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December 2013
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Mission San Juan Capistrano: Preserving a Historical Treasure for Future Generations

November 27, 2013 • 2013, Big Kids, Community, Cover Story, December 2013Comments (0)

A step through Mission San Juan Capistrano’s Gate House entry doors is a welcoming journey to the past. One is greeted with the energized spirit of a caring staff, the beauty of gardens and a unique setting steeped in history. The Mission is a historical treasure unique to Orange County that is and will be, [&hellip...

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Dad’s View: Bank of Manhattan’s Nate Kuchera

November 27, 2013 • 2013, Community, December 2013, Money Matters, People & ProfilesComments (0)

Mortgage companies have dropped off like flies in the last few years, and you have to figure that those left standing are doing so because they’re doing something right. Many mortgage lenders work as if they are in it for the one-time payoff, and are...

Irreplaceable You

November 27, 2013 • 2013, December 2013, Expert Advice, Money MattersComments (0)

Over the years my wife and I, already the parents of our own four great kids, ended up being blessed with kids from friends and family whose circumstances led to their children moving into the First Church of Chaos – our family home. Health accidents,...

For Students, the World’s a Stage: An Update on Capo USD Happenings

November 27, 2013 • 2013, Community, December 2013, People & ProfilesComments (0)

By Anna Bryson The completed Capistrano Valley High School Performing Arts Center in Mission Viejo recently opened to fanfare from enthusiastic students, parents, and staff.  This stunning state-of-the-art theatre is the long-awaited stage for the school’s...

6 Ways to Help Your Kids Give Back

November 27, 2013 • 2013, Big Kids, Community, December 2013, Teens and Pre-TeensComments (0)

6 Ways to Help Your Child Give Back at Home and Around Town – Opportunities for the Holidays and Any Days. FIGHT HUNGER with Second Harvest Food Bank OPPORTUNITIES: Warehouse sorting (Age: 14+): Sort, label, and package food that the food bank receives...

Mompreneur: Kathy Dahl Crifasi

November 27, 2013 • 2013, Community, December 2013, Fashion & Trends, People & ProfilesComments (0)

Kathy Dahl Crifasi is a mompreneur. She’s not just the amazing woman that created a hugely successful product, she’s also an inspiring mother that changed the way people store their goods on the go. Her invention? Hipzbag®: the trendy, fashion-forward...

Making Jolly: Homemade Holiday Envelopes for Less Than $5

November 27, 2013 • 2013, Big Kids, December 2013, Decor & Crafts, Home LifeComments (0)

by Heather Evans With a little help from your kids, you can make your holiday cards stand out from the masses with easy-to-make (and easy to fund) homespun card envelopes. Step 1: Gather your materials Glue Any new or old holiday magazine (or newspaper!) Tape...

9 Tips for Parents of Teen Drivers

November 27, 2013 • 2013, December 2013, Expert Advice, Home Life, Teens and Pre-TeensComments (0)

by Adam Guss A little over a year ago, I faced that inevitable reality that just about every parent faces. My son turned 16 and got his driver’s license. When I got my license in the mid 80’s, there were a lot of distractions, but there are far more...

STANDOUT STUDENTS: Jake Lawicki & Kiana Smith

November 27, 2013 • 2013, Community, December 2013, Standout Students, Teens and Pre-TeensComments (0)

Standout Students is a celebration of successful students from around Orange County. Do you know a standout student? Contact us.  •• KIANA SMITH Mission Viejo’s Halstrom Academy – Class of 2013 Kiana Smith, a senior at Mission Viejo’s Halstrom...

SUSTAINABLE CHOICES: Oh, Christmas Tree! Real or Fake?

November 27, 2013 • 2013, Community, December 2013, Home Life, UncategorizedComments (0)

Ah, the Christmas tree conundrum. Fake or real? It’s quite a controversial issue; let’s face it – it has the potential to tear families apart. An artificial tree saves time and money and provides a pleasantly symmetrical vision of Christmas, but a real...