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Five Ways to Prevent Clogged Drains

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored With a house full of teenagers, we were always faced with the issue of clogged drains. I’ve tried everything from using a bent wire hanger to salt/baking soda, but there is only one thing that I have found to tackle clogged drains, and that is Roto-Rooter. It has been almost a year since using the Roto-Rooter product in our household, and we have noticed a big difference in our plumbing. I have noticed that I don’t have to use the product as often and that our sinks drain faster. I have also been taking these simple steps to help prevent clogged drains in our home. What can you do? One big thing that has helped with clogged shower drains is to use a hair screen on top of the shower drain. Ever since we started using this, I...

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Mercury Insurance Drive Safe Challenge

Posted by on Dec 15, 2017 in Autos, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored This past weekend my son Andrew and I attended the Mercury Insurance Drive Safe Challenge. Mercury Insurance in partner with The Anaheim Ducks and the California Highway Patrol designed this course specifically for new drivers and teenagers who have obtained their learners permit or will be doing so within a week or so after attending this informative event. With my son getting his permit this month, I knew that it was the perfect time to take him to experience this day of driver education. When we arrived at the Honda Center, we had the opportunity to check out a CHP Patrol Car and a CHP motorcycle. These vehicles are impressive to take a look at especially when the officers that drive them are there to tell you how fast they go and how they use the vehicles. We...

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Thanksgiving Blessings

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  When I was growing up my mother often said, “The only thing in life that’s certain is change.” Over the years these words have resonated with me to varying degrees depending on the happenings of my life at a given moment, but they rang especially true for our family this holiday season. We were set to go out of town for Thanksgiving when we received the unexpected news that our daughter had to have surgery. Rather than hopping in the car to visit family we found ourselves unpacking for vacation and packing hospital bags instead. The sheer disappointment of missing the trip was an obstacle in and of itself, but facing the fear of surgery and the shock of the situation was more than we bargained for. Now that some time has passed and I’ve had a minute...

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Helping Kids Fight the Fear of Monsters

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the hardest parts of parenting is helping children to overcome the fears of monsters in their room. For almost his entire life, my younger son has had a fear of my master bathroom closet, thinking that a ‘grey monster’ lives in the darkness of all our clothes. Over the years, I have tried everything to help him overcome the fear, and nothing has seemed to work. All of my friends and family had told me that it was something that he would outgrow, but unfortunately, he is almost 11 years old, and will still not go anywhere near our closet because of the fear of that terrifying monster. When talking with my of my friends about the subject over lunch, she advised me that she had recently learned about The Sweet Dream Box that is helping...

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Creating an Effective Partnership with Your Child’s School

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

  It’s that time of year again, and school conferences are upon us. I have the advantage of being a parent, as well as, the school counselor so I’m privy to information from teachers, as well as, other parents. Consequently, I’ve been reflecting on this process from both perspectives. Parents typically go into conferences looking forward to hearing about what their children are doing well and sometimes cringe when they hear about children’s missteps. What I’ve learned is it’s very difficult for teachers to deliver less-than-optimal news to parents, especially if they worry about parents’ reactions. However, when they don’t deliver the news or soften the blow by minimizing the information they’re often doing students a great disservice. Teachers have unique perspectives of students. The reality is that children may behave very differently at school than at home. The...

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The Perfect Diaper for Little Movers

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Family, New Baby, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored I recently decided to try Huggies Little Movers Diapers to try out on my daughter. These new diapers feature their new moving baby system that gives the diapers 30% more flex. I ordered a size four for my 17-pound 10-month-old daughter. I could have gone with a size three but decided to size up just in case, because it was my first time using the brand. The diapers are very soft. On the outer diaper, they have an adorable Mickey and Minnie Mouse print. Down the middle, there is a Huggies wetness strip that changes color to indicate a wet/soiled diaper – I really love that feature. The Huggies wetness strip saves my daughter from the dreaded diaper checks that she dislikes. Another great addition to these diapers is the Double Grip Strips. They hold the diapers tabs...

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Home Maintenance and Repair Tips

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

 Sponsored Do you ever feel like there is always something needing to be repaired in your home? You’re not alone! We all face the same challenge of needing to spend time on the weekends fixing a leaky faucet or touching up paint. Having a handyman can be costly for families on a budget, and it is more cost effective to do the home repairs yourself. One of the most costly home repairs is to have a plumber come and fix clogged pipes. For years, our family would hire a plumber to come out every time that we would have a clogged pipe, and with having three children, it would be on a regular basis, causing a huge dent in our family budget. While having lunch with one of my friends, I was complaining about how much money we were...

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The New Online Invitation for Hosts that Love Interior Design

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Birthday Parties, Events, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored Do you love interior design? Planning an upcoming party for a special occasion? Outlive Design is the newest online invitation platform designed specifically for hosts wishing to receive interior design as a present! It offers beautiful, customized online invitation with the added convenience of crowdfunding tool to help guests contribute towards the design project. We have all faced the frustration of a household filled with unwanted presents that our beloved guests spent hours searching for. Now, with Outlive Design, we can save everyone from giving and receiving unwanted presents in exchange for a well-designed space we had always been dreaming of! Because planning is the secret to great design, Outlive Design platform offers a list of local interior designers on its website you can make an appointment with to help you plan the design of your space, create...

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How to Know Your Child is Ready for Preschool

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Education, Family, New Baby, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored Have you been thinking of transitioning your toddler to preschool but aren’t sure if your child is ready? Even though you are your toddler’s first and most important teacher, it may be time for your little learner to explore the world, meet new friends, and gain knowledge that will be with your child forever. Why is Preschool Important? Preschoolers must explore, experiment, and make discoveries for themselves through playful interactions with the environment as well as with other people in order to make sense of their world. A preschool that promotes STEM and STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Math) curriculums, allows children to engage in fun hands-on activities at a very young age. With an early start, your little one will be well prepared for the many years of learning to come. Here is a checklist to see if your little one...

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Kindness is Captivating

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

  We all need more examples of kindness in the world, and in my work as a school counselor, I attempt to teach children to be kind because it’s the right thing to do. If children are only kind when they know someone is watching or because they hope to be recognized for their kindness we’re missing the mark. My message to students is “Be kind, especially when it’s hard.” It’s easy to be nice when others treat us well or when we get exactly what we want. However, my hope is that children will learn to pause and make good choices even when it’s not easy. That’s where we come in, because children must be taught how to do this. Ironically, this is as much a challenge for adults as it is for kids. I teach our students...

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How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Family, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored Having a tech-oriented career, I make an extreme effort to limit my kids time online. I make my kids wait until I feel that they are mature enough to have their own cellphones (my son was 16, and my daughter was 13), and they don’t have their own computers – we have a family computer. Since my son and daughter just got their first cell phones this year, I have been looking for devices to help me with monitoring their time and keeping them safe online. I did a lot of research at our local Best Buy, and one product stood out among the rest, CUJO. What is CUJO? It is a firewall for your home that secures all of your family devices that are connected to the Wi-Fi router. It helps to block malicious sites, viruses, hacks...

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Host a Back-to-School Mom’s Night Out

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Dining, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sample provided One of my favorite yearly traditions with my closest friends to celebrate the kids going back to school with a fun mom’s night out. While some years we have our yearly night away from the husband & kiddos at a local restaurant, the past couple of years, we have spent having a get together at one of my friends home. We will share our favorite summer memories together while sipping on wine and eating scrumptious appetizers. This year, I surprised my friends by bringing something different than our favorite Chardonnay to our get together and brought Two Chicks Cocktails. The minute that I walked in the door, my friends started asking me questions about the cocktails. They were all surprised to learn that Two Chicks Cocktails are all natural, gluten free and sweetened with stevia so we...

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Five Ways to Help Your Kid Socialize This Summer

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

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

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Talking to Your Children about Bullying + Giveaway

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

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

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What Parents Need to Know about Eating Disorders and Children

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

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

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Being Prepared to Protect Your Family During Fire Season

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

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

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Time to Unplug

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

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

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How to Enjoy Life with Seasonal Allergies

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

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

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A New Pediatrician Joins Coastal Kids

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

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

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Five Clever Tips to Simplify Making School Lunches

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

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

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