April 29, 2011
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$795 for a 3-Night Stay!
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort is a perfect family vacation spot. It's within driving distance of LA, so you don't have to spend big bucks on airfare. It's on the beach (complete with the resort's Beach Butler and Surf Concierge), so it's convenient for families. You can relax on the soft white sands while a personal attendant arranges everything from towels and umbrellas, drinks, and snacks. (LOVE that!) And it's just minutes away from LEGOLAND. Just enter promo code FF100 at FamilyGetaway.com, and you'll save a whopping 61% off the retail price. $795 for a 3-Night Stay!
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April 27, 2011
Why Does My Eye Twitch?
Stress: While we're all under stress at times, our bodies react in different ways. Eye twitching can be one sign of stress, especially when it is related to vision problems such as eye strain(see below). Reducing the cause of the stress can help make the twitching stop.
Tiredness: A lack of sleep, whether because of stress or some other reason, can trigger eyelid spasms. Catching up on your sleep can help.
Eyestrain: Vision-related stress can occur if, for instance, you need glasses or a change of glasses. Your eyes may be working too hard, triggering eyelid twitching. Computer eye strain from computer use is also a very common cause of vision-related stress.
If your eyelid twitching is persistent and very annoying (like the problem experienced by my patient's wife), you should have an eye exam, because you may need vision correction. If you spend a lot of time on the computer, you also should consider talking to your eye doctor about special computer eyeglasses.
Caffeine and alcohol: Many experts believe that too much caffeine and/or alcohol can trigger eye twitches. If your caffeine (coffee, tea, soda pop, etc.) and/or alcohol intake has increased, cutting back is worth a try.
Nutritional imbalances: Some reports indicate a lack of certain nutritional substances, such as magnesium, can trigger eyelid spasms. Although these reports lack scientific evidence, I can't rule this out as a possible cause of eyelid twitching. If you suspect a nutritional deficiency may be affecting you, however, I suggest talking this over with your family doctor for expert advice rather than randomly buying over-the-counter nutritional products.
Dry eyes: More than half the older population experiencesdry eyes, due to aging. Dry eyes also are very common for people who use computers, take certain medications (antihistamines, antidepressants, etc.), wear contact lenses and consume caffeine and/or alcohol. If you are tired and under stress, you also may develop dry eye. It's best to see your eye doctor for a dry eye evaluation, because many treatments are now available.
Allergies: People with eye allergies can have itching, swelling and watery eyes. When eyes are rubbed, this releases histamine into the lid tissues and the tears. This is significant, because some evidence indicates that histamine can cause eyelid twitching.
April 24, 2011
Treat yourself (or your kid!) to a delectable dessert at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt in Santa Monica or Redondo Beach, where you can get $5 worth of frozen yogurt and toppings for just $1. Imagine that -- for a buck, you get up to 12 ounces of yogurt goodness. You could get the fat-free option and top it with fresh fruit and almonds. That’s practically breakfast. Or hey, get the chocolate-cake flavored yogurt and cover it with crushed Thin Mints and hot fudge for the ultimate splurge. Why not?
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Spring clean your photos with help from PhotoBin. We know you have good intentions of someday organizing that dusty box of prints under your bed, but why not let the experts do it for you? PhotoBin offers scanning services, a personalized site for viewing, and photo gifts so that you can rediscover your favorite memories time and time again. Your $34 voucher gets you $99 worth of photo scanning -- that covers the cost of the "Value Pack 500," which allows you to scan up to 500 photos at 300 dpi. PhotoBin will send you: shipping box, bubble wrap and padding, pre-paid UPS label, and packaging instructions. Then, specially trained techs at PhotoBin's facility carefully scan your pics and send back the originals along with a digital CD or DVD -- your choice. You'll also get a free trial of PhotoBin's online photo storage and sharing account so you can share images with friends and family. For just $34, you can preserve your memories for future generations!
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April 20, 2011
Throw a one-of-a-kind birthday party at Scribble Press, the first-ever make-your-own-book store for only $129! This deal is so fantastic for children who love crafts AND love to read. The birthday boy or girl can bring 5 guests; each child can make their own book, cards, notepads or even a group calendar. This is an a la craft/carte, so each child can pick what he or she wants to make. Don’t get jealous, moms, because this voucher can even be used for an adults only night too! If your kiddie’s bday has already come and gone, why not put together a fun night for your friends, or maybe a special night for a bride or mom to be. Right in the heart of Santa Monica, on the trendy and quaint Montana Ave, you can host a party that will literally send your guests home with memories. Forget the indoor playgrounds or the parks you have to go to at the crack of dawn to reserve a picnic table! Do something different and book your BOOK party today!
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April 18, 2011
According to a recent NY Times article, social media can induce feelings of being alone, left out, a loser... It's called FOMO. Fear of missing out. And personally, every time I see a #hashtag for a fab event (that I haven't been invited to), or a best/funniest/charming blogger of the world list published (that I'm not on), my FOMO sets in. Oh, and don't get me started on the facebook status updates spewing marital bliss or tropical vacations for weeks on end. One word: FOMO! Well, Lisa Gache, my partner in all things manners, and I got to chatting about this syndrome and how it relates to manners...
Do you have FOMO? Are you mindful of what you post so as to protect other's feelings?
Here are Lisa's tips:
Don’t rub it in. If something wonderful happens that you want to share, at least have the decency and sensitivity to announce it in a slightly self-deprecating manner. This might help to make the bitter and jealousy pill (another person might be feeling) easier to swallow.
Keep it short and sweet. Do not write a dissertation. A few simple brief sentences about what is going on will suffice. No one needs to hear every last piece of minutia. Save your most intimate details for those face-to-face conversations with your nearest and dearest.
Word to the wise. On the flipside, if you are constantly consumed with what everyone else is doing, you can’t possibly enjoy your life. Do yourself a favor. Shut off your phones, computers and any other technological devices that connect you to the world and reconnect with the most important person there is, YOU!
Create a new destiny. Rather than letting FOMO control you, your time would be much better spent creating a new and exciting future that makes you happy and that you can control. Make a conscious choice to become interesting, find a passion, start a new hobby, travel, get cultured, the list is limitless.
Give someone a fighting chance. The incessant checking of email, texts, Facebook updates and tweets is enough to drive anyone crazy. These tools only serve to validate the FOMO hysteria. Don’t be a slave to them. Instead be present to your relationships and give those you interact with in person your undivided attention. Trust me, they will thank you for it.
A bouncer turns an ordinary party into a bash to remember. Rent a Combo Castle 4-in-1 or Pirate 4-in-1 Bouncer Combo (normally $149) for $70 from Awesome Bounce with this voucher.
Combo Castle: This Combo Castle is the ultimate 4-in-1 combo unit! Featuring climbing, sliding, tunneling & bouncing, children of all ages will have a blast in the Combo Castle! SIZE: 15' x 15' x 15' (fits in a 2-car driveway). 8-12 person capacity.
Pirate Combo: Ayyy Matey! Avast, this 4-in-1 Pirate Combo is for all you land lubbers out there who can't make it off the shore. We'll have ya slidin' and jumpin' and climbin' til ya can't take no more! Arrr! SIZE: 15' x 15' (requires a 17' x 17' area). 8-12 person capacity.
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Finding a babysitter or nanny both you and your kids like and trust can be a daunting task. But Sittercity.com can simplify your sitter search. Sittercity.com makes finding savvy sitters and knowledgeable nannies quick, safe, and simple. With hundreds of thousands of babysitters and nannies nationwide, Sittercity has tons of great babysitters and nannies to choose from. Caregiver profiles include photos, background checks, references, and reviews from parents like you, so you'll have all the tools you need to select the right sitter for your family. Search for sitters by over 40 matching criteria or post a job and receive applications from qualified caregivers near you! Find your perfect sitter with a one-month membership to Sittercity today.
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April 14, 2011
Up to 82% Off 1 Movie Ticket to See "Rio" - Opens April 15
"Rio" is one of the cutest kid flicks of the year -- and now you can catch it for just two bucks thanks to FamilyFinds! "Rio" (rated G) opens April 15, and stars the voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, and George Lopez. Captured by smugglers when he was just a hatchling, a macaw named Blu never learned to fly and lives a happily domesticated life in Minnesota with his human friend, Linda. Blu is thought to be the last of his kind, but when word comes that Jewel, a lone female, lives in Rio de Janeiro, Blu and Linda go to meet her. Animal smugglers kidnap Blu and Jewel, but the birds soon escape and begin a perilous adventure back to freedom -- and Linda. Fandango sells tickets to more than 16,000 screens. See you at the movies!
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April 13, 2011
Underwood Family Farms has it all -- petting zoo, train rides, pony rides, tractor-drawn wagon rides, pick-your-own fruit, and more! And on April 23 and 24, there will be Easter egg hunts, egg-dyeing, and visits with the Easter bunny -- perfect for photo opps with the kids.
And Underwood Family Farms is a fantastic family destination anytime: Animal shows and tractor-drawn wagon rides every weekend, admission to the Animal Center with pigs and ponies kids can touch and feed, a wooden train play area, kids' corral with sandbox, and more are all included. Take your family to Underwood Family Farms for guaranteed fun all year round!
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April 11, 2011
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A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of joining a couple of bloggers that I know and admire (Heather Spohr, Rebecca Woolf and Nanette of Say It, Don't Spray It ) at the TOMS Shoes Headquarters in Santa Monica. Walking through their incredibly unique and downright hip space, it was easy to see how passionate TOMS employees would be about their company.
On this day, families, friends, parents, strangers, and co-workers host or participate in events without shoes. Some go without shoes for an hour, some for the whole day, but all become a part of a greater movement toward change.
$35 for a Family Membership to The Petersen Automotive Museum ($70 Value)
The Petersen Automotive Museum is one of LA’s treasures, and it has something for everyone: For car enthusiasts, it has a phenomenal collection of rare cars. For history lovers, it offers a fascinating look at how the car has changed and shaped so much of our culture. For Angelenos, it gives interesting insight into the way much of our city was built around cars. For hosts, it’s a great new place to take out of town guests. And for parents, the third floor Discovery Center provides a wonderful playspace with lots of interactive opportunities for kids 2 to 10. Get your voucher today to see The Petersen’s newest “Supercars” exhibit! “ Your family membership admits two adults and four children. Again and again, for a full year... That’s an unbelievable value for only thirty-five bucks!
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