Archives for November 2015

Holiday Food for Everyone with PARTNERS Crackers

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With decadent desserts, sodium-filled sides and gluten-packed snacks, the holidays tend to send diets free-falling. PARTNERS Crackers offers allergy-friendly and healthier ways to enjoy the season with its Free for All Kitchen gluten-free deli crackers.

Free for All Kitchen products are GMO-Free and rely on a delicious blend of cassava flour and five ancient grains – never corn, rice or soy – for the perfect gluten-free snack cracker.

The following are several ideas for holiday entertaining that are perfect for healthier eaters and guests with sensitive diets:

• Sure to be an ice breaker, spread Olive Oil & Herb deli crackers around a savory bowl of hummus for an irresistible appetizer. Made with a special blend of herbs and in-house dried green olives, these wholesome crackers will please even the most particular taste buds.
• Complement the main dish with an elegant, gluten-free –friendly cheese platter using a variety of Free for All Kitchen’s deli crackers. Seasoned with a touch of salt, the Olive Oil & Sea Salt crackers can be paired with a variety of cheese – Gouda is an excellent choice.
• To end the evening, try a sweet and lightly salted combination with Free for All Kitchen Roasted Garlic & Rosemary crackers topped with goat cheese and fig jam.

I received samples and love how light they are and perfect for snacking this holiday season! My favorite is the Roasted Garlic & Rosemary. Just the perfect blend spices!

For more information on PARTNERS and Free for All Kitchen, please visit the PARTNERS website or follow PARTNERS on

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


Deals and Discounts at AC Lens this Holiday Season

AC Lens is your online destination with everything for your eyes. With unsurpassed selection, the latest styles, and superior customer service, they are the ultimate time-saving solution for everyone’s eyewear needs on your holiday list this season. What’s even better is that AC Lens offers free shipping and free returns – making your holiday shopping that much easier!


Check out these current deals and discounts from AC Lens below:


  • Cyber Monday Deals: Today is still Cyber Monday!!

o   20% off Smith Eyeglasses and Sunglasses

o   20% off Suncloud Eyeglasses and Sunglasses

o   25% off Contact Lenses

o   20% off Eyeglasses

o   20% off Sunglasses

  • AC Lens Online Giveaway:

o   One lucky winner will get the chance to pick $500 worth of product from the wide variety of eyewear available on AC Lens to find the perfect gift for their loved ones—or themselves! Enter online here through 12/4/15:

  • Coupon Code in Life & Style print issue on stands 11/18:

o   Enter the exclusive discount code LS25 to get 25% off select brands at until 12/25/15

Credit: AC Lens. SoCal City Kids is not affiliated and no compensation was received to post.


Double the Impact with World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts this #GivingTuesday

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In the midst of the retail frenzy following Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday provides an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others by focusing on charitable giving. On Dec. 1, 2015 – the 4th annual #GivingTuesday – World Vision will partner with Thirty-One Gifts to help charitable donations make twice the impact.

On #GivingTuesday, every donation made by phone (1-888-511-6588) or online ( to World Vision will be matched by Thirty-One Gifts – a direct-selling company offering totes, purses and more – with a donation of one of their products, such as a tote bag or blanket, up to a total of $1MM worth of products for women and girls in need around the world.

This year, we invite you to feature the partnership between World Vision and Thirty-One gifts on your blog leading up to #GivingTuesday. We will send you a Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote – similar to those being sent to women and girls around the world – for review, and are offering a second identical tote as a giveaway. Winners may get free embroidery on their totes and Thirty-One will fulfill prize distribution for you.

Why the Need?

Bags like the one you will receive have recently been distributed to volunteers in Burundi who use the totes to carry materials for educating families about malnutrition. Before receiving the totes, volunteers like Renathe Kabageni, pictured below, carried all of their materials and equipment by hand. The simple gift of these tote bags preserves teaching materials and makes it easier for volunteers to visit each home.

Products donated to World Vision on #GivingTuesday through this partnership will be shared with communities in need so that women like Renathe are able to continue the important education they are providing.

I received a  Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote ($35 value) from Thirty-One to review and I love the size and quality!

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This #GivingTuesday  please check out this unique way to multiply your charitable impact!

You can find the World Vision Facebook page at /WorldVision and Twitter at @WorldVisionNews

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win this amazing Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote (free embroidery included..$7 value). (U.S. entries only please) To enter leave a comment below telling us one of your favorite gift ideas from the World Vision’s Gift Catalog, visit Deadline to enter is December 5th, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via 

More info:

Since it began in 1996, the World Vision Gift Catalog has grown in popularity as a gift-giving alternative; featuring over 100 ways to improve the lives of children through gifts such as: clean water, food, medicine, education, job training and small business loans, among others. Gifts range in price from $16 to $39,000 and can be made in a loved one’s name.  Last year alone more than 822,000 people were helped through the Catalog.

To order from World Vision’s Gift Catalog, visit or call 855-WV-GIFTS.

Thirty-One Gifts was founded on the principle of helping women and is known for their charitable heart. In 2012 they founded a philanthropic initiative called Thirty-One Gives and to-date has donated more than $80 million in cash and products to nonprofit organizations that empower women and girls and support families. The product you are receiving, from the Thirty-One Gives line, gives back as well with a donation of 31 cents from every sale going to a philanthropic fund. It also delivers an inspiring message on the inside with encouraging words for women. For more information, visit their website at

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

Be a Holiday Superhero this December with Two New “PJ Masks” Specials!

Two brand-new seasonal episodes of PJ Masks, the hit show for preschoolers on Disney Channel’s Disney Junior block, will soar onto the screen this December!


Since its launch in September, the colorful and engaging new show has been a hit with preschoolers and families across the country. The inventive CGI-animated series follows 6-year-old Connor, Amaya and Greg, who transform into their dynamic superhero alter egos, Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, when they put on their pajamas at night and activate their special animal amulets. Together the three friends embark on action-packed capers, solving mysteries, having thrilling nighttime adventures and learning valuable life lessons all along the way.


But the PJ Masks aren’t the only heroes out there! We’re happy to share the attached tips to help you and your readers see the many ways that kids can be heroes at home and around their community this holiday season. It would be SUPER if you could fill in your readers about the new seasonal episodes of PJ Masks and share these heroic tips with them, too!
PJ Masks fans can tune-in and see their favorite heroes save the day in new fun-filled seasonal episodes! On Friday, December 4, at10am EST, preschoolers can join Gekko in “Gekko Saves Christmas/Gekko’s Nice Ice Plan” as he stops Romeo from turning the whole city into ice and Luna Girl and her Luna Board from spoiling Christmas!

On Friday, December 11, at 11am EST, fans can see how the PJ Masks team up against Romeo and his space laser as he tries to carve his face on the moon in “Clumsy Catboy/Gekko and the Mighty Moon Problem”!

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5 Tips for Helping Your Preschooler Be a Hero This Holiday Season!

PJ Masks, we’re on our way, into the night to save the day! The holiday season is a super time for preschoolers to show that they are heroes. Whether it’s lending a helping hand to others or giving a handmade gift, this special time of year offers so many great opportunities to help your preschooler learn just what heroes are made of. So, take some cues from Catboy, Owlette and Gekko and check out these tips to help your preschooler be a hero this holiday season!

  • Give a heartfelt gift! – Sometimes, the best gifts aren’t the ones bought in stores, but the ones we make ourselves! This holiday season, remind your preschooler that taking the time to make a card or gift for someone is a super way to show you care!


  • Get into the spirit of giving! – Luna Girl can be selfish and want things all for herself. It’s important for preschool superheroes to know that, while receiving gifts at Christmastime can be a lot of fun, so can giving gifts to family and friends!
  • Have a heroic heart! – The PJ Masks know the importance of working as a team and sharing with others. If your child’s friend didn’t receive the present they wanted for the holidays, encourage them to be a hero and share their toys. It’s a heroic gesture of kindness – and it’s much more fun to play together, too!


  • Be someone else’s hero! – The holidays are great for enjoying time with family and friends, but some people may feel lonely at this time of the year. It’s a perfect time for your preschooler to swoop in and be a hero to someone in need of a friend!


  • Lend a helping hand! – There are so many ways to show you care during the holidays! You can help your preschooler be a hero this season by volunteering together in your community and participating in a coat drive, toy drive or even helping to wrap gifts for children in need.


And don’t forget to tune-in and see your favorite heroes save the day in two brand-new seasonal episodes of PJ Masks, the hit animated series for preschoolers, on the Disney Junior Block on the Disney Channel – Friday, December 4, at 10 am EST and Friday, December 11, at 11 am EST!



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NBC4 Presents The Wishing Tree at Universal CityWalk, Granting Holiday Wishes to Guests and Viewers Live Visitors and Viewers May Make Wishes


Universal CityWalk and NBC4 Southern California are collaborating to present the first-ever “The Wishing Tree” event, inviting the public to pay it forward by making a wish for someone deserving.

From Friday, November 27 through Tuesday, December 22, Universal CityWalk visitors may place their wishes for friends and family next to the decorative trees adorning Universal CityWalk’s “5 Towers” plaza.  NBC4 viewers can also share their wishes

Wishes will be granted live weeknights from December 9 – 23 during the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. from Universal CityWalk with longtime NBC4 Weathercaster Fritz Coleman.

Those visiting The Wishing Tree are encouraged to post photos and video using #NBC4You.  Updates and a schedule of the Holidays at Universal CityWalk can be found at as well as on CityWalk’s Facebook- Universal CityWalk Hollywood, Twitter and Instagram @CityWalkLA. Viewers can tune in to NBC4’s Today in LA at 4:30 – 7 a.m. and News at Noon, and follow @NBCLA on Facebook and Instagram for highlights of the surprising moments.

“NBC4 is pleased to collaborate with our family at Universal CityWalk on The Wishing Tree and inspire a tradition of giving during the holidays,” said Steve Carlston, President and General Manager of NBC4 Southern California.  “The Wishing Tree aligns with the station’s legacy of supporting the community through several philanthropic initiatives.”

In addition to The Wishing Tree, Universal CityWalk will ring in the season with a wintertime transformation from Friday, November 28, 2015 through Friday, January 1, 2016.  A spectacular 40-foot tall Christmas tree will glisten with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to the lights and sounds of the season in the “5 Towers” plaza, plus Santa Claus will make nightly appearances and offer special photo opportunities. Each evening, snow falls hourly at the heart of CityWalk. Admission to Universal CityWalk is free.

Credit: Universal CityWalk   and NBC4 Southern California.

Sunsella Bento Style Plastic Lunch Boxes are a Must-Buy!


The Sunsella Bento Lunch Box containers are a must-have for travel and lunches! They come in a set of four. I like that they are in different colors and love the size and that they seal tightly.  I also like the different portions for different foods which is great for kids that don’t like their food touching other foods. They are not leakproof so you do have to watch how you put them in your lunch. I do like that the company does let you know that they aren’t leakproof.  They are also safe to put in the dishwasher. I really do love these! I recently went back to work part time and these are just the perfect size for lunches.

You can purchase them at

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

The New Zest Fruitboost available at Walmart is a Must-Buy! Giveaway Opportunity!


Looking for a great  shower gel that smells great but also leaves you feeling refreshed and your skin feels soft? The NEW innovative, revitalizing shower by Zest called Fruitboost is my favorite new shower gel!  It is amazing with its rich moisturizers and the antioxidant power of Vitamin C to help nourish your skin. Available in four luscious fruit filled scents (Citrus Splash, Very Berry, Peach & Mango and Pomegranate Acai), Zest Fruitboost stimulates your senses at a whole new level. It’s also twice as concentrated as the average shower gel providing double the lather and double the scent, and can be used to up to 40 showers making it a great value.

I recently participated in a Zest/Walmart “Booster” blogger program and was more than thrilled to run off to Walmart to look for this product! It is only exclusive to Walmart. I found all four fruit filled scents at our local Walmart in Torrance. I chose the Peach & Mango to review in this post! It smells great and what I really like is how soft my skin feels after using it! It really does boost my whole shower experience! These would also make great stocking stuffer gifts for the entire family!


Find them at a Walmart near you this holiday season!

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win their own NEW Zest Fruitboost Shower Gels! To enter leave a comment below telling us which fragrance you are most excited to try! Deadline to enter is November 27, 2015 at noon PST.  Winner will be selected via

Self Disclosure: I participated in a Zest/Walmart “Booster” Blogger engagement program and received a $25 Walmart gift card to purchase product. Any opinions expressed are my own.


Don’t miss this Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale! Great gift suggestion for parents, grandparents and all your family members for Christmas!


Are you looking for great products for parents, grandparents and all your family members for Christmas?  From You To Me will have 50% off of their Journals of  A Lifetime Black Friday through Cyber Monday!!  Regularly $17.95 they are now only $9.00 and make for a memorable gift for the person on your list that has everything!

AVAILABLE AT starting Friday, November 27th.

I received one of these beautiful Journals “Dear Grandma” and I love how beautiful it is! What a great way for Grandma to share what her life was like when she was young and share with a grandchild! My son has a special bond with his grandma and we can’t wait to give her this as a gift this Christmas!

Have you ever wondered what your Father was like as a child? Intrigued to know about how your grand-parents met? These are questions that lead to precious answers.  The award-winning from you to me range of guided memory books is made up of beautifully designed hard back books – the perfect gift for every loved-one, for every occasion or just because you care.  We all have our own story to tell. Each from you to me keepsake contains around 60 fun and inspiring questions carefully designed to inspire your family to enjoy telling their story – to help you to find out amazing things about them.

Available in Dear Mom, Dear Dad, Dear Grandma , Dear Grandpa, Dear Daughter, Dear Son, Dear Sister, Dear Brother and Dear Friend.

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