Archives for October 2017

5 Tips to staying fit as a stay at home mom

A lot of wives decide to stay at home after conceiving children. This allows them to focus more on their child and recover fully after giving birth. Doing household chores and tending to the kids sounds like a very physical job, but it doesn’t ensure fitness. According to, it’s important to keep a healthy weight during and after pregnancy. If you’re a stay at home mom who’s struggling to become fit, read on. Here are 5 tips to staying fit that you shouldn’t miss.


  1. Do short workouts regularly

Staying at home isn’t a lazy job. A lot of people think you have all the time in world if you’re a housewife but no. If you can’t find time to squeeze in an intense workout, stick to short workout videos that are 15 to 30 minutes long. You don’t even have to spend money. There are a lot of short workout videos you can watch online and do at home. In the morning, you can do yoga or pilates for a good stretch. If you’re looking for something intense, you can follow short HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts. They’ll surely energize you throughout the day. The goal is to be able to exercise at least 3 times a week. Make this a habit and you’ll be stronger and healthier in no time.


  1. Take your kids outside

If you find it hard to focus on scheduling a regular workout for yourself, why not involve your kids with you? Go out, take them for a walk, or teach them aerobics. It’ll be a fun activity for you and your kids. Teach them jumping jacks or play skip rope with them. Being active doesn’t have to be a solo thing. Exercising with your kids is a healthy practice. Going out exposes them to the outside environment where they can socialize, see nature, and have fun.


  1. No gym? No problem

You don’t have to be in the gym to be healthy. In the comfort of your own home, you can do your own fitness program. Invest in high-quality training shoes and comfortable workout clothes. You can also invest in fitness equipment like an exercise ball, dumbbells, and yoga mats. If your house can accommodate it, you can stretch it further and get a treadmill or a stationary bike too. There’s no stopping you from living an active lifestyle even when you’re mostly indoors.


  1. Prepare healthy foods

Eating the right foods is essential in keeping a healthy body. As they say, exercise is not enough. Proper diet and right supplementation plays a big role in strengthening the body and the immune system. Make sure your daily meals are filled with correct portions or protein, fats, and carbohydrates. Eat lots of green leafy vegetables and don’t skip on your fruits.


  1. Be disciplined

Of course, easier said than done. A lot of people get excited jump-starting their fitness regimen only to fall out of it in a matter of weeks. Consistency is key. Remember that you have to be strong, not only for your kids but also for yourself. Start slowly, if you’re not used to working out regularly, try doing it at least 2 times a week. Then when you’ve got the hang of it, strive for 3 times a week, until you can do it daily.

Celebrate Halloween with Welch’s Halloween Fruit Snacks!

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Halloween is almost here and what better treat than Welch’s Fruit Snacks? We received some party treats and decorations to have a Pre-Halloween party and it was a blast! The balloons were a hit (wish I had taken pictures but the teens decided to pop them way too quickly in a balloon popping contest)! The biggest hit was the Welch’s Fruit Snacks since they are delicious and also shaped like Halloween characters such as a ghost and a Witch!


So, if you are looking for treats for a Halloween party look for Welch’s Fruit Snacks at a store near you!


Self Disclosure: I received Halloween party treats from Welch’s to facilitate this post. Top images were also provided. 

The Habit Burger Grill Fires Up New Bourbon Flavored Menu Items New Bourbon Bacon Charburger, Bourbon Bacon Golden Chicken Sandwich and Bourbon BBQ-Spiced Fries Added to Menu Lineup for Limited Time

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For a limited time this fall, The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) is introducing three new Bourbon flavored menu items.

The new Bourbon lineup will include a perfectly flame-grilled Bourbon Bacon Charburger ($4.65) and a delicious Bourbon Bacon Golden Chicken Sandwich ($6.99).These new tasty options allow guests to choose from an award-winning Charburger with grilled onions or a hand-breaded, golden fried chicken breast, both topped with crispy smoky bacon and a tangy bourbon glaze on a toasted bun with fresh lettuce, mayo, tomatoes and pickles.

The new delicious Bourbon Charburger and sandwich would not be complete without the perfect side. For even more delicious, smoky Bourbon flavor, Habit fans can enjoy the new savory Bourbon BBQ-Spiced Fries ($2.50).

Better burgers are just the beginning at The Habit where signature Charburgers are always made with 100% fresh ground beef, never frozen and chargrilled over an open flame. The Habit’s signature Charburgers, grilled sandwiches, fresh salads, delicious sides, and handmade shakes are always made-to-order.

I had the opportunity to try out these new food items and I loved the Bourbon Bacon Golden Chicken Sandwich! The Bourbon BBQ-Spiced Fries are really tasty too! I highly recommend both! 

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About The Habit Restaurants, Inc. 

The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade albacore tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. The Habit has since grown to over 190 restaurants in 11 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Washington and Maryland as well as two international locations. More information is available at

Self Disclosure: I received a free gift card to check out these delicious new items. Information and image were also provided.


FREE Halloween Film PESTival October 21st!

Halloween Film Pestival Logo


The first ever, FREE Halloween Film PESTival is taking place on October 21st from 10am – 6:30 pm at the Los Feliz Movie Theater, presented by Western Exterminator.Attendees of the BUZZ-worthy event will have the opportunity to watch a selection of bug themed films, indulge in crawl-o-ween inspired snacks, including popcorn optionally topped with flavored crickets, insect-infused lollipops, traditional movie candy, and soda, partake in a cricket eating contest, marvel at a fun bug exhibit, and dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. For families this offers a fun and free event and for movie buffs, this event offers the opportunity to see classics like The Fly and The Birds on the big screen!


Additional details available HERE.


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Willy and Nelson are the Pets of the Week!

Willie, October 19 co-pet of the week

Two-month-old Willy and Nelson have been playin’ a lonesome tune since their mama and sister went home with a good-hearted family at last weekend’s Subaru adoption event. “Why not us?” cry the pair, and why not. indeed? They’ve both been neutered, vetted and microchipped and are absolutely adorable. They’re ready to get on the road again, preferably to a forever home! Meet Willy and Nelson at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A595865.

Nelson, October 19 co-pet of the week


(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Can Music Help Parents Raise Kids Who Are Caring, Empowered and Inspired? We think so.

It’s a given that music has the power to heal and inspire people. When the day (or your life situation, or the times) get you down, you know that the sound of music can help pull you through.
It works for children, too. Parents and kids, who are bombarded daily with negative and scary media messages, are looking for ways to amplify their attempt to live a happy and meaningful life.
Music not only improves one’s personal life, it can also plant the idea that each person can make a difference in the wider world. Call it self-esteem or empowerment, empathy or “woke”-ness, these are qualities we all want children to gain as they grow. When people are joyful and inspired, they gain strength to move forward and do great things. 

Today’s family music artists, who work and perform with children every day, know how influential their lyrics and melodies can be. Recent releases provide proof of how even the simplest song can resonate with young listeners. As blogger Jeff Cohen noted at the start of 2017, even the worst days can improve with a good song: “You don’t have to be happy to be optimistic and that’s the promise of children’s music. Broke a toy? Split your time between mommy and daddy? Scared of new foods? Kids can change emotions in the span of a drumbeat. It may only take one note of a special song from a fun performer.”


Parents’ Choice Foundation President Claire Green advises, “When music is good, it can change a mood and an outlook. A frown turns upward, a scuff turns into a skip, a clenched fist becomes an open hand. Combine good music with good — and genuine — messages, and the possibility for positive effect increases. Don’t preach, and don’t force it. Kids understand authenticity and are apt to repeat it.”


Indeed, a really good way to find meaningful songs for your kids is by buying albums by award winners (Parents’ Choice recently announced a new batch of music awards).



Listen to a playlist of “Songs To Inspire” the young people in your life, by clicking HERE.

Dana's Do My Part


Need a few examples? We have some.


The family music pioneer Dana, who has won numerous awards for her engaging and action-oriented music, just released an inspiring music video called “Do My Part.” The video models children working together and thinking of themselves as the caretakers of their own little part of the world. It’s a great message.
The Bazillions‘ new and award-winning Rock-n-Roll Yearbook includes a wonderfully affirmative song called, “You Could Be the One.”
Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been called South Africa’s messengers of good will and harmony. Their new album, Songs of PEACE & LOVE for Kids and Parents Around the World, is a mesmerizing gem.


Alphabet Rockers, not a band to shy away from difficult social issues, offers a song that will make anyone’s day a little brighter. “Shine” is spinning on radio shows around the nation, and their new music video is a hit with hip hop fans.


There’s nothing like the experience of seeing a band perform live, and the Just Kidding performance series offers several all-ages concerts this 2017-18 season. A highlight this Saturday will be The Moonlights, and this sweet little music video of their song “Colour of Leaves” may be just the ticket to a better day.

Credit: Courtesy of Sugar Mountain PR. Permission was give to SoCal City Kids to repost.

Go Home and Go Chrome: Sally Hansen Brings The Hottest Social Media Trend Home with New, Limited Edition Salon Chrome™ KITS Get Instagram-ready nails – no UV light or salon appointment necessary


The chrome look now comes home with Sally Hansen Salon Chrome™. The leader in creating salon-inspired nail innovation at home, Sally Hansen has captured one of the biggest social media nail trends of 2017 and will introduce the first DIY nail kit to ever launch in the US for the ultimate #chromenails. This trend has exploded recently and has been seen everywhere from street style to style icons, with over 385,000 posts on Instagram alone, but was previously only achieved with UV light and a lengthy application process.


The limited-edition Sally Hansen Salon Chrome™ kits will be available in 5 trending shades:

  • Rose Gold: The hottest jewelry & design trend finds its corresponding nail shade
  • Peacock: This purple-blue metallic tells an exotic and playful story
  • Holographic: This ultra-shiny, iridescent metallic is mesmerizing
  • Gunmetal: “Shine-on” in this futuristic reflective charcoal shade
  • Mermaid: Evolve in the moment with this green-purple from under the sea

Sally Hansen Salon Chrome™ kit contains Chrome powder, Special Effect Top Coat and Sponge Applicator. Get ready to show off your “Instaglam” nails and watch the “likes” rack up.

 Follow these steps using Sally Hansen Miracle Gel® for straight-forward and fun DIY, at-home application and easy, soak-free removal with the use of regular nail polish remover:

  1. Apply two thin coats of Miracle Gel in Blacky O (for PeacockHolographicGunmetal and Mermaid looks) or Miracle Gel in Frill Seeker (for Rose Gold look) and allow to dry until tacky, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Dip included Applicator into Chrome Powder & rub a small amount onto surface of nail in a back & forth motion using light pressure; watch effect appear!
  3. Apply one thin coat of Special Effect Top Coat & allow to completely dry for 5 minutes.
  4. Seal with one coat of the Miracle Gel Top Coat.*


The new Sally Hansen Salon Chrome kits in Mermaid, Rose Gold, Peacock and Gunmetal will be available on beginning mid-August for $20 each.  The Sally Hansen Salon Chrome kit in Holographic can be exclusively found at Ulta stores and on in October for $30. This exclusive large kit includes the Miracle Gel Black-y O Base Coat and Miracle Gel Top Coat.

Credit: Sally Hansen. No compensation or products were received.

Earth: One Amazing Day – Beautiful and Touching Reminder of the Amazing Planet – Earth!


From BBC Earth Films, the studio that brought you Earth, comes the sequel – Earth: One Amazing Day, an astonishing journey revealing the awesome power of the natural world. Over the course of one single day, we track the sun from the highest mountains to the remotest islands to exotic jungles. Breakthroughs in filmmaking technology bring you up close with a cast of unforgettable characters. Told with humour, intimacy and a jaw-dropping sense of cinematic splendor, Earth: One Amazing Day highlights how every day is filled with more wonders than you can possibly imagine- until now. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Jolleen M. comments, “Earth: One Amazing Day is a beautiful, informational film that makes you really appreciate Earth and know more about it. This film captures nature in all its beauty and is simply breathtaking. This film is very touching, suspenseful and pleasurable.” Rohan F. adds, “The film features amazing cinematography, stunning graphics, and the audio quality at the screening I saw was brilliant thanks to the Dolby theatre vast speaker system. It had different layers of sound played at the same time creating a very realistic vibe.” See their full reviews below.

Earth: One Amazing Day

By Jolleen Mejia, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12


Earth: One Amazing Day is a beautiful, informational film that makes you really appreciate Earth and know more about it. This film captures nature in all its beauty and is simply breathtaking. This film is very touching, suspenseful and pleasurable. There is comedy, action, adventure, romance and non-fiction all in one film. There is something for everyone to enjoy!

This film explores all the aspects of one day on Earth. It follows the lives of different animals including iguanas, baby lizards, zebras, giraffes, lions and many more. The film shows all the struggles in nature, but also the wonderful and amazing parts. It makes you see the beauty of nature and makes you curious about what’s out there.

The people who responsible for filming this, Robin Cox, Kevin Flay and Flying Glass used their cameras to capture the beauty of Earth. Doing this is a real challenge, but they managed to capture so much detail and were able to get incredible close ups. They recorded at different angles, which makes the whole film visually pleasing and close to what it’s like if you were actually there. I also loved the narration of Jackie Chan and Robert Redford. Their voices are very mellow, blends in with the music and overall just fits perfectly for this film.

The events that capture are very cool. I especially like how the camera work shoots at different angles so you get a different perspective on the world. The film’s visuals are very colorful and intriguing. My favorite part is when the giraffes fight over the land and the ladies. I like this scene because I learned something new. I had no idea that giraffes could bend their necks so much or that they would just swing their heads around to fight. It was really amusing to see their heads swinging around everywhere, but a little sad to see that they were bleeding.

The message of this film is to acknowledge the Earth and realize how lucky we are to be here. There are so many wonderful things happening around us that we don’t notice. The film reminds us to stop and smell the roses and to make sure to protect the earth’s beauty so future generations can enjoy it as well.

I loved watching this film so much. It really touched my heart and made me realize how beautiful the Earth is, on just one amazing day. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 18. I’m sure that everyone will enjoy this film, even adults. Definitely make sure to check it out. It opens nationwide in theaters October 6, 2017.

Earth: One Amazing Day
By Rohan D. Foxe, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic age 12


Earth: One Amazing Day is an incredible feature length documentary that is a sequel to Earth, an acclaimed movie based on Planet Earth, the famous series of BBC wildlife documentaries shown on networks and in schools worldwide.  The film features amazing cinematography, stunning graphics, and the audio quality at the screening I saw was brilliant thanks to the Dolby theatre vast speaker system. It had different layers of sound played at the same time creating a very realistic vibe.

Earth: One Amazing Day follows a huge variety of animals and the challenges they must face during a single day. It shows how animals are impacted by the rhythms of the sun and how it provides life to all creatures. It starts off early in the morning following marine iguanas. It then brings you to midday where we get an amazing view of a giant panda and her cub eating bamboo. Next, we get a view of a zebra and her foal attempting to cross a rushing river to get to where the grass will grow next. It continues telling different stories for every animal it shows.

My favorite scene is when it shows a group of bears scratching on trees to music. The scene is hilarious and is very well edited so that the bear’s movements appear to go to the music.

The documentary is narrated by Academy award-winner, Robert Redford. The pauses he leaves between his words are timed brilliantly creating a dramatic atmosphere for each tale. Earth: One Amazing Day was directed by Richard Dale, Peter Webber, and Fan Lixin. This is currently one of the biggest collaborations on a film between China and the United Kingdom. The Chinese version is voiced by Jackie Chan who is known across the world for his martial arts movies.

The music matches the scenes seamlessly. I love how they tell a short story with each animal and how it makes the viewer invested in each and every one of them. They use clips taken over the course of several days and make them appear as one scene.

The moral of this film is that there is beauty all around us that can be seen every day. We must only look around us to see it. I feel that this is an important and inspirational message to appreciate our world, this isn’t being said enough.

I give Earth: One Amazing Day 5 out of 5 stars for its unbelievable graphics and storytelling. I recommend it to children ages 6 to 18 and think that adults will also really appreciate the beauty of this documentary.