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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 »

Moms Night Out! Meet the Pump and Dump Show!


Have you reached the end of your rope? Need a cocktail more than you need oxygen? Forgotten what your hair looks like when it’s not in a ratty ponytail? It’s time for a night out! The girls from The Pump and Dump are here to save the day with their hilarious style of comedy – let them say the things you won’t allow yourself to utter out loud! We recently ... Read More »

When Your Kids Are Taller Than You

Our Family Growth Chart

I am a normal-sized woman, which is to say, I feel short around most adult men and some adult women when they wear heels. And I am used to that feeling. But the feeling I still have trouble getting used to it looking slightly UP when I look into my son’s eyes. This Teenager who lives in my home is now so much taller than me, it seems quite ridiculous ... Read More »

5 Ways to Cultivate Kind Kids

Boy on a Hike

Most kids are pretty self-absorbed and not too concerned with the “big picture.” Traditionally, the holidays are a time when our kids are reminded to think of others, to donate to food drives and toy drives. But what about the rest of the year? How do you cultivate kindness in kids so that it becomes a habit and not just an occasional occurrence?  Remember it’s the little things that mean ... Read More »

VTech InnoTab Max: The Learning Toy That Grows with Your Kids

InnoTab Max by VTech

This post is part of a sponsored campaign. When it comes to choosing the perfect toy for your child, VTech is the leading expert at packaging fun with learning. With the InnoTab® MAX, your children will get years of learning fun through their fastest tablet yet. On top of an adaptable design that features a tough, kid-friendly cover, the InnoTab® MAX has a 7” multi-touch screen with high-resolution display, and ... Read More »

Baby Care Centers at Disneyland & Disney California Adventure

Old Time-y Decorations

Did you know that both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have Baby Care Centers, dedicated to giving families a place to care for their child in comfort and privacy? It’s true and they are amazing. I learned about the Baby Care Center just off Main Street in Disneyland 14 years ago, when I was visiting the park with my first baby, who was just a 1-year-old at the time (and ... Read More »

Preparing for National Parks Adventure with Netflix #StreamTeam

Visitor Center at Mesa Verde National Park (Photo by Yvonne Condes)

We love a good road trip here at Casa de los Condes, and our most memorable destinations have been National Parks. At every park we visit – from Yosemite to Yellowstone, we make sure to have our boys go through the Junior Ranger program. We’ve been talking about what to do with their badges and pins for a long time and thanks to the Netflix Stream Team, I finally figured ... Read More »