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Family Friendly Events In LA This Weekend – 8/28/15 – 8/30/15

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There are always plenty of family friendly events in LA, the problem is finding them all before it’s too late! Luckily for you, every week we post our favorite family friendly events in LA to make your life easier!

Friday 8/28

Dig It! An Archaeology Adventure
12 p.m.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90049
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Dodgers Friday Night Fireworks
7 p.m.
Dodger Stadium
1000 Elysian Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Saturday 8/29

Santa Monica Scavenger Hunt
10 a.m.
Santa Monica Pier
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Erica Silverman Reading & Book Signing
10:30 a.m.
Children’s Book World
10580 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90064
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Family Art Studio: Harvest Moon Lanterns!
10 a.m.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90049
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Kiki’s Delivery Service: Anime Screening
3 p.m.
Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA  90403
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Twilight At the Zoo
5:30 p.m.
LA Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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Sunday 8/30

íFestival! Closing Celebration
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
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Disney’s “Frozen” Sing-a-long
All Day
The El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Are we missing anything? Send us an email if you know of any other family friendly events in LA coming up!


How to make your dream home a reality – Tip #5

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We’ve been figuring out the simplest way to achieve the dream of owning your dream home. By looking at a variety of criteria and answering some thought provoking questions, your dream home doesn’t have to be a fantasy. Homes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The trick is to determine the one that is right for you.

Home Sweet Condo:

There are so many options out there right now for home-buyers.  You may have once pictured your dream home to be an enormous mansion on acres of land but the reality is, those homes require a lot more money than monthly mortgage payments. Once you factor in the upkeep and maintenance costs not to mention the salaries of all those who you’ll need to hire to help you, often times large, sprawling houses are more trouble than they are worth. When searching for your perfect home, it’s helpful to expand your mind and those preconceived notions to be open to other types of homes you may not have considered before. Town-homes today are built in such a way that the dreaded shared wall is totally inconsequential. You don’t even know you’re sharing anything with a neighbor. Modern Condominiums are so large and spacious, you’ll feel like you’re living in a free standing home at a fraction of the price (and nominal maintenance headaches).  Owning a house with a yard may be the standard bearer of the American Dream, however, with an open mind to experiencing different types of housing options, you can still achieve your dream home and have money leftover to enjoy it.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this blog, when you’re ready to start searching for your next home, i’ll be happy to cater to your needs!

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Tips for Moving Homes With Kids – Part 9

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Moving homes is stressful, moving homes with kids can be a nightmare. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make the whole process as painless as possible. We have come to the end of our list for tips on moving homes effortlessly with children in tow. Our final suggestion is to honor how they, as individuals, say goodbye.

Bid a Fond Farewell:
Everyone says goodbye differently and your children are no exception. Some respond better to seeing images of friends saying goodbye and there are no shortages of ways to create photo books that your children may enjoy.  Scrapbooks are another nice way to keep mementos, pictures and notes that your kids’ friends may compile for them to take along to their new home. Social media can be very helpful tackling this issue, as well. Keeping in touch via Facetime,  Facebook or Instagram means never really needing to say goodbye at all.  Let your children know that while they may miss seeing their friends in person every day,  saying ‘hello’ is often just a click or phone call away.

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Tips for Moving Homes With Kids – Part 8

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Moving homes with kids can be a slippery slope, but with some careful planning, it doesn’t have to be a traumatic experience. We’ve given you seven tips so far to help make the transition to a new home a bit easier. Today’s tip is extra fun!

There goes the neighborhood!:

Spend some time with your kids and do some research about your new surroundings. Will he/she be going to a new school? Drive past it and show him/her the route from your house to campus. Maybe there are some interesting shops, restaurants and ice cream parlors nearby. These are points of interest for your children and should be explored to make them excited about their new home. If your move isn’t too far away, maybe spend an afternoon walking  around and introducing yourself to your new neighbors.  You never know, maybe there’s a child your child’s age. Today’s stranger may be tomorrow’s new best friend!

Some websites that can help you learn about points of interest in your neighborhood as well as local events are as follows:


We Like LA

LA Weekly

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Home Safety Tips – Are you ready for summer?

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Summer is officially here! That means: longer, sun-drenched days; leisurely nighttime swims and an influx of relaxed attitudes mixed with dashes of adventurous spirits. Not to be a Debbie Downer about it, but while the rest of us are lounging around and building sand castles, criminals are getting down to business. Summertime always brings an increased level of criminal activity and it’s crucial to take a fresh look at the precautions you take to keep your family (and belongings) safe. Most of these home safety tips are old news but still bear repeating.

1. Get an alarm system, exterior cameras and/or a watchdog. These all act as deterrents to would-be criminals. They’re not a 100% guarantee but if a crook has the choice to break into a home with one of these or opt for one without, he’s likely heading to the one without.

2. Cancel your paper if you’re heading out of town. If you are like us and still receive an actual newspaper every morning, don’t forget to go on line and put a vacation hold on it while you’re away.

3. Know your neighbors. I’ve had to call my kind neighbors on numerous occasions when I’ve driven away and realized no one was home and the garage door was open. Embarrassed to say we’ve had a thoughtful neighbor tell us more than once that my wife’s car door was left open all night long. Not unlocked, mind you, but completely open. The fact that nothing was stolen says more about the state of mywife’s car than the remarkable security of our fine neighborhood. Three kids and a dog schlepped around all day and you get the picture of a minivan not even a criminal could love.

4. Get a house sitter. If you’re heading out of town, it’s probably a good idea to ask someone to stay at your house. It’s great to have someone take in your mail and packages but beyond that, the trend of would- be robbers is to take note of when residents are home. Often they’ll knock at the door to see who’s inside before taking any action. If someone is home, they’ll typically move on.

5. Technology is your friend. There is a new phenomenon called the RING video doorbell allowing you to answer your door from virtually anywhere whether you are upstairs or in Timbuktu. The doorbell rings and you can answer the door from your Smartphone. Monitors allow you to see who is ringing the bell and all interactions are preserved on video. Hope you never have to use it, but if you are ever concerned about a safety or security issue, you should call the Senior Lead Officer for our area, Mario Gonzales: 310-444-0740 or 310-622-3989.

Here’s to a safe summer season! Wishing you and all your neighbors a great one, and we hope these home safety tips help.

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Tips for Moving Homes With Kids – Part 6

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We’ve been exploring tips for moving houses and how to manage a move with small children to make the experience as enjoyable as it is manageable. Today’s tip brings a little bit of magic into the equation!

A Room with a View:
Imagine your children’s utter excitement upon walking into their brand new house for the very first time, seeing every room is cluttered with half emptied boxes, wrapped up artifacts and basic chaos until he/she opens the door of his/her room and like magic, it’s totally decorated and completely perfect. Like a fairy princess has waved her magic wand and deemed their room(s) to be an utter oasis amidst a mini-world of mayhem.  This would be a very wonderful thing if it’s possible for you to pull it off: have your children’s rooms fully finished before they see it on moving day. Their beds set up, favorite toys and blankets and stuffed animals exactly in their right places… let their bedrooms feel like safe, little nests within the home. Any lingering feelings of anxiety on moving day will float away if you can pull this off. Even if the rest of the house is in a state of unpacking shambles, at least their room will feel perfectly beautiful and they may start to believe in fairy tales once again.

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Tips for Moving Homes With Kids – Part 5

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Moving homes with kids into a new home with small children in tow may seem stressful but as we’ve explored in tips 1-4, it really doesn’t have to be too terrible. Now that we’re half way through the list, it’s time to look at ways to not make it just bearable but actually a fun experience.

Party on:
A nice idea that might cheer your child up if he/she has trepidation regarding the big move is to throw yourselves a going away party. Treat your house like a friend who’s supported you well and throw a party in its honor. Cake, ice cream, decorations… the works! Invite your friends and family who’ve spent a lot of time there and who have good memories of times well spent. Take many pictures of the different rooms of your home and consider turning those photos into a bound book for your children to look back on fondly. Then, after moving into your new home, throw a party there, too! A party to welcome your friends and family into the new space that will provide the next wave of memories for everyone to enjoy and share together.

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Tips for Moving Homes With Kids – Part 4

Tips for Moving Homes With Kids

You’re moving into a new home- hooray! Very exciting. It’s also a lot of work, especially if you’re blessed with having young children to accommodate during the ordeal. That’s why we’re going through some of our easy tips for moving homes with kids to help make the process a little bit easier. Tip #4 involves your kids without causing too much undue stress for you.

A Packed House:

A nice thing to do is let your kids help pack a box of some of their toys and then, on moving day, let your kids unpack that same box after it arrives at their new house. They’ll see that their belongings have traveled and are still in one piece and it will give them that feeling of stability that their whole world hasn’t been totally thrown upside down as a result of the move. Another good idea is to pack a box of essentials for the entire family and label it: NUMBER 1 or OPEN FIRST or something similar. What does your family really need that you will want upon arrival assuming you won’t have the time or energy to unpack all the other boxes to find it? Maybe it’s toothbrushes, toilet paper, medicines, toiletries, the coffeemaker and cellular phone chargers? It’s also a good idea to include some handy snacks and food for your pets, too. Whatever your crucial items are, put them in one box together so that when you get to the new house you don’t have to waste any time looking for what will really make you all feel right at home.

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Tips for Moving Homes With Kids – Part 3

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Moving homes with children may seem daunting but we’re sharing some tips about how to do it as smoothly and easily as possible. The first tip is to talk about the move, why it’s happening and how it affects your children directly. Then, you can involve your children by hosting a garage sale to get rid of unwanted items. Tip #3 comes courtesy of The Beatles.

With A Little Help from my Friends:

It’s important to note that moving homes is hard, regardless of doing so with small children. You can and should ask for as much help as possible from friends, family, neighbors and the professionals.  There are companies that will come to your home to pack you, hire and oversee the professional movers and then come to your new home (provided it’s in the vicinity) and unpack your items and put them away for you. Perhaps you don’t need that kind of help but it definitely exists should you need it (and are fine paying the high price tag for it). Often in exchange for pizza or a similar offering, friends and family will help you pack and move. Utilize them if they offer to do this because no one should have to do it alone. Maybe your friends/family are unable to do the physical heavy lifting of packing and moving but are anxious to help in another way?  Ask them to take your kids to a few movies or the park on moving day.  Having them out from underfoot and in the care of someone you trust is one less thing you’ll have to worry about while moving homes.

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Tips for Moving Homes With Kids – Part 2

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We’re talking about tips for moving homes with kids. The first tip was to remind you that communication is key. Kids are less afraid of moving if they know what to expect. Tip #2 helps sweeten the deal.

From Trash to Treasure:

It’s essential to purge some of your belongings before packing up to move so why not throw a fun garage sale and ask your children to get involved? If they’re old enough to appreciate earning a few extra dollars, perhaps you can offer that they can keep the cash from the sale of the items they’ve decided to donate. Maybe they can take that money and buy something special for their new house? If they’re too young to actively participate in the sale itself, maybe they can man the lemonade stand or pass out yummy treats to passers by. If a garage sale isn’t your speed, maybe you can teach your children the importance of a charitable donation instead. They’re never too young to appreciate that what they’ve outgrown might make another child very happy. A nice message for adults to be reminded of, too!

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