Archives for October 2015

Georgia is Pet of the Week!

Georgia, Oct. 29 Pet of the Week

We’ve had Georgia on our minds for Pet of the Week since her owners left her behind when they moved. Sad for this senior shepherd, but she’s very playful even at 10 years old and has typical Southern reserve when it comes to other dogs and hospitality extended even to cats! And as you can see, her eyes do smile tenderly! Meet Georgia on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A555797.

 

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

 

Credit: Thanks to the Companion Animal Village.

DreamSpa® Rainfall Showerhead with LED/LCD Temperature Display is a Must-Have for the Family! Giveaway Opportunity!

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DreamSpa® AquaFan 12 inch All-chrome Rainfall Shower Head with Color-Changing LED/LCD Temperature Display is a Fixed Mount Overhead Showerhead with LED Display. Revitalize your bathroom with the World’s most Luxurious LED Color Changing Chrome Face Shower Head that Features an Extra Large 12 inch Overhead Shower.
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I had the opportunity to review this amazing spa like product and love it! It is super easy to use and doesn’t even need any batteries! It is simply powered by running water. I really like the Built-in Water Temperature Sensor and this is great for kids.

Color of LED Lights Changes Automatically According to Water Temperature:
       BLUE – Cool Under 95F (35C),
       GREEN – Warm 95-108F (35-42C),
       RED – Hot 109-122F (43-50C),
       FLASHING RED – Warning Hot Over 122F (50C)
It will also last a long time. LED Lights Have Long Life of 100,000 Hours (Over 10 Years of Heavy Daily Use). Now, how cool is that?! But, my absolute favorite thing is the Rainfall shower spa experience! This a real must-have for the whole family!

You can purchase on ebay by clicking here.

We have also teamed up for a giveaway! One winner will win their own DreamSpa® Rainfall Showerhead! To enter, leave a comment below telling us why you would like to win! It’s as simple as this product is to use! Deadline to enter is October 29th, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org. 

Self Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for an unbiased review.

The LED Flashlight Koozie Water Bottle Accessory is a fun Must-Have!

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Looking for a fun gift idea? What about a product that helps you see your drinks in the dark? I actually thought that this sounded kind of silly but I am actually impressed with the fun idea! I received a sample in pink and I like how this is actually pretty unique! Great for both kids and adults! I think this is actually a really cool idea for camping trips! I thought there would be only one light but was happily surprised that there are actually 9 LED lights inside the cooler base with RED, WHITE and GREEN bright LED lights. I like that it is easy to use…just unscrew the screws on the bottom and use 3 AAA batteries. I think these would also be great for parties!

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You can purchase on Amazon.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a free item in exchange for an unbiased review. 

Find Your Haunted National Park this Halloween

With Halloween creeping up on us, did you know there are haunted national parks and historic sites around the country? With more than 400 national parks there are ways for everyone to #FindYourPark this season.

See below for haunted national parks to visit this Halloween:

  • The Ghost Ship of the Outer Banks, Carroll A. Deering, is a ship lost in the Outer Shoals that was found abandoned. The ship was discovered without its crew, personal belongings, anchors or navigation equipment, however food was laid out as if it was prepared for a crew meal (Cape Hatteras, NC.)
  • Essex National Heritage Area is the spot where the Salem witch trials occurred (Salem, MA.)
  • Visit spots such as:

The Corwin House, also known as “The Witch House,” is where Jonathan Corwin lived. Corwin was one of the judges who tried the accused witches.

Salem Witch Trials Memorial is a site with 20 stone benches, each engraved with the name of the executed victims.

Gallows Hill is thought to be the location of the witch executions.

Nurse Homestead is the presumably haunted home of Rebecca Nurse, who was one of the accused and executed witches.

The National Park Foundation’s Find Your Park movement encourages everyone to get up, get out there and #FindYourPark in celebration of the upcoming 2016 Centennial of the National Park Service.

Credit: The National Park Foundation’s Find Your Park movement.

“Journey to Space: Exhibition and 3D Film” at California Science Center Family 4-pack of tickets to both the film & exhibition! Open to the public beginning October 29!

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The California Science Center will will be opening a new exhibit/film combination: Journey to Space: The Exhibition and Journey to Space 3D beginning October 29th, 2015.

I will be attending a Media review event this coming week, so stay tuned for the review!

Here is more info about the film:

Through visually stunning imagery, and in collaboration with leading space experts, Journey To Space showcases the exciting plans NASA and the space community are working on and the challenges they must overcome to carry out missions, once considered science fiction, and now science fact, such as landing astronauts on Mars. The film calls attention to the reality that the space program did not die with the end of the Shuttle Program in 2011. It is instead, vibrantly alive.

Through brilliant narration by film and television legend Sir Patrick Stewart and extensive interviews with NASA astronauts Chris Ferguson and Serena Aunon, the film captures the spirit of human exploration and describes how it is at the core of our own DNA. The new Giant Screen Format Film will start playing on October 29th at The California Science Center.. Journey To Space will also be released in additional IMAX(R), Giant Screen and other specialty theaters in 2D and 3D throughout the U.S. and worldwide (primarily via science centers and museums) in the coming months.

“No longer science fiction, a human mission to Mars is in the planning stages, and major steps are being taken to make it a reality within a generation,” said Bob Kresser, CEO of K2 Films “Our goal in making this film was to tie together the actual hardware being built with the tremendous planning under way that will make the next steps in space exploration the most far-reaching in our history.”

The names of the new machines that will carry out these missions will soon enter our lexicon.

  • “Orion” is NASA’s first spacecraft designed to carry humans on long-duration deep space exploration missions. Orion will take humans to interplanetary destinations beyond low Earth orbit and return them safely back home. For instance, a round-trip to Mars via Orion will take two-and-a-half years as compared to the Apollo trips to the moon, which took 12 days.

“Olympus,” an inflatable transportation habitat, is an early concept 45- or 50-feet diameter module that would provide astronauts the work area and living space necessary for long-duration missions. Smaller versions have already flown in space, and a full-scale version is shown undergoing ground testing. The Space Launch System, or “SLS,” is the giant rocket that will carry both of the previously mentioned spacecraft and provides the enormous lift necessary to send them on many historic missions. SLS will also carry the needed Mars landers and ascent vehicles to get astronauts to the surface of Mars and back up to the Orion mothership for their return trip to Earth. SLS will generate over nine million pounds of thrust and can launch hardware into orbit equivalent to the weight of 22 elephants.

Journey To Space also gives a fitting tribute to the Space Shuttle Program and the 355 astronauts who flew on the 135 Shuttle missions. This historical chapter in the film is in the first one-third of the movie and describes how the Shuttle took many of the big steps that helped us understand how to live and operate in space. In fact, it’s the lessons learned during those many steps that have enabled the future missions covered in the film.

The film also gives a strong overview of the Shuttle’s last major project – the launch and assembly of the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS is a joint collaboration of 15 nations and is operating 24/7 providing a true home and science lab in space like no other. ISS crews’ tours of duty have averaged six months, and NASA will begin one-year duration missions starting in 2015. Researchers expect the one-year mission to yield beneficial knowledge on the medical, psychological and biomedical challenges explorers may face as they venture to an asteroid, Mars and beyond.

Overall, Journey To Space provides a timely review of how NASA has been transitioning from the end of the Space Shuttle Era to a much more ambitious future that will forever change how we live and operate in space as a species.

Sounds pretty amazing to me! I can’t wait to see it next week!

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to the Exhibition and the Film! To enter, tell us your child’s favorite Space fact or favorite planet! Deadline to enter is October 29th, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was provided to post. I will be attending a media event to feature this event and to see the film. 

Rustic Crust Pizza Crusts and Sauce is a great suggestion this Halloween! And, October is National Pizza Month!

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Did you know that October is National Pizza Month?  It is and Rustic Crust Pizza Crusts and Sauce are great to use for Family Pizza Night!  It can be tough to find food that everyone in the family can agree on! What I like about the Rustic Crust Pizza Crusts and Sauce is that everyone in the house can make their pizza the way they want to! Halloween is also a great holiday for pizza! The kids are usually so excited about trick-or-treating but pizza is a great solution for dinner!

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I received samples and I love that they are easy to make pizza quickly and that they are an healthier pizza option!

All Rustic Crust ready-made crusts are:

  • Made using traditional, Old World baking methods: Hand formed and double proofed for flavor
  • Use delicious, all natural ingredients: Select herbs and spices, no GMOs or artificial ingredients
  • Healthy for the whole family: Unbleached whole grain flours, no trans fats and no added sugar
  • Convenient ready-made pizza crusts that are ready to enjoy in minutes
  • Oversized Rounds for extra value
  • Made in the USA

 Tips and Tricks for a Successful Pizza Party: (Courtesy of Rustic Crust)

1. After cleaning your countertop surface, place the Rustic Crust pizza crusts on top of some flour (gluten free is an option!)

2. Get in the cooking spirit, providing the kids with chef hats to decorate and wear while they cook

3. Put all ingredients in small bowls and arrange them around the crust so the kids can pick and choose what to put on their own pizza. Below are some of our favorite ingredients:

Mozzarella cheese (lots of it!)

Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Shaved Parmesan

Prosciutto

Grilled Chicken

Diced ham

Pepperoni

Crumbled sausage

Bacon

Tomatoes

Chopped spinach

Diced scallions

Onions

Arugula

Diced pineapple

Assorted olives

Sundried tomato

Artichoke hearts

Peppers

Basil

4. Use one all natural Rustic Crust sauce bag per pizza crust- help little kids by spooning it onto the pizza for them and let them have fun spreading it

5. Add toppings and create your family’s favorite pizza combinations. Check out our Rustic Crust recipes here: www.rusticcrust.com/pizza-recipes.html.

You can shop online or use their store locator to find out where to buy near you.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. The samples were so yummy, that my family forgot to take photos! Photos provided courtesy of Rustic Crust.

New Baby Sitter™ Infant Development Cushion Helps Strengthen Core Muscles as Babies Master Early Gross Motor Skills

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Since the American Academy of Pediatrics began its recommendation that infants sleep on their backs, there have been 50 percent less incidents of sudden infant death syndrome. Unfortunately the side effect is that most infants are not getting the tummy time needed to develop their neck, trunk and core muscles causing delays in gross motor skills like sitting up, crawling and walking. Child development expert, Diane Gowaty has partnered with Slickview Studios to address this common problem with the launch of the Baby Sitter™ infant development cushion.

Differing from an infant positioner which supports a baby’s back but restricts their overall movement, The Baby Sitter is a firm doughnut-shaped cushion that promotes and facilitates the natural process of a baby’s gross motor development skills. When the infant is placed in the center well of the Baby Sitter, they are encouraged to push or kick against the interior wall which helps strengthen the core muscles required for sitting up, crawling and eventually walking. The circular flat surface can also be used for tummy time to help strengthen the neck and back muscles supporting the baby and allowing them to look out. Once the child has mastered sitting up on their own, its soft yet firm design provides a support as they pull themselves to a stand.

The Baby Sitter infant development cushion is 5-inches tall and 24-inches in diameter with a 12-inch cutout circle in the center. It is constructed of flame retardant polyurethane foam wrapped in a soft flannel fabric. It also includes three round inserts which fit snuggly in the cutout for use during different developmental stages. With all three inserts, the Baby Sitter can be used as a changing surface for infants or as a play mat for toddlers or preschoolers. When one insert is removed, it offers support for an infant whom is just starting tummy time or still requires neck and head support.

“One of the best attributes of the Babysitter is its ability to find new uses with the help of mothers and babies everywhere”, said Diane Gowaty, inventor of the Baby Sitter. “What I love is its versatility as the cushion’s life span grows from early development for newborns by providing a safe place for propping up, and even has found its way to being used as a play space and floor cushion with older kids.”

Gowaty also uses the Baby Sitter in philanthropic support to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The company recycles the excess materials from production to create stuffed animals which are available for purchase with 100% of the proceeds donated to the JDRF.
The base Baby Sitter cushion is available for $60. The complete Baby Sitter Gift Set includes the base cushion, three foam inserts, and a removable fabric cover for $85. Additional removable and washable fabric covers are sold separately ($25MSRP).
The Baby Sitter is available for purchase online at www.thebabysitter.co/store and will soon be available at various retail stores.

The gift set sells for $85 and you can buy an extra fabric for $25 to keep the product clean and have a spare while one is in the wash. You can always have one on, which is really convenient!  Plus at $110 you will get Free Shipping!

Visit  thebabysitter.co and thebabysitter.co/store for more information and to purchase!

Self Disclosure: This is a compensated/sponsored post. But, SoCal City Kids only agrees to post about products that we believe our readers would be interested in. 

Try Hot Pockets Snack Bites to fuel up for Halloween!

 

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Can you believe that Halloween is only about a week away?! If your children are anything like the ones I know..getting them to eat a good dinner before trick-or-treating isn’t exactly the easiest of tasks.

Candy doesn’t have to be the only treat in store for your family this Halloween! Fuel the fun and start the night right, by feeding kids a quick, high protein meal they love, like Hot Pockets Snack Bites, before they head out trick-or-treating.

 

Snack Bites provide a deliciously hearty snack in just over one minute. They come in four irresistibly hot flavors: Pepperoni Pizza, Four Cheese Pizza, Hickory Ham & Cheddar and Cheesy Beef Nacho – so there is a flavor for everyone in the family! They are made with 100% real cheese, are a good source of protein with 7 grams per serving and do not contain any artificial flavors.

I received free coupons to try these our for myself and these are definitely a new hit in our house! My favorite flavor is the Cheesy Beef Nacho and my husband prefers the Pepperoni Pizza.

Look for them at a grocery store near you! I found them at out local Von’s.

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To find out more information, check out their website.

Self Disclosure: I received free sample coupons to try this product. No other compensation was provided. Photos were provided courtesy of  Hot Pockets.