Articles Written By: Cindy Donnelly

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Spotlight on Joey Ikemoto Photography

Spotlight on Joey Ikemoto Photography

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You may have seen Joey Ikemoto Photography’s studio which is located in Old  Torrance. We recently had a chance to connect with Joey Ikemoto and we asked him to share a little about what makes his studio so special for children’s portraits.

Tell us a little about your children’s photography options.
We’ve been in business for 40 years. We are privileged to own a 6,000 sq ft studio, which allows us to have 30-40 different backdrops and several unique three-dimensional sets. We also have our own on-site lab, which means that we produce our own prints and do all of our retouching in-house. This gives us a very fast turn around for our orders, with both prints and digital files. Our studio is located in Historical Downtown Torrance (our building was actually once a JC Penny’s Department store back in the 30s!), and thanks our unique location, there are many picturesque areas for outdoor shoots within walking distance.

Book Review: The Mermaid by Jan Brett

Book Review: The Mermaid by Jan Brett

What’s Up for Kids recently received a copy of the new book The Mermaid by award winning children’s author/artist, Jan Brett.  This book is a feast for the eyes, with intricate illustrations on every page.  Parents will enjoy snuggling up with their little one and sharing this familiar childhood story with a magical underwater twist.  This…

Book Review: Easy Pumpkin Carving

Book Review: Easy Pumpkin Carving

What’s Up For Kids received a copy of Easy Pumpkin Carving: Spooktacular Patterns, Tips & Ideas by Colleen Dorsey. If you look around, Halloween pumpkins are now serious home decor!  If you thought your only option is cutting out a few triangles and a mouth with teeth, this book is for you!  Although the ideas are not…

What’s For Lunch?

What’s For Lunch?

With the school year in full swing, your kids may already be getting tired of the same lunch options. Here is a simple lunch idea and a few tips from local dietitian, Marissa Martorana, RDN to get your kids eating healthy! Cracker Stacks Ingredients: 6 round crackers, 2 slices low sodium lunch meat (cut up),…

Healthy Family Recipe: Baked Chicken and Vegetable Pasta

Healthy Family Recipe: Baked Chicken and Vegetable Pasta

Baked Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Serves: at least 6 Ingredients: 1 package of organic, boneless skinless chicken strip tenders (about 5-6 tenders) 4 cloves of garlic, diced 2 zucchinis, quartered 2 big handfuls of fresh, washed spinach 1-28 oz. can of organic, unsalted crushed plum tomatoes 2 cups cooked whole wheat fusilli (spiral) pasta ½…

How can I help my child handle stress?

How can I help my child handle stress?

Stress is the way our bodies and minds react to a particular challenge or situation. By recognizing the signs and symptoms of stress, you can help your child learn to manage his or her responses in a healthier way.

Spotlight On South Bay Kids Connection

Spotlight On South Bay Kids Connection

When deciding on programs to help your child thrive, one important area that is sometimes overlooked is strengthening social skills.  South Bay Kids Connection (SBKC) is a new program in the South Bay focusing on social skills.  Diana Cortese, South Bay Kids Connection Founder recently shared with us some information about what kids and parents can expect…

Picture Schedules to the Rescue!!

Picture Schedules to the Rescue!!

Morning routines are one of the most challenging times of day for families with children. Getting people up and out the door in time is a daunting task to begin with, and children are still getting the hang of things like time and focus and following verbal instructions, a skill deficit that could make the…

Made Over Banana Muffins

Made Over Banana Muffins

Why the makeover? By reducing the amount of added sugar, we are teaching our taste buds how to adapt to less sweetened food. By combining whole wheat flour with regular flour, we are adding in fiber and protein, while still providing a palatable muffin. By adding nuts, we’re adding in more fiber, healthy fats, and…

Spotlight on Everyone Plays Piano

Spotlight on Everyone Plays Piano

What’s Up for Kids recently learned about Simply Music Piano, a new approach to teaching piano that is being offered in the South Bay by Kate Ogden of Everyone Plays Piano. Kate Ogden is a licensed Simply Music Piano teacher and we asked her to share a little about what makes this program different.

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