Ideas for A Marvelous Mother’s Day

Tips for a perfect day without lifting a finger.
By Shirin Yadegar

Ever since I became a mother 6 years ago, Mother’s Day has been a pain rather than a pleasure. I need to please my mother, my mother-in-law and the needs of my three children. This year, I have three great options from caterers I frequent who are reliable, delectable and affordable.
If you are a neurotic mother, like myself, trust me and lean on one of these options this year.
Don’t waste your time, money and energy grocery shopping and cooking. It’s your special day so sit back and relax while you are pampered and pleasantly surprised.
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Protect Yourself and Your Teens from UV Tanning

By Dannielle Crouch
Education Tan article photoI was in my teens when I got the fake tanning bug. I would purchase the unlimited monthly tanning packages that allowed for many tanning bed sessions to achieve that deep, dark tan. I began frequenting tanning salons in high school and continued well into my 20’s.

I was never informed of any health risks and certainly didn’t think I would be a victim of skin cancer. I have olive skin and dark hair and always tanned very easily in the sun. I didn’t fit into the high risk category. If you read about who is at risk it usually describes someone who has had many sunburns and very light complexion. That just wasn’t me.
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Spring Break with the Kids

Spring Break is an opportune time to spend quality time with our kids.
Here are a few educational and fun local places to visit that you and your children will enjoy over spring break.

http://www.zimmermuseum.org
The Mann Theater at the Zimmer is fun for all ages. Your kids can put on customs and watch themselves perform on television.

http://www.skirball.org
Noah’s Ark is an ongoing interactive exhibition that is a must see for those who have not experienced it yet. There are several other exhibitions to see over the break too.

http://www.colormemine.com
Color Me Mine is an art studio for all ages. You can spend hours creatively painting your masterpiece.

http://www.scribblepress.com
Scribble Press is a great place to publish your creativity and also offers classes over the break.

The New Mommy Makeover

By Dr. Payman Danielpour and Dr. John Layke
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group

heath_aprilThe “Mommy Makeover” is not a new procedure. Pregnancy can take its toll on the female body causing breast deflation, tummy laxity and stretch marks. There are two parts to the traditional “Mommy Makeover”: (1) an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) to tighten the abdominal wall, remove the excess skin and markedly decrease the presence of stretch marks, and (2) either a breast augmentation or breast lift. During pregnancy the breasts swell – sometimes markedly – in preparation for the baby and milk production. After breast feeding stops, however, the breast tissue involutes and the overall volume deflates. (more…)

Why Physical Fitness is Important for Children

By Scott Myers
scott myer fitness photo

  • Obesity is the most prevalent nutritional disease of children and adolescents in the U. S.
  • A child’s potential to develop strength, endurance and physical skill increases at an exponential rate the first two years of life.
    • The more you encourage your children to be physically active during this period, the stronger and more energetic you can expect them to become; and the more quickly they will develop skills in using their muscles.
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Benefits of Stimulation to the Infant Brain

By Octavia Lindlahr

education_marchWe live in a culture where “stimulation” clearly receives a negative response. Many pediatricians and experts will often label a baby who cries often or for prolonged periods of time “over stimulated”. However, we often give the brain little credit in this regard, and it should be acknowledged that stimulation and multi sensory play offer undeniable value to the overall development to the infant brain. (more…)

Face Painting is Fun, But Is It Always Safe?

By Stacey Privack

Stacey_PrivackAt birthday parties and other community events where children are involved these days, some type of entertainment is commonly included, ranging from clowns or princesses to bounce houses or pony rides. Among the most popular of activities at children’s events is face painting.

Children and parents alike enjoy the colorful flourish that face painting brings to parties and events. Face painting has become such a common staple at gatherings that face painting ‘artists’ abound. Therefore, it is important to verify that the products all face painters use are safe as well as colorful.
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Sunday Night Dinners

By Cari Levin

Cari_LevinThe Dilemma:
Following a weekend of karate, golf lessons, sleepovers and the requisite meltdown it is once again Sunday night and I have to make dinner.

The Fantasy:
I make a simple yet fun and enticing dinner that my family not only eats but also thanks me for and reminisces about.

The Solution:
“Themed Sunday Night Dinners.”
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Getting to Know Your Child’s Learning Style

By Nathalie Kunin

Education nathalie photoHave you ever been asked “How are you smart?” Probably not. Have you ever been asked “How smart are you?” Probably – or you’ve asked yourself this question? The same four words in a different order can make all the difference when attempting to quantify intelligence. We have many measures that tell us how smart we are in different subjects, but very few that tell us how we learn and process information. (more…)

What immunity really means?

By Andrea Thorpe, L.Ac.

andreathorpeRecent research is now pointing towards something that Chinese medicine has been explaining for thousands of years. 80% of your immunity potential lies in your gut. Studies indicate that a balance between good and bad bacteria in the large intestine is a significant determinant of your potential to ward off pathogenic illnesses such as colds and more importantly the flu.
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