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What’s In Your Closet

What’s In Your Closet

Are your closets brimming with newer items? Some resulting from seasonal sale items you could not resist? Or maybe the “newbies” are the result of replacing non-fitting clothing. Or did a friend clean out her closet and “gift” you items she thought you might like? Whatever the reason/cause of the bulging closet, you need a…

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Kids and Paper, Paper, Paper!!

Kids and Paper, Paper, Paper!!

They are back to school and here comes the avalanche of papers! School kids generate a lot of paper. From the first time they bring home that fist-full of drawings from pre-school until they leave for college, the paper chase is on. School papers, homework, magazines, old workbooks, photos, report cards, memorabilia and so much…

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This Season’s Promise

This Season’s Promise

Driving down Pacific Coast Highway last weekend I found myself staring out of the passenger side window at the countless storefronts lining the street. Each tiny shop window gleamed with promise of the possibility held between its walls. I felt an anticipatory sort of excitement as I considered the treasures, the beauty, the art that…

5 Ways to Spend Time with Your Kids When You Have No Time

It was Dr. Anthony P. Witham who once said “children spell love…T-I-M-E.” He was definitely onto something. Unfortunately, if you are like most parents, time is a precious commodity that often eludes us. Whether we have a new job, a new baby, or we just need to make the coffee or strip the beds, we…

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Kids Telephone Etiquette

Kids Telephone Etiquette

I recently telephone my cousins home to receive a very faint “Hello”, followed by an extremely loud scream of “MOOOOMMMMM into the mouth piece. My cousin has decided to allow her four year old to answer the home phone, much to the unfortunate damage of my ear drum. Please keep toddlers away from the phone,…

Family Chore Charts…Getting Things Done & Lessons Learned!

Bottom line: children involved in household chores learn to share responsibilities, work within a team and to be accountable.  We taught our kids that we share everything in our home; “the fun…the love… and the DIRT!”   However, most kids think it’s just a ploy to get the work done!  Which is also true!  But…..until they…

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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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