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Moving forward with marriage and a new last name


I knew it was coming. My boyfriend, Tim, and I have been dating for over a year. Both of us have two kids each – his are ages 6 and 8, and mine are 10 and 13. We began the process of “blending” our families at Christmastime last year and things have gone as well […]

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Jennifer Broas


Get your Kids in the Kitchen


I had the privilege of attending the Kids in the Kitchen event at Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo, Orange County’s premier health club. This class is offered as a part of the club’s Kids World facility: http://www.renaissanceclubsport.com/aliso-viejo/kids-world. This program is a safe stimulating childcare environment for children 6 weeks-12 years old. They run the Kids in […]

Marcie Taylor


Renaissance Club Aliso Viejo Hosts Kids in the Kitchen


My boys participated in a “Kids in the Kitchen” cooking event at the Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo. They made apple turnovers and chocolate chip cookies with the help of the club’s executive and sous chefs! The treats turned out really tasty and the kids had fun. This class is offered as a part of […]

Alisa Newman


Review: Disney On Ice


We went to Disney On Ice- “Let’s Celebrate” last night for opening night at the Honda Center. It was FANTASTIC!!! My kids were SO SO excited, and Disney On Ice was pretty much the only thing they talked about (all day long) yesterday. We were able to meet up with a few of my daughter’s […]

Elaina Francis


The Perfect Holiday Mother-Daughter Date


  One of the greatest pleasures upon finding out I had a daughter on the way, was imagining all of the sweet mother-daughter dates and traditions my future held. As my daughter, Rosey, approaches three, we’ve reached an age where we can finally indulge in some sweet outings, make memories, and form traditions. The holidays […]

Jenelyn Russo


Anaheim Ducks Host Holiday Shopping Spree for Students from The Wooden Floor


Last week the Anaheim Ducks participated in one of my favorite events that they do for our community—taking some of the awesome and talented kids from The Wooden Floor on a holiday shopping spree. For the seventh year in a row, the Ducks have partnered with the Santa Ana-based after school dance program for an […]

Hollie Eisenman


Crafty Holiday Traditions


The holidays always make me feel a little craftier, and now that the girls are three, I’m having a lot of fun starting family traditions! On November 1st, I created our third annual family thankful tree. Everyone was assigned a colored leaf and each day, we all put one leaf on the tree, to share […]

Michele Whiteaker


Home Exchange Gives Families Travel Options


Home exchange gives families travel options and might be the perfect solution when it comes to budget and place to stay. My friend’s family swears by it. They’ve already travelled to Sedona, AZ and Kauai on home exchange vacations. All you have to do is become a HomeExchange.com member for $120/year (no risk 14 day free […]

Debbie Lavdas


Why FBT’s Nutcracker is the Mother Ginger of them all! Shows Dec. 12-24.


Before you know it, Festival Ballet Theatre’s Gingersnaps will be popping out from Mother Ginger’s skirt, a bevy of Snow will be elegantly dancing across stage, and the iconic white-gowned Clara will be dreaming of her Nutcracker Prince. FBT truly does the Nutcracker like no other in OC. Perhaps I’m biased, as my girl has […]

Kara-Noel Lawson


7 Ways Small Children can Save the World


Kids can make a big impact on the environment in a positive way. Even small children. And to make a big impact, you don’t have to do big things. So here is a list of 7 ways small children can save the world! Check out the complete list and activities here. I’m not brainwashing my […]

Allison Huke


Teeth Whitening at Newport Center Smile Design


I recently looked in the mirror and noticed that my teeth are not quite the shade of white that I remember or want them to be. And I show my teeth – a lot. I’ve been called “horse teeth” on more than one occasion. I don’t even mind anymore. I embrace my huge smile, but […]

Darlynn Morgan


News You Can Use! Mom Fashion


Ever wonder… “What jewelry should I wear with this outfit?!?” And then not wear any because you can’t decide? That’s me. In fact, every year for Christmas, I kid you not, my assistant buys me jewelry to encourage me to wear accessories! But check out this guide from ultra-hip Xpecting, a Lifestyle Boutique for moms. […]

Carrie Braun


Round Three: When is Enough Enough?


When is enough enough? The answer to ‘when is enough, enough?’ is easy most of the time. At least when it comes to things like running and See’s Candy, ironically two of my favorite things. My body usually tells me when I’m a mile or Scotchmallow past comfortable.   But when it came to planning […]

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 […]

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 […]