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What You Need to Know about Skin Cancer

Posted by on Aug 9, 2018 in Family, Health, Kaiser | 0 comments

 Sponsored We are at the peak of the summer season, and it is more important than ever to keep your skin protected from the harsh summer sun. Recently, we went to Kaiser Permanente to speak with Dr. Hege Sarpa to find out everything that your family needs to know about skin cancer. Dr. Hege Sarpa started by explaining the three major types of skin cancer: The most common form of skin cancer is a basal cell carcinoma. The word carcinoma means that its a malignancy. Basal cell carcinoma is by far the most common and is 100% related to sun exposure. It is more common in fair skin patients, and people with chronic sun damage. The second most common is squamous cell carcinoma. This form can be a little tricky, especially in Caucasian males greater than 65 years of...

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Start the School Year Toxin Free

Posted by on Aug 3, 2018 in Family, Green Living, Health | 0 comments

  When it comes to parenting, protecting your kids is undoubtedly the most important job. As the little ones get ready to go back to school, now is the perfect time to ensure they’re set up for a successful year ahead. Sure, it’s important to stock up on school supplies, find just the right backpack and snag those back-to-school bargains while you can, but sometimes keeping your children safe goes beyond making sure they’re ready for their first day. To truly set your kids up for success it’s important to keep their health in mind. Kids are resilient, but keeping them safe from toxins is a responsibility that falls squarely on your shoulders. While dealing with the whirlwind of prep that comes with the first day of school, take a moment to consider how to guard your lovable little...

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The First Step Towards a Healthier You

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in Family, Health | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Hoag Before I became a wife and mother, I was just a woman. My days were full of schoolwork, my office job, the gym and of course, my honey Jarred. I was spoiled with me time. When Jarred and I decided to start our family, I was over the moon welcoming my two sons into this world and have been grateful to stay at home with them. Now that they are 3 and 5 years old, I’m constantly asking myself where the time went. Between breastfeeding, no sleep and little exercise in the early years, Jarred and I hardly found time for date nights, let alone time for just me. It remains the same way, even now that my sons sleep through the night and are potty trained, it’s just evolved into other...

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Men’s Health: Tips for Managing Cholesterol

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Family, Health, Kaiser | 0 comments

 Sponsored As my parents have begun to age, one thing that my mom is always talking about is how challenging it is to manage my dad’s cholesterol. I started doing some research and learned how important it is for men to manage their cholesterol beginning at a young age. While doing my research, I had the pleasure of talking with Dr. Lucio Loza at Kaiser Permanente about what you need to know about cholesterol and tips for managing it. One thing that I didn’t realize before talking with Dr. Loza is that one of the most significant dangers of high cholesterol is cardiovascular disease. Most of the time, when you have high cholesterol, you don’t have any symptoms, and you won’t know you have it unless having it checked. Dr. Loza advised me that unfortunately, many people find out...

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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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Four Fresh Summer Snack Ideas

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Family, Giveaways, Health, Summer | 12 comments

 This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid® The weather has warmed up, and summer has finally arrived. Parents will be putting the backpacks away for the season and replacing it with a beach bag to spend summer days down at the beach. The biggest struggle that all parents have is with finding fresh new summer snacks to pack in the beach bag. The most important thing when packing summertime snacks is to use containers that are 100% leak-proof! We have all been there when we pack a snack in a cheap plastic food container, just to get to the beach to have our bag covered in food. The one product that I have found to keep my kid’s snacks airtight and leak-proof is the Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE containers. They have innovative latches that keep my kid’s snacks exactly where I...

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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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Give Mom the Gift of Zen on Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Beauty, Giveaways, Health, Mother's Day | 11 comments

 Sponsored The best gift that you can give a Mom on Mother’s Day is the gift of relaxation and zen. I celebrated Mother’s Day a little earlier this year by getting a relaxing spa treatment at my local Burke Williams Day Spa. Burke Williams is my go-to place for a relaxing treatment in a beautiful atmosphere. I normally have massages at least once a month to help with the stress of being a mom to three active children, but because of my recent breast surgery at CosmetiCare, it had been six months until I felt comfortable enough to have a relaxation massage. When I went into the room to have my treatment, the massage therapist took her time to use pillows around my chest to ensure that I was 110% comfortable laying on my stomach before starting the massage....

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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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Play for Free on Tuesdays at Irvine Regional Park’s Farmers Market

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Family, Green Living, Health | 0 comments

  Every Tuesday morning, Cecile Wight takes her two active boys to the Irvine Regional Park playground to burn off their energy and buy produce at the Irvine Regional Park’s farmers market. Not only does Cecile cleverly hide the vegetables in the dinners she makes for her kids, but she also juices for a friend who has cancer. Best of all, Cecile loves how vibrant the market fruits and vegetables taste. “You can tell the difference when the produce is fresh.” Cecile buys most of her produce from the Ray Ranch stand because the family run farm is certified organic. While packing bags and weighing, Cathy Ray offers advice about how to use various fruits and vegetables in recipes and tells stories about her sixteen years of farm life with her six kids. “I like selling heathy, organic fruits...

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Save a Life with Bayer Aspirin

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Education, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 I am participating in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central and hosted by the makers of Bayer® Aspirin. I have received compensation to thank me for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own. One night when I was a teenager, my father went out to walk the dog along the beach. The minute that he walked into the house, I immediately knew that something was wrong. He calmly went up to my mother and said the words that no child ever wants to hear their parent say, “I think I am having a heart attack.” Since my grandma had a history of heart-related issues, my mom knew what to do and got him a Bayer aspirin to chew on while she rushed him to the emergency room. Looking back, she should have called 911, but we...

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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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Stand-up for the Right to Have Access to More Organic in the US

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Family, Green Living, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of my most important jobs as a mother is to ensure the food I am feeding my children is the highest quality available. I try to incorporate as many organic foods into our family diet and help to supplement the cost of purchasing organic for a family of five by growing backyard summer produce and doing a majority of my grocery shopping at local farmer’s markets. I am sure that parents like myself agree that we need more organic food available – not less and that we need the GRO Organic Check-Off program to help strengthen and support organic farmers in our community. Now, I am not one to ever be political, but when it comes to having access to organic foods to feed my children, I am going to stand-up and fight for it. I spend...

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Kaiser Permanente Farmer’s Market

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Kaiser Permanente has a strong focus on family wellness. Just one of the benefits of being a Kaiser Permanente member is being able to take advantage of seeing your physician and bringing home fresh produce from their onsite farmer’s market. Once a week, Kaiser Permanente invites local farmers to come to their facility to offer locally grown produce for their customers. Recently, I had the honor of visiting Kaiser Permanente in Irvine to explore their farmer’s market. While I was there, I was able to purchase an abundance of fresh produce for my family, get locally made honey and order an acai bowl for my lunch. The staff working at the different booths were friendly and proud to share their healthy and locally made items with everyone who was visiting the farmer’s market. Once I was done exploring...

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Game Plan for Healthy Kids Mind, Body & Soul

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 This post was sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own As parents, we all know how important it is to raise healthy children. We are all working hard to give our kids the best lifestyle, nutrition, and care. A significant factor in helping to raise healthy children is to take advantage of different parenting resources that are available like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Triple Play wellness guide. What is the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Triple Play? It is a valuable resource for parents that is put together with the support of The Coca-Cola Company and the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation to give parents the tools needed to raise children with a healthy mind, body,...

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Tips for Invisalign Teen Hygiene

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Family, Giving Back, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 5 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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Tips for Keeping Your Family Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

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

 Sponsored Cold and Flu season are upon us, and while the flu hasn’t quite hit Orange County yet, there is still the potential of it coming to our community, and protecting your family from serious illness is vital. Some people think that mild cold symptoms are the flu, but the flu is much more serious. We talked with Doctor Wendy Coling at Kaiser Permanente Orange County about how your family can prevent getting the flu and got these great tips for keeping your family healthy during the cold and flu season. What is the best way to prevent getting the flu? The best way to prevent getting the flu is getting the flu vaccine. I recommend it for everyone unless you have a specific type of medical condition. Some of the guidelines have changed over the past year regarding...

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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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A New Twist on Your Cardio Workout

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

 Sample Received After not being able to exercise for a couple of weeks after having surgery, I was having trouble getting motivated to start working out again. Every time I walked past my elliptical, I just couldn’t bring myself to get back on it, but I knew that I needed to start working out again, so I began looking into a fun way to mix-up my traditional ‘boring’ workout routine. When I started researching workout routines, I was overwhelmed with all the different options that are available. There was one workout that stood out to me and looked like a fun way to spice up my workout – The Cardio Dance Hoop. Once my Cardio Dance Hoop arrived, I couldn’t wait to try it. I was able to assemble it within just a few minutes, got my workout clothes...

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Jumpstart Your Health in the New Year

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Health | 0 comments

 We have partnered with NB Cleanse Many people share the same New Year’s Resolution of wanting to lose weight. In 2016, I was able to lose 30 pounds, and I have a goal of losing my remaining 20 pounds in 2017. Since I have lost the weight, I have more energy and a better outlook on life. How did I do it? I wasn’t alone. At the beginning of the year, I cut out a lot of sugars and limited my dairy. I was eating small meals throughout the day, and wouldn’t eat past 6 pm. Plus, I drank a ton of water. It was going great until I plateaued at 20 pounds and stopped losing weight. I knew that I needed to do something else, and I wanted to lose the remaining 10 pounds before having my breast...

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Preventing Scarring After a Breast Surgery

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Health | 2 comments

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador One of the biggest concerns that I had following my mastopexy (breast lift) with Doctor Niccole at CosmetiCare was the scarring. A mastopexy is a lot more invasive than a breast augmentation, but both surgeries have incisions that need to be treated to preventing scarring following the surgery. The day that I got my Steri-Strips off my incisions, the nurse talked to me about the different options that I had to prevent scarring. The first thing that she recommended was that I use Silagen gel twice a day on my incisions. She told me that it is important to use a product that is made with 100% pure silicone gel to help prevent the scarring. Along with using the Silagen twice a day, she recommended that I apply Silagen self-adhesive silicone gel sheeting every...

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Ready to sweat? Here’s your FREE opportunity to!

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue They had me at free cycle shoes. Never have I ever heard of a cycle studio offering complimentary cycle shoes (clean too!) along with stylish water bottles at every class. This is a true luxury, especially at no additional charge! CycleBar is modern, organized and well thought out. The atmosphere is bright and energizing with bold pops of red in design features. They offer one large cycle room with stadium seating and club-like lighting. Every cyclist knows the importance of good lighting because it not only compliments our physique in the mirror (makes us look a bit hotter while we sweat our buns off). It also keeps us motivated when a drill gets more intense, and that little voice inside of us is telling us to quit, something about those high-intensity...

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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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Girlfriends Guide to a Breast Lift

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Health | 4 comments

 Sponsored It has been three weeks since I had my mastopexy (breast lift) with Dr. Niccole at CosmetiCare, and I’m finally starting to feel like myself again. At first, I was nervous about publicly talking about my procedure, because it is something that nobody seems to talk a lot about having done. After going public with news of my breast surgery, I was overwhelmed with how many women have had it done or are wanting to have it done. The one thing that I wish that I had was advice from a friend who had gone through the same surgery as mine, so I wrote this guide to all of you who are thinking about having a breast lift. This is what you need to know: A mastopexy is much different than an augmentation. All of my friends who...

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Preparing for a Diabetes-Friendly Holiday Season


Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Christmas, Family, Health, Holiday | 1 comment

  The holidays are here, and for parents of children with diabetes, this typically joyous time can quickly become scary. While the upcoming food-filled holidays take a bit of extra preparation and conscientiousness, it does not mean that you and the family will miss out on the holiday cheer. With Halloween behind us, we have a few more dessert-filled holidays on the horizon and there is no reason kids can’t indulge in a piece of pumpkin pie or a Christmas treat. But it’s important to plan ahead; adjust your child’s carbohydrate intake to allot for the added sugar at dinner. By portioning your child’s carbohydrate intake throughout the day, you can calculate exactly how many sweets your child can have to maintain a safe daily blood glucose level. Another option is to talk to your doctor or diabetes educator...

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Choosing a Cleanse that’s Right for You

Posted by on Nov 12, 2016 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

  There are so many moms who struggle with weight loss. It has been one of my biggest personal challenges over the past couple of years, and I have found myself trying many diet programs and cleanses. I have done extreme dieting, and many cleanses over the years, and have found nothing that I could not withstand long term until recently starting the Newport Beach Cleanse. When looking for a diet plan or cleanse, it is important to find a program that is a lifestyle change, and not a dramatic plan with lots of lofty promises. While doing cleanses in the past, I have always felt deprived, hungry, and just plain miserable. Once the program is over, I always go back to jumping on the carb and sugar drain where I gain the weight back, plus a few new...

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Resource for Managing Children’s Seasonal Allergies

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

 I am participating in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central and hosted by Claritin®. I have received compensation to thank me for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own. When the weather begins to cool, and the leaves start to change colors, my son’s seasonal allergies start to kick-in. He will come home from school with a runny nose. I am always looking for new ways to help manage his seasonal allergies so that he can enjoy life a little better. I was recently introduced to the Smart Allergy Mom™ Toolkit brought to us by the makers of Children’s Claritin® that provides valuable tools and resources for moms with children who suffer from allergies. The Toolkit is unlike anything I have seen before and features an allergy forecaster to help track the pollen count in our...

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Making Your Health a Priority at 40

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored I can’t believe that soon I will be turning 40! I still feel like I’m 25, and loving every little bit of life. Unfortunately, my body is slowly aging, and it is more important than ever to take care of myself so that my body can keep up with my zest for life. One big mistake that I have made over the past ten years is not taking care of my health. I have been busy keeping up with my three kids demanding schedules, traveling to see as much of the world as I can, and sneaking in a lot (maybe too much) of work in my free time. But, I am not alone. A lot of other moms find themselves spending their 30’s taking more care of their families more than themselves, and when 40 comes around...

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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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Five Ways to use the CVS Mobile App

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Family, Health, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored Every since I learned that CVS Pharmacy is now in our local Target, I have been taking advantage of filling my prescriptions while doing my weekly Target shopping. While I was filling one of my prescriptions at Target, the pharmacist introduced me to the CVS mobile app. The mobile app has become one of my favorite apps that I use on a regular basis, and these are five ways that you can use the app too. Save Money We all like to save money, and with the CVS mobile app, you can utilize it to save your family a lot of money. Customers can link their ExtraCare card to the app and then you’ll have access to coupons and deals. Plus, the app will notify you when your rewards are about to expire. Save Time As a busy...

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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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Mother and Daughter Pampering at Images

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Beauty, Family, Health | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue As the summer came to an end, I took the time to have quality one-on-one time with each of my children before they went back to school. Since my daughter loves to have her nails done, I surprised her on the last day of summer with an afternoon of pampering at Images Luxury Nail Lounge in Irvine. When we arrived at the salon, we felt all our stresses of daily life quickly drift away. It was one of the most beautiful nail salons that we have visited, and the staff greeted us with a glass of fresh water before bringing us to our massage chairs. Since my daughter was going to be starting seventh grade, I finally let her get her first gel manicure. She has been asking me to get...

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Kaiser Permanente is Focused on Wellness

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Education, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Our family has always had traditional insurance. Every year, during open enrollment, we begin to start looking at our different healthcare options. Since our family has had many struggles with health related issues over the years, healthcare is an important topic of discussion. With our open enrollment just around the corner, I decided to look into the option of trying Kaiser Permanente insurance. I have heard many good and bad things about Kaiser Permanente over the years, but after our adopted daughter was born in a Kaiser Permanente hospital, I realized that most of the negativities I had heard about Kaiser Permanente were false, and we had a great experience with the birth of my daughter. I made an appointment to meet with a Kaiser Permanente physician and tour the beautiful Kaiser Permanente location in Irvine. When I...

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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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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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Model Meals for Busy Moms

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

 Samples received As a mom of three children, I am always on the go. This year I’ve been focusing on my health and losing weight, which has been a big challenge when I’m not home every night to cook dinner. But, I haven’t let that stop me, and I’ve found alternative ways to eat healthy meals still without having to cook every night with Model Meals being my new favorite food delivery service. I’ve tried many healthy delivery services in the New Year, and many of them deliver food that does pack in a whole lot of flavor. That wasn’t the case for Model Meals. Everything I ordered from Model Meals was delicious, boasted with flavor, and healthy. Ordering is simple, and the menu is always changing. The company uses organic, local, small farm produce whenever possible and everything...

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Six Facts About The Benefits of Breastfeeding

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Education, Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored After giving birth to my son, Tyler, the first thing that I did was get educated on how to provide him the best nutrition possible by breastfeeding. I was able to use many resources available in our community to help me with successfully breastfeeding my premature baby, and I was so grateful to be able to nurse him for a little over two years. One of the best resources that at-risk mothers have for help with breastfeeding is MOMS Orange County. They are there to help mothers with education, support, and everything that mothers need to deliver and care for healthy babies. The support from MOMS Orange County doesn’t end when the baby is born, and they continue to offer health screenings, infant development screenings, and more. In celebration of National Breastfeeding Month, MOMS Orange County shared with...

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Building Kids Self-Esteem at Mon Reve Dance

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Ballet, Camp, Family, Fitness, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored Is your child interested in learning about dance? Are you looking for a new way to help build their self-esteem? A chic new OC dance studio, Mon Reve, recently opened for children ages 2-12 years of age. The studio offers ballet, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop classes, and they’ve also recently started offering an adult hip hop hour that is a sassy and fun way for moms to relax from their daily stress. The owner of Mon Reve is amazing. She established the ballet program for children with Down Syndrome. It ultimately became one of the inspirations for Mon Reve because this program helped her to realize that dance is about so much more than just dance. Dance can help children build self-esteem, confidence, work ethic, and more. Her goal is the create a studio experience by combining a...

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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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Health eXpress For Busy Families

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Education, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Last month, I woke up with pink eye. I didn’t have time to eat lunch let alone make an appointment to see the doctor or wait hours at the walk-in. So, like many busy moms like myself, I self-treated myself by using leftover drops from one of my kid’s previous pink eye endeavors. What I didn’t know, until recently, was that I could have gotten a virtual consultation with a practitioner using Health eXpress for only $39 while on the sidelines of my son’s football field. When self-treating, symptoms usually return, which is why it is not recommended that parents don’t see a practitioner when feeling under the weather or ill. Within days, I found my pink eye symptoms returning and ended up in the waiting room while traveling abroad in a foreign country to get treatment. Health...

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Invisalign Helps to Build Teen Confidence

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Family, Giveaways, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

  “I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board and my son has received complimentary treatment.” A smile can change everything. Ever since my son had started his Invisalign treatment, I have noticed a huge difference in his self-esteem. He smiles more, is happier, and spends more time with his friends. He is just one year into Invisalign treatment and has one more year before his treatment is complete. Every time that he leaves the orthodontist’s office, he is beaming with happiness from seeing the changes his teeth are making on the digital screens. Do you want to help your teen improve their smile and gain more self-confidence? Invisalign wants to make that happen by giving away smile grants (complimentary Invisalign treatments.) Entering to win is simple! Snap a photo that captures your personality and smile Upload...

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It Starts with a Smile: Enter to Win an Invisalign Smile Grant

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

  “I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board and my son has received complimentary treatment.” It Starts with a Smile. My son has been undergoing Invisalign for the past year, and I have seen a big difference in his self-confidence. He is smiling more, happier, and has even gotten his first girlfriend. All because of his smile. His smile has given him encouragement, confidence, and has changed his life. He is so grateful to Invisalign for helping him to develop a perfect smile that he took a day off of school, and went to Los Angeles to share his thoughts on how Invisalign has given him more self-confidence. While filming, they brought up the question of talking with girls, and the Andrew before Invisalign would have curled up and refused to discuss the issue, but the...

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Mermaid Yoga Birthday Party at Grace + Zen

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

  We attended as guests of the studio. Last year a chic new yoga and ballet studio, Grace + Zen, opened in South Orange County.Centrally located in San Juan Capistrano right off the 5 freeway, Grace + Zen offers classes for both boys and girls ages infant to teen as well as camps and parties. We were so excited about the party packages they offer that we just had to try it out for ourselves.  And let me tell you, the experience was delightful! Nicki Sulon, owner and founder and certified children’s yoga and dance instructor, understands that busy Moms want options when it comes to throwing birthday parties. Some years a party may be an all out extravaganza; and some years time and energy limit the soiree.  But in any case, as Moms we want it to be a memorable and fun...

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Calming Mornings with TAZO Chai Latte

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Dining, Family, Health, Hot Topics, Recipes | 0 comments

 “This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review.” My favorite thing to do in the morning is brew a cup of tea and watch the sunrise while reading a book on our outdoor patio. It is calming, and the perfect way to start my day before the craziness of chasing after three kiddos all day commences. Before drinking tea, I was a major coffee drinker. I would drink 4-5 cups of coffee a day, and found that I was dependent on coffee getting me through the day. Part of my “new me in the New Year” commitment to taking care of myself, I have stopped drinking coffee and switched to tea. It was not as easy of a transition as I thought, and I was...

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Enter to win a Trip to Australia and Try a2 Milk for Free

Posted by on May 21, 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.” Two months ago, I became an a2 Milk® ambassador. My son has multiple food allergies, and while he is not allergic to milk, it has always caused him digestive issues. I was thrilled to be an ambassador for a2 Milk® and see if the product would make a difference the way he feels compared to drinking traditional milk. a2 Milk® is pure farm-fresh milk, and the only thing it has in common with conventional milk is the look and flavor. The milk comes from special cows that are cared for by family dairy farmers in upstate New York and the Midwest. These exclusive farmers have a heard of specially selected a2 cows that produce milk...

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Packing Summer Lunches To-Go with Bentgo

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Family, Health, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sample received I am so excited that summer is almost here, and that I can go exploring every day with my three children. Since we are rarely home in the summer and spending our days hiking, swimming or relaxing on the beach, I have to make sure and plan in advance of what to pack for summer lunches. One of the biggest struggles that I have found with packing summer lunches is finding containers that will be leak-proof and keep the food cold throughout the warm summer mornings. I recently discovered a revolutionary product called Bentgo that has the ideal compartment sizes to create a “bento-style” lunch for your children in a leak-proof container. The all-in-one children’s bento lunchbox features five compartments, is lightweight, and insulated to help keep the food cold longer. I have found that putting the...

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Potentially Dangerous Nanoparticles found in Baby Formulas

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 Sponsored As a adoptive mother of two beautiful children, breastfeeding was not an option for me. I had to rely on the manufacturers of baby formula to create a safe product to nourish my growing babies. I recently learned from a laboratory analysis commissioned by Friends of the Earth that potentially dangerous nanoparticles were found in all six baby formulas they tested. They tested leading US brands of baby formula including: G​erber, E​nfamil, Similac, and Well Beginnings​ (Walgreens brand). Three different types of nanoparticles were found including, “needle-like” nano hydroxyapatite, nano TiO2 (titanium dioxide), and nano silica dioxide. These nanoparticle ingredients are not indicated on the label. We are also concerned that F​DA does not regulate nanoparticles in baby formula,​nor does the agency pre screen or test infant formulas before they enter the market. We believe the agency can...

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Steps Towards Improving Your Overall Health

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Beauty, Family, Health | 0 comments

 “This blog post is part of a paid Megan Media and Colgate blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. While raising three small children, life never slows down. From juggling sports practice to getting a healthy dinner on the table, it’s always been a challenge to finding time for myself. Now that my daughter is becoming a pre-teen, I find it more important than ever to be a good influence and encourage her to live a healthy lifestyle as she becomes a woman. I’ve been taking small steps towards making sure that my overall health is a priority so I can be the best wife and mom possible. With National Women’s Health Week coming up on May 8th through the 14th, Colgate Total® is encouraging women across the country to pledge to put their health...

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Making Time for a Quick Wax at Lunchbox

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Beauty, Family, Health | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Hey Ladies and Gents! It’s time for spring break and that means I’ll be putting on a bathing suit; you might be too. So in preparation for my upcoming poolside fun, I headed to LunchBOX! What? LunchBOX is one of those names you will be sure to remember after you’ve either read my article or venture in for a service. The most recent Costa Mesa location features great waxing services for both men and women; from eyebrows, to lips, a bikini wax or even a mankini. It’s about keeping things tidy and/or sculpted. On my visit I enjoyed the modern vibe; the decor was fun with pops of pink, grey along with very cool music. I wasn’t sure if I was here for a wax or maybe a lunch with a...

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Full Mind, Full Body, Full Psycle

Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 We attended a complimentary class Full Psycle was created by three unique individuals with different fitness backgrounds who came together to create a full body workout that would be the average spin class forever. The duration of the 60-minute class consists of multiple 2-3 minute long races, steep hill climbing, downhill sprints and strength training. Each class combines hand weights to build strength in arms, back and shoulders. Plus working your core with dips, push-ups and side bends while cycling simultaneously. Yes…I said push-ups while you’re cycling! Intense! I walked into a Costa Mesa office building, to a smaller than usual studio front and quickly realized this cycle studio was a place to work out! It wasn’t the traditional bright, trendy hang out or scene that I was used to with catching up with friends, but rather a race...

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Protecting the Future Health of your Children with Americord

Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in Education, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

  I am a registered nurse and the mother of three boys, ages 7, 2 ½ , and 1 month old. About 1 ½ years ago we received the heart wrenching news that our second son was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma Cancer, one day before his first birthday. This took us on an emotional rollercoaster. Over the next year and a half our son endured lab tests, scans, eight rounds of chemotherapy, and several surgeries. He continues with monthly doctor visits and lab work, as well as periodic scans. Because we know that there is a chance of cancer relapse, and if so, that stem cell transplant is a possible treatment option, we wished we would have collected cord blood from both him and his older brother. But we were not familiar with the program and assumed that...

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Whole Foods Market Opens New Location in Irvine

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Family, Health, Shopping | 0 comments

 We attended a pre-opening event With a child who has food allergies, I do my best to purchase mostly grass-fed meats and use organic produce. Aside from growing my own produce in our backyard, Whole Foods is my favorite place to purchase fresh produce for my family. The company has been growing rapidly across Orange County with one of the biggest stores yet opening in Irvine today. The Irvine Whole Foods Market is conveniently located near the Irvine Spectrum Center off the 405 freeway and Irvine Center Drive in the Los Olivos Marketplace. During opening week, more than 400 items will be on sale, there will be wine sampling by Hearst Ranch, food demonstrations from Mary’s Free Range Chicken, and more. The store has many wonderful features including a restaurant with more than 150 indoor and outdoor seating, complimentary...

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Kid-Friendly Veggies in a Bottle

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Family, Health, Recipes | 0 comments

  Trying to get my kids the daily amount of vegetables into their diet is one of the biggest challenges I have experienced as a mom. My picky eater is always refusing to eat his veggies, and I have to use creative tactics to get them into his diet like sneaking them into pasta sauces, pancakes, and more. Another way that I’ve been successful at getting him to eat his vegetables is with smoothies and juicing. The only problem with juicing is the massive amount of mess is creates in my kitchen and the long clean-up time. Since I am a busy mom who doesn’t have the time to juice daily for my son, I have been trying new products, and recently fell in love with Bolthouse Farms. Each bottle has 3 3/4 servings of vegetables, and they use...

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Three Tips For Inspiring a Young Athletes to Never Give Up

Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 in Family, Fitness, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/POWERADE Sports can be challenging for the athlete and the parents. Young athletes can be pushed to their limits in competitive sports, and sadly some end up giving up on their dreams. My son, Tyler had always dreamed of playing football, and while we were waiting for him to bulk up so he could give the game a try, it never happened. But, we didn’t let him give up on his dream of playing football, and helped to support him on his journey and fueled his love for the game. Once he started playing football, he was the smallest one on the team, and had to give 110% to keep up with the other athletes, but that didn’t stop him. He persevered, worked hard, and ended up being the strongest player on the...

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a2 Milk vs. Traditional Milk

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 “This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.” My son has suffered from severe food allergies for most of his life. While we have hoped that he would outgrow his food allergies, unfortunately, at the age of thirteen, he still cannot tolerate many foods. Milk has always been one of the few foods that are not one of his allergies, but it always gives him digestive discomfort, so he often avoids drinking it. Having a child with food sensitivities, I am always looking for new foods to try. When I first learned about a2 Milk®, I was curious about how it is different from traditional milk. a2 Milk® is pure farm fresh milk, comes from heirloom a2 cows, and lacks the A1 protein...

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Oscars 2016: Best Red Carpet Smiles

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways, Health | 0 comments

  “I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board and my son has received complimentary treatment.” It is almost time for the biggest night in Hollywood, The Oscars. Cameras will be flashing as the biggest stars in Hollywood will be walking down the red carpet while showing their beautiful smiles. Recently, celebrities who have the best smiles of 2016 was announced in a Harris Poll on behalf of the makers of the Invisalign clear aligner system. Who won the award of having the best smiles of 2016? Leonardo DiCaprio won “Best Actor Smile” Runners Up: Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender, Eddie Redmayne and Bryan Cranston A “Joy”-ful Jennifer Lawrence won “Best Leading Lady Smile” Runners Up: Brie Larson, Cate Blanchett, Saoirse Ronana and Charlotte Rampling Halle Berry and Denzel Washington took top spots in Hollywood’s Best Award-Winning Actress...

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Fruit and Veggie Infused Cupcakes via Fluffy Buns Bakery

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Dining, Featured, Health | 1 comment

  When I first heard about the treats in which Fluffy Buns Bakery specializes – fruit and vegetable infused cupcakes – I knew my family would love to try them. Having a food-dye allergy in our family makes enjoying store-bought bakery items next to impossible, but not with these whole-food based treats! The two Mom-friends (who also happen to be neighbors local in Orange County) who founded Fluffy Buns did so to give their children more choices when it comes to treats than the standard cakes laced with dyes and other unhealthy, unnatural ingredients. These mini cupcakes made with real, whole fruits and vegetables. Fluffy Buns uses all natural ingredients and everything about the cupcakes – color, taste and texture – is derived from the fruits and vegetables with which they are made. Chatting with founders, Karen and Ingel, you can...

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U-Pick Oranges at La Verne Heritage Foundation

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016 in Best of OC, Cool Places, Featured, Health | 0 comments

  It’s Orange Season!! Since we love Orange County, we couldn’t miss taking the kids orange picking this weekend in La Verne. It is just about an hour drive out of Orange County, and worth every moment creating memories in the u-pick oranges grove preserved by the La Verne Heritage Foundation. The u-pick orange grove is open to the public on Saturdays (during the season) from 9 am to 3 pm. The cost is just $5 a bag, and my two kids spent hours frolicking around the groves while trying to find the perfect oranges to bring home. Before we got started, we were able to enjoy a complimentary tour of the famous Weber House. The tours are available on Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm. The Weber House is one of the oldest houses in La Verne...

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Discovering Our Inner Beauty at Mindful Her

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Events, Fitness, Health | 1 comment

 We were recently invited back to attend another fabulous Mindful Her event at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. After wrapping up the holidays it was such a treat to nurture ourselves with this group of lovely ladies, there were a little over 150 of us gathered together. The focus for this day was “The Beauty Within” and we were more than ready to find our inner beauty. The event founders, Kelly Lam and Joanne Forster greeted all of us with their contagious, positive energy! We just love these two ladies and we’re sure you will too! The day was sure to expand our knowledge as well as inspire us with such a great line up of guest speakers. We had the privilege of hearing from six beautiful women, each sharing their areas of specialty paired with ginormous smiles. Megan...

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Five Tips to Getting Healthier in the New Year

Posted by on Jan 16, 2016 in Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Every New Year, it is the same thing. So many of us are looking for new ways to be healthier, and many of us resort to crash (or extreme) diets. Getting healthier in the New Year doesn’t have to mean resorting to extreme diet tactics but focusing on your overall health including your mind, body, and soul. These are five simple tips for getting healthier and #StartSmart2016 in the New Year. Stay Active Staying active is key to maintaining a healthy body. Instead of driving your kids to the park, try walking. One of my favorite ways to ensure that my entire family stays active is by going for a nightly walk together after dinner. It not only maintains a strong family foundation but also keeps us active. Parents can also track their activity using a monitoring device...

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Saving Precious Lives at CHOC

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Health | 0 comments

  There is one thing that every parent hopes will never happen to their children – having them cared for in the CHOC trauma unit. My youngest child has had many ups and downs with his health since being born premature, and the doctors and nurses at CHOC have had to fight for his life multiple times. Once you’ve not been allowed inside of the trauma unit and held outside of the double swinging doors, looking through the small glass window, while doctors and nurses treat your child, you’ll never look at a hospital the same way again. Unfortunately, that happened to me in February of 2014 when my son had a major skateboarding accident. He was accidentally struck by a friend on her bike and launched off his skateboard projecting the helmet off his head before hitting the...

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Is it Normal for Invisalign Trays to Crack?

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Family, Health | 0 comments

  “I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board and my son has received complimentary treatment.” It has been ten weeks since my son first started wearing Invisalign. There have been some ups and downs with him adjusting to wearing Invisalign trays daily. The first obstacle that faced was when one of his trays broke, and we went into panic mode. Since this is my first time with a child wearing Invisalign, I honestly didn’t know what to do. At first, I got mad at him, thinking that he was not removing them properly. Next, I began to google every worst case scenario possible. Finally, I did what I should have done in the first place, and called his orthodontist. What I learned is that it is normal for the Invisalign trays to crack from time to...

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Missing Loved Ones During the Holidays

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored story in partnership with CTCA and MomSelect The holiday season is a time for family, and also a time when I can’t stop thinking about the family members that I have lost to cancer. My favorite memories of my Grandma was during the holidays. Christmas was her favorite holiday, and she would bring our entire family together to feast on her delicious food. In the spring of 1987, my Grandma was diagnosed with cancer in her lymph node. At the time, the specialist she went to see had assured her that in ten years from the diagnosis that she would be alive and well. In fact, he told her that they would have a drink together to celebrate a decade cancer free. In the 80’s there were limited options and paths when it came to cancer treatments and...

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3 Tips to Prevent Holiday Overeating

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015 in Christmas, Family, Health, Holiday, Parenting | 0 comments

  Besides virtuous thoughts of goodwill and good cheer that are imperatives during the holidays, there is, arguably, an even more overwhelming focus this time of year…food. Our holiday meals are perfected with each detail and trim from the succulent meats, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, bread rolls, green beans—and don’t forget the pie. For me, though, the holiday season can also be a downward spiral of overeating. I decided to check with my Weight Watchers Leader Susan Reese in Laguna Niguel for some tips to help prevent the frenzy of holiday overeating: 1. Take Some ‘Me Time.’ Take time to care for yourself in ways other than eating. Take a walk, bubble bath, or read a book. 2. Stay Nourished Healthy Fruits and Vegetables Before Eating. Fruits and vegetables slow down over eating, and give important macro and...

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Give the Gift of Invisalign for the Holidays (Giveaway)

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Family, Giveaways, Health | 0 comments

  “I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board and my son has received complimentary treatment.” What better gift could you give to your children than the gift of a perfect smile? Earlier this year, I gave my thirteen-year-old son the gift of Invisalign, and over the past couple of months, I have noticed him develop into a whole new teenager. He smiles more, laughs more, and has gained a large amount of confidence. Invisalign has made a huge impact on his life. Along with a team of fantastic local Orange County orthodontist, we have developed an orthodontic plan using Invisalign and found that there was not a very large difference in pricing from traditional braces. Within just a few short weeks, we have already noticed a change in the overall appearance of his smile. Find out...

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The Hydration Room – Taking Care of Yourself

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Beauty, Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the Hydration Room It’s one of the busiest times of year when all of us could use a little extra care regarding our health. I recently found myself burning that candle at both ends with a busy schedule and then surrounded by those struggling with the cold/flu season and it was only going to get busier.  On an early Friday morning, I found myself making my way to The Hydration Room in Laguna Beach. The Hydration Room specializes in IV and injection therapies which administer a variety of vitamin packed doses; always tailored to each individuals needs at the time of visit.  Dr. Florie DO, MD and Dr. Bales, MD have created an environment and much needed place to get that extra care.  As two board certified Anesthesiologists they are onto something golden....

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2015 Orange County Turkey Trots

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Events, Featured, Health, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 1 comment

  Kick-off Thanksgiving by participating in one of the many Orange County Turkey Trots happening on Thanksgiving morning. Families are encouraged to wake-up early and run at one of these fun family events benefitting local non-profit organizations in Orange County. The Turkey Trot OC 5K Orange County Rescue Mission OC families are invited to give back before this year’s big feast by participating in the Orange County Rescue Mission’s second annual “Turkey Trot OC” event. This 5K run/walk will take place on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 26, 2015, from 8:00 am to 10:00 am, at the Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope in Tustin, California. The Turkey Trot OC raises money for the Orange County Rescue Mission to assist homeless and underserved families and individuals throughout Orange County. Race participants are encouraged to sign up to participate in...

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Three Benefits of Using Probiotics with Children

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Education, Family, Health | 0 comments

  Sponsored by Culturelle®, and all thoughts are my own. Probiotics have played a major role in the overall health of my children. Along with a well-balanced diet, we have been using probiotics as a part of our children’s daily nutrition to help encourage a healthy and balanced digestive system in our children’s young growing bodies. Our children take the Culturelle® chewable tablets daily, and they use the packets while our family travels. Healthy Digestive System Seventy percent of our immune system lives in our digestive tract. Using probiotics can play an important role in helping to support children’s natural defenses. Using Culturelle® Kids Probiotic Chewables and Packets helps maintain “good” bacteria in my children’s little tummies.* Helps To Support Well-Being When kids have a healthy digestive system, they have an overall sense of well-being.* Digestive issues can slow...

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Building Teen Confidence with Invisalign

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

  “I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board and my son has received complimentary treatment.” I didn’t remember how hard the teenage years were until my oldest child became a teenager. All the flashbacks of the struggles of fitting in, trying to make friends and keeping up with the current trends have come back to mind as I’ve watched my teenager try and find his place in the world. The one thing that I don’t remember was kids being as mean as they are today. There are so many more pressures on children of this generation to live up to the social standards of today and still do well in school. As a parent, I find myself constantly working to help build my children’s confidence, and one thing that unexpectedly made a big impact my teens...

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Marathon Bucket List: The 40th Marine Corps Marathon

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 I had the great privilege to run the 40th annual Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, October 25, 2015. This marathon is a “bucket list” race for many runners – it’s The People’s Marathon, a race unlike any other. Prior to this weekend I was amazed how many fellow runners had encouraged me to add this race to my list – by and far it was the race most often mentioned as a “must run”. It’s not a particularly fast course – in fact the last .2 miles is all uphill, which is really kind of crummy from a running perspective. It’s also held in October – which means the bulk of your training, including your longest training runs, are done during the hotest months of the year. So I wondered, what makes this race so special? Yes, it’s in DC and...

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Mission Pink is in the Air!

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Events, Family, Fashion, Giving Back, Health | 0 comments

 We attended an event as a guest of the venue October is the time of year where we are hearing and seeing pink all around us! We were delighted to be a guest; participating in the launch with The Outlets at Orange in their fight against breast cancer and celebrate the survivors. This is the first time that The Outlets at Orange has partnered with Susan G. Komen in their mission to find a cure for the disease that so many dear ones are affected by, in our own lives and beyond. As we arrived at the event we made our way through the lovely sea of pink; all in attendance were encouraged to wear pink in support. We were treated to an outdoor fashion show with models in beautiful pops of pink. All runway fashions were from stores...

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Bike Riding at the Balboa Peninsula Boardwalk

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Family, Fitness, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

  We are lucky enough to have sunshine and warm temperatures year round in Orange County. With us having such beautiful weather, it is important to raise our children to live an active lifestyle. One of our favorite weekend adventures to do as a family is to put the bikes on the back of our suburban and go for a long bike ride along the Balboa Peninsula Boardwalk. The boardwalk is the perfect place for families to go bike riding together in Orange County. It is protected from street traffic and boasts incredible views of the crystalline ocean water. In the past, the boys would always bring their bikes to the beach, and my daughter and I would rent a bike from the local bike shack until now. The two of us finally got our first brand-new Schwinn bikes...

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Family Fitness Fun With PlayYourCourt

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 We attended a complimentary class I’m not a natural athlete…believe it or not. Wasn’t too skilled at soccer, softball, or basketball like most of my friends growing up. I had longed to pick up a sport of some kind. Then one day during a high school P.E. class, I realized there was a sport I really enjoyed, and I was kind of good at: tennis. My relationship with the racquet and the little yellow ball continued to grow throughout my teen and adult life. Even my football-sized husband, and I started playing tennis together. And then something happened…kids. The thought of bringing my delicate little baby in a giant stroller or sling to the court created overwhelming anxiety with visions of the ball smacking my little one in the forehead. I gently stored our old racquets under the bed....

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Women’s Healthy Mindful Her Event in Orange County

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Events, Family, Fitness, Giveaways, Health | 3 comments

  Mindful Her, a unique women’s wellness and lifestyle event designed to inspire and empower women of all ages to take their healthy and mindful living practices to the next level is coming to Orange County on October 24th at the Cultural Arts Center in Garden Grove At Mindful Her, 300+ women will partake in a variety of mindful living activities, including a group wake-up yoga class guided by Jessica Seabern, breakout sessions and workshops on a variety of mindful living topics, and a group guided meditation by Tawny Avonne. The day will end with a “Healthy Happy Hour.” Speakers slated to participate in Mindful Her, include: Mallika Chopra, Founder, Intent.com and author on “Living with Intent” Anusha Wijeyakumar, Shanti Within on “Mindful Communication: Unleashing Your Feminine Power Within” Becky Leonard, Nourish on “The Mindful Mommy” Chef Jenny Ross,...

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Do You have Breast Discomfort? You’re Not Alone.

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own Do you experience monthly breast discomfort? Ever since giving birth to my son, Tyler, I continually have menstrual-related breast discomfort. I always thought that it was a normal symptom that every woman experienced, and I never knew there was a treatment until recently learning about Violet® iodine. The condition not only affects me but also an estimated 50% of all women during their childbearing years. Just like me, most think it is a normal occurrence, and don’t seek treatment. When my menstrual cycle is approaching the tenderness can get so severe at times that I have to move into a sports bra to seek comfort until the discomfort passes. As my pre-teen daughter is closely approaching the age of beginning her menstrual cycle, I have been...

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