Archives for September 11, 2018

Evan and Mitchell, Sept. 13th Pets of the Week!

The research firm of Evan and Mitchell say that evidence points strongly to the idea that orange cats are special. Here are two of them submitted for your approval. Evan is a 6-month-old lad who looks like the class valedictorian in his photo, but don’t let that fool you. He’s as playful as a kitten (which he still is). His pal, Mitchell, is 9 years old and would be a perfect lap cat, but he can do “kitten” when he feels like it! Come test the data for yourself—meet them on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A610448 for Evan and ID#A566417 for Mitchell.

Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

ALL-NEW Steam & Steel Attraction Dives Deep Into the Depths of the Legendary Queen Mary Tickets and Tours Available Now!

The Queen Mary, is pleased to unveil its newest attraction, the ALL-NEW Steam & Steel Tour, now open, offering guests the opportunity to descend into the depths of the legendary Queen Mary approximately 25 ft. below the water line. Offered daily year-round, guests are invited for a deep dive into the legendary Boiler Room, Turbo-Generator Room, Water Softening Room and the Aft Engine Room to discover the story and history behind powering the massive ship.

DETAILS:

This hour-long adventure takes guests deep into the vast cavernous spaces of the Queen Mary to discover how the historic vessel steams to life. Guests will tour the Water Softening room,  revel in Boiler Rooms 1-4, make their way through the Aft-Engine Room, and continue to the propeller room to uncover the hidden mechanics that have kept the iconic ship in tip-top shape since 1934.

WHEN:

Tours are approximately 1 hour in length and offered daily 11:45 a.m.  – 5:45 p.m.

WHERE:

The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

TICKETS:

Credit: The Queen Mary.

The SoCal City Kids Guide for Back-to-School Must-Haves!

It’s that time of year! Back to school Here are our favorites for this time of year!

Have a little one in Pre-school are starting Kindergarten? These first two items from Edushape are a must!

Fish N Spell makes bath time a letter game as toddlers go fishing for letters for hand eye coordination and letter recognition.  Toss the “Wet and Stick” letters into the water, attach the bait, cast your line and see what you catch.
Use your creativity along with your child’s to invent games to encourage hand eye coordination, creativity, team work and language and spelling skills.

Magic Shapes…they’re magnetic! Let your imagination run wild. Small pieces featuring magnetic edges stay together allowing you to build tall and high. The platform included in the set makes it like doodling in 3-D! Also great for developing gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and Logic & Reasoning.
Another one for Pre-schoolers and young children is Little Passports!
  
Introduce your child to geography, science, world cultures, the arts and more with the monthly educational subscriptions- ideal for back to school, holiday gift guides and more. Tailored to kids of all ages. I love these kits and my son was a subscriber years ago when he was a little one! It’s a great way to teach your child about travel, different places, and Geography! Find out more at https://www.littlepassports.com/
Back-to-school clothing is a must! Here’s a new favorite of mine!
       

Peace Frogs is more than just a brand, they are a community and a movement to get outside, enjoying nature,  preserving the environment and giving back. And Peace Frogs is not jumping on they “feel good” bandwagon. They have been around for over 30 years with a long track record of giving back to charitable causes, the environment and their community, while creating eco-friendly clothing, t-shirts and gear to make people smile, inspire and show their peaceful froggie love.

They have environmental friendly and adventure gear for all agesloungewear,hats, and cool gear like temporary tattoos and puzzles and playing cards and so much more!

And with Back to School coming up, they are a great addition to the back to school wardrobe of your teenager or college student who loves the outdoors, has a little retro vibe, embraces positive messaging or just giving back.  

With all that is going on in the world today, who couldn’t use a little more PEACE.

The Frog wants you to Celebrate Life, and outfit the whole family in a positively peaceful style!

I just love their styles! You just have to check them out!

Peace Frogs is available online, in their Peace Frogs stores or in a specialty retailer near you. For more information, or to find a location near you, please visit:  www.peacefrogs.com.

      

I love the positivity of this brand! Peace! 

Now, here’s something for Moms-on-the-go! 
MY PHONE POUCH: Are you a legging wearing mama? Join the club. If your pants don’t have pockets, opt for this innovative gadget keeping your phone safely snug to your hip. A simple solution you’ll find yourself wearing all the time! myphonepouch.com. This one is great for the gym!
Reusable Notebook? Yes, please! 
With kids heading back-to-school it’s no question that budget is top of mind. So why not get the kids a notebook that will last forever? The Everlast notebook by Rocketbook provides a classic pen and paper experience that is built for the digital age. Although it feels like a traditional notebook, the Everlast is endlessly reusable and connected to all of your favorite cloud services. Now, how cool is that?!

When you write using any pen from the Pilot Frixion line, your writing sticks to Everlast pages like regular paper. Use the Rocketbook app to scan your notes into editable documents and automatically save them to your favorite cloud services including Dropbox, Google Drive, and Evernote, to name a few.

Rocketbook allows students to document their notes and illustrations in an efficient and environmentally-friendly way, and with its reusability, Rocketbook will last a lifetime.

New STEM products from The Learning Journey are a must for young children this back-to-school year! I just love these and wish they were around when my son was little!
   
The new Code & Learn Ladybug will introduce kids to basic programming and coding in a simple and fun way!  The Code & Learn Ladybug has two modes of play.  In the first mode, children use the coding cards to input directional ques into the remote control that will code the bug to land on the correct colored square within the grid map. Once the coding is completed, hit green to go. The coder will know if he or she has programmed correctly when the antennae of the ladybug light up with the color that corresponds to the coding card. The second mode allows children to “drive” the remote-control playmate around for free-wheeling fun.
The new Code & Learn Space Ship operates in a similar fashion to the Ladybug. The coder will know if he or she has programmed correctly when the cockpit of the Space Ship light up with the color that corresponds to the coding. If it matches the card, they are correct!

Code & Learn Ladybug and Space Ship retail for $39.99 at many major retailers and specialty stores nationwide and at The Learning Journey

I love this next one! So much fun!

People have known Razor for 18 years as the creator of the Best Scooter out there….and Razor has way more than just scooters…electric heel wheel skates, hoverboards, electric skateboards and so much more!

But the core of what Razor is about is getting kids AND adults outside to play for some fresh air and family time.

Whether it’s an old-school kick scooter or propelling yourself with Razor’s NEW Turbo Jetts, E-Prime or Cruiser SkateboardRazor proves kids don’t have to be attached to a screen to have fun!

And with Back to School around the corner, why not get your high schoolers or college students something they need to get to class on time AND  something they REALLY want!

The NEW E PRIME, came out in June is their Lux electric scooter designs for older kids and adults for easy short commuting, as well as some great outdoor fun with the family…because lets face it…dad wanted to have fun, too!

Designed to impress at the office or around the neighborhood, the Razor® E Prime™ combines sleek style with electric efficiency to bring a new level of sophistication to every ride.

Featuring a high-torque, electric hub motor, our patent-pending, anti-rattle, folding technology and taller, easy-adjust handlebars, the E Prime will have you cruising or commuting, where permitted, in style at speeds up to 15 mph!

E Prime Electric Razor Scooter

Retails $349.99

Specifications:

  • Electronic brake, in addition to back wheel brake
  • Max rider weight 176 lbs (80 kg) for maximum performance
  • Speeds up to 15 MPH
  • Up to 40 minutes of continuous use
  • In-wheel motor
  • Compact, foldable
  • About 24-25 lbs
  • Larger wheels for smoother ride
  • Better scooter for older kid/adult and great for commuting

Razor Power A2

I tried this one out and this one is even fun for the adults! I like that it easy and fun to use!

Retails $199.99

Packed with innovation from its lithium-ion battery and push-button throttle control to its kick-to-start in-hub electric motor, the Power A2 is ushering in a new age of performance in an ultra-modern, compact and easily foldable update of our classic A scooter.

Past meets future with the light-weight and streamlined Power A2, packing an electrifying, lithium-ion powered punch with bold style and a quiet, rattle-free ride at speeds up to 10 mph!

Specifications:

  • Power Core™ Technology
  • Speed: Up to 10 mph (16 km/h)
  • Run Time: Up to 45 minutes of continuous use
  • Motor: Kick start, high-torque, hub motor
  • Throttle: Push button
  • Brake: Integrated, rear fender
  • Battery: 22V lithium-ion pack, rechargeable (UL2271)
  • Foldable for easy transportation
  • Age: 8+
  • Max Rider Weight: 143 lb (65 kg)

RazorX Cruiser Electric Skateboard

$179.99

The Razor X Cruiser is a skateboard with an electrifying kick, putting the control of a 125-watt, geared motor together with a lithium-ion battery to deliver electrifying skate action at speeds up to 10 mph.

Everyone needs a power-assist at times, but if you think an electric skateboard is for  – look what our pro-skateboarder engineers came up with.  With carve and turn action, The RazorX Cruiser is a high-performance, high-quality skateboard, powered by an electric rear-wheel motor and controlled by a hand-held remote.

With our soft-start kick activated technology, the motor ramps up slowly, reaching top speeds of 10mph, and slows to a stop with the pull of your thumb.  Even when you’ve run out of battery juice, this board shifts into manual and performs like a normal skateboard without interrupting your fun flow.

Hit your perfect cruising velocity with the variable-speed control on this versatile cruiser, then lean into the lithium-ion-powered, carve-and-turn skateboard action.  29.7” (754 mm) deck length and high-quality, 5-ply maple deck deliver a lightweight, responsive ride, perfect for cruising.

For videos and more info, visit: https://www.razor.com/products/ripstiks-skateboards/razorx-cruiser-electric-skateboard/

Razor Turbo JettsTM

$129.99

Hit new heights of fun with the all-new Razor Turbo JettsTM electric motorized heel wheels! Simply start rolling and these electric-powered heel wheels amp up the action with an 80-watt, geared-drive motor to provide a one-of-a-kind boost to any pair of sneakers. Remoteless, the Turbo Jetts use an integrated, pressure-sensitive, power control system to help you ride comfortably at speeds up to 10mph for up to 30 minutes of continuous use. Simply step into the heavy-duty polymer “quick-click” frame and tighten the hook-and-loop strap for a secure fit for sneakers U.S. size youth 12 to adult 12

https://www.razor.com/products/skates-trikes/turbo-jetts/

These products would make great upcoming holiday gifts too! 

New Audio-Technica ATH-SR6BT and ATH-DSR7BT Wireless Headphones
Available at Best Buy Stores and Online
Make Ideal Back to School gift! These will be a hit with your Teen! 

Looking for the perfect music-related gift for students going back to school, or for holiday gift giving? Look no further than Audio-Technica’s ATH-SR6BT Wireless Over-Ear High-Resolution Headphones and ATH-DSR7BT Wireless Headphones with Pure Digital Drive technology both of which deliver superior sound quality via Bluetooth wireless technology and are currently available at select Best Buy stores and on BestBuy.com.

The ATH-SR6BT combines outstanding audio quality from any music source with the convenience of cable-free operation and a compact foldable design. The ATH-DSR7BT is one of the first Bluetooth headphones to employ Audio-Technica’s exclusive Pure Digital Drive system, which keeps the audio signal completely digital from source to driver to offer never before-available wireless headphone sound quality. Both models are ideal for use with smartphones, portable music players, tablets, laptops and other Bluetooth wireless devices.

Available exclusively at Best Buy and on BestBuy.com, the ATH-SR6BT (US$199.00) employs aptX sound-improvement technology, specifically created to yield improved audio performance over a Bluetoothtransmission. Connecting to the ATH-SR6BT is simple thanks to its NFC (Near Field Communication) functionality. Just touch any NFC-compatible device to the “N” logo on the headphones and the device and headphones are automatically paired and connected.

The ATH-SR6BT includes a built-in mic and controller for answering calls and controlling volume and music playback and its high-fidelity condenser mic provides clear, intelligible audio quality during phone calls. The headphones’ large-diameter drivers and wide-range 5 Hz – 40,000 Hz frequency response deliver clear, immersive sound. The ATH-SR6BT supports aptX and AAC wireless codecs (as well as the SBC format). The ATH-SR6BT can also be used as a wired headphone and offers Hi-Res Audio performance when used with its detachable 3.9-foot cable. The ATH-SR6BT also comes with a USB charging cable and a carrying pouch and its built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 30 hours of convenient wireless operation.

Audio-Technica’s ATH-DSR7BT over-ear headphones incorporate the new Pure Digital Drive system, a groundbreaking technology that uses the proprietary Dnote chipset instead of the typical D/A converter and amplifier, which require the audio signal to go through multiple processing steps that can introduce distortion. With the ATH-DSR7BT’s Pure Digital Drive system, the audio signal is kept entirely in the digital domain from the source right through to the driver, resulting in purer, more accurate musical reproduction with exceptional fidelity, resolution, imaging and dynamic impact.

The ATH-DSR7BT (US$299.00) employs a 45 mm True Motion Driver with a lightweight voice coil and a specially designed diaphragm to improve the driver’s transient response. A pair of acoustic resistors controls the airflow around the diaphragm to ensure a natural, balanced sound, and a layered aluminum housing reduces unwanted vibration and controls internal airflow for maximum audio clarity.

The ATH-DSR7BT supports aptX HD, and other codecs at up to 24-bit/96kHz (up to 24-bit/48kHz signals in Bluetooth mode). It features NFC functionality and a built-in mic and controller for answering calls and controlling volume and music playback. The ATH-DSR7BT is able to deliver Hi-Res Audio compliant playback from audio sources when connected via its included USB cable. Like the ATH-SR6BT, the ATH-DSR7BT features a rechargeable battery and soft formfitting foam earpads and a padded headband for total long-wearing comfort.

These are a must for upcoming holiday gift ideas too!

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the above products and only feature those that I highly recommend! Some images and information were also provided. Photos that include me: SoCal City Kids. Some product images were provided and some were taken by SoCal City Kids.