by Hillary Catherine, Hillary Catherine Sleep Consulting There is nothing like a rainy, cool week (and the kids going back to school) to remind us that summer is over. Done right summer is care-free and full of play dates, beach excursions, and pool days that leave your kids smelling like sunscreen, with sand in their hair […]
Anyone else all about the Elf on the Shelf this time of year? Since 2004, The Elf on the Shelf brand has grown from a single children’s book, written by mother daughter team Chanda Bell and Carol Aebersold as a way to reconnect with each other and share a personal family tradition with readers, to a veritable […]
Ok, I’m just gonna say it…. I love bubbles, as much if not more than my kids. Yep, that’s right, I love ’em. In that moment when you see that bubble start to form so many beautiful thoughts crowd my busy, overloaded mind that it puts me in that mindful state of being that we […]
Contributor and chef, Anna Gass of the Heirloom Kitchen, was kind enough to share her go-to holiday appetizer recipe with us. She loves Brie (and who doesn’t?) and when you wrap it in a puff pastry and stuff it with sweet filling, it’s simply beyond. You can leave them premade in the freezer and pop them in […]
Winter break is a great time for family fun in Thousand Oaks and Conejo Valley. If you’re looking to keep your kids entertained during their break from school, here are a few options! Holiday Ice Rink at The Lakes in Thousand Oaks Looking for some festive outdoor ice skating? The Lakes in Thousand Oaks […]
We thought it would be great to do a little refresher on the games we love. We have separated the categories by Littles, Mediums, and Adults to help give you ideas as to what is perfect for you! For Littles Create an Outdoor Chalkboard Head to the local hardware store to get a large plywood […]
If you’re like us, you had plenty of super cute clothes for your kids’ first few months. Seriously, our babies looked pretty much like mini models after leaving the hospital, with gorgeous gifts on constant rotation. But very quickly, you might have noticed that the keepsake-worthy (or even stain-free) items started to thin out, slowly […]
Laura Prepon cooking a healthy meal. Actress and director Laura Prepon has played plenty of memorable roles in her life—feminist teenager Donna Pinciotti on That ‘70s Show and prison inmate Alex Vause on Orange Is the New Black both come to mind—but her newest one is mom to 1-year-old Ella, who she shares with husband Ben Foster. Here she […]
It’s finally here, the most wonderful time of the year! Now that we’ve had our fill of Thanksgiving turkey it’s time to continue celebrating. December is the perfect time to participate in family fun festivities. Luckily, the Thousand Oaks and Conejo Valley community is the perfect place to kick start the holiday season! […]
Yummy Toddler Food is one of our absolute favorite resources online for, well, really yummy toddler food. Whether it’s mini pumpkin muffins or baked chicken tenders, recipe developer, blogger and mom of two Amy Palanjian takes foods most kids like—like muffins and chicken fingers—and puts her healthy spin on them (for example, by boosting nutrition with hidden veggies or nut butter, and baking instead of frying). She’s also written several easy-to-use cookbooks and put together incredibly helpful downloadable guides for toddler eating. We asked Amy to answer that question every single parent of a toddler has asked themselves (sometimes multiple times a day!): “How do I get this kid to eat better?”
Much like learning to swim or ski, it’s a heck of a lot easier to learn a second language when you’re young. But did you know the other benefits to growing up bilingual? “Learning a second language has lifelong benefits from cognitive to social to health,” says Caryn Antonini, founder of Early Lingo, a foreign language learning system for children ages 0 to 9.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. (and help others do the same L. A.) ~Maya Angeleo~
Taking time for yourself to do things that truly nurture you is essential to your wellbeing. Yet many of us treat “me time” like a luxury and can feel guilty before, during and after taking time for ourselves, even when doing something beneficial to our health like practicing meditation. Our inner critic […]
With a brand new school year just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about packed lunches and after school snacks.I know a lot of my mom clients struggle with what to send their child to school with every day. Especially when they’re dealing with a picky eater. Which is why I’ve put together […]
Cooking healthy meals that are delicious and satisfying can be hard work for us moms! Lately, I’ve been struggling to curate a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner that include all of the important nutrients and vitamins, only to have my kids come to the table with a stubborn palate. My latest craze has been Salata, a customizable salad restaurant in West U.