Archives for February 7, 2017

Dunkin’ Donuts’ Sweet Pairing for Valentine’s Day: Heart-Shaped Donuts and New Fudge Brownie & Vanilla Cupcake Flavored Coffees Fudge Croissant Donut returns for an additional donut delight! Special Valentine's Day Giveaway!

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With the season for sweethearts upon us, Dunkin’ Donuts is welcoming Valentine’s Day with a perfect pairing of sweet coffee flavors, along with the return of heart-shaped donuts, available in delicious new and returning varieties. For starters, Dunkin’ Donuts guests can enjoy the marriage of their favorite coffee with the flavors of fresh bakery treats, with new Fudge Brownie Swirl and Vanilla Cupcake Swirl flavored coffee. Both are available in Dunkin’ Donuts’ hot or iced coffees, lattes and macchiatos.

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Dunkin’ Donuts is showing a lot of heart for its donut fans this season as well, bringing back its beloved heart-shaped donuts in two new Valentine’s Day varieties. The new Chocolate-Covered Raspberry Heart Donut is a heart-shaped donut with raspberry filling, frosted with chocolate icing and drizzled with strawberry-flavored icing. The new Brownie Batter Crumble Heart Donut is a heart-shaped donut with brownie batter flavored buttercreme filling, frosted with chocolate icing and sprinkled with brownie crumble. Finally, Dunkin’ Donuts is also serving the classic Cupid’s Choice Donut in participating locations. This festive treat is a heart-shaped donut filled with Bavarian Crème, topped with strawberry flavored icing and a festive mix of pink, white and red heart-shaped sprinkles.


For an additional donut delight for that special someone, this season Dunkin’ Donuts is bringing back the Fudge Croissant Donut. A favorite for chocolate lovers, it combines the brand’s famous glazed croissant donut with decadent fudge filling, topped with chocolate and white icing drizzle. All of Dunkin’ Donuts’ coffee and donut menu items for Valentine’s Day season are available at participating locations from January 30 – February 14th at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.


“Valentine’s Day is an important and popular holiday for our brand, as our guests look forward to the return of heart-shaped donuts paired with rich, indulgent beverages to celebrate this sweet season,” said Jeff Miller, Dunkin’ Brands’ Executive Chef and Vice President of Product Innovation. “This year we are excited to introduce a Valentine’s Day menu featuring several warm and comforting flavor choices. Our newest offerings will help keep guests energized with our coffee all throughout February, while enjoying donut treats that are perfect for sharing with loved ones.”


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We have teamed up for a Special Valentine’s Day Giveaway with our friends at Dunkin’ Donuts! One winner will win a $20 Gift Card to use at Dunkin’ Donuts! Now, how cool is that?! To enter, leave a comment below telling us which donut you would be most excited about trying! Deadline to enter is February 9th, 2017 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via U.S. Residents only.


Self Disclosure: I received a Gift card to facilitate this giveaway post. Info and Images were provided.


More About Dunkin’ Donuts:

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,000 restaurants in 45 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit


Samantha is Pet of the Week!


Smile, little girl! Wiggle your nose and get them all bewitched! Yes, this Rottweiler’s name is Samantha, and she really needs something to smile about. The house where she was living burned down, and the family had nowhere to go and had to give her up. At 9 years old, she had some warming up and trusting to do, but now, she’s a total doll and deserves a safe, forever home! She’s been around other dogs and kids and has a few skin issues, but they can be tended to. Meet Samantha on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A583957.


Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.


(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Let’s Get Creative this Valentine’s Day! Introducing Simple, Quick and Creative Instant Photography Scrapbooking Accessories from Polaroid

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Valentine’s Day is almost here and that means it is time to be creative and make some really special Valentine’s! Even better yet, lets’ make a special scrapbook for that special someone! Grandmother’s would love this too!

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Expanding on its creative photo and lifestyle accessories, Polaroid introduces its exclusive line of instant photography scrapbooking accessories. Designed for maximum personalization and embellishment, this new line of accessories is geared towards those keen on paying homage to life’s special moments by keeping their instant photos safe with stylistic flair. Share the wonder of cherished moments easily and creatively with the latest accessories from Polaroid.


The Polaroid instant photography scrapbooking accessory line features cloth-covered scrapbook albums for beautifully displaying memories, a colorful neon gel pen set for vibrant personal artworks, mini photo punchers to add a creative flair to photos and craft paper, a 6-piece decorative edge scissor set to give plain paper edges fabulous embellishment, and Polaroid decorative border stickers to frame instant photo prints with perfectly sized motifs. All items are sold separately.


Display Life’s Precious Memories

Polaroid 8×8” cloth covered scrapbook album for 2×3” premium Zink photoprints


Available in three trendy hues, the visual appeal of these albums is undeniable from binding to exterior. A perfect format for displaying important milestones and preserving memories to last a lifetime, the 10-page front and back sheets allow for 20 unique layouts of projects, photos, memorabilia and other creative applications.


The Polaroid 8×8” cloth covered scrapbook album is now available on Amazon for $24.99 USD and is available in red, blue and purple.


Give Your Scrapbooking Projects Color and Flair

Polaroid colorful fluorescent/bright neon gel pens for 2×3” premium Zink photoprint projects


Every vivid, glowing shade of the neon rainbow is at your disposal to create electric statements and intricate details on the pages of any project. Vibrant shades paired with creative minds make for transformative potential in scrapbooking, journaling, season’s greetings, pictures and more.


The Polaroid colorful fluorescent/bright neon gel pens are now available on Amazon for $10.99 USD and are available in fluorescent, glitter and metallic inks.


Transform Crafts into Works of Art

Polaroid mini photo puncher for 2×3” premium Zink photoprint projects


Lovely, creative and convenient embellishments with a flick of the wrist. Take ordinary pages to extraordinary with precise shapes every time, including flowers, hearts, stars and smiley faces. Personalize effects with ease and speed across multiple pages and projects — even make your own customized confetti with perfect, uniform shapes for special moments that happen off the page.


The Polaroid mini photo puncher is now available on Amazon for $5.99 USD and is available in flower, heart, smiley and star designs.


Dress Up Pages with Enchanting Edges

Polaroid 6-piece decorative edge scissor set for 2×3” premium ZINK photoprint projects


Create bold, decorative borders with intricate ornamentations for distinct edging. Add emotion and excitement to cherished memories, signifying importance and uniqueness. Each pair offers its own enhancement, and with six pairs to choose from, sacrificing flair won’t be a problem.


The Polaroid 6-piece colorful decorative edge scissor set is now available on Amazon for $12.99 USD.


Playfully Adorn and Frame Instant Prints

Polaroid colorful, fun and decorative photo border stickers for 2×3” premium Zink photoprint projects


Multiple design motifs to suit varying styles give instant prints an elevated appearance within larger projects. Perfect for calling out special photos and giving them some extra personality, this massive 100-piece collection puts the artist in the creative driver’s seat with designs such as retro, pastel, vivid and more.


The Polaroid colorful, fun and decorative photo border stickers are now available on Amazon for $9.99 USD.

I received samples and just love the Polaroid 6-piece decorative edge scissor set and the Polaroid mini photo punchers. The scissor set is just so creative and the Polaroid mini photo punchers are so cute in different shapes such as a star. heart, and even a happy face!

You can find them on

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


Looking for a Creative and Unique Valentine’s Day Gift? What about a Personalized Book for that Special Someone?

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I love to read and have to admit that Alice in Wonderland is still a favorite book of mine! I was thrilled when I was contacted to review a Personalized book and one of the choices was Alice in Wonderland. I love how you can choose different characters or keep the same ones as the original story. You can even have a photo added on the back cover.  Ustar Novels makes you the star of your own personalized story and there are many different options to choose from. You can find them here. They also have book choices for both kids and adults. This would make a great gift for Valentine’s Day!


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


R.M. Palmer Valentine’s Day Giveaway! You don't want to miss this one!

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What is Valentine’s Day without Chocolate candy?

It wouldn’t be a very sweet one, I suppose! One of my favorites is the candy for R.M. Palmer!  They have such delicious candy like the ones you see pictured above!

We have teamed up for a Valentine’s Day Giveaway! One winner will win a surprise Valentine’s Day candy package! To enter, leave a comment below telling us what you will be doing on Valentine’s Day! You can also tell us what would be your favorite gift! Deadline to enter is February 13th and winner will be notified on Valentine’s Day! Now, how sweet is that?!

More info about the Valentine’s Day Candy!

R.M. Palmer Company Is Making Valentine’s Day Fun with New Confections!


Valentine’s 2017, Reading, PA – R.M. Palmer Company announces the launch of delicious new Valentine’s candy that will bring smiles and add fun to the holiday. A sampling of R.M. Palmer’s new Valentine’s Day treats includes:


“You’re Jawsome” Shark:  Enjoy a big shark bite with R.M. Palmer’s NEW 5 oz.”You’re Jawsome” Shark. Milk chocolate with Crisp Rice in the shape of an adorable, smiling shark, this tasty Valentine treat is the perfect way to tell that special someone “I’m hooked”. Its package looks like the shark is swimming with its chocolate fin protruding above. (SRP – $3.00)


Smoochies Cards:  Offering humorous animal images, each with delicious chocolate flavored lips in bright red foil, NEW 1 oz. Smoochies include a dog, frog or giraffe character, and funny Valentine’s Day sayings. (SRP – $1.00)


Snap & Share Heart: R.M. Palmer’s NEW 2.5 oz. Snap & Share Heart is a delicious Double Crisp® treat that breaks apart into great sharable pieces. (SRP – $1.00)


Love Xpressions: NEW Love Xpressions are milk chocolate flavored balls with smooth, creamy centers. They are wrapped in yellow foils, each with a fun emoticon face that lets consumers share how they feel without needing to text. They are available in a 3.3 oz. mesh bag (SRP $1.00) or 15 oz laydown bag (SRP $3.00).


Self Disclosure: No compensation or samples were received to post. SoCal City Kids will select the winner and R.M. Palmer will send out the prize package. Look for them on Facebook too! *U.S. Residents only please. Prize will be sent out after Valentine’s Day.

Top Book Choices of the Day!

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I love the imagination that this book will inspire in young children!

What’s YOUR Birthday Wish? More Adventures in Gigglyville  is a fun, delightful book that will inspire children to dream big!  I like that it also encourages children to try new things.  I highly recommend this one for children ages 3-8. 

Book can be purchased on and Barnes & Noble.


More about the Author:

Judy Egett Laufer BA, author of the new release, “Last Night I Had a Laughmare-Bedtime Adventures in Gigglyville” (, is a certified early childhood educator/consultant and has taught Kindergarten for over a decade. She wrote this book to help families bring laughter and joy to their children’s bedtime routine. Her strategy for diffusing difficult situations with children is infusing a little humor and silliness. Laufer wanted to give children and their parents a fun way to approach bedtime. Laufer attended Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She is married and she currently lives with her husband and son in the Southwest.

This next one will be a hit with the little older children and Tweens and Teens!


You Know Superman, Batman, Iron Man – Now Meet God’s Silver Soldiers.

With the release of this collector’s item, limited edition of God’s Silver Soldiers/The Deluxe Comicbook just in time for the San Diego 2016 Comic-Con, a 20-year dream mission has come true. God’s Silver Soldiers (Nordskog Publishing, Inc. November 2016), the first edition in the new superhero series, is now available with issue two and three following close behind.

During the years that creator Art Greenhaw produced and arranged Grammy Award-Winning and 8-Time Grammy Award-Nominated albums in the Christian Field, Art’s record label built a core of thousands of devoted fans who found his songs and stories both entertaining and uplifting.

Now Art has formed Truthmonger Comics, a creative entity whose mission is to bring the much-needed messages of morality and spirituality to today’s youth through the medium of comicbooks.  Joining creator/editor/writer Art Greenhaw for this new line of Truthmonger Comics and its flagship title, God’s Silver Soldiers, are superstar comicbook artist Ben Dunn, writer Rebecca Dunn, and graphic designer Josh Knight.
Truthmonger Comics is additionally inspired by Art’s friend of many years and biggest literary influence, Stan Lee.

For more information please visit:

This one is full of action and will keep the older children and even adults on the edge of their seat! I think they will find it exciting and recommend it!~ SoCal City Kids


Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of the above books to facilitate this post. Photos were also provided.




HBO and Sesame Workshop—in partnership with local public television stations—announced the launch of the Sesame Street: K is for Kindness Tour, a free, multi-city experiential tour timed to and inspired by the new, 47th season of Sesame Street, the gold standard in children’s television. Created especially for preschool fans and their families, this immersive, limited-engagement tour features hands-on digital learning fun, participation from local libraries in each community including bilingual English / Spanish books and activities, “meet and greets” with the costumed characters, a 15-minute interactive live stage show starring walk-around versions of the series’ beloved characters Elmo and Abby Cadabby, and other special surprises!  For more information, visit


“Teaching kindness has been at the core of Sesame Street since it first arrived on television and remains just as important today as it was then,” says Dennis Williams, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, HBO. “The Sesame Street: K is for Kindness Tourcontinues in this tradition of presenting such important lessons to preschoolers.  As a proud partner with Sesame Workshop and local public television stations, we will bring the joy of Sesame Street to communities and share this magical experience with children and their families who will be able to see, touch, and interact with their favorite Sesame friends up close.”


The Sesame Street: K is for Kindness Tour Schedule:

Saturday, January 7th                               New York (Roosevelt Field/Garden City, NY)

Saturday, January 14th                             Atlanta (Perimeter Mall/Atlanta, GA)

Saturday, January 21st                            Miami (Pembroke Lakes Mall/Pembroke Pines, FL)

Saturday, January 28th                            Denver (Flatiron Crossing/Broomfield, CO)

Saturday, February 4th                            Seattle (Westfield Southcenter/Seattle, WA)

Saturday, February 11th                          Portland (Washington Square/Portland, OR)

Saturday, February 18th                          San Francisco (Stoneridge Shopping Center/Pleasanton, CA)

Saturday, February 25th                          Los Angeles (Westfield Culver City/Culver City, CA)

Sunday, March 5th                                  Minneapolis (Mall of America/Bloomington, MN)

TBD                                                        Texas (TBD)


“In keeping with the Sesame Street mission, the K is for Kindness Tour aims to spark imagination, inspire a love of reading, cultivate kindness, and provide an element of surprise for children at each and every stop,” says Scott Chambers, Senior Vice President and General Manager, North America Media and Licensing, Sesame Workshop. “The tour complements Sesame Street’s kindness curriculum, which is woven throughout the new season.”


In addition to a “kindness” curriculum, the new season of Sesame Street also features everyone’s favorite furry red monster, Elmo, in a new updated, fun, and fresh version of “Elmo’s World.”  In 25 five-minute installments, lessons are taught through pre-school relevant topics, live action films, and interactive thinking games such as matching, sorting, and counting. Kids accompany Elmo and his friend Smartie, an animated cell phone and learning tool, as he uses his imagination to dive into the topic of the day.


Elmo and the rest of his friends can be seen throughout season 47, as well as in previous episodes of Sesame Street currently available on HBO and PBS KIDS and on Sesame Street’s YouTube channel. Sesame Street content continues to be available to PBS KIDS viewers on weekdays and Sundays on local stations, and on the PBS KIDS Video App.


Produced by the nonprofit educational organization Sesame WorkshopSesame Street is underwritten in part by Beaches Resortsand UnitedHealthcare.



Credit: Sesame Workshop, HBO.