Archives for August 2018

Mangiacotti’s Mini Lip Repair is a Beauty Must this time of year!

Are you looking for Lip Care with a very simple ingredient list? I finally found one!

Introducing Mangiacotti’s Mini Lip Repair a trio of 1.5 inch travel sized, on-the-go, non GMO, ALL Organic, all-natural lip balms.

These miracle lip treatments provide a subtle surface shine and crazy soft and supple feel while penetrating deep into the dermis to hydrate, nourish, moisturize and protect dry, depleated, chapped lips.

And they smell and taste delicious too!

I absolutely love that they are ALL Organic and smell and taste delicious!

What’s On the Inside? Fortified only with the highest-grade pure ingredients and NO added Parabens, Phthalates, Petrolatum or SLS!

Mini Lip Repair is exceptionally good at softening and nourishing dry lips as it soothes and hydrates with organic Beeswax and Vitamin E, leaving a light, silky barrier on lips. Beeswax conditions skin and creates a seal of protection from air and other drying elements (there are no adverse health effects associated with licking too much beeswax off of lips). Antioxidant Vitamin E moisturizes and repairs lips and a hint of Rosemary Extract provides a one-of-a-kind refreshing tingle. This lip balm isn’t thick or goopy—quite the opposite. The potent yet lightweight formula includes olive, sunflower and hemp seed oils to keep lips hydrated for a very long time. Swipe it on in the morning and you won’t feel the need to reapply until after lunch. That is, if you can resist reapplying this seriously addictive and delicious lip smacking formula so natural it’s good enough to eat!

Mini Lip Repair comes in four delicious scented flavors; Jasmine Plum, Lemon Verbena, Clementine and Pomegranate all naturally derived, which means apply, and reapply, with lip-smacking abandonment! My favorite is the Lemon Verbena!!

What’s On the Outside?  The cutest lip balms ever!  Each box of Mangiacotti’s Mini Lip Repair include three adorable 1.5” mini-sized tubes each lasting 2 to 3 weeks with daily use.  Sized perfectly for travel or to tuck away in small places or give-away to friends who need some lip repair.

These are a must for the Summer but actually are great for any time of the year!

Suggested Retail Price $6.50.  Available at stores nationwide and

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Information and Images were also provided. 

5 Tips to building a playground on your property

Building a playground can be a very interesting project as it has a lot of advantages. This is because having a playground on your property can significantly increase the value of your property. Building a playground from scratch can be a daunting task as it requires, time, resources and skills. Natural playgrounds attract more potential homebuyers because there is a lot of space in which the children can play. When you are looking to build a playground on your property, these are important tips which one needs to consider.

  1. Have Adequate Space

When you are looking to build a playground the one thing that you need to have adequate is the space. It’s important to take time to analyze the space that you have on your property that you can allocate for the playground. In determining the space it’s important to understand that the playground will extend the equipment’s that are there. Space also needs to be adequate especially since it will be divided into different sections for different age groups.

  1. Set Your Budget

The cost of building a playground can skyrocket if you do not set your budget appropriately. You have to have a financial assessment of the project to determine how much it will cost. The cost will depend on a number of factors such as the size of the playground and the kind of equipment you will have among other factors. The cost which needs to be factored in the cost of labor which can vary regarding with the contractors that you choose.

  1. Plan for different ages

A good playground should not be one size fit all; this means that you have to take into account the different age groups. The planning should take into account the different age groups since they will require different play equipment and also activities. In planning for the different ages, one can divide the playground to cater for children who are between 2-5 years. This is the small group that needs careful planning and monitoring. The other age group can be 6-12 who can have bigger play equipment and much bigger space.

  1. Choose the Equipment’s wisely

Another important tip to consider when building a playground on your property is that you need to choose your equipment’s wisely. The equipment should fit the age groups as they will need to be kept separate. In selecting the equipment, it’s important to choose the equipment’s which are certified and have safety features. This will reduce liability and headaches of having to deal with injuries. The equipment should have warranties and be serviced and maintained on regular basis to make sure they are working at their optimum level.

  1. Safety Features

One of the most important things when building a playground is making sure that you put safety measures. This is because there are so many things which can go wrong if the necessary safety precautions are put in place. Safety is enhanced by the choice of materials and equipment which are installed in the playground.

Tootie and Frutie are the Pets of the Week!!

A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-wop-bom-bom! We’ve got Tootie and Frutie here, and they’re ready to rock and roll in a real home. Tootie is a rather rare chocolate brown—our own little “Tootie Roll” and is a fun-loving boy. Frutie is his partner in crime—er, equally fun male roommate.  Both are 4 months old and have a long time ahead on the charts! Well, all-rootie—meet Tootie and Frutie at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A612344 for Tootie and ID#A612345 for Frutie.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Companion Animal Village.

Books of the Week Summer is not over yet! These ones are a must for the season!

Over 20 Crochet Patterns for Fun Floor Mats and Matching Accessories
by Ira Rott

After Ira Rott’s elephant rug pattern went viral in June 2016, there was a huge spike of interest in the pattern and its designer. Now with thousands of followers on YouTube and Pinterest, fiber artist Ira Rott is sharing over 20 designs for Animal Rugs and Accessories in CROCHET ANIMAL RUGS (F+W Media / SewandSo; August 2018; Trade Paperback; $22.99).

Each rug design is accompanied by a matching pillow design and a smaller accessory to continue the theme. Get creative and transform your child’s room—with decor your kids will adore—into a magical modern bedroom inspired by animals with accessories ranging from security blankets to stool covers, bed book tidies, placemats and toy bags.   Crochet rugs are the perfect place for your children to read and play. The book features 21 animal-themed patterns. Choose from an amazing elephant, a sweet giraffe, a cute cat, a fun-loving monkey, a cool crab, a friendly dinosaur and a rock-star panda! You can decorate a child’s room or nursery with items from this book and spend only a few evenings making each piece.

This book has the cutest rugs! I think I have to learn how to crochet just so I can make some of them!! This one is a must-buy! 

About the Author
Ira Rott is a knitting and crochet designer based in Canada. She began learning her skill from her mother and grandmothers when she was in middle school. This wonderful tradition has been passed on from generation to generation in Ira’s family, and has become her passion through design. She loves working with yarn and other fibers to express her ideas. She sells her designs through Etsy and Ravelry, and her own website. This is her first book.

DUDE! by Aaron Reynolds; illustrated by Dan Santat (Roaring Brook Press, April 24, 2018, Ages 4-8)

  • Creepy Carrots and Nerdy Birdy author knocks it out of the park (and off the surfboard) with a creative and hilarious picture book featuring the most expressive story ever created out of one single word.
  • Fresh off his Caldecott win for Beekle and After the Fall, Dan Santat does not hold back in this wild tale of unexpected friendship.
  • This book will draw much attention; what could be more fun than a platypus, beaver, and a shark surfing together? And kids will have a fun time figuring out all the different ways to say “dude”.

This one is such a cute story with very little words and I recommend highly for young readers!

LIONS & LIARS by Kate Beasley; illustrated by Dan Santat (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, June 5, 2018, Ages 8-12)

  • Building off the success of Gertie’s Leap to Greatness, Kate Beasley’s second novel will bring new readers to her books while delivering a highly satisfying story for established fans.
  • LIONS & LIARS is great for fans Carl Hiaasen, Kate DiCamillo, Louis Sachar, Katherine Applegate, and Barbara O’Connor.
  • Beasley creates a fun, unique, and wholly contemporary take on the intricacies of male relationships. She makes difficult issues like bullying, masculinity, and loneliness easier to talk about with her fantastic humor.
  • With her signature style, Kate has spun a tightly-crafted, hilarious, and heartwarming tale. Her characters’ vivid voices are unforgettable–and the plot moves along at a fast clip. LIONS & LIARS is an exciting read!

BE PREPARED by Vera Brosgol (First Second, April 24, 2018, Ages 10-14)

  • Vera’s graphic novel debut, Anya’s Ghost, has received an Eisner, Harvey, and Cybils award. Her picture book Leave Me Alone received the Caldecott Honor in 2017.
  • Vera is a master at making us relive painfully awkward camp experiences with laughter and empathy. In her new book, all Vera wants to do is fit in—but that’s not easy for a Russian girl in the suburbs. Vera’s single mother can’t afford that luxury, but there’s one summer camp in her price range—Russian summer camp!
  • Vera is sure she’s found the one place she can fit in, but camp is far from what she imagined. And nothing could prepare her for all the friendship, drama, endless Russian history lessons, and outhouses straight out of nightmares!
  • BE PREPARED is also about the immigrant experience—this book is an autobiographical story that deals with Vera’s experience immigrating to the United States from Russia as a child. Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow in 1984 and moved to the US when she was five.
  • BE PREPARED is perfect for middle-grade readers, fans of Real Friends and Anya’s Ghost, and anyone who has ever felt out of place in the world.
  • Contemporary realistic middle-grade graphic novels are on the rise! With books from authors like Victoria Jamieson, Cece Bell, Shannon Hale, and Svetlana Chmakova, kids are craving these kinds of stories in this format.

ALL SUMMER LONG by Hope Larson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, May 1, 2018, Ages 10-12)

  • Hope is the acclaimed author-illustrator of A Wrinkle In Time: The Graphic Novel, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for forty-four weeks. This is the first book she has both written and illustrated since the smash success of that graphic novel.
  • In the vein of Raina Telgemeier, Hope writes accessible, kid-friendly stories that are relatable for fans of comics and beyond.
  • Bina is a lovable female protagonist—from her love of underground music and desire to start a band, to her relationship with Austin and how she learns to take his changes in stride, Bina handles the struggles of adolescence with humor and grace.
  • Contemporary realistic middle-grade graphic novels are on the rise! With books from authors like Victoria Jamieson, Cece Bell, and Svetlana Chmakova, kids (and adults) are getting on board for stories in this format.

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this post. Cover images and information also provided. I do not feature all the books that I receive but feature those that I highly recommend. 

House of Blues Anaheim Unveils Special End of Summer No Bummer Ticket Offer

Summer may be coming to an end, but House of Blues Anaheim has announced a special ticket deal that will bring the summer heat this fall. From August 24 at 10am PST to September 3 at 10pm PST you can purchase tickets for $25 or less using promo code SUMMER. To purchase tickets click here, while quantities last.


ABBA & 70s DJ Night – Aug. 25th

The Expendables – Aug. 31st

Goldfinger – Sept. 1st
Lex – Sept. 1st (The Parish) 

Dread Mar–I – Sept. 6th

The Dan Band – Sept. 8th

Scandal (JP) – Sept. 9th

E-40 – Sept. 11th

Residente – Sept. 12th

Gasolina: Reggaeton Party – Sept. 13th

Jack Russell’s Great White – Sept. 15th

The Long and Winding Road – Sept 15th (The Parish)

Altar Boys – Sept. 16th (The Parish)

Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Sept. 20th

Magic Men Live! – Sept. 21st

DeVotchKa – Sept. 27th

Mod Sun – Sept. 27th (The Parish)

In Real Life – Sept. 28th (The Parish)

Iron & Wine – Sept. 28th

¡Mayday! – Sept. 29th (The Parish)

Kandace Springs – Sept. 30th (The Parish)

Owl City – Oct. 2nd

Los Tucanes – Oct. 5th

Mat Kearney – Oct. 7th

Stick To Your Guns & Emmure – Oct. 14th

Mayday Parade – Oct. 16th

Thievery Corporation – Oct. 18th

Hepcat – Oct. 19th

St. Lucia – Oct. 20th

Amanda Miguel & Diego Verdaguer – Oct. 21st

Conjunto Primavera – Oct. 26th

Beartooth – Oct. 31st

Trivium – Nov. 2nd

The Struts – Nov. 3rd

Plain White T’s – Nov. 7th

Andy Grammer – Nov. 8th

3OH!3 & Emo Nite LA – Nov. 9th

Metalachi– Nov. 10th

Sure Sure – Nov. 12th (The Parish)

The Selecter & The English Beat – Nov. 13th

Circa Survive – Nov. 16th

Machine Head – Nov. 23rd

Koo Koo Kanga Roo – Dec. 9th (The Parish)

To purchase tickets click here, available while quantities last.


The new House of Blues Anaheim (at GardenWalk)

400 West Disney Way, Suite 337, Anaheim, CA

Free parking available at GardenWalk for first hour



Call (714) 778-2583 or visit


About House of Blues Anaheim:

The new House of Blues Anaheim at GardenWalk, marks the first new House of Blues to be built in the U.S. in a decade. The venue spans 44,000 square feet of space, with live music in four unique entertainment venues all under one roof including the main concert hall, the intimate Parish, the Foundation Room and House of Blues Restaurant and Bar. All four of the entertainment and food spaces offer the most advanced sound system of any House of Blues, and the location will feature live entertainment every night.

About the House of Blues Entertainment:

With 58 owned/operated/managed clubs and theaters, the House of Blues Entertainment portfolio, a division of Live Nation, is wide-ranging including the legendary Fillmores and the intimate House of Blues clubs throughout the United States. House of Blues Entertainment is the country’s pre-eminent live music venue collection featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in one-of-a-kind custom-designed environments aimed to bring fans and artists together in unparalleled musical environments

I love the Gracieux Beauty Super Fruits Antioxidant Masque! This one is a Beauty-Must-Buy!


Looking for a great Facial Masque that has natural & organic ingredients and leaves your skin feeling clean and softer? I just love the Gracieux Beauty Super Fruits Antioxidant Masque! My skin actually feels smoother! They combine Blueberry, Cranberry, Oregon Grape, Bayberry, Cayenne and Seabuckthorn. I am truly impressed with the natural ingredients in this Masque. It’s super easy to use and I recommend using at least once a week! It really does leave my skin feeling refreshed! I honestly think it is one of the best skin products I have tried! This company also has a variety of other products so check out their website! 

You can purchase at
There is a coupon code that is good through September 30th, 2018 and gives you $10.00 off. It is ma10off.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Images were also provided for my use.

A Lush, Enveloping Sound for Summer from GRAMMY-nominated artist Frances England:Blue Skies and Sunny Days

Frances England, a GRAMMY-nominated, San Francisco-based artist known for her warm, soothing voice and “fresh and honest” songwriting, captures the easy-breezy days of summer with her upcoming album Blue Skies and Sunny Days. Featuring Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz (ALO, Jack Johnson) and produced by Dean Jones and Frances England, the album will be available from iTunes, Amazon, streaming sites on August 17.

England started the recording process in San Francisco with Lebowitz, who is known for his guitar work with ALO, Phil Lesh and Jack Johnson. “I loved Lebo’s playing style and knew that was going to be the foundation for getting the loose vibe that I was after.” She worked on developing the structure and beats in her home studio and then recorded six of the eight tracks with Lebo at his home studio. In April, Frances and Dean Jones finished up the tracks at Dean’s studio in the Hudson Valley.

From the first track on Blue Skies and Sunny Days, listeners are pulled in with “Carefree,” a funky ode to the casual road trip. While acknowledging that life sometimes throws us a curveball, it’s the people we love who can surprise us with things that help us go “round and round.” Similarly, a trip “Into the Wild” will have listeners running for the trees with its reminder of how good nature can make you feel.  The lush, enveloping production of “Good Day” and “Perfect Tuesday Afternoon” are transporting in their sound and messages. Other new Frances England songs and a sprightly cover of the Cat Stevens classic “If You Want To Sing Out”(in harmony with Lebowitz) allow us to take a mental break from even the most chaotic day. Indeed, “there’s a million ways to go,” and it’s always possible to find a new path. “Mama Said” offers reassurance and advice to “take a deep breath” and meet life’s challenges. The final track, “Watching You Grow,” is a bit of a heartbreaker and will appeal to any parent feeling a range of emotions as they watch their children bloom and develop.

With a gift for capturing and expressing the wonders, simple pleasures, and beauty of childhood, Frances England frames her music in ways both children and parents can appreciate. Her sparkly, acoustic pop songs are both catchy and heartfelt. Each of her previous family music albums has received wide public acclaim and national awards for their sophistication and originality, including a GRAMMY nomination for Explorer of the World (2016). The multiple Parents’ Choice Gold Award-winner has performed around the country, from schools and cafes in her hometown of San Francisco, to Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and Symphony Space.  Meanwhile, Frances is recording a new album for grownups with John Vanderslice.

I had the opportunity to listen to the CD before release and I love the music! I recommend this one for younger children. They will love the energetic catchy tunes! ~SoCal City Kids.


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Self Disclosure: I received a free CD to facilitate this post. Information and image were also provided by Sugar Mountain PR.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 Make It a Fun, Halloween Monster Movie Night and Complete Your Hotel Transylvania Movie Collection

Includes a Monster Dance Party Dance Along, Three All-New Scary-Oke Sing Alongs, a Vampire Make Over Tutorial,

Two Mini Movies and More!

 Available on Digital HD September 25 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD on October 9!

The Drac Pack is back with HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3, which will make its debut on Digital HD September 25, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on October 9, just in time to for a spooky, fun, family movie night right before Halloween! This must-own family comedy, which has grossed more than $425 million in theaters worldwide to date, follows in the tradition of the blockbuster Hotel Transylvania franchise when Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury, haunted monster cruise ship. Of course, the rest of the Drac Pack has to tag along, and that’s when things get a little…batty. The monsters are having a great time, indulging in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to colossus-sized buffets and exotic excursions, but then the unexpected happens when Drac falls for the ship’s mysterious (and dangerous) human captain Ericka. The third film in this family-friendly monster franchise is the best-reviewed installment and you’re invited along on the haunted cruise vacation!

The all-star voice cast is back, along with some new faces as well including Adam Sandler (Grown-Ups), Andy Samberg (TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers), Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2), David Spade (TV’s “Rules of Engagement”), Steve Buscemi (TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”), Keegan Michael Key (TV’s “Key and Peele”), Molly Shannon (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”), Fran Drescher (TV’s “The Nanny”), Kathryn Hahn (Bad Moms), Jim Gaffigan (Super Troopers 2) and Mel Brooks (Young Frankenstein).

Jonathan (Andy Samberg), Dennis (Asher Blinkoff), Mavis (Selena Gomez) and Dracula (Adam Sandler) in Sony Pictures Animation’s HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 is filled with more than an hour of engaging bonus materials including three “All-New Scary-Oke Sing Alongs,” a monster dance party dance along to “I See Love” by Joe Jonas featuring Jonas Blue, plus a fun zing-tastic read along with Drac.  Families can enjoy all the frightful fun with a “Plan Your Own Spook-tacular Sleepover” feature and “Vampire Make Over: Mavis and Drac Tutorial,” and go behind-the-scenes to explore the amazing talent who bring these characters to life in “Behind the Screams – The Voices of Hotel Transylvania 3.

 HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 is directed by three-time Emmy®-winning director Genndy Tartakovsky and written by Genndy Tartakovsky and Michael McCullers. The film is produced by Michelle Murdocca. Hotel Transylvania 3 is presented by Sony Pictures Animation.

Bonus Materials Include:

  • Three All New Scary-Oke Sing Alongs: Sing along to three Hotel Transylvania 3 inspired songs with your favorite characters!
    • “Dennis Had a Giant Dog” – Sung by Dennis & Winnie
    • “Monsters Like to Party Down” – Sung by Johnny
    • “Oh These Wolf Pups” – Sung by Wanda Werewolf
  • Plan Your Own Spook-tacular Sleepover: This feature will give you all details on how to make your own sleepover spook-tacular! From snacks to crafts to games and more, follow these steps to create a Hotel T sleep-over with your friends and family, the perfect setting to binge watch all 3 Hotel Transylvania movies.
  • Vampire Make Over: Mavis and Drac Tutorial: Learn how to turn yourself into your favorite Hotel Transylvania 3 characters.
  • Behind the Screams – The Voices of Hotel Transylvania 3Step behind the “screams” with the returning stars and hilarious new cast to see how these characters are brought to life in the recording booth.
  • Johnny’s Home Movies (Franchise Recap): Johnny brings viewers up to speed on what’s happened in the Hotel Transylvania franchise so far.
  • “I See Love” Monster Dance Party Dance Along: Get up and get moving to this haunting monster mash.
  • Drac’s Zing-tastic Read Along: It’s storytime with your favorite characters have a silly tale about Drac’s search for a Zing!  Read along or sit back and enjoy!
  • Two Mini Movies (rated G): Two mini-features that will have you howling.
    • Puppy
    • Goodnight Mr. Foot

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 has a run time of approximately 97 minutes and is rated PG for some action and rude humor.



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Sony Pictures Animation produces a variety of animated and family entertainment for audiences around the world, including comedy hit franchises such as The SmurfsCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Hotel Transylvania. Next for the division are Genndy Tartakovsky’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, in theaters now; the groundbreaking animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse from the minds of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller in December 2018; the original feature comedy The Mitchells Vs. The Machines in January 2020; and the animated musical Vivo, featuring original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, in November 2020. Sony Pictures Animation, which was founded in 2002, is a division of the Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group.