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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 »

Dole Rose Parade Float 2013; Dreaming of Paradise

dole rose parade float

When the Rose Parade begins at 8 a.m. on New Year’s Day Tuesday, Jan. 1 make sure to look out for the Dole Rose Parade Float. It will be hard to miss with a 26-foot volcano set to erupt with smoke, steam, and fire that will shoot 20 feet into the air. The float is called Dreaming of Paradise and it’s a tropical rain forest. Sarah and I were invited, ... Read More »

MomsLA Holiday Party at Next Door Lounge in Hollywood

Yvonne Condes and Sarah Auerswald

The bloggers of MomsLA love parties and Sarah and I love to host them. Last week, we teamed with The Next Door Lounge speakeasy and sponsor Everywhere Society for our Second Annual MomsLA Holiday Party. The food and drinks were amazing, but we especially liked that the speakeasy had a doorman who asked our guests for the password (which was Baby It’s Cold Outside). We not only had an amazing ... Read More »

The Disappearing Santa Monica Nativity Scene

Nativity Scene (stock image)

This is a guest post by Janice Perry in response to a federal judge ruling Monday that the city of Santa Monica has the right to stop a group from putting up an annual nativity scene in Palisades Park.  I just read that another one of my childhood memories is about to be scrapped; first it was the Twinkie, and now the Nativity Scene display at the Palisades Park in ... Read More »

Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy; Safety First

Swim lessons at Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy

My family is tired of hearing this story, but I learned how to swim by being pushed in the pool. We moved into a house that had a pool when I was 5. There were no swim lessons and no floaties. Just some talk about how I needed to get to the side of the pool. It was a test and I passed because I’m here to tell the tale. ... Read More »

Pumpkin Flan Recipe Plus LA’s Porto’s Bakery

Pumpkin Flan

If you’ve ever been to my house, chances are that I’ve served you flan. I’ve been making it more and more because it brings up happy memories of the holidays in Tucson. It’s one of my favorite desserts to prepare (easy) and one of my favorite to serve (impressive!). People think it’s difficult to make because you have to carefully caramelize the sugar, but it’s pretty simple. Here is a ... Read More »