Archives for November 2, 2016

Fashionable Fall Finds from Lucky & Me! Must-Buy for those with little girls!

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Have a little girl?  You must check out Lucky & Me! This Fall these fashionable undergarments are a must!  Lucky & Me makes soft underwear for girls (and boys too!) that stay in place so young children can be comfortable and not worry about underwear being tight, uncomfortable and not staying in place. Girls can choose from beautifully made bikinis or hipsters while boys options include boxer briefs and boxer shorts. Lucky & Me also makes an organic cotton line – the Grayson and Lily collections. For girls who like wearing dresses and also climbing monkey bars or doing cartwheels, the Jada Bike Shorts provide her with coverage. The tri-blend fabric is breathable with a beautiful lace trim around the thigh and a tagless back ensures she won’t itch.

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I received samples of the Underwear for girls and the Jada Bike Shorts for my niece who is 2 years old and she loves them! Her favorite are the Jada Bike Shorts! She would wear them every day if she could! They come in pretty colors and are very comfortable!

See all the Lucky & Me products at https://www.luckyandme.com.

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

EnviroKidz by Natures Path Launches “Ecokeepers” ~ a Free Nature Discovery Program for Schools to Help Get Kids Outside and Benefit From Lifelong Health and Social Benefits of Discovering the Wonders of Nature

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Parental fears and busy schedules are found to be leading contributors as to why parents say they struggle to get their kids outside to play and reduce the amount of time spent in front of a screen. This finding, announced today, is part of a nationwide survey on how kids play by EnviroKidz — North America’s largest organic kids’ breakfast and snack brand by Nature’s Path. To help kids capture the lifelong health and social benefits of outside play, EnviroKidz has launched a new outdoor nature discovery program called “ecokeepers™” (envirokidz.com/ecokeepers). Free to schools and camps, it complements science and physical education curriculum by blending tactical hands-on discovery with geocaching — a modern-day treasure hunt that uses GPS on smartphones to find hidden caches.

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Of the parents surveyed, 94% say they would like schools to help their kids get outside and discover nature. The free ecokeepers program delivers on this need and can be easily adapted into existing school and camp programs. Suitable for both urban and rural schools, ecokeepers can be used in nature trails, local parks, schoolyards and city neighborhoods. Adds Mahaffy, “When you look, kids can find nature anywhere.” Each ecokeepers program kit includes: 12-page, passport-sized explorer guides for kids to capture their observations, a geocache to customize and hide, parent resources plus EnviroKidz organic peanut-free bars to help support a healthy snack break while on their journey.

 

“Playing outside in nature is critically important for kids’ development. Research shows it improves everything from problem solving to cognitive ability to social relations,” says parenting expert Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions. “Between screen time and the busy schedules of both parents and kids, today’s children are spending less time outside and missing out on this fun and beneficial part of childhood.”

 

Looking into how kids play, the Nature’s Path survey, which polled 525 U.S. moms (ages 25-45) with children under the age of 13, revealed that:

  • Today, 81% moms indicated that their kids have adult supervision when they play outside compared to 37% of moms when they were kids
  • 54% of moms say their kids spend more time playing in front of a screen than playing outside, while 11% say their kids are not interested in playing outside and 11% said their kids would prefer to play on an electronic device
  • 35% of moms cite fear of letting kids play outside alone, 22% are too busy juggling other priorities and 15% say they do not have the time to supervise outdoor play
  • When they can, 58% of moms do try regularly get their kids outside to discover nature; however, 94% agree it’s important that schools also help kids to discover nature.

I received a free kit to sample and this is a great kit! It included:

1 x Official Medium Geocache with Logbook & Pencil

–         Ecokeepers program materials: 3 activity books for kids, 1 x parent’s guide, 1 info sheet

–         1 x GPS trackable ladybug

–         6 boxes of EnviroKidz Peanut Free Bars

–         7 x Free Product Vouchers ($35 value)

–         1 x EnviroKidz  Choco Chimps Lunchbox

EnviroKidz recently launched the industry’s first peanut-free, organic and gluten-free granola and crispy rice bars for kids. Available in four flavors — Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Berry Blast and Strawberry — the bars are packed with gluten-free rolled oats or wholegrain brown rice to provide lasting energy for kids while they’re on the go and enjoying nature. EnviroKidz donates 1% of all product sales to help support animal conservation and education. To date, the company has donated over $2.6 million dollars to animal charities around the world.

My son’s favorite is the Chocolate Chip! I like that they are a healthier snack! I love the kit because it’s great for motivating kids to go outdoors!

 

For more information about ecokeepers, including how teachers and kids’ club coordinators can receive a free kit and parents can download a free activity guide, visit: http://www.envirokidz.com/ecokeepers.

 

Self Disclosure: I received a free kit to facilitate this post. Photos/info and video was provided.

Spreading Holiday Cheer At The Shops At Montebello Santa Clause is coming to town!

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As the holiday season approaches, children and families can look forward to Santa’s arrival and a festive schedule of events at The Shops at Montebello, that bring so much joy this time of year.

 

Children can visit Santa daily at The Shops at Montebello starting November 5 at 10 a.m. to capture treasured photos and share their holiday wishes until December 24. The center will also feature special holiday events and entertainment throughout November and December, including:

 

  • Holiday Photo Booth: On Friday, November 25 from 12 to 2 p.m. in Center Court, enjoy the festive photo booth experience with holiday and winter wonderland accessories.
  • Pet Photos with Santa: Furry friends have the opportunity to pose with Santa during the popular Pet Photo Night on Sunday, November 27 and Sunday, December 4 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Christmas Giving at The Shops at Montebello: On Thursday, December 1 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Center Court, 100 students from the Boys & Girls Club of East Los Angeles will receive gifts from Santa.
  • Friday Free Days: On Friday, December 2, December 9 and December 16, the marketing team at The Shops at Montebello will be spreading holiday cheer by handing out holiday gift bags filled with retailer gift cards, coupons and other surprises to shoppers at random. There will also be a DJ and social media dessert bar in Center Court from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Gift Wrapping: Shoppers can get their holiday gifts and goodies wrapped on the Upper Level near the Macy’s Home entrance beginning Saturday, December 3 at 2 p.m. All net proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Club of East Los Angeles, Simon Youth Foundation and the Montebello-Commerce YMCA. A full gift wrapping schedule can be found at the center.
  • Holiday Photo Booth:On Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., enjoy a festive photo booth experience with holiday and winter wonderland accessories.
  • Kidgits Breakfast with Santa: On Saturday, December 3 from 9 to 10 a.m., children and families can enjoy a yummy breakfast with Santa to create special holiday memories. Reservations are required and can be made through the mall.
  • Countdown to Christmas Prize Giveaways: From Monday, December 19 to Friday, December 23, shoppers are invited to enter to win daily prize giveaways at Simon Guest Services. Winners do not need to be present to win. Prizes include:

o   Monday, December 19: $100 Crazy 8 Gift Card

o   Tuesday, December 20: Yves Saint Laurent Men’s Cologne Gift Set

o   Wednesday, December 21: $200 Express Gift Card

o   Thursday, December 22: Michael Kors Handbag

o   Friday, December 23: $300 Coach Gift Card

 

“The holiday shopping season brings a festive and bustling atmosphere to The Shops at Montebello,” said Marida Petitjean, director of marketing and business development at The Shops at Montebello. “We love the holiday cheer that lights up the center with Santa’s arrival and lasts throughout December with this year’s list of special events.”

 

This holiday season, Simon invites everyone to celebrate “The Joy of Giving.” Giving is contagious and this season Simon invites everyone to pass that spirit on and “Give Love,” “Give Sparkle,” “Give Warmth,” and “Give Fun.” Join The Shops at Montebello to experience the season’s good cheer with the best of holiday shopping and entertainment.

 

For ongoing updates and upcoming event information, follow The Shops at Montebello on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

Credit: The Shops at Montebello.

New ‘SANTA HQ’ Is Coming To Los Cerritos Center! -Santa’s Arrival on November 5 Kicks Off a Season of Holiday Experiences-

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Santa is all about the experience and this year Los Cerritos Center has partnered with HGTV to present “Santa HQ.” Families are invited to experience the wonder of Santa’s workshop in the digital age. Exciting interactive technology transforms and customizes the experience.

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This engaging new version of a visit with Santa uses digital tools to offer an augmented reality environment and a thoroughly new, enhanced social media experience for families.  At Santa HQ, kids will be “scanned” as they arrive to determine if they’ve been “naughty or nice,” enter an observatory where they will use special tablets to view Santa’s magical world – the night sky or Santa’s elves at work, for instance – be able to take an “ELFIE” (a photo opp as a dancing elf) and much more.

Early Bird Photo packages are also available starting at $34.99 through December 8. As an added bonus, guests can start to make reservations with the man of the hour now by visitingwww.santa-hq.com.

Shoppers also are invited to bring in an unwrapped toy and participate in Help Through Holiday Giving.  Los Cerritos Center hopes to gather enough toys to beast last years ABC7 Spark-Of-Love Stuff-A-Bus Toy Drive record of nine commuter busses.  All Toys will be donated to Spark-Of-Love on December 2.

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WHAT ELSE:

Santa’s Welcome Party 

November 5, 10am to 11am

Join Mrs. Claus as we welcome Santa back to Los Cerritos Center and his headquarters.  Join us for a special holiday craft, hot coco, gift bags and your best chance to visit with Santa himself!

Help Through Holiday Giving – Spark of Love Toy Drive

November 5 – December 2

Join in a 20 Year Tradition of bringing holiday cheer to children in Los Angeles County.  In partnership with the Southern California Firefighters help us collect new and unwrapped toys to benefit kids in LA County. Bring new unwrapped toys or sports equipment Santa HQ Nov. 5 through Dec. 2.

Wishing for more jingle this holiday season?  One lucky shopper will win $10,000 cash as part of HGTV’s Spreading Holiday Cheer sweepstakes. Enter online (and find official rules and complete details) visiting www.santa-hq.com/sweeps or www.mallsweepstakes.com or enter in person at the Los Cerritos Center management office. (*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 18 years or older (or legal age of majority under applicable law, whichever is older).  Odds of winning depend on total number of entries received.  Limit one entry per person regardless of method of entry.  Begins 11/14/16. Ends 12/24/16.  Void where prohibited.  Sponsored by Macerich Management Company, 401 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 700, Santa Monica, California 90401.)

WHEN:

Santa HQ will be open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and is located in the Main Court next to Forever 21.

WHERE:

Santa will be available for photos and visits at his Headquarters presented by HGTV, located in the Forever 21 Court.  Reservations available, but not required!

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