Archives for August 2015

Candy Molds for making LEGO bricks and figures by Merchant Smile Great for making candy, soaps and so much more! Giveaway Opportunity!

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I absolutely love these molds! My son really likes Legos so these really are hit! So far we have made ie cubes and also frozen juice Lego blocks. I like that they are easy to use and that the ice pops out super easily. They are also easy to clean. These really can be used for so many different occasions from birthday parties to holidays. As a matter of fact, I think that I will make frozen coffee creamer ice Legos for my iced coffee today. My son is looking forward to making candy Legos for his upcoming birthday in September and I am looking forward to making soaps for the holidays.

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More info:

LEGO Bricks and figures come out easy and perfect made from Best Materials: 100% silicone, BPA free, FDA food grade.

Easy To Clean & Safe To Use: due to high quality material and flexibility doesn’t leave stains. Fridge, oven & dishwasher safe

Our product contain 3 molds: 1XGreen 10 Brick ; 1X Blue 8 Mini Figures ; 1X Purple Mini & Medium Figures.

We are having a giveaway! One winner will win this really cool complete set from MerchantSmile. To enter, leave a comment below telling us what you would create! Deadline to enter is September 8th, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via SoCal City Kids is not responsible for sending out the prize. MerchantSmile will send out the prize to the winner. US residents only.

Self Disclosure: I received this product either free or heavily discounted in exchange for an unbiased review. This product exceeded my expectations.

Deluxe Pet Booster Seat by Devoted Doggy is a Must-Have! Great for small to small/medium dogs

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Looking for a Pet Booster Seat that both you and your pet will love? This one is a must-buy! I love that it is easy to actually took under a minute. My puppy is a medium/large hound dog mix so he is a little big so I tried this out on a family members pup. She has a chihuahua mix. They loved it! One main reason is that her dog found it very comfortable and it is super easy to clean. There is also a front zipper pocket which allows easy storage for your dog accessories. It can also be used in backseats with removable headrests. Small dogs will love it especially since it elevates them and they will be able to see out the window.

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Self Disclosure: I received a free or discounted sample to facilitate this post. Photo Credit: Devoted Doggy.

Primate School by Jennifer Keats Curtis


Gorillas using iPads, lemurs finger painting, squirrel monkeys blowing bubbles..these primates are pretty smart! Could you make the grade in Primate School? Learn how diverse the primate family is, and some of the ways humans are teaching new skills to their primate cousins. Author Jennifer Keats Curtis is once again working with organizations across the country to share fun facts about primates through this photo journal.

I found this book to be really rather amazing! I loved the photos and discovering how these primates are learning new skills such as using an iPad. A remarkable book and highly recommend for ages 4-8.

The Creative Minds section includes some really great activities such as Talk Like a Chimp and Primate or Not?

Find this delightful book at Arbordale Publishing.

About the Author:

Award-wining nature author Jennifer Keats Curtis is frequently found among students and teachers, talking about literacy or conservation.  Visit her website at

About the Contributors:

Along with providing photographs of the primates featured in this book, experts at the Lincoln Park Zoo, Nashville Zoo, Oakland Zoo, Zoo Atlanta and Orangutan Outreach shared their wealth of knowledge to ensure the accuracy of the text. Each of these organizations are able to use this book in fund raising efforts to continue their wonderful programs.

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book to facilitate this post. 


This Land Is Your Land by Catherine Ciocchi and Illustrated by Cathy Morrison


Take a trip around the world to discover a wide variety of Earth’s landforms and geological features through the rhythmic verse in This Land is Your Land. On the journey encounter plains, plateaus, and rolling hills. Find out how a stream can make a canyon or lava creates an archipelago. Read aloud and discover new terrain with the flip of each page.

I really like how interesting and engaging this book is for young readers. My favorite section “For Creative Minds” has activities that include Landform Sorting, Earth Movers and Landform Matching.

To find this book and so many more fun and educational books for children, check out Arbordale Publishing.

Self Disclosure: I received a free book to facilitate this book review.

Spokester – Make Your Kid’s Bike Sound Like a Motorcycle! Kids will love this!


Spokester is a fun toy to entice kids to play outside and a  turned safety device for Boeing!

Do you remember as a kid, riding your bike and pretending it was a motorcycle? Okay..maybe not. But, I did have brothers and I do remember them doing this and I have to admit, I had to try it and it was kind of cool.

Spokester is the perfect toy. It’s simple, inexpensive, and durable. It promotes exercise and cultivates imagination by continuing the timeless tradition that many kids have shared: pretending bikes are motorcycles. Boeing however is using it as a warning system to prevent accidents from happening when employees drive between hangars!

Spokester Bicycle Noisemakers is excited by this quirky usage of their toy, and have taken the opportunity to make a push for their Spokester online on Kickstarter.

I received a sample and had my younger nephew try it out and he loves it! It is basically an easy to snap on exhaust for your child’s bike.

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I like that it is super easy to install and my nephew loves that is actually sounds like a real motorcycle!

Check their kickstarter program out here.   But, hurry! It is wrapping up on Wednesday! So, pre-order on kickstarter today!

After Wednesday, you can still find them at

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Photo Credit: Spokester.


PAWZ are a must-have for keeping your pup cooler during this heat wave!

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It’s really hot outside as we wrap up the last month of Summer! It’s not always easy to take the dog out in this heat. Sure! We take drinking water with us but what about his paws? The ground can get very hot! Pawz dog boots are also a must have on rainy days! I received a pair of these for our pup and I love that they are waterproof and are also great for when the ground is hot! They are made of natural rubber and are 100% biodegradable. They are designed to go on easily and fit securely without zippers or straps.

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What is also really cool is that they come in a package of 12 and they are also reusable!

You can find them at some retailers but to find out more information, go to the website.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post.  Photo Credit: Pawz.

Gimbal’s Fine Candies Announces 2015 Back to School Sweepstakes Entrants are eligible to win a Gimbal’s Party Trunk for their classroom


Gimbal’s Fine Candies today announces the official kick off of its annual Back to School Sweepstakes. The lucky winner of this year’s sweepstakes will win a Gimbal’s Party Trunk filled to the brim with Gimbal’s candies and party supplies to use in a classroom celebration. The sweepstakes will take place August 17ththrough September 30th, and anyone who enters will automatically receive 10 percent off their next online purchase.


“The team at Gimbal’s believes that life is full of reasons to celebrate, and we are excited to help students kick off a successful school year,” said Karin Vollrath, sales and marketing director at Gimbal’s Fine Candies. “The Gimbal’s Party Trunk is packed full of our delicious allergen-free candies, decorations and other great items perfect for hosting a ‘sweet’ classroom celebration.”


Gimbal’s Gourmet Jelly Beans are free of major allergens including gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, soy and egg, making them a safe treat for everyone in the classroom to enjoy. The candies are also made with real fruit juice and each package features a variety of 41 delicious, unique flavors.


To enter, visit and share in 50 words or less why your classroom should win the Party Trunk.

I received a few samples of Gimbal’s and my son and I love them! My favorite is the Gourmet Jelly Beans! So, don’t miss this giveaway!

About Gimbal’s Fine Candies


Gimbal’s Fine Candies was founded in 1898 in downtown San Francisco. The company survived the 1906 earthquake and resulting fires. Four generations later, all of the staff at Gimbal’s remains just as passionate about confections as it was over 100 years ago. From old-time favorites to innovative new candies, everything Gimbal’s creates is made with pride in the USA.


For additional information on Gimbal’s Fine Candies, visit

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received and this giveaway is not affiliated with SoCal City Kids.

Celebrate National Coffee Month with Egoiste Cafe!


It’s National Coffee Month!

Looking for a new and fresh coffee to try? I received a sample of Egoiste Cafe Instant Coffee and loved the smooth taste! I usually am not a big fan of instant coffee but I was pleasantly surprised by this instant coffee. It’s a blend of highland and lowland Kenyan Arabica and it has a  rich flavor.You can purchase here. It also comes in ground and whole bean.


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About Egoiste:

Based in Florida, Coffee Globe is the U.S. headquarters for the brand Egoiste. Egoiste is produced in Europe at the most modern plants of Switzerland and Germany. This product guarantees high quality and all the production steps, from the beans roasting up to the packaging, take place at the same factory.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post.