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Five Ways to Help Your Kid Socialize This Summer

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  Kids have a ton of opportunities to socialize during the school year because they see their friends and classmates almost every day. During the summer, however, many kids don’t get a chance to socialize as much as would be ideal. Some students live far away from their school or don’t get to spend time with classmates for any number of reasons. However, there are tons of ways to help your kid socialize this summer so they can learn and grow with their peers. Summer camp Summer camp can last all summer long or might just take up a week of a kid’s time. There are tons of options from sports camps to arts and crafts programs to academic programs that help fill a kid’s schedule while giving them a chance to socialize in a structured environment. It’s important...

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Talking to Your Children about Bullying + Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Family, Giveaways, Hot Topics, Parenting | 13 comments

 We partnered with JIMMY Patterson Books to share this post Bullying is a major issue that children of this generation face. While bullying has always been happening in schools, it has moved beyond the playground to online. Teens and tweens are feeling that cyberbullying is a big threat. According to a survey done by ReportLinker, Seven out of ten kids said that they are concerned, with 37% being very concerned. Having two teenagers in my household, bullying and cyberbullying is something that we continue to have an open discussion about. When a girl in my daughters class was involved in a sexting scandal last year, my daughter felt comfortable coming to me and talking about it. I was able to help guide her through what to do and not to do and give her tips on how she could...

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What Parents Need to Know about Eating Disorders and Children

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Family, Fitness, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored As a mother of a teenaged daughter, I feel it is important to be aware of any possible signs of an eating disorder. We live in a time where young girls feel an extreme amount of pressure to look a certain way, and can easily develop body image issues which can lead to eating disorders. Over the past year, I have been aggressively working on weight loss and changing my eating habits to be healthier. I have started to get concerned that maybe I have been spending too much time talking about my weight loss journey around my daughter, and wanted to ensure that my actions do not impact her and cause body image issues. Last week, I talked with Dr. Mery Taylor at CHOC Children’s Hospital about what is an eating disorder, signs that parents like myself...

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Being Prepared to Protect Your Family During Fire Season

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored There is nothing scarier than not being able to get in contact with a loved one during an emergency. Earlier this week, my younger son and husband were at an evening event at my son’s elementary school, when a fire broke out in the brush just a few short yards away from the school. Everyone stayed calm, the firefighters raced to the scene and were successfully able to put the fire out within just a few minutes – saving the surrounding homes and my son’s school. Thankfully, my husband had Verizon service and was able to immediately contact me on his cellphone to let me know that everyone was alright before I was to see it unfold on social media. Thank you #OCFA for the quick response and great teamwork! #AlisoViejo #OCSD @OCFA_PIO @alisoviejocity @LtMacPherson pic.twitter.com/w1x90f79be — AV...

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Time to Unplug

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

  The infiltration of technology into our daily lives offers both opportunities and challenges for today’s parents. We raise children who have access to vast amounts of information and interface with others around the world without giving it a second thought. Questions can be answered in an instant, commercials can be bypassed so we don’t have to delay the gratification of knowing how shows end, and long gone are the days of waiting for snail mail to receive information from those we love. We have the ability to share our lives in live time and to create carefully calculated virtual identities. These advances are amazing, and yet there are moments when the disadvantages seem glaring. For example, I was recently out to dinner with my family. A father and his daughter walked into the restaurant and were seated adjacent...

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How to Enjoy Life with Seasonal Allergies

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 I am participating in Influence Central’s Ambassador program on behalf of Claritin®. This program is paid for by the Makers of Claritin® and I have received compensation for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own. Once the big rains in Southern California stopped, the super bloom started, and my child’s seasonal allergies started to blossom. The sneezing, started to kick-in making it hard for my children to enjoy daily outdoor activities. Just last week, I took my white car to get a carwash, and within a few minutes of driving on the road, it was completely covered with yellow dust (aka pollen). The best thing that a parent can do to help children with seasonal allergies is to manage them, and one tool that I have been using for the past year to manage my children’s seasonal allergies...

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A New Pediatrician Joins Coastal Kids

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored Coastal Kids Pediatric Medical Group has provided my children with the best medical care possible since they were born. Over the years, I have seen many doctors in the practice, and all of the doctors at Coastal Kids are loving, caring, and have always made my children’s health a #1 priority. This week, they announced that new doctor has joined the practice, and comes highly recommended to be your children’s new pediatrician. The new doctor to join the practice is Kristina Nylander, M.D., FAAP. She is a Board Certified Pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Nylander grew up locally in Laguna Hills and has been in private pediatric practice in South Orange County since 2004. She graduated cum laude from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After moving...

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Five Clever Tips to Simplify Making School Lunches

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

  We are down to the last couple of months of the school year, and I know that I am not alone when it comes to school lunch burn-out. I started the year making the kids creative bento box lunches, and now I find myself digging through my refrigerator every morning trying to find everything I need to pack my kids a well-balanced lunch. When my kiddo came home from school one day asking me if he could buy school lunch, I knew it was time to get out of my lunch packing rut and find some ways to simplify making my kids healthy and tasty school lunches. Making lunches the night before I know that we are all tired at the end of a long day chasing after toddlers or driving our kids all around town and just...

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Simplifying Carpooling with the mifold Booster Seat

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Family, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sample received I do not know about you, but my life is hectic. I have four kids and do school carpool and extracurricular activities with my kids and their friends. Kids are in and out of my car on a daily basis. Lugging around booster seats is not very convenient, so I first purchased a blow-up booster seat. It worked well, but I had to be the one to buckle the kids in and unbuckle them because none of them could ever get the seatbelt out of the belt path. It was frustrating to the kids and to me. I was recently given the mifold Grab-and-Go Booster Seat to try out that are available in different colors. We got a very nice blue one. It has also been regularly crash tested and meets or exceeds the Federal Motor Vehicle...

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Your Child’s Education Beyond the Classroom

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  Many parents understand their child’s education does not end at 3 PM Monday through Friday. Education outside the classroom is just as important as the math, English, science and history our children learn inside the classroom. The question now is, “What other type of education is there that is important and crucial to my child’s social, emotional and intellectual development?” Learning to relate to other people is a very important thing to learn from a young age. Parents try very hard to teach that to their children, but it may not be enough. Schools teach that, but it’s always on the back burner to math, English and other traditional subjects. There needs to be another system that focuses entirely on effectively communicating and relating to your peers. LEARN TO LOVE YOU Now that’s an important thing to learn....

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Inspiring Children to Learn through Play

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Education, Parenting, Parks | 0 comments

 This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own. One of the best gifts that a parent can give their child is the gift of play. Putting down the electronics, going outside, and playing. With my job requiring me to be online for a large portion of my day, many would think that my children live a high-tech lifestyle, but we actually have the opposite. The minute that I had children, I knew that I wanted them to be outside as much as possible, digging in the dirt, climbing trees, and learning through play. My younger son attends a Waldorf School where he learns by going on nature walks, draws his own textbooks, and has a no-tech learning environment at school. Ever since...

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Hands-Free Pumping with Freemie Collection Cups

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Family, Health, New Baby, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sample received I just had my fourth child and now my days are jam packed with kids activities, homework and play dates. All while juggling my newborn’s needs it leaves little time for pumping after nursing to have a decent supply of breast milk in my freezer. I looked online to find something to help me with this problem. I tried a hands-free nursing bras which never held up my pump part enough, so I still had to use my hands which defeated the purpose of being hands-free. I was recently given Freemie Collection Cups by Nuk to review along with a Simply Natural Newborn Gift Set, and it changed my pumping routine for the better. With the Freemie Collection Cups, they say that you can pump discreetly anywhere with these cups, so I gave it a shot. I...

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Getting Help Managing Child Mental Health Issues

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 1 comment

 Sponsored I haven’t gotten this personal on our blog in many years. I think it’s time. There is nothing worse for a parent than to see their child under severe stress. Over the past couple of years, I have watched my younger son struggle in school, and seen the educational and social pressures cause him severe stress. The warning signs started small and then quickly escalated to the point that we were worried, and didn’t know what to do to help our child. Learning has never been easy for our youngest son. He was born premature and suffered from many major health issues since birth. As parents, we felt relieved that a learning disability was the biggest side effect of the trauma he endured during pregnancy and birth, but for a 10-year-old boy – it can feel like the...

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Finally! GMO-Free Affordable ‘Natural’ Yogurt

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Family, Green Living, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored I make my kids a fresh yogurt smoothie every morning. It is a great way jump start their day with a glass full of nutrition. The best part about giving the kids morning smoothies is that I can sneak in things that they normally wouldn’t eat like kale, flax seeds, Goji berries, Chia seeds, and more. The only troubling issue that I have found with making their smoothies is finding a yogurt to add that is GMO-Free and uses natural ingredients, until now. I squealed with delight when I learned that Dannon – yes a major corporation has made a commitment to their customers by making a product that is GMO-Free and made with more natural ingredients. The best part is that the product is still priced affordable to fit into most family budgets at $0.55 a cup....

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5 Tips to Keep Your Elementary School Kid on Track This Winter

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Education, Parenting | 0 comments

  There is so much to learn during the elementary school years and the school year seems longer to a student of this age. In fact, many students lose interest in school halfway through the year and have a little bit of trouble staying on track. Testing requirements seem to get harder each year, and teachers don’t have as much time to review as they did in the past. Although pressure is higher, there are so many ways a student of the stage can be successful in the classroom environment while still learning at their own pace. One of the best ways for elementary school kids to be successful is to work on time management with the help of their teachers and parents. Homework organization Elementary school kids are not ready to organize homework on their own, so they...

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Girl Scouts of OC Ignites Girls’ Interest in STEM

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  Girl Scouts of Orange County Ignites Girls’ Interest in STEM with STEMsational ME badge! Girls lose or gain interest, skill, and confidence in STEM by the 8th grade – a startling statistic made more alarming given that women make up half of the workforce, but only 25% of STEM professions (U.S. Department of Commerce). Girl Scouts of Orange County is working to change this by developing girls’ love of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) before they reach this critical tipping point. The leadership development organization recently introduced STEMsational ME!, a new STEM badge exclusively for Orange County Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4-5). Whether you have a sporty girl, a creative girl, or an engineer in training, STEMsational ME! is all about encouraging all 4th and 5th grade girls to explore how they use STEM every day to...

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Give Your Kids the Gift of Memories

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Family, Parenting, Tech, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

 Sponsored I love to give my children handmade gifts on Valentine’s Day. I love them so much and want them to know how much they mean to me. Every year, I try to think of something special that I can make for them that they will cherish in their hearts forever. This year, instead of making a craft or recipe, I am going to give them the gift of our memories together by making a photo slideshow. I recently started using the Moto Z Droid from Verizon and have the Insta-Share Projector Moto Mod, so I thought it would be perfect to surprise them on Valentine’s Day by sharing my photo slideshow on their bedroom wall before going to bed with my Moto Z Droid Insta-Share Projector Moto Mod. When I told my husband and what I was going...

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Tips for Invisalign Teen Hygiene

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Family, Giving Back, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 2 comments

  “I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board and my son has received complimentary treatment.” Ever since my son started high school, he has been struggling with his Invisalign hygiene. He leaves early in the morning, comes home late at night, and then dives into a homework before falling asleep. I’ve noticed that his trays have started to yellow, and even have a little bit of an unpleasant scent. Once I noticed this, I talked to his orthodontist about how he can take better care of his Invisalign trays. Set Reminders on your teenager’s cell phone I set reminders on my son’s cellphone to remind him to take out his Invisalign trays and thoroughly brush his teeth and trays three times a day. Since he leaves for school at 6 am, this has been extremely helpful...

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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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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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