Archives for August 5, 2016

Panda Pop is a Fun Game for the Whole Family! This Mobile Game was named one of the Best of 2015 games in Google Play!

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It’s summer but sometimes it really is cool to stay in the house and play games! I have a new favorite by creator  SGN. I love that I can play this game on my iPhone or my laptop! It’s simply fun! What is the name of this game, you ask? Panda Pop! I have to admit I just love saving all the baby pandas! I also like that it is not complicated and that the game does not seem to glitch. I would feel comfortable with my younger nieces or nephews playing this game and adults will find it fun too! I actually was having fun playing this earlier today, when I should have been blogging!

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Panda Pop is also a free game app! Now, how cool is that?! Sure! Like most game apps, you can also make purchases but you don’t have to. They are currently having a summer sale though.  I have to admit that I have just started playing but it seems like I am advancing to higher levels quite quickly and I would love new friends to play against! So, who wants to Stop, Drop and Panda Pop?

Just click on the SoCal City Kids link and play!  Here’s the link:

Self Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I am promoting this game app. I am receiving compensation and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Burke Williams Day Spa Launches Online Skin Care Store Éminence Organics and H2V Products Now Available at the New

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Burke Williams Day Spa is pleased to welcome a new online skin care store at The virtual store offers products from the ÉminenceOrganics Skin Care line as well as Burke Williams’ own professional-grade product line, H2V.


In June 2016, Burke Williams unveiled a brand new website that debuted the new online skin care store. For the first time ever, H2V, the exclusive product line used in Burke Williams’ skincare services, is now available to customers throughout the country. The product line is also sold in the ten Burke Williams Day Spa locations across Northern and Southern California.


“Our use of H2V and Éminence Organics products truly set our skin care services apart,” commented Diane Hibbard, VP of Treatments and Development at Burke Williams. “As we continue to develop and expand upon the H2V line, it is an exciting step to be able to offer the products that make our skin care services effective to those who may not be near our spas.”


Fusing art, science and beauty is the philosophy behind Burke Williams innovative H2VSkin Care line. By combining botanical and herbal ingredients with tested and proven scientific ingredients, a team of experienced estheticians, scientists and top industry professionals have created an effective and results-oriented line of products designed to repair and enhance skin, bringing natural beauty to the surface.


Éminence Organics Skin Care uses 100% organically grown, hand-picked fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables plus pure spring water in their nourishing and rejuvenating products. Rich in essential mineral, nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants, all products are chemical-free and suitable for all skin types.


Both the Éminence and H2V product lines are used in many of the Burke Williams signature skin care services. For more information on Burke Williams Day Spas locations, services and products or to make a reservation, please visit the new


I received one of their most popular products called Buff! I am really impressed with how my skin feels after I use this product. I also like that only a little is needed each time I use it and my skin feels hydrated and much softer! I highly recommend! 



Credit:Burke Williams 

For over 30 years Burke Williams Day Spa has been committed to creating an environment of refinement that inspires and provides its guest with a luxurious sanctuary to unwind. With ten locations across Northern and Southern California and the exclusive in-spa skin care line H2V, relaxation awaits with each of our European-inspired treatments including massage therapybody wrapsfacialsmanicurespedicuresbaths and an array of signature spa services.

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

Gibby – Heartwarming, Entertaining, Funny and Adorable


A young girl finds an unlikely and uplifting friendship with an adorable monkey in this charming, light-hearted film. Katie has lost interest in her school, her friends, and gymnastics following the loss of her mother, but her outlook changes in the summer when she is asked to monkey sit Gibby, her science teacher’s Capuchin monkey. Taking care of the monkey challenges Katie and reorders her life in a big way, and Gibby’s happy-go-lucky personality renews Katie’s zest for life. Gibby helps her with gymnastics, renewing friendships (including finding a potential boyfriend) and overcoming her nemesis, a mean girl who is out to beat Katie at everything. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Morgan B. comments, “This film is heartwarming, entertaining, funny, and adorable all wrapped up into one great movie.” See her full review below.


By Morgan Bertsch, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11


Bananas!!! This little monkey will keep you smiling as you watch my favorite actress Crystal, use her natural monkey talents to help a young girl find her true heart’s desire. This film is heartwarming, entertaining, funny and adorable all wrapped up into one great movie.

One of my favorite things about this film is that no CGI is used. This film is very down to earth and it is good to get a break from all the amazing graphics taking over movie theaters today. There are ups and downs just like in real life and that is what makes this film endearing and believable.

The acting in this is believable. I love all the different characters in this film, but my absolute favorite character is Gibby (Crystal, a capuchin monkey).  She is hysterical, cute and there when you need her. Crystal has made many monkey appearances, but this is one of her best performances I have seen. I had the pleasure of meeting her on the set of We Bought a Zoo and Gibby. She is very talkative, loves to stick her tongue out and has a boyfriend that she hangs out with when she is not in the spotlight. Tom Gunderson, her trainer is like an overly protective father who loves her and takes wonderful care of this high maintenance little diva. Oh, our little monkey is not a hugger, but she likes to high five.

My other favorite character is Katie (Shelby Lyon). She is lonely and depressed at first because of the death of her mother and then she meets Gibby and her whole world changes. Then, she is fun, happy and ready for anything. Her acting is wonderful and I had the pleasure of meeting her as well. Shelby Lyon is very bubbly, cute and fun to hang out with. She also loves doing gymnastics. She showed me a couple of her awesome skills and I was quite impressed. I do wish that they had more gymnastic scenes in this film. Tommy (Peyton Meyer) is a friend of Katie’s and has a crush on her but she doesn’t know it. A great friendship blooms when he volunteers to watch Crystal and help Katie over the summer with her new pet monkey. He is as cute in a person as he is in this movie.

I have lots of favorite scenes including Gibby (Crystal the monkey) sneaking into a birthday party and being mistaken for a dangerous animal. Gibby is hit on the head by a crazy mother who is scared of the giant one foot, seven inch monkey. This is one of my favorite scenes because it really touched my heart and I found myself crying. Can you say cameo appearance? Look carefully and you will see me there in a pink shirt and a zebra dress. The lovely Vivica A. Fox also joins in on the monkey fun.

I love the fact that all the girls did their own gymnastic stunts. They are very talented and a great group of young women to hang out with.  Phil Gorn, the director, is brave working with both kids and monkeys. Congratulations on making an adorable movie.

I recommend this film for kids as young as five who will love the adorable Crystal. Teenagers will relate to the means girls and the young love crushing going on. This is a fantastic family-friendly film for the entire family to sit back and enjoy and appropriate for ages 5 to 16. I give this film 4.5 out of 5 monkeying around stars. This film is available now on DVD from Shout! Factory so, go check it out.