Archives for September 2016

The Back To School Item You May Forget! Underwear! Fruit of the Loom is the answer!

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Underwear may not be at the top of your school supply list but it truly is a necessity! Fruit of the Loom is our top choice this back-to-school season! With a variety of comfortable styles, sizes and designs, as well as three additional undies in each bonus pack, parents can easily and affordably make sure everyone in their family starts their first day with a good foundation.

I received samples and these are a real must-have! My son liked the variety of colors and I like the quality!

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Here are the choices that are available:

Girls’ Bonus Packs

o   Silhouettes: Brief, Hipster, Bikini, Boy Short

o   Price:

  • $5.86-$5.99/9+3 pack – Brief, Hipster, Bikini
  • $5.86-$5.99/8+3 pack – Boy Short

o   Colors: Assorted colors and patterns

o   Sizes: S-XL

o   Retailer Availability: Target, Target.com, Walmart, Walmart.com

  • Boys’ Bonus Packs

o   Silhouettes: Crew, A-Shirt, Boxer Brief

o   Price:

  • $5.99/5+3 pack – Crew and A-Shirt
  • $8.99/5+3 pack – Boxer Brief

o   Colors: Assorted colors and patterns

o   Sizes: S-XL

o   Retailer Availability: Target, Target.com, Walmart, Walmart.com

  • Girls’ 7pk Shortie

o   Silhouettes: Shortie

o   Price: $8.99/7 pack

o   Colors: Assorted colors and patterns

o   Sizes:  4-14

o   Retailer Availability: K-Mart

  • Boys’ 5pk Sport Boxer Brief

o   Silhouettes: Boxer Brief

o   Price: $10.99/5 pack

o   Colors: Assorted colors and patterns

o   Sizes:  S – XL

o   Retailer Availability: Target

  • Toddler Girls’ Theme Pack Brief

o   Silhouettes: Brief

o   Price: $8.94/7 pack

o   Colors: Assorted Prints – Themed

o   Sizes: 2T/3T-4T

o   Retailer Availability: Wal-Mart

  • Toddler Boys 7PK Days of the Week Brief

o   Price: $8.00/7 pack

o   Colors: Assorted Prints

o   Sizes: 2T/3T-4T

o   Retailer Availability: Walmart, Walmart.com.

Look for them at a Walmart  (or Target as listed above) near you!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photos were provided.

 

Girls back to school fashion must have: Keysocks! Keysocks Turn Flats, Sneakers, Even Sky-High Heels Into Slippers

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There are times when making sacrifices in the name of fashion are worth it. But polishing off a look with a favorite pair of heels, stylish flats or cute sneakers is not an instance where women need to suffer any longer. Keysocks are the secret style tool keeping feet warm and comfortable in any shoe, on any occasion, anywhere. The first knee-high, no-show socks for women, Keysocks are designed to stay in place and out of sight.

 

From skinny jeans to dress slacks, Keysocks can be worn invisibly with any full-length pair of pants. A strategic keyhole opening on the top of Keysocks makes it nearly impossible for anyone to notice the garment inside a shoe. Toes are kept cozy, heels have a cushion against blisters and legs have an added layer of warmth for chilly environments.

 

More adventuresome fashionistas pair their Keysocks with capris, skirts and dresses. A combination of schoolgirl meets trendy temptress when worn with a skirt or dress, and golfer, preppy-chic with capris, Keysocks are the must-have fashion accessory for every season. Brides who want to keep the height of their heels all night long without cringing in pain even wear Keysocks under their dresses as a sexy and unexpected addition to their trousseau. The occasions when Keysocks can save the day and a woman’s tootsies are truly endless!

 

Keysocks are available in Original or Light versions. Made from moisture-wicking Coolmax® polyester and form fitting Lycra® spandex, Original Keysocks wick moisture away from skin, breathe efficiently and dry fast to provide the foundation for a day at the office or a night on the town. The original sock is a tad thicker than the light version, perfect for colder months or icebox offices.

 

Light Keysocks are made from a revolutionary, patented process that converts coffee residue into an eco-friendly, sumptuously light fiber. Light socks provide a knee-high experience that can be enjoyed in the spring or summer. And, they are the perfect solution for heels or flats that are a little too big or need time to break in, providing just enough extra padding.

I received samples and I like that they are comfy and they really do stay in place! I highly recommend for girls and women too!

 

Available in a variety of colors, Keysocks are $14.00 per pair or $47.00 for a 4-pack mix and match set. For more information and ordering, visit: www.keysocks.com.

 

About Keysocks

Keysocks got its start when on a chilly day in 2009 when the founder, Shelby McKee, was headed to a Cincinnati Bengals football game and refused to compromise her style to stay warm.  Instead, Shelby took her husband’s knee high sock; cut a hole in it, and the first pair of Keysocks was born.  Shelby proudly attended the game in her go-to skinny jeans with flats, while remaining warm and comfortable. When friends began asking where they could find her socks she knew she had developed a unique product. After years of perfecting the design, Shelby recruited her two sisters Christy and Stefanie to launch Keysocks in 2012.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photos and info were also provided.

 

 

Panda Pop is fun for the Whole Family!

It’s Fall but we’re still having a heat wave! So, it is really 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 also like that it gets more challenging as you get to higher levels! So, you don’t get bored easy!

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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: http://sgn.me/29Ntpt8

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. 

The BreadCrumbz Brand Encourages Girls Ages 6-12 to Be True to Themselves FLORIDA RESIDENT LAUNCHES START-UP AIMED AT TEACHING YOUNG GIRLS ABOUT SELF-ACCEPTANCE

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Florida resident and mother of two girls, Shannon Addison, has launched BreadCrumbz, a start-up with the mission of teaching girls between the ages of 6 and 12 years old about the value of self-acceptance. Shannon created the BreadCrumbz brand, which follows the lives and interests of four Crumbz characters, after observing the negative undertones present in the interactions her girls and their friends had with each other at school.

 

The four Crumbz characters – Samantha Sourdough, Rachel Rye, Whitney Wheat, and Penelope Pumpernickel – each have a unique personality and different interests. Despite their differences, however, the Crumbz all encourage girls to find out what it is they like to do and where their interests lie, and to stay true to themselves in all situations.

 

“I visited my children at school for lunch one day and was really surprised to see girls using relational aggression when they communicated with one other,” said Shannon. “It was a lightbulb moment. I realized that we – as parents, educators, and mentors – aren’t doing enough to show young girls that it’s okay to have differences. It’s okay to be who you are – and to like different things or activities than your classmate does. The BreadCrumbz brand was borne out of this lunchtime observation, and I’m extremely excited about using the Crumbz to help shape the way girls view and interact with each other.”

 

BreadCrumbz fans can follow each of the Crumbz characters through a series of Trail Tales posted to the company’s website. Each Trail Tail story focuses on one Crumbz character and her world, incorporating valuable messages like “Confidence is the best accessory” or “Sometimes friends are the best medicine”. New Trail Tales are posted to the BreadCrumbz site regularly, providing Crumbz fans with plenty of engaging and thoughtful content.

 

The BreadCrumbz website also includes a Parentz Corner, designed as a place for parents to share their own experiences and learn about raising children, and an online store which currently features a BreadCrumbz activity book, Pop Inz charm bracelet sets, and BreadCrumbz t-shirts. Additional BreadCrumbz product lines are planned.

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I received samples and these characters are really positive and young girls will love them! The products are a must-buy! I especially like the BreadCrumbz activity book and the Pop Inz charm bracelet sets!

Click here to learn more about the Crumbz.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post.

5 Apps & Tech Tools to Make Back to School

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – is all the rage this back to school season. Whether your kids are learning this curriculum in the classroom or not, it’s never been so easy to teach or reinforce this learning at home.

Here are the 5 hottest tech tools and apps that are available for less than $8 or free on most tablet devices to make learning accessible, everywhere!

  1. Program a Drone with Tynker

No prior computer programming experience is necessary with Tynker! Download the free Tynker.com app to use a colorful, super simple programming language to code a Parrot minidrone.

Whether your kids spot the drone rolling through the school hallways or after school flying high in the park, it’ll be the most popular activity for kids learning code, in and out of the classroom. Well-behaved coders can purchase a Parrot mini drone ($69) here.

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  1. Don’t just program robots and drones, learn how to make them with LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3!

Young Lego fans will get a chance to play and learn at the same time. LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 makes building, programming and commanding your own LEGO robots smarter, faster, and more fun than ever. Kids can follow simple steps and before you know it, they’ll be in control of robots that drive, shoot, slither, walk, slam, and spin – to name just a few of the actions that come with this awesome robotics set. Turning your kids into makers has never been so easy!

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LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 is available for $34 here and the app is available for free for all tablets.

  1.  Learning math is as easy as “1-2-3” with Splash Math

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Practice adds up with Splash Math and parents can supplement traditional math lessons with this comprehensive math practice program that adapts to your child’s need and skill. Splash Math has excellent sounds and graphics. Available on desktops, laptops and iPad for free.

 

  1. Science goes intergalactic with Galaxyz!

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Galxyz is a science education app for tablet computers (or playable online) intended for children in upper elementary school (third grade and up: the ability to read is a requirement for independent play). It’s based on the Next Generation Science Standards, the first interactive learning experience to do so.

The app uses a narrative structure in which a young blue-skinned person named Thalo (you can choose a male or female version) walks through an icy landscape and meets a small flying squirrel-like creature. The creature turns out to be Grit, a Chakkaran on a mission to protect the Tome and guard scientific knowledge. Grit guides Thalo through text to explore aspects of science, and, along the way, teaches scientific terminology and concepts.

Pricing ranges from ninety-nine cents for a new module and  $7.99 for all available modules or a subscription option for all future modules.

 

  1. Say “Adios” to Flash Cards with Duolingo’s TinyCards

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While students have been using flash cards to memorize facts and vocabulary at least since the Victorian era, it’s no secret that the study tools can be deathly dull.  Duolingo, the free language learning app just launched TinyCards, a game-like, modern version of flash cards that automatically tracks what users already have learned and even lets users level up, video game-style, as they progress in their knowledge.

TinyCards launched with hundreds of illustrated virtual decks on subjects from languages to science. Users are also able to create and share their own decks on subjects of their choice, from wine pairings to characters from Game of Thrones and Pokémon and available on iOs.

Self Disclosure: Info was provided. SoCal City Kids did not review any of the above.

EAR SNACKS: SONGS FROM THE PODCAST by ANDREW & POLLY

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Meet Andrew and Polly, award-winning music makers and hosts of Ear Snacks, a radical new podcast for kids. Andrew & Polly’s new album of quirky, eclectic and fun tunes embedded in brisk, brainy repartee, Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast, will be released on September 30th.

The first season of the podcast — over seven hours of free content for children and their families — includes interviews with more than 60 kids and 35 adult experts along with an original score and a slew of genre-busting Andrew & Polly songs.  Now the duo presents a selection of music from the first season, re-contextualized on Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast.  The album of fourteen expertly produced tunes ranges from introspective and insightful to anthemic and absurd, delivering addictive earworms and surprises around every corner.

“Really fun music that young kids will enjoy!”~ SoCal City Kids.

Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast kicks off with “Dancing Pants,” based on the true-to-life tale of a pair of pants that were so incredibly sparkly they needed their own horn section.  “Dancing Pants” featuresAndrew & Polly’s L.A. neighbor, the incomparable Mista Cookie Jar, whose rap makes the song “next level cuckoo.”

A photo that Polly Hall took of a miniature toy stegosaurus with a fierce shadow became the inspiration for “Tiny Dino,” produced as if Simon & Garfunkel, with a little help from Toto, had written the theme song to a Saturday morning cartoon of thirty years ago.

Other highlights include “Grapes,” the SiriusXM Kids Place Live chart topper from the very first episode of Ear Snacks, and “How Can You Tell If It’s Going to Rain?” which offers a ’60s ethos updated for the third millennium.

“Every episode of Ear Snacks,” says Polly Hall, “is about some small thing — just some unassuming something, but then, of course, it’s about something bigger, too.”

Andrew & Polly started making music together as college undergraduates and, by now, have become a fixture on the L.A. music scene, in high demand for their sparkling music for films, TV, and commercials, with “grownup” music credits too numerous to mention, including a 2015 Emmy nomination for Polly Hall.

On the kid side of things, their production credits include dope jams like “Grapes” and songs for Sesame Studios and Nickelodeon’sWallykazam! as well as the score to the Nick digital series Welcome to the Wayne. Their music regularly charts on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live, and their podcast, Ear Snacks, broadcasts monthly on the same channel. The two co-founded and serve on the board of Kids Listen, a new group advocating for quality audio programming for kids.

Previous albums by Andrew & Polly include Odds & Ends (2015, Parents’ Choice® Award, Fids & Kamily Top 10 Albums of the Year), Up and At ‘Em! (2010, ASCAP Foundation Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award for the song “When You’re a Dog”), and a holiday EP, Other Days(2015).

Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast will be available at CDBaby, Amazon, at Andrew & Polly’s website – www.andrewandpolly.com – and at their shows.

Andrew & Polly Performance Highlights – Oct. – Dec. 2016

Oct. 8 – Books & Cookies – Santa Monica, CA

Oct. 23 – McCabe’s Guitar Shop – Santa Monica, CA – Album Release Celebration!

Oct. 29 – Children’s Book World – Los Angeles, CA

Nov. 5 – LA Baby Show – Los Angeles, CA

Nov. 12 – Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory, Los Angeles, CA

Nov. 16 – Brisbane Library, Brisbane, CA

Nov. 17 – Recess Urban Recreation – San Francisco, CA

Nov. 19 – Children’s Book World – Los Angeles, CA

Dec. 4 – Zimmer Children’s Museum – Los Angeles, CA

Visit Andrew & Polly’s website HERE.

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Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of the CD to post. Info and photos were provided.

Malibu Mix! A new fusion flavor sensation hitting California!

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California’s own Gaslamp Popcorn has a new fusion flavor, Malibu Mix, which combines the company’s signature Sea Salt & Olive Oil, White Cheddar and Kettle Corn flavors. This has been a favorite of mine since it was released this past August!

Malibu Mix puts the beach in reach no matter where you are and offers a gluten-free, anytime snack experience for those craving a way to escape the daily grind for a few moments.

 

Malibu Mix popcorn is ideal for consumers looking for a light, flavorful and delicious snack that delivers a sweet, salty and savory treat containing half the calories typically found in traditional popcorn mixes. Gaslamp Popcorn’s signature Sea Salt & Olive Oil, White Cheddar and Kettle Corn make a delightfully flavor-packed snack. Each batch is made with non-GMO corn that stands on the promise of being gluten-free, no exceptions.

I just love the mixture of the three flavors! This one definitely does not last long in our house!

Look for it at a grocery store near you! I often find it at Vons and our local Ralphs.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post.

Annabelle is Pet of the Week!

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Annabelle is a pretty little black-and-white Maltese mix, about 2 years old. There are so many things to love about her, but what strikes the staff and visitors at ACS is the expression on her face—she seems as if she’s miles away. Maybe she’s thinking about a loving home somewhere, with people to feed, play with and cuddle her. Do you live there? If so, meet Annabelle 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#A579018.

 

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the P.D. Pitchford Animal Village.