Archives for October 1, 2015

Celebrate National World Smile Day with EVOLVE

To celebrate World Smile Day, Dr. Scheier is sharing a perfect toothbrush for kids and parents alike that will make maintaining excellent oral hygiene as easy as 1 2 3. Kids will finally love brushing their teeth!

Kids are regularly exposed to sugary drinks and candy which often leaves behind sticky, hard to remove residue. Most kids will not properly clean the back of their teeth, which is a hard to reach area with regular toothbrush, and the left behind substance results in plaque buildup.


The EVOLVE toothbrush is an innovative product in the category of manual brushes. This distinctive new toothbrush is created with a patented Triple Flexing brush head design which helps thoroughly and easily clean surfaces of teeth and gums, especially the hard to reach areas. Developed by Dr. Paul A. Scheier, practicing dentist and oral care inventor, it’s a dramatic evolution in brush design with results that can benefit not just oral health, but overall health as well.


EVOLVE toothbrush is design to work for children as well as adults. It not only brushes at and below gum level, it is also a great tool for children with braces, gum problems and children with disabilities, because of the unique ergonomic design. It’s a SMART toothbrush that knows what to do even kids don’t!

I received a sample and I really like this one! Even though my son is older, he doesn’t always brush his teeth the best. It is heard for him to brush his back teeth. This brush really seemed to work better for him! 

I highly recommend for children.

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Evolve-3871_brush-headThe EVOLVE Toothbrush launched this month and is now available for $15 at For more information on how to use this unique brush, view the instructional video at

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


Beautiful Hand Painted Wine glasses by Valentina Paris are the perfect gift!


This set of wine glasses is really impressive! They are truly beautiful! I love the hand painting and am impressed with the beautiful design and the quality. I really can’t get over how pretty and unique they are. I am also impressed with the size and they are bigger than I expected them to be. I highly recommend as a gift. They would make an awesome wedding or anniversary gift.

You can purchase on

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

Super fun after school snacks from FamilyFun

Looking for healthier snack options for the Kids?

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FamilyFun magazine has delicious snacks that are perfect for those busy weekdays and will satisfy a hungry kid!


A familiar combo gets a lofty treatment in this filling after-school bite. To prep it, slice a small apple crosswise, core the pieces, and place a few tablespoons of peanut butter in a bowl. Give your child a spreader and let him build and eat his own stack.


We’ve done the math, so we know you can count on this cute calculator to add fun to the first day of school. To make one, use a serrated knife to trim a graham cracker sheet into a shorter rectangle (ours are about 3½ inches long). Cut a rectangle from a plain chocolate barand attach it with chocolate frosting. Trim away the tips from three butterscotch, chocolate, or white chocolate chips. Use more frosting to attach them, along with nine M&M’s Minis candies, as shown.

I received a free copy of the newest FamilyFun and love it! You must check it out! It has some really great ideas for Halloween!

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of FamilyFun Magazine. No other compensation was received. Recipe credit/photos: FamilyFun.

Lumpy Cubes! An Educational Games Just in time for Back to School! Fun for both Kids & Adults!

With the kids back to school, it’s time to start thinking of creative ways to have fun will still focused on education.


RoosterFin games are simple, fast, family fun! Easy to learn, easy to play; that’s RoosterFin games! Play any of their games with family and friends for some light-hearted fun!


Joe brings a unique skill to the toy and game industry with his ability to write authentic game engines. His gift is in understanding how math applies to games. Joe’s background, coupled with his years teaching kids, enables him to create games that are continuously simple to learn and fun to play. Since Joe has left his life in the classroom behind, you can find him somewhere between here and there, driving around the country to bring games to your families.

You just might find him playing in a city near you…


You may remember that SoCal City Kids reviewed Monkeys Up™ this past Summer and it was a hit! So, we were quite excited to received Lumpy Cubes to review!

The game of quick, quirky, cube stacks! Lumpy Cubes™ is a quick-play stacking game designed to improve your memory, reaction time, and motor skills. This game is fun for all ages, especially when looking for friendly competition! The unique feature of this game is that each patterned challenge card has only one way to be correctly stacked. If you find it and stack it first you win!


Players: 1-4

Ages: 6 to adult

Skills: memory, reaction time, motor skills.

I really enjoy this one! I like that it is a quick game and anything to improve my memory is a great thing! But, I really like that this one is a great one for both kids and adults. It really is a lot of fun and easy to play but not so simple that older kids will refuse to play it. I now have a ‘Tween and finding games that he will play isn’t quite as easy as it used to be!

You can purchase on

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

Halloween ComicFest Launches Costume Contest- $10,000 in Prizes! “The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever” Returns!

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Halloween ComicFest is conducting “The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever”, where participants take a picture in costume showcasing one of the 21 free Halloween ComicFest full-size or mini-comics and then upload their costume photos to be entered to win great prizes, including a Grand Prize of a $500 shopping spree at their local comic shop!


Starting October 1st through November 10th contestants can upload their photos and choose one of the five costume categories— Superhero/Comics, TV/Movie, Gamer, Horror and Original to enter.


How To Enter:

  1. Contestants must get one of the 21 official Halloween ComicFest full-size or mini-comics.
  2. Contestants must take a picture holding one of the Halloween ComicFest comics while in costume.
  3. The photo must then be uploaded to the Halloween ComicFest website at ( and submitted into the appropriate costume category where it will be screened by the HCF staff to ensure the photo is appropriate and has a HCF comic included in the picture.
  4. Photos can be submitted anytime they receive a Halloween ComicFest 2015 comic until 11:59PM on November 10th.


From Tuesday, November 3rd until Tuesday November 10th at 11:59PM, fans will be able to vote on their favorite entries featured on the HCF website, ultimately helping decide a category winner. Two Grand Prize winners will be picked at random to receive a $500 shopping spree to their local comic shop and one adult and one child from each category will receive a $100 shopping spree.

The adult and child who earn the most votes in their respective categories will receive a prize pack containing a variety of items from contest sponsors which include Action Lab, Aspen Comics, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse Comics, Diamond Select Toys, DK Publishing, Elephant Gun,Funimation, Funko, Gentle Giant, Giant Miscrobes, Goldibox,Kotobukiya, Mad Libs, Magnetic Press, Oni Press, Papercutz, Quirk Books, Scholastic, Storm King, ThreeZero, TopShelf, Trick or Treat Studios, Viz Media and Warpo. This year $10,000 worth of prizes from our sponsors and comic shop gift certificates will be awarded to category and randomly selected winners.


“This year we expect more participants for the contest as Halloween ComicFest takes place on Halloween, so if you’re already in costume when you go to a participating shop, get a free comic, and take a selfie or  pose for a picture with your comic, you’re one step closer to entering the contest,” said Halloween ComicFest spokesperson Deborah Moreland. “Comic shops are packed with horror and scifi comics, graphic novels and other pop-culture merchandise making comic shops great Halloween destinations and on October 31st, they’ll be packed with customers picking up Halloween ComicFest comics in addition to having a fun experience all-around at their local comic shop. We look forward to seeing what people wear to win and the free comic they received this year!”

To learn more about the costume contest, Halloween ComicFest activities, and to find a participating comic shop, visit

Credit: Halloween ComicFest.

Celebrate the 2015 Halloween Candy Buy Back!

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Halloween is a fun and exciting time for kids, but a destructible and toxic time for their teeth.  As a parent, how do you stop your child from partaking in the joy that is trick-or-treating? With the help of the 11th annual Halloween Candy Buy Back program, in which local dentists “buy” back kids’ Halloween candy in exchange for product packages, cash, or other incentives, Halloween can be enjoyable for kids, parents, and even US troops overseas!  This year, we want to promote a positive dental health message and hope to introduce kids to the great tasting, natural sweetener, xylitol.  While most children enjoy the taste of regular sugar candy, it is neither good for the child’s oral health or body.  Our product packages will be full of goodies including xylitol candy provided by Xlear Inc. which tastes great and is actually beneficial to your child’s health!


Founded in 2005 by Dr. Chris Kammer, the Halloween Candy Buy Back Program began as a way to keep excess Halloween candy “off the streets” and help keep kids’ mouths healthier. This year, the program is moving to be a force for good by teaming up with Xlear Inc., the leading manufacturers of xylitol products, and Tess Oral Health, makers of dental, professional, and oral hygiene products. Together they will partner with dental offices nationwide to reach the goal of sending 100,000 toothbrushes overseas as well collect children’s Halloween candy to give the soldiers a holiday away from home.  This simple act of kindness enables children to exchange their Halloween candy and receive a token in return while showing love and support to our men and women fighting for our country every day.

I received samples of SparX Halloween Candy from  Xlear, Inc. that includes 30 trick-or-treat sized bags of xylitol candy in three great flavors: Natural Fruit, Natural Berry, and Natural Citrus. These naturally-flavored candy “dots” are loved by kids and parents alike, and are available for a limited time at  I like that they are naturally-flavored and are available in the different flavors.


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



The Halloween Happening by Priscilla York A Must-Buy this Halloween!


The Halloween Happening is a Halloween story and tradition all about decoding a special message.  Each set comes with a book, a plush pumpkin character, numbered cards and a decoding chart.  When a child names their new pumpkin friend, he comes to life and every morning, if the child behaves, the pumpkin will give a new coded letter to the message.  On Halloween morning, the child will receive the special decoding chart and find out the special Halloween message
The Halloween tradition includes:
*The Halloween Happening hardcover book
*A plush toy pumpkin character
*26 numbered cards (1-26)
*Decoding chart
I received a sample of this one and highly recommend! Younger children will love the pumpkin friend and the whole concept of receiving a coded letter to make a message. This will make a wonderful Halloween gift!
Retails for $24.95.For more information and to purchase please visit:

About the Creator:

About Me

My name is Priscilla York. I am the owner, creator, and author of The Funny Easter Bunny and The Halloween Happening. I am a stay-at-home mother and a wife of an active duty marine. I take pride in being a mother and wife, and holiday traditions are moments I cherish with my family. I hope to bring new holiday traditions to you and your family, too.

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

“Music for Montebello” Returns for its Second Year The Shops at Montebello creates a performance space for local schools

As teachers and students return to classrooms across Southern California, many with a passion for the performing arts will be excited by the return of The Shops at Montebello’s “Music for Montebello.”


Music for Montebello is a performing arts program that invites local public and private K-12 schools to hold vocal, dance and theatrical recitals at The Shops at Montebello.


The shopping destination will provide $250 gift card to schools for each performance to support arts education in the community. Schools may perform up to four times at The Shops at Montebello during the year.


“Community involvement is important to The Shops at Montebello,” said Marida Petitjean, Director of Marketing and Business Development at The Shops at Montebello. “We’re delighted to host these performing arts events to celebrate the creativity and expressiveness of local youth.”


All public and private K-12 schools from the following cities are invited to participate in the Music for Montebello program: Montebello, Rosemead, Monterey Park, Pico Rivera, Alhambra, Hacienda Heights, Whittier and El Monte.


School performances containing vocal, dance and theatrical elements should be between 30 minutes and two hours in length, and will be free and open to the public, taking place inside the center during mall hours, Monday through Sunday. The Shops at Montebello will determine final performance dates and times. Staging, an audio system and seating for guests will be provided for each performance.


Applications are available at the Guest Services booth, located in Center Court. In-mall performances will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis. For questions or inquiries, contact The Shops at Montebello at 323-722-1776.


For more information, visit The Shops at Montebello on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Credit: The Shops at Montebello/Simon.


About The Shops at Montebello

The Shops at Montebello is a modern indoor super regional shopping center featuring four department stores and more than 160 shops, eateries, and restaurants—remaining the leader for shopping in the San Gabriel Valley. The Shops at Montebello is home to Macy’s, jcpenney, Forever 21, Coach, G by Guess and more, with dining options such as BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery, Hikari Sushi, Marie Callender’s and Olive Garden. The Shops at Montebello serves communities in San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles including Montebello, Monterey Park, and Rosemead. With its modernized look and feel, The Shops at Montebello strives to provide the best shopping experience with its retailer and dining selections for the entire family. Follow The Shops at Montebello onFacebook, Twitter or Instagram.


About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit