Alive in Wonderland


Go ahead, call me ‘bossy!’


The Girl Scouts and Sheryl Sandberg, a Facebook executive and author of the best-selling book “Lean In,” recently collaborated on a campaign designed to encourage girls to become leaders. The “Ban Bossy” campaign harnessed the star power of Beyoncé, the political punch of Michelle Obama and the emerging sympathetic face of motherhood, Jennifer Garner. Its …

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When Girls Love Hockey


One Final Thank You


Anaheim Ducks fans knew this day would come. Eventually. They begged for “one more year”, more than once. And one more year they got. Seven times. The knowledge of the impending arrival of April 13, 2014 didn’t make it any easier to process. But maybe knowing it was coming, knowing the finality of it, would …

Its Twins


Lil’ Kickers Soccer Class


Now that the girls are starting to find their coordination and utilize their listening skills (sometimes), we decided to give soccer another go. I found a living social deal that included three introductory children’s soccer classes, for $20, at Lil’ Kickers! Lil’ Kickers offers 50-minute classes, in both Garden Grove and Irvine, for children, 1.5 …

Dessert Before Dinner


Springtime Candy Haystack Nests


My husband and my boy love to watch a show called “Agents of Shield” together. It’s their special “boys only thing” they do. When they are having their boy time my daughter, Ciera and I usually take off for another room in the house, and do girlie stuff together. We usually craft, paint nails, bake …

By the Book


I Love Lucy Live and The Muppets Most Wanted – Retro Entertainment for The Weekend


Ah yes, spring is in the air! The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, the snow is… oh wait a minute, we live in Orange County! If you are looking for some spring activities this weekend, why not take in a movie with the family or see a play? You see, over the last …

Crash Test Mommy


Date Your Daughter {Giveaway}


Before we became parents, my husband and I talked a lot about the role he as a father would play to our children. We know the importance of a father and a mother in our children’s lives, but know the role of a father is of utmost importance to both, especially a daughter. Now if …

Mommy Esquire


Shared Custody: Why It’s Not Always Best


By: Daniel R. Gold, Tredway Lumsdaine & Doyle LLP “Children are resilient – they’ll bounce back.” If you’re a parent, you’ve likely heard these words and hope the saying is true as your child faces life challenges. Navigating a child custody case during a divorce is never easy, and for children, divorce can be stressful, …

Debbie in the OC


Great seats still available for FBT’s Giselle this weekend!


Festival Ballet presents Giselle this weekend, March 22nd & 23rd, at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. FBT originally presented Giselle in 1993 to rave reviews, and it promises to be acclaimed again this season. The beautiful ballet is an artful OC outing of culture for adults and children. Young ballerinas will particularly be struck by the spectacle and allure. Giselle is …

Real Green Mom


The12 Movement Takes Over OC


I recently finished a Twelve-Week Challenge at The12 gym in Irvine. It was one of the best experiences of my life. If you are interested in hearing more about this program, I wrote extensively about my journey, from the initial ten-day cleanse to my final results over on my personal blog, ocgreenmama.com. If you want …

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 …

The OC Insider


Join us for the 2013 CHOC Walk in the Park


My youngest son, Tyler, was born premature with the life-threatening illness of Neutropenia. He went through bone marrow biopsies, transfusions and for many years he was on blood replacement therapies. There was a time when being exposed to a childhood cold would end his precious life. Because of the doctors, nurses and staff at CHOC …

Crafty Chatter in the OC


5 Yummy Caramel Apple Desserts for Fall


Fall is right around the corner here in the OC, although the hot steamy weather sure does make you think that Summer is trying its hardest to hang on for dear life. I say, let’s get in the Fall spirit, and maybe the weather will cooperate and we will get some relief from the boiling …


Alegria Fresh Produce Delivery Service in Orange County


Alegría Fresh announced today it has partnered with Orange County Produce, LLC, to offer a locally grown, certified organic, freshly harvested summer vegetable box. Delivering on its promise to offer the freshest produce available, Alegría’s vegetable box is delivered within 24 hours of harvest and can be customized to suit individual tastes. Orange County Produce, …

Losin It With Carrie


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- …

She's Crafty


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 …


New App designed to give Real Ca$h back on grocery, homeware & Personal Care Items


Lets starts with you liking the IBOTTA link and signing up. http:// ibotta.com/r/Y65bA. It takes less than a minute and please come back to read this blog. It is not often that I personally get excited about about a new smart app anymore. Especially the ones that start out by promising to turn your grocery …


Be Kind, Consign


I’m back!  I’ve been on maternity leave.  Now I have three(!) kids to clothe from head to toe and want to do it without breaking the bank and while keeping them in style.  So, I decided to visit a new place.  Newport Kids is an upscale resale kids store.  I visited the other day to …


Perfect Classic Brownies


  As the weather cools off, nothing is as enticing as the scent of warm, melting chocolate. While we will be turning our attention to Christmas cookies and other treats… any day now… as soon as I get over my denial that it is already December, meanwhile think about enjoying some baking with a treat …


How to Reserve a Camping Spot in Orange County


Your guide to booking camping spots in Orange County Now is the time to start thinking about any camping trips you would like to take this summer.  I love camping, but I also prefer to stay close to home. There are plenty of choices in our own community of Orange County. But since most of …


45 Points of Light


45 things I’d like to reflect on as I begin my 46th revolution around the sun: 1.  Have you all seen this YouTube video about just how insignificant we really are? I wouldn’t have even put a dent in the Milky Way traveling at light speed, yet. 2.  I liked FaceBook during this election year …


Celebrating Autumn Apples!


Thanks to Johnny Appleseed, apples are one of the most popular fruits in the U.S. In fact, today, there are more than 2,500 varieties, making it easy to find an apple to tickle just about anyone’s fancy! And regardless of which variety you choose, be assured that research shows that eating an apple a day …


Get Fit, Look Good- Macy’s Activewear Review


One of the most important things to consider when you’re into fitness is what you’re wearing. And we’re not just talking about looking cute (although that’s definitely a plus!). Whether you’re a runner, walker, Cross Fit-er, or gym class regular, you want clothes that not only fit well, but that are also: A. comfy B. …


CrossFit, one year later


It’s been one year since I’ve started CrossFit, and looking back at the progress I’ve made in and out of the gym is astonishing. It’s almost unbelievable to me to see where I was, and where I am now! I thought I would do a rundown of my accomplishments to really get it all out …


Interactive Playtime


Sometimes the activities and games that I play with the kids get a bit repetitive. My kids are young and let’s face it, they are not that good at I Spy. I know that “something red” means the playhouse and “something green” means the grass. And I know what happens if you give a mouse …


Style Week Orange County is here!


Style Week Orange County was created to showcase emerging designers, notable style makers and fashion brands from Orange County. Some of the events will be held at The Irvine Spectrum, where Style Week was created, and there will be other events at Fashion Island in Newport Beach as well. “We are excited about the return …

Mommy iMoments


What to do with those iPhone Pictures?


It is no secret that I love taking pictures with my iPhone. Better yet, I am slightly obsessed with Instagram. But although it is fun taking pictures of my family, it is sad when they stay on my phone, and never get printed. I mean who prints photos anymore in this digital age? Right? I …

Family and Frills


Sugar & Spice Baby Shower


I had the privilege of co-hosting a baby shower for a dear friend who was thrilled to find out her third child is going to be a girl. She’s the mom of two cute boys, so of course we had to throw her a fancy party with lots of pink. What’s the perfect theme to …


Has it really been four months?


Since I have gone back to work the past four months has blown by. Life has become much more busy and hectic. Hubby and I are still trying to figure out a routine, a schedule, something to get us into a rhythm. Yet in all the craziness, in all the upheaval I have never been happier. I am so glad …

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 …


“Baby’s got style” June issue of OC Family Magazine


  Looking for summer style? Check out my column in this month’s June issue of OC Family Magazine, “Baby got style.” (Pgs. 34-35.) Eight fun fashions for head to toe baby looks, including a must-have bag for Moms. Story here: Baby got style By Debbie Lavdas The temps are up, and it’s so fun to …


“Chalk” One Up for Fitness


Have you bought into the boot camp craze? Well, I did quite literally. A while back, I bought a Amazon deal for 25 Fitness Classes at Chalk Fitness in Placentia, Calif.  I should preface this info with the fact that my wife joined a boot camp last fall and has gotten herself it to damn-good shape. So, when …


Getting out of a Rut


We people are funny creatures.  We love our routines, and familiarity feels so nice.  But inevitably, we grow bored and frustrated and feel like we’ve gotten stuck in a rut.  Sometimes, these feelings are harmless and those ruts are our healthy routines, but sometimes those ruts can be more destructive.  Late night snacking that is …


What’s Your Color Quotient?


  I recently became aware of a great line of games and toys from an innovative company, Fat Brain Toys.  The background on the company is kind of fun – they started out as an online retailer, carrying the top specialty brands and featuring the newest products.  However, even with the thousands of skus that …

Play Mom


Nature is a Childhood Necessity


Do you feel wonder when you stare at an iPhone screen?  Is there a sense of awe when you conquer the next level of a video game?  Do you go to bed feeling gloriously exhausted, but immensely fulfilled and hopeful at the end of your day? When you’re a kid, shouldn’t all those feelings be …


Three Quick and Easy Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day


Image via Tomkat Studio and HGTV Wondering how to make St. Patty’s special for your little leprechauns? Since the Irish holiday falls on a Saturday this year, I thought I’d share a few ideas to help you put a jig in your step without spending your pot of gold! Image via A Differentiated Kindergarten First, set the …


Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas, everyone. May God bless you and your loved ones.  


We All Need Our Beauty Sleep


I don’t really have a clear idea of what it means when they say, “Woke up on the wrong side of the bed.” I do know that if my husband does not get enough sleep, there will be a lot of crankiness and confusion in the morning.  He may have to spend the early morning …


SCFTA opens its Arts Plaza with a free Ozomatli concert


Segerstrom Center for the Arts will open its Arts Plaza with a free concert by Ozomatli, an urban collision of hip hop and latin rythms, on October 2 at 5 p.m. The performance is being presented as part of Pacific Standard Time, an unprecedented collaboration of cultural organizations throughout Southern California highlighting the significance of art in Los …


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


“Land of the free, home of the brave” Happy Friday MAMAs! We tend to forget about all the things that unite us as a country and focus too much on the things that don’t.  This weekend, let’s remember that our flag unites us.  Whether we live in the heartland, a big city or a suburb …


The Christmas Card Conundrum


It’s an extra-tough time of year to be a single mom. Especially the first year post-split, working out details like Christmastime visitation really sucks. These days, I find myself feeling very Scrooge-like. I guess it’s to be expected. Typically, I love giving and receiving holiday cards. It’s a great excuse to get some high-quality shots of the girls all …


Poorly built sugar piñatas


Every night I switch off the light, close my eyes, and make attempts of peace in harmony in my subconscious. I visualize lemon meringue pie and pink bunnies, and how amazing it would be to have bouncy, shiny hair. I visualize Jason Bateman in a speedo, and street tacos, and drinking Prosecco in Union Square. …