Archives for December 9, 2015

Jules is Pet of the Week! Looking for a Forever Home!

Jules, Dec. 10 Pet of the Week

With her sweet disposition, soft fur and adorable underbite, Jules is one of the best adoption candidates we’ve seen. She was shy at first but has really come around. She loves a lap snuggle, so come see how she fits on yours! Meet Jules at Animal Care Services on the shelter side of the P.D. Pitchford Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A561853.


(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Thanks to the Animal Care Services on the shelter side of the P.D. Pitchford Animal Village.

Disney Imagicademy Incredebook “Olaf Wants a Birthday” is a great gift idea! Holiday Giveaway Opportunity!

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Do you want more out of story time??? “Connected storybooks” are a fun new way to read traditional printed storybooks with your kids, then bring their favorite characters to life in 3D using your mobile device through the power of augmented reality technology!? F-U-N!

Two new books that deliver this “connected storytelling” experience are now available for the first time this holiday season from Incredebooks and Disney Imagicademy—exclusively at Target retail stores in the toy department and at (SRP:$14.99):


o   Olaf Wants a Birthday, featuring Olaf, the lovable snowman from Disney’s Frozen

o   Mickey and Donald’s Rhyme Time, starring characters from Disney’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

I received a copy of Olaf Wants a Birthday and just loved the delightful story and it is really cool to see the characters come to life! 

Fuel your child’s love of learning with rhyme, rhythm and language!


Featuring stunning illustrated artwork and rhyming verse, Olaf Wants a Birthday and Mickey and Donald’s Rhyme Time offer a traditional book experience, which can then be enhanced digitally with augmented reality technology.

During play, children can:


  • Take a photo with Olaf or Mickey
  • Change viewpoints by zooming in and out — and rotating the 3D story scenes 360 degrees
  • Explore four digital experiences reinforcing early language skills
  • Tap objects to trigger animations and funny rhymes
  • Engage in playful rhyming games and activities


In Olaf Wants a Birthday, the loveable Disney snowman discovers all the fun things that he could do if he celebrated birthdays like his friends Elsa and Anna. He imagines skating parties, games of tag, birthday flowers, walks with friends, songs and even a day at the beach. In the end, he decides he likes birthdays so much that he wants one every day.

Here’s how it works!

Just download the included Apple or Android companion app through iTunes or Google Play.

Find the special symbols on the special book pages.

Activate the special pages in 3D with your mobile device!


The full augmented reality experience is INCLUDED AT NO EXTRA CHARGE with the purchase of the hardcover storybooks, available exclusively at Target.

Here’s a great video which shows you how it works!

Now available exclusively at Target retail stores across the US and at (SRP: $14.99), the books, for children ages 3–8, are created by Mercury Connects and published by Mercury InPress, and developed with Disney Imagicademy, a division of Disney Learning.


And for even more fun…check out other Incredebooks from Mercury Connects!


The Funny Fables book series is based on iconic children’s fables, including Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs.Featuring delightful and original illustrations with reimagined story lines for today’s young readers, Mercury Connects has transformed these timeless classics into fully immersive experiences. (SRP: $11.99, available at in specially priced 2-Packs).

We have teamed up for a Holiday Giveaway! One winner will win the Olaf Wants a Birthday book! To enter, leave a comment below telling us your child’s favorite character from the Frozen movie. Is it Olaf? Deadline to enter is December 14th, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will be chosen via

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Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of Olaf Wants a Birthday to facilitate this post. 

Best Children’s Boot: Butler Delivers 2 Shoes in 1 Giveaway Opportunity!


Children no longer have to carrying extra shoes to school on rainy winter days. Adorable Butler Boots can weather any storm with its washable, ultra-light one-piece construction that allows children to wear boots and shoes at the same time. The brainchild of a busy father, Butler Boots are the most versatile children’s boot on the market, in rainbow colors and perfect for little hands with a Velcro lash.

Butler Boot is made of highly constructed washable TPE compound that can slide over children’s shoes (like a galosh) to keep them dry and protected. The alternative is to insert its comfortable and breathable liner into the boot and wear it over the foot, becoming an innovative four-season rain boot.

American-made; Available in sizes Children’s 8-12 and Youth 13, 1-3; Colors: Dark blue, light blue, red, yellow, pink, green. MSRP $60.

We have teamed up with Butler Boot for a Holiday Giveaway! One winner will win a pair of Butler Boots. To enter, check out their website and let us know in the comments the 3 colors that you would prefer in a boot. Butler Boot only asks that the winner sends pictures of their little ones wearing the boots for Butler’s social media. Deadline to enter is December 15th, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via

Self Disclosure: No compensation or product was received to facilitate this post. SoCal City Kids will choose the winner and Butler Boots is responsible to send the prize to the winner. 

Tea Lovers Gift Pack is a great holiday gift idea!


Looking for a great gift idea for someone who likes Tea? This gift set is a Holiday Fruit Flavored Tea Gift Set! I just love everything that is included! There’s no need to buy gift wrap or anything else at all! It even includes Green Foil Sack and Paper for gift giving! The Tea is simply delicious! There are 2 bags each of the following:  mango, orange spice, raspberry, lemon and peach in a triangle box. I also like the 10 oz ceramic mug, which has the word “Tea” on it quite a few times. It is really cute! And, what is Tea without cookies? With this gift you will receive 1 4 oz Tin of delicious original premium cookies. Yum! My favorite is the Tea but the cookies come in a close second! And, if that isn’t enough…there is also a Plastic Stocking of tootsie roll lollipops!

What a great gift for someone who loves Tea or a great party exchange gift!

You can purchase on

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

Mirrorvana 7-inch Makeup Mirror is my new favorite go-to Makeup Mirror! A Beauty-Must-Have!


Are you looking for a new Makeup Mirror? I think I just found the perfect one! This one is a BACK-TO-BACK MIRROR! It is a  7-inch round vanity mirror. Can’t get enough of yourself on the 1X side? Then swivel to the 10x magnifying side to check yourself up close and personal. This mirror really is the perfect size and a must-have in the bathroom. The Mirrorvana MVT7A10X proudly stands 14″ tall, weighs 1.3 pounds and measures 7 inches from left to right. The MVT7A10X also has a felted bottom, a detachable base and can be reversed forward or backwards along its 360 degree trajectory. Basically, it is the perfect size and I love that the mirror can be tilted.

I have to admit that I was a bit leery about receiving a mirror from online. I thought that there may be a possibility of receiving a broken or shattered mirror but I was quite impressed with how this one was packaged. It was securely packed with three layers of protection (foam + inner box + outer box).

Look for it this holiday season at and on

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

Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System would make a great Holiday Gift!

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Looking for a great holiday beauty gift? The Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System is really something that you should check out!

I was actually quite impressed with this beauty must-have! What is it? Basically it is a non-invasive, at-home cosmetic device designed to treat signs of aging quickly, effectively and painlessly. The device works to gently lift and release targeted skin zones with sonic vacuum technology, simulating skin to go immediately from a sluggish state to a more active state, resulting in enhanced appearance, absorption and overall health of skin. The retail price is $199.

Conture is equipped with three anti-aging topicals that should be applied before using the device for optimal results. In love with your skincare routine? Conture helps to amplify the efficacy of your products!

  • Conture Kinetic Moisturizing Serum: A complete anti-wrinkle serum formulated with the revolutionary peptide SNAP-8, which has been clinically proven to reduce crow’s feet alone by up to 63%.
  • Conture AM Moisturizing Crème: A daily use moisturizing, anti-age lotion designed for all skin types. This lightweight, yet intensive moisturizer hydrates skin while helping the skin to retain essential moisture. Featuring Hyaluronic Acid, an ingredient naturally found in skin, which helps to minimize the appearance of ‑ne lines and wrinkles.
  • Conture PM Moisturizing Crème:  An intensive night crème that helps the skin recover while you sleep. Featuring a unique blend of encapsulated Retinol, Longevicell, and Adaptonyl that together dramatically improve skin barrier function and the skins own ability to remain healthy and at peak performance. The result is beautiful, healthy skin that looks and feels younger.

My skin actually felt so refreshed after using and wrinkles actually do seem less noticeable. Yes, they are still there! I haven’t quite found a miracle sure for removing them completely! But, less noticeable is a great thing!

You can find out more and purchase on the website!

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