Articles Written By: Cindy Donnelly

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Are Your Kids Getting Enough Sleep?

Are Your Kids Getting Enough Sleep?

Did you know inadequate sleep has been linked to increased risk of accidents, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and depression?  With school in full swing, make sure your children are getting the recommended amount of sleep.  The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend the following for optimal health:

Last Minute Fun Holiday Beverage ideas for Kids!

Last Minute Fun Holiday Beverage ideas for Kids!

Need a rush beverage idea for your holiday meal that is both simple and easy and a hit with the kids. How about a hot chocolate station or reindeer root beer float station (both ideas I ran across at holiday events this season!!)

Indoor Fun for All Ages and Abilities

Indoor Fun for All Ages and Abilities

While we have the great luck to enjoy beautiful weather throughout much of the year in the South Bay, sometimes the weather drives us indoors where we need to figure out a way to pass the time. My loyal band of school-age testers inform me that these are some of the best ways to have…

Book Review: Shmelf The Hanukkah Elf

Book Review: Shmelf The Hanukkah Elf

How do you explain to children who believe in Santa Clause why some of their friends miss out on gifts from Saint Nick? How do you bring alive the magic of Hanukkah to both Jewish children and their non-Jewish pals? What about families that celebrate both holiday traditions? Written by Greg Wolfe and illustrated by…

Lovepop Cards

Lovepop Cards

What’s Up for Kids was recently introduced to Lovepop Cards and we were charmed. Each unassuming card opens up to an unexpected surprise, a mini paper sculpture to delight young and old.  Lovepop’s mission is to make it easy for people to do special things for the people in their lives that they care about…

Book Review: A Farmer’s Alphabet

Book Review: A Farmer’s Alphabet

What’s Up for Kids received a copy of A Farmer’s Alphabet illustrated by Christina Allen and written by Charles Long and found the illustrations and verse charming.  It was a refreshing update to the typical farm books that usually only feature the same few familiar farm animals. This book expands the child’s world to include sustainable…

Spotlight on Crescendo Music and Dance Academy

Spotlight on Crescendo Music and Dance Academy

Recently I had a chance to sit down with Garry Lawrence, the Director of Crescendo Music and Dance Academy in Torrance. I was surprised to learn about all the exciting programs going on at the new facility, and to find out about additions to their facilities coming soon.

Holiday Gift Guide: Baby Gift Reviews

Holiday Gift Guide: Baby Gift Reviews

This year our December issue of What’s Up for Kids has some one of a kind gift ideas for Babies, Preschool, Elementary and Moms. Here is a sneak peak of the baby gifts we reviewed this year, look out for the December issue coming out next week for the full Holiday Gift Guide! Avoid the…

Book Review: What Color is the Wind

Book Review: What Color is the Wind

Kids have a keen ability to ask questions that make adults stop, think, and see the world for a moment through new eyes. While giving a reading, author Anne Herbauts was asked by a blind child, “What color is the wind?” Her 2012 award-winning book What Color is the Wind is her brilliant and thoughtful…

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