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Make a Date at Terranea and Call the Babysitter

Make a Date at Terranea and Call the Babysitter

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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How do we Teach Resilience to Kids?

How do we Teach Resilience to Kids?

Resilience. Grit. Pluckiness. Whatever you want to call it, it is what picks us up when we feel we cannot move, it is the ability to keep going despite tragedy. How do we teach resilience to kids? Is it possible? 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…

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How to Go Wine Tasting with Toddlers

How to Go 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

Ways of Teaching Toddlers Gratitude

Every third Thursday in November, 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…

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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

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 kid just to get…

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The Best 3 Indoor Playgrounds Around Pasadena

The Best 3 Indoor Playgrounds Around Pasadena

Some days you just need indoor playgrounds. Maybe the LA summer sun beats at 104 degrees outside, the heat so oppressive you feel it searing your bones. Perhaps the rare rain has started pattering softly on your window, finally disturbing the tangle of woven spider webs. For once, maybe you just want to stare mindlessly at Instagram (finally!) while your kid entertains him or herself. Pasadena and east LA offer several enticing options for indoor playgrounds. Some seem better for younger…

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Charity Walk with a Toddler

Charity Walk with a Toddler

All right, I agree. It’s not a hard sell to convince you that a charity walk with a toddler is a good idea. You’re outside, required to run around, and people wave cow bells at you. Sometimes you even get a hand-held sign the little munchkins can swing (just not at your head). And all that money goes to charity. The Challenge of Teaching a Toddler about Volunteerism Due to the current state of things in the world, I admit…

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Complete Guide to Choosing Where to Stay with Kids

Complete Guide to Choosing Where to Stay with Kids

Trying to plan a trip with your little ones? After you’ve decided where to go, you need to choose where to stay with a toddler. Somehow, after you decide where to base yourself, the rest of the trip just falls into place. That brings up the question though of stay in a hotel or rent a condo/apartment/house. Both have their benefits and drawbacks. Whatever you choose, you will have a great time. Trust that you know your family and your…

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