Archive for the ‘Lifestyle’ Category

Best of the Forum: Where to Go in Europe This Summer?


My husband and I would like to spend 5 days in Europe this June kid free. We are traveling direct from NYC. Besides Paris, what other cities are worth looking into? Please recommend someplace that we can mix 2 days of touring with some beach / pool relaxation, as well as good food.

Shoe Sharing?

Photo by Rebecca Alison

Kids grow up quickly. They really, really do. One second, your child is learning to walk, and the next, you’re attending their kindergarten graduation. Along the way, they’re growing out of their clothes at rates fast enough to bankrupt small nations. In fact, from onesies and

Member Musings: Vegetarian Book Reviews


Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbook Jerusalem broke new ground with fantastic flavor combinations and inventive dishes that were at once exotic but approachable and appealing. The recipes blended different culinary traditions in a way that is fresh and exiting. Like so many people, I marveled that every dish I made from the book […]

44 Fitness Hashtags to Achieve Your Goals

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Fitness dreams can get sticky if you are online 24/7. The amount of information available from fitness experts can be overwhelming. Being online 24/7 can be a benefit or curse to your fitness goals. There are a ton of fitness experts and trainers

Member Musings: 5 Must-Have Beauty Products


Whenever my friends and I get together, one of our favorite things to do is share our favorite beauty products. Now that I don’t live near my girlfriends, I thought I’d share my favorite finds with those PAMP moms out there. . .  

Member Musings: Local Ways to Give Back

Photo by Rebecca Alison

Are you inspired to give back this holiday season? Below are some easy ways to get involved right now!   Here are two local nonprofits with great reputations who have clear, user-friendly websites that PAMP members can easily interact with:

Member Musings: Breathe


The holidays are often a stressful time, as much as they are also a time of cheer and reconnecting with friends and family. This time can be very emotional and full of all the wonderful and trying things that come with being in community. This year, try to

Kickstart Giving With Your Kids

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My friends have been asking for simple tips on how to encourage giving with their kids. As with most things in life, there’s no magic formula. There’s also no shortage of online advice for teaching generosity and kindness to kids. I’ve summarized some of my favorite sites below for your scanning pleasure. My biggest piece […]

Member Musings: Time Savings Tips for this Holiday Season


The craziness of the holidays has already begun. Here are five tips to help save you time (and sanity) this season.

1. Avoid stress for impulse purchases by making a list. In goodie-laden stores, a list will make sticking to your budget so much easier.

2. Plan your holiday gifts around Cyber Monday. Start planning early for the after-Thanksgiving sales. You can stack anything from toys to books to clothes for low prices. Don’t wait until December to start planning your gifts.

3. Use on-demand services to book appointments for hair and makeup for your big holiday events.

4. Bargain. Small shop owners or online store owners might be more likely to cut you a deal, especially if you buy in bulk.

5. Keep things simple. A homemade card or do it yourself goods can be so much more meaningful and save you money.

Member Musings: Body Image


Let’s talk body image. For years I’ve worked out really hard to get a “tight, toned body”.  Sometimes I feel really strong and toned, but most the time I am grabbing my extra weight and wishing it was gone. I know soooo many of you out there

Member Musings: We Can Do It!


After researching colleges and majors, my kids asked me if I ever feel like I wasted my education giving up my career and staying home with them. Women often seem to get questioned on their choices or doing what is necessary. Never have I felt my education (both traditional & spiritual) was more

Let’s Hear It for the Dads!

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Twice yearly, I pay visit to my beloved redwoods along the coast or somewhere in the northern most part of our beautiful, diverse state. It is a much needed pilgrimage, away from my schedule, computers and the usual demands of everyday life. One never knows—but prays—that whoever

Understanding How Kids Develop Healthy Eating & Exercise Habits

Photo by Rebecca Alison

With all of the media attention on the obesity epidemic over the past few years, many parents are understandably concerned about helping their children maintain a healthy weight. Some parents have cut out junk foods and sweets altogether, whereas others worry that doing so will make their children crave them more and overindulge whenever they […]

Member Musings: Next Time


I recently found this poem. I thought it would be fun to share with other PAMP members, as it takes on great meaning — especially with our busy lives as parents living in the Bay Area. The poet, Mary Oliver, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Read it for yourself and see what you think!

La Petite Baleen ~ the Premier Swim Program


La Petite Baleen Swim School is the Bay Area’s premiere learn-to-swim program since 1979. Our custom designed and built indoor facilities provide the cleanest and safest water to teach our young swimmers. The unique child-development based curriculum is award winning and nationally recognized by the US Swim School Association. Come visit our brand new Atherton […]