Children’s Book Campaign Reunites Son with Father after Seven Years

Here’s a heartwarming story to bring out the holiday spirit in us all: StarBoy is a children’s book, written and illustrated by Ventura-based community storyteller Noah Crowe, about growing up missing his father, rites of passage, and … [Continue reading]

Sticky Icky Booger Bugs: A Review

It’s been a while since I last read my daughter a bedtime story.  When she started telling me about her crush at school- and how she’d grin from ear to ear while talking about him- I knew it was the start of the end of innocence for her.  … [Continue reading]

Get Back to Nature in a Cabin

Want to introduce the kids to nature for a few days without having to sleep in a tent?  Before you think of the cost and hassle of renting an RV consider another option, staying in a cabin. Believe it or not, you can enjoy the wild outdoors from the … [Continue reading]

Religion Bites

About two weeks ago, I did something which I haven’t done in ages- I went to church.  I went through the motions like I always have.   Growing up in a Catholic school, making the sign of the cross and clutching the rosary used to be part of my … [Continue reading]

The One Without a Witty Title

More than two weeks have gone by, and I still haven’t written a new post for this blog.  This is more than a simple case of writer’s block. Just like a romance gone sour, I feel I have lost my passion to write.  The motivation to weave words … [Continue reading]

The Magic of Magic Words: Teaching Kids- and Grown Ups- To Say “Please” and “Thank You”

In my line of work, I have to deal with children every single day.  What I do is not for the faint of heart, that I can say with certainty.  In the middle of all the shushes and tests of patience, I always remind them to use the magic words … [Continue reading]

Please Pass the Tissues: Kids and the Common Cold

The common cold is like a bad birthday gift that keeps on giving! And back-to-school time means colds are not far behind. But there are ways to prevent the spread of cold germs, and teaching your kids to practice good hygiene can go a long way to … [Continue reading]

Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Guilty.  That’s what I am.  Yes, I’m guilty of once again daydreaming at work. For the longest time, I’ve had this job-dissatisfaction bug pester me.  It’s not something I can easily shake off, I’m afraid. At some point in your … [Continue reading]

Three Tips to Prolong the Life of a Washing Machine

Your washing machine is an expensive appliance that should last many years. Just how long it lasts, however, depends partly on how well you take care of it. For more info about what you can do to prolong the life of your washing machine, read the … [Continue reading]

How to Teach Your Kids the Value of Money

Money doesn’t grow on trees.  That’s one fact which even most adults find hard to grasp.  Left and right, you’ll find people haphazardly spending their money as if they’ve just won the lottery.  They buy gadgets like there’s no tomorrow, … [Continue reading]