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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 »

See’s Candy; A Los Angeles Original

Chocolate bunnies at See's Candy at The Grove LA

See’s Candy has a special place in the history of Los Angeles. The first candy store opened in 1921 on Western Avenue in Los Angeles and was modeled after the kitchen of the iconic Mary See, the matriarch of the See’s family. 92 years later, See’s has more than 200 stores in the west and one of them just opened at the The Grove in Los Angeles. See’s invited a ... Read More »

Photo Friday: Meyer Lemons at the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market

Meyer Lemons at the Mar Vista Farmer's Market photographed with an iPhone 4s

  These Meyer Lemons were photographed at the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market, which I visit every week. The farm that brings them always has such a lovely display I just had to snap a photo. Join us every week for Photo Friday! Sarah Auerswald is the co-Founder of, a Community of the Top Mom Bloggers in Los Angeles. Read More »

Smashburger Opens in Culver City

Harvest Salad from smashburger in Culver City (photo by Yvonne Condes)

We were quite the spectacle, Sarah and I, at a recent tasting of the new restaurant smashburger in Culver City. We wanted to try a little bit of everything for this review and our table was full of burgers, salads, veggies, and fries. That doesn’t mean we didn’t follow our MomsLA MakeBetter Challenge, which is the healthy lifestyle plan we’ve been on since September. While we had a little bit ... Read More »