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20 summer movies your kids haven’t seen 400 times already


Don’t look now but summer is almost here. Did you know that the average parent has to fill 79 days of summer for their kids (that excludes weekends, when you are legally required to be with them)? This year, one of the activities I’m looking forward to is hosting some outdoor movie parties in our …

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Debbie Lavdas


It’s a Minion Invasion at Universal Studios Hollywood


It was all minions, all day for us at Universal Studios Hollywood. The all-new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride is a giggly, mischievous, fun-hearted, little-yellow-people frenzy. As soon as we arrived at the park, it was minions everywhere we looked, and our minion-obsessed two-year-old was in heaven. My kids had been seeing the park commercial on TV …

Elaina Francis


Coconut Oil Cleansing


Being the mom of two toddlers, ages 2 and 3, leaves little time for pampering. Gone are the days of regular salon visits, spa soaks and girl-bonding in the steam room. Now, I’m lucky if I get my hair cut every six months, and doubly lucky if my beauty regimen goes beyond a toothbrush and …

Alisa Newman


Guilt-free Happy Hour With Skinnygirl Cocktails!


You might remember my post a few weeks ago on my top 10 must haves for summertime? I wrote about how I was introduced to Skinnygirl Cocktails (specifically their White Sangria) and about how I pretty much fell in love with it?!? Well let me tell ya, I had the chance to try a few …

Hollie Eisenman


How My Daughters Got Their Zzzz’s Back!


Every mom knows it’s coming, but they can only hope it doesn’t happen too soon…the END of naps. My girls just turned 3, and we have been struggling with nap times for the last 7 months. I was ready to face the fact that naps were a thing of the past. Having no naps was …

Michele Whiteaker


National Geographic Kids Young Explorers Take a Road Trip


Caleb Kruse and Jordan Fatke masterfully manuevered their biodiesel ice cream truck into place outside Birch Aquarium in La Jolla for the launch of their epic Ice Cream Expedition on July 17, 2014. The truck is unmistakably National Geographic Kids with a colorful paint job featuring the magazine’s signature yellow border. But why an ice …

Marcie Taylor


Free Math Fair on August 2nd at UCI


If you have a kid in school, chances are you’ve heard about Jiji the Penguin and ST Math. In case you haven’t heard about it, ST Math is this amazing program that helps kids learn math in a fun way. Developed by the MIND Research Institute, the ST Math program provides visual, computer-based math games …

Jennifer Broas


New Store in OC – HE is greater than i


There’s a new store in town. Newport Beach is home to the new Orange County location of HE>i or He is greater than i. To say that I am thrilled is an understatement. I have been sporting a HE>i sticker on my vehicles for about the past 4 years, but the purchases have been made …

Allison Huke


Summer Activities for Kids


Summer has started for many of you. I’m a little jealous of the summer Facebook posts already filling up my newsfeed. Sadly, at our house, summer is still weeks away – June 25th can not come fast enough! Although we all can’t wait for summer now, I know that inevitably, about four days in I’ll …

Darlynn Morgan


Get Your Spring Fest On!


      Spring Family Fest is the ultimate event for parents, expectant parents and families with young children in Southern California! June 7, 2014: 11am-4pm, Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa Huntington Beach   Join Club MomMe for an entire afternoon filled with popular speakers and amazing panels designed just for you and your family. …

Jenelyn Russo


Glorious and Heartbreaking


Game 7. It can be glorious. And it can be heartbreaking. I’m convinced that Game 7s are only “fun” if you don’t have a rooting interest in either team. Otherwise, “I’m too nervous to eat” and “I feel sick” are the words that come to my mind with these games. I have a curious relationship …

Rally Monkey Mom


Unlikely Champion


I didn’t go to Boston to watch baseball. It was hockey that drew me to one of my favorite cities last month, as TD Garden and the Boston Bruins played host to the Anaheim Ducks on Halloween night. But as timing would have it, the night I flew in, October 30, was also Game 6 …

Carrie Braun


Kettlebells and Callouses


They’re super simple.  To some, they may look like a weapon or a medieval torture device. It’s an exercise tool called a kettlebell. My workout buddy. It’s essentially a cannon ball with a thick metal handle on top that you swing and press and use in a variety of moves that challenge you (and torture you- …

Kara-Noel Lawson


Craft Attitude Printable Jewelry Film


  Hi friends! I had a dandy time at the Craft and Hobby Association’s Winter Conference this year. Have you ever wanted to make rad jewelry but don’t want to spend a fortune on all the jewelry making supplies? Me too! REALLY! I tried once and it didn’t have the best outcome. Well, Craft Attitude’s …

Disneyland Locals


Catch this Sneak Peek at the new Buena Vista Street


Buena Vista Street might be the sleeper hit of the 5-year expansion of Disney California Adventure. The new entrance and “main street” of Disney California Adventure feels like a romanticized 1920s Los Angeles — the LA that met Walt when he first came to California. I was able to catch a sneak peek at Buena …