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2018 Holiday Gift Guide

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

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Below are a few items we selected to feature in our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide.  This year, our focus is on family fun. We particularly love that no batteries required for any of this year’s favorites!!

We loved this first item because the Holidays are precious time for families, a time when childhood memories are made. One guest who can make Holiday 2017 even better is My Gnome On The Roam who arrives in a packed suitcase. Everyone around the table can partake in new and exciting kid-friendly adventures without leaving the neighborhood! Even better, make him a part of your 2018 resolutions to spend more quality time together!! Dedicate 15 minutes to putting the digital distractions away and have a family adventure with your gnome, write down your experiences in the special journal which comes in a cute suitcase along with your gnome, My Gnome on the Roam ® book and magic pen. Let your child decorate the gnome, you can check out the exclusive adventure app with ideas for 15 minute adventures for busy families!! The Gnome Suticase Kit is for ages 3+ and retails for $29.97 and is available online at MyGnomeOnTheRoam.com and at independent toy & gift stores.

Dr. Kardovich Orthodontics 16th Annual Giving Campaign

Dr. Kardovich Orthodontics 16th Annual Giving Campaign

The 16th Annual Giving Campaign for Dr. Kardovich Orthodontics is in full swing.  They are hoping you will join them this holiday season in their food, clothing and toy drive for Rainbow Services.  To see the great work being done at Rainbow Services to help women and children dealing with domestic violence, visit www.rainbowservicesdv.org. Donations…

Spotlight on Joey Ikemoto Photography

Spotlight on Joey Ikemoto Photography

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…

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…

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