Month: November 2010

Gingerbread Cookies

By Catherine McCord
gingerbreadIt was always a tradition when I was growing up to make holiday cookies come this time of year. I used to love rolling out the sugar cookie and gingerbread dough with my mother, cutting the cookies into fun shapes and then decorating them. I wanted to continue that tradition with Kenya, but the thought of making cookies with tons of sugar didn’t seem like such a good idea (Kenya jumping off the walls at bed time never appeals to me), so we stuck with gingerbread. This recipe does have some sugar, but not a lot. It also contains molasses, which is full or iron, a bonus for kids. Kenya and I didn’t use any icing on these because, in my opinion, they don’t need it, but if you want to put a little piping on them, I included a simple icing recipe. This recipe makes dozens of cookies (more or less, depending on the size of the cookie cutters you use), so you’ll have plenty for friends and your family during the holidays. (more…)

What are Your Kids Doing for Winter Break

LA MOM MAGAZINE has listed our favorite kids’ camps in Los Angeles. Trust us when we say you can fully trust these companies and your kids will have a blast.
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Funky Divas
This is a fabulous 4 day dance camp for all kids. December 20-23 from 9 a.m to 3 p.m.
Mention LA MOM MAGAZINE for the special promotion.

310.838.8387
Shutters Hotel
ww.funkydivasanddudes.com

   
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My Gym Santa Monica
Keep your kids active over Winter break. My Gym is offering Winter Camp December 20-24 and 27-31 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

310. 820.0155
12422 Santa Monica Blvd.
http://www.mygym.com

   
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Dance Center of Los Angeles
Come Experience the world of the Nutcracker with the D.C. Dance Center on Saturday, December 18.

310.820.2256
12422 Santa Monica Blvd.
http://www.dancecenterla.com

   

Does Your Child Have a Learning Disability

Identifying the Problem and Getting Help
By Jennifer Gordon, M.A. Educational Therapist

jenniferLearning disabilities are problems that affect the brain’s ability to receive process, analyze, or store information. The term Learning Disabilities sounds scary, but actually includes a very broad set of issues that are quite common and diverse, and, most importantly very addressable. The good news is that there is a vast array of resources available to help with learning disabilities. The earlier an issue is identified the better it can be addressed. Detecting and identifying problems can be challenging and navigating all the assessment options can be dizzying. (more…)

Strengthen Your Child’s Immune System

Healthy digestion creates a strong immunity.
By Jordan Hoffman, L.Ac

jordanMost of what afflicts young children is related to immune function and digestion: colds and the flu, ear aches, belly aches, allergies, asthma and eczema. And since both Western and Chinese medicine agree that the strength of the immune system stems from the health of the digestive system, ultimately it is all about digestion. We are certainly born with some pre-disposing factors that can influence our health, but it is diet and lifestyle that can act as the trigger in most cases.
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L.A .Chef Shares Her Secrets of Making a Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

By Cari Levin
photoFall is in the air. Kids are settled into the rhythm of school and homework. You are once again enjoying the freedom of owning your life from 8 to 3 Monday thru Friday. All is good. And then it hits you, it is “YOUR year” to cook Thanksgiving Dinner.

Visions of cookbooks strewn across the kitchen counter race through your head. What is THIS year’s turkey trend? You escaped the deep fryer, the brine and the infamous ButterBall “pop-up” turkey. Friends swear by cooking it in a brown bag while you continue to wonder why that bag doesn’t catch on fire in a grease filled 350 oven. You’re mother-in-law constantly explains the importance of, “starting the turkey breast side up and FLIPPING it over midway through cooking” and again you can’t help but wonder how safe that is.
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Holiday Survival Tips

By Samara Fabrick, LCSW
samaraThe holidays are fast approaching and we all have different reactions to this time of year. Media portrays this season as a happy one filled with smiling relatives giving expensive gifts and wearing beautiful clothes. Some of you can relate to these ebullient folk as something that resembles your own holiday experiences. However, many dread this “cheery” season and know that the last thing that puts a smile on their face is dealing with their family and their spouse’s family.
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Finding the Right Fibroid Treatment to Maintain Fertility

By Bruce McLucas, MD, Fibroid Treatment Collective
bruceFibroid tumors are benign growths within the uterus. They affect 40 percent of women over the age of 40, and cause problems for countless younger women who wish to have a family.

Fibroids can cause the uterus to change shape, which can decrease fertility. The main problems caused by fibroids are miscarriage, loss of pregnancy, premature delivery, increased chance of cesarean section and bleeding after delivery. In addition, fibroids may cause separation of the placenta from the uterus, with the possibility of death of the fetus. Usually, we do not advise our patients to attempt pregnancy until they have undergone treatment for their fibroid problems.
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Creating the Perfect Thanksgiving Feast

By Erica Friedman
ericaThanksgiving is the season for celebrating family and friends, which is why this holiday is my favorite. I always go the extra mile to make the festivities fun for kids and meaningful for everyone else.

I like to start setting the mood with decorations and preparations far in advance of actually sitting down to eat. After Halloween has shut down the scary season, I like to take my children to the local farm. We buy small pumpkins and other festive looking squashes. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to a local farm – just visit your local Trader Joe’s, which has really been getting into the holiday season. You can find pomegranates, small pumpkins, squashes, irregular pumpkins, twigs with small pumpkins on them and beautiful colored oversized leaves. You really do not have to go very far to gather a few items to enhance your table and buffet decor.
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