Free family-friendly events this August in LA County
If you're looking for fun things to do with your family in LA County this month, that also happen to be free, you're in luck! Whether you're a family of foodies, gardeners, or storytellers, there is something for everyone.Read full story
Get ready for two supermoons this August
This article is summarized from various sources and attributions are linked within. Two of the four consecutive supermoons this year will appear in August, according to The Farmer's Almanac. A supermoon means that the moon is full at the time when it is closest to Earth, and because there are two in the same month, the second is also a blue moon. When a supermoon occurs, it has a stronger effect on the body and mind, and when there are two in one month, you can only imagine the intensity. So buckle up and get ready for some turbulence.Read full story
The reality behind the sriracha shortage: why is it happening and what can you do about it?
This article is summarized from various sources and attributions are linked within. If you have tried to buy sriracha in the past few months, you will have noticed that it is either not on the shelves, or in very small quantity. Some stores are even limiting how many bottles each individual can purchase. If you want to find out why this is happening, how people are reacting, and what you can do, you came to the right place.Read full story
New California bill protects doctors who provide abortion support to out-of-state patients
This article is summarized from various sources and attributions are linked within. In the time since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, many states have made access to abortion illegal, unsafe, and for some, impossible. California, among other states, has proposed bills that would protect it's care providers should they provide abortion support to patients who live in states where it is banned.Read full story
US maternal mortality rates on the rise
This article is summarized from various sources and attributions are linked within. With new medical and technological advances in America every day, one would think giving birth is getting more and more safe. A new study shows the contrary to be true. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) compared maternal mortality rates from 1999 to 2019 and found that mortality rates more than doubled.Read full story
Is this new federal law doing enough to protect pregnant workers?
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) took effect last week, after being approved by Congress and signed into law last year by President Joe Biden. Although it does put helpful guidelines into place for companies to follow, women are questioning if it is enough.Read full story
Ventura County's free "First 5" program is perfect for little ones and their families
Largely funded through Proposition 10, the California Children and Families Act, Ventura County's First 5 Program holds classes from prenatal all the way to five years old. Research has shown time and time again that these first years are such an important period for learning and development and in their classes, First 5 provides evidence-based activities that teach these vital skills.Read full story
Crocodile's "virgin birth": miracle or science?
A wildlife park in Costa Rica housed the crocodile that people are calling a work of God, and while it may just be, science also plays a part. According to Fiji Times, this croc managed to lay fourteen eggs after having lived by herself in an enclosure for sixteen years. Half of her eggs seemed to be fertile and were artificially incubated. None of the eggs ended up surviving, but researchers did discover a fully formed foetus inside of one. After looking extensively at the DNA of the foetus, they found no paternal genes, aka a "virgin birth".Read full story
"Drinking for two": Dad's alcohol consumption can harm fetal development as much as Mom's
When a woman is trying to become pregnant, she tends to go into go into overdrive when it comes to her health and nutrition. Eating better, exercising, and cutting out alcohol. Fathers have been off the hook as they are not the one carrying the baby, but new research suggests that their drinking habits preconception actually can have an impact on their future child.Read full story
You just might "get lucky" during June's full moon
Love is in the air this month, and apparently so is luck according to PopSugar's Olivia Luchini. June's full moon falls on the 3rd this year and has earned the name, "strawberry moon", because it comes at an optimal time for harvesting strawberries, but there's more to it than just that. The strawberry moon has long since been associated with prosperity of all kinds.Read full story
Mother's Day events in Ventura County
It's that time of year again, Mother's Day! If you'll be in Ventura County this weekend, there are lots of events the mothers in your life might enjoy. Be sure to check the links ahead of time in case you need a ticket to attend, as most of them require reservations.Read full story
Blood moon lunar eclipse falls on 5/5 this year, making it an optimal time for manifestation
You may be aware that Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, but did you know there are also some powerful cosmic energies approaching this Friday, May 5th? With a blood moon lunar eclipse falling on the date of a 5/5 portal, there is a lot to unpack, so let's break it down.Read full story
Stop encouraging mothers to "bounce back"
Most of us are taught to compare ourselves to others from a very young age. We learn it from our families, our peers, and maybe worst of all, the media. When it comes to being a mother, or a woman in general for that matter, we already have our own internal list of insecurities. So when something is brought up by someone else, it hurts a little extra.Read full story
Exploring mindfulness: What role does spirituality play?
Mindfulness is known to go hand in hand with Buddhism and all the meditation-based religions. It is less known that other religions, and spirituality as a whole, are also helpful in making a person more mindful. Let's dig deeper.Read full story
Places to take your kids in Simi Valley to escape the heat as summer approaches
As things start to heat up here in Simi Valley, there are lots of activities you can do with your young children outside of your home. When you and your family starts to get stir crazy and you're maxed out on outdoor time due to the weather, you have lots of options that will keep them entertained.Read full story
Air signs as mothers
Air signs are the free-spirited thinkers of the zodiac. As an air sign mother, you may find yourself getting into deep conversations with your children every chance you get. You make them feel special because you greatly value your close relationships. Your constant curiosity helps them learn more about the world around them. But, with big ideas come big responsibility, and you can struggle with bringing yourself back down to earth long enough to manifest them. You have an immense need for grounding, and you and your kids are better off when you take time for it.Read full story
Fire signs as mothers
Fire signs tend to bring the, well, fire, obviously. As an Aries, Sagittarius, or Leo mother, you bring passion and excitement to your family. You amp them up and help them to ignite their own inner fire. However, the intense energy you carry can become overwhelming to you and your children at times. Taking time to ground yourself will help you to find a balance.Read full story
Two more days for you and your kids to experience Easter at Underwood Family Farms
Moms, if you haven't taken your kiddos to Underwood Family Farms yet this month, this is your sign to go. If you've been before, you know that it is a fun place for families year-round, and yet there is always something special about their seasonal events. This Easter Sunday the 9th and Monday the 10th will be your last opportunities this year to enjoy all of their spring activities.Read full story
Orangutang mother breastfeeds her baby for the first time thanks to zookeeper
A Virginia zoo saw a beautiful act of humanity as a zookeeper taught an orangutang mother how to breastfeed. The Metro Richmond Zoo in Virginia was happy to welcome Zoe the orangutang's second baby a few months ago. According to Insider, Zoe wasn't able to nurse her first born, and they attribute it to the fact that her mother passed away when she was still an infant. The zoo was determined to help her build that bond this time around.Read full story
Water signs as mothers
Water signs are deepest feelers of the zodiac. With the ability to tap into anyone's emotions, motherhood comes naturally to you. Water as a physical substance is gentle and yet so powerful. In the same way, you as a mother with this element can be soft and yet strong, understanding and yet a force to be reckoned with. Your children benefit greatly from seeing how in touch you are with your emotions, as long as you have a good handle on them.Read full story