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15. DRINK AS MUCH WATER AS COFFEE FOR A WEEK

Many victories in a little 30-day Healthy Eating challenge: Finding new ways – hidden or not – to incorporate more fruits/veggies into my kids’ diet I drank more water than coffee every day and didn’t scar anyone else psychologically Our complexions cleared up Day 5 and remained more stable overall 90% of fruits/veggies were fresh,…

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NATURALLY, KIDS: HUNT FOR FOSSILS AND BONES

Our neighbors always inspire us with their outdoor adventures. Where I overflow with curiosity, I lack in outdoor survival skills. Thankfully when we set out on this adventure, our neighbors gave us a few tips – wear tennies and watch the tide. For years, I’ve wanted to explore a sea cave on the sea edge…

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SMURF HAPPENS! The Premiere

My kids and I rarely visit the Westside of Los Angeles. Traffic and rampant Bruins make it less-than-desirable for us. Last Sunday, we were noticeably blue because we got invited to Sony Pictures’ blue carpet premiere of The Smurfs 2! My kids didn’t grow up on the Smurfs like I did, but we loved the…

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WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE: COFFEE MUGS – From Mundane to Meaningful

My reputation precedes me. Around these parts I’m known as the Most Caffeinated Gal in the West.  Triple lattes in the morning then a Grande booster around 3pm would get me through the day.  Although I’ve lowered my octane, settling for drip coffee, my simple goal remains… to stay awake longer than my kids! So…

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CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY IN FRONT OF THE KIDS

I’ve got two kids who are skilled communicators.  One blows me away while regurgitating facts, details and dates, spitting them out in a way that captivates me like no professor could. The other one sharply launches zingers that envelop me in an explosion of laughter.  If they worked together, embracing their differences, they could go…