April 2014
Category Archive

Family Mortgage Matters: Nate Kuchera of Bank of Manhattan

April 4, 2014 • 2014, April 2014, Cover Story, Home, Money Matters, People & ProfilesComments (0)

Nate Kuchera of Bank of Manhattan on helping families get the home – and loan – that’s right for them I was only half joking when I used to say that I pursued a college degree in journalism because the math requirement was minimal. As an adult, purchasing my first home in my early 30s, my understanding [&hellip...

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Extremely Recycled: Water in OC

April 4, 2014 • 2014, April 2014, Community, Environment, TechnologyComments (0)

Orange County takes water that is flushed, rinsed, or otherwise dumped from your home, and serves it back up as drinking water. It’s real. It’s gnarly. And it’s awesome. Ponder this for a moment: we have the same amount of water on this planet as we...

Sustainability, Hands-On: The Ecology Center of San Juan Capistrano

April 4, 2014 • 2014, April 2014, Community, Environment, People & ProfilesComments (0)

As beautiful as they are, the long days of spring and summer bring a particular awareness of the newly awakened world around us, and too, all that must be done to keep it fresh, nourishing, and beautiful for our kids and the generations to follow. But how?...

Galapagos with a Toddler: Evolving Your Sense of Family Travel Possibilities

April 4, 2014 • 2014, April 2014, Toddlers, TravelComments (0)

When we tell other parents that we took our two-year-old toddler to the Galapagos Islands they usually have one of two reactions – one, they think we’re crazy, or two, they ask how they can do the same. For those of you fitting into the latter category,...

Chasing History and Memories on the East Coast

April 4, 2014 • 2014, April 2014, TravelComments (0)

Chasing History and Memories: A whirlwind family road trip to the East Coast I had been looking forward to the 2013-2014 school year for over a decade. It was the year that our three children would be in 5th, 8th and 11th grades – all the years in which...

Tahoe Has It All: Spring Dreams, Summer Memories, Autumn Colors, Winter Wonder

April 4, 2014 • 2014, April 2014, TravelComments (0)

Lake Tahoe is one of my very favorite places on the planet. I’ve been lucky enough to visit South Shore many times over the years, but some of the best memories I’ve made have been from vacations our family has taken in recent years with close friends....

It Happens Every Spring: Family Travel Rules to Think About Before Touring with Children

April 4, 2014 • 2014, April 2014, Babies, Big Kids, Expert Advice, Home Life, Teens and Pre-Teens, Toddlers, TravelComments (0)

IT HAPPENS EVERY SPRING: Family travel rules to think about before touring with children It’s that time again: Swallows gliding back to Capistrano (we hope), baseball teams sliding in for Spring Training, and people calling their attorneys wondering what...

Standout Students: Melody Lee and Sasha Janet

April 4, 2014 • 2014, April 2014, Community, Standout StudentsComments (0)

MELODY LEE // Orange County School of the Arts // Class of 2015 “Melody Lee has been a tremendous help to her school, her community and the world she lives in,” says Paige Oden, director of the Visual Arts Conservatory at the Orange County School of the...

Wild Times: African Safaris Great for Families

April 4, 2014 • 2014, April 2014, TravelComments (1)

I thought that my adventure days were over when I settled down, got married and had kids. But what I didn’t realize was that they were really just beginning. Not only is parenting an everyday adventure, but traveling with you children, watching them...

Nutrition Drill-Down: Safe Water, Wherever Travels Take Your Family

April 4, 2014 • 2014, April 2014, Expert Advice, Home Life, Sports, Health & Fitness, TravelComments (0)

by Roy Dittmann, OMD, MH, DM Whether you and your family are climbing to the top of Machu Pichu, visiting the castles of Europe, or heading for the sandy beaches of the Caribbean, chances are you are going to find yourself in an area with questionable...