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Countdown to Hotel Bliss: Traveling with Adult Kids

  As a mother of two kids who travels for work, our family has experienced a variety of hotels, motels and resorts over the years. My girls are now young adults and it is a very different world when it comes to choosing a great hotel to enjoy during out travels. We have gone...Read More »

The Money Is Hidden Inside You

There were millions upon millions of glittering lights shattering the night, tall neon-lit buildings reaching up to the sky, black limousines, bright red Ferraris and silver Porsches gliding slowly and elegantly down the main strip. As my buddy and I walked down the Las Vegas strip late one summer night, I asked, “What would...Read More »

7 Ways to Help Your Child Love Her Body

“Mom, I’m so fat. I need to go on a diet.”, says your 10 (or 6 or 16) year-old daughter as she pinches at her belly. Your stomach drops. She’s too young to be feeling this way! You are flooded by a tsunami wave of thoughts and emotions: It’s my fault!  I’ve disliked my...Read More »

7 Reasons Why You Can’t Sleep

Poor sleep not only makes us grumpy, hungry and lethargic, it can be deadly. A study by researchers in Australia showed that being awake for 18 hours produced an impairment equal to a blood alcohol concentration of .05, and .10 after 24 hours. In most states, .08 is considered legally drunk.3 Consider that over...Read More »

Ready…Set…STOP! Six Secrets to Truly Relax During Playtime

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From the time my two daughters were born, I have loved showing them the world, keep thing them busy and engaging them in activities. They didn’t sleep until noon, they were helpful around the house and always had friends and many things to do. This was never more true than when we went on...Read More »

4 Positions to NOT Put Your Child In

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These days, it seems most parents shy away from their main role, which is, well, to parent. It is invaluable to the child to know that you are in control, you are the leader, and you set the boundaries. Of course, there is a fine line and this does not have to come with...Read More »

Shy Kids: Tips for Introducing Children to New Experiences

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Signing a child up for an indoor soccer club, a local theater club or piano lessons can be an exciting — and emotional — experience. It’s full of possibilities for parents and their children, but it can also be overwhelming. It becomes even more stressful when a child has trouble adjusting.   Teaching kids how...Read More »

Easing The Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

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how to deal with the baby blues  The magical glow of a smiling pregnant woman and the cherubic face of a new baby are images women hold onto dearly when picturing adding a new baby to the family — whether through pregnancy or adoption…and whether it’s the first baby or the fifth! Unfortunately, the preconceptions...Read More »

6 Tips to Help Your Child Produce Quality School Work

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According to Steve Reifman, to help children reach their amazing potential, it is imperative that the adults in their lives consistently hold high academic expectations and emphasize the importance of producing quality work. The term quality, however, can be ambiguous and mean different things to different people.   To alleviate this confusion, I offer...Read More »

Knowing If Your Teenager is Hanging with the Wrong Crowd

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The wrong crowd is another way of saying that your kid is hanging around people who don’t have the values, behavior or priorities you want your kid to have. This usually means they aren’t polite enough, well-mannered enough, respectful enough, ambitious enough or from families that are as fine and upstanding as yours. Hypocrisy...Read More »

Holiday Door Wreath make simple and sMARt

Holiday Door Wreath make simple and sMARt

December 7, 2014 Category:  Garden Studio     A wreath on your front door signals that warmth and good cheer are just a knock away. Anyone can purchase a wreath for the holiday door, but other than that ready-made red bow, what real interest does it have? Holiday wreaths have come a long way...Read More »

Star Studded

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December 5, 2014 As my MARtians and regular readers know, last night I held my brokers open house for the stunning home named Sunset Haven. It was a great evening, as 103 influential movers and shakers came out to witness the breathtaking vistas that only Sunset Haven could offer. The timing of the open...Read More »

Scrub The Halls Before Decking Them

Scrub The Halls Before Decking Them

November 30, 2014 Category:  In The Home My entire life I’ve been in tune with my surroundings.  Whether at home or on vacation I observe the details as if I was going to be tested on it.  Even the most obsolete things I drill down on, from the carpet to the crowd moldings and...Read More »

Are We There Yet? Six Signs You Raised a Caring Kid

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Childbirth, caring for a newborn, SIDS, pre-school, picky eating, toilet training, bullying, homework, friendship issues, discipline, tween issues, teen issues, dating, college…is that really what the last 20 years of my life has been about? Ok…I am actually thrilled that is what the last two decades represent. My kids are at the end of...Read More »

Tips to Save Your Relationship Before It’s Too Late

Tips to Save Your Relationship Before It’s Too Late

Many years ago I had a conversation with my wife that could have ended our marriage. And I have seen many couples engaged in the exact same cycle of relationship destruction. Here’s what happened: My wife said something to me and I responded back. She accused me of having a “tone”. Who, me? So...Read More »

Four Quick Tricks to Overcome Procrastination

Why is it that we don't do what we know we should do? We've heard it before, time and again: itemize tasks by priority, then work on our projects in that order. And yet, even if we've made the list, we tend to focus on the most familiar endeavors first, and then we run...Read More »

Beware of Overpraising Your Children

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Right now, many parents are in a seeming race to see who can award more gold stars to their children every week. Well, here’s a fact every gold star sticker needs to think about: the winners are often the losers. Here’s why: Constant praise teaches children that it’s other people’s duty to give your...Read More »

When Amazing Is Not Enough

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Grace, 14, is a straight A student, a star on her select basketball team, and tries desperately hard to be perfect in everything that she does. And, in her words, it’s not enough to be perfect; “I feel every day like I have to be amazing!” That’s obviously an impossible benchmark to live up...Read More »

How to Spot the Signs of an Eating Disorder

In today's society where having a thigh gap is a mark of success, it's very easy for both men and women to get the idea that being successful and well-liked is predicated on being thin. Some people are naturally very thin but for the rest of us, it's a struggle as no matter what...Read More »

The Great Family Getaway

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The search for the great family getaway is never ending. When you travel with teenagers it's even more of a challenge. Older kids tend to go off on their own, get bored quickly and technology can quickly interfere with the time ideally spent together. As a Californian, we have some amazing destinations to choose...Read More »