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Scholly College Scholarships App Review

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I have a son in 11th grade, so college is looming in our future, and as soon as I can stop weeping over the idea of my baby boy growing up so big long enough to get serious about planning for him to go to college, I start to weep all over again when I think about paying for college. Long ago I thought that scholarships would be an answer ... Read More »

LAUSD Closes and The City Comes Together

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Los Angeles parents started the day with alarming news that all 900 LAUSD schools would be closed because of a threat. Parents sprung into action. My phone was buzzing with messages from friends offering to have kids over for parents who had to go to work. So far, there has been a wonderful outpouring of support and not just from friends, but the entire city. We welcome #LAUSD students today, plus ... Read More »

Media Use by Teens and Tweens Plus Tips for Parents

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Like many parents today, I’m never sure how much screen time is too much screen time. I know my middle schooler’s cell phone use annoys me, but is it harming him and his ability to focus and be present?I’m even more unsure after learning the results of The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens, which is a comprehensive picture of media use by kids 8 to 18 in the United ... Read More »

Fuel Up To Play 60 en Español Comes to LAUSD


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of National Dairy Council, Fuel Up To Play 60 and Latina Bloggers Connect. The opinions and text are all mine. Last month, a group of Los Angeles Unified School District kids were treated to healthy snacks and active games to celebrate the Fuel Up to Play 60 en Español launch. The program encourages Spanish-speaking communities to live healthier lifestyles. LAUSD ... Read More »

LAUSD Choices Magnet Application Explained


The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Choices Magnet application period is open and closes on November 13 at 5 p.m. Navigating the magnet world can be daunting. There are 210 magnets in the district that cover specialized subjects like performing arts, STEM, government studies, and biological sciences (a.k.a. the zoo magnet). We have gone through the process ourselves and it’s complicated if you’re applying for the first time. We talked to ... Read More »

Back-to-School Life Hacks for All Ages (Especially, Busy Moms)


This is a sponsored post. School has already started in Los Angeles, and it’s shaping up to be an interesting year. My boys are suddenly grown up and much more independent. I have one son in middle school and another in fourth grade. They’re both responsible for getting ready in the morning, helping me make their lunches and packing their backpacks. If I try to micromanage by telling them what ... Read More »

9 Ways to Celebrate the First Day of School

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The first day of school. It can be a day of anxiety and dread. Instead, make it something to celebrate. Make it a big deal. Make it something your child will look forward to. Here are nine suggestions for celebrating the first day of school. Start the day with a special breakfast.  Yes, it’s more work for you, but it sends the message to your child that you know the ... Read More »

The 10 Apps and Websites Parents Need for the New School Year


The thermometer may still register summer-weather, but the calendar shows us that back-to-school time is rapidly approaching. So with that in mind, here is a list of ten apps and websites to make things easier for students and their parents as we prepare ourselves for a new school year. myHomework. Our technologically savvy kids need an equally technologically savvy way of keeping everything school-related organized. This app allows students to ... Read More »

Free Kids’ Music Lesson w/

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This post contains affiliate links. Have you wanted your child to take music lessons, but worried about the cost? Or what if it’s just not a good fit for your kid? With our MomsLA Promo code, you can get One Free 30-minute Lesson from TakeSessions and try it out. TakeSessions offers lessons in Studio or in your Own Home, and all the necessary equipment will be provided. TakeSessions offers lessons ... Read More »

Chalk Preschool Online – Educational Entertainment for Kids


This is a sponsored post. Things are much different now than when my boys were in preschool. There are so many more tools that help kids learn while also being fun like Chalk Preschool Online. Chalk Preschool Online creates edutainment videos for preschool age kids. Chalk’s curriculum includes hundreds of videos that cover literacy, shapes, math, colors, and science. They were developed by entertainment industry professionals who know how to make fun and engaging ... Read More »