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Pick of the Week: Norton Simon Museum of Art

museum entrance (photo courtesy of Norton Simon Museum of Art)

Escape from the holiday shopping frenzy this weekend, and spend some family time at the Norton Simon Museum of Art (411 W. Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena).  On Sunday, December 1st, from 2:00-3:00 pm explore the paintings showcasing families.  Then, be inspired to create your own family portrait – which will make a heartfelt, holiday gift!  The museum opens at noon on Sunday, allowing families time to explore on their own ... Read More »

Is the Wine House Worth a Babysitter?

Is it Worth a Babysitter? The Wine House

Is the Wine House in West Los Angeles worth a babysitter? If you know me or Sarah, you probably know the answer to this. Why yes, the Wine House and their awesome wine tasting classes and festivals are, in our opinion, worth a babysitter. I would also recommend Upstairs 2, the restaurant above the Wine House that features small plates and wine pairings. To learn more about the Wine House and ... Read More »

CicLAvia Course Extends to Venice on April 21st

CicLAvia April 21st Route Map

Get your bikes ready, Westsiders! CicLAvia is coming West during its Sunday, April 21st festival. Ciclavia is a city-wide event that allows people on bikes, scooters, skateboards or on foot to enjoy city streets without traffic. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. anyone can ride the 15 miles route from Pacific Blvd. in Venice up Venice Boulevard to historica El Pueblo de Los Angeles downtown. There will be much to see ... Read More »

Spa Week Preview at Alchemie Spa in Santa Monica

Alchemie Spa in Santa Monica

When I walked into Alchemie Spa in Santa Monica last week, I was uninspired, overtired, and achy from taking a spill during my morning run. The sign above the door said “Dream, Experience, Discover, Inspire.” When I left the spa, I felt fabulous, looked refreshed, and felt a little better about the world. I ended up at the spa after being asked to try a treatment at Alchemie, one of ... Read More »

Mar Vista Woman Organizes Protest for Safer Streets

Linda Jones organizes rally to protest condition of Venice Blvd.

Think about how many times you’ve complained about the state of the streets in Los Angeles. Now, how many times have you tried to do something about it? Linda Jones of Mar Vista spent years asking the city to take care of the potholes on Venice Boulevard only to be told that there is nothing the city can do because the street is actually a state highway. So she took ... Read More »

Santa Monica Jamba Juice Adds More Fresh Juice

Kale, apple, and pineapple juice at Jamba Juice in Santa Monica

The juicing craze has hit one of the biggest juicing companies. Jamba Juice will begin remodeling its stores to expand fresh squeezed juice and it’s first to offer it is Santa Monica’s 4th Street store.   Anyone who has talked to me in the last couple of months knows that I love juicing and I’m very particular about what goes in my juice that I buy or make. I went ... Read More »

Dreamgirls at DOMA: Broadway Magic for the Entire Family


“Girl, is my wig on straight?” That question startled my daughter just before the start of DOMA Theatre Company’s spectacular production of Dreamgirls at L.A.’s MET Theatre. It took her a few seconds to realize that the actors were engaging the audience with some improvised character bits before curtain. Arts participation in the United States is on the decline. In 2008, the National Endowment for the Arts reported that only about ... Read More »

Flying Through the Air; An Amazing Day with LARABAR

Yvonne Condes on a trapeze at New York Trapeze School in Santa Monica

An email came a few weeks ago asking if I wanted to take a trapeze class with the founder of LARABAR. I’m not afraid of heights, but I’m afraid of falling and I was never one of those kids who played on the monkey bars at school. I immediately said yes. It seemed like a once in a lifetime opportunity plus it meant meeting the amazing entrepreneur and LARABAR Founder, ... Read More »

Nike Women 10K in Santa Monica

Running at the Santa Monica Pier for Nike+ Women's 10k

Sunday could not have been a better day for a 10k in Santa Monica. The sun was shining and while it was chilly in the shade, it was warm in the sun. The Nike Women 10k started at the Nike store in Santa Monica Place. The group was led in a stretch in the main courtyard before we started running. I was there with Carmen Melgoza of Latino Fit Club and we decided ... Read More »

Lyfe Kitchen in Culver City

Gluten free barbecue pizza at Lyfe Kitchen in Culver City

There’s a new restaurant in Culver City and everything there is under 600 calories. Lyfe Kitchen offers healthy comfort dishes that include a chocolate budino with chia seeds and slivered almonds, a vegan cashew cream corn chowder, and a portobello mushroom pasta with free-range chicken. Sarah and I went to the preview day and our families were treated to a tasting of many of the restaurants offerings. My husband and ... Read More »