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Friday, May 6, 2016

Safe Kids Day LA Drew Barrymore Mischa Barton + Other Celebs Bring Awareness to Family Event

Family Safety

Guest Post 

by Jennifer Valdez Miyagishima

Editor & Lifestyle Blogger
Real Mom of SFV

Last week I attended Safe Kids Day LA, a day-long star-studded celebration bringing together families from the community including more than 800 parents and kids with celebrities and national sponsors to help raise awareness about children's safety through programs provided by non-profit Safe Kids Worldwide. The generosity of sponsors and committee members made it possible for 58 deserving families from Westside Children's Center, Mar Vista Family Center and Children's Hospital of LA to participate.

Credit: Getty on behalf of Safe Kids Worldwide

Immediately after walking through the entrance, I noticed the rooms at Smashbox Studios had been transformed into interactive areas where kids of all ages could participate and learn how to be and stay safe. Above you see actress Drew Barrymore with Zoologist Jack Hanna and one of his creatures at the event.

Credit: Getty on behalf of Safe Kids Worldwide

Celebrities lending their names to this good cause were everywhere. Among those attending the event were Drew Barrymore, Jack Hanna, Kelly Rowland, Jeff Goldblum, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Donald Faison, Mischa Barton, Asia Monet Ray, Tom Arnold, the cast of Fresh Off the Boat and others.

Room after room was filled with "My High 5" safety tips. For example, parents learned bath time safety in a whimsical area sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, while kids jumped into a giant ball pit resembling a bathtub. 

There was also a separate section where little ones could personalize their own rubber ducky. Other corporations making the day possible included event presenter Nationwide with support from FedEx, Chevrolet, Kidde Fire Safety, Safety 1st and Tide.

Photo source: Safe Kids Worldwide

Seemingly a world a way, but in reality just across the hall, was a room with a dance floor and a DJ spinning tunes. Yep, it was a mini dance club area where kids could whip and get their "nae nae" on -- courtesy of Guess Foundation. Just off to the side of the dance area was a table covered with sunglasses, where kids could decorate their shades and learn about sun safety.

Outside the action continued with a basketball court where families could shoot hoops together and a speedway where children could zip around in mini cars.

All of that playing sure built up an appetite for kids and their moms, dads and caregivers. Luckily there was an abundance of food booths and trucks from local eateries where families could snack on burgers, tacos, pizza and ice cream sandwiches. Overall this was a fun day for everyone, no matter what your age.

About Safe Kids Worldwide
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of preventable childhood injuries -- the number one killer of kids in the United States today. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 400 coalitions in the U.S. and partners with organizations in 25 countries around the world to reduce injuries from motor vehicles, sports, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more. Learn more about Safe Kids Worldwide on their website.

Here I am at the event
About the Author
Jennifer Valdez Miyagishima, married and the mom of one, writes and edits the blog Real Mom of SFV. Written from the perspective of living in Los Angeles by way of the San Fernando Valley, Ventura County, L.A. metro area, as well as throughout the rest of Southern California.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

2 No Salt Skinny Salsa Easy Recipes for Cinco de Mayo & Mexican Food Lovers Year-Round

Good Food

Cinco de Mayo, Mexico's Independence Day celebration, wouldn't be the same without eating and drinking, right? However, this taco-filled and potentially high-fat holiday can be a nightmare for someone on a diet trying to lose weight or at least to avoid putting on a few pounds during holiday celebrations. Come to think of it, plenty of foodies who love authentic Mexican cuisine face these problems year-round.  Not to worry, Chef Anthony Stewart, executive chef at the Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa in Miami, Florida has created some delicious, but no-salt skinny salsa recipes to help you out.


Pico de Gallo

Serve this heavenly, no-salt salsa created by Chef Anthony Stewart with washed & cut-up veggies like radishes, cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, jicama sticks, broccoli florets. Plus pick up some baked, low-sodium tortilla chips such as Guiltless Gourmet or Garden of Eatin' Baked Yellow Chips to serve on the side.

Pico de Gallo Salsa
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Makes 12 Servings

  • 2 large tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 red onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper finely chopped (remove seeds for milder salsa)
  • 2 T. fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 fresh limes juiced
  • 1 pinch black peppercorns ground
  • Assorted raw vegetables
  • Bag of  low-sodium tortilla chips


1. Mix all ingredients (except raw vegetables & chips) in a mixing bowl. 

2. Let sit for 15 minutes before transferring to serving dish.

3. Serve with an artfully arranged platter of raw veggies alongside the chips in a festive bowl.

Tropical Salsa

Equally delicious and divine is this fruity, tropically-inspired salsa featuring mangoes, pineapple and more, also dreamed up by Chef Stewart. No salt, no added sugar, no waist-expanding oil or other fat. Who could ask for anything more?

Tropical Salsa
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Makes 12 Servings

  • 1 red onion diced
  • 1 T. fresh garlic minced
  • 2 T. no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1/4 t. Tabasco
  • 1 mango peeled and diced
  • 1 cup pineapple diced
  • 1 cup papaya peeled and diced
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1 T. fresh oregano chopped
  • 2 T. fresh basil chopped
  • Garnish green onions chopped (optional)
  • Garnish chives chopped (optional)


1. In a small, nonstick skillet over low heat saute red onion, garlic, tomato sauce and Tabasco until well combined, about 5 minutes. Stir regularly.

2. In a large mixing bowl, gently combine remaining ingredients, except garnishes.

3. Spoon red onion mixture into bowl and gently toss all ingredients until combined, before transferring to serving bowl. If desired, garnish with a sprinkling of green onions and/or chives.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Free Star Wars Crayola Coloring Pages Darth Vader & R2D2 - May the 4th Be With You


May the 4th be with you and your kids with the free downloadable Star Wars coloring pages now available from Crayola

Click on the image to access and print each of these fun Crayola coloring pictures of Darth Vader and R2D2.

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