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Kids and Guns: What You Need to Know to Keep Them Safe

I will start with my truth: Guns scare me. I’ve never even held a loaded gun, much less shot one.  I don’t like toy guns, and I chide my children when they pretend to shoot each other with various gun stand-ins.  As a Pediatrician, talking about guns scares me, too. I worry that I will […]

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Mass Shootings and the Millennial Mom: This Has to End

I’m a millennial mom and mass shootings have always been a part of my reality.  When I was a freshman at Montgomery High, two kids in Colorado shot up their school. Our high school had cliques, a quad, and a strong social hierarchy, so our administrators coached us about Columbine with the limited understanding of […]

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Now that it’s Legal, Should Mommy Partake in a Little Marijuana?

I’m thinking about joining the now-legal droves of marijuana users and toking up. Full disclosure: I am not a “pothead,” and I’ve never purchased or sold marijuana. I smoked weed a few times with some friends in my late teens, and I tried a pot brownie at a party. In my twenties however, life became […]

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Marijuana Is Legal, So How Will it Affect my Parenting?

Now that marijuana is legal in our Golden state, you may find yourself wondering how it will affect your parenting. Marijuana has gone from the shadows to being splashed on billboards and advertisements everywhere. Our kids will grow up in a culture where smoking a joint is as common as grabbing a beer. Regardless of […]

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The Magic of Marie Kondo {Tidying Up My Life}

If you’re like me, you read Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and it CHANGED YOUR LIFE! If not, do yourself a favor and read the book. Trying to tidy up feels like a losing battle most days, but Marie Kondo has a beautiful new perspective on it. I’m always fighting an […]

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Packing Like a Pro {7 Outfit Ideas that Fit in Your Carry-On}

I know we’re spoiled with the moderate climate in Northern California. By February, though, I’m over being wet, cold, and pale.  My kids are sick of being inside and I am desperate for Vitamin D.  Ski Week is the perfect opportunity to head South for some sun.  But any mom will tell you that traveling […]

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A Letter to My Daughters about Self-Worth, Love, and Life

A Letter to My Daughters about Self-Worth, Love, and Life

My Dearest Teenage Daughters, It has been the greatest joy of my life watching you grow into the young women you have become. One minute, you were asking me, “Why is the sky blue?”, and the next minute, you’re learning to push every button known to man. You may think I have it all together […]

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4 Delightful Bilingual Books to Read with Your Child

4 Delightful Bilingual Books to Read with Your Child

Reading in Two Languages My son is growing up in a bilingual household, but he’s already chosen his dominant language – English. This doesn’t surprise me, given that the community surrounding him speaks English.  Therefore, I have to work harder to get him to engage in Spanish. It takes dedication, patience, and persistence on my part, […]

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National Arts Education Month: Inspiring Your Young Wine Country Artist

National Arts Education Month: Inspiring Your Young Wine Country Artist

The month of March is National Arts Education Month. And fortunately for us living in Wine Country, we are surrounded by the arts. Parks and wineries showcase majestic sculptures, while coffee shops, restaurants, and even hospitals display works by local artists. Whether at a brewery, farmer’s market, or festival, we are able to find live […]

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