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In a Chaotic World This Week What Can We Do To Help Our Children?

In a Chaotic World This Week What Can We Do To Help Our Children?

  On the heels of the events in Sydney this past Monday came another reminder of the reality of our world today. Sitting in a meeting I saw a news post flash on my phone about the school massacre in Pakistan – 132 children gone over nonsense. Just last night I ended my evening watching a documentary called “Out of the Clear Blue Sky“, about 9/11 and the effects it had on Cantor Fitzgerald who lost every employee that day in the tower to terrorism. To watch that film footage and feel as though no time has really passed, it’s […]

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Giving Ideas for ThanksGIVING. Here’s How the Whole Family Can Participate

        Well guys, we are officially here, Thanksgiving week – the week I believe starts the holiday season whether we are ready or not.  On your drive out of town OR while sitting at work wishing you were already heading out of town – a few things to discuss this gorgeous California morning: 1. What are we doing to help our kids grow in kindness and turn away from retail mania this week? (*believe me, it is a task we CAN accomplish…just work with me in this post) First off, most kids are out of school all week this week. This […]

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Why Are We Giving Away Our Own Money For Kindness Characters?

Our Kids Kindness Contest is extended until the end of this month! Why? We have received the most amazing things from kids of all ages. I knew we would get some really amazing characters submitted and were excited to see the ideas were developed by all ages. What I don’t think I fully expected was the depth in which kids can articulate kindness. They are simple ideas that seem so logical once you read them but as adults we for some reason just can’t seem to relay it in such an organic manner. It’s quite fascinating to see actually. So […]

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What Can We Kindly Do With All That Halloween Candy & Other Fun Stuff

It is no secret that I am a big advocate of Halloween. Adults, kids, parents or not – it’s just a great holiday with a month of spooky, scary and fun nonsense. When I lived in the south I got my first taste of how they do it in the country: guys with REAL chainsaws chasing you past the haunted house into the parking lot to your car (yep, that happened) and hayrides that drop you off in the middle of the woods and leave you there. California, we cannot hold a candle with Knott’s Scary Farm and the Queen […]

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We May Not Be Able to Change the World Right Now, But We Can Do Our Best to Change Our Children

I am not one to watch the news as much as I used to. I always want to be up to date on the world events, politics and be able to carry on an intelligent conversation when required – however I can only take so much. I am one of those people that can’t just watch the devastation unfold on CNN and then go about my normal daily routine. I get sucked in and somehow physically can place myself in someone’s strife and heartache (ie. families of the Malaysian crashes or situations with ISIS), my empathy has no boundaries. Over […]

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“Happy Birthday, Now Let’s Donate All Your Presents!”|Are We Mean Parents? Nope.

Have you ever told your 4 year old “Happy Birthday” then said, “Okay, now hand us all your presents”? We did, and I promise you it wasn’t as disastrous as you might think. I have mentioned previously that my twins get so much attention it should be illegal. Just the other day I picked them up from Disneyland with their Nanny and they hopped in the car with stuffed animals gripped in their arms and towering past their heads. I looked at our Nanny as if I couldn’t believe she gave into their requests for toys and she just looked […]

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Summer of Kindness #6|Secret Messages of Kindness

In CA we are still have several weeks of summer left and are getting creative on how to keep the kids busy in a positive way. Everyone likes getting secret messages, right? For me, it’s reminiscent of Jr. High when you could send your friends a “candy gram” in class – nothing was more amazing and made your day even brighter by knowing someone was thinking of you. I did our secret messages with a group of preschoolers but even teens could make this one fun with their friends over the summer or once school starts. I know I would […]

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What’s On Your Bucket List?

They’re heeeeerrrreeeee…….all our kids at home that is. So what to do, what to do? Of course if I ask my 3 year old twins what they want to do the answer is always in unison, “Disneyland!”. Every. Single. Day. Nope, no thanks. Not with a two hour wait for a 60 second ride on Dumbo with two impatient girls on a Mickey-induced sugar high. We will wait until September ladies. What we did do at our house though is make a summer bucket list. The girls each get a turn once a week to pick a picture from the […]

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The Best Graduation Present Ever Given

    It’s that time of year again. High school and college graduations everywhere you turn. Parties, congratulations, celebrations, family, friends, happiness and hope for amazing futures. Most teens graduating from high school or college will tell you the best gift you can give them is money (as we all know going into or coming out of college, clearly hard cash is a rare commodity). Of course no one denies cash is king, however I want to share the gift idea that is still 16 years later my most prized possession. My Grandmother, a sassy smoker who could take on […]

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