Archives for June 2015

Mr. C Beverly Hills Debuts “Little C” Family-Friendly Amenities

The Venetian-inspired Mr. C Beverly Hills (1224 Beverwil Dr., L.A.) is recognized for providing guests with luxury experiences and packages — from access to high-end Italian sports cars, premium Colnago bikes or tickets to the L.A. Opera. But why should the adults have all the fun? Just in time for summer, the family-friendly boutique hotel lets kids in on the action by offering “Little C” amenities. These child-friendly perks can be added to any guestroom or suite room type. They include: A complimentary welcome Mr. C teddy bear, a plate of freshly baked homemade cookies with Nutella spread and sprinkles,...

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Taking Care of Your Child’s Smile

If your child has special needs, you are likely immersed in an array of tasks and therapies – occupational, educational and physical. As you work to help your child make the most of her or his abilities, don’t forget your child’s smile! “You need to care for their mouths. It is a journey. It is a process,” says Jill Lasky, DDS, a pediatric dentist who practices in Tarzana and Studio City. Lasky, who sees many patients with special needs, reminds parents of these children to pay attention to the enticements they use to motivate their kids. “A lot of therapies...

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Bringing Reilly To Life

“The life of Reilly” is an old-fashioned way of describing a life that is easy and pleasant. That’s not what Sinead Clancy thought she had in store when her son Roan, now 10, was 18 months old and his pediatrician told her that he had autism. “I started Googling autism and trying to find out about it,” says Clancy, “and it was just this terrifying landscape of everything that was terrible and awful about this condition. There was never really anything positive about it.” Clancy, who is raising Roan and his neurotypical twin sister, Katie, in the San Gabriel Valley,...

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New Quilted Koala Eric Carle Collection

Quilted Koala started as a little boy’s dream to be a part of his family’s business and continue the tradition of providing quality fabrics and designs. We've partnered with Quilted Koala to give away pieces from its new Mommy and Me Eric Carle collection. One winner will receive one large tote, a child bag, and a large makeup bag from the collection (, total value: $173.50), which is launching this month. Be the first to have it! You can also visit to stay up to date and subscribe to their mailing list.

Fourth of July Fun Without the Fireworks

Fireworks are synonymous with Independence Day, but sometimes it is nice to celebrate the holiday without the cacophony of pyrotechnics. Here are a few events that don’t need fireworks to create fun. Pedal your way to a patriotic day at Long Beach’s Great American Kids’ Bike Parade, at 10 a.m. along the Granada Avenue bike path. Children can decorate their bicycles and participate in the parade and take part in a Fourth of July costume competition, a watermelon seed-spitting contest and a patriotic oratory competition (which requires advance submission). Free; At the Independence Day celebration at the International Printing...

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Four Explosive Ways To Celebrate July 4th

The skies above Southern California will be filled with fireworks on the Fourth of July. Some fireworks festivities, however, come with added entertainment. AmericaFest returns to Rose Bowl Stadium (1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena) for the 89th year, and this year the celebration, which lasts from 2-11 p.m., is bigger than ever. The afternoon FanFest features rides, crafts, exhibits and an array of food vendors. There will also be performances from Elvis and Beatles tribute acts. Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, as it has for more than 35 years, will create the fireworks. Stick around afterwards for a screening of Despicable Me...

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5 Tips for Relaxed Real-Food Mornings and Evenings

It’s dark and a bit chilly in your bedroom, which gives your warm and cozy covers more power to pull you in. Then you feel a small finger tapping your shoulder and you hear, “Mommy?” With your eyes half open, you stumble into the kitchen to take breakfast orders. The frantic routine of preparing breakfast, unloading dishes, packing lunches and attempting to feed yourself begins. Oh, and forget about drinking warm coffee, because all the scurrying around leaves your coffee alone and cold. I’ve been there too many times to count. The morning mad dash usually continues through dinner and...

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Parenting A de Activista

Martha Gonzalez: Parenting As an Activist

Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Martha Gonzalez is no stranger to diversity. Her love of music – she is the lead singer, percussionist and songwriter for the band Quetzal, a 2013 Grammy winner for its album “Imaginaries” – and passion for social justice and activism have guided her through her academic and creative journey. Known as a “Chicana Artivista,” Gonzalez is Assistant Professor in the Intercollegiate Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies Department at SCRIPPS/Claremont Colleges and recently earned her Ph.D. As a parent, she has learned to balance her music, academic work and activism, though she admits it hasn’t been easy....

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Nintendo Debuts New Titles at E3

The National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) team attended E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) June 16-18 at the L.A. Convention Center. At the gaming industry’s annual trade show, throngs of eager gamers get their first peek at thousands of new titles and technologies. We met with NAPPA favorite Nintendo, and learned about dozens of upcoming releases for the Wii and handheld 3DS. Here are a few that we’re super excited for this fall: Super Celebration The beloved Super Mario is turning 30 this year, and to celebrate, Nintendo unveiled Super Mario Maker for Wii U, where players can customize themes and create...

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TV Host Mark Steines On His Role as Joyful Dad

It’s 2 p.m., and all day Mark Steines has been the picture of a dialed-in dad. The co-host of the Hallmark channel’s “Home & Family” has made sure his sons introduced themselves to visitors. He has talked them through a photo shoot. During breaks, he has opened his laptop and queried them about school reading assignments and upcoming field trips. Now, as we chat, he is making them lunch – though a package of turkey has gone missing – and telling me that things weren’t always this way. “I remember when we started a family, I said I’m going to...

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