Archives for December 2018

Kris Kringle, Dec. 26th Pet of the Week!

Little Kris Kringle is but 4 months old and so wanted a home for Christmas. But his namesake, aka Mr. Claus (that’s his white glove holding the little guy), said, “Little fellow, two things: First, pets aren’t gifts like video games and sweaters, so I’m not leaving you under someone’s tree. Second, the home that will take you—or any needy pet—would be so grand that even I can’t deliver it. That’s up to a special human.” If you know anyone that special, take them to meet Kris Kringle on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Or you come yourself. Ask for ID#A614731.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village. 

Last Minute Book Gift Suggestions!

Here are a few more Book Gift Suggestions!

Do you have a kid who loves Sports? This one is sure to be a hit!

THE UNITED STATES OF SPORTS (SI Kids Books /ages 8+) is the absolute perfect gift for kids: it goes state-by-state to share cool factoids and stats about teams & players, and includes tons of interesting graphics and illustrations.
 
The local heroes and special sites of our home (and adopted!) states make us into the sports fans we are. In this novel look at American sports, readers will journey from state to state poring over maps, illustrations, photos, fact panels, and details galore that show where all the important and wacky sports sites are found—from halls of fame and great stadiums to birthplaces of famous athletes, Olympic cities, and so much more.  This book is really interesting and a must for kids ages 8+ who love sports!
You can find it at Target, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.
This next one is sure to be a hit for the little younger kid who loves Basketball!
It’s a basketball book from Sports Illustrated Kids’ Books: MY FIRST BOOK OF BASKETBALL
This is the perfect introductory book for young readers interested in the sport, and for basketball-loving parents to use to share their passion with their kids.  Recommended for ages 3-6.

This is the sixth book in the bestselling Rookie Books series (previous titles have focused on lacrosse, football, baseball, hockey, & soccer), and is the perfect way to introduce beginning readers to the plays, positions, and basics of basketball through a visual retelling of a professional game. 
Look for it at bookstores near you! Also, can be found on Amazon.com.
This next one is a delightful book! I also found it inspiring for young children.
 WHEN YOU GROW UP TO VOTE by Eleanor Roosevelt
Originally released in 1932, we are republishing the First Lady’s children’s book with new illustrations by critically acclaimed and beloved illustrator, Grace Lin, whose diverse illustrations help promote the message that everyone can and should participate.


This book is a great introduction to the basics of our government and the perfect way to talk to young readers about how they can make a difference.
Find it at bookstores near you and also on Amazon.com.
Happy Holidays!
Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the above books. The cover images were also provided and I only feature books that I recommend. 

Entenmann’s® and BUMBLEBEE have teamed up! Don’t miss this special promotion! Bumblebee in Theaters today and don't miss our special giveaway opportunity!

      

Have you tried Entenmann’s Little Bites Yet? I love the Chocolate Chip ones and all the flavors are a big hit with my family! Entenmann’s® Little Bites® muffins are pre-portioned pouches of delicious baked snacks made with real ingredients like blueberries, strawberries and bananas..and our favorite..chocolate chips! 🙂

Have you heard of the upcoming Bumblebee movie? In partnership with BUMBLEBEE, Entenmann’s® is launching a fun offer to celebrate the theatrical release!
From now through January 5, 2019, with the purchase of three Entenmann’s® Little Bites® muffins, eight count donuts or Entenmann’s® Minis, fans will receive $5.00 off a movie ticket to see the film! Now, how cool is that?!

More info:

Entenmann’s® makes a variety of delicious, cake style donuts such as Rich Chocolate Frosted, Crumb and Powdered. Entenmann’s® Minis feature the same deliciousness and quality you know and love from classic Entenmann’s® products, only smaller and individually wrapped.

For more information about the promotion, please visit www.littlebites.com/bumblebeemovie

BUMBLEBEE IN THEATERS DECEMBER 21

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.  When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a $25 virtual Visa gift card and (3) coupons for $5.00 off the purchase of Entenmann’s® Little Bites® muffins. To enter leave a comment below telling us your favorite Entenmann’s® Little Bites® muffins flavor! Deadline to enter is December 28th, 2018 at noon PST. U.S. Residents only, please. 

Self Disclosure: I have received some form of compensation and free coupons to post. The logo was also provided. SoCal City Kids is responsible for the giveaway and that Entenmann’s® is only providing the $25 virtual Visa gift card and (3) coupons for $5.00 off the purchase of Entenmann’s® Little Bites® muffins

Win, Win, Win from Tree Hut!

 Talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres, recently announced her favorite products for fall — and Tree Hut’s Shea Sugar Scrub was on the list! Would you like to have a chance to win Tree Hut’s end of year giveaway – a scrub haul + a $250 Walmart Gift Card? Sounds pretty great to me!

Consumers have to @TreeHut on Instagram and click the link in their profile to enter their email! Hurry, the giveaway ‪ends December 28th! The winner will be posted on @TreeHut’s Instagram Account and is for US only residents!

I recently had the chance to try out some of their products and love them! My favorite is the Tree Hut Shea Moisturizing Body Lotion in Tropical Mango! It smells great and leaves my skin feeling hydrated! Tree Hut’s Shea Sugar Scrub is pretty terrific too! 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images and giveaway info was also provided. No compensation was received to post. SoCal City Kids is not affiliated with the giveaway. 

Beauty Holiday Gift Suggestions!

Here are some of my favorite beauty items this Holiday season! They would also make great stocking stuffers!

Colgate Optic White Stain-Less White toothpaste!

The Colgate® Optic White ® Stain-Less White™ Toothpaste helps remove those unwanted dark stains caused by coffee, wine & soda, with continued use. It starts working in 3 days.

·         This formula is professionally designed with Hydrogen Peroxide for deep set stains removal.

·         In addition to being safe for daily use, this product protects your enamel and contains anti-cavity fluoride protection.

·         Suggested retail price: 3.0 oz toothpaste for $4.99 – $5.99

·         Availability: Mass, Food and Drug stores nationwide

 

I love these fabulous Hair Products from COTY products!

Sebastian Professional:

  • Shaper Plus Hairspray
  • Shaper Zero Gravity Hairspray

I love how well these really work! My hair stays in place and doesn’t feel totally stiff! They would also be great as stocking stuffers! Find out more here!

You can find them online and in many stores such as Walmart!

I love these products from the Wella Professional line up!

Wella Professionals:

  • EIMI Perfect Me
  • EIMI Sugar Lift
  • EIMI Stay Firm

My favorite is the EIMI Perfect Me because it is lightweight and adds shine to my hair!

Find out more here! 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images were also provided. No additional compensation was received. 

 

Last Minute Holiday Gift Suggestions!

Looking for some more gift ideas?

Kids will love building with these! Strictly Briks provides educational toys that allow children to dream, create, build and imagine amazing things – all while helping them grow into engineers, designers, inventors, and problem solvers. They really can get quite creative with these!

They will also love these!

Geomagworld
When it comes to STEM toys, not all are created equal. One brand stands above the rest for its inspired, magical product line that uniquely engages children of all ages. Geomagworld is the internationally award-winning brand with different product lines for ages 18 months- 8+. These Swiss-made products help children develop and train their minds, imagination and curiosity through the science of magnetic construction. All Geomagworld products are based on the free building philosophy which encourages creativity and promotes freedom play to increase fine motor skills. Their products are available in specialty stores throughout the U.S., as well as online at amazon.comtarget.com and walmart.com.

The Cube- Next Generation of Rubik’s Cube
These aren’t the same cubes you used to buy as gifts 30 years ago. This hot new agreatlife speed cube incorporates a generation’s worth of ideas to help solve the cubes you may have tried in the past. With this new, magic 3-D puzzle and the included online solution guide you can solve it twice as fast. It is a fun, inexpensive and unique gift for everyone… perfect for kids, teens and adults especially on long car trips or plane rides. $12; https://agreatlifebrand.com and available on amazon.com.

These next ones are perfect for Toddlers and Babies!

    

New Toys from PBS KIDS, Available Exclusively at Whole Foods are sure to be a hit! I love the Classic Alphabet Blocks!

In time for the 2018 holiday season, PBS KIDS has announced a variety of new toys in partnership with Whole Foods Market. Promoting imaginative and active play, these toys help children explore important concepts such as sorting, shapes and colors. Look for them at a Whole Foods near you!!

The expanded collection of PBS KIDS products – available exclusively at Whole Foods locations nationwide – features wooden toys such as Avocado Castanets and Chunky Puzzles, and exclusive matching games such as Wheels and Squeals and Robot Wrangler from LeapYear. Additionally, PBS KIDS will debut five new plush animals, made by Aurora.

Looking for a Turntable?

The new AT-LP60SPBK-BT wireless turntable and speaker system makes a perfect gift for anyone who wants to get started with vinyl listening — or rediscover their record collection. The AT-LP60SPBK-BT (SRP: US$199.00) comes with everything needed to listen to records including a fully automatic AT-LP60-BT turntable with pre-mounted Dual Moving Magnet™ high-quality cartridge plus a Bluetooth stereo rechargeable speaker and accessories.

The turntable provides 33-1/3 and 45RPM vinyl playback through the included speaker, which can be placed up to 30 feet away and even in another room. The turntable will also play records through other compatible Bluetooth wireless speakers, headphones and playback devices. The AT-LP60BT can also be used as a conventional wired turntable and has a built-in switchable phono preamp for compatibility with the widest range of audio systems.

The compact rechargeable speaker features two 1.75-inch full-range drivers and a passive radiator in an aluminum enclosure for clear, powerful sound with enhanced bass. The speaker has buttons for controlling music playback and a mic that allows making calls from a smartphone. It includes a stand, AUX audio jack and a card slot for playing music from a TF or microSD card.

Are you looking for some other great games for kids? You can also buy some of the classic favorites such as Monopoly! It’s truly been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl!

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

Christmas Dining Aboard the Queen Mary Offers Gourmet Holiday Cuisine and Spectacular Views Bring the family together for exquisite holiday dining aboard the historic ocean liner this Christmas

This holiday season the Queen Mary, the historic ocean liner turned hotel and attraction, is offering special holiday menus in all of her famous restaurants: Sir Winston’s, the Chelsea and the Promenade Cafe. The staff of award-winning chefs will prepare festive cuisine while guests enjoy fine wines and spirits, impeccable service and breathtaking views of the Long Beach coastline.

In the Grand Salon, the ship’s original first-class dining area, guests can experience 50 unique global dishes at the nationally renowned Christmas Day Brunch. The Christmas Day brunch menu includes:

  • Rise n Shine StationSeasonal sliced fruit & berries, Vanilla yogurt, Homemade granola, Country potatoes, Corned beef hash, Applewood smoked bacon, Sausage links, Chicken Jalapeno andouille and bangers, Eggs Benedict, Huevos Rancheros, Freshly baked pastries, pancakes, waffles, and an omelet and eggs to order station.
  • Carving Station: Prime rib with au jus, Pork Roast with Tangy Orange Sauce,  Rosemary marinated Turkey and gravy, Apple sage dressing, Candied sweet Potato casserole, Roasted Garlic Yukon gold mashed potatoes, and Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Maple Glazed Bacon
  • Ocean Bounty Station: Chilled mussels, Clams, Cocktail shrimp, Alaskan Red King crab legs, Smoked Salmon, Whole Poached Salmon Serpentine, Freshly Shucked Oyster with lemon and horseradish sauce.
  • California Bistro Station: Domestic & Imported Artisan Cheeses, Sunomono salad with Cucumbers, carrots and onions, Shanghai Chicken salad with cabbage, cucumber, tomatoes, wonton strips, and sesame dressing
  • Street Taco Station: Chicken Tinga, Carnitas Pastor, Beef Birria, Pico de gallo, Citrus slaw, Salsa molcajete, Onion, Tomatoes, Cilantro, Queso Fresco, Avocado Crema, Choice of corn or flour tortillas, Spanish rice, black beans.
  • Asian Station: Sweet Garlic Shrimp, BBQ ribs, Yakisoba Noodles, Fried Rice
  • Italian Station: Antipasto, Caesar and Caprese salad, Grilled vegetables, Tomato Florentine soup, Tortellini Carbonara, Penne pasta with San Marzano Tomato sauce and vegetables
  • Patisserie Station: Chocolate & Red Velvet Yule Logs, Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Truffles, Assorted Christmas Pies, California Fruit Tart, Cupcakes, Macaroons, Assorted Mini Cheesecake, Chocolate Raspberry Towers

Brunch prices start at $69.00 per person, $79.00 per person with champagne. Children ages 4 -11 can dine for $24.00. Christmas Day brunch is served from 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling (562) 499-1606 or https://www.queenmary.com/book-now/table/.

At the Promenade Cafe, guests can delight in a traditional Christmas three-course meal for $34.00 per person.

The Promenade Cafe Christmas Eve pre-fixe menu includes:

  • Choice of Clam Chowder or Promenade Autumn House Salad roasted pepitas, goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and raspberry vinaigrette
  • Choice of Brown Sugar Glazed Ham roasted new potatoes, glazed root vegetables, holiday dressing or Grilled Salmon Fillet lemon butter, wild rice pilaf, glazed root vegetables
  • Choice of Eggnog Creme Brulee with chantilly cream, berries or Dutch Apple Pie with caramel sauce and vanilla cream

The Promenade Cafe Christmas Day pre-fixe menu includes:

  • Choice of Clam Chowder or Promenade Autumn House Salad roasted pepitas, goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and raspberry vinaigrette
  • Choice of Roasted Turkey Dinner with holiday dressing, giblet gravy, yukon potatoes, glazed root vegetables or Roasted Prime Rib with mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, glazed carrots and rosemary au jus
  • Dessert includes Christmas Yule Log with Chantilly cream and berries

The three-course Christmas Day and Eve pre-fixe menus will be served in the Promenade Cafe from 11:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.  Breakfast is served in the Promenade Cafe from 6:30 a.m through 11:00 a.m. To make reservations for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, call (562) 499-1657 or visit https://www.queenmary.com/book-now/table/.

At Chelsea Chowder House & Bar guests can enjoy a four-course meal complete with roast prime rib and Christmas favorites for $48.00 per person.
The Chelsea Chowder House & Bar Christmas Eve pre-fixe menu includes:

  • Choice of Clam Chowder, Lobster Bisque, Loaded Baked Potato Soup or Promenade Autumn House Salad
  • Choice of Brown Sugar Glazed Ham roasted new potatoes, glazed root vegetables, holiday dressing or Grilled Salmon Fillet lemon butter, wild rice pilaf, glazed root vegetables
  • Choice of Eggnog Creme Brulee with chantilly cream, berries or Peppermint Chocolate Bread Pudding with bourbon caramel

The Christmas Day pre-fixe menu includes:

  • Choice of Shrimp Cocktaizesty cocktail sauce, lemon or Mushroom Tart tomato coulis, phyllo dough
  • Choice of Signature Chelsea Chowder or Promenade Autumn House Salad
  • Choice of Roasted Turkey Dinner holiday dressing, giblet gravy, yukon potatoes, glazed root vegetables or  Roasted Prime Rib mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, glazed carrots, rosemary au jus
  • Peppermint Chocolate Creme Brulee with chantilly cream, berries

The four-course Christmas Day and Eve pre-fixe menus will be served in Chelsea Chowder House & Bar from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. To make reservations for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, call (562) 499-1657 or visit https://www.queenmary.com/book-now/table/.

At Sir Winston’s Restaurant & Lounge, the Queen Mary’s award-winning dining experience features a five-course culinary extravaganza for $79.00 per person.
The Christmas Eve pre-fixe is served from 5:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. and includes:

  • First Course – Roasted Sweet Potato Soup spiced pepitas
  • Second Course –  Petite Greens and Baby Endive Salad golden raisins, candied walnut, mint vinaigrette
  • Intermezzo – Pink Champagne Sorbet
  • Main Course –  Roasted Prime Rib mashed potatoes, charred cream corn, asparagus, au jus or Vegetable Wellington truffle mash potato, grilled vegetables
  • Dessert – Peppermint Chocolate Molten Lava cherry coulis or Red Velvet-Chocolate Ganache berry compote

The pre-fixe menu is served from 12:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. on Christmas Day and includes:

  • First Course – Roasted Sweet Potato Soup roasted pepitas or Lobster Bisque crème fraiche
  • Second Course – Arugula and Frizee Salad fig, cabrales cheese, cherry tomatoes, balsamic vinaigrette or Petite Greens and Baby Endive Salad golden raisins, candied walnut, mint vinaigrette
  • Intermezzo – Peach Sorbet
  • Main Course – Roasted Prime Rib mashed potatoes, creamed corn, glazed carrots, rosemary au jus or Crispy Skin Salmon roasted fingerling potato, winter vegetables, bacon corn coulis or Chicken Coq Au Vin cipollini onions, carrots, pee wee potatoes, red wine broth, herbs or Vegetable Wellington truffle mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables
  • Dessert – Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake cherry coulis or Red Velvet-Chocolate Ganache berry compote

Children can delight in a delectable three-course menu offering on Christmas Day. Menu items include:

  • Choice of Garden salad or Fresh fruit
  • Choice of Filet Mignon $25.00, Salmon $21.00, Chicken Alfredo $19.00, Chicken Tenders $17.00, or Macaroni and Cheese $17.00
  • Choice of Chocolate cake or Ice cream

The five-course pre-fixe Christmas Eve menu will be served from 5:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. and the Christmas Day pre-fixe menu will be served from 12:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. To make reservations at Sir Winston’s Restaurant and Lounge, call (562) 499-1657 or visit http://www.queenmary.com/book-now/table/

Self-parking at Queen Mary is $8.00. Valet is $15.00 for up to three hours for all venues except for Sir Winston Restaurant & Lounge, which provides complimentary parking. All prices are exclusive of choice of beverage, tax and gratuity. For more information or for reservations, visit www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.

 
WHEN:
Christmas Eve Hours

  • Promenade Cafe
    • Breakfast 6:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Lunch 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Regular Menu & Holiday Special $34.00
  • Chelsea Chowder House & Bar
    • Dinner 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Regular Menu & Holiday Special $48.00
  • Sir Winston’s Restaurant & Lounge
    • Dinner 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Regular Menu & Holiday Special $79.00
  • Observation Bar
    • Open at 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. last call, closed at 2:00 a.m., appetizers available 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Christmas Day Hours

  • Promenade Cafe
    • Breakfast 6:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Lunch 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Regular Menu & Holiday Special $36.00
  • Chelsea Chowder House & Bar
    • Dinner 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Regular Menu & Holiday Special $48.00
  • Sir Winston’s Restaurant & Lounge
    • 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. –  Pre-Fixe Menu $79.00
  • Christmas Day Brunch
    • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – $69.00 without champagne, $79.00 with champagne
  • Observation Bar
    • Open at 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. last call, closed at 2:00 a.m.,  appetizers available 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Credit: The Queen Mary.

5 Benefits of Hiring an Electrician

An electrician is one of the most important persons, who can help in installations and repairs of any electrical work at home, whether you are constructing a new house, renovating your home or preparing for the holiday. If you want to install holiday lighting efficiently, professionally and properly, then you should consider hiring electricians who service your area to do the job, because of the following reasons:

Safety

Electricians are experts when it comes safety codes and requirements. An electrician is trained extensively and is well equipped for safety during all lighting installation projects. One wrong step can mean falling from a ladder. With professionalism, risks are reduced significantly.

Special design (Customized designs)

The design and arrangement of any kind of lights are boring and difficult for the average homeowner. An electrician can advise on the best types of lights and make sure that it is positioned correctly for uniform attraction. A professional electrician will meet with you to talk about your holiday lighting ideas. The lighting should reflect your personality and taste. It is important to take into account your landscaping, architecture, and other electrical infrastructure.

Ease and convenience

Having an expert to handle the installation of a holiday lighting is a sure fit. Hiring an electrician means less difficulty. Electricity costs money, which means that the longer the spotlight, the higher your bill in the following months. Some people forget to leave them before going to bed, while some only return home after dark. An electrician will make sure that these lights are on and off at specific times to help eliminate this problem.

Holiday season maintenance

Normally holiday season is extremely busy. Because you have office parties, children’s concerts, shopping and family gatherings to attend. When lights go off it because an unplanned ruffle in your home decor, you can contact your holiday design team to fix it. A professional electrician will make sure that the holiday lights stay ideal throughout the season and take care of any maintenance tasks that arise along the way.

Spare time

Any process that entails installing holiday light is a daunting process that often leads to frustration. Because you can end up spending your extra time because appropriate lighting means you should not have any bulbs that do not work. Under normal circumstances, most people would like to spend some of their time outside before temperatures begin to fall. The installation of Halloween lighting may cut into that time, just like Christmas lighting cut into gift shopping. Hiring an Electrician to do this kind of jobs enables you to have that time back again.

Deal with any potential problem

Besides the issue of safety, there might exist other circumstances where issues may pass unnoticed by the homeowner. These issues are always clearly visible to the eye of a well-trained electrician. Such issues include plugs that show a lot of wear, also the amount of wattage that is necessary for a specific task to be performed efficiently. An electrician will ensure that everything is in place ready to operate.