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Call the Babysitter! Make a Date at Terranea

Call the Babysitter! Make a Date at Terranea

Has this ever happened to you? You show up at a holiday event, find a seat, “enjoy” your banquet chicken, and…suddenly realize it is literally the last place on Earth you want to be. Apart from inside the middle of an active volcano. Interestingly, this has now happened twice to my husband and me. The first time, we schmoozed for about an hour then went to the hotel steakhouse. This time, we drove about twenty miles north for a date…

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Resilience for Kids: How to Get Back Up Again

Resilience for Kids: How to Get Back Up Again

Resilience. It has haunted me lately. As I write this, much of my adopted home state of California burns. Apparently, the combination of faster-than-average Santa Ana winds, recent scorching summer, and wet winter in 2016 has led to a state that can go up like a tinderbox. Last month following the devastating fires in Sonoma and Santa Rosa, I watched anxiously as people walked back over the areas where their homes stood. They surveyed the damage, tried to collect what…

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Wine Tasting with Toddlers

Wine Tasting with Toddlers

Sunlight refracts through the glass, casting ruby red shadows over the burnished wood bar. The limo idles in the long driveway, ready to whisk you off to the next vineyard. The musty smell of grapes soaks into your pores, coaxing you to relax. Then there comes a loud BAM! CRASH! Your 2 year old starts screaming. Ah, yes. I’ve had that nightmare too about going wine tasting with toddlers. But does it need to be that way? A tacit parental…

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Foodie and Family Friendly Restaurants in Eagle Rock

Foodie and Family Friendly Restaurants in Eagle Rock

When you think of visiting Los Angeles, most people imagine strolling down Rodeo Drive, people-watching on Venice Beach, or “accidentally” spying a celebrity at Urth Caffe. The city, though, sprawls for over 450 square miles. On the west side, you run into Malibu and the farms in Simi Valley. On the east side, though, you can explore where many Angelenos actually reside. In the shadow of its eponymous stone, Eagle Rock abuts Pasadena, Highland Park, and Glendale. It has a…

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Ways of Teaching Toddlers Gratitude at Thanksgiving

Ways of Teaching Toddlers Gratitude at Thanksgiving

On November 23, we celebrate Thanksgiving here in America. Traditionally, Thanksgiving here means stuffing yourself within an inch of your elastic waistband, deep frying a turkey until someone ends up in the emergency department, and a sugar and wine-soaked bacchanal. Should not the name imply more, well, giving of thanks? Last year, facing my daughter’s looming second birthday, I tried to commandeer my family into donating food for a local rescue mission instead of bringing sides for the potluck dinner….

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Los Angeles with Toddlers

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Los Angeles with Toddlers

Once upon a time, before I moved to Los Angeles, I never thought of it as a kid-friendly city. Four years later, I now know that LA offers myriad opportunities for young families. From the weather to the activities, reasons not to visit Los Angeles with toddler simply do not exist. You can add a larger tour of the city to any amusement park stay, spend a few days at one of the beaches in Malibu or Orange County, then…

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Disney vs Carnival: How To Cruise with Toddlers

Disney vs Carnival: How To Cruise with Toddlers

The Caribbean is open! All hail winter travel! What better way to escape the cold than on the open sea? Once you make the excellent decision to cruise with toddlers, the next step is to choose the cruise line. Royal Caribbean ships entice with their Royal Babies and Tots program and nonstop activities; however, I get easily overwhelmed by the vast size of the ships. I don’t want to shove my stroller into a tiny stateroom or injure my back carrying my…

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