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Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil Products

by leeroseemery on October 14, 2017

skinny-coconut-oil-pulling-8-5_grande If you frequent health food stores you may have seen a lot of coconut products lately: cooking oils, body butter, lip balm and more. It seems like there are a million and one uses for coconut oil. It’s touted as kind of the miracle nut/fruit/palm. But not all the products you see on the market are created equal. I was so happy when the folks at Skinny & Co. approached me about testing their new line of coconut oil based products.

Skinny Coconut Oil is a small batch, extra virgin, cold pressed coconut oil, made with nothing but 100% pure, raw, pesticide free, wild coconuts from the pristine jungles of Vietnam.” The company is a small family business dedicated to sustainability.

My favorite coconut oil from Skinny’s line has peppermint oil in it. It can be used for oil pulling (slosh it around in your mouth and then spit it out – sounds odd, yes, but it works great.) Doing so promotes gum and teeth health. Coconut oil is also soothing to dry skin. Skinny & Co’s body butter too, is super moisturizing and has a mild scent, which I like. I rub it on my sons feet, which get very dry, and I have seen that it really makes a difference.

Coconut oil can moisturize hair, face and skin. You can also use it for cooking or add it to a smoothie. I love that all the Skinny & Co. products are completely edible. Putting products on our skin that are filled with chemicals is a terrible idea, especially when the skin is our body’s biggest organ. Skinny & Co’s products have absolutely no additives, and are a raw, which means the oil has not been heated to high temperatures. It’s the only raw coconut oil on the market, making it the purest as the nutrients have not been compromised  by overheating.


Skinny & Co. also sells a sugar scrub with a hint of vanilla in it that smells so delicious that it’s hard to decide weather to use it in the shower or take a bite of it. (Which of course is also okay.) It has a lovely texture and washes off easily. After using the scrub, my skin feels soft and supple.

I feel really strongly about giving my family the best and healthiest products I can find. I am happy to know about Skinny & Co, as I know that from now on, it will be our first choice in coconut oil products.

To learn more about where to buy Skinny & Co. coconut products near you click HERE, or you can order products directly on line from their website.



Screenagers Documentary Review

by leeroseemery on March 26, 2016

AR-160129887I just had the opportunity to screen the very topical documentary made by Delaney Ruston, called Screenagers. This provocative film explores the impact that screen time and media addiction has on kids today. This is one of the most relevant parenting issues of the day, and managing kids’ media habits is a huge challenge facing modern parents and teens. Delaney, a doctor, and concerned Mom, like all of us,  is attempting to find the balance between allowing her teens access to the devices they desire, while, at the same time trying to set reasonable limits to encourage them to use the devices responsibly. I can’t think of one parent I know that doesn’t struggle with the challenge of monitoring kids and their screen time.

In the film, Delaney interviews neuroscientists who study the teenage brain who, like her, are concerned about the impact of prolonged screen exposure and its effects on kids’ ability to concentrate. What’s scary is that these devices are still relatively new, and we really don’t fully know the long-term effects of screen exposure. Still, well over half of America’s teens have smart phones. Another frightening statistic is that kids spend, on average, 6.5 hours a day on screens, not including classroom or homework screen time! Kids themselves, in the movie, talk about how they have trouble focusing at times. One boy in the film even had to be checked into a treatment facility to recover from a video game addiction that resulted in his failing out of college. The experts in the film reiterate that addiction is addiction – regardless of the substance. In other words, the brain acts the same way whether it is craving drugs or screen time.

I watched the film with my son, and it sparked such an interesting discussion at our family dinner. One of Delaney’s personal solutions was to instigate “Tech Tuesday” where the weekly family dinner topic in her home, is about how technology is affecting their family’s lives. I recommend seeing this film, either with your family, or your school. Details on community screenings can be found on the Screenagers website. Setting boundaries and limits around technology for adults as well as children is an issue that is unique to this moment in time. The consequences for parents not being “tech savvy” in this regard could have severely detrimental consequences on the health and future of our children. Why not have a family screen night and watch this documentary together? It may be one of the most important and thought provoking family movie nights you have all year.

From the website. “Every week, screenings at schools, churches, synagogues, youth groups, Girl Scouts, community centers, companies and all kinds of organizations around the world mean that more and more people are seeing this film and talking about the important topics it raises. If you don’t see a screening you can attend, learn how to host one in your community.”



Holiday Cheer

by leeroseemery on December 22, 2015

x-mas111_053One of my favorite things about the holidays is decorating gingerbread houses with the kids. I’d like to tell you that I make mine from scratch. But I don’t. I buy a kit. I’d like to tell you that ours looks like this one on the left, but it doesn’t. We bought our kit at Bed Bath and Beyond for $9.99. The kits are nifty as they contain all the little pieces of gingerbread and all you need to do is to stand the sides of the house up and frost them together. Then the fun part happens and you can decorate them. We also  buy extra colorful candy to adorn the roofs. The holidays can get so rushed, and hectic. I am really looking for ways to reign it in, to find the spirit, to create time spent with family just enjoying each other. Our gingerbread houses are not perfect. Sometimes half the roof falls off. But each time we begin this family tradition, I feel so grateful for time spent with the kids doing something fun and fanciful together. It makes me feel the true magic of the season.

img_3478This one’s not finished but you can see the potential.


Deck the Halls at Disney Hall, Los Angeles

December 4, 2014 Play

One of my all time favorite things to do with the kids is to go to a concert at Disney Hall. My Dad is an opera buff and I remember as a little girl he would take me to Lincoln Center in New York and then later, when we moved to DC to hear music […]

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LEAF College Savings Gift Cards – A great holiday gift idea!

November 6, 2014 Uncategorized

*this is a sponsored post, but as always, the views and opinions on are my own. Thinking about how much it will cost to send my two kids to college is enough to make my head spin in spite of the fact that they are still years away from enrolling. Still it’s never too early […]

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LACityMom Family Travel : Istanbul, Turkey

June 16, 2014 Retreat

We have been incredibly lucky with our fantastic travel opportunities over the past two years. I wanted to share our latest adventure a trip to Istanbul Turkey. It’s a long haul from LA, but if you have the chance to visit Turkey, the city is fascinating. Here’s a link to a piece that I wrote […]

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Schoola – a new way to raise money for your school and save on kids’ clothes

March 18, 2014 Uncategorized

Here’s a multifaceted way to help parents save money, clean their closets and raise  money for their schools. We all know how expensive shopping for growing kids can be , buying  gently used clothes is a great way to save. Not only does Schoola sell gently used clothes, but the way they collect their inventory […]

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Cabrillo Whale Watch

January 30, 2014 Uncategorized

It’s easy to get stuck in the carpool lane and forget that there is a big ocean right nearby. The next few months are a great time to see some Pacific grey whales migrating off the California Coast. We had great luck one morning when the kids were smaller actually seeing a whale leap through […]

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The LA County Fair

September 9, 2013 Play

This just in from Beth Szymkowski, our intrepid activities seeker: “Until this year, I had avoided the LA County Fair because I avoid all things that involve large numbers of people in really hot weather on asphalt. But recently, the last day of a long weekend sent me and my sons looking for a new […]

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Pelada – great family movie

September 3, 2013 OPINION

Every now and then I come across a great family movie that I have to share with my readers. The family recently watched the documentary called, Pelada and I highly recommend it. It is the story of a young couple who were college soccer stars, but did not make it to the professional circuit. It […]

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