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Holiday Toy Drives in Los Angeles 2015


Before the kids get too involved with their holiday wish lists, help them remember that this is the season of giving. Here are seven suggestions for ways to get involved, give back, and help make this holiday season a little brighter for others. Toys for Tots Each year, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program provides gifts to less fortunate children throughout our country. Families can participate by ... Read More »

8 Thanksgiving Crafts to Make with Kids

pilgrim hat (photo by Wendy Kennar)

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for some hand-made crafts.  Whether you’re looking to sit down and make them with your child, or you’re in search of a project that will keep your child occupied so you can take care of things in the kitchen, this list has got a bounty of ideas! Thankful Quilt – This is a project your family can get started days before Thanksgiving, and then as guests ... Read More »

When Did the Rules Change?

Paparazzi on the Red Carpet of Disney Planes

  The rules must have changed, although it seems no one bothered to tell me. When did it become okay for Halle Berry to appear on a late night talk show with a sheer turtleneck top that made her bra a topic of conversation?  When did it become okay for Miley Cyrus to appear on stage in what can only be described as suspenders posing as a pseudo-shirt? When did it become ... Read More »

8 Creative Ways to Celebrate Your Child’s First Birthday


Your child’s first birthday is a momentous event. You want to recognize the special day while also truthfully acknowledging that the party is more for you than the guest of honor. Here are eight suggestions for creative ways to celebrate your child’s first birthday while making it fun for everyone. Look to your child for inspiration. Does your child have a favorite game? Doll? Toy? use that favorite as a ... Read More »

Giving Kids Freedom w/ an App: Life360 Review

age of independence infographic

How much freedom to you give your kids? I’m talking about Tweens and Teens here, not Toddlers, for the record. I want to know if you’re comfortable leaving them home alone, or if you let them take the bus, ride a bike or walk places? And do they have smartphones? I’m asking because it’s something I struggle with as a Mom and have been trying to figure out for years. ... Read More »

6 Reasons Why Mommy Is One of My Favorite Words

Mom book (Photo by Wendy Kennar)

I was looking through a book of writing prompts (Barbara Abercrombie’s Kicking in the Wall) when one caught my attention.  The prompt asked you to make a list of words you love.  My first thought was the word “Mommy.” I don’t know of any other word that means so much or that has changed me in so many ways.  (However, I understand that depending on the age of your children, ... Read More »

More Naps, Less Nagging


The other day, I was so tired that by 5 pm I was done. I had stayed up late working several nights in a row and it had finally caught up with me. After my boys and I got home from running from activity to activity, I told them I was going to take a power nap. I lay down on the couch and I was out. Sort of. I heard, “Do we have any cardboard?…Where is ... Read More »

7 Ways to Encourage Physically Active Kids

bicycles (photo by Wendy Kennar)

My son tells me that his two favorite days of the week are Mondays and Fridays. Fridays because it’s the end of the school week, and he has no homework. Mondays because he has P.E. class. That’s when I pause and recognize one of the biggest differences between my son and I. As a kid, I detested P.E.  Back in elementary school, physical education was not a regular occurrence and ... Read More »

8 Reasons Moms Deserve an Oscar

trophy (photo by Wendy Kennar)

It’s Oscar season. And even if you’re not directly involved with the “industry,” you know someone who is. You’re connected to all the hoopla. Or, at the very least, you’re aware that certain streets (including Highland and Hollywood and the surrounding area) will be closed leading up to the February 22nd event. While I was reviewing some of this year’s nominations, I realized that most of these roles are filled ... Read More »

Growing Up with Dreams and Fear

Yes We Can book (Photo by Wendy Kennar)

Recently, my son selected Yes We Can for his nightly bedtime story.  (The book is a photographic picture book that includes excerpts of President Obama’s victory speech given after his 2008 election). My six-year-old son commented that one day, he’d like to be President too.  But a minute later he changed his mind.  When I asked him why the change of heart, he told me he wouldn’t want anyone to ... Read More »