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May 2013

The Best of Nor th County for Kids & Their Families

Healthy After - School Snack Recipe

Student Star of the Month Alexandra Parker



A is for App: Apps for Mom

Guide! pg. 14




from me to YOU! April showers bring May flowers! I cannot wait for the weather to warm up and the days to be filled with trips to the beach, neighborhood BBQs, and warm evenings spent hanging outside with family and friends. We’re getting close! May is also very special because we get to celebrate the wonderful moms in our lives on Mother’s Day, May 12 (Although we should celebrate them every day). From mothers and grandmothers, to sisters and other relatives, be sure to give some extra love on May 12 to the special mothers in your life. We have some awesome gift ideas on our Pinterest page so be sure to check those out too! In this issue we added a fun new feature, our Star  Student of the Month: Alexandra Parker (p.25) and kept some oldies but goodies such as our Skater of the Month: Toby Ryan (p.12), Recipe  page (p. 6) and our Surfer of the Month: Bryce  Wettstein (p. 20). Bryce’s name might look familiar to you since we featured her in our very first issue, September 2012, as our Skater of the Month! (Bryce is a very talented girl!) We also included a really great Summer Camp Guide (p.14) that includes camps for all ages, for almost all interests, and for varying lengths of time!

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I want to thank you again for a.) picking up this  North County Kids magazine, b.) reading this  letter, and c.) being an awesome North County-er! As always, please email me with any and all suggestions - I listen to them all and appreciate the feedback! Peace & Love & Sunshine,

Kate Schlicher

Happy Mother’s Day!


4 issue spotlight 4      Pinterest - Happy Mother’s Day! 5      North County Kid of the Month           Tehya Foussat

6      Healthy After-School Snack Recipe           Lettuce Boats 7      Local Events Calendar 10   Kids & Their Pets 12    Skater of the Month           Toby Ryan 14     Summer Camp Guide 20    Surfer of the Month - Bryce Wettstein 21    Spotted! 22    A is for App - Mother’s Day Edition 24    Celeb Tracker - Mother’s Day Edition 25    Star Student of the Month Alexandra Parker 26    Help Fight Hunger, One Can of Food at a Time 28   Down to Earth Dad -  Mama Drama 30   Mom to Mom Book Review Advertising Inquiries: • • {760} 452-0789 Graphic Design by Krista Connolly • •

North County Kid of the Month Tehya Foussat, 18 years old sdnor 3

Happy Mother’s Day

North County Kid of the Month!


Stats . . . . . . . . .

Hometown: San Diego Age: 18 Grade: 12th School: Cathedral Catholic High School Hobbies: Poetry Favorite Food: Chocolate Favorite thing about living in North County: Sunsets & hot air balloons Favorite North County Beach: Torrey Pines Favorite North County Restaurant: Roy’s

What inspired you to create your non-profit, Tehyathon? Mr. Martin Reisert, my 6th & 7th grade teacher, who is also the 2013 California Teacher of  the Year, inspired me by helping me to believe that I could make a difference in my community. He knew that I wanted to help the homeless, so we created  Tehyathon to help raise money for my Tenderness Totes program.

What is the mission of Tehyathon, Inc? In addition to raising funds to increase awareness and support educational programs concerning Spina Bifida, 

Tehyathonʼs secondary mission is to provide “Tenderness Totes” containing basic necessities to sustain life for the homeless or anyone in need. These pre- assembled tote bags contain food, water, and toiletries and are designed to be stored in a vehicle and given to a person in need at a momentʼs notice. Each  tote will also contain an inspirational message of hope for the recipient that was created by a Tehyathon Youth Group member, a friend of Tehyathon, or a Spina  Bifida patient. Funds raised by Tehyathon will be used to purchase contents for each tote, although donations of the actual contents are also very much appreciated.

We hear that you were selected to be a ʻMake a Wishʼ recipient, but declined to have a wish granted? Can you explain your decision? Even though I have health challenges, I know there are other kids who are dealing with

so much more than me. I didnʼt want to use up a wish that someone else needed more than me. Make-A-Wish told me that I wouldnʼt take anyone elseʼs wish away by accepting one for myself. They helped me to be able to use my wish to help others by creating the I Love Tehyathon 2013 event.

Tell us more about the I Love Tehyathon event. Our Team Tehyathon Athletes are Elite Athletes who raise money throughout the year for Tehyathon through sponsorships competing at various races. I wanted to celebrate and recognize them for all they have done for us since 2009, while also creating an event where anyone of any ability or medical or physical condition could come, meet our athletes, and compete as an Honorary Tehyathon Athlete for the day.

On April 21 you held the first I <3 Tehyathon event. How did it go? It was so great! A lot of people from our community came out to our event and participated in our 5K event and they loved the scenic yet, challenging course at my high school, Cathedral Catholic! We had some professional athletes there and the USD dance team cheered everyone on and they made it so much fun.  Assembly Member Brian Maienschein started out our event with a wonderful speech. He is important to me personally because he has supported me and encouraged my dreams for Tehyathon since I was 12 years old. The concert was fabulous! We had some of the most amazing singers and dancers including  Henry Mullins, Dawn Mitschele, Michael Tiernan and Tim Foley. Our talented hip-hop dancers were high-energy fun and Keone and Mari Madrid did a duet to  one of my favorite songs. Our poet, Rudy Francisco stunned the crowd with his spoken words. Our friend, Clarione Gutierrez is a speed painter who dances and  paints and she put on an amazing show.

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Any “thank you” shout-outs that youʼd like to give to people/groups who have supported you along the way? Our Tehyathon Athletes and our Donor of the Year – Soozy Smalling. Our Tehyathon Board of Directors and Committee Members who planned the event: My Mom and Dad, Diane Lamb,  Susan Bantz, Pat & Lisa Sheehan, Kristin & Bud Gendron, Eric Fleming, Jovita Nye. My beloved school – Cathedral Catholic High School. My friends from  Feeding the Soul Foundation – Mel, Vallie, & Cat. My friends from Outreach through Dance – Melissa, Sara, Lovelyn, Jenny, Sasha, Marc, Dustin. Olive PR  Solutions – Jenn & Jaclyn. Rising Star Theatricals - Katie Wilson. Von Hoffman Entertainment - Michael & Ashley Hoffman. CCHS Tech - Jim, Emily & Claire. CCHS Director of Communications - Kimberly King. Make A Wish – Alex, Suzanne, Chris. Ricky James – Inspirational Speaker. Dr. Dern and Staff from El Camino  Pediatrics. Custom Logos – Mike Sawitsky and Dion. Pearl Izumi of Del Mar Highlands – Christine & Staff. How can the community contribute and learn more about Tehyathon?  •  • Tehyathon, Inc., PO Box 3345, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067, (858)461 - 9555 sdnor 5

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After-School Snack:

Healthy Lettuce Boats

INGREDIENTS: Large romaine lettuce leaves Hummus (we used Roasted Red Pepper & Original) Sunflower seeds Bell peppers (red, yellow, & orange) thinly sliced Cheddar cheese, cut into thin squares

DIRECTIONS: 1. Set up your healthy snack bar in this order: lettuce, hummus, sunflower seeds, bell peppers, and lastly cheese. 2. Include knives for the hummus & forks for the bell peppers & cheese. 3. Go down the line & put a lettuce leaf on your plate, spread hummus on top, then sprinkle sunflower seeds and include as many bell peppers and cheese squares as you like. Roll up and enjoy!

May 1

Happy May Day!

May 1-5

Del Mar National Horse Show Show attracts more than 1,500  horses. Del Mar Fairgrounds 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar Hunter/Jumper Week, April 30 -  May 5, 2013 (858) 792 - 4288

May 3

Cruisin’ Grand Escondido Classic car show Downtown Escondido Grand Ave (btwn. Center City  Pkwy and Ivy St.) 5 - 9pm *Every Friday 

May 3 - 5

30th Annual Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo Festivities and entertainment for  the whole family Live entertainment, museums,  beer garden, tequila sampling  area Friday 3pm - 10pm Saturday 11am -10pm Sunday 11am - 5pm Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, FREE

LEARN MORE HERE: 533 Lomas Santa Fe Drive • Solana Beach, CA (858) 436-7502 • 6

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May 4

Poway Boardwalk Craft Market Open - air event with arts &  crafts for sale from San Diego 

May 2013

Carlsbad Village, Grand Ave.  May 10 from Carlsbad Blvd. ScholarShare’s to Jefferson St. Toddler Time: Over 900 vendors, international  Allison’s Barn Dance food court. Childrenʼs events: At the New Children’s Museum * May- 1st Sat. of the month face painting, super slide, bounce  200 W Island Ave., San Diego, * June-Sept.: 1st & 3rd Sat.of the month house, rock climbing wall, arts  Listen to a story about a farm friend and crafts. 8am - 5pm Then sing & dance with your own Del Mar Pug Party (760) 945 - 9288 instrument. Raffle, boutique, contests,  10:30am - 12pm vendors, adoption booth,  Spring Sprint (619) 233 - 8792 membership booth, pug café Triathlon & Duathlon and more! May 10 - June 1 Benefiting the Moores UCSD  Pug Super Heroes theme Cancer Center. South Shores Park  Contemporary Del Mar Fairgrounds: Infield in South Mission Bay (just east of  Realism  10am - 4pm Exhibition features artwork that  Seaworld) Adults: $10, Children 10 and  relies on ordinary reality 6:45am start time younger: $5. Parking: $10 Escondido Art Partnership-  (858) 268 - 1250 Municipal Gallery Junior League of San 262 E Grand Ave.,  Escondido May 7 Diego Food & Wine (760) 480 - 4101 Happy National Festival Teacher Day! Ellen Browning Scripps Park May 11 at La Jolla Cove, near Coast Blvd. Chocolate Festival May 8 La Jolla Dozens of chocolate tastings,  Coffee & Whine Life $75: general admission, demonstrations, and more. $125: VIP ticket Sip and Shop Event Family friendly event with  2 - 6pm Wine tastings, special shopping,  Motherʼs Day gifts and childrenʼs delicious bites, speed sitting activities California Fruit Wine San Diego Botanic Garden May 4 - 5 1040 La Mirada Ct., Vista 10am - 4pm Art in the Pines Tickets are $10 ($15 at the door) FREE with admission or membership  Spring Festival (plus tasting tickets as desired) 5pm - 8pm and Sale Adults: $12, Children 3 - 12: $6  Tickets:   35 plein air artists paint the (under 2 are FREE) beautiful landscape of La Jolla  Torrey Pines State Reserve May 8 - 12 12600 North Torrey Pines Rd. Roc Race: Ridiculous San Diego Surf Film Saturday 10am - 5pm Obstacle Challenge Festival Sunday 10am - 4pm 5K obstacle course combines  Celebrate the art of surf cinema  challenges of a military obstacle  Birdʼs Surf Shed May 5 course & competitive game show  1091 West Morena Blvd., Carlsbad Spring themes from Wipeout, Double  Mission Bay area Village Faire Dare, etc. (619) 276 - 2473 Largest single day street fair Del Mar Fairgrounds in the nation! 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. sdnor 7 artists, Old Poway Park Midland Road and Temple St.,  Poway 8am - 2pm (858) 486-3497

Del Mar Start times on the hour between  9am - 1pm (951) 734 - 4307 Tour de Vino in Escondido Celebrate the AMGEN Tour of California FREE outdoor concert, food court,  3 wine tasting rooms, & more. Belle Marie Winery 26312 Mesa Rock Rd., Escondido 3pm - 7pm No entrance fee Free Teen Night Out Teens in grades 6th - 9th choose  their own activities Communtiy Park 13094 Civic Center Dr., Poway 4pm - 9:30pm Registration is required FREE (858) 668 - 4671

May 12

Happy Mothers Day! Target Free Sunday New Childrenʼs Museum 200 W Island Ave., San Diego,  FREE admission on the 2nd  Sunday of each month Thanks to Target! (619) 233 - 8792

May 16

Encinitas Classic Car Nights Classic and vintage cars & live music Downtown Encinitas S. Coast Highway 101, btwn. D  and K Street, Encinitas 5:30pm - 7:30pm Live music @ Cardiff Classics,  Lumberyard Courtyard, and  SMOG Test Only Center * Third Thursday of each summer month


May 2013

Taste of Cardiff Cuisines featured from several  local restaurants Tickets $25 in advance/ $30 day  of event Pre - purchase at Cardiff 101  Main Street 124 Aberdee Dr., Cardiff-by-the-Sea, 5pm - 8pm (760) 436 - 0431

May 18

The New Children’s Museum’s 5th Birthdayʼ Bash 200 W Island Ave., San Diego,  Celebrate NCMʼs birthday with an art - making party Festive music, dancing, and a  prize-filled scavenger hunt 10am - 4pm (619) 233-8792

”Like” their Facebook page and if they  receive 5,000 likes by May 18 all kids  will receive 50% off admission to the  Birthday Bash!

5th Annual Encinitas Lifestyles Fashion Show Benefiting Carolʼs House & other community resource center  programs. Encinitas Community  & Senior Center. 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr., Encinitas $25/general admission, $40/VIP Reception 6:30pm, Show 7pm (760) 943 - 1950 Tickets: Wild West Fest Western music, photo booth,  mechanical bull ride, pony rides  and more. Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park 6200 Flying L.C. Lane, Carlsbad  11am - 2pm $3 salsa tasting, $5 activity card (760) 434 - 2843

Summer Concerts in the Gardens The Bobby Sanchez Combo  (50's/Rockabilly) Bring beach chairs or blankets  for lawn seating No pets (service animals only) Wood House Gardens in Woodland Park 1148 Rock Springs Rd., San Marcos Concert begins at 7:30pm Gates open at 6pm $6 presale, $8 at the door $3 children under 12, $25 season pass (760) 744 - 9000 Bark at the Park A Dog Day Celebration FREE demonstrations, vendors,  contests, and more. Small entry fee for show dogs Poway Dog Park 13094 Civic Center Dr., Poway 10am - 2pm (858) 880 - 8419

May 18 - 19

Encinitas Sports Festival Encinitas Sprint Triathlon,  Duathlon, Paddle & Swim, 5K & 1K Family Walk/Run,  Sports Expo Seaside Beach and Parking lot Located on the south end of  Cardiff State Beach Event schedule & more info: Community Band Festival Concert bands from SD County & Arizona Old Poway Park 14134 Midland Rd., Poway Saturday 11am - 8pm Sunday 12pm - 8pm (858) 668 - 4576

May 19

2013 Escondido Spring Street Faire Live entertainment, over 500  vendors, childrenʼs rides and activities Grand Avenue, between Center  City Parkway and Ivy 9:30am - 5:30pm FREE 20th Annual Sicilian Festival in Little Italy Music, dance, culture, and cuisine of Sicily come to Little  Italy. Vendors, wine & beer  garden, free childrenʼs rides/activities. Piazza Natale in Little Italy India St. and W Date Dt. San Diego 10am - 6pm FREE, family - friendly event  (858) 240 - 4556

competition, carnival rides,  vendors, costumes, car show, live  music, food and more Downtown Main Street Main Street & Hanes Place, Vista 7:30am-6pm. (760) 726-1122 Free admission

Free Art in the Park Series Crafts and family fun  Poway Community Park Auditorium Patio 13094 Civic Center Drive Poway, 10am - 12pm (858) 668 - 4671

May 27

May 30

Happy Memorial Day!

Two Wheel Thursdays Fun, social bike ride around town

Ride begins at Encinitas City Hall  Parking Lot 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas 7pm - 9pm (ride begins promptly at 7pm)

Every month on the last Thursday

May 31

& nutritional info. San Diego Convention Center,  Halls C & D 111 West Harbor Drive FREE admission Friday, May 31, 11am - 7pm Saturday, June 1, 9am - 5pm

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Health & Fitness Expo 60 exhibits, free samples, health 

May 24

ScholarShare’s Finger Painting Friday: With a Cherry on Top! New Childrenʼs Museum Make a giant cupcake portrait in honor of NCMʼs birthday month. 200 W Island Ave., San Diego,  10:30am - 12pm (619) 233 - 8792

May 24 - 26

San Diego Jazz Festival La Costa Resort and Spa 2100 Costa Del Mar Rd., Carlsbad (602) 244 - 8444

May 26

Vista Village Strawberry Festival Pie eating contest, athletic 



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Sarah, 8, loves cuddling and giving kisses to her 4-year-old miniature dwarf eared rabbit, Minny!

Baby Ben, 10 months , is getting to know the family cat, Cinnamon.

Alex, 11, is taking a break from playing fetch with his best friends, Oreo.


Blake, 4, is all smiles when he found this large crab at the beach. Although he was not allowed to take it home (good call, Mom!)

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career highlights:

AGE: 9 HOMETOWN: San Marcos STANCE: Regular SPONSORS: AWOL Clothing & Dad STARTED SKATING: 2 years old STARTED COMPETING: 7 years old FAVORED DISCIPLINE: Bowls & Ramps

Career Highlights: I won the little destroyer award at Aura's One year anniversary. I also got first place at AWOL and Ocean Beach Surf and Skate's first annual wall ride event.

How has living in North County affected your skating career? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of different skate parks close by and being able to skate at Aura has helped my skating a lot. Who are some local pros and companies that have helped you in your achievements? I've got to skate with Shawn Ross at sector nine. Aura has also helped a lot. I really like the new bowl at Aura and have also got to meet more pros at all the events. Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 years? I will be doing 1080's. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your favorite after-school snack? Tacos. Do you get nervous before every competition? If so, what do you do to relax and calm your nerves? Yes I do and I close my eyes and just think of skateboarding. What advice do you have for other kids thinking about learning how to skateboard? Just to have fun and focus. Do you have a specific trick you are working on right now? If so, which one? I am working on a frontside air to tail. What is your favorite skate trick? Ollie Laser 12

May 2013



Summer Camp Guide

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How has living in North County, even San Diego in general, affected your surfing career? North County provides an almost  limitless selection of beautiful, clean, friendly surf spots.  There are some  legendary breaks and there are also plenty of empty peaks depending on  your mood.  North County has a large swell-direction window too, so we  can always find rideable waves, especially when youʼre a grom! Thereʼs  not really any localism or pollution problems either. Who are some local pros and companies that have helped you in your achievements? How? John Kies of Encinitas Surfboards is my local shaper, and along with co-owner  Mark Adam and the shopʼs crew, they have actually become family  friends as I also go to school with his niece. Theyʼve been super supportive.   The local Grandview crew all know me and look out for me, especially  when Iʼm surfing by myself. They even give me some set waves! I also  get a lot of encouragement from all the fellow families who compete in  the WSA with us, but not all of them are local North County.  A lot of  additional support comes from my North County skateboarding sponsors, like McGillʼs Skateshop and Aura Skateboarding. Any advice to other surfers out there looking to improve their skills? If you want to be a ʻSoul Surferʼ and surf for fun then donʼt stress it. If however, you desire to COMPETE and win and possibly even turn pro one day, than you have to  treat surfing as you would any other sport, and approach it from an athleteʼs standpoint. You have to PRACTICE, webcast ASP  contests, study video parts, study the pros, cross-train with other board-sports, work on your fitness & conditioning, and of  course shredding on your skateboard has a direct benefit! Have you ever had any shark run-ins? Other sea creatures?  I have seen and literally shared the line-up with dolphins,  Sea Lions, pelicans, sting-rays, Leopard sharks and jellyfish. Iʼve seen some whale breaches too. Leopard sharks are very beautiful and friendly and on clear summer days you can surf right over them! Surfing with dolphins is a blessing and so  exciting – itʼs always amazing!   Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 years?  Still surfing for sure, both the WSA and NSSA tours, hopefully  qualifying for some Prime events. I will be 14 then, and that is when things start to really happen for most of the girls who have the talent and motivation to stand out.  Depending on how surfing goes, that may mean less time for competitive  skating, which is actually what I compete more in right now, at more of an elite level.  I would like to try a team sport too,  and actually have been playing a lot of beach volleyball with my parents so you never know!

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Parents Kenan and Denise keep kiddos Aidan, 5, and Cooper & Liam, 14 months, warm during a family trip to Carlsbad Beach.

Grade: 3rd School: Capri Elementary Age: 9 Hometown: Encinitas Stance: Regular Sponsors: Encinitas Surfboards Started Surfing: Age 5 Starting Competing: Age 7 in the    Western Surfing Association (WSA) Hobbies: skateboarding, gymnastics,    art, journaling Local Surf Spot: Grandview Long board or short: Shortboard, 5ʼ0”

Next Generation Yoga is a family affair with 3 year old Yenna & mom.

River, 4, is all smiles during her Lil' Kickers Micro League Class at North County Soccer Park!

Career Highlights: 1. WSA Coed MicroGrom Top -3 2012/2013 Season 2. WSA Girls U12 Top -3 2012/2013 Season 3. WSA Menehune Surf Fest 2012 First Place Girls U10


Who is your favorite pro-surfer? Courtney Conlogue from Santa Anna, CA, home break Huntington Beach, is currently  my favorite female pro surfer. She actually just qualified for the first time for the WCT this year, and is doing really well! I met Courtney once at the SuperGirl Pro at Oceanside Pier last summer and she was so nice. She is a relevant and local inspiration.  My favorite guy pro surfers are Kelly Slater, or course, and John-John Florence. Where is your go-to surf gear shop? Encintas Surfboards of course! Right here in downtown Encinitas, support your local surf shop! What’s the biggest wave you’ve ever surfed (feet)? Thatʼs a tricky question, because surfers and surf reports always  downplay the size and skew the measuring scale, especially if youʼre in Hawaii! On the biggest days my father will always be out with me, during free-surfs, and he usually has fins on and no surfboard, for water safety and rescue.  With my father out  with me, Iʼve surfed a 6 – 8ʼ day as called by Surfline, which means up to almost double-overhead for an average guy. So  for a grom that is almost triple overhead! Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? Typically the most difficult issue I deal with is not the  size of the wave, but the cold water-temps during the winter! The water temp dips down to about 55 degrees and combine  that with 60 degree air or some wind and it can get pretty cold! So I wear a hood during the winter to help prevent ʻbrain-freezesʼ!! @brycewettstein #thesillylife Bryce with Courtney Conlogue at the Oceanside Pier

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Volunteer Amy Flicker leads a Dr. Seuss-themed story time during Reading Day at The New Children’s Museum.

Luke, 4, can’t get enough of his visit to the Tumble Gym Bus in Rancho Bernardo.

Do you have a family photo, or picture of your kiddos that needs to be shared?  Email it to us at & see your picture in our next issue!


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A is for APP: Apps for Mom

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Happy Motherʼs Day! For all of the moms out there that dream of more hours in the day, 2 - 3 extra arms, & eyes on the back of their heads, we've compiled some helpful apps that are the closest you'll come to having those superpowers you've always wanted.

CardStar -  Cost: FREE


Kids Eat For


Photo Booth

Baby Monitor & Alarm




Kick to Pick




A mother's purse seems to always have just  what you need, but finding it might take a  few minutes. With CardStar, though, moms  can lighten their load and consolidate all  their membership and rewards cards from  various national and regional businesses  and organizations (including AAA, AARP,  CVS, Stop & Shop, public libraries, and fitness  centers). Users can manually input the card's  barcode or snap a picture of it using the  phone's camera. At checkout, a user taps  on the card and the cashier scans the barcode  directly from the phone.

Kids Eat For - Cost: $0.99

Baby Monitor & Alarm -  Cost: $2.99 

When the pile of dirty dishes in the sink is  growing faster than a tween hitting his growth  spurt, this app can give mom a much-needed  break. Kids Eat For compiles all the dining  specials at restaurants across the country where  kids eat free or for a discount. It's updated  daily, adding new deals and deleting expired  ones. (Of course, we still recommend calling ahead to double  check that the deal is valid.)  Users simply enter their  address and the app pulls up a calendar that  shows, for example, kids can eat free at  Chevyʼs in Del Mar on Tuesdays.

This app turns a smartphone into, you guessed it, a baby monitor. New parents that need a rest can simply set the Phone Alert function to notify a secondary phone when the app detects a noise in the baby's room. (On Android phones, the app works in standby mode, but iPhones should not  use sleep mode, though the LCD can be turned off.) The Activity Log records all the noises that the little one makes, so parents can tell how soundly  he or she slept. Mommy's Voice and Sweet Dreams functions can also play voice recordings and songs from the phone's playlist to lull the baby  back to sleep should he or she wake up.

Momisms - Cost: $2.99 

Now you can enjoy the best Momisms at your fingertips! "Eat your vegetables - they're good for you." "Your father is going to hear about this  when he gets home." Sound familiar? Momisms are universal, wise & caring advice from our Moms. This awesome app is meant to celebrate all the wonderful mothers in the world and to thank them for teaching us and loving us… through their classic Momisms.

Kick to Pick -  Cost: $0.99

Kick to pick is a unique name generator that allows the whole family to get involved in the naming of your child, even the baby itself. Not only will Kick to Pick offer thousands of names as inspiration, it also monitors the movements of your baby to identify any signs of enthusiasm it may  show. It's fun, interactive and it couldn't be easier use. Simply sit back and watch as Kick to Pick scans through your chosen list of potential names  until it detects that all important input from your baby. Once your baby's choice is identified, you can either choose to accept the suggestion or  put it down to hiccups and return to your search. 22

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Celeb Tracker: Mother’s Day This month we celebrate amazing parents, especially moms! Long hours, little sleep, and dealing with crazy all the time, how everything gets done science can't even explain. Now see what celebs are saying about their moms…


Alexandra Parker

HOMETOWN: I was born is Santa Rosa, CA, but have lived in Escondido, CA since age one. AGE: 12 Presented by GRADE: 6th grade SCHOOL: The Grauer School, Encinitas HOBBIES: Dance, singing, piano, nature exploration, sewing FAVORITE FOOD: Cookie dough ice cream and Persian Celery Stew (Khoresh Karafs) FAVORITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN NORTH COUNTY: Being right by Lake Hodges & all the nature!

What is your favorite subject at The Grauer School and why? My favorite subject at a The Grauer School is art. I do so many new projects here at the Grauer art studio such as pottery, claymation, and perspective drawing. One of my favorite projects was making a pot of clay of your choice. I did a pinch pot decorated with flowers and it has proved useful at my bedside table as a holder for my headphones and other small trinkets. What is your favorite activity to participate in at The Grauer School? My favorite activity at The Grauer School is Middle School Activities because we get to experience so many new things. Are there any field trips that you would like to describe? In Middle School Activities, we went to the Ranch 99 Market. We did a scavenger hunt at the Asian market and I learned a lot about Asian culture and food.

“I remember being seven and asking my mom if I was as pretty as Monique [my best friend in grade school]. And with all the love in the world, my mum looked at me and said, 'Oh, honey, you're so funny.' So, she doesn't lie to me...she answers the question by not answering and instead tells me what she thinks is my greatest strength.” - Jennifer Aniston

“Apart from the fact that [Goldie Hawn] is my mother, she's a brilliant comedian and a force as a producer. She paved the way for women to produce and star in their own films, and to balance that with being the matriarch of our family is really inspiring.” - Kate Hudson

“She's the eternal optimist. She always used to say, 'No matter how bad today might seem, you wake up tomorrow and it’s a whole new day.' Of course, she is a constant design inspiration for us. She is also the most stylish woman I know.” - Tory Burch

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned at The Grauer School? By going to The Grauer School, I now know that how you learn something makes a difference in remembering it. Learning by discovery has helped me open my eyes about how amazing the world is and all the wonderful things in it. What have you found to be really special about your sixth grade experience? I think that with the small class sizes, you get to be friends with everyone. Boys and girls hang out and eat lunch together. Now the boys are a part of my close group of friends too. I also feel really close to my teachers and consider them my friends, too. What volunteer projects are you currently working on? I am a member of Kids Korps USA. Soon, I will be doing a project with horses and I will be brushing them and cleaning the stables they live in and getting them ready for taking kids with mental disabilities on therapeutic walks. We heard you sent food to Tanzania! What made you get involved in that type of volunteer work? Our school took a trip to Tanzania, so I feel The Grauer School is now connected to Tanzania through service projects and in our hearts. Through these kinds of projects, we help kids and their families who may be less fortunate and don’t have enough food for themselves. Why do you think it is important to volunteer? It’s always important to volunteer because you get the chance to help people or animals who aren’t as fortunate as you are and that feels just great. It doesn’t matter if you have to get up at 5:30 in the morning, you’re helping others, and that’s what counts. What other talents or hobbies do you have outside of school? I am on a competition dance team and I take ballet and jazz classes. I also take piano lessons and I am constantly singing around the house! Where do you see yourself in the next ten years? That’s hard to say. There are a lot of different paths I want to take so I’m not quite sure which one I will go down, but I’ll definitely be in college possibly applying for grad school. Activities like dancing and volunteer projects will always be a part of my life, even ten years from now. I also want to go abroad in my school work or as a volunteer because I would love to see more of the world. Is there anything else you would like to add? Or any “thank yous” that you would like to share? Thanks to the Grauer School for making my first year so special!!

"I thought parents didn't understand anything, and that I could only talk to my friends. But that's changed. Now my mom is the one person I trust." - Victoria Justice


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"I’m at home for a lot of the year. I’m not always shooting movies. And I want to make sure people know, stay-at-home moms are working harder than a lot of us can comprehend. It’s not easier at home!” - Sarah Jessica Parker

“I have an amazing mother who's a real tough cookie. She taught me not to get emotional about [the stress of Hollywood], just be really practical and objective. Later, in the privacy of my own home, maybe I'll bawl or break some dishes, but you just have to keep going. It's not about fighting, it's about educating.” - Zoe Saldana

The Grauer School is an independent, non-profit middle and high school (grades 6-12) accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is a member of the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). The Grauer School balances college preparatory education with expeditionary learning and focuses on the core values of resourcefulness, intellectual curiosity, perseverance, compassion, self-advocacy, and accountability. To learn more about The Grauer School, now in its 22nd year, visit or call 760/944-6777. A limited number of 6th grade enrollment and scholarship applications are now being accepted.



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! r e g n u H t h One Can of Food at a Time g i F Help In a world where many families go hungry at dinnertime, a beacon of pervasive hope gleams through the darkness in the form of a partnership. This May, the Rock Church is joining forces with the San Diego Food Bank to collect 30,000 pounds of food to provide 20,000 meals to people in need throughout San Diego. Donations will be collected every Sunday in May before and after services to help the San Diego Food Bank prepare for their summer season when donations are not as abundant.

Be a superhero and visit the Rock Church campuses in either North County or Point Loma to donate cans of food to save San Diegans in need. North County Campus 1740 La Costa Meadows Dr. Ste. 200, San Marcos, CA 92078 Sunday service times: 8am, 10am, 12pm, and 5pm

Point Loma Campus 2277 Rosecrans St. San Diego, CA 92106 Sunday service times: 8am, 10am, 12pm, 5pm, and 7pm

Use your super vision to locate the red barrels in the Rock Lobby, drop a can of food in and walk away knowing you were able to make someone else’s life a better one. MOST NEEDED ITEMS: - Canned meats/nuts/seeds/fruit/vegetables/juices - Peanut butter - Macaroni & cheese - Beans, dried fruits - Evaporated or powdered milk - Pudding/custards, pasta, rice

- Baking mixes - Dry cereal - Cleaning supplies - Paper products - Diapers - Personal hygiene products - Detergents

Encourage others to fight hunger by dressing up as a superhero and defending the donation truck on May 19 from 8am - 1pm in the Rock Park. Help attract positive attention to the food drive’s efforts to save San Diegans from going hungry.

For more information on Food Drive 2013, please visit ABOUT THE ROCK - The Rock is San Diego’s largest church. It was started in 2000 by Pastor Miles McPherson, a former 26

NFL player. Over 12,500 people attend the Rock's five Sunday services online and in person at their multiple campuses. For more information go to Twitter (@therocksandiego) & Facebook (The Rock San Diego) May 2013



Down to Earth Dad:

Mama Drama

Mother’s Day is bittersweet for me. I enjoy helping my kids celebrate their mom, because she is a great mom and deserves some recognition. However, it’s a tough day for me because my mom is no longer with us. My mom died about 8 years ago. Have you ever read a book and there was a character so vivid that they jumped out of the pages and grabbed you, poured tequila down your throat, shook your head and blew a whistle in your ear? Well, that was my mom – but only in real life. In remembrance of my mom, here are a few of my favorite mom stories. What I am about to share is 100% true; believe me, I couldn’t make this up if I tried.

The Guatemala Incident - There are not a lot of avocados in Indiana, and as a result, guacamole is strange concept for many Hoosiers. Just the sight of guacamole triggered my mom’s gag-reflex and made her want to instantly vomit. It was like Mexican food kryptonite to her. One time we were in a restaurant and the waiter brought her a plate of food that had an innocent scoop of guacamole on the side. My mom had a breakdown and started shouting, “Get that Guatemala out of here.” This caused a problem since most of the guys working in the kitchen were from Guatemala. My mom became persona non grata at The Little Mexico Restaurant. Bruce Springfield -

Bruce Springsteen and Rick Springfield are two separate people – but not to my mom. In her world there was only Bruce Springfield, a guy from New Jersey who sang Jessie’s Girl. In 1984 I unsuccessfully attempted to teach her the difference between the two. I made flash cards. One card said Bruce, another said Spring, and a third said Steen. I showed her the appropriate card and had her repeat after me. “Bruce,” I said. “Bruce,” she repeated. “Spring,” I said. “Spring,” she repeated. “Steen,” I said. “Steen,” she repeated. “Now, put it all together,” I commanded. “Bruce Springfield,” she shouted with vigor. The more she said Springfield the more determined I was to make her say Springsteen. But after two hours of banging my head on the table I gave up. She won.

A Satanic Christmas -

Santa and Satan are an anagram. I found this out the hard way in 1980 when my mom mislabeled the tags for the Christmas presents. That year all of my gifts were from Satan. Granted, Christmas can be a stressful time, but seriously? This really freaked me out. When you have a grandmother who checks your scalp looking for the Sign of the Beast (she had watched the Omen too many times) and your Six Million Dollar Man board game arrives via Lucifer, you start to think something might be amiss in your family.

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Smashed Groom -

My mom had a curio cabinet in the living room. On one shelf sat the bride and groom that had been on top of my parents’ wedding cake, and it had been there for over 30 years. I came home from college one weekend and saw that it was missing. I asked her where it was, and without missing a beat she said “I got mad at your dad and I smashed it with a hammer.” I knew she was telling the truth because when I was 7 my Luke Skywalker action figure was decapitated with a butter knife, and as a teenager my Larry Bird poster ended up in the fireplace. If you messed with the bull in my house sometimes you got the horns. Sometimes you got the horns and you didn’t even do anything to the bull.

I have no doubt that if my mom was still around this Mother’s Day she would be annoying me with some passive aggressive guilt trip about not living in Indiana, but nevertheless I truly miss her and I wish she was here to celebrate her day.

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- Down to Earth Dad is a lawyer by day & youth soccer coach by night. He lives in Carlsbad with his wife & two kids.

May 2013



What Are YOU Reading?

Enjoy our mom-to-mom book review page written by the organizer of North County based Hip Chicks Book Club, & see what books were real page turners and which one are better left on the shelf!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern In The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Celia and Marco are rival Magicians who have trained since childhood to duel each other until only one remains, with Le Cirque des Reves (The Circus of Dreams) as their battlefield. But when they finally meet they fall in love, and everyone, from the other circus performers to the circus patrons, is affected by their magic. This book is so vivid and imaginative. It has a definite Steampunk feel, which I love. The way the mysterious circus is described, I felt as if I were there myself, smelling the caramel apples and enjoying the performances. I can't recall ever reading anything in this same style, which is refreshing. I give this book a B

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald is the story of the rich and mysterious Jay Gatsby, as told by his neighbor Nick Carraway. Nick happens to be cousins with Gatsby's former love, Daisy Buchanan, whom Gatsby is still obsessed with, even though she's married to Tom, who is having an affair himself. It's all a tangled mess of romance, parties, and eventually tragedy. In other word a perfect portrait of the "Roaring Twenties". Having never read this in high school, I have to admit I really loved this book. Even though many of the characters are shallow and materialistic, it was easy to connect to the story, and Fitzgerald's writing made me feel like I was right there in the middle of the fascinating prohibition era. If you liked this book, check out the latest film version from the director of Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge, and starring Leonardo Dicaprio as Gatsby, out in theaters May 10th. I give this book an A-

Do you have an opinion about one of these books that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to share? Or do you have a book recommendation for us? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to hear from you! Email us:

Happy Reading!


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Megan Rath is a wife and mom of a 7 year old daughter and a 3 year old son. She is the organizer of the Hip Chicks Book Club..., a large group of diverse women of all ages that meets in North County every month. A native of North County all her life, she currently lives in Vista.



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