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I Lost My Sister To Ovarian Cancer

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

  Let me start by telling you about my relationship with my sister. We did not grow up together like most sisters. We share the same dad and he was not a big part of either of our lives growing up. However, we did get to spend some time together as children. I remember my sister always wanting to take me everywhere with her and I LOVED it. I was so excited to hang out with the big kids (we had a 7 year age difference) and get to be “cool”. My mom would tell me all the time how Cindy loved to take care of me when I was a baby and just loved her baby sister. As we both got older, we lost contact. My mom and dad were no longer together and my sister moved out...

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Importance of Children’s Eye Health

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored This past summer, my husband and youngest son both underwent two major eye surgeries. My husband had a corneal transplant, and my son had surgery to correct his strabismus. Since my husband’s family has a history of eye diseases, I have had a strong focus on preventative eye health care ever since my children were born. We take our children every year for wellness checks and twice a year to the dentist, but many parents overlook the importance of also having your child’s vision checked. Ever since learning about Kaiser Permanente health care, the one thing that I love about the insurance company is their focus on preventative care, and that everything is under one roof. When parents are bringing their children in for their well visit, they can also have their children’s vision checked all at the...

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Tips for Finding the Perfect Bra after a Breast Lift

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Hot Topics, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored Before having my mastopexy (breast lift) everyone told me that the hardest part following the surgery was going to be finding the perfect bra, and they were right. These are some tips from my experience to help you with finding the perfect bra after your breast lift. When you come home from your surgery, you’ll be wearing a surgical bra. You’ll want to wear this for about the first week following your surgery. Once your doctor advises that it is alright to wear your own bra, you can start bra shopping. I recommend getting a bra that has a full front zip for the second to the third week following your surgery. My doctor advised me that I could wear any bra just as long as it did not have an underwire, and the front zip bra made...

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Recycling Tips for Families in the New Year

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sample received/affiliate Ever since my youngest son started at a Waldorf School, he has been learning more and more about how he can better care for our environment. He has been sharing with our family everything he is learning at school, and we have been making a conscious effort to become a more “green family.” One of the biggest impacts families can make on caring for our environment is to recycle. I’ll be honest that over the past couple of years our family has not been the best at recycling. The hardest part is that we could never seem to find a recycling system for our household that did not take up a lot of room and was efficient. With one of our family New Year’s resolutions is to become a more eco-friendly household, I began searching for a...

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Navigating Health Insurance Options

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored It is currently health insurance open enrollment time, which is a critical time for many families. When it comes to making insurance decisions, it can be confusing and hard to navigate for many people, but everyone has the same goal of finding an insurance company that will take the best care of your family. We talked with the area director of account management at Kaiser Permanente about what families need to know when selecting an insurance company. When I got on the phone to talk with John Gustafson, area director of account management at Kaiser Permanente Orange County about insurance options he had mentioned how he had come down with the flu earlier in the week. He shared with me how he was able to have a telephone appointment with his Kaiser doctor who phoned in his prescriptions,...

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Let’s Talk about Adolescent Depression

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored More than 150,000 children in Orange County suffer from a mental health condition. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people ages 10-24. These are staggering statistics. Depression in the adolescent years happens more than many realize. When it impacts a family, many feel that they are the only ones, and alone. CHOC Children’s acknowledges that there are many adolescents in our community that are in need of help, and they are in the process of expanding their child mental health services by building a Children’s Mental Health Impatient Center to provide care for children ages 3 to 18. We talked with Dr. Nadia Torres-Eaton, a licensed psychologist who is board certified in clinical psychology, about what parents can do when faced with a child who is suffering from depression. A Silent topic If mental...

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Fighting the Fall Flu Bugs with Providence Express Care at Home

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Education, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 Sponsored I have found this year to be one of the hardest as a mom. I have three children in three different schools with three different after school activities. Since school started in September, I have been living in my car, spending all day driving my kids around town. If I’m not shuffling the kids from activity to activity, I am stopping at various coffee shops to try and get my work done. Winter coming soon means the start of colds and flus. Normally, I would be fearful of my kids coming down with a cold or flu this year because I just don’t have a free moment in my schedule to take them to a doctor’s appointment to get a prescription. Over the summer, I learned about a great online tool for parents called Providence Express Care Virtual....

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What Parents Need to Know about Sunscreen

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

  We all know how important sunscreen is for protecting our families, especially in sunny Southern California. But with the overwhelming number of brands and SPFs on the market, making a decision on what to purchase can be complicated. Sunscreen labels are packed with information, but not all of it is crystal clear to the average consumer. What does SPF stand for? What are “mineral” vs. “chemical” sunscreens? What are UVA and UVB rays? There are significant differences between formulas and the way they protect your family from those harmful rays. The sun is incredible, however, it is important to be aware of the damage it can do to our bodies, and what kind of products are best for preventing burns. I don’t want to discourage anyone from spending time outdoors, but I do want to emphasize how harmful...

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Teach Your Kids to Beat the Body Image Blues

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

  Several months ago my husband and I started using a new babysitter. She’s a high school cheerleader, and both of my children were very excited to spend time with this sophisticated “big girl.” We were excited that they eagerly anticipated her arrival so we could enjoy our date night guilt free. Shortly after the babysitter arrived my daughter commented, “Mommy you’re thicker than ____.” The comment caught me off guard, because I rarely make comments about my appearance. In our family we talk regularly about eating a well-balanced diet, getting exercise, and living a healthy lifestyle but we don’t focus on weight. Thankfully, I have a good sense of humor so the comment was more funny than bothersome. I responded by saying something like, “That’s true. We all have different body types and mommy’s is curvier than _____’s.”...

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Three Reasons to Try Target CVS Pharmacy

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Shopping | 0 comments

 I’m proud to be working with CVS Pharmacy on the CVS Pharmacy Difference Campaign. All opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers. Over the years, Target has continued to grow to be one of the top shopping destinations for busy families. They have begun selling clothes designed by award winning designers, upgraded their snack bars into Starbucks and recently transformed their pharmacies into CVS Pharmacy. CVS Pharmacy has always been a favorite pharmacy in Southern California, and now that customers can utilize their services while shopping at Target, they have become the go-to pharmacy for families in our community. One reason to try a new Target CVS Pharmacy location is that families don’t have to change anything. All of your regular CVS prescription...

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5 Questions a Student Should Ask the Teacher

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

  Some students love to ask questions in class while others prefer to keep quiet. Although it can be intimidating for kids to raise their hands and ask the teacher pertinent questions, they can learn so much valuable information by speaking up from time to time. Whether a student is curious about the specifics of a topic or needs clarification on homework it’s highly beneficial for them to learn how to ask their teacher certain types of questions. Assignment clarification Many young students go home to get started on an important assignment only to find out that they didn’t quite understand the scope of work. This can be very frustrating because they don’t know how to get started or, perhaps they do a great job on their homework but end up handing in something different than what the teacher...

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My Journey to Leadership with Girl Scouts of Orange County

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 1 comment

 My journey as a Girl Scout began as a first grade Daisy. I loved my troop and the friendships I made with my Girl Scout sisters. I’ve continued as Girl Scout into high school because this inspiring organization has shown me the power I have to lead and make a positive difference in the world by helping others. Challenging myself with difficult tasks has been the most rewarding part of my Girl Scout experience. I take things step by step and learn along the way. Even when I fail, Girl Scouts encourages me try again, get better, and achieve my goal. Taking chances and experiencing failure through opportunities with Girl Scouts help girls become stronger challenge-seekers.
Linking Leadership to Academic Success: The Girl Scout Difference, Girl Scout Research Institute I’ve developed the confidence to try so many things that I...

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Mommy & Me Decor: Transforming Your Child’s Room Together

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Family, Hot Topics, Shopping | 0 comments

 As a busy mom, I know time is precious. You want to do all the good things, but there are only 24 hours each day. Thank goodness for time savers! When decorating my baby’s nursery, I realized vinyl wall decals could jazz up boring walls without draining time. That discovery began my passion and business: Just Sayin’ Vinyl, vinyl wall decals for home and kids. Devoting my career to helping families personalize wall space made me realize something big. Transforming your child’s room can be a great activity to do along with your child to promote creativity, encourage independent thought, and make memories. Here are four ideas to get you started! 1. Choose Vinyl Wall Decals Together My favorite way to personalize a room! Together, you and your little one can pick a message that speaks to you and...

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Make the Switch for Soft and Strong Tushie Tissue

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Deals, Family, Hot Topics, Shopping | 0 comments

 “This post was sponsored by Charmin as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.” Finding high-quality products at the lowest possible price is important to most families like ours. One household item that I never want to sacrifice quality is our toilet paper. The only problem is that in a household with three young children causing us to through so many rolls a week, we are forced to purchase a lower priced toilet paper than we would like. Our family has been using Angel Soft® for many years because of its reputation for softness and having an affordable price point until recently. Every back-to-school season, my husband and I, work on our family budget and discuss ways our family can save. I recently learned that the Charmin® Essentials Soft and Charmin® Essentials Strong toilet paper is now available...

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CVS Health Comes to Target

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Education, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 I’m proud to be working with CVS Pharmacy on the CVS Pharmacy Difference Campaign. All opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers. Target is quickly becoming a one-stop place for family shopping needs. From Starbucks to optical to prescriptions, it has become one of my favorite places to go shopping. As a CVS customer, when I heard the news that all Target pharmacies were converting to CVS Health Pharmacies, I was over the moon with excitement – one less errand I have to run each week. Now I can do all of my Target shopping, and pick up my prescriptions all in one place. The best part is that as a CVS customer, I don’t have to do anything to switch my prescriptions...

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Preserving Your Kid’s Photos with Google Photos

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Family, Hot Topics, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored Ever since switching from an iPhone to a Droid, I have been struggling with how to preserve my cell phone images. Since I am a busy mom, I am always using my cellphone to capture all my favorite memories with my children, and I don’t want to risk losing them in the event of something happening to my cell phone. Like many busy moms, I, of course, put off figuring how to backup my photos until I received a notification on my Samsung Galaxy S7 that there was not any more room to take more photos. I started doing my research and learned that all of my photos were already backed-up to the Verizon Cloud along with my contacts, videos, and music. I was so grateful in knowing that Verizon thinks of everything, including backing up my photos...

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Building Bright Futures in YMCA Afterschool Care

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are you looking for childcare options for your children this fall? The YMCA before and afterschool care provides opportunity for your child to learn, grow, and thrive as they make their way from K-5th grade. They provide daily physical and educational activities like homework support, sports, arts, and technology that allow students to engage in the learning process and have fun with friends at the same time! With over fifty locations on school campuses throughout Orange County, the YMCA is a convenient and affordable choice for your family. Kids can explore interests, learn new skills, and develop cool hobbies with their club curriculum. YMCA Clubs include: Cooking Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Engineering Photography Meteorology Arts and More Secure your child’s spot for Fall by enrolling now. Registration fee waived before September 15th! Registration and location info at...

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The Importance of Eye Exams for Kids

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Education, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 “This post was sponsored by Think About Your Eyes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.” One of the hardest things that I have faced as a parent is having a child with a learning disability. School has never been easy for my younger son, and we have done everything in our power to get him as much help as possible, but nothing has seemed to help. He has been wearing glasses since the age of two because of a lazy eye. The opthamologist that has been treating him over the years was using glasses to help correct the issue. It wasn’t until taking him to a cornea specialist to be screened for a genetic eye disease that my husband and his father suffers from that we learned that...

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I Loved Nursing But it Destroyed My Breasts

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 Sponsored Having children takes its toll on a mother’s body. When my oldest son was adopted, I wanted the best for him. I wanted him to have the best nutrition possible, so I met with a lactation consultant who assisted me with bringing in a milk supply to try and breastfeed him. I took special supplements and pumped, and pumped, and pumped the life out of my breasts attempting to produce milk, and was unsuccessful. Then when my youngest child was born biologically, I again tried to breastfeed and was successful. I was so successful with nursing that I nursed my youngest son for almost three years. Once I was finished breastfeeding him, my breasts were lifeless, droopy, and rested on my stomach without support. I have never felt the same about my body since nursing. I feel less...

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How a2 Milk® Has Changed Our Lives

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 “This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.” It has been a couple of months since my family has switched from traditional milk to a2 Milk® and we have seen a significant different in the way we feel. My son, who experiences sensitivities to regular milk, now happily enjoys a glass of a2 Milk® along with his brother and sister at dinner every night, and does not have the discomfort he once had while drinking traditional milk. a2 Milk® has truly changed our lives. I was always struggling with ways to incorporate calcium into my son’s diet due to his food allergies and milk sensitivity, and since we have been using a2 Milk® those concerns have disappeared. Imagine not being able to have...

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