Ace Hotel Palm Springs October Crafting Event Weekend – great family getaway

September 17, 2013 Retreat

If you have never been to the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs, you are in for a treat. See my full review here. If you are crafty or have crafty kids there is a great two day weekend getaway event planned in October 4-6th that is not to be missed. There will [...]

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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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Teaching Kids about money

August 20, 2013 Tips

I wanted to share a piece I just wrote for Momsgonnafindout, a great web site which offers moms ideas on ways to make money, save money and have fun too! “Teaching kids about money is not easy. Watching parents plunk down a credit card time and again is an incredibly abstract idea for a kid, [...]

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Summer Lemonade (with vodka)

August 1, 2013 Eat

There’s nothing like a cold glass of lemonade in the heat of summer. Better yet is a one with vodka in it. I’m positive that you have your own blossoming lemon tree in your garden and squeeze your own lemon juice regularly, but I personally like this 5 minute short cut yet (seemingly) fancy version, [...]

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The Art of Brick (Lego Art) by Nathan Sawaya at Forest Lawn Glendale Museum

June 6, 2013 Tips

Beth just checked out The Art of Brick (Lego Art) What a great exhibit to take the kids to.  Hers’s what she has to say: I’ve always loved Legos for the creativity they inspire, so I was particularly thrilled to see an actual art exhibit using Legos as the medium. Nathan Sawaya’s “The Art of [...]

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Courtney Watkins Creative Adventures Summer Camp

May 30, 2013 Play

My pal, Courtney Watkins, is a fellow LACityMom, creativity Guru, and star of The Possibility Shop web series on Disney Family.com. I have written about her Creative Adventure classes before, but this summer she is about to start her amazing summer adventure camp series. Courtney has an innate gift with children, making even the most reticent of children warm to her immediately. [...]

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Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Gardens

May 28, 2013 Play

I lived in LA for twelve years before I discovered The Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. The Arboretum is is a wonderful spot for a family outing especially with school wrapping up, and some unstructured days ahead. (Ahh!) Experiencing nature with the kids, strolling through blossoming gardens, and taking in the wonders of wildlife, [...]

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Tip of the day: 5 things you should know before you start a blog

May 23, 2013 Uncategorized

Many people have asked me advice about blogging. There’s more to it than meets the eye, and I have a few tips that I put together for Mom’s Going to Find Out, Laura Wallis’s Mom blog. Laura is a web guru, and also has a very informative website called Web Navigator Gal, which provides a newsletter [...]

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One Direction Tickets to benefit San Francisco Charity: ROCK

May 19, 2013 Uncategorized

Today I wanted to tell you about an incredible charity based in San Francisco called, ROCK. ROCK stands for Real Options for City Kids. The organization runs after school and enrichment programs for at risk youth in underserved communities in San Francisco. The organization’s executive director, Curt Yagi, contacted me because they are having an [...]

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