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Mother's Letter To a Son

A Mother’s Letter to Her Son

  A letter to my Sun by Dagmar Ebaugh (decaturmamaoftwo) Dear Max: Six years ago on April 19th my life changed forever as we welcomed YOU, our first child, our son, into our hearts and lives. My universe shifted on its axis and suddenly you became its center. In the past six years, I’ve watched […]

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Leaning In or Reaching Out

Much fuss has been made recently about Sheryl Sandberg’s new book “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.”  I have only read the first two chapters of the book so far, but what struck me about the title (and its attendant message) is the visual and kinesthetic idea of “leaning in”. My initial […]

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Parenting Fails – Not-So-Shining Moments in Parenting

There are many things that I know we do right as parent: Patient Husband and I have kept our two kids alive and healthy for almost six and two years, respectively, and that in itself is quite an accomplishment! We hang out and play with the children, we respect their opinions, we limit screen time, […]

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Wacky Wednesday Tips!

Hi guys, I titled my blog post “Wacky Wednesday Tips”, really I didn’t know what else to call it and felt ‘Wacky Wednesday’ just sounded right, ha. Anyhow, here are some tips that I’ve either discovered or done in the past week and I thought I’d share: Tip #1: Make your own air freshener Grab […]

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Marvel Universe Live Coming to The Honda Center!

My son Charlie has been SO anxious to go see Marvel Universe Live ever since he saw a promo for it at a Ducks game last year. He LOVES Marvel, as does my husband and this is going to be the perfect Father/Son outing for them to experience together! Join Wolverine, Captain America, Spiderman and […]

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Lemon Cake Balls

This time of year always makes me crave lemon. I have a tree literally FULL of lemons in my backyard. Lemons are just so fresh and they remind me of Springtime. Here’s a blog I posted (a while ago) but thought that this would be the perfect time to share. This recipe is EASY, and […]

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Celebrate Valentines with a Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake I’ve never been the biggest red velvet fan. Not really sure why. Maybe because it became popular so fast, maybe because it seemed like an ordinary chocolate cake with a ton of red dye in it, maybe it’s because I’ve just never had an amazing piece of it. Until now… I decided to […]

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Introducing Myself

Hi there, My name is Alisa Newman. I live in Orange County, CA. Wife to Brandon, and Mama to my two kiddos- Charlie (9) and Ciera (6) and furbaby- Cinnamon (a Shiba Inu). and I’m super excited to share my blogs which will include recipes (mainly desserts and fun treats), baking tips, crafty things, giveaways, […]

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Family Values Come Alive in “The Book of Life” Movie

It is always such a treat to speak with the creator of a work of art. The movie “Book of Life” is not just another kids’ animated movie, in fact, it IS a work of art! So it was with pleasure that I interviewed the artist behind this opus, the genius who created the beloved […]

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Sisterhood of the Yoga Pants

New Year’s Resolution: No more yoga pants except when doing yoga. Who’s with me? Don’t you sometimes wish you could wear your yoga pants everywhere? I know I do (and have)! I’m no fashionista but I suppose it’s pretty acceptable in the (mother)hood to wear them at school pick-up and drop-off even if you haven’t […]

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Big Bear Getaway

We only usually think of Big Bear as soon as winter begins, when Southern Californians like us are looking for a place to hit the slopes. But the truth is, Big Bear is a great staycation destination year round. We headed out to Big Bear Lake for a quick weekend overnight getaway recently and had […]

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Love It or Hate It? Fall Means The End of Daylight Saving Time

First of all, it’s Daylight Saving – not Savings – Time (DST).  When you got up today, your phones, TVs and computers should have reset to an hour back while your manual clocks will leave you confused.  What do you think? Do you love or hate DST? [View the story “Daylight Saving Time” on Storify]

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A Mama Makeover

  We didn’t call them makeovers back then because we had that 20-something confidence to know that we liked the way we looked. We didn’t need a make over per se, but we did need a beauty tune-up now and then.  A tune-up, like a car. That’s what we called it. My friend J. was […]

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