Fun and Easy July 4 Recipes

By Catherine McCord

Watermelon Pizza

watermelon pizzaPrep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 large watermelon
  • unsweetened coconut flakes
  • chopped macadamia nuts
  • kiwi slices
  • strawberries, halved
  • blueberries, halved
  • raspberries, halved
  • blackberries, halved
  • pomegranate seeds
  • cherries, halved

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San Fran with the Kids

Lisa NiverBy Lisa Niver

I love to visit San Francisco. When I lived there, I was teaching and going to graduate school and somehow never knew about the Flower Show and the Fortune Cookie Factory. Fortunately, friends of mine showed me the way and I discovered new things on my recent visit.

In Union Square at Macy’s, there is a spring time flower show. The 2018 theme was “Once Upon A Springtime.” My favorite part was to sit in the Princess chair but I was told that in San Francisco, “We do not bother with Princesses, we are all Queens here!” So grab some attitude and enjoy the flower displays all over the store. This event happens at Macy’s New York, Chicago and San Francisco where the stores are “transformed into breathtaking floral scenes with blooms, fantasy flowers and lush plants from around the world. Millions of guests filed in during the two-week exhibition as our stores blossomed with themed events, specialty gardens and more.” The theme of the show was “heroic characters triumphing over competing forces to usher in the beauty of spring.” (more…)

Parents Need to Understand Porn

By Gail Dines
Gail Dines

‘Hardcore’ porn is everywhere.

Surveys and our own experiences show that parents are deeply concerned about the easy access their kids now have to porn via mobile devices.

The statistics paint a dismal picture. A recent U.K. study found that 65 percent of 15- to 16-year-olds had viewed pornography, the vast majority of whom reported seeing it by age 14. This is especially problematic given the findings of another study that found a correlation between early exposure to pornography and an expressed desire to exert power over women. (more…)

Clearing Up Teenage Acne

Beverly Hills Esthetician, Rebecca Palmer shares her secrets on how to help your teen clear up their skin this summer.

Q: My teenager is broken out all over her face and back. Is there anything she can do to clear up for summer?

If the patient is able to be out of the sun for 2 weeks I would recommend a series of chemical peels prior to summer. If they will be in the sun I would recommend a deep pore facial on the face/body including a light glycolic peel with extractions. For body breakouts, I really like to incorporate a body wash that has benzoyl peroxide. (more…)

How to Use Essential Oils

By Elisa Mardagen

How can you use essential oils to help your children recover from colds?

Elisa Mardagen reveals how to help your children recover from colds and relax with essential oils.

Elisa MardagenQ: What oils do you use for your family to relieve colds?
A: The essential oils I use for colds for our whole family are Eucalyptus for it’s decongestant properties as well as Peppermint. I also use Frankincense to help ease any coughing. I like to make a chest rub with these oils so I use coconut oil (solid, not fractionated) as the base. I add in the oils and stir it together. Then I rub it on the chest, back and feet as needed. I will also diffuse these same oils beside the bed at night for some added support. (more…)

Family Vacation Anxiety

Can everything really go smoothly on a family vacation?

By Shirin Yadegar

Shirin YadegarDo you get anxiety when thinking of your next family vacation. Family vacations require hours of thoughtful planning so everyone involved is happy.

Is that realistic when you have teenagers and kindergarteners?
Yes, it is.

Over spring break we planned an incredible two week vacation for our immediate family which includes my husband and I and our 14, 12, 8 and 6 year old plus my nearly 80 year old father-in-law. (more…)

Is it Wise for a Parent to Homeschool Their Own Child?

By Janis Adams
Lauren RashapThere are times when a traditional school is just not working for your child. It may be as simple as scheduling. Perhaps a child’s personal or professional interests may require a flexibility that schools are unable to accommodate. It may be that a child’s academics do not align with their grade level. The child may be highly gifted or in need of remediation, struggling with a curriculum that does not even closely match their academic level. It may also be emotional, for example, a child that is being bullied. There are many reasons that parents seek alternative options to a one-size-fits-all school.

When a traditional school fails to meet a child’s needs, many parents decide to homeschool. This option sounds fun and creative, anticipating days spent exploring, discussing, and bonding. However, despite these benefits, it can also be over-whelming and frustrating for both the child and the parent. Taking responsibility for a child’s education requires ample time and an unwavering commitment. It is a teaching job and not something to be treated lightly. (more…)