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Causes, Symptoms & Treatment: Children and Asthma

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in CHOC, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored After my youngest son recovered from RSV as an infant, he developed Neutropenia and asthma. While we are grateful that the doctors at CHOC Children’s have been able to get his neutropenic levels up high enough not to need white blood cell replacement (GCSF) anymore, his asthma is something that he will continue to struggle with for years to come. The doctors at CHOC Children’s are the best in Orange County and have played a huge role in not only saving the life of my youngest son but also with helping to manage his neutropenia and asthma. My son is fortunate to now only experience asthmatic systems when sick with a cold, but many children suffer from symptoms year round. I had the honor and pleasure of speaking with Dr. Carlos A. Martinez, a CHOC Children’s pediatrician about...

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Healthcare Tips for Caring for Aging Parents

Posted by on Mar 3, 2018 in Family, Health, Kaiser | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the hardest things about getting older is watching your parents start to age. As a child, I had always wished that my parents would live forever, but now that I am a parent, it is so hard to watch my parents grow old. The one thing I’ve realized is that I am not alone. A lot of my friends are experiencing the same pain, and some have started to have to care for their parents, and even watched some of them pass away from illnesses or old age. Since I have had so many questions about caring for my aging parents, I spoke with Dr. Melissa Rapp at Kaiser Permanente about what our generation needs to know about managing healthcare for our parents. I know there are so many privacy laws when it comes to healthcare,...

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Puberty: What Parents Should Expect

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Family, Health, Kaiser | 0 comments

 Sponsored As children come of age, they begin to start puberty. It can be a confusing time for both the parents and the children, and every child experiences puberty differently. While raising three children, puberty has been very different for all three of them, and I have had to handle it differently with each of them. It is a topic that isn’t discussed as often as the baby and toddler stages, but it should, so I recently talked with Dr. Barbara Stefanides at Kaiser Permanente about what parents should expect about their children starting puberty. The biggest question that I had before my children became teenagers was, “When will they start going through puberty?” What I quickly learned was that my children started at different times from my friend’s children, and my one son was very late starting puberty....

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From Tree to Table: Sweet Desert Dates

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Family, Gardening, Green Living, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Many families are unaware that the Imperial and Coachella Valley is one of the most important farming regions in the state of California. Recently, I went to visit the area to learn more about the farmers, the produce that is grown and how the area is on the cutting edge of preserving water in the farming industry. During my visit, I made a stop at Hadley Date Gardens where I was given a unique opportunity of getting to learn how dates are grown, harvested and packaged for families to purchase. When I arrived at Hadley Date Gardens, the first thing that caught my attention was the beautiful date palm trees. The family owned and operated business has been growing dates for over 70 years. The owner of Hadley Date Gardens, Herb Keck, was there to greet us upon...

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Fall in Love with Yoga at iHeartYoga

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored As the weather starts to cool down, it is a great time to refresh, recharge, and relax at an iHeartYoga class, event or retreat. iHeartYoga not only offers classes in their beautiful studio with views of Dana Point Harbor, but they also offer a variety of outdoor classes, retreats to Mexico, local and regional events, weekly yoga at a brewery, and even a yoga paddle board class every month. iHeartYoga in the Park started eight years ago with Elsa Stuart practicing with friends at various Dana Point parks and has grown into the largest yoga community in Orange County. iHeartYoga hosts 60+ studio classes per week, daily outdoor donation yoga classes in Lantern Bay Park, and many events and retreats drawing 5000+ students per month from all over the country. iHeartYoga’s packed calendar of classes and events is...

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Fall in Love with Your Health

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Beauty, Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Did you know that October is known as the month for taking action in your life? The year 2017 is very meaningful all on its own; a significant time to set the foundation of your life for the next nine years and it happens to be the Year of the Woman. So, this month was the perfect time to share “Fall in Love with Health,” and such a treat with my sister and daughter too. We left our obligations, errands and life expectations at the door, to share with about 75 other women our spirits, kind hearts, and thirst for knowledge on how we can take better care of ourselves and each other. Kelly Lam, Founder of The Whole Purpose, continues to bring us opportunities to recognize what we need as...

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Keeping Your Produce Fresher Longer

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Family, Gardening, Green Living, Health | 5 comments

 This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid® I have a huge outdoor garden where I grow fruits and vegetables and every week I go to our local farmer’s market to get organic and the freshest produce available for our family. The only struggle with purchasing produce from farmer’s markets is that it does not last as long as the produce filled with GMO’s & chemicals in our local grocery stores. I have been on the hunt for a solution to helping make our weekly produce stay fresh throughout the entire week, and I finally discovered it with Rubbermaid’s FreshWorks Produce Saver. Since we were spending the weekend in Carlsbad this past weekend, my husband made a stop at one of our favorite local farm stands in Oceanside called Cyclops Farms. Since we were not going to bring the produce...

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We Almost Lost our Baby to RSV

Posted by on Oct 15, 2017 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, New Baby | 0 comments

 This post was sponsored as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. After my third son was born, I thought that I was a pro at being a mom. I knew how to manage fevers, colic, and every possible hiccup that I could face when caring for a newborn. When my son was three months old, he came down with a terrible fever. He wasn’t nursing and had a terrible cough. Within 24 hours we were in the emergency room with him on oxygen. I didn’t know what was happening to my precious baby as the doctors worked frantically to care for him. That night, I sat by his crib in the hospital and didn’t know if he would survive the night. He had contracted RSV. I had...

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Fall in Love with Health + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Beauty, Family, Health | 3 comments

  Come join us to share at one of our favorite events of the year, “Fall in Love with Health” this Saturday, October 7th from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm! It is being hosted by The Whole Purpose, founded by Kelly Lam and The Hoag for Her Center for Wellness in Newport Beach, CA. Start the morning off with a guided meditation to balance your energy and set a positive intention for the day. Throughout the morning we celebrate the beauty of fall with three break-out sessions filled with delicious mind, body, spirit pampering of Massage, Cupping, Acupuncture, Restorative Yoga, Meditation and Nutrition and Meal Planning. Enjoy an afternoon with Elissa Goodman, keynote speaker, holistic nutritionist and cleanse expert to learn how to utilize the gifts of fall. You’ll learn how to listen to your gut and make healthy...

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Measure, Monitor and Improve your Skin

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Beauty, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sample Received Taking care of your skin is a priority that everyone focuses on. We wash our faces every day, apply sunscreen when outdoors, and use high-quality skincare products. But, how do we know if we are doing all the right things to best care for our skin? We don’t – until now. I recently learned of a new and innovative product called Barrier Light that helps to show people the condition of their skin and what their skin might be lacking so that we can better improve the quality of our skin. As I am getting older, more than ever, I want to make sure that I am doing everything possible to reduce the signs of aging. I also have a teenage daughter who I want to ensure is taking the best care of her beautiful skin, so...

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Free Yoga at Pacific Paddle Games

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored We are so excited to announce that iHeartYoga is teaming up with SUP the Magazine to offer a few FREE yoga classes during this years Pacific Paddle Games at Doheny State Beach. As well as 25% off a special SUP Yoga class! So mark your calendar, and get ready to have some fun in the sun!!! Look for the iHeartYoga tent in the fitness area, and reserve your spot for a class! Class Schedule: Sat Sept 30th 8am Yoga FREE @ Doheny State Beach 1:30pm Yoga FREE @ Doheny State Beach Sun Oct 1st 8am SUP Yoga 25% off @ Baby Beach use promo code: PPG2017 ​(must reserve spot on line) 1:30pm Yoga FREE @ Doheny State Beach Hurry, space is limited for these complimentary Yoga classes. Registration is required...

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Mental Health Warning Signs in Children

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in CHOC, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Mental health can affect anyone, even young children. As an adoptive mother of two beautiful children, I have always been aware of the possibility of mental health issues. When we were taking parenting/adoption classes as part of our home study to adopt our children, the social workers made us aware of the possibility that our children could develop mental health issues, and that is important to be alert, in tune with your children, and to watch for any warning signs. Even though my children were adopted at birth, I know that they have different genetics, and we didn’t have a clear family history. There have been times when our children have had some minor abandonment issues and experienced anxiety when thinking about their birth families, but we have been able to avoid any long-term issues by working closely...

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Grand Opening of Saint John’s Playa Vista

Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 in Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Families living in the Playa Vista community now have access to the best healthcare in a beautiful new facility at Saint John’s Playa Vista. The new office offers families access to pediatrics, primary care, and specialty care physicians. In celebration of the new facility, we attended their grand opening community event. During the event, there was a lot of fun activities happening for families. As we toured the facility, there were activities located throughout the building, and our first stop was with the LA Lifeguards for a CPR tutorial. The lifeguards took their time to teach my son and I the basics of CPR. Since I am already certified, they gave me a short refresher and spent most of their time teaching my son the basics. My son left feeling empowered that he can now save a life!...

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You’re Invited: Playa Vista Medical Office Open House

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Events, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Providence Saint John’s Medical Office in Playa Vista is opening to the public tomorrow, August 17th, and your family is invited to attend the festive event. During the event LA Lifeguards will be there teaching Sidewalk CPR. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to draw their own picture at the arts and crafts section. Drawings collected at the event will be permanently displayed throughout the office for children to see when they return to the office for their first appointment. Along with a drawing craft there will be a food craft where children can create animals out of fruits and vegetables. Families can capture photos from the event in front at the Greenscreen photo booth. Attendees will stand in front of a green screen and have the opportunity to have their photo taken on a beach,...

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Taking Care of your Heart Health

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Family, Health, Kaiser | 1 comment

 Sponsored When it comes to heart disease, many people often think that it is a disease that mostly affects males. However, women are just as much at risk of heart disease. It is the #1 cause of death for women in the united states, and only 45% of women are aware of this. I was just a teenager when my father went out to walk the dog, and when he came home, he asked my mother to take him to the hospital. The next time that I saw my father, he was in a recovery room with tubes coming out of his chest as he was recovering from a bypass surgery. After his heart surgery, he has spent the rest of his life fighting to survive heart disease. Heart disease wasn’t new to me because as a child growing...

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Is it safe to travel with a kid who isn’t vaccinated?

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Family, Health, Kaiser | 0 comments

 Sponsored Vaccinations are a touchy subject to talk about with other moms. Some moms are very passionate about their position on vaccinations, and I’ve had many friends who have gotten into a heated debate when talking about whether or not they should be vaccinating their children. The fact is that we should have healthy discussions about the subject, educate each other, and make the best decisions for our children. While I am not anti-vaccinations, I do have a child who is not vaccinated. It isn’t something that I publicly talk about because I fear being shamed for it, but it isn’t by my personal choice. My two older children have been fully vaccinated, and are healthy growing teenagers, but vaccinations pose a life-threat to my youngest son who has neutropenia. Weeks after my son was born, he developed neutropenia....

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Moms Helping Moms to Encourage Healthy Oral Hygiene

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 This post and party were sponsored by ACT Kids Toothpaste but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Once Spring Break ended and the kids went back to school, I invited some of my friends to come over for a morning full of fun and friends. Whenever I get together with my girlfriends, we always end up talking about the same thing – our parenting struggles. One of the biggest struggles that most of my friends have is with teaching their children to have good oral hygiene. According to a recent survey, more than half of moms (56%) say they struggle with getting their kid(s) to brush their teeth every day and even more (69%) say they wish getting their kid(s) to brush their teeth was easier. In fact, 52% of moms say they would give up their “me...

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Kobe Bryant: How His Family Lives a Healthy Lifestyle

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Events, Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 I visited as a guest of BodyArmor The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), in partnership with NBA LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and LA Galaxy legend Cobi Jones, recently announced the newest Gold Cup partner: BodyArmor. The event began at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena with Kobe and Cobi holding a joint press conference announcing BodyArmor, which is dedicated to providing athletes only the best in nutrition and hydration. Some products include BodyArmor Sports Drink, BodyArmor LYTE Sports Drink, and BodyArmor Water. What better spokesmen for a product and company that has its motto: “The best never rests. The best are obsessed.” In all they do, Kobe and Cobi certainly embody an obsession for excellence. Introducing BodyArmor to the media pool, Cobi Jones expressed, “I’m excited to see this partnership grow and I’m excited...

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Celebrating a Love for Avocados

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Events, Family, Health, Recipes | 0 comments

 This post was sponsored by the Hass Avocado Board as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Avocado season is my favorite time of the year. Every morning, I wake up and make the kids and myself avocado toast for breakfast. I am always getting creative with the different toppings that go on our morning avocado toast, but there is nothing better than enjoying avocado toast when the delicious fruit is in season. Why avocado toast? Every kid loves avocados, and it is a great way to get good monounsaturated fat and nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients into their daily diet. Plus, avocados contain less than one gram of sugar per 1-ounce, the least amount of sugar per serving of any other fresh fruit. This avocado season,...

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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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