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Homemade Chocolate Syrup For The Kid In All Of Us

Homemade Chocolate Syrup For The Kid In All Of Us

Hybrid Rasta Mama

Did you know it’s so easy to make your own chocolate milk?!  I’m guessing most of us grew up with Hershey’s chocolate syrup … and enjoyed it. No? Just me? Well, I remember the dark brown cans filled with chocolate sauce, the cans that came before the plastic bottles. My grandma...

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Hybrid Rasta Mama
5 Fun and Easy Herbal Activities For Children Of All Ages

Aug 7, 2015
5 Fun and Easy Herbal Activities For Children Of All Ages

Hybrid Rasta Mama

I am a HUGE advocate of affording children every opportunity to connect with nature. Children are truly rooted in nature and it is us adults with our busy schedules and endless to-do lists that break that intuitive bond children have with the wild. It is very sad really. Children do...

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Brown Thumb Mama
You Have The Power To Do Real Good

You Have The Power To Do Real Good

Nerd Alert! Nerd Alert! Any other “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fans out there? *peers out through computer screen* Oh good! Glad I’m not the only one. I love Buffy. She’s an amazing role model–a kick-butt woman who doesn’t waste any time getting things done. That’s why I’m excited to say... 

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Sacramento Sidetracks
Weekend Top 10: August 7th – 9th

Weekend Top 10: August 7th – 9th

Swim and watch Big Hero 6 during a DIVE-IN MOVIE NIGHT at Cottage Pool. Friday Enjoy a reading of THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE IN THE SCHOOL and a craft at Barnes & Noble. Saturday FREE Plant seedlings, meet farm animals and explore the American River Ranch during FUN ON THE FARM. Saturday Build Hulk’s...

Hybrid Rasta Mama
Why THIS Natural Deodorant Is The ONLY One That Can Stand Up To A Summer In Arizona

Aug 5, 2015
Why THIS Natural Deodorant Is The ONLY One That Can Stand Up To A Summer In Arizona

Hybrid Rasta Mama

It’s hot here in Central Arizona. Like, really, really hot. 115 degrees during the day and no less than 100 at night. I don’t mind – after all, that’s why my daughter and I are living here. We need the hot, dry air to help us heal as best we...

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Sacramento Sidetracks
3 New Attractions at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

3 New Attractions at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Every summer, my friend from San Diego and I trade off visiting each other and try to create a memorable week with our combined five kids. This year it was my turn to host and in planning our outings, I decided our biggest one should be Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. They had never been...

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To George on the eve of her 5th birthday

To George on the eve of her 5th birthday

When I started this blog you were 5 months old. You were bald, and your ears kind of curled over at the top. We called them your “elf ears.” This will probably be less amusing when you’re 15. When you smiled your face exploded in tiny indentations: A cleft chin, and a dimple on...

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Banana Moments
Teach your child to make smart internet browser choices

Aug 3, 2015
Teach your child to make smart internet browser choices

In this Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner article, I offer some considerations to share with your children about choosing a browser that is going to be more supportive in helping you streamline your on-line experiences with minimal advertising intrusion as possible. The commercial internet giants like Google and Microsoft have commercial incentives. Read more...

Banana Moments
Talking points about sexual exploitation in the social network

Aug 3, 2015
Talking points about sexual exploitation in the social network

My two cents

sex-love-male-femaleA recent Washington Post article featured a disturbing trend that young girls, tweens and teens, are experiencing and witnessing sexual exploitation, harassment and sexual assault in the internet celebrity culture. Social media celebrities on Vine and YouTube, for example, are amassing large followings – some of them over...

Banana Moments
Signs that you are a mentally-fit cyber parent

Aug 3, 2015
Signs that you are a mentally-fit cyber parent

While you can establish age-appropriate boundaries it is not possible to have control over your child and the technology, and fearful thoughts can consume a parent (i.e., worrying or micro managing) and can make you un-relatable or hostile which kills open communication essential to cyber safety because kids can easily hide risky experiences from...

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