Archives for July 2018

Summer Beauty Must-Haves from Olay!

The Olay Cleansing Infusion Hydrating Glow Facial Cleanser with Deep Sea Kelp and Aloe Extract is my favorite to-go-to Cleanser this Summer! I like it because it really hydrates my skin! It left my face feeling soft & hydrated and I really like that only a small amount is needed! The Olay Micropolishing Cleansing Infusion Hydrating Glow Facial Cleanser with Crushed Ginger and Citrus Extract is another one I recommend! I like that both are affordable and under $10 too!

The Olay Whips are another beauty must buy this Summer!

Olay Whips deliver powerful skin care with a smooth, matte finish. Olay Whips are available with and without SPF in Regenerist, Total Effects and Luminous. Each provides youth-restoring benefits, whether you’re looking for smoothness & firmness, tone perfection or overall nourishment. What I really like is how lightweight they are! My favorite is the Olay Total Effects Whip. It even has SPF 25 which makes it great for Summer (and all year round)!

 

Look for these products where Olay products are sold! 

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images: SoCal City Kids. 

Floor Sticky After Mopping? Here’s How to Fix It

Floors go through a lot. They’re walked on, scratched, and collect a lot of dirt and grime which can affect their shine and durability. Because of this, it’s important to mop one’s floor to help keep it strong and beautiful. However, one of the biggest problems that cause many to forgo mopping is that it can cause the floor to be sticky. This can make it not only awkward to walk on, but ruin the finishing of a floor, especially if it’s hardwood.

It might seem like fixing this is hopeless, but the good news is that you can prevent sticky floors easily. This article will explore more behind the many steam mops available and a cleaning solution you can use to help stop this. Keep reading to find out more.

What Causes a Sticky Floor?

The first important thing to consider is what exactly causes a floor to be sticky. The answer to this is that it’s simply left-behind chemical residue.

Cleaning solutions for mops often contain an assortment of chemicals. While these make your floor look shiny, they can leave behind the stickiness that many despise. The solvents might remove the dirt and grime from the floor, but they don’t react well with water. This in return causes the sticky floor problem.

It might seem like a sticky floor is just a hassle, it can actually be a bit dangerous. Because the residue is still on the floor, it can harbor bacteria. This can end up causing particles to collect there and can be irritating to pets or kids who like to play on the floor.

 

How to Prevent Your Floor from Being Sticky

To help prevent your floor from getting to be sticky, you’ll want to first take a close look at the type of mop you’re using. Consider the type of flooring you have as some mops work better on specific floors than others. You’ll also want to check for things like microfiber pads, which help to get deep into the crevices of the floor, as well as swiveling features in a mop. The swiveling will help you to better move the mop around in order to clean the floor. To check out what’s the best mops brand for you, learn more on thehousewire.com .

The next step is to find a good cleaning solution for it. Ideally, you shouldn’t buy pre-made ones which are usually made up of various type of harmful chemicals. These not only have an unpleasant smell, but can be damaging to your floor. You can actually mix some water and vinegar together to make a diluted solution. This works just as well as store-bought ones and can even work as a disinfectant thanks to the vinegar’s strong ingredients. You can also put some essential oils into this mixture to add a calming smell to your floors. This method is not only eco-friendly, but works well at helping to prevent sticky floors.

It can be a little overwhelming when you’re trying to clean your floors only to have the cleaning products make even more of a mess on them. While it might be easy to grab a bottle of chemical mopping solution, it’s a good idea to look closely at the ingredients to prevent you from making more of a mess on your floors. You can use the vinegar method mentioned above to help with this.

Mopping your floor doesn’t mean you have to leave behind a nasty residue on it. With the tips above, you can be sure that your floors will not only be free from stickiness, but shine. A natural cleaner will help to prevent strong odors. It will also eliminate the pesky stickiness that can linger around when you’re done cleaning.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – Exceptional Animation, Wonderful Voice Talent, Fun Summer Film

Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship so he can take a vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. The rest of Drac’s Pack cannot resist going along. But once they leave port, romance arises when Dracula meets the mysterious ship Captain, Ericka. Now it’s Mavis’ turn to play the overprotective parent, keeping her dad and Ericka apart. Little do they know that his “too good to be true” love interest is actually a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, ancient nemesis to Dracula and all other monsters. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Alejandra G. comments, “This comedy film had me laughing the entire time with all the ways the creatures are portrayed and how the director, Genndy Tartakovsky, manages to bring them to life through the exceptional animations.” Arjun N. adds, “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is an entertaining animated film filled with unique creativity. Wonderful voice acting and a distinctive animation style separate this from the majority of animated films. This is sure to be a worthwhile watch for all families.” Morgan B. wraps it up with, “Mummies, vampires and werewolves, oh my! I have adored this terrific series since the original Hotel Transylvania came out in 2012. After all, who can argue with these comical, good looking and kind monsters?” See their full reviews below.

 

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

By Alejandra G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

This comedy film had me laughing the entire time with all the ways the creatures are portrayed and how the director, Genndy Tartakovsky, manages to bring them to life through the exceptional animations. I love how all the actors resonate with their creature, making it sound natural and fitting. I was excited waiting for this movie to come out since it is the third film in the Hotel Transylvania series. I have seen the previous films and, when I found out there was going to be a sequel, I practically counted the days to the premiere.

 The story follows the monster family embarking a vacation on a monster cruise ship. They mostly go so that Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else vacations at his hotel. The whole pack starts to have fun by getting involved in all of the activities the cruise has to offer such as monster volleyball, excursions and tanning. But, the amazing vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes her father likes Ericka, the captain of the ship, who she suspects to be hiding something from Drac and his family.

My favorite scene is when Ericka, the captain of the ship, welcomes all the guests and informs everyone that the first time that a monster cruise has been created. Because monsters are not allowed to live and socialize with people that are not monsters, they have had the opportunity to take a cruise before. I like this scene because, in it the variety of creatures are shown and I was amazed at the creative animations that the creators designed and brought to life.

The important message of this film is that letting go of old grudges and being open to changes in your life are very important. This film is a reminder that one has to honor the past, but be willing to allow new aspects to take place in your life. For example, since his mother’s death, Drac has never fallen for anyone else. But when the family arrives for the cruise, the head of the pack starts having feelings for someone else, making it weird for the rest of the family. As time progresses, Mavis, her daughter and the rest of the family accept the fact that they have to let go of the past and be open to new changes in their lives. I recommend this film for ages 5 to 18 and I rate this 5 out of 5 stars. This film opens in theaters July 13, 2018 so look for it.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

By Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is an entertaining animated film filled with unique creativity. Wonderful voice acting and a distinctive animation style separate this from the majority of animated films. This is sure to be a worthwhile watch for all families.

The movie follows Dracula (Adam Sandler) as his boring hotel business and lack of love continue to bring him down. Wanting to bring back his joy, daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) surprises Dracula and the rest of his best friend-monster pack with an adventurous monster cruise. Initially angered by this, Dracula slowly begins enjoying himself and even finds a new crush in the mysterious yet charming cruise captain Ericka (Kathryn Hahn). However, things take a left turn when former nemesis Abraham Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan) hunts the cruise, threatening the lives of all monsters aboard.

Adam Sandler, as Dracula, is my favorite character as his transformation to being his old adventurous self is well-presented. His love for his daughter and kind acceptance of humans also provide for a nice central message. Selena Gomez, as Mavis, continues to shine by providing an equally strong father-daughter bond with Dracula. Kevin James, as Frankenstein, greatly presents a dumbfound friend to Dracula whose deteriorating body assures for some inventive comedy. Steve Buscemi, as Wayne/Wolfman, regales with his signature voice highlighting the character’s parenting struggles with his many cubs. David Spade, as Griffin/Invisible Man, equally entertains despite not having a corporeal form. Last but not least, Keegan Michael-Kay, as Murray/ Mummy, completes the pack with his unique, child-like nature. Kathryn Hahn, as Ericka, adeptly portrays her mysterious past and interesting attraction for Dracula. Jim Gaffigan, as Abraham Van Helsing, exhibits a new take on the legend monster hunter.

Genddy Tartakovsky brings out his zany and fast-paced direction in new ways. In spite of that, this is nowhere as memorable and groundbreaking as his other works, such as Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory. My favorite scene is the opening one which quickly introduces us to the Dracula-Van Helsing rivalry and sets the stage for a grand adventure. The biggest flaw in the movie is that some of the humor comes across as farcical and this could dissuade adults from watching. Also, the plot is rather one-note and forgettable, especially when compared to the standard of Tartakovsky’s other work.

The movie’s message is to never discriminate against a person based on their looks and instead, appreciate them for who they are. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18. The movie releases in theaters on July 13, 2018, so check it out.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

By Morgan B. Bertsch KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Age 13

Mummies, vampires and werewolves, oh my! I have adored this terrific series since the original Hotel Transylvania came out in 2012. After all, who can argue with these comical, good looking and kind monsters? I know I can’t.

This sequel is just as good as the original, because they keep it fresh and make it even better than the last by making fun new twists. In this case, that’s Dracula (Adam Sandler) falling in love or “zing” with the ship’s captain and old enemy of his great-granddaughter Ericka (Kathryn Hahn). This new romance between Erika and Dracula is totally unexpected and very quirky, hence making the movie absolutely hilarious.

I found a new character to love in this series besides Mavis (Selena Gomez). Even though she is a terrific charter (who I admire greatly), I like Ericka just a tad better, because Ericka is not only an evil villain, but she also has a kind side that she shows towards Dracula (even when you think she was the exact opposite). I not only like her for that, but I also like her sense of humor and what she thinks of Dracula. She says, “I want to get close to him and kiss, but I can’t. Oh, I just want to punch his stupid looking face.”

I really like the scene when two musicians battle it out for the greater good of monsters v. s.  humans or, in other words, good v. s. evil. This scene is straight down the middle funny. I love that they have few old songs that adults know and kids don’t, so in other words – Easter Eggs. On top of that, the songs they chose are very comical. I found myself singing them after I watched the movie and even after I left the theater. Also, I like fighting with songs, instead of weapons. It seems like that idea would do the world a whole a lot of good.

I recommend this for ages 6 to 18. Younger kids will understand that Dracula and Ericka like each other and will understand the jokes about this kind of love, because they are kid-friendly and very funny for both younger and older kids. Older kids and adults will understand some of the jokes targeted at an older audience and they will also like the animation. It is overall an enjoyable family-friendly film for the summer. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars. It is in theaters now, so go and have yourself some monster fun before it is gone.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

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Vibranelle Fiber Gummies are a hit with my Family!

I was quite impressed with these and I like that they are gluten-free and made in the U.S. They are really easy to digest and I also like the flavor and that there is no bad aftertaste. I would recommend these because I also feel that they are safe to take and love the fact that they are gummies! I like that they come in two delicious flavors which are Orange and Mixed Berry. There is 5mg Fiber + 20 calories per serving. Sometimes it is tough to have enough Fiber in your diet so this is a great way to make sure you are getting enough Fiber. This really is a great source of Dietary Fiber and I also like that they are safe and made in the USA, from a FDA registered Facility. 

You can find them on Amazon.com.

 

Self Disclosure: I received a free product and may have received compensation after posting. This in no way has any effect on my opinion and I highly recommend. 

Lily, July 26th Pet of the Week!

Lily makes the most amazing eye contact! That’s what the staff at Long Beach Animal Care Services say, and you can see that for yourself! Lily, a 5-year-old tricolor, was left at the shelter because her owner moved. What a shame, because she has the majority of her nine lives to still live out, and she loves people and would make an affectionate companion Meet Lily on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A606697.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

 

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Pierre, July 19th Pet of the Week!

Ah, embrasse-moi, mon petit Pierre! Little Pierre is a calm little guy, but hug him, and he comes right to life and asks for more. Pierre is a little over a year old and seems to be a Shih Tzu. He’s loving and sweet, and would make a great companion for anyone who needs a hug—or to hug! Meet Pierre on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A610472.

(The usual suspects—and some unusual—contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Entenmann’s® Little Bites®, Entenmann’s® Donuts and the Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

      

In collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation, Entenmann’s® is launching a frightfully fun promotion to celebrate the theatrical release of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, in theaters July 13, 2018. From May 28, 2018 to August 3, 2018, fans will receive $5.00 off a movie ticket to see the film with the purchase of three five-count specially marked Entenmann’s® Little Bites® or eight-count specially marked Entenmann’s® Donuts.

My family just loves Entenmann’s® Donuts and Entenmann’s® Little Bites®. I think our favorites are the Variety pack in the Donuts and the Strawberry Yogurt Muffins…yum! The Donuts never last more than two days in our house! Entenmann’s® Little Bites® are the perfect pre-portioned pouches of delicious baked snacks made with real ingredients like blueberries, strawberries, and banana. I love that the Little Bites® Muffins are a good source of calcium and vitamin D, and contain no high fructose corn syrup or trans fat. These are perfect for travel and also for back-to-school! Entenmann’s® makes a variety of delicious, cake style donuts such as fan favorites like Rich Frosted, Crumb and Powdered.

     

For more information about the promotion and to access fun – and free! – Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation activities, and to redeem the promotional offer, please visithttps://www.littlebites.com/hotel-transylvania-3

More about the Movie:

In Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel.   It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation takes a dangerous turn when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the human captain of the ship, Ericka, who holds a mysterious secret that threatens them all. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and written by Genndy Tartakovsky and Michael McCullers, the film is produced by Michelle Murdocca.

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Self Disclosure:  The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Entenmann’s® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Entenmann’s®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Entenmann’s®.

Launch of New Line of Fragrances that Match Scent w/ Female Personality, by Raw Spirit Founders @Walmart Using IMG Influencers

A new independent fragrance Brand

WILD SPIRIT  Launched July 14th in Walmart stores nationwide

and avail online since June 20 at wildspiritfragrances.com and walmart.com

 

Wild Spirit is a fragrance brand with real ingredients at real prices

that celebrates her individuality. What we put on our bodies

is as important as what we put in them- that’s why Wild Spirit

products are vegan, contain natural essential oils and are free

from parabens, sulphates and dyes. Wild Spirit is proud

to be cruelty free and formulated here in the USA.

 

Wild Spirit, inspired by sister brand Raw Spirit,

was created by New York-based co-founders,

fragrance designer and CEO Joyce Lanigan

and renowned fashion photographer Russell James.

The fragrance collection consists of four scents,

“Spring Jasmine”, “Driftwood”, “Chill” and “First Snow,”

each embodying distinct personalities designed to

resonate and connect with a specific consumer.  

Each seasonal name possesses a double-connotation;

some might say the Spring Jasmine girl resembles the season

of Spring- being perky, energetic and upbeat.

Or that the First Snow girl is resilient and cool like the season of winter.

But it’s not to say that one doesn’t prefer a little Chill 

in the dead heat of summer.

 

Each bottle features unique female influencers of diverse ethnicities,

shot by Russell James in natural backdrops, and shines a light

on the individual personalities by putting their touch on

what Wild Spirit is to them.

The influencers featured are IMG models

Ashley Moore (@ashley_moore),

Victoria Germyn (@victoriagermyn),

Laura James (@jameslaura), and

Eva Adams (@mevadams).

Look for them at a Walmart near you!

 

Self Disclosure: Info and images were provided. I am expecting to receive samples and will be featuring later this Summer. No other compensation was received.