Archives for May 2016

Dunkin’ Donuts’ sweet celebration June 3 offers guests in Southern California a free classic donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage

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National Donut Day is Friday, June 3, and Dunkin’ Donuts is ringing in the day in a most delicious, delightful and delectable way, offering guests in Southern California a free donut of their choice* (while supplies last) with the purchase of any beverage. The offer is good all day on June 3 at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.


On National Donut Day, Dunkin’ Donuts guests can also display their love of donuts with special brand Snapchat filters available all day in or around all Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants.


National Donut Day was originally established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. The holiday is traditionally celebrated on the first Friday of June. Dunkin’ Donuts has been serving guests signature donuts for 66 years. As the #1 retailer of donuts in America, the company sells 2.8 billion donuts and MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats annually worldwide.

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WHEN:            Friday, June 3, 2016


WHERE:          Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout the Southern California area.

We visited our local Dunkin’ Donuts today in Long Beach and they do have really good donuts! But, I have to favorite is their drinks! My son loved the Frozen Hot Chocolate in Salted Caramel and my all-time favorite is the Cookie Dough Iced Coffee! And, today we discovered that they have delicious chocolate chip cookies!


Find your local Dunkin’ Donuts here!

Don’t forget to visit your local Dunkin’ Donuts on June 3rd!

Self Disclosure: I received a gift card to facilitate this post and visit our local Dunkin’ Donuts. 

Wendy Mignot, Fine Pearls + Leather Jewelry ® for Graduation, Birthday gifts or Just Because! A Beautiful Beachy Chic Gift Idea this Summer!


Looking for a new piece of jewelry that feels beachy chic yet sophisticated? Introducing Wendy Mignot, Fine Pearls + Leather Jewelry ®.  I received a beautiful Stoplight Freshwater bracelet from the Coastal Collection  to review and just love it! I love freshwater pearls and this is simply beautiful! I especially love the colored pearl in the very middle. I love the simple beachy design and I know that this will be my to-go-to bracelet for the Summer!

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This bracelet would make a beautiful Graduation Gift or Birthday gift this Summer! Maybe an Anniversary or a gift to just tell someone how special they are!


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Designer Wendy Mignot tools Tahitian, South Sea, and freshwater cultured pearls, with exotic gemstones, sea glass, shells and treasured shipwreck coins in jewelry collections offering styles both casual chic for a day at the beach, and elegant edge to flaunt for cocktails and more. Not your mother’s traditonal strands of pearls each signature design is hand-crafted and strung on soft, hand-rolled leather and tied with precision and care.

While Wendy Mignot has garnered inspiration for her namesake designs sailing exotic coastal locales in St. Barts, Central America, Panama, and the Caribbean, both she and her husband Jean-Noel now design closer to shore and her flagship store, La Vie Est Belle, located in Seaside, Florida.

Wendy’s collections of necklaces, bracelets and earrings are entirely handcrafted in the USA and available at La Vie Est Belle, fine jewelry, and specialty stores worldwide, as well as @

Upcoming Flash Sale!

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Join C.I. Visions and The Mignot Tribe to

Sale-A-Brate, Get Social, and be Boho Beachy 


Jewlery Designer Wendy Mignot brings together sophistication and beachy chic for a perfect Memorial Day weekend accessory. She puts together Tahitian, South Sea, and freshwater cultured pearls, with unique gemstones, sea glass, shells and treasured shipwreck coins.

Fine Pearls + Leather Jewlery!

When: May 28th-31st

Where: Facebook & Instagram

Little Toboga Retail Price: $150

Little Toboga Sale Price: $120 



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Self Disclosure: I received a free product to facilitate this post. I highly recommend this product and it exceeded my expectations. 

BOOM by Cindy Joseph The First pro-age cosmetic line for women of every generation!

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Looking for a skin care/cosmetic line that is perfect for Women over 40? Have you heard of BOOM by Cindy Joseph?

My favorite is the Boomsilk! It is simply a great moisturizer even if you have sensitive skin! Boomstick Color is really great too! It looks natural and that is why I like these products. You can simply use Boomstick Color on your cheeks and wear mascara and lipstick and that’s all you need! You look natural and not like you have too much makeup on! The products are easy to apply and make your skin look clean and more natural! I like how my face looks brighter and I highly recommend!

Find out more at

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photo Credit: Boom by Cindy Joseph.

Traveling Photo Exhibit Capturing a Behind-The-Scenes Look into the Artistry of GRAMMY® Winner Bruce Springsteen On Display For One Month Only


Photo by Pamela Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey, a traveling photo exhibit curated by the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE, will open in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 26. The exhibition features more than 40 iconic images of Bruce Springsteen.


On display for one month only through Sunday, June 19, the exhibit serves to document a great American music legend, and will feature photos taken by noted Springsteen photographers Danny Clinch, Ed Gallucci, Eric Meola, Pamela Springsteen and Frank Stefanko.


“This exhibit defines the career of Bruce Springsteen in an entirely new light, as captured by these five incredible photographers,” said GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. “Each of these photographers was able to artfully document Bruce’s world, at different stages in his career. We are honored to partner with each of them in order to help tell the story of one of the most important figures in American music.”


While the majority of the exhibit focuses on Springsteen offstage, four additional live performance photographs, shot by Barry Schneier, will be showcased. These photos were shot during the now-famous Springsteen concert at Harvard Square Theater where famed Rolling Stone music journalist Jon Landau claimed, “I have seen the future of rock and roll, and its name is Bruce Springsteen.”


Additionally, the exhibit will feature video interviews with each of the photographers, produced by the GRAMMY Museum.


Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey will be on display on the GRAMMY Museum’s second floor throughJune 19, 2016. The exhibit was previously on display at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Monmouth University in Long Branch, New Jersey.


Bruce Springsteen’s recording career spans more than 40 years, beginning with 1973’s Columbia Records release Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ. He has released 18 studio albums, garnered 20 GRAMMY Awards, won an Oscar, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was a 2009 recipient of Kennedy Center Honors and was named 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year by The Recording Academy®.



The GRAMMY Museum

Paying tribute to music’s rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 21st-century museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music — the GRAMMY® Award. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only the GRAMMY Museum can deliver. For more information, please call 213-765-6800 or visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram, and like “The GRAMMY Museum” on Facebook.


Does your Pup Need a New Bed? Urban Paw is the website to check out!


Are you looking for a stylish and great quality bed for your pup? Urban Paw is the place to look! I am quite impressed that my pup has not chewed up this bed! Let’s just say..he quickly went through two other prior beds!


I like that it seems to be a comfortable bed and that it is made really well! Bink seems to like it too! This one is the  Samson in the Tide Pool color.  It features an extra lofty and light cushion that is called AirLoft. So, it actually is the Samson Airloft Bed. My dog is medium size and it seems to be perfect for him! I like that it actually seems to stay clean and looks nice in any room of the house.


More info about Urban Paw:

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Urban Paw is a socially responsible pet products company. Their mission, in addition to making innovative beds that enable pets to get the best possible sleep, is to reduce the number of homeless pets in shelters by developing and donating to high-impact initiatives that have the potential to increase adoption rates and/or reduce intake rates at shelters. 10% of all profits generated by Urban Paw is donated to this cause.
They have a wide variety of beds including 2-in-1 huts, houses cuddlers and biofoam mats for small and large dogs as well as cats.
There is a discount code for our readers! The discount code is: SOCALKIDS
When used at checkout, our readers will receive 15% off!
A percentage of every purchase is being donated to Best Friends Animal Society.
Self Disclosure: I received a free product to facilitate this post. Photos of Bink: SoCal City Kids.


This month, revolutionary cosmetic dermatology brand dr. brandt® skincare announced that it will pay homage to its beloved founder, Dr. Fredric Brandt, with the creation of the new Dr. Brandt® Skincare Advisory Board, a groundbreaking panel of the foremost skincare specialists who are notably outstanding in their fields. Each of the experts is deeply committed to the brand’s proprietary Brandt Method, and is dedicated to attaining the highest levels of results. The Board will continue to elevate the brand, and will honor Dr. Brandt’s legacy of continually innovating the best in dermatology. Each expert chosen for the panel will have a deep understanding and respect for the brand’s tradition of scientific excellence. The panel will be comprised of the best doctors from across the globe, beginning with dermatologists at the forefront of the American skincare industry and eventually extending into key international markets like the UK, France, Korea, and Japan.

“The scope of Dr. Brandt’s work was unprecedented,” says Stephane Colleu, president and CEO, dr. brandt skincare. “To uphold his standards, we’re taking a fresh approach with a supremely talented group of experts serving as the voice of the brand. The members of the Skincare Advisory Board will help keep Dr. Brandt’s legend and presence alive in the mind of the public, and at the same time, they’ll reaffirm dr. brandt® skincare as the industry’s leading innovator.”

After months of a thorough vetting process, the first two doctors named to the Skincare Advisory Board are Dr. Whitney Bowe and Dr. Amy Brodsky, with other high-profile skincare authorities soon to be joining them. Drs. Bowe and Brodsky will bring their own unique professional insights to the brand, which will be influential in the development of new dr. brandt® skincare products. The pair will serve as a review board for the brand, sharing their perceptions of the latest breakthrough innovations and cutting-edge technologies with a level of candor unique to the industry, and for which Dr. Brandt himself was famously known. Their accessibility to the media and consumers alike furthers their role as advisory board members, providing a communication platform to speak about the brand’s newest skincare launches, as well as its iconic products.

About dr. brandt® skincare: Infused with over 30 years of Dr. Brandt’s clinical dermatology expertise, dr. brandt® skincare is the anti-aging line of choice for celebrities, beauty insiders, and real women worldwide. Inspired by The Dr. Brandt Method, the patients, and created in his labs, dr. brandt® skincare products create the subtle changes that can change everything—leaving you looking and feeling BRANDT NEW.

Credit: dr. brandt® skincare.

Angry Birds – A Laugh Out Loud Kind Of Movie


Loosely based on the hugely popular app which has had billions of downloads, this film holds its own. In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we finally find out why the birds are so angry. The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red, a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck and the volatile Bomb have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Mia A. comments, “I absolutely loved this family friendly cartoon because it made me laugh out loud! The animation in this movie is exquisite. It is so detailed that you can clearly see all the feathers on the birds and tiny waves of the ocean.” See her full review below.


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By Mia A, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12


I absolutely loved this family friendly cartoon because it made me laugh out loud! The animation in this movie is exquisite. It is so detailed that you can clearly see all the feathers on the birds and tiny waves of the ocean. When they show scenes of the town you can see the patch work on the houses and the real looking scenery. Each character is unique because the creative animation matches their personalities.

This movie is about, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a red bird who never fit in and has anger issues. One day, he has to go to an anger management class and meets the birds Bomb, Matilda, Chuck and Terence, and they all become friends.
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Then, pigs come to the island on an unexpected visit. They have parties with the birds and they give the birds weird gifts like trampolines and motorcycles and generally cause havoc in the town. A horrible turn of events happens and Red and all of the other birds need to save the day. 

My favorite scene is when Red attends anger management class. Matilda, the instructor talks with all the birds about their issues. They participate in many funny exercises such as poetry writing and yoga. This is a funny scene. Red has the wrong attitude and is definitely negative and Matilda the instructor demonstrates some anger issues too. 

My favorite character is Terence (Sean Penn), a giant red and black bird who doesn’t really talk as much as he grunts. His facial expressions are particularly funny. Terence gets a lot of laughs from the audience and appears to be a crowd favorite. 

The Angry Birds Movie is definitely a comedy. Almost every scene, even the sad ones, have  funny lines. There is some humor that would make sense to older kids and adults but not little kids. There are some parts that some adults might not feel comfortable with some of the content. For example, when the pigs slap their butts and joke about reproducing.

I rate this movie 5 out of 5 stars because of the humor and recommend it for ages 4 to 18. It is a fun and silly animated movie about angry birds. Who doesn’t love angry birds? If you like the game Angry Birds or just want to have a good laugh, then The Angry Birds Movie is the movie for you. It opens in theaters nationwide May 20, 2016 so, go check it out.


Alice Through the Looking Glass – A Magical Fantasy in the Tim Burton Tradition

Based on the book by Lewis Carroll, Disney brings us Alice Through the Looking Glass directed by James Bobin and produced by Tim Burton. The story follows Alice who returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Clayton P. comments, “Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass is a magical fantasy adventure film in the great Tim Burton tradition. It is also a refreshing, feminist take on the classic Lewis Carroll story.” See his full review below.


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By Clayton Pickard, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass is a magical fantasy adventure film in the great Tim Burton tradition. It is also a refreshing, feminist take on the classic Lewis Carroll story. This sequel to 2010’s blockbuster, Alice in Wonderland, again stars Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as Iracebeth (Queen of Hearts) and Anne Hathaway as Mirana. New to the cast is Sasha Baron Cohen as “Time.”

In the real world of 18th century England, Alice Kingsleigh is a captain of an English merchant ship. She is about to lose her commission when she re-enters Wonderland for the second time. She is given a warm welcome by all her old friends: the White Rabbit, TweedleDee and TweedleDum, the Cheshire Cat and Mirana. She learns that her best friend, The Mad Hatter, is depressed because he misses his parents and his siblings. She decides that the only way to help him is to find his family. They are presumed dead, but the Hatter doesn’t believe so. She then goes in search of the chronosphere, a time travel device located at Time’s castle. What follows is an epic journey in search of “The Hatter’s” parents.

Alice Through the Looking Glass is very creative and colorful. Tim Burton is one of the producers, so this is not surprising. The costumes and the makeup are top notch. The special effects are inventive, especially the sequence at Time’s castle. Time has an amazing castle, which is run by a group of creatures called “seconds,” which are made of nuts, bolts and gears. These “seconds” can combine to make even bigger creatures called “minutes.” These “minutes” can combine to make a enormous, transformer-like creature called “hours.”

There is a lot of smart wordplay based on the character Time. Think of all the puns having to do with time and they are all in the movie. Sasha Baron Cohen as Time steals the whole film. He is very funny, exciting and works well with this great ensemble cast. My favorite line of the film is when The Mad Hatter exclaims “dream or reality – who’s to say which is which.” This sums up the message of the movie and the magic in all Tim Burton movies.


Alice Through The Looking Glass is an enchanting adventure/fairy tale for the whole family. It is appropriate for ages 8 to 18. I rate this film 4.5 out of 5 stars.