Mommy in Los Angeles Magazine - Feb 2024

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During a one-of-a-kind influencer event at the Westfield Century City Mall’s Pixi boutique, the signature pastel mint tone of Swedish Entrepreneur Petra Strand’s popular cosmetics brand hit a new level of charm against a backdrop of mylar balloons and Hello Kitty plush dolls. It was a special union of Pixi’s successful Hello Kitty Collaboration and Franco Dreams’ insanely cute Hello Kitty plush dolls— a true definition of #BowMeetsGlow. Organized by Los Angeles, lifestyle creator and TV host Kathy Copcutt, the event welcomed several local bloggers and influencers who enjoyed activities such as decorating ornaments, getting a make-up refresh featuring Pixi’s signature On-The-Glow Blush bars and champagne tasting. Pixi’s global educator and brand ambassador Colleen Lota served as host for the day explaining why the combination of a fantastic makeup brand and a lovable plush collection is the perfect recipe for cuteness overload. We had the opportunity to speak briefly with Colleen and now we understand why she’s Pixi’s fun, educated and classy dancing queen!

Valentine's Day is not just a day for romance; it's a celebration that can involve the whole family! As we prepare for this day of love, why not dive into some delightful and surprising fun facts-- COURTESY OF WEARETEACHERS.COM-that will fascinate both you and your little ones? From the history of Valentine's cards to the reasons why we associate chocolate with romance, there's so much to discover. Get ready to embark on a Valentine's Day adventure that will give you a host of interesting tidbits to talk about with your kids!



VISIT Museum of African American Art At Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

Here honors what has been, what is present and what is possible. The exhibition is a celebration of artists, cultural producers and culture bearers connected by the K Line and marks the first anniversary of Metro ‘s K Line service through the neighborhoods of Crenshaw, West Adams, Jefferson Park, Baldwin Hills, Leimert Park, Hyde Park, Inglewood, Westchester and more. Exhibition on view through February 25, 2024



Open Arms Food Pantry and Resource Center presents the 8th Annual Black History Month Festival, taking place from 11am to 6pm on Sunday, February 18 at Pan Pacific Park. This year's event will highlight "Children & Family" as well as focus on the "Health & Wellness" of the African American Community. Along with headliner RoJames and other live performances, the festival will feature an African marketplace, concessions and a community forum on topics that affect health, mental health and other issues related to the African American community. Free admission, RSVP/donate to Open Arms at Eventbrite. Info provided by Discover LA



Now on view at the Skirball Cultural Center through February 25, This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement exhibits more than 150 images taken by nine Civil Rights Movement photographers of various ethnic, racial, religious, and geographic backgrounds who documented not only highly visible events but also day-to-day organizing across the South. Primarily associated with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), these photographers captured photos of everyday people working together within a broad and inclusive coalition of activists and allies to produce a revolution in social justice that still inspires civil rights efforts today. INFO VIA DISCOVER LA



The GRAMMY Museum celebrates the 50th anniversary of hip-hop with Hip-Hop America: The Mixtape Exhibit. Now on view through September 4, the 5,000 square-foot exhibit delves deep into the world of hip-hop through expansive exhibits on hip-hop music, dance, graffiti, fashion, business, activism and history, providing visitors with an immersive experience that explores the profound impact and influence of hip-hop culture.

On display is an incredible array of artifacts, including the Notorious B.I.G. ’s iconic red leather pea jacket, LL Cool J’s red Kangol bucket hat, Slick Rick’s rose gold eye patch, bejeweled crown, and handwritten lyrics for “Children’s Story”; and much more. Additionally, the exhibit features a one-of-a-kind Sonic Playground, featuring five interactive stations that invite visitors of all ages to unleash their creativity through DJing, rapping and sampling. INFO: DISCOVER LA

ATTEND THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN FESTIVAL AT AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC (FEB. 24-25) The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its 22nd annual African American Festival on Saturday and Sunday, February 24-25. Celebrating the richness and diversity of African American and African cultures, the weekend will feature live entertainment, arts & crafts, and more. Featured performances include hip hop and breakdancers, Mardi Gras second line dancers, live jazz, interactive drum circles, West African dance and cultural storytelling.

Announcing New Leonard D. Schaeffer Institute for Public Policy & Government Service

COLUMN BY ANABEL MARQUEZ, EDITOR The Oceanwide Plaza, a luxury development situated in Downtown Los Angeles which has been dormant for over five years, experienced extensive vandalism with graffiti across nearly every level. An estimated 27 stories of corner loft balconies were defaced with names of graffiti artists also known as taggers and/or their graffiti crews. It is believed that dozens of people participated in this vandalism endeavor. Taggers bypassed security at the site with ease and swiftly navigated through a chain link fence. From there, they hiked up stairs with ladders, paint rollers, spray paint cans, and other materials. With the L.A. skyline as their backdrop and the calm of the night, they quickly and meticulously painted floor after floor, after floor. As of the publishing of this article, LAPD had made only two arrests. The Oceanwide Plaza development which is valued at $1 billion, is located adjacent to LA Live. The project started in 2015 but was put on hold in 2019 when the Chinese-backed developer Oceanwide Holdings, ran out of funding. The building has been vacant ever since. In an interview with art platfom, Hyperallergic, one graffiti artist by the name of "Hopes"

alluded to the fact that he recruited fellow graffiti experts and told them: “Let’s all get together and paint it up. Make LA graffiti history.” And it looks like Hopes accomplished his mission. No Downtown L.A. Building had ever seen the audacity and boldness from a graffiti collective reach these new heights. Problem is, the absolute takeover of a building intended to promote luxury living and high-end shopping in the country's second largest city is hardly a display of anything positive. If anything, it reflects the growing divide between the haves and have-nots in a city where homelessness is rampant. However, there is more to this story than just vandalism. The graffiti on Oceanwide Plaza has sparked a conversation about street art and its place in society. Many argue that graffiti can be a form of self-expression and can beautify otherwise dull urban landscapes. What I explain to my kids is that graffiti itself, however beautiful it may be to some, is still considered vandalism and it's illegal. It's not a victimless crime - it costs businesses and taxpayers money to clean up and repair the damage. I tell them part of mommy's paycheck will likely go toward clean-up efforts. But perhaps instead of condemning all

graffiti, we should look at ways to embrace street art while also enforcing laws that prevent destruction of private property. There are many cities around the world where street art is celebrated through organized festivals and designated spaces. Perhaps Los Angeles can learn from these cities and find a way to incorporate street art into the fabric of its urban landscape, rather than viewing it as a nuisance to be eradicated. After all, graffiti has been around for centuries, and it's not going anywhere anytime soon. As for those responsible for this particular crime, I think L.A. Mayor Karen Bass should put them to work. How about plea deals where these vandalism-inclined albeit talented graffiti artists exchange time in jail for time outdoors cleaning up spaces where vandalism has ruined private property and public spaces? Once their programs are complete, give them a designated space and

assign established artists as mentors to help them perfect their craft and become respected artists, with agreements to never do the illegal stuff again. It's up to us how we choose to perceive and engage with graffiti. Let's start having a conversation about how we can coexist with street art in our cities, rather than seeing it as a threat. Who knows, maybe one day we'll see Oceanwide Plaza covered in breathtaking murals and thought-provoking pieces that add vibrancy to the city. That would truly be a display of creativity and innovation that Los Angeles can be proud of.

Frieze Los Angeles returns to Santa Monica Airport with reimagined public spaces and a line-up of leading local and international galleries

Muzae Sesay, Ashby Flea II, 2023. Oil pastel, vinyl emulsion, acrylic and colored pencil on canvas, 48 × 75 inches. Courtesy of pt.2 Gallery and Muzae Sesay


"Crochety Cloud Goblin" by Camilla d'Errico

Care Bears™™ Forever

Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) is excited to announce their An Art exhibition featuring next major group show new works inspired by the collaboration, Care Bears™™ beloved classic Care Bears™™ Forever, in partnership with characters from over 75 of Cloudco Entertainment, the top artists in the New parent company of the iconic Contemporary art scene Care Bears brand. Set to debut on ON VIEW: February 24 – March Saturday, February 24th in 30, 2024 the Main Gallery and be on view through March 30th, this Location: COREY HELFORD event will feature new and GALLERY original, one of a kind artwork, 571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, inspired by the beloved, CA 90033 classic Care Bears characters, Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm – from over 75 international contemporary artists. 6pm

'tokidoki Care Bears' by Simone Legno

Celebrating the forever-lasting influence of the Care Bears, this colorful and joyous experience will also offer attendees a special glimpse into the brand’s history with the Care Bears™™ Forever Pop-up Shop in Gallery 2 (featuring limited-edition merchandise) and Friends Forever: The Beary Besties Gallery (featuring the original Care Bears illustrations that started it all by Elena Kucharik, as well as artwork from the original greeting card line) in Gallery 3. Introduced in 1982 through consumer products, greeting cards, and later a series of animated television shows and feature films, Care Bears is one of the most popular and endearing children’s properties in the world. The Care Bears brand has been a source of goodwill and unwavering positivity for generations. Central to their enduring charm are the iconic belly badges, each representing a message of love and caring that continues to resonate with fans worldwide. Now, a new generation of artists, inspired by over 40 years of memories, have re-interpreted the iconic characters in their own aesthetic through a wide variety of mediums. Kucharik, an American children's illustrator known for her expansive range of watercolor paintings used across the entire line of Care Bears, became the primary artist for the Care Bears in the early ‘80s ‒ creating hundreds of full color illustrations for cards, books, and various licensed products. Her Care Bears paintings are the most widely used to this day.

classic Care Bears art by Elena Kucharik

'Head In The Clouds' by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) launched its annual online Valentine’s Day card drive. Community members and supporters are invited to submit one of three coloring cards, customizable with a personalized message, by visiting CHLA. org/Valentine through February 14. An anonymous sponsor has pledged $1 for every card shared, up to $25, 000. “Through this annual card drive, our patients receive cute messages and still have the chance to enjoy Valentine’s Day,” says Carol

Hamamoto, Manager, Child Life and Expressive Arts & Therapies at CHLA. “What’s more, it’s a fun and easy way for the community to show their love and encouragement, while supporting a good cause.” Card designs include a unicorn jumping over the moon, a koala riding a rocket ship and an alien orbiting Earth in a UFO. Printed cards and messages will be hand delivered along with goody bags by CHLA’s Child Life team to patients, in celebration of the special day.

ADAPTED FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING PICTURE BOOK BY SUZANNE LANG & MAX LANG. Meet Jim Panzee and all his friends as they enjoy a wonderful day of exciting adventures. There’s just one problem; Jim is in no mood for any fun OR games and no one knows why! The hilarious #1 New York Timesbestselling picture book comes to life on stage in a world premiere musical. Grumpy Monkey, The Musical is the perfect story for families and kids because we all experience those big feelings. Not every day is a good one, and that's okay. Pasadena Playhouse launches its inaugural Youth & Family season with the world premiere of Grumpy Monkey, The Musical now through March 3, commissioned by the Playhouse, and based on the book Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne and Max Lang.

This is the first full production of the Playhouse’s newly announced youth and family programming initiative. The production features Hao Feng (Lifetime’s Twisted Little Lies) as Jim Panzee, Marc Ginsburg (Ragtime at Pasadena Playhouse) as Norman, Kay Sibal (Spring Awakening at East West

Players) as Snake, Ciarra Stroud (Grease at Drury Lane Theatre) as Marabou, Frankie Zabilka (Newsies at 5-Star Theatricals) as Lemur, and Danny Holmberg (She Loves Me at Conundrum Theatre Company) as Understudy. Grumpy Monkey, The Musical is adapted and directed by Nina Meehan, with music and lyrics by Daniel Mertzlufft and Jacob Ryan Smith. This professionally produced production is being presented at Porticos Art Space.

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Porticos Art Space 2033 E. Washington Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91104 Now through March 3, 2024 $32 + $4 Fee (Everyone ages 2+ needs a ticket) Member Price: 20% OFF with No FeE. 626-356-7529 Pasadena Playhouse Box Office, located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91101 Saturdays 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM Sundays 11:30 AM, 2:30 PM 4-8 year olds and their families


For your kids!

Valentine's Programming All Month Long, Disney Junior Will Feature Valentine’s Day-themed Episodes of Popular Series and a “Super Pawesome Aww-dorable Cuddle Week” SuperKitties Marathon from February 12-16.

SuperKitties “Vanishing Valentines” Currently airing on Disney Channel and Disney Junior and also available on Disney+ Mr. Puppypaws uses his glitter dragon to steal Valentine’s Day cards.

Alice’s Wonderland Bakery “A Heart Filled Harmony / Happy Cheshire Day” Premiering on Disney Junior on February 12 at 7:15 a.m. and available now on Disney+. The Queen and Rosa accidentally double book two singing groups for their Valentine's Day party.

MOVIES UNDER THE STARS IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES! Catch Fireside Films: a limited-run series for the month of February The literal perfect date night for parents to enjoy, during this series, the fourth floor of the LEVEL Hotel will be transformed into

TICKET PRICING: Each ticket includes a hot beverage and a wood-burning patio heater to share. All tickets are sold in pairs, ranging from $30-40 per person: Adirondack Love Seat + Blanket (priced per person) $40.00 *For just $10 more, add a souvenir blanket to your experience that you can take home as a keepsake after the film.

a cozy cinematic haven above the city lights – with wood-burning patio heaters to create the perfect fireside ambiance to accompany your rooftop movie night. Programming includes romance favorites such as 10 Things I Hate About You (which turns 25 this year!), Pride & Prejudice, and Dirty Dancing; as well as a collection of films dedicated to celebrating Black cinema featuring Love Jones, Poetic Justice, and Love & Basketball, and more. Tickets are live now for screenings taking place from Feb. 9 to March 3, with additional dates to be announced.


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Naomi Osaka "From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I was more motivated than ever to continue competing for my daughter, not in spite of her." New Mom and Tennis Champ, Naomi Osaka Returns to the Court Postpartum, Joining Forces with Bobbie to Offer Parents Grants


our-Time Grand Slam champ, activist, and new mom Naomi Osaka, has joined forces with Bobbie, the mom-founded pediatric nutrition company. Together, they're raising awareness about the lack of paid leave for parents in the U.S. Alongside nonprofit partners, Paid Leave for All, Chamber of Mothers and Moms First, the campaign is amplifying Bobbie’s commitment to push for paid leave in 2024. Today, Osaka returns to the court at the Australian Open for the first time since becoming a mom – but it’s not a comeback. In a new campaign with

Bobbie, Parents Push Harder, Osaka is opening up about her motherhood journey, how she’s blocking out the noise, her decision to exclusively formula feed with Bobbie, and why she’s more motivated than ever by her 6-month-old daughter, Shai. Together, Osaka and Bobbie are introducing the N.O. Support Grant to help ensure new parents have the resources they need for their families to thrive. Osaka and Bobbie are committing to make 50 cash grants for 50 families to provide interim support while advocating for federal paid leave.

"The day I announced my pregnancy publicly, I also announced my return to the court" If passed, the Family and Medical Leave Act would give 12 weeks paid leave, job protection, and guarantee a minimum monthly benefit of $580 - that’s why each grant is $580. It’s not a solution, but it’s a start. In her new role as mom, Osaka is shining a light on the nearly 73% of Americans that don’t have paid leave through work and sharing statistics (below) that demonstrate the need for federal paid family leave.

“The day I announced my pregnancy publicly, I also announced my return to the court. I recognize the immense privilege of having the emotional and financial support to take on motherhood with no question of the impact to my career. If anything, from the moment I found out I was pregnant, I was more motivated than ever to continue competing for my daughter, not in spite of her,” said Naomi Osaka, new mom to Shai. “This is not the collective experience of most Americans and that’s why federal paid leave is so essential so all Americans can enter parenthood with the support structures and resources they need to thrive – whatever that looks like for them and their family."

Osaka turned to Bobbie Gentle to exclusively feed her daughter because it was the best decision for her daughter, herself, and her family. In a society where 83% of parents turn to formula in their baby’s first year, yet 64% of parents feel judged for doing so, the power in deciding what is best for you as a mother – whether it’s how to feed or when to return to work – cannot be underestimated. “When I founded Bobbie, I was a first-time new mom living in the U.S. during the most vulnerable days of my life – that postpartum period is unlike any other – and this inspired much of our core mission to change parenting culture. But let’s be frank, that’s a lofty goal and how do you truly change culture?” said Laura Modi, CEO and Co-Founder of Bobbie. “The answer I have come to is that you do so by creating the conditions where American parents, caregivers, and especially mothers can thrive. Right now, the federal government’s lack of paid leave is setting us up for failure – full stop. That’s why we’re getting loud about this issue, moving the needle in the ways that we can, and continuing to do so until we see real change.” To apply for the N.O. Support Grant or learn more about how to help advocate for federal paid leave, visit:


really want or need when starting over, ” says Mondy. “I think the registry is a breakthrough opportunity for these women to feel more at ease expressing themselves and, in turn, better their chances of gaining the support they need.” With the registry, women and their besties can create a registry list and choose from hundreds of products. The shop is a cozy corner of sorts filled with a wide variety of curated items: from kitchenware to self-love and wellness products. After

"In today's world, where loneliness and isolation are at an all-time high, it's so gratifying to see how our products are bringing people closer together."

all, according to Mondy, when there is a significant life event, many women have to start from scratch. “We register for our wedding, our baby shower, and sometimes when we buy a new home – why can’t we register for our breakup too?,” she says. The 2024 breakup box was inspired by the idea of connecting ladies going through a breakup with a close friend for a girls' night in but can also be used for a more intimate solo date. The box includes two of the following: Next Chapter Rose Necklace and Ring Set and Matching Affirmations, Signature Coffee Mugs, Fun Retro Sunshades, In Abundance Citrus & Rose Candles, Lapcos Face Masks and Shower Affirmations for Friendship. In today's world, where loneliness and

isolation are at an all-time high, it's so gratifying to see how our products are bringing people closer together. I am sure you can relate, for many of us, genuine connections begin at home.





Both Crumbley parents have pleaded not guilty to four counts each of involuntary manslaughter. Jennifer Crumbley faces a maximum prison sentence of 60 years and maximum fines of US$30,000. Jennifer’s husband, James Crumbley, goes on trial for the same charges in March, and, if convicted, faces the same sentencing guidelines as his wife did. In December 2023, their son, Ethan Crumbley, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the Nov. 30, 2021, shooting in which he killed four people and wounded seven others. During the sentencing hearing for Ethan, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Kwamé Rowe said one of the victims was shot at point-blank range after being told by the defendant to get on his knees. Another victim was shot a second time after she was down, Rowe said, “to finish the job by shooting her again.” Were the parents responsible? Many were surprised when the Crumbleys, were charged for their alleged role in the tragedy. Criminal law, unlike civil law, is less likely to hold defendants liable for the actions of a third party, even if that third party is the defendant’s child. This is because in criminal law defendants face incarceration and the associated stigma that comes with a conviction. In the rare instances that parents of school shooters are prosecuted, they were normally charged with crimes such as child abuse, child neglect and the failure to properly secure a firearm. The charge lodged against the Crumbleys, involuntary manslaughter, also known as gross negligent homicide, was even more uncommon. But it’s not without precedent. In 2000, Jamelle James, a Michigan resident, pleaded

no contest to involuntary manslaughter for leaving his handgun in a shoebox in his bedroom. At the time, James lived in an apartment prosecutors described as a “flophouse” that was shared with a number of people, including two young children. A 6-year-old boy – James’ nephew – was temporarily living in the apartment and discovered the gun, brought it to school and fatally shot his first grade classmate Kayla Rolland. James spent more than two years in prison before he was released on probation. Prosecutors claimed that James’ conduct was “grossly negligent” and “so reckless as to demonstrate a substantial lack of concern for whether an injury resulted.” Arguably, leaving an unsecured gun around very young children demonstrated James’ gross negligence. Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald has taken direct aim at Crumbley’s parents. Their behavior, McDonald explained, was “egregious.” “I want to be really clear that these charges are meant to hold the individuals who contributed to this tragedy accountable and also send a message that gun owners have a responsibility,” McDonald said during a news conference on Dec. 4, 2021, less than a week after the shootings at Oxford. “When they fail to uphold that responsibility, there are serious and criminal consequences.” ‘Egregious’ behavior One of the key questions for jurors was whether the parents knew that a school shooting would occur or had reckless disregard of this fact. To prove the parents’ gross negligence, the prosecution relied on a series of alleged facts. Among the most central facts was that the Crumbleys bought their son the handgun as a Christmas present and later took him to target practice.

Oakland County prosecuting attorney Karen McDonald announces on Dec. 3, 2021, that charges have been filed against the parents of Oxford High School gunman Ethan Crumbley. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Neither parent informed the school that they had bought the gun and that their son had access to it. After being told that her son was searching for ammo on his phone at school, Jennifer Crumbley told her son via text message not to get caught: “LOL I’m not mad. You have to learn not to get caught.” Neither of the parents opted to remove their son from school after being told that a teacher found a disturbing drawing of a bloody figure in his desk. Finally, the gun was unsecured. During closing arguments on Feb. 2, 2024, in Jennifer Crumbley’s trial, McDonald urged the jury to consider the “really egregious facts” before deciding to convict Crumbley. “It takes the unthinkable, and she has done the unthinkable, and because of that, four kids have died,” McDonald said. Though the prosecution’s case appeared compelling, Shannon Smith, Crumbley’s defense attorney, had some very strong counterarguments. For starters, the weapon was legal to own, and Michigan had no law at the time requiring the gun to be properly stored away from juveniles. Smith argued that the blame lay not with Jennifer but elsewhere: on her husband for improperly securing the firearm and on the school for failing to notify her about her son’s behavioral issues. Jennifer, in her testimony, appeared to absolve herself of any missteps or negligent acts, stating, “I’ve asked myself if I would have done anything differently, and I wouldn’t have.” Ultimately, Smith argued, the blame lay on Ethan, who planned and carried out the attack on his own.

As Smith asked in her closing defense argument, “Can every parent really be responsible for everything their children do, especially when it’s not foreseeable?” Changing the laws In the James case, the 6-year-old who shot his classmate was never charged with a crime because most jurisdictions hold that children under the age of 7 are unable to formulate criminal intent. The same cannot be said for Ethan Crumbley, who was 15 years old at the time of the shootings. He was charged with four counts of first-degree murder, one count of terrorism causing death, seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Prosecuting the Crumbleys may reverse this trend, as may recently proposed state and federal legislation. Two weeks after the Oxford shootings, for example, U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a Michigan Democrat, proposed a new federal law holding parents or other responsible adults liable for failing to secure their firearms. That federal proposal became part of a state legislative package signed into law April 13, 2023, by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The new laws took effect on Jan. 1, 2024. They established universal background checks for all firearm purchases and safe storage requirements designed to keep guns out of the hands of children. Editor’s note: Some material used in this story was originally published on Dec. 20, 2021.

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Dr. Tosha Lara-Larios, vice president, chief medical officer and medical director of Medical Management and Accreditation (interim) at Blue Shield of California, emphasizes the importance of prioritizing cardiovascular health. “Whenever a woman hears the term 'heart disease,' no woman thinks that refers to them, especially if they don't have glaring risk factors,” said Dr. Lara-Larios. “But, it is the No. 1 killer of women. That means our wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, best friends — the women we love most — are probably not aware.” New technologies are allowing us to diagnose, prevent and treat heart disease quicker and more effectively than ever before. We also have a better understanding of heart disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure, bad cholesterol, smoking, being overweight or obese, and Type 2 diabetes. “Making healthy lifestyle choices is essential to reduce your risk of cardiovascular issues,” said Dr. Lara-Larios.

Dr. Lara-Larios recommends several healthy habits to lower your risk for heart disease: Nourish your heart with a balanced diet. Opt for a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats. Limit intake of processed foods, saturated and trans fats, and excessive sodium. Exercise regularly. Engage in physical activity for at least 150 minutes a week (aim for about 20-30 minutes a day). Incorporate cardio exercises like walking, running, cycling or swimming to strengthen your heart. Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is a significant risk factor for heart disease. Strive to achieve and maintain a healthy weight through a balanced diet and regular exercise. Quit smoking. Smoking damages blood vessels and increases the risk of heart disease. Seek support and resources to quit smoking for a healthier heart and overall well-being. Manage stress: Chronic stress can impact heart health. Practice relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation or mindfulness to alleviate stress.

If you're planning to make Valentine’s Day more than just a candy-filled evening where you look through dozens of mini cards received by your kids at school, then we've got good news-- we've rounded up eleven great places to celebrate love and appreciation for your significant other. From chic restaurants with mouthwatering menus to cozy candle-lit bistros, there’s something for every couple. So if you’re looking to impress your significant other with a romantic dinner on Valentine's Day, here are some of the best dining options in Los Angeles.

Century City: 10250 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90067 Notte Italiana: Valentine’s Day Edition Ticket: $125 Eataly is a vibrant and immersive Italian marketplace that brings the essence of Italy to life under one roof. With a diverse array of high-quality Italian products, fresh produce, artisanal foods, and a variety of eateries offering authentic Italian cuisine, Eataly offers a unique and bustling culinary experience for enthusiasts and food connoisseurs alike. Menu/Event Highlights: Notte Italiana: Valentine's Edition on February 9 from 9 pm to midnight, a celebration of love and friendship. Whether you're coupled up or celebrating with friends, enjoy 12 unique Italian dishes, 10+ libations, entertainment, a photo booth, and more – a perfect way to toast to those special in your life


16101 Ventura Blvd Los Angeles, CA 91436 Menu/Event Cost: $285/person From the Michelin-starred duo Chefs Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Lee, Sushi by Scratch Restaurants is celebrated for its highly curated tasting menu, intimate 10-seat tasting counter, and dedication to a “from scratch” approach. The Restaurants' Valentine's Day dinner will feature their signature 17-course omakase-inspired nigiri tasting menu, a welcome cocktail, a sparkling wine toast, a farewell tea, as well as optional beverage pairings ranging from extensive sake and Japanese whiskey flights to handcrafted cocktails.

16101 Ventura Blvd., Ste.250, Encino, CA 91436 Menu/Event Cost: $325/person The Michelin-starred Pasta|Bar will give guests a chance to celebrate Valentine's Day with a one-night-only, 12-course tasting menu with a welcome cocktail and champagne toast. Reservations can be made via Tock, with seatings available throughout 5-10 p.m.

Playa Provisions Playa Del Rey, CA This beachside hotspot in Playa del Rey offers an ideal setting for those wanting a relaxed and romantic Valentine’s Day. Couples can enjoy California Coastal cuisine, such as Steamed Mussels and Clams, Crab Legs, or Squid Ink Risotto. After dinner, sneak back to Grain - the speakeasy whiskey bar hidden within the space - for a nightcap cocktail and dessert. Playa Provisions is also running dessert specials, including a Red Velvet Cake, through Valentine’s Day!

900 Newport Center Dr. Newport Beach, CA 92660 Menu/Event costs: $85/person VIEW will be offering three-course, prix fixe Valentine's lunch (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.) and dinner (3 - 10 p.m.) menu, in addition to a limited all-day menu in the late afternoon and evening, with reservations available on OpenTable. Sample items from the prix fixe Dungeness Crab Crake, Roast Baby Beet Salad, Grilled Australian Wagyu Sirloin, Crispy Colorado Lamb, Seared Scallop & Lobster Risotto, and Chocolate Sphere for dessert.

Few poems capture the essence of love as deeply and eloquently as Elizabeth Barrett Browning's sonnet, "How Do I Love Thee" (Sonnet 43). For moms with young kids, engaging with such poetry can be a moment of solace and a reminder of the passionate, multi-dimensional love that nourishes both the family and the self. According to the Society of Classical Poets, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the revival and proliferation of good, new poetry, Barrett Browning's poem is one of the greatest love poems ever written. Her sonnet places ninth on a list of ten of the best love poems of all time and the only one written by a woman. In this exploration of one of the greatest love poems penned by a woman, we'll dive into the lyrical beauty of Browning's words, uncover how they still resonate today, especially with mothers, and provide insights on appreciating love's boundless nature. The poet begins her sonnet with a rhetorical question that delves into the complex analysis of love's many forms. As a mother's love knows no bounds, so too does Browning suggest love's infinite capacity stretches "to the depth and breadth and height" one's soul can reach.

Moms with young children are consistently exploring the lengths they would go to for their children, often tapping into a well of love so profound and full. The opening lines of this poem can serve as a meditative guide for moms navigating the everyday joys and challenges that come with raising little ones: I love thee to the level of every day's Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. I love thee freely, as men strive for right; I love thee purely, as they turn from praise. The poem is featured in the next page for your enjoyment and dedication this love month!


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