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The Ideal First Aid Kit for Summertime Fun

The Ideal First Aid Kit for Summertime Fun

Malia Curran

“Be prepared.” These words are the reason my suitcase is habitually too heavy to lift, especially in the summer. I don’t like to be a worrywart, but as a mother of two little ones – and with an embarrassingly low pain threshold myself – I like to be prepared for summertime’s stings, scrapes and sore anything.

I’ve wasted one too many hours of precious vacation time in search of my favorite remedies away from home. These days I’m known for having everything from tea tree oil to arnica gel at the ready!

Here’s what I’d pack in a bottomless suitcase for every family trip to the mountains, coast or park:

 

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Mother’s Day on the Grid

Mother’s Day on the Grid

By Ashley Robinson and Laura Braden

Mother’s Day is next Sunday, May 12. And if it slipped your mind, no worries – we have you covered with gift (from Ashley since she’s a NEW mom!) and restaurant (from Laura because … well, a girl’s gotta eat) ideas throughout Sacramento’s grid.

CONTEST: Post an old/vintage picture of you and your mom on Facebook. Tag Girls on the Grid and Hook & Ladder – our favorite picture will win a $INSERT gift certificate to Hook & Ladder! Contest runs Sunday, May 5 through Friday, May 12... Read More

A Mother's Day Wish List

A Mother's Day Wish List

 Momservation: The best way to spoil a mother on Mother’s Day is to give her the day off from being Mom.

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Please don’t ask me that question.

The same one you ask me every year.

It may sound kind, considerat

Three Simple Things That’ll Make Mom Really Happy

Three Simple Things That’ll Make Mom Really Happy

Allison Burch

There are three simple essentials to make Mom really happy on Mother’s Day (or any day). As a mom of a three-and-a-half year old ball of boy energy, I know if I get just one of these little gifts I’ll be a happy mama!

These are affordable ideas that kids can purchase with piggy-bank savings, or sweet add-ons to a bigger gift or a day of pampering.

1. Time to relax. The gift of uninterrupted time to spend soaking in a tub, reading a book or even napping, is the simplest but probably the most appreciated gift a mom can receive.

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Be the High Tide

Be the High Tide

 

Momservation: Raising the best children isn’t a competition—it’s our gift to society.

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A while back I went to a book signing to support my then boss, mentor, and friend Maria Shriver

Rounding the Bases - Literally and Figuratively

Rounding the Bases - Literally and Figuratively

 

Momservation: When the puberty bus pulls up to the curb, don’t be surprised if Mom decides she’s going to drive instead.

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We Wheelers are big fans of the San Francisco Giants. We loved Buster Posey the second we heard someone would dub their kid “Buster” — it was a bonus that he turned out to be a darn fine ball player. We even call our son, a skilled catcher and power hitter, Mini BP.

So when I’m at the dentist office and see Buster Posey on the cover of April’s Men’s Health, I eagerly flip to the article called “The Naturals” about young baseball players making MLB history.

It’s an inspirational story complete with cutie-patootie pics of our boy Buster, but I didn’t get a chance to finish it before being called in to Dr.

A mom's perspective on the Boston Marathon bomber

A mom's perspective on the Boston Marathon bomber

Momservation: If your home is a place of love and security, your child will feel safe when the world seems scary.

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Once again our lives have been interrupted by some zealot one fry short of a Happy Meal thinking they are doing God’s work.

I like to think that these people—who take matters of life and death out of God’s hands and into the