Showing posts from August, 2017

Review: Tips for Teens on Life and Social Success

It's Back to School season! Some kids look forward to this time of the year to buy school supplies, sport their new outfits, and reconnect with their classmates. While for others, this time of the year brings anxiety and worries about fitting in, making friends, and being able to do well academically. 

How to Make and Keep Friends: Tips for Teens on Life and Social Success is a helpful read for teens who are worried about back to school. It's also a great resource for parents who are at a loss of what kind of advice or guidance they can give their children. After reading this, I myself used some of the strategies with my 9 year old who is dealing with "bullies" at school.
The book is divided into four sections: Self, Others, Online and Social Media, and College, Work, and Adulthood. 
Within each section are about a dozen different chapters like fitting in, bullying and meanness, personal hygiene, real friends checklist, online presence, driving, accepting criticism, …

96 years. 96 birthdays.

96 years. 96 birthdays. Her husband, my beloved Papa, passed over a decade ago. She has 12 children, two of who proceeded her. Her scores of grandchildren are all over the world. They have given her a over a dozen great-grandchildren.

My grandmother, Consuelo Moreno Luansing, passed away 5 hours ago. 
The last time I spent with her was at her care facility in Los Angeles a few months ago. She saw me from across the multi-purpose room. Her "roommates" were scattered around the room. Some where playing board games. Others were watching the soap opera on the giant television while enjoying a snack. Many were just chatting with each other, just passing the time. Mama sat in the middle of it all gazing across the room at a familiar face, me. 
As I approached, her eyes followed me. Her eyes met mine as a kneeled right next to her. Her eyes lit up with familiarity and a huge smile spread across her face.

"Hi Mama. Do you remember me?"

She didn't respond. She just pull…

The Hospital Box – A Creative Care Package Kit

When a loved one becomes hospitalized, things can get really stressful. It's even stressful for youngsters who have a loved one who gets sick. My kids worry about their "mama" who goes to dialysis three times a week to care for her failing kidneys. Although my mom is a trooper and doesn't let her illness get her down, my boys can't help of feel bad for their "mama" when they see her fatigued and weak after her dialysis.

When given the opportunity to partner with The Hospital Box, my boys immediately knew who they wanted create the box for: mama! The Hospital Box's goal is to inspire the road to recovery!

The Hospital Box is a creative care package kit that has everything you need to give an incredibly special gift! 

How does it work?

There are 3 Simple Steps:

Step 1- Attach Your Photos: Lift your loved ones spirits by showing them life outside the hospital and reminding them of precious memories they’ve had living life vibrantly! See their smile as t…

Marvel Universe LIVE! Comes to San Diego

Super hero action, thrills and drama will soar, smash and burst into arenas across the country starting this summer with the debut of the all-new action-packed adventure Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes.

Marvel Universe LIVE Age of Heroes will travel throughout North America, including a stop in San Diego August 24 to 27!

Want to go? Click the image below to enter my Instagram giveaway!

The iconic Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man and The Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax, in a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. 
Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes will be playing the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego from August 24-27, 2017. Tickets are on sale NOW for all San Diego shows - tickets start at just $15!

WHEN Thursday, August 24 - Sunday, August 27 Thursday, August 24 7:00 PM Friday, August 25 7:00 PM Saturday, August 26 …