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So This is What a Real Winter Feels Like Back to school for the new year and already at home for a snow day We finally got the kids back into the groove of going back to school after the long holiday break and BAM! A SNOW DAY! A real snow day, we had about 4 inches of snow in the area, which is more snow then we had all of last year and the most snow the kids have seen. So we decided to venture out into the snow and even got Grandma to join in on the fun. Of course there is always a wipe out or two! This is the face you make while snow is rolling down your back under your clothes. No day out in the snow is complete without a snow ball fight. Just when you think Mrs. M has the upper hand, this happens. Overall it was a fun time for ...

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Have you ever noticed how everyone seems glued to their little phones? I find even catch myself as I’m passing by windows, my elbow craned and my nose buried in my phone. I wonder if we’re all addicts, or if much has changed over the years. Once, not too long ago, we were all gathered around small black and white television screens. Before that, it was a box that carried sound across America, and before that it was newspapers and talking. We’ve always been predisposed to media, so perhaps this new trend of multi-screen viewing isn’t all that new. Still, it did seem to happen overnight and it’s enough to wonder where we’ve been and where we go from here. Home Networking Advances in the technology we use in home networking are driving the trend in multi-screen viewing. Because little Sally and Johnny aren’t forced to use one device, they seek entertainment elsewhere. ...

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Being a mom is a lot of work, now imagine taking care of an entire group of 4th graders on a field trip, now that’s hard work! Sure, being a chaperone has its perks, you get to have fun with your kid and you get to see how your child does in an educational environment. For some parents, their first field trip could be frightening. How can you counter these fears? Preparation and anticipation! Thus, I have compiled a list of suggestions on how chaperoning for your kid’s field trip can turn out successful! Who knows, the kids might end up considering you the cool mom. Know What’s Expected Usually before departure, parents are briefed on where they’ll be going, what the schedule will look like and what will be expected from them and the students. Sometimes, teachers give chaperones a first aid kit, which is important because most kids are accident ...

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An Extended Drive Event San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento, driving across the state in the FJ Cruiser Last week I spent way too many hours strapped inside a car, it started with my typical 2 hour round-trip drive on Monday, then a three hour trip to San Diego and back on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday I drove to work again and then drove to Sacramento that same night and came back to LA on Sunday. That is just too many hours on the road for me. The only plus side of doing so much driving is that I was able to do some of it in the Toyota FJ Cruiser. For our trip to Sacramento we tested out the FJ Cruiser to see how it handled as a family vehicle. The kids instantly fell in love - but who doesn’t driving a new car. Even though our trip was only a weekend turn ...

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Collaboration between Toyota and the National Audubon Society Excite, explore and breathe fresh air by taking the scenic route on your summer road trip Now that our kids have grown passed the “kids fly free age” we rarely fly anywhere as a family. In fact most of our trips are confined within the borders of California with exception of a Las Vegas road trip every now and then. We usually drive at night to avoid the back-seat noise and extra potty breaks, but now that the kids are a little bit older it might be fun the spice up our road-trips and do some exploring. A few weeks ago Toyota and the National Audubon Society decided to team up this summer and ask Americans to Exit the Highway and pledge to spend more time taking scenic roads to explore nature. With so many National Parks in the area that shouldn’t be hard to ...

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A Boys Weekend in Long Beach This was our sons first car racing experience This weekend I sent the boys off to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long for a testosterone filled weekend with friends and family. My son is usually noise sensitive so I was a little concerned about how he would react to the loud engines. Luckily they handed out ear plugs at the event. Turns out his favorite part was watching the cars drifting. He was even cheering them on! (more…)

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Macy's honors the legacy of Romare Bearden's Visit Macy’s in Baldwin Hills for a special event at their Museum of African American Art this Thursday On Thursday Macy’s will celebrate Black History Month by honoring the legacy of Romare Bearden. They will help The Romare Bearden Foundation celebrate the artists 100th birthday. About Romare Bearden Recognized as one of the most creative and original visual artists of the 20th century, Romare Bearden had a prolific and distinguished career. His life and art are marked by exceptional talent in a broad range of intellectual and scholarly interests, including music, performing arts, history, and literature and world art. If you are interested in attending the opening reception and exhibit please visit Macys.com for a location near you. There are two locations in California – Macy’s Baldwin Hills and Macy’s Union Square. If you are local to Los Angeles. When: Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM Where: Macy's Baldwin Hills--3rd ...

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Help California schools by joining the Real Seal Appeal In these economical times we don't all have the resources to make cash donations to school, but there are other ways you can still help Before my daughter even started school this year, the school was already asking for donations, I don’t blame them because California schools need lots of help. But for some it’s hard or impossible to write a check to help, they have to find others ways they can participate, whether it’s donating time or participating in one of the fund raisers. I love it when things are simple, like when grocery stores donate a portion of the proceeds to local schools. Well here’s another way you can help, Real California Milk recently launched the Real Seal Appeal! Sweepstakes! Next time you are in the grocery store look for products with the Real California Milk seal and collect them for your ...

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**UPDATE *** Congratulations to Shannon Finer, your entry was the selected winner. We've emailed you for more information. A few weeks ago I introduced you to the Vonage Time to Call App that helps you make international calls for less. You can read the original post, vonage time to call app – make international calls for less. Details about the App The Time to Call™ app and make low-cost international calls of up to 15 minutes to landlines and mobile phones in over 190 countries. Save money over dialing directly through major mobile carriers, and pay for your calls through your iTunes account. It’s FREE to download with no monthly charges and no commitments. How it Works This is how it works, the initial download includes a FREE call up to 15 minutes after that you pay per call. You can talk for up to 15 minutes for $1.99 or less. The calls are billed directly ...

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This year I was totally unprepared for BlogHer, wait I think I say that every year. But this it, I really mean it. So much that I contemplating ducking out early before it even started. We were in a whirlwind this summer with too much going on and not enough time to get any of it done. But I’m glad I made the trip to see old friends and make new ones. And I have to thank Sony and Kimberley Blaine for an amazingly fun and relaxing Moms, Photos & Fun event. I had a blast taking a break and I can’t wait for Brian Smith to reveal his masterpieces. (more…)

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This past week I had a chance to take a little break from all the mommy happenings, curl up on the couch and watch a movie. I needed the rest, since I injured my foot and needed to get off it. Luckily I was sent a screener copy of the new Lifetime movie premiering today, Monday, June 6 at 8pm. The Last Man Standing is my favorite type of movie I love action thrillers and especially love them when they have a female lead. Last Man Standing is about a happy suburban wife and mother (Catherine Bell) who has been concealing her dark past as a military-trained special-ops agent from her family and friends until her husband is mysteriously kidnapped. She’s then forced to use her military training to save her husband and protect her daughter and uncover the mystery that has been haunting her for years. Mekhi Phifer and ...

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