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How to Keep Calm when Everything Seems Mad

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

Just like you, there are times when I definitely do not feel or act calm. Whether you are a parent of an autistic child or not, as long as we walk this Earth, we will be periodically “blitzed” by life. However for me, one of the great rewards of being Chase’s Mom is that he inspires calm, and is a source of calm in my life. He seems hardwired to reject, and in his own ways, fight against the negativity and stress that life, at times, may conjures up. When disruption or disappointment strikes, Chase will often say, “Look at the bright side Mom.” He has an incredible knack for finding the good in everyone and every situation. Something I find easier said than done sometimes, but his perspective and coping strategy are indeed correct, and we all need...

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Guide to Purchasing Your Teen’s First Car

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Autos, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

Sponsored I can’t believe that in just three years, I will be purchasing a car for my oldest son. A good friend of mine just went through the process of purchasing her daughters first car, and shared some great advice from her teen car buying experience. Age of Your Children Just because your kids are turning 16, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are ready to get behind the wheel of their first car. Access if your child is mature and responsible enough to take the big step of driving back and forth to school, and being on the road with other drivers. My friend allowed her daughter to get her license at the age of 16 but waited a couple of years before purchasing her first car. Shopping Car shopping can be a frustrating part of the process...

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Tips for Monitoring Your Kids Television Time

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Entertainment, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Tech, Television Shows | 1 comment

Sponsored Let’s be honest that monitoring kids television time is a challenge for many parents. With all the great series, movies, and documentaries, it can be tempting for children to try and spend most of their free time watching television. Now that the kids are back in school, and spending less time being active outdoors, it is more important than ever to monitor their screen time so that they can live a well-balanced lifestyle. Charting I am the queen of charts. With our family being so busy with school, sports, and work, charts are the easiest way that my family has found to balance our kids screen time. I keep a small chart by the television where we monitor our children’s screen time. I also use the same chart to add extra television time as a reward for good...

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5 Tips for Balancing Sports and Academics

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

It’s always been a challenge for students to maintain their commitment to after school sports while engaging in college prep. For some students, it will be absolutely essential to achieve their athletic goals, if they are in line for a scholarship or acceptance to a sports-oriented university. Others, who may not be in line for a scholarship, may simply be devastated at the thought of giving up their athletic goals and losing their team companionship. Either way, balancing sports and college prep is a delicate balance but it can be done. Preparation is essential If students don’t think about what their sports schedule will be like until partway through the year, they will often find themselves in an emergency situation. Their grades will already be slipping, their brains will be exhausted, and their bodies are not ready to face...

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Tips for Talking to Your Child About Bullying

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

It’s back-to-school season and along with that comes the return of school yard bullying, unfortunately. But what’s worse, is that our kids today are facing increased challenges when it comes to bullying. With the increased access to smartphones and social media, bullying isn’t confined to school. According to anti-bullying expert Gabriella van Rij, when addressing difficult issues, like bullying, parents mean well, but often good intentions are met with a stony silence or roll of the eyes. Here are some insights to keep in mind when addressing this difficult topic with kids. If your child is the bully: Punishment is not the solution. Intervention and communication between victim and bully is key. Work with the school and the other parents to set something up. The nature of a bully is someone who is scared him/herself and who bullies others in...

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Battling Back-to-School Germs with Hand Sanitizers

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

Sponsored I think that I am the only person on Earth who has never used a hand sanitizing product before. I have always been wary of using any chemical-based products on my children’s skin. Why now? Let’s be honest. It is always the last week before a holiday or summer vacation that every parent seems sends their kids to school (sick or not). Most parents don’t want their kids to miss that special holiday party or to say good-bye to their teacher, and can often overlook the fact that their child’s runny nose is a sign they should miss it. My kids are almost never sick. They eat a very healthy diet, get plenty of rest, and we have an eco-friendly living environment. My youngest son was Neutropenic for most of his life, and I have always used natural...

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7 Ways Kids Can Make A Difference On National Senior Citizens Day

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

According to the Administration on Aging, senior citizens represent more than 14 percent of the U.S. population, and this population is expected to grow significantly as baby boomers reach the age of 65. With seniors making up such a large portion of our population – and with the senior population growing quickly – it’s important to have special days that recognize the achievements and needs of senior citizens. On August 21, National Senior Citizens Day serves as a great reminder to reconnect with senior relatives and loved ones. Among the current senior population, approximately 12.5 million senior citizens are living alone. With busy lives, you might feel guilty if it’s been a long time since you’ve visited with the seniors in your life especially if they are alone. However, that shouldn’t be a reason to keep you from reaching...

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Creating a Backyard Vegetable Garden that Thrives

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 1 comment

Bee house received My #1 hobby is gardening. I love spending hours in my backyard vegetable garden growing organic fruits and vegetables for my family. Over the years, the biggest struggle I have had with growing backyard produce is having bees to pollinate the flowers. We have all read story after story about how the bees are disappearing, and I have personally seen the impact over the past couple of years in my garden. Without bees, we can’t grow fruits and vegetables. They are the one thing that is key in having a backyard garden thrive. I have been doing some research recently on how to bring some bees into my garden to help with pollination, but I was concerned about the risk of the bees stinging my children. After doing research provided by the Friends of the Earth,...

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How I’m Using Cooking to Outwit Autism

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

Those of you who have seen the CHASE ‘N YUR FACE website, CHASE’S COOKING SHOW, and the food adventures that we’ve shared on Facebook and Twitter, will find it hard to believe that Chase struggled with food aversions for the first few years of his life. It’s extremely common for those diagnosed with Autism to have food aversions. What isn’t common, is for someone like Chase to go from eating a personal menu of only 5 foods (literally!), to being a genuine “foodie”. We’re now talking about a kid who lists braised rabbit as one of his favorite foods, and wants to go to New Orleans to try fried alligator! How, why, and when did this happen, you ask? Well, the nuances of how and why, we’ll probably never know for sure. Every parent who, like myself, has agonized...

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Tips for Making School Lunches Balanced and Packed with Nutrients

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Family, Featured, Health, Parenting | 1 comment

It’s hard to believe, but summer is almost over! Before you know it the kids will be heading back-to-school and starting a new school year, complete with parent-approved school lunches. A perfect lunch would include a whole fruit, a veggie, a protein, and a carb. But let’s be honest, who has time to analyze every lunch? Here are some tips to make sure you’re keeping that lunch box balanced and packed with nutrients even on a time crunch: Mix and Match You know what foods your kids will eat and what foods will end up in the cafeteria trash can. Try to strike a balance between foods they like and ingredients that are good for them. If your kids are sandwich fanatics make sure you’re using whole grain bread without enriched flour and peanut butter without added sugar. Kids...

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‘Eco Tots’ Garden Fun and Learning at The Ecology Center (Giveaway)

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Featured, Giveaways, Parenting | 13 comments

Eco Tots, Toddler Gardening Class provides a fun, exploratory ecological experience for parents and young children. Here are some basic tips to supports your child’s development in and knowledge of a garden ecosystem. The sensory bins and critter safari will give your child the freedom to investigate on their own with no need for direct assistance. Observe your child’s interactions with new textures, sights, and sounds, and let them explore at their own pace. Encourage curiosity and free play Inspire them to be social with their peers or to enjoy the station on their own The scavenger hunt is a guided introduction to a variety of common garden features and encourages toddlers to be open to and respectful of all garden life. Determine what stimulates your child the most: bugs, flowers, dirt, leaves, trees, etc. Use this as an...

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Don’t Get Burned: What You Need to Know About Sunscreen and Skin Cancer

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

Most children are lucky – they can’t imagine what it’s like to have a long-term health problem. That’s why it’s so important that parents put in the extra effort to teach children how to protect themselves from preventable health issues at a very early age. Skin issues in particular require a lifetime of good habits. As a dermatologist, I’m always hearing about the “could have’s” and “should have’s”. Taking care of your skin is a lifelong to-do. Young children rely on you to teach them how to protect their skin, and that should start with protecting them against skin cancer. The incidence of melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer, is increasing, but treatment is curative if the melanoma is caught early. Melanoma is caused by sun exposure, and some families have an inherited risk. Two sunburns before the age of...

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Four Ways to Approach Difficult Conversations with Your Child

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

As parents, we love our children, and showing our love means having difficult conversations with our children; it is part of our job description. Many times we get worked up and anxious about the necessity of having a tough conversation and, as a result, our emotions intensify, causing the conversation to start off in a really intense, awkward and negative way. Unfortunately, this turns our child off, and we have set ourselves up for a really painful conversation. Parents, let’s please give ourselves a break and allow for some grace. When we are able to manage our emotions, being open, vulnerable, and honest, then the chances of actually having a dialogue with our child, versus a monologue, are greatly enhanced. It is when we are able to dialogue that breakthroughs can happen. Here are some tips to keep in...

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Five Tips on Photographing Your Own Children

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

Whether you have a dslr camera, a point and shoot or simply your trusty iphone, chances are that if you’re a mom, you’re constantly taking photos of your children. It may seem unnecessary to have 30 shots of your toddler eating cereal but as a photographer and mom myself, I KNOW how quickly time goes. Photos freeze time and parents want to do just that. I do know that sometimes your own children are frustrating to photograph so I put together some great tips on photographing your own children! Don’t get hung up on the perfect pose Children, especially toddlers are very mobile and it’s not always easy to get them to look at the camera and smile when we want them to. My absolute favorite photos of my children to look back on are ones where I let...

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Five Tips To Help Cure Mid-Summer Boredom


Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Family, Featured, Holiday, Parenting, Summer | 0 comments

I’ve always found it interesting to hear children complain about school and long for the lazy days of summer, but when summer comes, the excitement of it all can last about a month before you start hearing I’M BORED! I once heard a saying that people who are bored are usually boring people. I don’t think that’s the case with our children, I just think they sometimes need permission, encouragement, and maybe a hint of an idea to jump start those creative juices so they can cure their own mid-summer boredom. Here are some fun ways to respond to summer time boredom that will help your child go from feeling limited to limitless.
 
 1) Can’t afford to send your child on an expensive week long summer camp? Encourage your child to create their own at home.  Help them...

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Shark Steam and Spray Professional

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

Sample received I have been using Shark products for years.  My mom owned a Shark Steam Mop and loved it so much that she bought me one.  With my Shark steam mop I was able to clean my kitchen tiles in a way that I couldn’t dream possible.  Just imagine a deep steam clean floor that makes you feel that your house is dirt and germ free, I loved it. A few years back we installed laminate floors.  I was very hesitant to use my steam mop but once I did, I realized it was pointless using anything else.  I loved my Shark Steam Mop and there was no way I would ever give it up until a few weeks ago when I was given the Shark Steam and Spray Professional. When I got it out of the box...

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Have a Baby in Diapers? Earn Money!

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Featured, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

Sponsored Do you have a baby in diapers? Are they between the ages of 0-3 months? If you qualify, you can earn $165 by participating in an upcoming study. Fieldwork in Orange County is searching for Men and Women with a child or children in diapers that are between the ages of 0-3 months to participate in an upcoming study. Qualifying respondents will be given a test product on July 30th or July 31st to use for 12 days. During the 12 days, you will need to return four additional times to their OC facility to return the product and questionnaires. Participants will be compensated $165 at the conclusion of the study! There is not an age requirement for parents to participate, and signing up for the study is super easy. Simply complete the online form, and you’ll hear...

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2015 Orange County Summer Cooking Classes

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Education, Family, Featured, Parenting | 0 comments

Do you love to cook? Wanting to learn how to cook? Surfas in Costa Mesa is hosting a plethora of summer cooking classes to help inspire parents to learn how to cook healthy meals at home for their children. We hope to see you at one of these fun and interactive classes this summer. Fresh Summer Salads Saturday, 7/18/14 from 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM Hands-On Cooking Class $55.00 With summer’s many seasonal ingredients, creating fresh salad combinations is easy and delicious. Our Chef Instructor will share tips on grilling vegetables, cooking with ancient grains, and preparing homemade vinaigrettes. Enjoy a generous sampling of: Roasted Corn Curry Salad – Watermelon Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes and Yarra Valley Feta – Thai Freekeh Salad – Grilled Panzanella Salad with Summer Vegetables – Cacao Nib and Summer Berry Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette....

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Literacy Meets Gaming with BattleKasters at Comic-Con San Diego

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Education, Events, Featured, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored Comic-Con is an event that your family is not going to want to miss, and BattleKasters is taking Comic-Con by storm. During the event,  the all-new mobile game is going to transform the Gaslamp Quarter into a Game Board from July 9th-12th. Players will have a chance to win a $5,000 grand prize that will be split between the winner and the winner’s library of choice.. What is BattleKasters? Based on the award-winning, young adult book series, Legends of Orkney, by author Alane Adams, BattleKasters is a whole new experience for gamers and readers. This app-based game allows players to collect digital trading cards, cast spells, and close the stonefire portal to protect Earth from dark magic – all while giving gamers the chance to explore the historic district near the San Diego Convention Center, where Comic-Con is...

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Summer Reading with Riordan (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Family, Giveaways, Parenting, Shopping, Summer | 17 comments

Complimentary books will be received My son loves to read. Everywhere he goes he always has a book in his hands. Rick Riordan is one of his favorite authors, and he has read his books so many times that the binding has broken on many of them. Wondering what series to introduce to your kids this summer? This summer is the perfect time to get your kids excited about reading with the Percy Jackson series. It is also the 10th Anniversary of the book that started it all, “The Lightning Thief.” The series will help your kids imagination soar as Percy takes them on many magical adventures. Whether your kids love to read or are just getting started reading, the Percy Jackson series will inspire them to read more and become lifelong avid readers. To help get your kids...

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Six Things a Single Mom Can Teach a Child on Father’s Day

Posted by on Jun 14, 2015 in Family, Father's Day, Featured, Parenting | 0 comments

I have been a single mom since Chase was in the womb, but rather than ignore Father’s Day when it comes around each year, I encourage Chase to thank the role models that have been there for him throughout his life. Here’s how we celebrate and some other ideas that may help. Celebrate Your Male Role Models Fathers aren’t the only male role models a child can have. Chase is lucky enough to have a really close relationship with my father, his Papa as he calls him. But it could be an uncle, or an elder brother, a godfather or even a teacher – whoever it is, take the time to thank them for their help and support. Don’t Rely On Shop Bought Most shop bought cards and gifts for Father’s Day have the word Dad or Father emblazoned...

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Five Lessons From His Holiness the Dalai Lama On Parenting 
With Compassion

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Family, Featured, Parenting | 0 comments

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will be in Orange County, CA, for the official world celebration of his 80th birthday from July 5 – 7, 2015. The Global Compassion Summit will take place at Honda Center in Anaheim and at UC Irvine. The events are presented by Friends of the Dalai Lama in partnership with UC Irvine and The Center for Living Peace, also located in Irvine. After learning about what I do, most people ask what inspired me to start the Center for Living Peace. My answer is simply, my two kids. I wanted to create a place where children of all ages could be reminded of their unique and special gifts and provide them opportunities to share them with the world — especially through service. Our mission is based in Ghandi’s quote, “Be the change you...

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DIY Homemade Lemon Bath Salts

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Family, Parenting, Recipes | 1 comment

Homemade bath salts are one of the easiest things to make, and parents can feel comfortable knowing that they are using a 100% all-natural product in their children’s bath. It’s all about the lemons this summer, and while making a rosemary and lemon salt scrub, we used the zest from the lemons to make this simple DIY lemon bath salts. The only thing you need to plan when making them is about 1-2 hours for the salts to fully dry out before storing in jars. Homemade Lemon Bath Salts Ingredients: 4 cups of epsom salts Zest from two large lemons (I would double if using store bought lemons) Cookie sheet Directions: 1. I used a small grater to get all the zest off the lemons 2. Mix the zest well with the salts in a large bowl 3. Put...

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End of the Year Checklist: 5 Tips for Preparing your Child for Summer



Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Education, Family, Featured, Parenting, Summer | 0 comments

Most younger children are completely worn out by the middle of June. They want to get out of their chair and into the Ocean (or some other fun outdoor setting) as fast as they can. Summer is a great opportunity for young kids to have a chance to run around, enjoy the sunshine, and spend more time with family; however, it’s also a good time to work on academic issues. 1. Talk with your child’s classroom teacher 

The classroom teacher will have a list of all her students as well as notes about each student’s current academic standing. She will be able to tell each parent if a child needs extra help to catch up during the summer or if they need supplemental learning materials to be prepared for the fall. Most teachers provide a reading list, list of...

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5 Simple Ways to Protect Your Child’s Lungs

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

Most parents understand the benefits of keeping their child’s environment clean. It’s why they spend the extra $2.25 on hypoallergenic detergent and explain, at least three times a day, the importance of washing hands between soccer practice and a drumstick dinner. As both a proud mother of two children and a pediatrician, I know that parents drill this message into the dirt because we see how easy it is for kids to get sick from their environments. Even though we take all kinds of precautions in our daily routines, it can be easy to forget about one of the worst environmental culprits in Orange County – air quality. The scientific community, and many moms, already knows that air quality can have a big impact on children’s lungs. But a new study undertaken by researchers at the University of Southern...

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Tips for Keeping Children and Pets Safe from Coyotes

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Family, Parenting | 5 comments

Until a week ago, I was aware that coyotes live and breed throughout Southern California but what I did not know was how they have evolved to no longer being afraid of human encounters. My small and beloved Remy, an elderly shih-tzu mix that has been a member of our family for 10 years, went out of the doggy door, onto our outdoor patio, that is surrounded by a 6-ft. fence on our interior lot. Within a matter of minutes she was brutally attacked and carried off by a coyote in broad daylight. The purpose of this post is to alert families on the importance of being prepared to help protect their pets and loved ones. Anyone reading this that lives in Orange County can become a victim of a coyote attack at any time. We must be vigilant...

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CHOC Gives Hope for Childhood Mental Health in Orange County

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Family, Featured, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

The numbers regarding mental health conditions amongst children are staggering. Studies show one in five children experiences a diagnosable mental health condition over the course of their childhood, a metric that extrapolates to 150,000 Orange County kids. Even more startling is how woefully insufficient proper treatment for these conditions has traditionally been. For example, inpatient beds for mental health patients younger than 12 currently do not exist in Orange County. It is an issue that partially stems from the notion that childhood mental health conditions are something that is acknowledged but seldom discussed, leading to a lack of knowledge of all that is actually needed. It is also an issue that CHOC Children’s in Orange is tackling head-on, thanks to an ambitious initiative that was unveiled on Wednesday, May 20th. The core of the initiative is to not only...

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Invisalign vs. Braces

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Family, Health, Parenting | 1 comment

“I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board and my son has received complimentary treatment.” The time has officially come for getting my kids braces. Oddly enough, my kids have been begging me for braces since they first started seeing their friends get them. I had been going back and forth about whether to get them metal braces or Invisalign. I began by searching on the Invisalign doctor locator and found Dr. Passamano in Irvine. He offered both braces and Invisalign to discuss the different options available for my children. My kids counted the days down on the calendar until their first appointment with the orthodontist. My kids were adamant that they wanted metal braces. Why? I have no idea. They kept talking about the different colors that their friends get to wear in their mouth, and...

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The Dragon Institute Kids Kung Fu Program Creates Well-Rounded Children

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Camp, Education, Family, Featured, Parenting, Summer | 2 comments

Partnered Story The martial art of kung fu is not about showing off or winning trophies. It’s about learning how to protect yourself. It is a vital practice for children to learn, since the scourge of bullying is still an unfortunate reality from grade school to high school. Yet kung fu also goes beyond the realm of self-defense for kids. It serves as an interactive way to hone skills that will serve them well later in life – skills like discipline and focus, confidence and ambition. This belief is the cornerstone of the Kids Kung Fu classes at The Dragon Institute. It is a key reason why they have been recognized as the “Best Martial Arts in Orange County” by OC City Voter for four consecutive years, as well as the Dana Point Times 2014 Golden Lantern Award for...

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Coastal Surrogacy Helps the Dream of Parenthood a Reality

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

Partnered Story Biology can interfere with starting a family. Infertility affects 1 in 10 people. Some women have medical conditions that make carrying pregnancy to full term a potentially dangerous endeavor. These conditions can cause heartbreak. Yet biology when combined with science can bring hope. This is particularly evident in the act of surrogacy, as women that take on this noble process can become heroines to those whose dreams of having a biological child may otherwise be dashed. The road to becoming a surrogate is one that is paved with education and guidance. It is a path that Coastal Surrogacy has been helping potential surrogates navigate since 2006. The Newport Beach-based “boutique style” agency has played a role in the birth of over 200 babies being born to intended parents – babies that would not have been born without...

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10 Best Places for Swimming Lessons in Orange County

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Best of OC, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

For most families, summer can bring beautiful weather, sandy beaches and endless days at the pool. However, one aspect of summer can often be overlooked: drowning. This last April, Orange County Fire Authority statistics show drownings begin to escalate from now through summer. In 2015 alone, there have already been four near-drownings and six deaths. Last year, there was an average of a drowning every nine days. So, to help prevent drownings, especially amongst children, below are a few favorite swim school parent picks that focus on water safety. Aqua Wave Swim School 27025 Burbank Road Foothill Ranch, CA 92610 949-455 2535 www.aquawaveonline.com Found in 1997, Aqua Wave Swim School offers two OC indoor pool locations and teaches adults and children over six months of age. Private, semi-private, and group swim lessons are taught by CPR certified instructors who use...

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Outdoor Toys: Specially Designed To Keep Your Kids Entertained

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Family, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

Partnered Story Though many toys for children can now look sophisticated, the most popular toys still tend to be those that have been enjoyed for generations. Here are just a few of those outdoor toys that will keep the kids entertained for hours. Trampolines There’s few better, or more enjoyable ways, for a child to expend their energy than by using a trampoline. Modern trampolines can also be enclosed, so parents can have greater peace of mind, knowing that children can both have fun and remain safe. Scooters A safe and thrilling way of getting around for small children in particular; scooters for boys and girls can come in a wide range of designs and attractive colors. There’s also a choice of three or two wheel scooters, while the wheels themselves can be big or average-sized. Modern children’s scooters...

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How to Volunteer with Laura’s House

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Family, Giving Back, Parenting | 0 comments

Volunteering with Laura’s House, a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention and education of domestic violence, can be a rewarding experience with many benefits. Volunteer service provides a crucial cost savings to the organization, allowing us to maximize our financial resources and provide more families with lifesaving programs and services. In 2014, nearly 550 volunteers provided more than 12,000 hours of service to Laura’s House. We sincerely appreciate the time dedicated to supporting the nonprofit and hope to inspire you to join Laura’s House and make a difference in your community! Training Requirements As a community agency addressing intimate partner abuse, we have certain requirements that we need to meet as part of the service provisions to our clients.  For example, all volunteers that have direct contact with our clients are required to have completed certification in a state mandated 40-hour domestic...

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An App That Brings Families Together

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored Talking to family that lives hundreds of miles away from you is relatively easy in this age of technology. Connecting with them as if they were in the same room is a different story. While a phone call or a social media message will carry a nice sentiment, they oftentimes feel as if you’re “checking in” rather than growing a bond. This is especially true with grandparents and grandkids, where the generation gap oftentimes produces shallow conversations. The need to make and cultivate these connections is why Panasonic’s HomeTeam™ app is such a vital download. This special online service reaches across distance and generations to connect grandparents, parents, and grandkids by letting them enjoy shared experiences in real-time. With the HomeTeam™ app, family members of all ages can engage in the kinds of activities that may otherwise only...

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5 Ways to Celebrate Your Kid’s Teacher During Teacher Appreciation Week

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

Teacher appreciation week falls somewhere in April and is something that educators across America look forward to. No matter what the gift is, feeling appreciated is a huge part of this rewarding profession. The feeling of being handed a potted plant from a middle school student who has been otherwise quiet, the feeling of being given a handmade card by a kindergartner who spent 20 minutes writing their name in their very best handwriting, and the feeling of a parent coming in with a plate of homemade cookies. 

Teachers across America will have different experiences when it comes to teacher appreciation week. There might be a grade teacher whom everybody adores and who walks home with handfuls of gifts and there might be an AP teacher who has had to hand out some tough grades recently. Regardless of the...

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7 Tips to Help Moms Manage Stress

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Family, Featured, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

What affects you, can affect your child. Mothers hear this message a lot from MOMS Orange County, usually in connection with prenatal care, nutrition and health education. But what they sometimes overlook is the connection between their stress levels and the health of their babies. During April, we recognize National Stress Awareness Month. Learning healthy ways to cope with stress is not just for the working professional trying to please a boss or meet a deadline. Mothers and pregnant women suffer from the same symptoms of stress as everyone else does, including difficulty sleeping, changes in eating habits, and relationship strains with family and friends. But it’s even more important for mothers-to-be to acknowledge their stress, strive for quality sleep, maintain a proper diet and connect with a support system. If stress gets the best of you, you could...

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Tips for Organizing and Preserving Online Family Photos

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Family, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored If you’re anything like me, then your online family photos are completely unorganized. I take hundreds of photos every week, and then upload them to various computers throughout our house. I have photos backed up on multiple flash drives, hard drives, and external drives. The one problem is that there is no organization, and I often find myself spending hours searching through different drives when looking for a specific photo. As part of my Spring cleaning this year, I am committed to organizing and backing up all my family photos safely online. While preparing for the organization, I found these great resources to help make organizing simple. With the help of Verizon FiOS, families can upload all of their family photos to different online photo storage sites at lightening fast speed. Photos can take the longest time to...

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10 Tips for Keeping Your Young Athlete Safe

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

Sports can have a tremendously positive impact on kids’ lives. A positive experience in sports can benefit a child not only physically, but socially and emotionally. Sadly our current youth sports system is leading to a number of preventable injuries. In fact, according to the CDC, more than 3.5 million children under 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year. When it comes to high school athletes, they are clocking in 2 million injuries a year. Keep your young athlete safe, healthy and happy with CoachUp’s top five youth sports safety tips. 1. Health, Sleep and Nutrition. Set your child up for a long, healthy career in sports by making sure they are eating a balanced diet and are sleeping regularly. Always have your child’s annual physical up-to-date and be diligent with following up on their doctor’s orders,...

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Inspiring Kid’s to Achieve Their Dreams

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

Today, I’m partnering with Got Milk… What did you want to be when you grew up? For me..I wanted to be a veterinarian. While I didn’t become a veterinarian, I ended up becoming a teacher before becoming a mom. As my career path and dreams changed as I have grown-up, I never gave up on my dreams. To this day, I try to be all that I can be, and encourage my children to feel the same way. My older son wants to become a stop motion animator, my daughter a fairy and my youngest son a pirate who will sail his pirate ship around the world. The one way that I encourage my kids to turn their dreams into reality is through goal setting. Since my kids were young, I have been helping them to set goals by...

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Four Tips for Starting a Bank Account with your child

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Education, Family, Giveaways, Parenting | 2 comments

Sponsored Opening a bank account with your children is a great way to teach them how to budget and save their money which is a valuable tool that they will need later on in life. Children will learn that they can earn interest on their money in a bank vs. sitting in their piggy bank which will help to instill smart money skills in your children at a young age. Make it Fun Before helping your kids to start their first bank account, you’ll want to encourage them to earn money for their first deposit in a fun way. Help your kids open a lemonade stand, make crafts for selling or give them an allowance for helping with household chores. Not only will your kids earn money for their first bank deposit but they will also begin to learn...

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Community Help Needed for Homeless Children in Orange County

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Family, Giving Back, Parenting | 0 comments

The Orange County Rescue Mission is currently housing the highest population of children and their families in the organization’s history at its Village of Hope transitional living facility, according to Jim Palmer, President of the Orange County Rescue Mission. Palmer notes that there are a total of 84 children including infants, toddlers and school-aged kids living at the Village of Hope at this time. This increase in child residents has created a substantial need for additional funding through community donations, in order to support these children and their families on their road to self-sufficiency. “The children living at our transitional living facilities are certainly the youngest and most innocent victims of homelessness in our community,” said Palmer. “As part of our ongoing goal to end the cycle of homelessness in families, we are calling on the community to help...

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Stress-free Spring Cleaning Tips

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 1 comment

I don’t know about you, but it seems that every year around this time something hits me. I notice my closet is bursting with clothes I haven’t worn in years, the windows have a dusty filmy residue, and the baseboards and moldings are scuffed. No, it’s definetly not anything remotely close to spring fever — it’s spring cleaning time. Where to start? It all seems so overwhelming. Below are a few steps to help alleviate the stresses of spring cleaning: Assess Take a sweep around your house. Look in the closets, open the fridge, slide your hand along the kitchen counters, check the baseboards, moldings and ceiling corners. Grab a pen and paper, and make a list. If the list seems too long, then put a star on the top five must-dos. Purge & Organize After making your list, hit...

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Creating Special Memories with Children at Bedtime

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

Today, I’m partnering with Got Milk to tell my family bedtime story.. My favorite part of parenting is when our family comes together for a cup of warm milk and a bedtime story. The kids sip on their cup of warm milk while my husband and I take turns reading our favorite children’s book. After story time, the kids brush their teeth and slowly drift off to sleep. When I was a child, my parents would also serve me a cup of warm milk during my bedtime stories. Now that I’m a parent, I get to pass the same tradition down to my children. Milk has played an important role in helping to calm our children at night so they can get a much needed good night sleep to be successful in school. The nights when we are traveling,...

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OC Mattress King Gives Parents a Good Night Sleep

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Family, Parenting, Shopping | 1 comment

Sponsored The most important thing that parents need is a good night sleep. While many parents might be getting in enough hours of sleep, the mattress they are sleeping on could be causing restless nights. It wasn’t until I started monitoring my sleep habits with my new fit bit monitor that I realized that I wasn’t getting a much needed good night sleep. I needed to sleep well in order to be the best mom that I can be, so we started our journey of looking for a new mattress. While I thought purchasing a new mattress was as easy as going down to furniture row and picking out a mattress, it ended up being a hugely complicated process. Much like buying a car the mattress salespeople on the sales floor were shenagling with pricing and sent my husband...

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Tips for Eliminating Car Odors

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Autos, Family, Giveaways, Parenting | 21 comments

Sponsored If you’re anything like me, then you probably spend more of your day in the car vs. your house. That means that a lot of eating and living happens in the suburban that I spend my days in cruising the kid’s around town. What else comes along with it? Messes and odor! I am not just talking about the spoiled milk in the bottle that got tossed under the seat and found weeks later, but when you get a suburban filled with 4-5 teenage boys after basketball practice…let’s just say that odor seems to stick around for a couple of days. How do I keep my car smelling fresh enough that I can breathe while driving my teenager and tween around town? Febreze Vent Car Clips! Before using the product, the only solution would be: (A) Have the...

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OCSA Foundation Arts Enrichment Program Jumpstart Student’s Talent

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Education, Family, Featured, OC Mom Spotlight, Parenting | 0 comments

Do you believe your child has a gift in the arts, such as writing, music, dance, voice, drama, culinary or visual arts? I know as a parent that is a loaded question. After all, doesn’t every parent consider their child amazingly talented? Well, parent Abby Maharaj felt exactly this way when she noticed her daughter Maya never left home without a book or journal, and teachers were consistently praising Maya’s writing abilities. However, Maya was somewhat leery in following a similar path of her older brother in creative writing as a student in the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) Creative Writing Conservatory. “The prospect of trying to measure up to her brother’s success was a little unnerving for Maya, despite all the positive comments she received about her writing from teachers, friends and family. We decided to...

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Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday by Reading These 5 Favorite Dr. Seuss Books

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Education, Events, Family, Featured, Parenting | 0 comments

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.” Today is National Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. Children across the Country will come together today to celebrate a love for reading by reading their favorite Dr. Seuss books. Dr. Seuss is one of America’s most beloved children’s author, and these are five of our favorite Dr. Seuss books to read to your children before bedtime on National Read Across America Day. “I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.” “Green Eggs and Ham” is an all-time favorite Dr. Seuss book. It helps to encourage picky eaters to explore new foods through the fun rhyming story. I recommend reading this book to your children in the morning paired with a dish of...

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How to Handle Your Teen Hormone Melt Downs

Posted by on Mar 1, 2015 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

Door slamming and isolation. Eye rolling. Hands on hips and quick to anger. Uncontrollable, unexplainable crying. For those parents with a tween/teen, these are some of the all-too-common signs of RAGING HORMONES. As my tween daughter is having one of her moments, I rack my brain with the question: “Was I like this?” The answer: yes. Although hormones are the chemicals that cause the physical growth and sexual development, it doesn’t make it any easier to be on the receiving end as a parent. And, as these substances seem to take hold of your tween/teen’s body, emotions, moods and sexual feelings, what is a parent to do? Leslie Dixon, health educator, Birds & Bees Connection, who works with parents and adolescents to better understand the physical, emotional and psychological changes, offers these potentially life-saving tips: Stay Calm & Don’t overreact....

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Five Tips to Encourage Reluctant Readers to Pick Up a Book

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 1 comment

In an age of tablets, smartphones, and hundreds of television channels, it can be difficult to encourage kids to tear their eyes away from the screen and pick up a book. Despite the benefits of technology—helping people to quickly retrieve and disseminate information, as well as creating connections between people regardless of distance, for instance—it is just as important now to read books as it ever was. Rather than allowing a child to passively watch as stories, ideas, and visuals are presented to him via websites and television, reading is active; a reader uses the information on the page to construct her own worlds, and must decipher themes, analyze characters, and pick apart story arcs on her own. As a result, regular readers have longer attention spans, better ability to process and comprehend information, and display more vibrant imaginations...

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When Is Your Child Ready for a Sleepover?

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

The late night ring of the phone said it all as the tiny voice asked me to sing her a lullaby. It was my seven-year-old daughter at her first sleep over. I sang her favorite bedtime song, and then a few minutes later the phone rang again. This time it was the mother of the sleepover friend. In a hushed voice she said, “You need to come pick her up now.” With that experience, I always wondered, when is the ‘right’ age or time for a sleepover? Clearly, I felt as if I goofed as a parent. Kate Baxter, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Orange County advises, “Sleepover requests usually begin from your children or the parents of your children’s friends between ages seven to 10.” Baxter explains that even though your child is asking to have a...

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Mom’s R&R at Pinot’s Palette

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Events, Family, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Pinot’s Palette For a span of 6 months, once a month my gal pals and I would set up a date to do something fun and relaxing.  At first it was wine night, then dinners but then we had to give up on those fun nights out because most of us at time or another were dieting.  I wanted to spend time with my ladies but didn’t want it to involve food or drinking so I was stumped.  It wasn’t until I stumbled upon (actually walked right by) Pinot’s Palette in Tustin that I found my solution, PAINTING! Now I know what you are thinking, just because you know how to hold a paint brush and make a rainbow doesn’t mean you can actually paint. Well actually you can. So here is how...

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Tryout Tips for Parents: 5 Tips for Helping Your Child Make the Team

Posted by on Feb 21, 2015 in Family, Featured, Fitness, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

As the upcoming sports season approaches, our throats begin to tighten. Spring sports tryouts are underway, and our children are stressed. Chances are, you’re feeling just as anxious for tryouts as your kids. Best case scenario, they make the team and happily transition into the regular season, worst case they don’t and they come to you in a whirlwind of emotion that leaves you struggling to find a resolution. If you’re looking for a more concrete way to improve your child’s skills, CoachUp is a great resource for families looking to hire one in their area. There are a variety of private coaches that will fit your, or your child’s, needs. With experienced instructors from squash to basketball to strength and conditioning, CoachUp coaches are qualified and have all been background checked for safety. If a private coach doesn’t...

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The Psychology Needed to Feed Children Well

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Education, Family, Featured, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 1 comment

Feeding children is not an easy task. Mealtimes can be stressful from dealing with picky eaters, concerns about a child’s weight (too little or too much) and other stresses. But the reality is that mealtimes are critical to a child’s development and total well being. Using mealtimes as a base camp for refueling your family with nutrition and love could be the most powerful tool you have in raising a happy, healthy child. Perhaps you, like many parents out there, have already been trying to help your child lose or gain weight, or just to eat healthier, but it hasn’t been working, and instead, it’s adding more stress to your lives—and as a result, your relationship with your child is possibly suffering. After 13 years at ground zero treating the toughest cases of childhood obesity (with over an 80%...

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Herbal tea for Kids?

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

What has no sugar, no calories, but is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals?  Tea! And herbal teas (otherwise known as tisanes) are naturally caffeine-free, thus making them a perfect beverage choice for kids.  While the kids’ tea category is still in its infancy, it is poised for strong growth for the following reasons: (1) it stands to benefit from the solid growth in the adult tea market, (2) it meets a real consumer need for a lower sugar, antioxidant-rich beverage for kids, and (3) there are ways to formulate it in order to achieve a taste profile that appeals to kids. Tea’s popularity has surged over the last few years with more and more adults drinking ready-to-drink tea, bagged tea, kombucha, and the various flavored tea drinks recently entering the market. In 2013, tea category sales totaled $4.1...

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Coffee Tasting Bar with Skinny Cow Iced Coffee

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in Family, Giveaways, Parenting | 6 comments

Sponsored When having my girlfriends over for our monthly mommy get together, I surprised them with a fun coffee tasting bar. I love having my morning coffee and was recently introduced to the Skinny Cow creamy iced coffee drinks, and I couldn’t wait to share my newest discovery with my girlfriends. Instead of the normal pot of hot coffee for us all to drink while catching up on how our families have been doing, we did a tasting flight of the different Skinny Cow Iced Coffee flavors. There are three different flavors to indulge: Mocha Latte, Creamy Cappuccino, and Vanilla Latte. At only 120 calories a bottle, the delicious iced coffee drink keeps me going throughout the afternoon so I can keep up with my three active kids. We played a little tasting game to see if everyone could...

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Apple Turnover Recipe

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in Family, Featured, Parenting, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

sample kit provided One of the best Valentine’s Day gift is one that is handmade with love. For Valentine’s Day gifts, me and the kids made heart-shaped apple turnover recipe using the Foodstirs cooking kit. Foorstirs offers shipments with everything that your family needs to make the suggested recipe. Everything comes pre-packaged with labels so that even kids can make the recipes with parental assistance. They make a great gift idea or something to order for your kids on a regular basis. Apple Turnover Recipe courtesy of foodstirs Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 Tbl. brown sugar 1/2 tea. salt 12 Tbl. unsalted cold butter 1/3-1/2 cold water 1 egg 3 tea. sparkling sugar Apple pie jam Bertolli olive oil spray popsicle sticks clear plastic covers/ribbon heart-shaped cookie cutter cookie sheet Directions: 1. In a bowl mix flour, brown...

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Keeping Kids Happy & Healthy with Probiotics

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

This is sponsored post written on behalf of Culturelle® Kids Probiotic.  All opinions are 100% my own. Probiotics have been the key to keeping my kids healthy and happy during the winter season. I have been giving my kids probiotics since they were just toddlers to help support their immune health. While it is not just giving probiotics to my children that has been key to keeping them healthy and happy, it has played an important role in their overall health. The best part… they never know they are even taking a nutritional supplement because I have always added it to their morning smoothie or parfait avoiding any resistance from my younger ones! For over a year, I have been giving my kids Culturelle Kids Probiotic. I was first drawn to the product because of the convenient single serve...

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Managing Kid’s Online Access with the Verizon FiOS Router

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in Family, Parenting, Tech | 1 comment

Sponsored When I first became a parent, we didn’t even have a computer. Almost thirteen years later, we have more devices that I can count on one hand, and find it difficult to keep track of where are the devices are located throughout the house. While I thought that I was the only parent who would have kids wait until their parents go to sleep, and then sneak online to play video games..I am not. It is a growing problem that many parents face of being able to manage their kids time online. Now, parents can gain control over online access with the new Verizon FiOS router. A router that puts the online controls back into the hands of parents no matter where the kids may have stashed a digital device for later use in the night. With the...

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5 Steps to a Successful Mid-year Academic Check

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

By now you’ve probably set those infamous New Year’s resolutions. However, with the mid-year upon us, there is another important life activity that is often overlooked: our children’s academic health. According to Paul Rabara, an educational technologist based in Orange County and father of two, “Many parents act shocked when spring and end of year grades roll around, and their child is falling short in some critical developmental areas.” What can parents do to prevent academic end of the school year panic? Here are five key mid-year steps to help improve the academic health of your child: Check in With Child & Teacher Actively check the class Web site for grade, project and homework updates. Call or drop an e-mail to your child’s teacher as well. Make sure you are clear with the intent of your message. This is...

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Five Things Kids Will Learn from Strange Magic

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Entertainment, Film, Parenting | 0 comments

We attended a screening of the film The film “Strange Magic” is out in theaters today and is much more than a movie. It is a film about life and love while packed full of multiple great messages that kids can benefit from while watching. When I watched the film, I fell in love with the music, the visual effects, the characters, and all the positive messages. These are five things that I feel your kids will take away from the film. Love While it may seem obvious by the title that kids will learn about love in the film, it is much more than that. When talking with George Lucas about making the film, it was important that he got the message across of the difference between infatuation and true love. In the movie, the characters experience infatuation...

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Massive IKEA Crib Mattress Recall

Posted by on Jan 18, 2015 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do you have an IKEA VYSSA crib mattress in your nursery? It’s important to read below to see if it has been included in the massive IKEA crib mattress recall. There have been reports that the crib mattress can cause entrapment for infants sue to a gab between the mattress and crib. Recall information provided on behalf of IKEA…. This recall applies to any VYSSA mattress with date of manufacture May 04 2014 or earlier. Identification can be found on a permanent label attached to the mattress cover, showing Date of Manufacture Month-DD-YYYY and Model: VYSSA name. Consumers should verify that their crib mattress has the correct length. Measure a possible gap by removing all bedding, for example fitted sheets, and then make sure there is no gap larger than the width of two fingers between the ends of...

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Behind-the-Wheel Training with Varsity Driving Academy

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Autos, Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

Sponsored How time flies…my first-born is 16 now and a junior in high school! Seems just like yesterday when he was first placed in my arms, after the emergency C-section we experienced… Anyway, 16 = DRIVING!!! Another one of those bittersweet (or anxiety-causing) moments of parenthood… He took the online Driver’s Ed course through his school district. It took him about a couple of weeks to finish and pass the test. Couple of months after that, we went to DMV and he passed his written exam, which got him a permit. But before you can actually drive (even with Mom/Dad), you need to complete a 2-hour session of Behind-the-Wheel Training with a licensed instructor. The mandatory 6 hours of Behind-the-Wheel Training is divided into 3 separate dates. We have been very fortunate to take these classes with Varsity Driving...

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Quinny Buzz Xtra Stoller Review

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015 in Family, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

Review product received Quinny, a leader in stroller and buggy design for over 20 years, offers a variety of strollers for use from birth up to 50 pounds. Quinny is known for its innovative solutions, perfectly balancing a trendsetting sense of fashion and extremely reliable technology. They have become one of Europe’s most respected stroller brands for the urban lifestyle. We enjoyed testing out one of Quinny’s most popular models, the Quinny Buzz Xtra. The Buzz is sleek and stylish and a breeze to push.  With air-filled all terrain tires, and a height-adjustable pushbar, it is ready to go on most every surface you can immagine and comfortable for both Mom or Dad (who can vary, sometimes greatly, in height) to push. This stroller can be used from birth when combined with a Quinny Tukk foldable carrier or a Maxi-Cosi infant car seat.  An adaptor for...

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Why Moms Night Out Is Good for You

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

You’ve picked out a super cute outfit, you have your full makeup on for once all week, you’ve actually washed and blow dried your hair – and you are going out tonight, with your girlfriends. And, here’s the kicker – NO KIDS…Moms Night Out! Did I say NO KIDS? I confess, I need more Moms Nights Out (MNO). However, every few months, I do make the effort to be “husband-less and kid-less” to go out with girlfriends. I wondered, though, could not going out, in fact be detrimental to my mental health? According to Kate Baxter, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in Orange County, women may not be able to recognize why they feel like they “need” a girls night, but not having time for yourself to attend to just your needs can lead to feelings of...

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People Food You Can Share With Your Dog

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

Enduring a little begging from soulful pleading eyes is just a normal part of being a dog mom. It can be hard to ignore those big puppy dog eyes staring up at you and sometimes we succumb to those sweet faces and give in. The problem is that much of what we eat can be harmful or even toxic to our dogs’ health. If you’re a sucker like me and want to share the food wealth with Fido, go for a snack that won’t hurt his tummy or better yet, go for one with added health benefits. Here are a few “people food” you can share with your pup, guilt-free. Carrots Raw carrots are one of my go-to healthy snacks, for me and my pups. Carrots are jam packed with vitamin A along with a little bit of vitamin K,...

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Seasons 52 Butternut Squash Recipe

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in Parenting, Recipes | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Braun We were recently treated to a wonderful afternoon of learning about delicious fall recipes for the cooler weather. Yes it’s that time of year for those comfort food dishes. Executive Chef Russell Johnigan of Seasons 52 showed us how easy it really can be to make delicious Roasted Butternut Squash Soup even on a school night. While enjoying squash dishes from time to time, this soup was a winner and tantalized my taste buds. It was bursting with flavor, full of subtle hints of green apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and honey; and the most surprising ingredient Chipotle Tabasco. The good news, a generous serving is under 475 calories! Definitely looking forward to making this one; comforting, satisfying and good for those cool, fall days. Braun was also present, demonstrating a fabulous...

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Tips for a Fun Family Game Night

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

For many families, the holiday break can be both fun and stressful. The solution? Family Game Night! Family games can be a great way to reconnect with each other while helping alleviate the cursed “cabin fever” associated with winter break. Here are a few tips to holding a successful family game night: Inventory games Do a quick check of your games. Replace missing pieces, or even add a few new games into your game collection. Watch the weekly sale ads at stores like Target and Toys R’ Us for lower prices. Retailers will occasionally hold buy “one get one” free or half-off deals. Avoid fights To help avoid fighting amongst family members, designate player jobs such as set up, player referee and clean up. This involvement tactic will encourage a sense of ownership of the event. In addition, lay...

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Food Patriot Review

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Education, Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

If there was ever a more exciting time to be alive and be a part of something big – the food revolution is it! I say this because food is something our daily lives revolve around. We eat it at least 3 times a day, we can’t live without it, and it can literally contribute to our health or to disease with every single bite. It’s actually one of the most important decisions we can make on a daily basis. If you are asking yourself, “what food revolution?” then Food Patriots is the documentary for you! <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/V7smSleJ8kI” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> This powerful new documentary that features people from all walks of life who are trying to change the way Americans eat and buy food, and, more importantly, educate the next generation of consumers. The focus of this...

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Emily Blunt on Pregnancy while Filming “Into the Woods”

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Disney, Entertainment, Family, Film, Parenting | 2 comments

We attended the interview as a guest of Disney Emily Blunt plays the baker’s wife in the film “Into the Woods.” One thing that people in the theater will more than likely not notice when watching the movie was that Emily Blunt was pregnant during the making of the film. In fact, she was seven and a half months pregnant towards the end of filming. We talked with Blunt about what it was like to be pregnant while making the film and how the film has impacted her as a parent. “The irony of playing a barren woman.” said Emily Blunt Blunt found out that she was pregnant right after getting cast for the role in the film. She thought to herself, “she’s the baker’s wife, so it doesn’t matter if I gain a few pounds.” She was in...

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Sunglasses for you baby and child!

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Family, Parenting, Shopping | 1 comment

review product received Wow! These adorable aviator sunglasses are not only stylish, but they are durable and protect your little ones eyes. We received a pair and they have been an accessories that my son has loved. He never used to leave sunglasses on, but these sunglasses he is happy to wear and he does not like to take them off. When we go out and he wears them, we get a lot of attention. People are always commenting at how adorable he looks in them. I love that they are keeping his eyes safe. Babiators come in a wide variety of colors and prints. We chose the zebra print in the polarized sunglasses. They have original and even goggles an RX glasses. All of them are so adorable. The Babiators sunglasses come in 2 sizes-Junior, which fits most...

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Keeping Toddlers Active at The Little Gym Tustin

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Family, Fitness, Parenting | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Little Gym Does your little one need to get their wiggles out? Are you tired of frequenting local parks, have you been wanting to try out a gym with your kids, but a big gym seems overwhelming or are you just in the mood for a little more one on one interaction with your kids? If you have answered yes to any of these questions like I have, then The Little Gym in Tustin would be a great place to visit. If you have a child 4 months old up to 12 years old, The Little Gym Tustin has classes to fit your needs. The best thing about this is they offer a free introductory class to try it out, so you are able to participate and decide if it will fit your...

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5 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Giving

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Christmas, Family, Giving Back, Parenting | 0 comments

Sponsored The holidays are a time for giving back, and is also the perfect time to start talking to your children about what it means to give back. While the holiday are a time for giving it is also a time when overspending can happen, and is a fantastic time to teach your children the value of saving. A great way to begin a conversation about saving with your kids is by opening a savings account that is available online with ECCU. Budgeting! After opening an ECCU online saving account with your children, work on budgeting with them. How can budgeting help give back to others? Have your children budget a small portion of their allowance to donate to their favorite charity every month. Not only are your kids learning an important life skill, but also helping others in...

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Trim the Family Budget Before the Holidays

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Christmas, Deals, Family, Holiday, Parenting | 0 comments

Finances. To most of us, managing, or a lack of managing our finances is a sore spot. I’m no exception. Perhaps you can relate to this scenario: “Did you really need that?” my husband asks annoyingly. I slowly stop stroking my new find, and slide the new (beautiful) purse behind my back. Before I married, finances seemed so much simpler. But after marriage and kids, things have changed. How can you help trim the family budget without eating mac n’ cheese every night? Patrice Ann Murray, president & CEO of live free, has been a financial advisor to high net worth clients in the Orange County for more than 20 years. She also teaches seminars, classes and workshops to a diverse audience that focus on being financially free™ in every area of their lives. Before executing any quick tips,...

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55 Fun Rainy Day Activities

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Activities, Family, Featured, Parenting | 1 comment

Rain is in the forecast. Wondering how to keep your kids entertained without putting them in front of a video game or television show? These are 55 fun rainy day activities to keep your kids entertained while creating unforgettable memories together. 1. Make playdough! Bring the kids into the kitchen and make a batch of homemade playdough together. Once you’re done making playdough, spend hours together building, sculpting and creating fun things together. 2. Toilet paper fun! Remember those old high school days of toilet papering the house of a boy you liked? Put those skilled to work getting creative with your kids making toilet paper mummies and more! While it might make a huge mess in your house…it is guaranteed to be a moment that your kids will cherish forever. 3. Popcorn..Popcorn!! Do you have a traditional popcorn...

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CoachUp: The Difference in the Details

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Family, Fitness, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

When you’re coaching your child’s soccer team, it’s almost second-nature to recall each game in fine detail. But when the details don’t reflect your team’s potential, it’s time to take action. Antonio Oropeza of Lomita, California heads his son Antonio Jr.’s under-14 boys soccer team, Melbourne City FC. He clearly remembers the game before his son received one-on-one coaching through CoachUp. “We had taken 3 total shots on goal,” says Oropeza of that match. The team was averaging 5 to 7 shots on goal per game throughout the season and had yet to win a game. “All of a sudden, we were attacking the goalie.” The Melbourne City FC took 18 shots on goal that day, winning their first game of the season, 2–0. “My son took 5 shots,” Oropeza recalls like it was yesterday. “The other boys’ shots...

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SeekingSitters to the Rescue

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sponsored We’ve all been there at one time or another as moms. You know the word (cue scary music)… BABYSITTERLESS. Yes, I made up the word. But seriously speaking, there are a countless number of times my husband and I had adult night out plans, but no reliable sitter. A few years back, though, in sharing my frustrations with a friend, she recommended a sitting service: SeekingSitters. I went on the SeekingSitters Web site that allowed me to see photos and profiles of the various sitters, and easily marked icons that denoted their background and skill sets (CPR, First Aid). Most importantly, all sitters have undergone a thorough background check and screening. How to Use SeekingSitters Using the Web site, I set up our username and password protected family account and profile, including any special needs and/or requests. I...

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Kids and Inspire Chiropratic Health and Wellness

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

Sponsored For most, when we think of chiropractic care, we generally think about treating ourselves … not our kids. I have had chiropractic care most of my adult life, I’m a big believer, and last year I began treating my three children.  Lets face it, kids typically have an easier time recovering from the twist and turns, hard hits and falls, plus the strain they put on their bodies than adults do.  That being said, kids still get out of alignment as a result of poor posture and being involved in sports, chiropractic care naturally facilitates wellness and helps the body function at a higher level. I have found that regular chiropractic visits is like a body maintenance, a way to prevent back spasms, back and neck pain, headaches and other pains.  Sure, Chiropractic doctors can still help us when we are in severe pain, but regular...

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Smart Parenting Strategies: How to Teach Children Gratitude

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

The “G” word is heard over and over again each year during the holidays. And as adults, we understand the meaning of gratitude. But how do we teach children gratitude without the eye rolling or tuning out? Gratitude is defined by the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. According to Dr. Courtney Ball Harkins, Psy.D., marriage and family therapist and OC Mom Blog contributor, “Teaching your child gratitude is one of the best gifts you can give them. It is an essential task of raising a well adjusted, happy and healthy child. Grateful children are happier, and have a more positive view of themselves and others. These traits help fight against envy, jealousy, anger, depression and anxiety.” Here are a few practical strategies for teaching children gratitude: Active Parent Role Modeling This...

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Details on Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Culture, Family, Giving Back, Parenting | 0 comments

USH is an OC Mom Blog partner Can You Make Extra Income from Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student? Are you thinking of becoming a host family for extra income? Does the thought of housing a student from a foreign country appeal to you? Do you know what a homestay entails? Read on to find out more information about the process of qualifying as a host family and welcoming a foreign exchange student into your home. What is a Homestay? A homestay experience is when a family in another country agrees to house an exchange student, who comes to study and learn about another culture. Homestays can be rewarding and challenging at the same time, so it is very important to understand exactly the type of commitment it requires. When a student visits a host family they are required to...

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UC Irvine Health Offices Open New Location in Tustin

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Family, Health, Parenting | 1 comment

We attended as a guest of UC Irvine Health Orange County families can now get premiere health care at the new UC Irvine Health offices in Tustin. Thirteen doctors have relocated to the new location offering a wide variety of health services for families including imaging, laboratory, pediatrics, urgent care and more. UC Irvine Health hosted an open house last weekend where the community was invited to learn about the services offered at the new location, tour the facility and get complimentary flu shots. Families spent the day learning about the benefits of the world-class healthcare offered by UC Irvine Health while getting educated on the benefits of choosing UC Irvine Health during open enrollment. The new Tustin location is located at 1451 Irvine Blvd. The physician office hours are Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. Urgent care hours are...

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Importance of Keeping Your Kids Hydrated

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

Sponsored Although the summer months have passed, keeping kids hydrated is still a priority. Kids are constantly active and dehydration can be life-threatening to young children, regardless of the season. Every year more than 200,000 children in the US are admitted to hospitals for dehydration. How do you know if your kids are dehydrated? Signs of dehydration include: Dry mouth, dry skin and dry eyes (no tears) Thirst Tiredness, sluggishness Fewer wet diapers; decreased urine output light-headedness, headache Fever Confusion I have witnessed my kids begin to show signs of dehydration, and it has been some of the scariest moments of my life. Recently, my daughter started vomiting after a volleyball game due to dehydration. Getting her to keep water down was a challenge because she was already at a critical point of dehydration. We were only able to...

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Simple Rules For Introducing Children To Dogs

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

As the adoptions manager for a small dog rescue, I’ve seen my fair share of kid to dog meet and greets that could have gone a lot better. It’s my job to know the behavior of every foster dog in our care but I can’t control how prospective human brothers and sisters will behave during an introduction. I do my best to steer the potential adopters in the right direction, “Fido is a bit shy with new people, you might want to take it slow”, but my advice only goes so far. Often enough, the kids come off a bit strong and the parents aren’t sure how to help. You aren’t in the market for a new dog any time soon, so why should any of this concern you? I’m glad you asked. Let’s say you have kids but...

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4 Simple Water Conservation Tips

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

Water conservation is not just for a drought! Today, it’s more important than ever to use our water wisely and not waste it. Of course, for everyone living in California (that’s me), conserving water is a constant year round event and with a few simple changes, I have managed to keep my household water usage under “budget” levels during some of the hottest months of the year (May, June, July and September). We are actually allocated the most water in September, as that is traditionally the hottest month of the year here in Southern California, but May, June and July are not too far behind and most months our family has been about 2000 gallons of water under what we are allowed. I haven’t done anything drastic really, just a few small changes to our normal routines and it...

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Teaching Your Kids How to Drive with Varsity Driving Academy

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Education, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

Sponsored When the time comes for your kids to get behind the wheel of a car, selecting a school that will give your kids the tools to be a safe driver is the biggest priority. There are many different options for parents in Orange County, and Varsity Driving Academy is the 2014 winner for Best Driving School of Irvine. They serve the majority of Orange County including Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Yorba Linda with a new office just opened in San Clemente (and a Long Beach location coming soon.) All lessons are performed in new model Hyundai Accents with one of their experienced instructors, brake and rear view mirrors. Children cannot legally begin driving with anyone (including parents) until their permit is validated from completing a two-hour lesson with an instructor. In order for them to get their...

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Celebrating Mini-Milestones with Children

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Parenting | 0 comments

We are a member of the Netflix Stream Team It’s not the big things that kids remember, but the small things. As parents, it is so easy to just celebrate birthdays, graduations and other big accomplishments in our kid’s lives. Lately, we have changed how our family celebrates our kids accomplishments by celebrating the mini-milestones in their lives. Learning how to tie their shoes, perfecting a cartwheel after weeks of practice or showing kindness to a friend are the type of things we celebrate with our kids. My daughter has been trying to perfect her cartwheel for weeks. She would spend hours on the beach during our vacation last month, always in the backyard practicing, and her hard work ended with the unfortunate circumstance of her breaking her arm. While she felt defeated by ending her weeks of practicing...

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Earn Extra Income as an Avon Representative

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

Sponsored story on behalf of Avon Are you looking to make a little extra money? Still want to be able to stay home with your kids? Then becoming an Avon representative just might be the perfect job for you! The average Avon representative earns 30-35% on their personal sales, and there are opportunities to earn more when higher goals are reached. Not only is being an Independent Avon Sales Rep fun job that allows moms to make their hours around their family schedule, but reps can also win great prizes and amazing trips. After deciding to become a rep, you’ll have access to tools and support to help you be successful. You’ll get one-on-one support from an experienced Avon seller, your own personalized eStore, product samples and more! Avon has been a worldwide beauty leader for more than 125...

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Bold Girlz: Changing the World, One Girl at a Time

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Birthday Parties, Family, Featured, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

Sponsored Each year we seem to struggle in finding the ideal place to celebrate our daughters’ birthdays. We go round and round birthday party ideas – from theme parks, bounce house places, to tea parties. This year was no different when my eldest daughter turned 10. Until we hit the jackpot of all girl birthday party venues: BOLD GIRLZ. We decided to go check out the new birthday party spot at the Kaleidoscope Shopping Center in Mission Viejo. Within a few minutes of entering Bold Girlz, my daughter decided this was “the place” she wanted to have her party. In researching all the Bold Girlz services, we also learned that they offer more than just birthday parties. Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer Cheryl Beck founded Bold Girlz in 2010 with a mission to empower girls through fashion and encourage them...

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School of Rock Opening in Huntington Beach

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Education, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Music, Parenting | 2 comments

Sponsored Do you have a music lover in your home? Then we’ve got some great news for you! School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education inspiring the world to rock on stage and in life, will be opening a new location in Huntington Beach on November 1st. School of Rock is an ingenious concept that gets kids and adults rocking out to the classics and on stage performing with their peers. Music programs are designed to create a supportive environment where music students of all skill levels are comfortable yet challenged at every turn. In addition to individual private music instruction on guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards and/or drums, School of Rock combines weekly one-on-one lessons with structured group rehearsals and jam sessions, culminating in a live performance in front of real crowds at legendary rock venues. School...

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Fuel for Young Athletes: Tips and Strategies

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Education, Family, Fitness, Hot Topics, Parenting | 1 comment

Fall sports are in full swing, but do you know what to feed your young athlete before, during and after games? Americans spend billions of dollars on specialized coaching and personal trainers (guilty!), so shouldn’t we pay attention to what these kids eat? After all, food is fuel, the fuel that sustains them during long and arduous practices, games and tournaments. But did you know young athletes are NOT like regular kids? Here are a few reasons why and strategies to keep them well fueled: Young Athletes are NOT like regular kids Young athletes are like expensive racecars; they need high quality fuel, and a lot of it! These kids/teens are not only spending lots of calories in order to grow, they have significant additional demands to keep up with their sports. Young athletes need to eat a lot...

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Job Quotes: Water Damage Relief to the Rescue

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Family, Parenting, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sponsored My first hint should have been when the quiet streets of our suburban sprawl started filling up with mold restoration and plumbing service vehicles, but this ditsy blonde didn’t quite catch on until this happened… We finally had the infamous water damage that has plagued South Orange County residents. Besides reporting the damage to our insurance company, I would have loved to use a pretty cool resource – Job Quotes. With Job Quotes I could have quickly found a professional, such as a plumber and mold restoration specialist to assess and minimize our damage. Even though our house was eventually filled with large booming fans and noisy dehumidifiers, having a tool like Job Quotes at my fingertips would have given me peace of mind in knowing that I could secure a professional quickly and confidently. Not only does...

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Three Tips for Managing Sensitive Teeth

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Health, Parenting | 0 comments

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Crest Before having kids, I had mild tooth sensitivity, and after kids, everything changed. I am not alone as multiple moms suffer from sensitive teeth and gum disease after giving birth to their children. While many doctors will say that it is normal to have sensitive teeth after pregnancy, it is still unmanageable for many women until now. These are three helpful tips for managing sensitive teeth after birth. Start with your toothpaste. There are multiple sensitive teeth toothpastes available, and Crest has been the go-to choice for me over the years. I always notice a difference in my tooth sensitivity when using a regular toothpaste vs. a sensitive toothpaste. Avoid certain foods and drinks. Food/drinks that are high in acids such as oranges, soda and fruit juices can cause added discomfort when...

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7 Halloween Tips for Parents of Children with Asthma

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Family, Featured, Halloween, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

Halloween should be scary in a fun way. But an asthma attack can take the fun out of the night and make the scare far too real. To keep this Halloween focused on tricks and treats, parents of kids with asthma can be proactive about managing their child’s asthma before trick or treating. Here are seven safety tips to keep your child having fun this Halloween: Unmask – Costumes and masks may contain latex, a known asthma trigger. Read the label before purchasing. Not wearing a mask is best, or wear a half-mask to making breathing easier. If your child is wearing a costume that has been stored for a while, be sure to wash it. Stored costumes can collect dust, molds and dust mites that can cause asthma symptoms in children with asthma. Frightful Fun – Hay rides,...

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Job Quotes: Helping to Make Your Old Home Seem New Again

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Family, Parenting, Tech, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sponsored I remember when we first moved to Orange County from Los Angeles about eight years ago. Everything was new. New neighborhood, grocery store, parks, dry cleaners, doctors… Don’t get me wrong, I was thrilled we purchased our first home after living in apartments and condo rentals, but the pressure of moving and new home buying was stressful. And even though we are now established in our community, a new phase is now upon us: our new house, well, is not so new. The aging, weathering and wear and tear of two kids is taking its toll on our now “old house.” So where do you turn when things in your home start to fall apart? How can you find someone reputable and local? That’s when I learned about Job Quotes. Job Quotes provides consumers an online database of...

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Tween App Review: GGG – It’s a Girls World

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

Complimentary download provided Do you like to do D.I.Ys, or catch up on cool, funny stuff? If so, GGG – It’s a Girls World is the app for you. GGG – It’s a Girls World is a fun tween app that will help you get fun ideas, vote (for TV shows, nothing serious), laugh, and catch up on the latest trends. GGG – It’s a Girls World is like Pinterest for tween girls except you are browsing — not posting photos and ideas as a user. It’s simple, but before you go and download the app, there are a few things you should know: MY LIKES The app has some creative, great ideas and cool D.I.Ys. It’s also addicting, and kid safe, and there’s a lot of categories to choose from when browsing including: ♥Celebs ♥Jokes ♥ Fashion ♥...

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Tips on Helping Children Sleep

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Parenting | 0 comments

Sleeping Beauty will soon be awoken when the Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-ray and DVD appears in stores on October 7th. In celebration of this highly-anticipated event, Clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Breus, one of the nation’s top sleep experts, has some advice on how to help children get the sleep that they need. Tips On Helping Children Sleep 1. Be consistent. Going to bed and waking up at the same time (even on weekends) will help your children keep Maleficent’s evil henchmen out of their dreams. 2. Use Flora’s gift of beauty. Help your children finish up whatever they’re doing, clean up their toys and make the room neat, comfortable and ready for sleep. 3. Use Fauna’s gift of song. While everyone’s getting ready for bed, sing a few favorite soothing songs while they bathe, brush their teeth and...

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Making Potty Training Fun with Let’s Potty

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

Review copy received Many parents will often say that potty training is one of the hardest things to do with their toddlers. Giving the kids treats, sticker charts, running around the backyard naked..you name it..most of us have tried it. Potty training can now be fun for your kids will an all-new board game called “Let’s Potty!” It’s a potty training board game that brings the party to the potty..how fun is that? The game is geared towards potty training aged kids (2+) and is a 2-4 player game. When playing the game, you and your child, will follow the toilet tissue trail through the house to find the potty with your guide “rolly.” There is guaranteed to be a lot of singing, dancing and hopefully ending with your toddler having potty training success. My son is almost ready...

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Five Ways to Protect Young Athletes from Concussions

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

School is back in session, and the laundry hamper is back to tackling your child athlete’s sports practice outfit three times a week. The stains on your son’s football pads make it clear that conditioning is no walk in the park, but what kind of physical dangers does your child actually face on the field? One risk that all sports parents should be aware of is the chance that their child could get a concussion. Of all high school sports, football presents boys with the highest risk (75% chance) of suffering from one, according to the Sports Concussion Institute. Younger players are especially susceptible to related long-term damage. Fortunately, the key to preventing and responding to a concussion correctly begins with equipping yourself with the right information. You’ve come to the right place for five tips that you should...

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Come Join the Orange County Girl Scouts

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Giving Back, Parenting | 0 comments

Now that school has started, it is a great time to join a local Girl Scouts troop. Girl Scouts can help your girls grow personally and professionally while making life-long friends. With it being the perfect time to sign your girls up for the Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts of the USA just released data show the organizations benefit for girls and volunteers. Results of a summer 2014 pulse poll conducted with over 3,500 volunteers and parents of Girl Scouts in the K−5 age range show positive effects on members of all ages. Ninety-seven percent of parents agree that Girl Scouts has been a positive activity for their daughter, that she has had fun and exciting new experiences (95 percent), and that she has learned or tried something new (96 percent). In addition, 94 percent of parents say that because...

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The innocence is gone..here is what you can do

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Featured, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

The world is changing and safe places such as schools are no longer safe. There have been two incidences in Aliso Viejo within roughly two weeks of each other where Elementary schools have been the target of threats. If you are a parent where your child attends either of the two schools that were targeted there are things you can do to ease the stress and anxiety of this situation. It is critical to know that many children react to trauma differently than adults do. There are as many reactions as there are people. The world may suddenly seem dangerous and unsafe. Your child may feel overwhelmed by intense emotions, and not understand how to cope with these feeling. Here is how you as a parent can help. 1) Faith in God is the most significant help in time...

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Sick Day Survival Guide

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Health, Parenting | 0 comments

Sponsored story The worst thing about the cooler weather is the sicknesses that come along with it. Now that the kids are back in school, we have already had one virus go through our household. As moms, we all know how long those days can be when the kids are feverish, and there is not a lot we can do to make them comfortable. Surviving sick days with our kids can be a challenge, and one of the biggest challenges parents face is getting their kids to take their cold medicine. If the kids just take their medicine, they can often find comfort, rest and heal faster but they never like the taste. To get my kids to take their cold medicine, I have found myself doing silly dances, bribing, and the list goes on. Finally, there is a...

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