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La Brea Tar Pits & Museum.

Los Angeles is home to the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum .  It is one of the most visited places in Southern California.  On a recent visit, we explored the museum and watched a 3D movie.  Our entire family found the experience unique and valuable.  Continue reading to find out what we found fun about the visit. The La Brea Tar Pits is located 5801 Wilshire Blvd. in the heart of Los Angeles, California.  It is neighbors to LACMA, Craft & Folk Museum and The Petersen Automobile Museum.  The La Brea Tar Pits is one of the most interesting places that you will experience because of the subject matter.  They host ice age fossils that tell the story of Los Angeles as it took place hundreds of millions of years ago.  Buried in the tar, scientists continue to find a wide variety of animals that roamed the area of Los Angeles.  Coyotes to Sabre Tooth Tigers and even beetles or as we call them, Stink Bugs, are still being discovered today during excavations.  The museum hosts a live

7 Things to do in Irvine, California with your family.

Irvine, California is filled with fun and adventure. In a single day, you can go from visiting a Chocolate Factory to walking through a Great Park. Field Trips and educational places are abundant in Southern California. The City of Irvine in the county of Orange is filled with great shops and eateries. As a local, I would like to share with you a few of my favorite spots that I have visited with my family.  Update -  Sad to report that they closed the store. :( Chocxo  - Award winning chocolate made here in Irvine, Ca. The product is Gluten Free and Kosher certified. The only Chocolate factory that offers field trips and tours in Orange County. You will have to contact them in advance to book a field trip or tour. It is a unique experience that your taste buds will love. 9461 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618.  Irvine Spectrum Center The Irvine Spectrum is a great outdoor shopping mall with a whole lot more for families.  Start out your weekend indulging in cocktails a

State of California has been ordered to turn over public school student information.

Public Notice: All California Public Schools have been order by the United States District Court to submit student records to a third party ( Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and Concerned Parents Associate a non-profit organization.). You can object to disclosing your child's information in writing only. Please continue reading to find out more about this deadline of April 1, 2016 . Do not wait and send your form now, if do not wish to have your child's information released.  MORGAN HILL CONCERNED : CASE NO. 2:211-CV-03471-KJM-AC PARENTS ASSOCIATION, an : unincorporated association, and : CONCERNED PARENTS : JUDGE: KIMBERLY J. MUELLER ASSOCIATION, an unincorporated : association, "This is a message from the United States District Court in the case identified above. This notice may apply to you if you are: the parent or guardian of a child (including an infant) with disabilities; the parent or guardian of a student who is attending or attended a Californ

Valentine's Day Candle Holder (handmade)

Valentine's Day is around the corner. Celebrate this holiday by making beautiful glass candle holders. This simple and fun handmade Candle holder craft will help you  make Valentine's Day special.  Supplies: clean, empty mason jars white, pink and red tissue paper, cut into small squares (one inch in size.) glue and water (mix 1/4 water and 3/4 glue and stir until the paste is well mixed.)  paint brush for the glue tea lights (either real candles, or battery operated ones) clean work space Make sure that you have all your tissue cut into small one inch pieces and the glue mixture is well mixed. Then begin by brushing glue on to the glass jar with an immediate one inch white tissue square covering the glue area. Repeat the process until your entire jar is covered with white tissue and glue.  Completely cover the entire glass jar with white tissue and glue then add a second coat of glue. Your project should be glue, tissue and then glue again. After th

Alice in Wonderland Party Ideas.

The Alice in Wonderland story has been around for over a 100 years.  Kids and adults have been inspired by the silly story of a girl who chases a rabbit into a rabbit hole.  Once in the rabbit hole, she meets very strange and eerie characters.  She manages to shrink and grow tall throughout the story and interacts with a silly cat who convinces her to attend a tea party with a talking rabbit and the Mad Hatter.  As the story continues, common sense quotes come out of all characters involved in the story.  One of my favorite quotes from this story: "There is no use going back to yesterday because I was a different person."  "I knew who I was this morning but I've changed a few times since then." Alice  "I'm not crazy. My reality is just different than yours." Chester the Cat  "Not all who wonder are lost." The White Rabbit Inspired by the story of Alice and Wonderland, I made a few decorations for a Valentine's Day pa

How to Grow Celery in your Kitchen.

This is how you grow celery in your kitchen.  Celery is a plant that can be easily re-grown from your kitchen scraps.  The celery "Stump" is where you start the re-growth process.   Place the celery stump into a bowl, then fill the bowl with room temperature water. Make sure the celery stump is completely covered.  Leave the bowl sitting in room temperature for 2 days.  Soaking the celery stump will help to trigger root growth. After two full days of soaking, get a container/pot that will is at least 10 inches tall.  Fill the pot with gardening soil and loosely pack.  Dig a hole in the soil large enough to cover the celery stump with approximately 1/2 inch of soil. Water the plant every other day and make sure it has plenty of sunlight. In a week you will see beautiful leaves.  Celery is one of the lowest caloric foods a person can eat.  It is high in water content and fibre leaving you feeling full longer.  Celery can also lower blood pressure, maintain a hea

Mindset - How we think matters.

The other day, I found this very inspiring board inside a science classroom.  The words jumped at me and spoke to me personally.  They read like this, "This is too hard!  When you hear this in your mind, please change it to, "This may take time and effort."  Train your mind to persevere!  "It is in changing how we look at things that things will change." Wayne Dyer My journey into changing my mindset began right out of high school, as I was facing some horrible family moments.  Both my parents were severely ill and my siblings were falling apart.  At eighteen years old, I worked a full-time job to support myself.  A loving co-worker, Rose, noticed that I was struggling with balancing life.  She took me to lunch one day and gave me a book that would forever change me.  The book was by Leo Buscaglia, a professor at USC who was teaching, "LOVE".  The book was titled, "Living, Loving and Learning."  I read the book in less then two days