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Four Ways to Approach Difficult Conversations with Your Child

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  As parents, we love our children, and showing our love means having difficult conversations with our children; it is part of our job description. Many times we get worked up and anxious about the necessity of having a tough conversation and, as a result, our emotions intensify, causing the conversation to start off in a really intense, awkward and negative way. Unfortunately, this turns our child off, and we have set ourselves up for a really painful conversation. Parents, let’s please give ourselves a break and allow for some grace. When we are able to manage our emotions, being open, vulnerable, and honest, then the chances of actually having a dialogue with our child, versus a monologue, are greatly enhanced. It is when we are able to dialogue that breakthroughs can happen. Here are some tips to keep...

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Lemon Glazed Cookie Recipe

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

  I love to bake. It is one of my favorite things to do. My neighbor has a lemon tree that produces some of the largest lemons I’ve seen and filled with sweet lemon juices. She is always bringing them over for me to use in recipes, so when my kids were taking their afternoon nap; I whipped up these delicious lemon glazed cookies that are guaranteed to win over the hearts of everyone in your family. Enjoy making these sweet treats this summer… Lemon Glazed Cookies 3/4 cup sugar 2 Tbl. lemon juice 2 Tbl. lemon zest 1 3/4 cup flour 1/4 tea. baking powder 1/4 tea. salt 12 Tbl. butter 1 egg yolk 1/2 tea. vanilla Glaze 1 Tbl. cream cheese 2 Tbl. lemon juice 1 1/2 cups of confectioners’ sugar Directions (cookies) 1. In a food...

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Lemon Chicken and Pasta Recipe

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

 When my neighbor surprised me with a basket full of lemons, I decided to make this delicious lemon chicken and pasta recipe for my children. The dish is simple to make, and kid tested, mom approved. Lemon Pasta Recipe Ingredients Table salt 1 pound spaghetti 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil , plus more for serving 1 medium shallot , minced (about 3 tablespoons) 1/4 cup heavy cream 2 teaspoons finely grated zest (about 1 lemon) 1/4 cup juice from 2-3 lemons 1 ounce finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 cup), plus more for serving Ground black pepper 2 tablespoons shredded fresh basil leaves or oregano Instructions Bring four quarts water to boil in large Dutch oven (or pot or what have you) over high heat. Add one tablespoon salt and pasta to boiling water; cook, stirring frequently, until...

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle Recipe – OC Mom Blog

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Halloween, Recipes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  What would Halloween be without a delicious sweet treat? Just in time for our family Halloween celebration, I made this delicious chocolate peanut butter trifle. It is sweet, delicious and perfect to serve at your upcoming Halloween party…and guaranteed to satisfy every guests sweet tooth. Ingredients: 1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist Triple Chocolate Durge Cake Mix 3 eggs 1 1/4 cup coffee 1/3 cup butter 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips 1 1/2 cups peanut butter 4 cups heavy whipping cream 1/2 cup powdered sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 12 chocolate peanut butter Oreo cookies (crumbled) 1 bag of Reese’s pieces 1 bag of Reese’s peanut butter cups, chopped into small pieces Chocolate Cake Directions: With electric mixer, mix 3 eggs, 1/3 cup melted butter, 1 1/4 cup coffee and chocolate cake mix. After it is mixed...

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Making Potty Training Fun with Let’s Potty

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

 Review copy received Many parents will often say that potty training is one of the hardest things to do with their toddlers. Giving the kids treats, sticker charts, running around the backyard naked..you name it..most of us have tried it. Potty training can now be fun for your kids will an all-new board game called “Let’s Potty!” It’s a potty training board game that brings the party to the potty..how fun is that? The game is geared towards potty training aged kids (2+) and is a 2-4 player game. When playing the game, you and your child, will follow the toilet tissue trail through the house to find the potty with your guide “rolly.” There is guaranteed to be a lot of singing, dancing and hopefully ending with your toddler having potty training success. My son is almost ready...

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The innocence is gone..here is what you can do

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Featured, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

  The world is changing and safe places such as schools are no longer safe. There have been two incidences in Aliso Viejo within roughly two weeks of each other where Elementary schools have been the target of threats. If you are a parent where your child attends either of the two schools that were targeted there are things you can do to ease the stress and anxiety of this situation. It is critical to know that many children react to trauma differently than adults do. There are as many reactions as there are people. The world may suddenly seem dangerous and unsafe. Your child may feel overwhelmed by intense emotions, and not understand how to cope with these feeling. Here is how you as a parent can help. 1) Faith in God is the most significant help in...

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Guide to Summer Concerts in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Music, Parks, Summer | 0 comments

  One of the best summer activities to do with your family is to attend a free local summer concert in the park. Pack a picnic dinner, and head to your local park for one of these free summer concerts in Orange County. Spending summer nights at our local park is one of our favorite summer family activities. Don’t miss seeing my husband’s band, The Fenian’s, playing in Brea and Laguna Beach! See you there! Check back often as I will be adding more dates as the different cities post them! Brea City Hall Park 401 S Brea Blvd Brea, CA 92821 Lively music of various genres will be presented. This is the perfect place to enjoy free entertainment and get to meet some new friends. Guests are encouraged to bring their folding chairs or blankets and get comfortable...

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How to Reduce Stress and be a Healthy Happy Mom

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 The OC Mom Blog Supports RCAV I am so excited to be back at the Aliso Viejo Renaissance Club Sport. It has been a long time and starting back couldn’t have come at a better time. I am at full “stress” capacity with parenting my 3 children, trying to be a good wife (although I would give myself a D grade in that arena right now), working part time and finishing my Ph.D. dissertation. Normally, when I have been at this point I would stop working out because I felt guilty. I would think about all the things I should have been doing instead, such as; folding laundry, reading more articles for my dissertation, doing a craft with the kids, following up on e-mails, etc., etc. I would always seem to find an excuse as to why working out...

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The Fenians St. Paddy’s Day 2014

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Events, Featured, Holiday, St. Patrick's Day | 2 comments

  I have to say I never used to like Irish music. In fact, when I met my hubby some 13 years ago, I just happened to be bar hopping with my girlfriends, and stumbled into the Harp Inn in Costa Mesa. He was playing with his band, The Fenians. What I remember most about that night, besides the cute bass player, was not so much the music, but the vibe that the music created; the singalongs, the dancing, the smiling faces. A sort of welcoming innocence in the midst of pints of Guinness and whiskey shots that you didn’t have at the dance clubs or other bars I had been in before. That was when the Fenians were just beginning to break out of the local Irish pub scene, playing at the Coach House and larger venues such...

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How to Make Gourmet Kid-Friendly Scrambled Eggs

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

  Trying to get kids to eat a well-balanced diet is a challenge for almost every mom that I know including myself. With breakfast being the most important meal of the day, I have created this kid-friendly gourmet egg recipe that my kids love. Even the little boy across the street who has never liked eating eggs loves coming over to my house on the weekends to eat my egg recipe. Tip: I will make a double or triple batch of this recipe over the weekend so that I can quickly reheat it for the kids before they run out the door to school. Gourmet Kid-Friendly Scrambled Eggs Ingredients: 3 tablespoons of diced onion 2 ounces of Canadian Bacon diced 4 large eggs 2 tablespoons milk ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon olive oil ½ cup fresh ricotta cheese...

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Kid-Friendly Turkey Burger Recipe

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Recipes | 1 comment

  I love to cook. I love good food. That is why trying to lose weight has always been a challenge for me. I kicked off the New Year by committing to making healthier eating choices while still getting to enjoy my love for food. Instead of eliminating my favorite foods, I am just finding healthier ways to prepare them like with this grilled turkey burger recipe. I was able to substitute ground turkey for ground beef, and cut down the caloric intake of this meal. By changing my recipes instead of eliminating them, it has helped me to be successful with obtaining my goals. Your kids will also love this recipe. Best Turkey Burger 1  pound ground turkey 1/2 cup ricotta cheese 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard Dash of salt & pepper (optional bun and...

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Top 5 ways to Incorporate Play with Your Children

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 in Disney, Family, Featured, Parenting, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended the symposium as a guest of Disneyland In the end, it is all about having fun playing together as a family together. Family bonding, which creates positive relationships, is THE MOST IMPORTANT and CRITICAL element of rearing children that grow up to become good, kind, helpful, smart and charitable adults. Disneyland Resort, hosted a symposium where 60 non-profit organizations that focus on helping families, came together to learn about the importance of helping to support families. The symposium, highlighted overwhelming research that demonstrated the key to success in bringing up healthy children, is fostering positive relationships with the people who are raising them. This should not come as a surprise to most of us as it seems to be self-evident. It is also clear that good, strong families are the building blocks for a good society. While...

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Tips for Helping Babies with Diaper Rash and Eczema

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Family, Featured, Giveaways | 6 comments

 Sponsored Does your baby suffer from severe diaper rash or eczema? Healing my sons eczema has been a challenge for me ever since he was first born. It can be overwhelming, when going to the store to find a product that will be effective and safe to use on my most precious little boy. While trying to help my baby feel more comfortable, I have discovered these tips for helping babies with diaper rash and eczema. While I was nursing, I found that rubbing a small amount of my breast milk on the diaper rash would help to heal the inflammation. Now that I am not nursing, I have discovered a product produced by a local Southern California company, called TriDerma. Since using TriDerma Severe Diaper Rash™ Fast Healing Cream, it has not only helped with his diaper rash...

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Razor Kixi Scribble: Five Tips for Finding Your Child’s First Scooter (Giveaway)

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in Family, Featured, Giveaways, Uncategorized | 19 comments

  In a blink of the eye, our children begin to grow. When the time comes for children to get their first scooter and bike, finding a quality piece of equipment is essential for children to develop their large motor skills. Preschoolers are ready to discover the world around them, and a scooter is an ideal outdoor companion for young children to have fun in the sun. With older children riding bikes and scooters in the neighborhood until the sun begins to set, younger children are more eager than ever to get their first scooter. Razor recently announced that they were launching a brand new preschool line of scooters at the New York Toy Fair. Until now, there has never been a product line of scooters that will teach children skills such as balancing and coordination skills like the...

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Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Family, Featured, Uncategorized | 1 comment

  Children react to trauma in many of the some ways that adults do. There are as many reactions as there are people. The world may suddenly seem dangerous and unsafe. Your child may feel overwhelmed by intense emotions, and not understand how to cope with these feeling. Here is how you as a parent can help. Faith in God is the most significant help in time of grief and loss. Attend worship services, pray together, and seek spiritual counseling. Help your child talk about the event. Let them know that it’s normal to feel worried or upset. Try to listen carefully and understand what they are saying. When you talk about the event, be honest. Don’t diminish the nature of the tragedy. Talk about what happened that is age appropriate and share clear, accurate information that is age...

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