Featured SoCal Events and Services

Aquarium Of The Pacific Hosts 17th Annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival September 29 and 30, 2018 Giveaway Opportunity!

Aquarium’s festival celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month and features dance and music performances, bilingual environmental programs, arts and crafts, and a special annual award ceremony. In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which honors Latino and Hispanic cultures, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its seventeenth annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival on Saturday and … [Read More...]

The City of Santa Monica Open Streets Event COAST Celebrates Art, Sustainability, + Mobility Sunday, October 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Coast 2017 (Photo Credit: Jonathan Abraham) The City of Santa Monica’s third annual open streets event COAST will celebrate the city’s commitment to art, sustainability, and mobility on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At this free event, the public will experience two miles of streets closed to car traffic and filled with interactive art exhibits, live performances, local food and business … [Read More...]

The Habit Burger Grill Continues Fight to Help End Childhood Hunger in America For the Fourth Year, The Habit Will Offer a Free Charburger with Cheese for Donations of $2 or More To No Kid Hungry

The Habit Restaurant, Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) is continuing its commitment to help end childhood hunger in America by partnering with No Kid Hungry for a fourth year. One in six kids in the U.S. lives with hunger. The Habit Burger Grill, together with its loyal guests, is committed to changing this. Now through the end of September, The Habit will be collecting donations for No Kid Hungry. Guests who … [Read More...]

La Jolla is the place to visit and Pantai Inn is the place to stay!

   Summer is almost over but is it really ever over in sunny So Cal? I'm sure that we will have our sunny weather on and off throughout the year! If you love the ocean, sea lions and art galleries then I know the perfect place for you to visit! La Jolla is one of my all time favorite places to visit in San Diego! My family had such a wonderful time visiting this past August and if I could only … [Read More...]

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SoCal City Kids News

How to Get the Best Workout on a Treadmill

I used to religiously make trips to the gym thrice a week with a magazine or some fancy novel, icebreaker; I’m an inborn geek. While others are busy being born with silver spoons in their mouths, I was somewhere on some cold winter night with a paper in my hands! Fast forward – the gym. I would spend a whole hour or probably more on the treadmill with my glassy gossip magazine reading all about … [Read More...]

How Accurate Are Online DNA Tests?

You’ve all heard it, and most of you have probably had the privilege to order a test kit. DNA testing is now all over as ads and infomercials continue to flock our screens on the need to get tested. As a matter of fact, you’ll feel awkward whenever in a group and someone brings up the conversation, and you haven’t had the honors – people are testing simply out of pressure from peers. Whatever … [Read More...]

3 Tips for Traveling with Kids

The problem with most of the online advice about traveling with kids is that every child is different. From the differences of age to the fact that temperament from child to child can vary wildly, no one piece of advice ever seems to truly fit the average family. However, there are some tried and tested ways to ensure that your travel plans go off without a hitch, and no matter how old your … [Read More...]

4 Tips to Caring for an Elderly Parent

It is inevitable that one’s parents will reach old age. It is during this period that simple tasks that were easy when they were younger will become difficult for them to do. Old age doesn’t mean elderly parents stop doing their normal day-to-day activities. At this stage, they may just need assistance from you physically and emotionally. If it is not physically possible for you to take care of … [Read More...]

DR. JANE GOODALL SPEAKS AT THE LOS ANGELES ZOO IN HONOR OF THE UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 This Day-Long Celebration Includes Demonstrations by Young Leaders of the Jane Goodall Institute’s Root & Shoots Program, the Flying of Giant Peace Dove Puppets, Live Entertainment, and more.

On Sunday, September 23, 2018, Dr. Jane Goodall, a United Nations Messenger of Peace and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, will speak at the L.A. Zoo in celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace. On this day, young members of Roots & Shoots, the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program, participate in the symbolic flying of the program’s signature … [Read More...]

Featured Products

5 Reasons to Learn How to Play Ping Pong

The sport – the only sport for that – that encompasses the body, the mind and the soul! Table tennis has not only been popular but also valued due to its flexibility. In ping pong, every player has equal chances: it is never a surprise to have one’s ass kicked by a 9-year old kid who’s “not so good” at the game since they only started out the other month. And you’ll be sitting there asking … [Read More...]

How to Know if a Mattress Such as Winkbed is Right for You?

Characteristics of a good mattress – you’ll know it’s good when you feel how good it is overnight. If you’ve ever reached a point in your life where you didn’t see it the least bit virtually possible to hand over your mattress to someone else, then you know you have a good bed. If this has not been your testimony, then you have yourself a long journey. Everyone needs to find their beds at some … [Read More...]

4 Humidifiers that are Great For Your Bedroom

Dehumidifiers help in removing water in the atmosphere of the room. When humidity is too high, it can trigger certain allergies. And that’s not all. It creates favorable breeding grounds for bacteria and pests. The worst part is that such a room tends to have an awful smell due to the molds that accumulate with time. Your bedroom is more likely to be the place that you store most things other than … [Read More...]

Autism Hope Alliance’s Pamper Me Pantry subscription box

Disclosure: I received a Pamper Me Pantry box in support of this review. No money compensation was given and all opinions are my own. Please note, this blog does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your healthcare practitioner.      The Autism Hope Alliance embodies hope for families facing the diagnosis of Autism through education, financial support and … [Read More...]

6-Year Old Entrepreneur Creates Skincare Treatment For Kids + Teens

Jordan Canepa was just 6 years old when she started experiencing acne breakouts. She went to a number of drug stores and pharmacies but never found any safe options for her younger skin. Jordan decided to create her own solution… Enter Kidskin (www.kidskin.com)! With a team of chemists and dermatologists, Jordan, possibly the youngest entrepreneur in this industry, formulated easy-to-use Kidskin … [Read More...]

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 … [Read More...]

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Go Organically Gives Back Sweepstakes!

GO wants to give back to one of 5 in-need schools across the U.S. In partnership with First Book, Go Organically is asking consumers to vote for one of these 5 deserving schools for a chance to win additional Book Wishes, an e-reader, beanbag chair and more.  Book Wishes allow 50 other educators across the country to stock up on school supplies, backpacks, and more for their students as we head … [Read More...]

Join Celebrity Chef George Duran on a Quest for the Perfect Cheeseburger Enter the Jarlsberg Sizzling Summer Burger Contest to Win Big Contest Runs from Now to August 27th

Jarlsberg® Cheese famous worldwide for its mild, mellow and nutty flavor and ooey gooey meltability, launches a global recipe global contest starring two best friends: burgers and cheese.  Cheese fans and all foodies can enter the Jarlsberg Sizzling Summer Burger contest from July 2nd to August 27th at https://www.facebook.com/jarlsberg. Entrants will have the chance to win … [Read More...]

Celebrating 4th of July with R.M. Palmer! Giveaway Opportunity!

The 4th of July is almost here and I know that it is fun to have parties! Want to include some delicious treats? Some of my favorites are from R.M. Palmer and I am sure that these will be a hit! They are easy to find too! I always find their products at our local CVS!   R.M. Palmer is one of my favorite chocolate brands and they have so many different choices! I love their Peanut … [Read More...]

R.M. Palmer has the best chocolate for Father’s Day! Giveaway Opportunity!

Father's Day is this week and I know many dads love chocolate! Some of my favorites are from R.M. Palmer and I am sure these will be a hit with Dad! They are easy to find too! I always find their products at our local CVS!   R.M. Palmer is one of my favorite chocolate brands and they have so many different choices! I love their Peanut Butter Cups and Soft Caramel Cups! I also think … [Read More...]

Media Reviews

Soufra – Improving the Lives of Palestinian Refugees One Bite at a Time

South of Beirut, Lebanon is a 68 year old refugee camp housing refugees from Palestine, Syria and Iraq. Many have lived in this camp their entire lives-- Mariam AlShaar is one of them. Now, Mariam has pulled the women of this camp together to do what has never been done before. They started with a small kitchen from a micro-loan. With nearly insurmountable political odds against them-- they look … [Read More...]

Digimon Adventure Tri: Coexistence – Graphics and Action that Draw You In!

The Adventure Continues...The arrival of the super powerful Meicoomon starts a countdown to the real world's collapse. The Digi-Destined are cast out of the Digital World, and even after returning to the real world, are driven away by people, due to their partnerships with the Digimon. Meanwhile, a cruel fate appears imminent for Kari, who has a more honest and sensitive spirit than anyone. KIDS … [Read More...]

Musicians Band Together To Raise Money for Detained Children Hold Tight, Shine Bright Compilation Album Benefiting RAICES Features Songs by Top Family Music Artists

Hundreds of immigrant and refugee children are still being held in federal detention centers around the country. In response, 33 of the top artists in family music have banded together to create Hold Tight, Shine Bright, a compilation album of 27 songs with a basic goal in mind — the preservation and promotion of love, hope and family. Hold Tight, Shine Bright is available today via iTunes. All … [Read More...]

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Beauty and Fashion Corner

Olay Foaming Whip Body Wash is a Must-Try!

This breakthrough shower foam will change everything you think you know about foaming body wash. While other foams quickly dissolve into a watery solution that washes down the drain, Olay Foaming Whip lathers instantly into a thick and luxurious foam that literally defies gravity. Where other foams fall, Olay Foaming Whip flips. The difference A first-of-its-kind foam that envelops skin in a rich … [Read More...]

Fall Beauty Must-Haves from Rimmel London!

Fall is almost here even if it still seems like Summer! Here are some new beauty must-haves from Rimmel London! Wonder’fully Real Mascara is my new favorite to-go-to Mascara! It really makes my eyelashes look fuller! I like the brush on this one and I love that it is affordable! Retails for around $5.99 and easily found at Target and other retailers. It's available in Black, … [Read More...]

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 … [Read More...]

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 … [Read More...]

Pet Corner

Cooper, September 27th Pet of the Week

C is for calm, cooperative and Cooper! Cooper is a 10-year-old pittie who’s a huge, smiling sweetheart. He loves a chest rub and a nice, leisurely walk on a leash. He’s ready to go home with someone who wants a big boy for company. Meet Cooper at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID# #A609637. (The usual suspects contributed to this … [Read More...]

Pistol, Sept. 20th Pet of the Week!

Pistol may have lived up to her name as a younger cat, but now, she’s just a super-fluffy bundle of lap-cat love. Pistol, sadly, came into the shelter because her owner of 10 years had died, and no one could take her in. She’s a beautiful charcoal-and-white medium-hair cat, and at age 10, she has plenty of years left. She deserves to live them out in a home like the one she lived in before. Do you … [Read More...]

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 … [Read More...]

Brad Kitt and Angelina, Sept. 6th Pets of the Week!

He was voted the Sexiest Kitten Alive (by us, of course), and she is one of the most lithe, lissome little mystery girls we know! They’re Brad Kitt and Angelina, our Long Beach Meower Couple who get on a lot better than their human counterparts. Brad Kitt has wayyyy more attitude and good looks than his namesake and will be your number-one guy—he’ll melt your heart with those piercing green eyes! … [Read More...]