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Helping our community by recycling crayons.

By Sheila Michail Morovati
Sheila Michail MorovatiLike many busy families in Los Angeles, my family used to frequent a certain kid friendly restaurant in our neighborhood several times per week. Each time we stood up at the end of our meal, I would guiltily eye four bright, virtually unused crayons sitting on the table, knowing that they shouldn’t be tossed in the trash. I started to keep our barely-used crayons, and built up a stash of thirty-two crayons within a month. As I did the math after noticing that many other families also left their crayons behind, I saw this as an opportunity to create a change, both for the environment and for kids who might not otherwise have access to something many of us take for granted. (more…)



By Josh Kafka
Spring Break is almost here. Lots of joy to come but now it’s up to us to provide the kids’ sole entertainment 24 hours a day. So what to do? Don’t panic…pack! Here’s some easy family escapes that will thrill the little ones, provide lots of family fun, and mercifully, even please mama. As always, Blisscape offers the guaranteed lowest price and best free perks. (more…)



BY Shirin Yadegar
Shirin YadegarWhen you’ve been married for 12 years with four kids, Valentine’s Day becomes a day you celebrate as a family rather than a couple. I find it overpriced and “cheesy” to dine out on Valentine’s Day so spending it with the kids doing crafts and baking is a lot more fun.

A few days before the holiday, my girls and I make beautiful cards for all of the people we love. We use red, pink and white construction paper, crayons and scissors to cut out hearts. NO mess and super fun. (more…)



By Jill Levin
Jill LevinFor the past 11 years I have been a summer camp advisor helping families find great summer programs for their children. Parents want to find the best summer program and be ensured that their children have the most enjoyable and rewarding experience possible.

However, when your child steps off the bus after spending weeks away at a sleepover camp or teen program, it is almost inevitable that he or she will have changed. They will have experienced new opportunities, made new friends, have had increased responsibilities, and faced new and exciting challenges. Let’s look at some of what your child has experienced and how it might be incorporated into the rest of the year. (more…)



By Shirin Yadegar
MacHentsevHave you ever traveled 6000 miles away from your children? When my husband initially asked me to join him in Shanghai, I said there was no way in hell. Who on earth leaves four kids for a week. What if there was an earthquake, what if one of the girls got sick? Who would drive them to and from school and all of their extracurricular activities? How would my younger girls feel? Would my toddler and one year old feel abandoned? Too much to plan. Too challenging. Too far away. (more…)



by Bon Bon Gifts & La Tabella
GolshanAdBon Bon Gifts & La Tabella Presents
The Simple Holiday Event Please join us for an eventful day of fabulous shopping, fun demostrations, mind opening lectures and enjoy having your fortune told all to help a great cause.

The Milon Sisters!
November 7th
Olympic Collection
11301 West Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA90064
“In the versailles room located on the 1st Floor”
9am to 5pm (more…)



Kung Fu is a whole body exercise.

By Art MacHentsev
MacHentsevThe new school year is in and with it the question of which activity to engage our children in. There’s lots of advertising for sports, dance, art, singing schools and more. The choices could be overwhelming and make our head spin, but the criteria for selection is actually quite simple. Give children what they want and most importantly what they need. (more…)



Brentwood Gardens is hosting another amazing free family fun day for families on Sunday, September 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring your entire family for loads of fun. DJ Groovy David will be spinning. Anita will be doing free hair wraps and tattoos and there will be a fabulous clown creating balloons for your kids. It’s a great way to spend a few hours in the shade and then you can grab a bite upstairs at CPK or Daily Grill. If you’re not ready for dinner then head up to Riva for organic yogurt or fresh organic juice. It’s the only place where my kids actually drink the green juice because it’s sweet and delicious. (more…)



joshThe Zimmer Children’s Museum is the only museum dedicated specifically to kids and families in Los Angeles. An interactive space for learning, play, imagination, and exploration. Through the power of play, children will learn about human values such as respect for others, helping those in need, generosity, and creativity. (more…)



By Josh Kafka
It’s hot. School’s out. The timeless questions every parent asks: Where in the world should I take my kids? And how much will it cost me? Physically, emotionally and of course financially?

Well happily, not much. There are several reasonable local options that make for a wonderful, easeful family escape—without too much cost. All of the resorts below come with free bonus perks (if booked with Blisscape) that make staying there much more affordable.

Nature:

Ojai Valley Resort and Spa (OVS). With beautiful gardens, orchards, fields to play in and a wonderful kids swimming pool, OVS is a perfect family resort. This is the place to go when parents want to slow down and relax while still offering the kids a wonderful time. We love the spa, the many bunnies running around the property, and the location—just an hour from the city. Blisscape bonus amenities: free upgrade to Fireplace Shangri-La room, full breakfasts for two, and free entrance to the spa. (more…)



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