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The Whole30: A Review for People Who Hate Dieting

I remember when I first heard about the Whole30 and laughed at how restrictive it was. Who could possibly do that for 30 days? Who would want to do that, ever? Then, something terrible happened right after my 34th birthday. My metabolism abandoned me, abruptly and without warning. My fail-safe plan of exercising more when […]

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Marijuana is Legal…Now What? A Guide to Cannabis for Parents of Teenagers

Whether you are excited, outraged or just plain confused about this development, marijuana is now legal for recreational use in the state of California. Which leaves many of us wondering, what does this mean for our kids? How are we going to help them navigate yet another obstacle, another temptation?  Well, the fact is, marijuana […]

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Why I Want My Babies Back

I have spent a lot of time both personally and publically trying to figure out if I want to have more kids. It’s an achingly hard decision for many of us, especially when our spouses don’t always agree. But the other night, after holding a friend’s newborn and then finding myself looking at pictures of […]

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The New Meaning of Valentine’s Day

After doing some very informal research on Valentine’s Day, I noticed that the word “martyr” kept popping up. According to Wikipedia, the original Valentines were the Valentine of Rome and the Valentine of Terni, who were honored for their martyrdom in the early first century. Which got me thinking: wait a minute, this holiday is […]

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Spotlight on Alkalign Studios

This interview is with a mom who is a big inspiration to a lot of us on the peninsula. Erin Paruszewski is a wife, mother of two girls (ages 3 and 6), and the owner of Alkalign Studios, a fitness and health company with two studios in the Bay Area and two in Irvine and […]

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Taking A Page From My Husband

My husband is pretty wonderful, and my better half much of the time. But one thing we don’t always see eye to eye on is time management. While I find him to be painfully slow and very singularly focused, he would probably describe me as hypomanic, rushing around multi-tasking to death. Needless to say, our […]

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