Archives for October 9, 2017

Looking for the Next Mini- Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia! You DO have to be a Kid!

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Does your Kid want to be the  Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia? This really sounds like a cool opportunity! Carlsbad will be the first city in Kidifornia to organize its own government, and lobby to become the capital of Kidifornia! It’s super easy to apply!

All you have to do is create a maximum 1-minute video of your kid expressing what he or she most enjoys about the city, showing why he or she should be the Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia.

Parents…please read the Terms & Conditions to participate (no purchase is necessary). If you are a Kid and reading …please get your parent’s permission but hurry! Deadline is November 12th! 

Here are the rest of the directions:

STEP 2: Ready, set, film!

  1. Study your itinerary: Think about which activities you like the most, filming those experiences you most enjoy.
  2. Prepare your equipment: Make sure you’re using a fully charged device and that you bring your charger on your excursions just in case.
  3. Think about how you’ll film: Before you press record, take a look this helpful “how to film” video prepared by UrLife’s Hollywood-film editing pro’s. Tips include:
  • Hold your phone camera horizontal
  • Keep the sun behind you
  • Use movement when filming (Pull back/Pan over/Scroll down/Pull and Push in)
  • Framing (keep backgrounds in mind, connect subjects to background, get in front to see faces)
  • Retry and repeat if necessary!
  • Add an interview and commentary
  • Frame your actors like stars!
  • Include the behind the scenes (airports, transportation, breakfasts!)
  • Signage (streets, hotels, the Carlsbad sign!)
  • Bookends (an introduction and a close to your film, offered by you!)

STEP 3: Edit your film and share!

Tell your story of your trip to Carlsbad, editing the great footage into a short film showing how you enjoyed the destination and why YOU should be named MAYOR OF CARLSBAD, KIDIFORNIA! Upload your video before November 12th to Instagram or Facebook, simply with the hashtag #MiniMayorCarlsbad and #VisitCarlsbad, to enter the competition.

STEP 4: Win an awesome prize!

The winner will get a package for your family including two nights at West Inn & Suites, dinner for four at Bistro West, lunch for four at Grubby’s and four park passes to LEGOLAND!

Now, how cool does this prize sound?!  So, what are you waiting for?! Enter before it’s too late!

Don’t miss the Carlsbad, Kidifornia Beach Party!

When:  October 21, 2017 from 9:30 am to 1 pm

Where: Beach Terrace Inn, 2775 Ocean Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008


Visitors and locals are invited to attend the Carlsbad, Kidifornia Beach Party on October 21st, from 9:30 am to 1 pm. Join the mayor of Carlsbad, Matt Hall, and the team of Visit Carlsbad for a morning of kid-friendly activity on the sandy shores of the Beach Terrace Inn. There will be fun, games, and chances to win great prizes in Carlsbad, Kidifornia, including a two-night stay at West Inn & Suites, dinner at Bistro West, lunch Grubby’s and four park passes to LEGOLAND, and much more!


The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit and follow on social media @VisitCarlsbad #MiniMayorCarlsbad.



  • Mini-Mayor video filming: Take a pose in our Kidifornia photo booth and tape your winning video to become our Mini-Mayor. With your parents’ permission, we’ll help you to create a 1-minute video on what you most enjoy about the city, and enter you into the contest to win a two-night stay at West Inn & Suites, dinner at Bistro West, lunch Grubby’s and four park passes to LEGOLAND!
  • “Sand Capitol” building contest: Do you have a talent for design? Sign up for our “sand capitol” contest happening from 10 am -11:30 am and help us create the new headquarters of Carlsbad, Kidifornia! We’ll have professional builders to help you and all the tools needed and a great prize—a full day of fun at Carlsbad Watersports—for the winning design.
  • Kid’s Check Out Survey: What do kids love most about Carlsbad, Kidifornia? Tell us what you think answering a short survey and enter a contest to win four tickets to SEA LIFE Aquarium!

Self Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Compensation was received. Information and images were provided courtesy of  Visit Carlsbad. 

Terranea Turns Pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Terranea Resort, a Destination Hotel, located in Rancho Palos Verdes just an hour south of Los Angeles, transforms into a pink oasis for the month of October in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Guests who visit the resort during this time will see Terranea through rose-colored glasses, as they enjoy all things pink resort-wide, including pink flowers, pink lighting, glasses of rosé upon arrival, and pink food and beverage offerings, all while giving back. A portion of the proceeds from on-property activities, amenities and accommodations will be donated to national organizations like Play for P.I.N.K., benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and local groups like Cancer Support Community of Redondo Beach, which offers a free comprehensive program of emotional support and education to people with cancer and their loved ones, at any stage of their cancer diagnosis.


Some of the pink specialty offerings guests can expect at Terranea in support of National Breast Cancer Month are below.


  • Dining – Guests will be tickled pink by the selection of rose-hued desserts served at sea beans, the resort’s café, including Pink Macarons ($3.75); Pink Sugar Cookie six-packs ($13.50); Pink Brulé Kronuts ($5.50); pink cake lollypops ($5.50); and pink cake trifle sold in jars ($9.50). They will also take delight in the Pink Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes ($8.95), with $.50 donated for each dessert sold in the month, and the Pink Dove Cocktail ($14), which will be available resort-wide with $2.00 donated for each beverage sold. To add to the fun, resort chefs will don pink chef jackets and One Hope Rosé by the Glass will be offered in catalina kitchenbashi and the Lobby Bar for $12.00 with $1.00 donated to the fund.
  • Spa/Fitness – The Spa at Terranea guests are sure to feel rejuvenated after enjoying the Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Scrub, of which $1.00 from each treatment will be donated to the fund. Guests will also be given breast exam cards to raise awareness for self-care, while yoga lovers are invited to take part in Full Moon Yoga under the autumn full moon. Participants are asked to wear pink attire, bring a yoga mat and $20 for contribution to local charity, Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach. For those who work up a thirst, Pink Strawberry Lemonade will be served at the Spa Café, with $.50 donated for each one sold in October.
  • Golf – On Saturday, October 7, 2017, Terranea will host Birdies for Breast Cancer. Proceeds from event entry will directly support Cancer Support Community of Redondo Beach. The event will feature live music, food & wine tastings, raffle prizes, live and silent auctions, games and kid’s activities for all ages. All paid participants receive complimentary child care for ages 4 and up provided by Terranea’s Tide Pool Kid’s Club from 8:00AM – 1:00PM10am – 3pm Marketplace & Luncheon. $85 Adults | $45 Children 17 and Under


  • Retail – marea boutique will showcase jewelry brand Gorjana’s pink gemstone line by offering 10% off the entire collection. At Pointe Discovery, guests can also shop for pink Pura Vida bracelets and pink s’well bottles, with a 10% donation made from all sales of these items.


  • Last but not least, for every recreational activity booked in October, Terranea will donate $5 to Play For P.I.N.K.


Credit:  Terranea Resort. Photos were provided.

9th Annual LA Printers Fair Sat. Oct. 14th 2017 @ International Printing Museum, Carson, CA


Photo: Some of our guests will be “Holiday Shopping” early with a variety of artistic goodies from over 80 vendors at the LA Printers Fair at The International Printing Museum in Carson, CA  Oct. 14th 2017.

9th Annual LA Printers Fair,  Sat. Oct. 14th. 2017 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
at The International Printing Museum

Admission is $10 everyone; Kids under 12 years only $5

The Printers Fair at the International Printing Museum, Carson, showcases the art of letterpress printing and paper in historical and contemporary forms. Come and peruse a wide range of 80 artistic vendors among the world’s largest collection of working antique printing presses.
Vendor items include book arts, letterpress printing, paper, printmaking, handmade announcements & invitations, posters, limited edition books and more.  There will also be
“The Largest Letterpress Swap Meet in the West with letterpress supplies, wood and metal type, ink and presses including Windmills, platens and rare Vandercooks.
Printing and paper making demonstrations, screen printing and tours for visitors throughout
the day in the Museum’s new expanded galleries!
NEW SPECIAL EXHIBIT THIS YEAR!!!  “PRINTING ON THE SILVER SCREEN” featuring presses from TV like John Boy’s printing press from “The Waltons” and “Twilight Zone’s: The Printer’s Devil” or westerns such as “The Man who Shot Liberty Valance” and “Have Gun Will Travel” along with newer productions like “Newsies”, “ Gilmore Girls”“Seven Pounds”“Inception” and “J. Edgar” among others…
Also our ARTIST SPOTLIGHT this year is on the screen printing art of Earl Newman the celebrated artist who designed and printed posters for “The Monterey Jazz”  & “Oregon Shakespeare” Festivals for 50 years!   Mr. Newman will be in attendance all day selling and autographing his outstanding prints!
So circle that date,  Saturday Oct.14th and come to the Printers Fair!!
Ample Free Parking…. See Fair Video
For tickets and vendor information go to:
Credit: International Printing Museum. Photo was also provided. 



Just Dance, an over-the-top-awesome collection of impetuous dance hits for kids and families from the award-winning Peruvian-American kindie music phenomenon known as Twinkle, has just been released.

Described as “like Lady Gaga for kids,” with a super pop sound mixed with a touch of Broadway belt, a sparkling soupçon of hip hop, and plenty of EDM glam, Twinkle has always danced to the beat of her own drum, breaking barriers, sound and otherwise, with both her music and Harajuku-style presentation.

Launched by a childhood saturated with the sound and fury of Top 40 artists like Madonna, Lady Gaga, Gloria Estefan, Michael Jackson, Prince, Selena, Cher, and Shania Twain, Twinkle has forever experienced a gravitational pull in the direction of performers who create the “whole package,” from their infectious melodies and distinctive vocal qualities to their show-stopping presentations and trademark looks.

With her own award-winning albums, raise-the-roof concerts, and one-of-a-kind costuming and make-up, Twinkle follows suit, dazzling kids and families nationwide.

Album highlights include the original version of Twinkle’s 2015 kindie hit, “Kidz Rock,” featuring the incomparable Mista Cookie Jar, whose spectacular warm-up act is the song’s very own, hands-down-ultimate remix produced by Grammy and Emmy award-winner Matthew Gerrard (Kelly Clarkson, Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Big Time Rush, High School Musical)  and renowned music programmer/producer Peter Amato (NBC’s The Voice, LeAnn Rimes, Ricky Martin). Gerrard and Amato transformed the original song into what Twinkle has christened, “a certified EDM monster track for kids!”

The nine original songs on Just Dance riff on positive themes ranging from dancing through life and living in the moment to making math-time fun-time, sailing through the solar system, and Twinkle’s personal affirmation that good manners rock.

The daughter of a Peruvian mom and a Brooklyn-raised, Romanian-Jewish dad, Twinkle’s first language was Spanish. With sensitivity and balance, she incorporates both Spanish and English into every performance.  Her highly anticipated Spanish version of Just Dance will be released in spring 2018.

Previous albums by Twinkle include Made In The U.S.A. (2012), which was honored with two Global Music Awards (Best Children’s Album and Best Children’s Song), and Twinkle Time (2009).

This is really fun music to dance to! Kids will love Twinkle!~SoCal City Kids. 

Just Dance is available at iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, CDBaby, on Twinkle’s website, and at live Twinkle Time shows.


Visit Twinkle’s website HERE.
Twinkle on Instagram.

Twinkle on Facebook.

Twinkle on Twitter.

Twinkle on YouTube.

Self Disclosure: Info and Images were provided. I may have received a free CD to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received.