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When I think about my early visits to Disneyland when I was a child, the Main Street Electrical Parade is one of the first things that comes to mind, after Mickey and Minnie. In fact, if I’m being honest, I never even realized it went away….there definitely was a time lapse between my childhood, to now being a parent where I hadn’t visited Disneyland in YEARS! Last year when I took my boys to Anaheim and Disneyland for the first time, I didn’t realize the night parade was not the same one I was accustomed to seeing...

I recently had an opportunity to collaborate with PopSugar and provide a Mom voice for a travel video they produce in a partnership with Embassy Suites by Hilton. It was pretty exciting to be part of this project because PopSugar has a huge following and also because the produce some pretty cool, easy to digest videos with great info and tips! For this particular video I provide the first pro tip for traveling with kids with Busy Boxes. These are perfect for road trips because kids can put them on their laps and be super creative, whether...

Girl power was on full display in the city by the Bay this weekend, as the ivivva Coast to Coast Festival popped up in San Francisco  at the scenic City View at Metreon. More than 250 active, stylish and energetic tween girls showed up to engage in the festivities, including the POUND workout, making it the largest class of tweens they’ve ever led! If you’re a fan of lululemon athletica, know that ivivva is cut from the same cloth. The brand was inspired by active girls and celebrates them, with stylish, sporty athletic...

I had a great opportunity to cover a partnership between two companies who are working together to get girls interested in pursuing a career in science. Green Works, you know the all-natural laundry and household cleaners, sponsored a new subscription service called StemBox. The “stem” standing for science, technology, engineering and math. While doing my interviews, as well as writing and editing the piece it made me think back to my days as a school-age girl and where my interests lay when it came to science… Personally,...

Okay, so we didn’t actually bake. There’s only so much you can squeeze into a few minutes of TV….but the theme of the segment was gadgets and ideas on how to get kids cooking and baking this holiday, making time in the kitchen a family affair! I did this TV segment as a spokesperson for Brilliant Baby Products on Good Day (Sacramento), and I must say it was a good time. Now, by profession I am a television host…BUT usually I am the one asking the questions and guiding the segment, rather than the “expert”...

The immunization “debate” has been making headlines as of late because of higher number of peoples who have measles ever since that Disneyland outbreak. It’s a touchy subject for many people…and I realize there are people on either side who feel strongly about why they do or do not give their kids the vaccines for preventable diseases like measles, mumps and rubella. So here’s my stand, I vaccinated my kids without hesitation. It’s strongly advised by doctors, I received immunizations when I was growing...

A common comment I am hearing about Katy Perry’s halftime show during Super Bowl XLIX is that it was “family friendly.” Honestly, it was, it was a great “show,” very entertaining, filled with pyro, slick special effects and larger than life animals! There was no wardrobe malfunction or uber sexed up singer…it was a pretty pop performance. The lion she came out on at the beginning was fun and unexpected. In some ways it reminded me of the MGM lions crossed with a transformer. My toddlers were certainly...

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is everywhere, hitting everyone…literally with cold water and ice! The challenge which involves an individual getting a bucket of ice water dumped over them, was created to bring awareness and help raise money for ALS, also known as Lou Gherig’s disease. The videos have gone viral, and the challenges have become infectious with all kinds of people getting in on the action, the famous and not so famous, joining in to support the cause…and the ALS Association has received $42M and counting. I...

If you’re thinking about taking in a movie this Mother’s Day weekend, here’s one that’s fit the weekend “theme!” Moms’ Night Out opens up in theaters nationwide this Friday, May 9. The film stars Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton and Trace Adkins. Good friend of 53 Weeks Anjelah Johnson and her husband Manwell Reyes are have parts in the flick – but not as a couple! Also check out the guest blog Anjelah wrote for 53 Weeks about Auntie Do’s and Don’ts, not too long ago. Here’s...

Brickell Magazine released it’s annual issue of the Top 20 Professionals Under 40, and I was lucky enough to be chosen for this year’s “list!” It’s a pretty cool honor, and I’m even more flattered and proud that my Mommy Blogger title and this blog, 53 Weeks, made the cut with a nice mention! The “Mommy Blogger” life is a real hustle and it’s nice to be recognized for it!!! 🙂 ...

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