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Opportunities for Art

February 2, 2014 • 2014, Big Kids, Community, February 2014, Special Events, Teens and Pre-TeensComments (0)

Help your child discover his or her inner artist with these opportunities to do and experience art around Orange County. •• Bowers Museum (Santa Ana) 1802 North Main Street bowers.org Experience Art: Interactive Exhibit Great for: Ages 5 – 12 Cost: $0 – $6 Now through May 8th, the Bowers Kidseum is hosting the interactive exhibit...

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Cook. Learn. Play.

February 2, 2014 • 2014, Big Kids, Community, Cooking & Dining Out, February 2014Comments (0)

My little ones love to help mommy make meals and what a great opportunity to create “teachable” moments and bond over making “and breaking” bread. Because I personally find “beyond the classroom” programs particularly appealing (and because the...

Nutrition Drill-Down: How Organic is Organic?

February 2, 2014 • 2014, Big Kids, Cooking & Dining Out, Expert Advice, February 2014, Home Life, Sports, Health & Fitness, Teens and Pre-TeensComments (0)

by Roy Dittmann, OMD, MH, DM According to the USDA, “methods like irradiation, sewage sludge, and genetic engineering are all expressly prohibited from being used when growing or processing organic foods.”1 It’s always good to know your food isn’t...

Seeing Green: 6 Ways to Make Your Kids Money Smart

January 3, 2014 • 2014, Big Kids, Home Life, January 2014, Money Matters, Teens and Pre-TeensComments (0)

In the age of Netflix, my youngest daughter rarely sees commercials on television but, if she happens to catch one, I know immediately by the chorus of “I want that.” She is an innate capitalist who has no idea (at the age of 4) that these material...

Healthy Smiles on Wheels: The Kickoff of Smile Mobile 2

January 3, 2014 • 2014, Big Kids, Community, January 2014, Sports, Health & Fitness, Teens and Pre-TeensComments (0)

by Katherine Clements Seven-year-old Amber Galindo had been to the dentist, but it hadn’t gone very well. The doctor wasn’t all that patient, and Amber had some significant needs. Her mother Nancy was at a loss. When she heard about the Clinic in the Park...

Your Child’s Vulnerable Brain

January 3, 2014 • 2014, Babies, Big Kids, January 2014, Sports, Health & Fitness, Teens and Pre-Teens, ToddlersComments (0)

YOUR CHILD’S VULNERABLE BRAIN: Bumps to the head can impact your child’s brain for years to come How many times have our children bumped their heads? My granddaughter slipped and fell on a marble floor running through the kitchen in her socks when she...

Your Child’s Friendly Neighborhood Bank

January 3, 2014 • 2014, Big Kids, January 2014, Money Matters, Teens and Pre-TeensComments (0)

YOUR CHILD’S FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD BANK: Community banking can help make your kids money smart. by Matthew Terry Kids love advertising. And advertisers love kids. Advertising drives many of the perceptions held by our youth on everything from society...

Nutrition Drill-Down: What’s the Deal with GMOs?

January 3, 2014 • 2014, Babies, Big Kids, Cooking & Dining Out, Expert Advice, Home Life, January 2014, Sports, Health & Fitness, Teens and Pre-Teens, ToddlersComments (0)

by Roy Dittmann, OMD, MH, DM In December the state of Connecticut became the first state in the nation to require labeling of GMOs (genefically modified organisms) in foods. Today, food companies are not required to disclose on a label the presence of GMOs...

Just Pay for the Lesson

January 3, 2014 • 2014, Big Kids, Expert Advice, January 2014, Teens and Pre-Teens, TravelComments (0)

JUST PAY FOR THE LESSON: A friendly suggestion from someone who knows. by Ian Kesterson For many families, winter means getaways to the mountains. Deep powder runs, sipping hot chocolate next to a fire, and possibly the youngsters getting initiated into the...

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...