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School Manners

School Manners

Guess what? It is almost back to school time already. The stores are stocking up on school supplies, uniforms, new shining shoes, and lunch boxes. But are your kids ready for all of the social challenges awaiting them? Together we can get them (and you) prepared. Be a Positive Example

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Family Travel Tips…And Stress Relievers

Family Travel Tips…And Stress Relievers

According to the official Chase’s List of Annual Events, July is…..“Anti-boredom” month.  So if you’re planning to fend off the dullness of July, you might plan a family car trip.  Yes, gas prices are an issue, however you DO need to get away and spend time together as a family.  It doesn’t have to be…

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Kids Museum Manners

Kids Museum Manners

The summer months are especially an ideal time to remove yourself from the heat and head indoors for the cool air-condition of Los Angeles County’s many fabulous museums.  To truly enjoy the exhibitions stress-free, take some time prior to the trip to prepare your children with the proper guidelines and rules. When planning your trip…

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Quick Tips for the Kitchen

Quick Tips for the Kitchen

Keep your cupboard stocked for quick meals. Store measuring cups & spoons in a basket near the baking supplies. Salad greens stored together make for easy salad making when time is short. Organize herbs & spices in alphabetical order for ease in cooking. Cooking oil in a squirt bottle makes use of small amounts. Flour…

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Pooltime Rules

Pooltime Rules

Ah, the good ole summer time. Warmer days filled with plenty of sunshine, the smell of coconut tanning lotion, colorful bathing suits and time spent pool side. And who doesn’t love the water, especially children. Here are a few etiquette tips to make sure they and your fellow swimmers have a wonderful time. If your…

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Ten Steps to Painless Organizing

Ten Steps to Painless Organizing

Bring your calendar up to date with appointments, deadlines, special occasions and any other information to keep you on track.  Apply this step to family, personal and business calendars. Handle paperwork as quickly and brutally as possible, saving only those necessary for tax deductions, proof of purchase or liability and, of course, selective keepsakes. Spend a…

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Dining Out with the Kids

Dining Out with the Kids

So you think you are ready to venture out with the kiddos.  This does not have to be a stressful event for you nor for the children.  Below are a few tips to prepare you and them for a relaxing, fun but manner filled outing. Set the stage.  Make sure your child knows what behavior…

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Children’s Birthday Party Tips and Tricks

Children’s Birthday Party Tips and Tricks

I recently received a question from a parent who threw a birthday party for her seven year old daughter at a local pizza parlor. Invitations were sent out to the classmates of her daughter, however the day of the party several parents also brought along the siblings. The frustrated parent inquired how to avoid this…

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The “New” Spring Cleaning for Today’s Mom

The “New” Spring Cleaning for Today’s Mom

Today’s spring-cleaning is definitely not the same today as in our mother and grandmothers’ day. Then the house was literally turned inside out with a schedule including, deep cleaning and polishing of all furniture, fresh wallpaper, painting, rug cleaning, fresh or new slipcovers, and more. If you do not recall all this fuss over winter’s…

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