Category Archives: Tips For Parents


This has been one of those weeks.  It started with a fever and a wheezing cough.  My mom took me to the doctor and I was immediately diagnosed with RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) a respiratory virus (duh!) that infects the lungs and breathing passages.  They gave me a breathing treatment and sent me home.  I started at home breathing treatments every 4 hours which wasn’t so bad because I got to have a lollipop and watch ChuChu TV at the same time. Unfortunately that night I woke up with a high temp and bad ear pain, and then the vomiting began.  I went back to the doctor and now not only have RSV, but the flu and an ear infection.  The doctor said this is one of the worst seasons they have seen and RSV is highly contagious and going around.  I hope no one gets hit with it but just in case these have been a few of me and my mom’s favorite things!

P.S.  Sorry mom that you missed mom’s night out with all the girls.  Thank you for taking such good care of me.  I love you!

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Level Natural Shower Bomb to put in a steam shower. Make sure your dad’s in there too.

And of course hydration….  DripDrop was created by a Mayo-Clinic-trained physician who was tired of recommending poor tasting electrolyte replacement solutions he knew his patients wouldn’t drink.  Available in lemon and berry flavors, DripDrop tastes better than most pediatric solutions, and does not contain any artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Tastes so good!  Berry is my favorite.

Breathe Easy Rub by The Honest Company supports clear breathing and a good night sleep with organic eucalyptus and tea tree oils

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doTerra Essential Oils and Diffuser is now a staple in our home.  The On Guard is a constant for immune support and Breath is for nights like tonight.

There’s nothing better then lounging around in my Hanna Andersson organic Star Wars P.J.’s and slippers to keep my feet warm.  My mom doesn’t let me do it to often but when I’m sick all bets are off.  Rio 2 was an awesome movie and the Farm Puzzle app kept me pretty busy all day.



AND there is always Nate ‘n Al’s matzoh ball soup :)


Teens for Food Justice

I am so proud to support a generation that is taking matters into their own hands.  What a cool group of teens!  Oh and did I forget to mention It involves my 2 favorite things… science and eating?!?!  Check out Teens for Food Justice….  See below what they do straight from their own mouth.

The Teens for Food Justice Initiative

Building a new generation of food justice activists and leaders — inspired and equipped to work together to create an equitable, sustainable approach to food.

Empowering Teens

Through our unique Teens for Food Justice model, volunteers work together to build and manage hydroponic farms that grow food for families in underserved, food desert communities. They also get the training, skills and confidence to help others improve their nutrition, fitness, and wellness and empower those at greatest risk to advocate for their own health. Volunteers learn and serve together in a hands-on entrepreneurial environment, gaining the collaborative, critical-thinking skills needed by tomorrow’s leaders and developing an ongoing commitment to lasting social change.


Feeding Communities

Teens for Food Justice was launched in September 2013 at New Beginnings Charter School in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. At New Beginnings, a team of teen volunteers from schools and neighborhoods throughout our city (with the help of partner organization NY Sun Works) have come together to build and maintain a classroom hydroponic farm that is a source of fresh produce, a living environmental science lab for the school’s K-7 students, and a health and nutrition hub for families.

The teens are also trained to lead nutrition and fitness workshops and help teach healthy cooking and eating and affordable shopping skills to children and adults. The volunteers spend a year together as health and sustainability ambassadors in the communities they serve, empowering those at-risk to take charge of their own health and learning to be leaders for positive social change.

Click on to learn more

Happy Thanksgiving


I wanted to end my day by saying thank you to the Universe (and my dad:)).  Thank you for the roof over my head and the food on my table.  I was with a lot of people today that did not have these two things.  I feel blessed that I was able to be a part of helping fill their tummies at the Laugh Factory.  The owner Jamie Masada serves hundreds of homeless people every Thanksgiving and it is truly a gift!  Thank you for letting me be a part of it.  Happy Thanksgiving!

ZERO tolerance

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Yesterday one of my buddies Max was bullied in school by 2 boys. Max accidentally got some mud on his friends shoe so his friend decided that he should be beat up by an older kid. That older kid slammed Max’s head into the porcelain wall in the bathroom, kicked him and almost knocked him out. He could hear, but not see. He spent the night in the ER and was sent home after being diagnosed with a concussion. I am so happy that my friend is alive because the doctor said the outcome could have been very different. Please share and donate to a great organization to help educate and to protect our children.  Our fundraiser is now live

The Skirball


We spent 2 days at The Skirball this week.  The first day we spent playing in Noah’s Ark.  It was a ton of fun with so much to see and do!  The second day I went back with my cousin and we did the archaeology dig.  They gave us a bin and tools to dig with, and we went to work.  After we were done we headed downstairs to the art studio, and did some arts and crafts.  Besides my favorite part of being with my cousin Alivia, it was definitely Noah’s Ark.  The rest was a bit boring….  I posted the link and shared pictures below!


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Dangerous Playground Equipment: What Parents Should Know

This was a segment that I watched on Good Morning America today.  Please take a minute to watch.  I know we try to go to the park at least once a day, and this is important to know.

That’s right with “Gma investigates. ” Hot playgrounds and a warning to parents on these warm summer days, it doesn’t have to be scorching outside to heat up the equipment on your child’s playground. ABC’s Bazi Kanani has all those details for us.

Reporter: Summer sun means summer fun for kids everywhere but bare skin and hot playground equipment can lead to serious burns. I’m going to get you. Reporter: On five days this summer using an infrared thermometer at the hottest time of day “GMA investigates” tested playground equipment across the country recording the highest temperatures.

This metal surface in L. A. , 129 degrees.

This baby swing in Houston, 138 degrees. This swing if Phoenix, 150. The blacktop at the same playground, a whopping 185 degrees and on the plastic slides we tested, 158 to an unbelievable 189 degrees.

At 140 degrees it can take as little as three seconds for a child to get a second degree burn and five seconds to get a third-degree burn but if you think the temperature outside has to be sweltering for playground equipment to heat up, think again. When this woman took her kids to the Annapolis zoo it never crossed her mind to check the temperature of the equipment. Her then 22-month-old girl continually headed straight for the slide.

She scooted forward. As she scooted forward it was — she stopped. She screamed really loud.

Something I had never heard before in my life. As I grabbed her, her skin stayed with the slide. Reporter: That slide baking in the sun.

She says doctors at the ER told her it gave her a near third-degree burn. It was April and it was 72 degrees. It was the first day it had hit 70 and just blew my mind.

Reporter: A year later she still has a scar and refuses to go down slides. You done? Yeah.

Reporter: The zoo told “GMA investigates” the incident was the first of its kind and we have since implemented a policy of regularly inspecting slide temperatures. Which children are most at risk? It’s really children who are 2 and younger because younger children’s skin is thinner and more delicate and they may not have the reflex to move their body part away from the heat.

Reporter: We tested even more equipment at a D. C. Playground with Rachel Weintraub from the consumer federation of America.

We’ve got a thermal imaging camera and thermal thermometer to check out how hot it gets. On a slightly overcast 85-degree day with many kids playing we measure the slide. At first it’s a mild 86 degrees but watch what happens after just two minutes of sun exposure.

Almost up to 100 degrees now. And after ten minutes and 133. That’s definitely hot enough to burn a child.

For “Good morning America,” Bazi Kanani, ABC news, Washington. And we reached out to the international play equipment manufacturer association. They told us they urge its members to warn parents about the hazards much burns and to take steps to reduce the risk including using cooler materials and increasing shady areas much as a young child growing up on the Mississippi coast, I can remember the metal slides.