Less Princess Jasmine, More Princess Leia

  I speak a lot to the pressures of raising a daughter in a culture that throws pink princesses and impossible standards at young girls. Recently, I posted my thoughts on the death of Carrie Fisher on Geek Girl Authority, where I’m a contributing writer, and it made me put some thought into what made someone […]

Traveling with Children with Allergies Over the Holidays

Traveling over the holidays is stressful enough, but if your child has food allergies, planning ahead with a solid strategy will help you enjoy the holidays more. Here are some tips to survive travel, in keeping with the current recommendations of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. BEFORE YOU GET ON THE PLANE, […]

Heroine: Girls Can Be Superheroes Too

At a recent trip to BJ’s, I found myself wandering over to the bakery. Next month is my daughter’s birthday, and she’d asked for a Marvel Superhero theme. So, I thought I’d browse through their cake design book. There’s a boy section was filled with Pixar’s “Cars” and “Toy Story”, combined with ample selections of […]

Walking to School

I used to live in Los Angeles. That city is huge. The amount of people living in Los Angeles didn’t overwhelm me, the traffic did. I didn’t have the patience to wait on Broadway where you couldn’t make a left turn to enter the Santa Monica Promenade parking garage. So, I found myself parking six […]

Allergy Myth Busters

A lot of commonly held beliefs about food allergies and other allergies just aren’t true. Some of them cause people to restrict their diets unnecessarily, and some of them are downright harmful. Let’s take a look at 10 commonly held beliefs: Myth: Most People Who Believe They Have Food Allergies Actually Do. Fact: Up to […]

The Night the Ghastly Ghouls Appeared: A Pureé Poem

The night the Ghastly Ghouls Appeared The house was silent, and I feared The blender’s cry would pierce the ear As I pureéd.   The Baby Bullet’s frightful face Took on a sneer, seemed out of place It watched me move all o’er the place As I pureéd.   There came behind me quite a […]

Halloween Spider Slime

If your kids are anything like mine, they cannot get their hands on enough slime! With the month of October upon us, crafts and activities in our home have taking on a spooky spin. Yes, jack-o-lanterns and scarecrows are standard fare, but why not add spidery slime into the seasonal repertoire?   Halloween Spider Slime […]

Planting Trees with the Boys

Almost every time that my boys are playing in the backyard, the Los Angeles sun beats down on us. I feel a pang of regret that we didn’t plant more shady trees when we first moved into our house…5 years ago. We did plant some ornamental trees but they do little for us during this […]

Back to Daycare

Seeing how my daughter is only two, and isn’t in real school yet, we started her in daycare at our local church. It was last year and I was very hesitant that this tiny little one-year old girl, who is still learning and understanding the world, wasn’t ready to be away from her mommy. I […]

Pressure, Part 2

I wrote earlier about my son’s lingual frenectomy–when the band of tissue connecting the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth is removed surgically. At the time that I wrote Part I, I was sitting in the solarium, waiting patiently for the procedure to end. The nurses had wheeled him away and he was bundled up […]