their kids.

The study found that nearly one-third of moms who don’t purchase 100 percent juice for their children cite additives as the primary reason, while in fact 100 percent juice products contain no added sugars, other sweeteners, colors or preservatives.  Despite widespread reports in recent years of concerns about sugar content in juice, the Juicy Juice survey found today’s parents making 100 percent juice a big part of their kids’ healthy beverage repertoires.  Among related findings:


  • Milk (purchased regularly by 94% of moms), 100% juice (82%) and bottled water (72%) rank 1-3 in household beverage purchases.
  • 87% of kids drink 100% juice, almost on par with those who drink milk (90%).
  • 73% of kids drink the same amount or more juice than their parents did when they were kids, likely due to a proliferation in varieties, blends and convenient packaging options for busy, on-the-go families.
  • Over 60% of parents rightfully do not believe that juice and juice drinks are one and the same. Juice drinks do not contain only 100% fruit juice and often include added sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes and other additives.


Toward helping parents make better informed juice purchasing choices, Juicy Juice recently updated its website to highlight nutritional content, educating parents what to look for when reading any juice label and to help cut through the clutter. Juicy Juice is available in 12 fruity flavors including Apple Raspberry, Kiwi Strawberry, Mango and Fruit Punch.

We received samples of Juicy Juice in Apple, Berry and Fruit Punch. My son really liked the Fruit Punch flavor! I like that Juicy Juice is a healthier choice than many other juices. These are great to take out on Summer outings! Look for them at a grocery store near you!


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


SoCal Summer Camp Swaps Kids’ iPhones for ATV’s & Ziplines


Nestled in the beautiful San Bernardino mountains, Pali Adventures gets campers from all over the world (over 26 countries) that travel to California to learn how to be rock stars, perform Hollywood stunts, become culinary artists, and design and make their own fashions. The kids have a totally customizable camp experience, with 21 cutting-edge specialties and over 25,000 ways to personalize their activities schedule each week. Just a few examples of the activities to choose from include:



-ATV Quads

-Bungee Trampoline

-Wake Boarding

-Zip Lines


-Laser Tag

-Arts and Crafts


-and many more


Pali is a cell phone and internet-free zone, so kids have a chance to disconnect, unwind and focus on other things for a change. Here is a link to learn more about enrolling. Pali is still accepting campers and runs one week long sessions (sessions can be combined) through August.

Credit: Pali. No compensation was received to post. No review was completed.