Archives for May 6, 2017

Joanie Leeds – “Brooklyn Baby!” – New Album Grows in Brooklyn May 19 Release


Six years ago, award-winning singer/songwriter Joanie Leeds packed her bags and moved from Manhattan’s Upper West Side to the vibrant, artistic neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Here she found not only a place to start a family, but also a magnificent melting pot metropolis that offered dazzling adventures on a daily basis.  Inspired by her love for all things Brooklyn, Joanie will release her eighth family album, Brooklyn Baby!, on May 19.

Produced by Jesse Lauter (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Elvis Perkins, Carl Broemel from My Morning Jacket), Brooklyn Baby! is a real genre-bender, containing elements of folk, Southern rock, hip hop, pop and punk presided over by a singer whose sheer command of vocal artistry is second to none.

Songs about the park system (“Ferry Nice”), public transportation (“Subway”) and Brooklyn’s most famous dish (“Pizza”) are a given, but the heart of the album embraces both a Brooklyn mentality and sentimentality with love (“Love is Love”), thirst for education (“Library Book”), healthy eating (“Apples in My Apples”), and Yiddish expressions (“Shayne Punim”). The album closes with Joanie’s take on Brooklyn-born Lou Reed’s gentle tune, “Sunday Morning.”

Gifted with a soulful, “rock solid” voice that ranges from low and bluesy to high, light, and breezy, Joanie Leeds is an exceptionally versatile artist who brings serious musicianship to the table right alongside a terrific sense of fun and fashion.  Says SiriusXM’s Kids Place Livehost Mindy Thomas, “Joanie Leeds is that cool babysitter who would let you try on her lip gloss once your mom left the house.  You idolized her, and your mom knew she could trust her.  That’s Joanie.  Only she’s also likely to completely ROCK THE ROOF OFF YOUR HOUSE!”

Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights have performed in dozens of cities nationwide at such prominent venues as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Smithsonian, the CMAs, the Hang Out Festival, Symphony Space, Wolf Trap, and LA’s Skirball Center.

Joanie Leeds’ original kids’ music won first place in the USA Songwriting Competition, as well as winning an Independent Music Award, Parents’ Choice® Gold Award, NAPPA Gold Award, and Family Choice Award, and Joanie was a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the International Songwriting Competition.  Joanie’s music has been highly praised in People magazine, Parents Magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post.  Her tunes are played on many radio stations nationwide and have climbed the chart to #1 on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live and WXPN’s Kids Corner. Joanie is also a PJ Library musician!

Prior to Brooklyn Baby!, Joanie Leeds released seven critically acclaimed, full-length albums and two full-length DVDS, in addition to numerous videos on her Youtube channel.  She is currently at work on more music videos, while maintaining a busy teaching and performance schedule.

Brooklyn Baby! will be available online at, Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, TuneCore, and other related digital outlets.

I recommend this one for ages 4-8! I like all the different elements of music found in this one! Look for it on May 19th!


Self Disclosure: I received a free CD to facilitate this post. Photos and Info were provided

Mother’s Day Gift Suggestions! Here are some of the top picks that SoCal City Kids have selected this year!

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Melitta Coffee is one of my favorite brands of coffee! My favorites are their flavored ones like Caramel Macchiato! Breakfast in bed with a cup of this delicious coffee sounds like a great way to start off Mother’s Day morning!

Check out Melitta Coffee here! They have a variety of other items that would make great gifts this Mother’s Day!

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EO Products

Based in Marin County, CA EO Products has two powerhouse brands EO and Everyone that are formulated and manufactured with plant based ingredients right at home. With products that are as kind to the body as they are to the planet, EO Products offers personal care that is certified non-GMO, cruelty-free, synthetic-fragrance-free, gluten-free, and made with organic ingredients

For over 20 years EO has inspired daily rituals of self-care with eco-conscious and luxurious body, skin and personal products. Launched in 2012, Everyone is a line of fun and affordable personal care products made for every day, every body and every budget.

I really like these products because they are great for the environment and they are made with natural  ingredients!

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Treets Traditions

Inspired by ancient rituals and traditions around the world, this new brand takes regional ingredients that are proven to work and modernizes them for us today. Products are all natural and free from harmful ingredients and chemicals like SLS, SLES, parabens and silicones, and colorants.


With five collections based on traditions from the Alps, Asia, Africa, the Amazon, and the Nordics,  these collections bring luxury products like Foaming Shower Gel, Body Butters, Salt Scrubs, and Bath Tea to your bathroom!

I received some of their Bath Fizzers and just love them! I recommend the Lavender and Beeswax! I also really like their Nourishing spirits shower cream, It leaves my skin feeling so much softer!

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WEN Hair and Body Care By Chaz Dean

Created 1993 by renowned “hairstylist to the stars” Chaz Dean through his personal haircare journey, Chaz completely stopped using lathering products in his hair and went on to create gentle co-cleansing conditioners that were natural, yet effective.


Since then Chaz has led the co-washing movement for decades with his line of Cleansing Conditioners and styling products that create natural, healthy, and soft hair.

My favorite product is the spring gardenia green tea Replenishing Treatment Mist. I just love spraying this one on my face for instant refreshing! I use this one daily!

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I love this next one! Sometimes it’s hard to get out with the hubby when you have kids! This one brings date night into your home! Date Night In, a new subscription box service would make a great gift!


I mean…why put Romance on hold just because you aren’t able to go out for date night?

Date Night In’s monthly, themed boxes add value to couples’ lives and relationships. The activities in each box are designed to strengthen relationships through fun, memorable experiences, while five to seven supplementary items serve to enhance the date. To add an element of surprise and excitement to the date, each box’s contents are kept a secret and only the theme is revealed in advance.


I am impressed with the Spa themed gift box I received. This really would make a great gift for Mother’s Day and many other occasions such as weddings, birthdays and more!

About Date Night In

Date Night In offers a complete at-home date experience for couples through a monthly subscription box service. Boxes provide themed dates with custom-curated activities, ambiance and a treat, designed to strengthen relationships through fun, memorable experiences. Date Night In boxes can be purchased at for a starting price of $34.99. Three-month, six-month and twelve-month subscriptions are also available. For more information visit Date Night In’s Facebook and Instagram pages.


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


Windy City Kindie from Chicago’s Mr. Dave!


Praised as a “celebrity to kiddos in Chicago and for good reason,” Mr. Dave (a.k.a. Dave Hamilton) is poised to take his place on the national kindie music scene with the June 9 release of his fourth kids’/family album, Feeling Good.

Inspired by such artists as Kendrick Lamar, Paul Simon, the Beach Boys, Frank Ocean, and Dan Zanes, and produced by Grammy-nominated Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams, REM, Luscious Jackson, Willie Nelson), Feeling Good is a lyrical mix of upbeat, fresh, and funky tunes that are easy on adult ears and guaranteed to get the little ones movin’ and groovin’. Mr. Dave’s distinctive takes on vocal color, clarity, and balance at the mixing board, highly focused energy, and musical authenticity shine throughout each track.

The roots of Feeling Good’s irrepressible charm grow deep in the soil of Dave Hamilton’s career as lead vocalist/guitarist with the acoustic funk band 56 Hope Road.  For six years, beginning in 1998, they toured the country hitting home runs on the jam band scene, were named #1 Road Warrior Band by renowned online musical resource,, and gained national attention for their energetic live performances and relentless tour schedule that included hundreds of solo shows, as well as opening for such artists as Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews Band, Page McConnell of Phish, Tom Cochrane and Red Ryder, Devon Allman, Spyro Gyra, Verve Pipe, Bob Schneider, and more.

Imbued with themes of love, learning, positivity, and activity, Feeling Good revs up the fun-o-meter with “Bamboo the Bear,” a Paul Simon-esque number that’s especially easy for kids to sing along with. Inspired by Kendrick Lamar, “Street Smarts” has lots of good information about urban safety, all delivered with an unbeatable beat. “Pelican Kid,” with its focus on diversity and acceptance, is packed with personality to the max, mixing rap and melodic elements. Influenced by the Beach Boys, “Two Wheels,” a 21st century surfer song, rides the waves of universal appeal, and the album’s title track, with a tip-of-the-hat to Dan Zanes, is an exuberant dance tune that sports a jolly, country sound.

During production of his 2014 kids’ album, Come On In, Dave Hamilton came to fully understand that he was meant to be writing and performing for kids.  This life-changing realization spurred a career change, motivating him to become a full-time kids’ musician and teacher. The metamorphosis from Dave Hamilton to Mr. Dave has been hailed by parents as “pure magic,” with his classes and shows being declared, “absolute must-do activities for the entire family.”

In 2016, Dave and his wife, Christina, opened their own children’s music studio, Mr. Dave Music, in Chicago, with the goal of bringing the joy of music into the lives of children, families and adults by providing culturally responsive instruction and creating a warm and authentic educational experience.   Mr. Dave Music is committed to innovative programming that fosters creativity and celebrates diversity through the power of music.

I received a copy of this CD and I really recommend this one! It has a different sound and it’s just simply fun music for young kids!~SoCal City Kids.

Previously released Mr. Dave albums include Come On In (2014), It’s Mr. Dave (2009), and Mr. Dave (2000).

Feeling Good  is available at, iTunes, and the Mr. Dave Music Store, 1935 W. Division St., Chicago, IL  60622.

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of the CD to post. 

Hartz Introduces Delectables, the First Lickable Stew Treat for Dogs Delectables “Tongue Out Tuesday" Sweepstakes Opportunity Hosted by SoCal City Kids!

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The Hartz Mountain Corporation introduces Delectables, the first lickable stew treat for dogs, available at Walmart, and select retailers around the country.
“Delectables Stew Lickable Treats for dogs represents a true innovation in the canine treat category,” says Susan Burris, Brand Manager, Dog Treats, Hartz Mountain Corp.  “Perfect for small dogs, Delectables Stew is a delicious and lickable wet dog treat that provides a new occasion for treating and healthy snacking and is ideal for dog parents who love to pamper their pets.”
Ideal as an in-between meal treat or as a savory topper for dry food, Delectables Stew Lickable Treats‘ convenient, single-serve pouches provide dogs with appealing, low-fat treats made with real chicken, beef, cheese and vegetables, without meat by-products. Delectables Stew Lickable Treats are available in four varieties, including Chicken, Chicken with Cheese, Chicken with Beef and Chicken Senior Formula.  A single-serve package retails at about $1.00.
“Delectables Stew Lickable Treats were developed with nurturing pet parents in mind who want to ensure their dogs enjoy no-guilt treats that are scrumptious, low-fat and made with high-quality protein and vegetables,” says Dr. Georgette Wilson, Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and resident veterinarian, Hartz Mountain Corp.
“Pet parents want to see their dog happy and nothing makes their dog happier than a mouth-watering treat,” adds Burris.  “Delectables Stew Lickable Treats have such a great taste that dogs are licking their bowls clean.”
Dogs that have sampled Delectables Stew Lickable Treats are generating rave reviews from their pet parents.  “Absolutely, without question, my dog’s favorite treat,” says Stacy.   Another pet parent wrote on that “my two dogs devoured this stuff and I mean DEVOURED.”
Consumers are invited to share photos or videos of how their dogs lick up Delectables during the Delectables “Tongue Out Tuesday” sweepstakes with the hashtag #LickItLoveIt to participate in weekly drawings for a chance to win Delectables Stew Lickable Treats on the company’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
We have teamed up for a Fun Sweepstakes Opportunity! To enter, you simply share a photo of your dog for the Delectables “Tongue Out Tuesday.” Just post your photo below! The winner will receive a 12-pack of Delectables Stew Lickable Treats! US entrants only.
And…speaking of the Delectables Stew Lickable Treats…our dogs love them. They love them sooo much that I couldn’t even get a photo of my pup Bink eating. He gobbled it up so quickly! I love giving him one as a special treat on top of his meal.
Deadline to enter is May 18th, 2017 at noon PST.
So let’s see those Dog Photos!
About The Hartz Mountain Corporation:
The Hartz Mountain Corporation is a leading manufacturer and marketer of pet care products in the United States and Canada. For 90 years, Hartz has provided pet owners with the highest quality products – innovative solutions developed with proven science and a love for companion animals. The company offers more than 1,200 products for dogs, cats, birds, small animals, reptiles and fish, each dedicated to the health and well-being of household pets. For more information, visit
Self Disclosure: I received free samples to post. Top image provided.