Archives for October 10, 2015

Duri Cosmetics’ “Revel in Luxury” Collection adds Cool and Chic Shades for Fall and Winter 2015

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Looking for the perfect nail shades for the Fall and upcoming Winter? Duri Cosmetics has your covered!


Fall and Winter don’t need to be drab and dreary – especially when painting fingers and toes – according to Faina Ritz, founder of Duri Cosmetics.  With the new “Revel In Luxury” Collection, Ritz elevates autumnal- and winter-toned neutrals into rich nail polish hues that add just the right amount of pop to cold weather’s manis and pedis.


Each shade in this collection has its own unique flare and glamour. Ritz notes, “‘Revel in Luxury’ is made up of robust and lush shades that feature blended multi-faceted, androgynous colors, luxe neutrals and powerful statement-making pigments that are extravagant yet effortlessly sophisticated.”


These twelve brand new polishes are inspired by the trending Pantone 2015 Fall Fashion reports, which indicate a balancing of earthy neutrals with bold color statements.


“We want women to be able to wear a shade both day and night and to go from the office to a swanky night out, all while feeling elegantly confident and polished – and nothing makes a woman feel more polished and put together than a fresh coat of the right color polish,” Ritz explains.


“Revel in Luxury” features twelve new colors that work perfectly with fall and winter.

I received samples and I love the variety of different shades!  I tried out six of the shades below and my favorite are the Revel In Luxury (a beautiful blue) and Chic Chick. I like that only one shade is needed and these shades are just perfect for both day and night. These are Beauty-must-haves this Fall and upcoming Winter!

The following shades are available:

It’s All About Me (659) – a cultivated, vibrant watermelon pink

Posh (667) – an enigmatic, sensual purple

Live It Up! (662) – a soothing moss khaki

In Vogue (666) – a sophisticated and playful salmon

Oh, My Stars (657) – a serene yet confident dark turquoise with just a hint of blue micro-shimmer

Black Diamond (663) – a powerful black saturated with silver micro-glitter

Chic Chick (658) – a luxurious taupe-hued mink

Au Moment (660) – a stately pearly iced pink

Lost In Elegance (661) – a sumptuous chinchilla with subtle copper and silver micro-shimmer

Paint The Town (664) – a tasteful winter amaryllis red

Feeling Beautiful (665) – a dusty, comforting rose

Revel In Luxury (668) – a magnificent shimmering royal sapphire


Indulge in this opulent yet wearable new collection and all of Duri’s polishes, available nationwide at salons, spas and specialty stores, as well as online at


Duri’s entire collection of 300+ nail polishes are all 3-free from DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde, and are also environmentally friendly, ensuring your nails will look exquisite without all of the questionable chemicals. Individual polishes can be purchased for $6 – pure elegance without a lavish price.

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

New Chuggington DVD “The Big Freeze” Releases October 13! Giveaway Opportunity!

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Cool high-speed adventure is on the way to preschoolers nationwide with the newest“Chuggington” DVD, “Chuggington: The Big Freeze”! The latest release in the popular DVD collection from Anchor Bay Entertainment is jam-packed with six fun-filled adventures – including a never before seen holiday special episode from the top-rated Disney Junior series. “The Big Freeze” pulls into retail on October 13, 2015, just in time to help families from coast-to-coast celebrate the season – Chuggington style!

The chuggers perform one heroic rescue after another in this cool new seasonal collection of “Chuggington” adventures! When icy temperatures cause the town to run out of fuel and all diesel engines are grounded, it’s wheels-to-the-rails as Chief Jackman and his team of brave Chug Patrollers work together to find a way to the frozen docks to retrieve fuel and get the town of Chuggington moving once again. Fans can join Fletch as he tries to repair the lighthouse, chug along with Calley as she tests to become a first responder, watch as Brewster gets closer to being a Chuggineer, and more! “The Big Freeze” will help teach little chuggers nationwide important lessons about safety, responsibility and teamwork as they ride alongside their favorite friends, Wilson, Koko, Brewster, and Asher!

I received an advanced copy and I highly recommend for younger children! It is fun and so entertaining! I love that it also teaches important lessons for young children such as safety. reports: “Now this is what good children’s entertainment is about! The stories are terrific, the characters are delightful, and the animation is awesome!” And, for double the turbo-charged adventures, Anchor Bay Entertainment will release in tandem the new-to-DVD dino-sizedChuggington” title, “Wilson and the Dinosaur.”


Young fans can experience even more “Chuggington” fun at Amtrak Train Days events, taking place across the country. For information visit


Now in its fifth season on Disney Junior, “Chuggington” is a colorful and contemporary CGI-animated TV show fromLudorum that reinforces early social readiness skills. The series has become a global sensation since its debut in September 2008 in the U.K. The show has been licensed to more than 175 territories worldwide and has established ratings records in several key international markets, including the U.K., Germany, France and Australia. The series made its U.S. debut in January 2010.

We have teamed up for a Special Giveaway! One winner will win both DVDs! 

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I haven’t reviewed Chuggington Wilson and the Dinosaur but it looks like a great one!

To enter, leave a comment below telling us why you would love to win this cool combo! Deadline to enter is October 15th, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via 

In the meantime, also click on the following link for some more fun!

chuggington wilson & the dinosaur Coloring Pages

Self Disclosure: I received a free DVD to facilitate this post, No other compensation was received. The winner will be sent both DVDs from Anchor Bay Entertainment.



Last weekend, My family had the chance to visit the All-New Boo at The LA ZOO and it’s something you definitely want to check out this month! Our favorites were the Spooky Caves and the Pumpkin carvings were quite amazing! One thing I really like is how educational and fun this outing can be. There were plenty of helpful staff around to tell us amazing facts. We learned new facts about the Flamingos and my favorite Pumpkin Carving was one of Elsa from Frozen.

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 Annual Event, Sponsored by 99 Cents Only Stores,
Is Reimagined and Expanded to Every Day in October

October 1 through 31, 2015
10 am – 4 pm
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

This Halloween season, the Los Angeles Zoo offers families and Halloween lovers of all ages a chance to feed their imaginations with treats at the all-new BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO, expanded to an entire month of seasonal fun and learning beginning Thursday, October 1 and continuing through Saturday, October 31, 2015, 10 am to 4 pm.  BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO 2015 features daily activities such as spooky caves spotlighting animals’ “super” natural senses, while weekends include a “Graveyard Safari” adventure, “Boneyard” education station, themed crafts, storytelling, live music, strolling characters, pumpkin carving, animal feedings and other family adventures.  Kids are invited to dress in costumes, and costume contests are presented throughout October.  Activities at BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO, which is sponsored by 99 Cents Only Stores, are free with paid Zoo admission.  Check for details and daily schedules.

In a twist on a more traditional Halloween haunted house, the L.A. Zoo debuts spooky caves in the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo, which are filled with shadows and projections of slithering snakes and crawling spiders and eerie sounds of nocturnal creatures and other special effects, as well as live tarantulas, scorpions and other critters.  Visitors wandering through the spooky surroundings can expect to unearth shocking facts about animals’ “super” powers such as heightened senses that help them survive in their environments.  Other daily activities include fun photo ops in front of a “Haunted Barn” backdrop and up-close “Animals and You” encounters with some of the Zoo’s smaller (and creepier) residents.

Weekends at BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO offer a slew of additional “sweet and spooky” entertainment and education attractions.  A new Graveyard “Safari” hay bale maze is stocked with “tombstones” and silhouette cut-outs of skunks, possums, raccoons and other creatures that inhabit backyards – like yours! — in the dead of night.  Animal skeletons and skulls at a “Boneyard” Station may actually make guests jump out of their skins a bit, as might mysterious characters strolling through the Zoo.  Adding a lighter touch are pumpkin-carving demonstrations, Halloween crafts, “Professor Johnson, Organ Donor’s Haunted Halloween Musical Review” featuring “silly songs and sing-alongs,” and “Dress Up With Campfire Cat,” including face painting with a choice of spiders or fangs with four shows each weekend day.

Zoo residents celebrate along with everyone, so guests are encouraged to keep their eyes peeled for seasonal feedings of pumpkins for plant eaters and carcasses for carnivores on select dates (parental discretion for the latter is advised).  Feedings are set for lions on Saturday, October 3; for Komodo dragons on Sunday, October 4; for jaguars on Saturday, October 10; for elephants on Sunday, October 11; for the black bear on Saturday, October 17; for the tiger on Sunday, October 18; for snow leopards on Saturday, October 24; and for Komodo dragons on Sunday, October 25.  On Halloween, Saturday, October 31, guests can celebrate the one-year birthday of Rosie, the Zoo’s near-legendary baby hippo, with activities to be announced.  Traditional trick-or-treating at the Zoo takes place on Saturday and Sunday, October 24 and 25 and Saturday, October 31.

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The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.6 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered.  Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; an Indian Rhino Encounter direct-contact opportunity; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo; one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world; a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants; and much more.  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.  The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children.

Admission to the Los Angeles Zoo is $20 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $17 for seniors (ages 62+), and $15 for children (ages 2 to 12).  No ticket is required for children under 2.  Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90027.  Free parking is available.  For additional information, contact (323) 644-4200 or visit

Photo Credit: Top Elephant photo:  Jamie Pham. All other photos: SoCal City Kids.


He Named Me Malala – Inspirational, Educational and Eye-Opening. A Must-See for Today’s Youth


Davis Guggenheim, known for his award-winning documentaries An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman, brings to the screen the incredible life story of Malala Yousafzai and offers insight into the life of this young woman. At the heart of this film are the interviews that show us the impact of Malala’s father and family in creating who she is. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Lainey A. comments, “This movie is very inspirational, educational and makes me realize how fortunate I am to have an education and not have to worry about the safety of my life or family.” See her full review below.

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By: Lainey A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13



“There is a moment when one should choose to be silent, or to stand up.”  -Malala

This movie is very inspirational, educational and makes me realize how fortunate I am to have an education and not have to worry about the safety of my life or family.

He Named Me Malala, is a documentary about Malala Yousafzai who takes huge risks to stand up for girls’ rights to receive an education in Pakistan.  When Malala is 15 years old she makes public speeches about how she doesn’t think the Taliban is doing the right thing by blocking girls from getting an education.  One morning on the way to school, members of the Taliban board Malala’s school bus, ask for her by name and try to assassinate her.  Malala is shot on the left side of her head and she miraculously survives.  After her recovery, she continues to put her own life in danger by speaking out against the Taliban.  Fast forward to 2014, at age 17, Malala is the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

The relationship between Malala and her father, Ziuddin Yousafzai is very strong and shown throughout the film.  Malala says that she and her dad have two different bodies but they share one soul. They both speak out and help each other to have a voice.  Ziuddin named his daughter after a historical Afghanistan woman who courageously went onto the battlefield to fight for freedom.  Similarities are shown between the two Malalas, both strong young women willing to take a stand.

My favorite scene is at the beginning of the movie when Malala is at her home with her brothers and Dad having conversations like any tight-knit family.  This scene offers some comedic relief between Malala and her brothers and this scene shows she has a normal life.

The message of He Named Me Malala is that we should stand up for what’s right and what you believe in, no matter the consequences. That can be really difficult.  Malala really shows what she believes in and she says that there is a moment when one should choose to stand and she does. She chooses to speak out.  The movie states, “When you educate a girl, it changes our world.”

Thanks to Malala, more girls are getting educated and our world will be a better place because of it.

I rate this documentary 5 out of 5 stars because it is very inspirational and shows how one person can really make a difference in our world. I recommend this film for ages 13 to 18 because it is intense and has actual news footage of murders done by the Taliban.   This film is in theaters now so go check it out.


The Good Dinosaur


“The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?  Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. Directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Denise Ream (“Cars 2”), Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” opens in theaters on Nov. 25, 2015. For more information, check out, like us on Facebook,, and follow us on Twitter,, and Instagram,

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THE GOOD DINOSAUR opens in theatres everywhere on November 25th!

Credit: Disney Pixar.