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Candy Overload? Here’s What To Do


On Halloween night, your kids scared up enough trick-or-treat loot to feed a small country. But the next morning, reality sets in as you survey the sugary treats piled high on your kitchen table. What on earth are you going to do with all of that candy? While you may be tempted to save your kid’s five favorite pieces and throw the rest in the trash, don’t be too quick ... Read More »

Ford’s Driving Skills for Life

Ford teaches kids how to drive safely

Driver’s Ed was by far the scariest class I ever took in high school. I don’t remember much about learning how to drive, but I vividly remember the stories our teacher told us. A beautiful girl who drank too much gets in the car and attempts to drive home. She never makes it. A boy with a bright future ahead of him tries drag racing for the first time…and also ... Read More »

Los Angeles Conservancy – Volunteering


This is the first in a series of volunteer opportunities for Los Angelenos The Los Angeles Conservancy is a non-profit membership organization that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County.  The Conservancy was formed in 1978 as part of the community based effort to prevent demolition of the Los Angeles Central Library.  It has grown to over ... Read More »

LAUSD Approves Early Start To 2012-2013 School Year; Summer Vacation Slashed

LAUSD Early Start back to school

Los Angeles Public School Families, get ready for the shortest Summer vacation ever! Last week, the LAUSD School Board approved the early start to the 2012-2013 school calendar they had threatened last year. Classes will begin on August 14, 2012. The last day of school for the current school year is June 21, 2011, leaving LA kids with a net Summer break of only 7 weeks. {UPDATE: it is now ... Read More »

How to Save Money at the Farmers’ Markets


Last week, we got 20 pounds of grapes and plums at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market for just $10.  The week before, we lugged away 12 pints of ORGANIC strawberries from Culver City Farmers’ Market for just $15!  (Note, I took my husband along to act as my sherpa.) So what did we DO with this cornucopic windfall once we got home?  The FREEZER!   Frozen grapes taste like little ... Read More »

The Life of an L.A. Blogging Mama

Powerful Laptop Computer

“How do you do it?” That’s what I usually get asked when people hear what I do. You see, I’m not just a blogger… I work a full time job, go to school full time, have a family and attempt a social life. I just got tired reading all that. Phew. Now in Los Angeles, being a blogger also involves events, outings, screenings, parties- kinda like a celebrity. It’s all ... Read More »

Leymah Gbowee: Mother of Five, Nobel Laureate, Hero – Part 2

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You can find Part 1 of my interview with Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize winner and author of the book, Mighty Be Our Powers, and personal hero on MomsLA. At the ALOUD program, Leymah told us that she wants to be known as the mother of five, a peace and women’s rights activist content to work in her community.  But we’re just going to have to add Nobel Peace Laureate ... Read More »

Talking with Leymah Gbowee: Mother of Five, Nobel Laureate, Hero-Part 1

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Leymah Gbowee was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Takkul Karman from Yemen.  I first heard Leymah speak last August when she participated in a panel discussion on the upcoming PBS series Women, War & Peace.  And I had found a new hero. War isn’t restricted to the front line.  The strategies for fighting include horrific violence targeting women and destroying entire ... Read More »

Fair Act Raises Questions For My Son’s Future Education


The minute I read about the FAIR Education Act, I smirked in amusement. How ironic is it that people who misguidedly voted for Proposition 8 in 2008  because they feared that public schools would begin educating about same-sex marriage, now have their public school children in a system that will be teaching LGBT contributions in history. The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act, which was signed into law in July ... Read More »

Oh, What a Night!


Oh, what a night! At first I wasn’t even sure I would go. Then I entered a contest to be one of three bloggers in the OC Blogger Bash fashion show – and won! So of course I had to go. I made my way through the OC a few days beforehand for a fitting. Letty Tennant of Queen of Heartz, had the most beautiful dresses for us to wear. She is ... Read More »