Archives for April 2018

King, April 26 Pet of the Week

Until the end of April, you can get a King for just a few coins of the kingdom! This month, there’s a Pittie Party at the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, and potential adopters may pay as little as $1 or as much as $1,000,000 to adopt King or any of his pit-bull or pit-bull-mix subjects! King, found as a stray, is 6 years old and loves a walk around the castle moat or a romp with little princes and princesses. Meet his majesty on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A551949.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

How To Give Your Kids A Great Education

Giving your kids the best possible education is extremely important. A good education sets them on course for finding a great job and enjoying the whole world around them. Education holds the key to exploring the world around you with eager eyes. Therefore, as a parent, you should try to encourage your kids to learn, and cheer them on when they do. Giving your kids a great education is far more than just sending them to school, as you must be on hand to give them answers to their many questions and foster interests in being creative too. There are no rules when it comes to educating your children as long as they understand the importance of being kind and respectful to others as well as staying safe.

Find The Perfect School         

Finding the perfect school to send your kids to can feel like a never-ending task. However, you need to start looking at various establishments early and attend open days. Finding the perfect school for your child might take some time but your efforts will be worth it when your child is happy, settled, and engaged in learning further down the line. Give your kids a great education by selecting the schools that are recognized for the reputation and history of academic excellence. One incredible school to consider is St Mary’s Private School located in beautiful Oxfordshire. As well as excellence in education, it also features a program of varied extra-curricular activities. Conduct some research on the schools you’re applying to and listen to some testimonials from students, present and past.

Start From A Young Age

Spark your children’s desire to learn from a young age by placing them in nursery schools so that they learn how to play and interact with other children, and to continue teaching them at home. Teaching at home doesn’t necessarily have to mean sitting down at the dinner table with books. Instead, it can involve getting your kids playing outside and learning about wildlife and ecosystems. You can foster interests in music by getting a musical instrument for them to play, listening to music and taking them to concerts close to you. Give your kids a great education by keeping their activities varied and fun. Try to take your young toddler to groups held at the library so that they can integrate with others alongside engaging in reading and learning.

Answer Their Questions

Kids have very inquisitive minds and they seem to have endless questions. You should always try and give honest and open answers to your kid’s questions, as otherwise, they can become confused and misinformed. Answer questions truthfully and honestly, and let your kids know that you’ll do your best to help them make sense of the world. Many things are brand new to children, so it’s your responsibility as a parent to introduce them to new experiences and help develop their intrigue and drive for to learn. Give your kids a great education by taking them to new places, to see new sights, eat new foods, learn languages and so on. Explore with your children and give them the very best, loving, and informative start in life.

Tips for Choosing the Best Pillow for a Good Night’s Sleep

Whenever people talk about their beds, they mention a lot about their mattresses, and rightfully so. A mattress is the principal, most significant financial investment one can make in their sleep. However, when it comes to judging how good each sleep session is, pillows are equally important to mattresses. If a person sleeps on a pillow that is worn out, and crumples and folds it down just to get relaxed every night, it is a warning sign from the pillow asking for an update. Even if the pillow in question is not old and shrunk, it may not exactly be the ideal solution. Here are some important tips on choosing the best pillow for a good night’s sleep.

Fill or fiber

There is a range of fill selections that can be used for pillows. While it is hard to pinpoint one type and call it the best—each one has its own advantages and disadvantages, depending upon the needs of the user and his or her preference. Here are some of the most common types.

  • Down – These pillows are light in nature and are super-soft. If the user prefers to have a soft place on his bed to rest his head while sleeping, a down pillow is ideal for him. Down pillows are typically manufactured from goose or duck fibers.
  • The Goose Down Pillows are in fact softer than the Duck Down pillows. Hence, they are slightly more expensive. However, there are also different varieties so far as the lightness in Goose Down pillows is concerned. Down pillows are manufactured with various mixtures of down, fluffs, and other stuffing.
  • A memory foam pillow is usually considered as the best pillow for Back Sleepers. These pillows make sure that the head is kept aligned. The density of these foam pillow materials frequently causes the pillow to adapt to the body temperature of the person using it. This pillow’s design guarantees that the user’s head remains cool while staying in a buoyed position.

Weight of the fill

Down or synthetic pillows are light in weight. On the other hand, memory foam pillows are a slightly heavier choice. The weight of the filling in a pillow is completely a personal choice. If the users prefer to reshape and move the pillow about as they change their resting positions, a light pillow might be a good choice. Even though the weight of the fill is completely a personal choice, it is advisable not to select pillows that are too weighty as they can cause discomfort to the head.

Size of the pillow

Most people find a standard sized pillow sufficient enough in terms of its size. If the user prefers to sleep on a bigger pillow, the choice is completely healthy, as long as he can keep the sleeping posture aligned accordingly. The width or fineness of a pillow should allow you to sleep with your head, neck, and shoulders in alignment with your spinal cord.

These factors are crucial to selecting the perfect pillow. It is a decision that is highly important for a good nights’ rest!


The West Coast’s Largest Pet Expo Returns to Orange County Featuring Cats and Dogs, plus Fish, Birds and Frogs…and More! This weekend!!!

Thousands of Animals and the People Who Love them to Gather at the OC Fair & Event Center, April 27-29!

A weekend full of animal education, family fun, pet entertainment, competitions and adoptions

Showcasing everything you need to know for a happier, healthier pet.

***Please Do Not Bring Your Pets***

America’s Family Pet Expo returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626) Friday, April 27 – Sunday, April 29, 2018.  The annual family-friendly event features all creatures cute and cuddly, furry, feathered and scaled of all sizes, shapes and colors.

“Entering our 29th year, America’s Family Pet Expo is THE destination for pet lovers, offering education on responsible pet care, entertainment and pet adoptions.  We couldn’t be prouder of the pet loving community we have in Southern California, making America’s Family Pet Expo the ultimate destination for all pet lovers,” said Jacinthe Moreau, President of the World Pet Association, producer of the America’s Family Pet Expo.  “As we have grown over the years, the show has progressed to include the best in pet ownership and care.  America’s Family Pet Expo offers animal adoptions, a variety of educational presentations, family fun pet entertainment, and exhibitors offering show specials and while showcasing the latest and greatest in pet products.”


New to America’s Family Pet Expo for 2018 is the Sea Lion Splash Show; a unique mobile aquatic experience combining both marine fun and environmental education.  Sea Lion Splash Show features rescued sea lions from both California and South America.  Ready to thrill and excite an audience of all ages, the sea lions balance balls, shoot hoops, dance, shake their flippers, and even do a handstand or two.

Returning to the 2018 America’s Family Pet Expo will be The Catit Playground. This popular interactive activity brings a close-up view for guests to watch charming adoptable cats and kittens to see how they interact with different toys and people.  This is a great atmosphere for guests to learn all about cats and to gain a little insight into “Catitude.”

America’s Family Pet Expo will include on-site cooking demonstrations. Hosted by JustFoodForDogs, the “Find Out What’s Cooking” talks will feature lessons on how to create homemade meals to promote optimal health, longevity and well-being for dogs.

Returning favorites to America’s Family Pet Expo include Repticon, reptile show and sale, offering hundreds of common and rare species of reptiles such as lizards, snakes, and spiders.  Plus, the ever-popular Splash Dogs and The Great American Petting Zoo, family fun the whole family will enjoy.

In advance of America’s Family Pet Expo, kids can design and create a 10-gallon aquarium in the Kid’s Aquarium Contest.  The aquariums will be on display throughout America’s Family Pet Expo and are judged according to age group and two categories – Natural and Creative.  Also, for the aquatic enthusiast is the Aquascaping Contest, where contestants will compete to make the most beautiful, and natural underwater environment in a small aquarium.

Pet Adoptions will be handled onsite for those looking for that perfect animal addition to the family.  There will be hundreds of animals hoping to find their “furever home” from local community partner organizations at the Pet Expo.

Standout Breeds and Breed-Specific Rescues On-Site Include:

  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Bichon Frise
  • Spaniel Breeds including Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Sussex Spaniel, and Cocker Spaniel
  • Dalmatian
  • German Shepherd
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Leonberger
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Terrier Breeds including Biewer Terrier, Rat Terrier, and Russell Terrier
  • Shetland Sheep Dog
  • Shiba Inu

 General Admission, $15.00; seniors 60 and over, $13.00. Children 6-12, $10.00. 5 yrs and under, free. Active and retired military free with ID. Show hours:  Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-6pm.
OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626. Facility charges $8.00 parking. Kindly leave all pets at home.

For more information and to purchase tickets online visit .  America’s Family Pet Expo is created, produced and managed by World Pet Association, Inc., a 68-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet care.

Credit: America’s Family Pet Expo.

Books of the Week April 24th, 2018

Here are my top choices for this week!

This one is perfect for Autism Awareness month!

With autism on the rise in the United States, national award-winning children’s author and parenting expert Julia Cook believes that a little bit of understanding can go a long way towards helping children with autism fit in. In her engaging new children’s book, Uniquely Wired: A Book About Autism and Its Gifts (Boys Town Press, February 1, 2018), Cook provides an eminently readable primer of sorts, from the point of view of a child with autism, that will be a gift to parents, teachers, and kids everywhere who need a little bit of help understanding their peers with autism.

I liked this book because it teaches young children about empathy and accepting others differences. Zac is a very likable character.

Zak teaches readers that, although his brain works differently, it is pretty incredible, and he has a lot of gifts to share.

This one of a kind look into the life and mind of a child with autism rewards curiosity and helps make “uniquely wired” children more relatable to their peers. It provides answers to questions children have about their peers who may behave differently because of their autism. It also promotes awareness of the often-overlooked gifts that children on the autism spectrum have, as well as pointing out the ways they’re similar to, or exactly like, their peers.

This next one is also a delightful book for young children!

 SYLVIA ROSE AND THE CHERRY TREE (Tilbury House) by Sandy Shapiro-Hurt & illustrated by Xindi Yan. The art in this one will immediately draw you in (such vibrant, gorgeous colors!), and the sweet story of adventure and realizing the importance of home will pull at your heartstrings.

Bold, adventurous Sylvia Rose loves visiting the animals and trees of the forest. The girl and her favorite cherry tree share almost everything, including dancing and stories, but they can’t travel the world together because the tree is rooted deep in the earth. Determined to overcome this obstacle, Sylvia Rose enlists her animal friends to uproot the glorious tree, and Sylvia and the tree set off globetrotting together, taking in the wonders of the world from the Eiffel Tower to the Sydney Opera House, each sight more amazing than the last.    

Back home in the forest, however, the animals begin to suffer without the food and shelter of their life-sustaining cherry tree. Can the tree give up her newfound freedom and return to her role in the forest ecosystem?

I just love the characters and the story and recommend this for all young children! This is one of those stories I think that they will want to read over and over again!


If you love to draw or have a child who loves to draw…this really is the best series!

The How To Draw Cool Stuff series (Library Tales Publishing) by art teacher and professional artist Catherine V. Holmes guides readers through the basic principles of illustration by concentrating on easy-to-learn shapes that build into complex drawings. The original How To Draw Cool Stuff and the subsequent books, How To Draw Cool Stuff: Shading, Textures and Optical Illusions and How To Draw Cool Stuff: Holidays, Seasons and Events, each offer unique lessons for readers.

In addition to teaching basic drawing skills, this wonderful series provides:

  • Lessons on creating shading and texture for more realistic artistic renderings
  • Step-by-step tutorials on drawing fun and beloved characters like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, leprechauns and more!
  • A guidebook that can be used by art teachers in the classroom to help supplement lesson plans and provide students with independent activities
  • Valuable lessons in how to make drawing easier and more fun, such as: draw lightly, don’t aim to create an exact replica, and why patience pays off
  • A wonderful gift for all aspiring artists

I like that this really makes learning to draw seem easier! My favorite book is the How To Draw Cool Stuff: Holidays, Seasons and Events!

Self Disclsoure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this post. Images and information were also provided. I only feature books that I receive that I highly recommend.

Key Activities You Should Consider Letting Your Kids do

Keeping your kids busy is a must as a parent. However, it can be hard trying to find ways to do so in between busy schedules and school runs. There are a number of things that they can do in the comfort of your home. It requires a little creativity as well as sometimes thinking outside of the box. When choosing activities, you should try and ensure they have an educational element and there is something that helps them develop the core skills that they need. Just in case you’re stuck on ideas regarding things your kids can get up to, this article is going suggest three in particular.


One fun activity that your kids can get up to is learning how to garden. If your kids attend an independent school like Milbourne Lodge Pre-Prep and Prep School, they’re likely to participate in outdoor learning such as cultivating vegetables, herbs, and flowers on a regular basis. You can also extend this practice at home by buying them seeds and putting them in charge of nurturing and growing their plant. The good thing about this is that you don’t have to have acres and acres of land to do it and can begin with something as simple as a window plant you place in the kitchen. By having them continuously water the plant and teaching them about the conditions that it needs to grow, they could learn a lot about responsibility, as well as growth and patience.

Reading Club

Another activity your kids can participate in which is common, yet effective is joining a book club. Although not every child’s first love is reading, there are things you can do to encourage the habit and get them to fall in love with it; Firstly, it’s key that you figure out what exactly their interests are and then find books that fall into that category. If, for instance, they love superheroes, you can buy them a collection of superhero books to get them excited about reading. To start a book club with them, try buying them a series of books a month and getting them to discuss it with you or their other siblings. Some other ways to get them to love reading include trying audiobooks, finding ways to bring the book to life, and watching the movie version of the book after reading it if it’s available.

Apps and Games

Keeping your kids engaged in activities should be fun which is why you should consider using apps and games as a method as well. There are some games that you can play with your kids that will keep them occupied and teach them key skills. Some include patience, persistence, resilience, and learning that sometimes you win and at times you lose as well. Some games and apps to consider for your kids are Art Academy, Sketchbook Pro, Codecademy, and Book Creator for iPad. There are many more out there that you’d have to look for by doing some research.


Keeping your kids occupied is important for both you and them. The key is to continuously introduce new activities until you find ones that they enjoy and also learn from. By doing so, they should continue to grow key development skills and have fun while doing it.

DRUM TAO Brings Japanese Taiko to Musco Center 4.29

Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University presents TAO: DRUM HEART on April 29 at 4:00 pm.

Since 1993, Japanese drum and dance ensemble DRUM TAO has combined music and dance to reflect Japanese tradition while incorporating other Asian cultural influences. Breaking past the traditional notions of taiko, TAO continues to create an entirely new art form that is modern yet retains a sense of tradition.

Entrancing more than seven million people globally, TAO has performed in 24 countries in 500 cities, and is the most prominent entertainment in Japan – playing more than 200 shows annually. TAO presented its work at the world’s largest festival of the arts — the 2004 Edinburgh Festival Fringe  and appeared at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The Arizona Republic calls TAO an “epic visceral thrill.”

 Tickets for April 29 are on sale now for $30-$50 and may be purchased through the Musco Center online at or by calling the box office at 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726). All print-at-home tickets include a no-cost parking pass. Musco Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Chapman University at 415 North Glassell, Orange, Calif.

Credit: Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University.


Since it opened on March 19, 2016, Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University has been hailed as “an ideal opera house, potentially the best in the West and maybe even something more” by the Los Angeles Times.

Designed by renowned architects Pfeiffer Partners, with acoustics by world-renowned Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics, Musco Center boasts an intimate seating chamber with 1,044 seats on three levels and a full-scale stagehouse capable of grand spectacle or lush symphonic sound with its unique orchestral shell in place. Musco Center serves as a dynamic focal point for campus life and the broader community, giving notice that world-class arts education and artistic achievement have found a new home in Southern California.

For more information about Musco Center and its upcoming events, and to purchase tickets online, visit




Win a $10,000 cash prize, healthy lifestyle products from True Lemon

The #HealthyHappyTrue Sweepstakes was created to celebrate how people live their healthiest, happiest and truest life possible. Entering provides the chance to win a grand prize including a $10,000 cash prize, a Vitamix Professional Series Blender ($600 value), Fitbit watch ($200 value), a True Lemon Swell water bottle and a sampling of all True Citrus products.
To enter the sweepstakes and for details on how to increase chances of winning, visit between April 2 and June 15. (The link will go live on April 2.)
I received samples and True Lemon products are a hit with my family! We love the taste!
Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Image and Sweepstakes information was receive to post. Sweepstakes is not affiliated with SoCal City Kids.