HOLIDAY TREATS

HOLIDAY TREATS

Festive yuletide sweets that are perfect for sharing – and so simple to make! From SHAY SHULL’S new cookbook, MIX & MATCH MAMA EATS. REINDEER FOOD Recipes like this make the perfect little gift to share with neighbors, coworkers, teachers and friends. Plus, this is one of those really fun activities to do in the kitchen […]

The Thanksgiving Table

The Thanksgiving Table

A Thanksgiving menu inspired by the growing fascination with the local food movement in America’s heartland. Recipes by Beth Dooley author of IN WINTER’S KITCHEN: Growing Roots and Breaking Bread in the Northern Heartland TURKEY Early European settlers chose turkey for Thanksgiving for reasons that still make sense today. These birds are big enough to […]

ESCAPE TO MENDOCINO

ESCAPE TO MENDOCINO

Spring means renewal and the options for rebooting mind and body in Mendocino County are plentiful. Offering the ultimate landscape for recharging, the region boasts equal parts wine, waves and wilderness making a getaway to this Northern California destination the ideal escape hatch. Linger on the Lost Coast, hike among the wild flowers or celebrate the season […]

SCOTT’S SEAFOOD

SCOTT’S SEAFOOD

Scott’s Seafood has long been a tradition in Downtown San Jose. With its central location near the sports arena, theaters, the Center for Performing Arts, and several other downtown venues, it’s a great place to start an evening before heading out to a Shark’s game, the ballet or symphony, an outdoor concert at the nearby Caesar Chavez […]

Kids & Concussions

Kids & Concussions

  6 Important Things Parents Need to Know With spring sports like baseball, softball, and soccer coming up, parents need to be aware of why concussions are such serious injuries and how they can be treated. Here are six important things every parent should know about concussions. Concussions have traditionally been associated with high-impact sports like […]

PARTY OVER HERE!

PARTY OVER HERE!

Unique indoor party places for cold wet days Only the mothers of spring babies will ever know the agony of putting together a birthday celebration during the cool, wet months of early spring. Without the outdoor options available to those lucky moms with summer babies, we are forced to consider throwing parties in our homes […]

The Best in Beauty

The Best in Beauty

THE M LIST Tried and true skin-care products that will help you put your best face forward. Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil This mild cleaning oil gently removes make-up and impurities without drying out your skin. Formulated with traditional Korean herbs, it does wonders eliminating blackheads and clearing out the pores. The pleasant herbal scent makes you […]

ALOHA FRESH

ALOHA FRESH

A True Hawaiian Poké Experience The poké craze has finally arrived in Northern California. Not long ago, Poké lovers could only find this seafood concoction in Southern California, where it’s all the rage, but now poké restaurants are popping up everywhere in the Bay Area. For those who are unfamiliar, poké (pronounced POKE-AY) is raw […]

5 Reasons to Choose Discipline over Punishment

5 Reasons to Choose Discipline over Punishment

Discipline is one of the defining elements of parenting; whether used sparingly or liberally, it’s fundamental to the parent-child dynamic. In its most basic form, discipline is a matter of choices and consequences. The parents explain their expectations for the child. If the child ignores these rules or expectations, there are consequences. The aim of these consequences is to encourage the child to stop negative behaviors, make positive choices, and ultimately become a better person.

Through discipline, children are taught to become responsible, honest, kind, sharing people. By following their parent’s guidance, teachings, and rules, they have the chance to grow up to be well-behaved and respectful individuals.

However, if you punish your child instead of disciplining them, the end result will not be the same. Did you think that punishment and discipline were the same thing? Think again!

The IEP and You

The IEP and You

The Individualized Education Program, or IEP, is one of the most difficult educational tasks that parents of children with special educational needs may undertake.

Each year, thousands of first-time parents who are already carrying the heavy psychological and financial weight of their child’s diagnosis, walk unsuspectingly into their first IEP under the impression that they will dictate the outcome. Unfortunately, that is usually not the case.

Although parents can influence the outcome and services offered, ultimately, the IEP is based on what the school officials and their experts recommend. Now, that doesn’t mean that you have no say. You most certainly do! And if you disagree with the IEP, argue your point.

Helping your child get the most out of school by ensuring he or she gets the services he/she needs can only happen if YOU take charge of the IEP.

Tips on Proper Travel Tipping

Tips on Proper Travel Tipping

A helpful guide to ensure you don’t over or under tip when you travel. By Diane Gottsman Skycap at the airport: $1–$2 per bag, additional for curbside check-in. Flight attendant: Do not tip, even when ordering an alcoholic beverage in flight. Taxi driver: 15–20% of total bill. Limo driver: 15–20% of total bill, unless gratuity […]

The Happiness Syndrome

The Happiness Syndrome

Most people in your life don’t ask you to be yourself. They tell you that it’s important to find where you fit, to get the right job, the right relationship, the right kids, house, car and dog. You are taught that in life, having the answers is important. You are taught that being loved and approved of by those around you is valuable, and that if you get it right, the people you care about will validate, and everyone will live happily ever after.

Fifteen years ago, I had just about everything in life that was supposed to make you happy: I lived in Santa Barbara, I had my own Chiropractic clinic and a beautiful fiancée that everyone said was perfect for me. But I was not happy—far from it in fact. I wondered what was wrong with me that I couldn’t seem to find what I was seeking and be satisfied with my life as it was. I looked for something, anything that would create lasting happiness. I tried just about every modality known to man to find a sense of joy and inner peace, sometimes with limited success, but it seemed that the feeling never lasted. The weight of the world somehow always found me and settled back on my shoulders again.

Finally, about 15 years ago, I got to the point where I’d had enough. I gave the universe 6 months. I said, “Universe, either my whole life changes, or I am out of here,