Archives for March 2017

Easter is almost here! Looking for something other than candy to give?

April is here and soon Easter will be here!

Want to give something other than Jelly Beans & Chocolate Eggs? Give a Personalized Book from the Easter Bunny Himself!

Spring is FINALLY in the air which means the Easter Bunny is on its way! Create a beautiful Easter basket this year that’s more than just candy with a personalized book from the Easter Bunny himself!

God Gave Us Easter

I just love these adorable personalized books from Put Me In The Story!

Their most popular Easter books and items include:

·         An Easter Surprise + Plush Gift Set – An “eggs-straordinary” egg-hiding adventure with a clever twist! The perfect way to celebrate Easter together!

·         I Love You Honey Bunny + Plush Gift Set – Say hello to spring and tell your child all the ways they make the world a brighter place!

·         Plus personalized bunny, chick, and Easter egg baskets!

My favorite is the personalized God Gave Us Easter book! It simply is delightful!

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of a book to facilitate this gift idea. Photos were provided.

The New DOLE® Organic Salad Kits are a Must this Spring!

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Looking for a healthy salad that is simple to put together and made with organic ingredients? Dole Organic Salad Kits are a Must!

The newly expanded DOLE® Organic Salad line features eight organic salads, including six organic salad mixes and two new restaurant-inspired organic salad kits packaged in consumer-preferred clamshells and with a refreshed look. Extending Dole’s salad leadership to the growing organic segment like never before, the line offers organic enthusiasts what traditional salad consumers have enjoyed for years: a restaurant-quality salad that tastes great, is easy to prepare and comes in a convenient package.

 

Thanks to the two new DOLE Organic Salad Kits, organic salad lovers can enjoy a fresh, flavorful, organic salad, including nutritious baby lettuces, signature dressings and toppings, for the first time in a clamshell package. Dole’s organic salad kits feature an unsurpassed variety of cheeses, nuts and fruits. These are just perfect for 2-3 people!   I like that you do not have to add anything to these salads!

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I had the opportunity to try out the following two salad kits that are new to the line up: Apple Dijon and Caesar.

DOLE® Organic Caesar Salad Kit (8.25 oz.) adds a restaurant-quality organic option to Dole’s Caesar lineup with organic baby Romaine, Parmesan pita chips, shaved Parmesan cheese and Dole’s signature Organic Caesar Dressing.

 

Ingredients:

  • Organic Baby Romaine
  • Parmesan pita chips
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese
  • Dole’s Signature Caesar Dressing

DOLE® Organic Apple Dijon Salad Kit (8.25 oz.) combines DOLE Organic Spring Mix, dried cranberries, walnut pieces, shredded cheddar cheese and Dole’s signature Organic Apple Dijon Vinaigrette for a restaurant-quality organic salad experience.

 

Ingredients:

  • Organic Spring Mix
  • Dried cranberries
  • Walnut pieces
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Dole’s Signature Apple Dijon Vinaigrette.

They were both quite good but I think my favorite is the Apple Dijon! I just loved the dried cranberries and walnuts!  I also like to add strawberries to it but it is quite delicious either way!  I also like that the salads are so fresh and come in a resealable container. These are also perfect to take on-the-go this Spring! 

They retail for $5.39 for 8.25 oz.

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

The Boss Baby – Dreamworks’ fun, lighthearted film with a stellar performance by Alec Baldwin

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A new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator — a wildly imaginative 7-year-old named Tim. The most unusual Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin) arrives at Tim’s home in a taxi, wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase. The instant sibling rivalry must soon be put aside when Tim discovers that Boss Baby is actually a spy on a secret mission, and only he can help thwart a dastardly plot that involves an epic battle between puppies and babies. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Tristan T. comments, “The Boss Baby is fabulously directed by Tom McGrath, who you might recognize from his work on all three Madagascar movies and Megamind.  He says that the movie is partially an apology letter to his own brother for all the grief he put him in when they were young.” Mia A. adds, “This film is very funny because Tim and the baby are always fighting. Sometimes they put scenes in slow motion which makes them extra funny. In one scene, the babies are going against Tim and everything is over exaggerated. I went with a 6-year-old and she and the rest of the audience laughed a lot.” See their full reviews below.

 

The Boss Baby

 

By Tristan Tierce, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

 

 

Cast interviews:

 

Dreamworks’ The Boss Baby, is an extraordinary, fun and lighthearted animated film based on an award-winning picture book by Marla Frazee. 7-year-old Tim (Miles Christopher Bakshi) had the perfect life and the full attention of his parents until one day, a new arrival took it all away and became the Boss of his family.  Tim and Boss Baby face sibling rivalry, trying to both win the affection of their parents.  Much to Tim’s surprise, the two bond when they join forces to uncover the evil plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.  And in the midst of it all, Tim and his new brother Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin) learn the true meaning of the love of family.

 

The Boss Baby is fabulously directed by Tom McGrath, who you might recognize from his work on all three Madagascar movies and Megamind.  He says that the movie is partially an apology letter to his own brother for all the grief he put him in when they were young.

 

My favorite character is Boss Baby.  Alec Baldwin voices this character with great panache. His witty personality mixed with a take-charge attitude bursts through the screen.  I feel that Baldwin’s voice talent in this is one of the key reasons this movie shines.

 

My favorite scene is when Tim and Boss Baby work together to sneak into Puppy Co. and attempt to steal the secret file.  Watching a working large scale replica of one of my favorite games when I was young (Mouse Trap) was particularly fun.  Also, there are many toys from the 70s and 80s included which I enjoyed. Several times I found myself times trying to find them in the scene. There are so many magical moments throughout.  As an only child, it’s funny that there are times the movie made me want to have a brother and, other times, I’m happy to be an only child.

 

The Boss Baby is an enjoyable film, safe to keep you and your family thoroughly entertained. Director Tom McGrath states “I want this movie to draw you in and make you move to the edge of your seat, not pull away from the screen” and I believe he achieved that goal.  It is rated PG for mild humor and I recommend it for ages 6 to 14, although the whole family will enjoy it.  I give this film 4.5 out of 5 stars.  It opens in theaters nationwide on March 31, 2017 so, go check it out.

 

The Boss Baby

By Mia Anderson, KIDSFIRST! Film Critic, age 13

 

 

The Boss Baby is a hilarious movie about a boy named Tim (Miles Christopher Bakshi) who has a pretty great life with his parents, until one day he gets a baby brother (Alec Baldwin) who wears a suit and tie. Tim is very skeptical about this new baby brother, but eventually he works with his baby brother to help stop the antagonist, the CEO of Puppy Co.

 

This film is very funny because Tim and the baby are always fighting. Sometimes they put scenes in slow motion which makes them extra funny. In one scene, the babies are going against Tim and everything is over exaggerated. I went with a 6-year-old and she and the rest of the audience laughed a lot.

 

The animation in this movie is very detailed and brightly colored. The creative use of so many colors help give each scene a happy feeling. There is a lot of detail in this movie such as the characters’ hair. You can see little strands of hair and each individual eyelash. Having so much detail on each character helps make it more realistic.

 

The moral to this film is “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Although Tim is right to be skeptical about the new baby, he doesn’t get to know the baby before judging him and jumps to the conclusion that he is bad.  My favorite scene is when Tim tries to show the parents that the baby can talk. This is a very funny scene because everything is so over-the-top and the slow motion parts are hysterical.  The music is primarily one song, Black Bird. This song is sung throughout and is Tim’s favorite song. Black Bird brings a sweet mood to the film whenever it is sung.

 

I recommend this film for ages 4 to 14 because. It is a pretty funny movie parents can take their kids to, but you should know that there is a reference to killing people which might be scary to little kids. I rate this movie 5 out of 5 stars, because the plot is really developed and it is very funny. Go see The Boss Baby in theatres when it opens March 31, 2017. I think you will love it!

 

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

 

Danny is Pet of the Week!

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O, Danny boy, a loving human’s calling you, to roam the hills and streets while on your leash…Danny’s stately head shot belies his playfulness, affectionate nature and the goofiness that pit bulls are famous for, but it definitely is a sign of how good he is on a leash. At a little over 2 years old, he’s got a lot of life and love left in him. Surely there’s someone for Danny. If “it’s you, it’s you,” meet him at the P.D. Pitchford Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A586255.

 

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

 

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

Catch the Hilarious Cartoon Series from TeamTo,”Oscar’s Oasis,” On Netflix!

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Oscar’s Oasis, is the hilarious non-verbal cartoon series for kids from TeamTO! This high-energy, action-packed show is available to stream on Netflix!

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Oscar’s Oasis, for the school age set, follows the adventures of desert-dwelling, water-and food-seeking Oscar the lizard and the Trio – Popy the fox, Buck the vulture and Harchi the hyena – with whom he’s always competing for resources. Stuck in the middle of the arid desert, Oscar and his friends (and foes!) try to survive and, above all, not die from boredom in their endless quest to find water, shade, food, and something fun to do. Life can be tough for a lonely lizard and it sometimes seems like the entire world is against him – which, in the case of Oscar, it often is! – but he always tries to make the best of every situation.

I checked out a few of the episodes and it really is quite funny! I do recommend this one for school kids!

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. Photos were provided. 

The America’s Family Pet Expo Returns to OC Fair & Event Center, April 28-30 Giveaway Opportunity!

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We have teamed up for a giveaway to this fun event! See all the details in our Featured Events section! Would you like to go? We have a Family 4 pack of tickets to giveaway! To enter, leave a comment below telling us about your favorite pet! If you don’t have a pet you can still enter! Just tell us why you would like to attend! Deadline to enter is April 4th, 2017 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via random.org.

Self Disclosure: Tickets will be provided to the winner. SoCal City Kids also received free tickets to post.

Kids Krazy Krafts Day @ The International Printing Museum in Carson, CA Saturday April 8th 2017

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“KIDS Krazy Krafts Day” Sat. April 8th 2017

                         10:00 am-4:00 pm

All day on-going activities at
The International Printing Museum
315 W. Torrance Blvd, Carson, CA 90745
(310) 515-7166  www.printmuseum.org
Admission:   $10 (non-participating kids under 5 yrs “free”)

For Kids and the” Kid-at-Heart”….A fun event for the upcoming Holiday weekend!

Where budding ” Gutenbergs” and “Horace Greeleys” can observe and join in on demonstrations in Printing, Paper Making, Cartooning, Book Arts, Origami, Calligraphy, Screen Printing (bring a T-shirt), as well as mini-tours of the museum’s extraordinary collection of “operating” antique printing presses and the casting of type via the wonderfully noisy Linotype machine.

New This Year!  Paper Marbling with guest Artist Jack Conway…create wonderful marbled paper under the guidance of this magical expert!

Plus other surprises!!

Big Kids always welcome!

 

Ample Free Parking as usual!

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“The Little Printer Dude” represents all the hands-on printing, cartooning, calligraphy, origami, paper making and screen printing activities among other surprises @ The International Printing Museum’s “Kids Krazy Krafts Day” Sat. April 8th 2017 in Carson, CA. Credit: The International Printing Museum. 

BIG BUNNY’S SPRING FLING at LA Zoo is 3 Days of Family “EGG-citement” – April 14-16

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Guests at the Los Angeles Zoo’s BIG BUNNY SPRING FLING
PHOTO CREDIT: Jamie Pham

BIG BUNNY’S SPRING FLING at the Los Angeles Zoo celebrates the season with three bountiful days of “EGG-citing” adventure on Friday, April 14, Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16, 2017, from 11 am to 4 pm.  Fun for youngsters includes opportunities to examine eggs of different animals, seed-planting crafts, face painting, musical entertainment by Kiddle Karoo’s Easter Show, costumed unicorn princess and fairy characters, photos with a “Big Bunny” character for a nominal fee and a special Ranch Talk to learn about and interact with the Zoo’s sheep.  Adding to the excitement is Bubblemania, a “hands on” bubble-making experience for guests featuring bubble wands that look like flowers, butterflies, dinosaurs, dolphins and more.  For more family fun, a Dance Block Party features a live DJ (11 am to 4 pm) and breakdancing demonstrations.  Guests also discover the complexities of reptile egg laying and incubation during talks in The LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles) exhibit at 11 am and 2 pm.  Rounding out the activities are an “EGG-ucation Station” to give inquisitive guests a chance to see a bunny’s sensory and grooming habits, as well as the opportunity to learn about care for real bunnies, which are available for viewing at 10:45 am, 11:45 am and 12:45 pm.  All events are free with paid Zoo admission, except “Big Bunny” photos, which are available for a nominal fee.

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens marks its 50th anniversary with a yearlong “ZooLAbration” of its November 28, 1966, opening that spotlights not only its key role as a world-class destination and an important community asset but also its critical successes in conservation, quality of life and premier care for animals. Having recently completed a $172 million master plan which significantly improved the Zoo facility, the 50th anniversary coincides with the early planning stages of a new Master Plan for the future. The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing nearly 1.8 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered, as well as a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. The L.A. Zoo’s lush grounds on 113 acres feature Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; and one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world. Among other highlights are an extraordinary, hands-on Hippo Encounter; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo and Muriel’s Ranch animal contact area; the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; a variety of daily opportunities to learn more about animals, including close-up visits, special feedings and intriguing talks; and much more. The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children. As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

Programming subject to change.

All Big Bunny’s Spring Fling events are free with paid Zoo admission, except “Big Bunny” photos, which are available for a nominal fee.  Zoo admission is $20 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $17 for seniors (ages 62+), and $15 for children (ages 2 to 12).  No ticket is required for children under age two.  Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90027.  Free parking is available.  For additional information, contact (323) 644-4200 or visit www.lazoo.org/

Credit: Los Angeles Zoo.