Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Meet the San Diego Mama Behind...

I was just introduced to the lovely mama behind Photography by Lisa K. She takes such beautiful photographs of children, mamas-to-be and families. And, since she has lived in San Diego for awhile she has some fun insights to share about our beautiful city!

Meet Lisa K!

How long have you lived here?
I have lived in San Diego for the past 11 years. We moved here from Pennsylvania.

Why did you start your business?
When we moved here I had the opportunity to start in a new direction. I had always bee interested in Photography and took a class, then another one and before you knew it I have gone through the certificate program at Palomar. I would ask people if I could photograph them and then people started asking me if I could photograph their family etc. I decided I liked the idea of being my own boss, keeping my own hours and the flexibility to be home and available to help at school when my twins were younger. Now I have a residential studio and an employee.

What is your favorite thing about writing running your business?
I enjoy the flexibility of time. I like being responsible for the growth of the business. I like the variety of jobs that come to us. I love watching my new parents and their babies grow and change. I love that people allow me to be a part of their lives to photograph their loved ones.

What is your all-time favorite thing about living in San Diego?
The beautiful scenery. When I’m having a rough day, sometimes I just drive towards the beach and when I see the beauty there it gives me a better perspective and a fresh outlook. We are blessed to have such a resource at our fingertips.

Where is your favorite place to eat in San Diego?
Outside! I love the porch at PF Chang’s and I love strolling the Gaslamp and reading the menus and then deciding on a place. And taking a picnic to the beach at sunset.

Where is your favorite place to go with your child/children in San Diego?
Tent camping in the mountains, desert or at the beach. And Geo cashing around the county.

Where is your favorite place to go without your child (with your husband or girlfriends)?
We love to go wine tasting at the many vineyards here in the county.

Any insider San Diego secrets to share?
Tip Top Meats in Carlsbad has the best sausages and brats.
Great Canyon Hike from The PQ canyon East under I -15 and continues eastward through Sabre springs towards Poway.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

MamaVote Resource: Smart Voter

With the June 3 election quickly approaching I wanted to let everyone know about the great Smart Voter Guide created by the League of Women Voters.

The guide...found online...compiles information about all of the candidates and issues on the ballot. For each candidate you can reach about their political philosophies, key endorsements, top priorities if elected, and their biographical information.

And since, the League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization, all candidates and issues are listed in a non-bias format.

Check it out!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Calendar Pick of the Week: Strollercardio

If I wasn't 8 months pregnant, I would totally love this weeks calendar pick...a FREE Strollercardio class @ Java Mama. But, until this lil' babe comes out cardio is out of the question.

When: April 30, 9:30 AM
Where: Java Mama
What: Free Strollercardio Class

Friday, April 25, 2008

Weekend Happenings: Free Symphony Concert in Balboa Park

The weather this weekend is supposed to be warm and sunny...and perfect for enjoying outdoors in beautiful Balboa Park accompanied by beautiful music from the San Diego State Symphony Orchestra.

Thanks for the Kiwanis Club you can enjoy the music for FREE this Saturday!

What: Free SDSU Symphony Concert
When: Saturday, April 26, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Balboa Park Spreckels Organ Pavilion
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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

25 Eco-Chic Ideas for Your Home

Martha Stewart and green-style guru Danny Seo teamed to create 25 chic ideas for your home...using products you already have. So Clever. Check it out!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Eating Organic

Eating fruits and veges is definitely a way to go green this Earth Day....check out this article on TodaysMama for some great tips.

And, if you are looking for a great source for locally grown fruits and vegetables check out the Be Wise Ranch - a CSA. The quality of their fruit and vegetables is outstanding!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Calendar Pick of the Week: Earth Day!

It's Earth Day on Tuesday, so this week is a great time to get out and enjoy our beautiful city! Check out the Nature Discovery Tours at the Chula Vista Nature Center:

When: Every Wednesday at 2:00 PM
Where: Chula Vista Nature Center

Friday, April 18, 2008

Weekend Happenings: Green Activities

There are so many "green" family-friendly activities this weekend, I couldn't pick just one. So here are a few options...see our San Diego Mama calendar for long list of fun weekend activities!

Go Green, Save Green @ Birch Aquarium, Saturday, April 19. Trade in your old light bulbs and torchiere lamps for new, energy-efficient models FOR FREE, and get 2-for-1 same-day aquarium admission.

Free E-Waste Recycling @ Paul Ecke Central School, Saturday, April 19.

Earth Fair @ Balboa Park, Sunday, April 20, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Guest Post: Greening Your Cleaning

It is my pleasure to have a guest post today from Janet Little, a certified nutritionist with Henrys Farmers Market. She is sharing tips for creating a clean home naturally. Read on!

While a good scrubbing of the home creates a healthy environment, it’s crucial to know how certain cleaning products can actually be harmful to your family’s health. It’s also equally important to explore safer, earth-friendly alternatives.

Cleaning often involves the use of potentially harmful products, which can be toxic, corrosive, irritating and flammable. Every time you use a cleaning product, you are absorbing its contents into your skin and breathing it into your lungs. Your kids and pets are also at risk as well.

What Are In Commercial Household Cleaners?

Phosphates – These can be found in dishwasher tablets. When they reach waterways, they cause algae to bloom. Algae consume oxygen and block the sunlight from reaching other aquatic organisms. As a result, the other organisms die from a lack of much needed nutrients.

Phthalates – These come from phthalic acid which is used to make dyes and perfumes and has been related to health effects such as organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), reproduction and fertility issues and birth and/or developmental effects. It can also harm the endocrine system, the brain, nervous system and even the immune system (including sensitization and allergies).

Ethoxylated alcohols– Found in washing liquids, these can be harmful because they consist of chemicals such as sodium laureth sulphate, which helps create foaming but is also a possible carcinogen.

Chlorine –Chlorine, a poisonous, greenish-yellow gas described as having a choking odor, is a very corrosive and hazardous chemical used in bleaches and creates toxins in waterways. It is crucial to never mix chlorine with other products such as ammonia, as this can create highly toxic fumes. It also creates organochlorines, compounds that pose an adverse human health risk. Some are even carcinogens. Exposure to chlorine gas can produce chest pain, vomiting, coughing, difficulty breathing and/or excess fluid in the lungs. Exposure to 430 ppm in air for 30 minutes or more will cause death. People with previous lung disease, smokers and those with breathing problems are more sensitive to chlorine.

Ammonia and nitrobenzeneCommonly found in floor polish/glass cleaners, such chemicals can cause respiratory problems and are skin and eye irritants. It is important to never mix ammonia and bleach. The combination of ammonia and bleach produces dangerous chlorine gas, which in small doses can cause irritation to the eyes, skin and the respiratory tract. In large doses, it can kill.

TriclosanAntimicrobial agent found in antibacterial liquid hand soap, detergents and other sanitizing/cleansing products. The popularity of antibacterial products has led to increased consumer use of triclosan. However, the American Medical Association (AMA) has advanced an official recommendation against using antibacterial products in the home due to concerns about antimicrobial resistance. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel reviewed the existing research and found no evidence that households that use antibacterial products are healthier than households that use soap and water and other typical cleansers.

Avoiding Toxic Chemicals

Any product carrying the words CAUTION, WARNING, DANGER or POISON is harmful to living things and should be avoided. It is important to choose household products that do not contain hormone-disrupting chemicals that may hurt your health and the health of your family.

People can try to avoid harsh chemicals in their cleaners by buying natural, non-toxic household cleaning products shopping at environmentally friendly stores such as Henry’s Farmers Market, are available to help reduce the level of toxicity and hazardous waste around your house. Natural cleaning products are made with biodegradable materials and do not contain harmful chemicals.

Tips for Green Cleaning

o Use alcohol as a sanitizer in place of "antibacterial" products.

o Pine oil or citrus-based solvents make great renewable resources, and they will not damage your lungs or cause cancer.

o There’s finally a great use for full-fat mayonnaise: it’s a wonderful furniture cleaner.

o Buy biodegradable sponges than can break down or be composted when their useful life is through.

o Indoor air can be up to 90 percent more polluted than outdoor air. Open your windows whenever possible.

In addition to non-toxic products, switch to hypoallergenic laundry detergents and fabric softeners, dishwashing liquid and household cleaners, as well as environmentally friendly paper towels and bath tissue. You can also use things in your pantry to create homemade cleansers.

10 Ways to Create Natural Cleansers

1. Use olive oil mixed with lemon juice to bring out furniture shine.

2. White vinegar and baking soda will keep your toilet bowl clean.

3. Baking soda absorbs odors, so place a bowl near smelly areas, and/or open a window.

4. Lemon slices placed down the garbage disposal will keep your sink smelling fresh.

5. Spray vinegar and warm water on glass and then wipe off with crumpled newspaper.

6. To clean stainless steel, use baking soda as a paste, and leave on for awhile to remove tough stains.

7. Silver can be cleaned with toothpaste. Copper can be cleaned with vinegar and lemon juice.

8. Use hot soapy water to disinfect cutting boards.

9. Tea tree oil makes a great disinfectant, which can be used to eliminate mold and mildew.

10. A drop of lemon essential oil in rinsing water makes a great disinfectant when cleaning out the fridge, freezer or kitchen surfaces.

Janet Little, is a certified nutritionist with Henry’s Farmers Markets. For more information on simple ways to “green” your household, visit

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Expand Your "Green" Perspective

Check out these articles in our Expand Your Perspective Mamas just like you trying to make their lives a little greener.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Calendar Pick of the Week: Raising Your Organic IQ @ Henrys Farmers Markets

Want to find out the scoop on organic food? Check out this week's "green" calendar pick.

What: Free Lecture- Raising Your Organic IQ

When & Where: Henry's Farmers Market Oceanside (April 16) and Henry's Farmers Market Carlsbad (April 17), 11:00 AM

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San Diego Mama Goes Green

In honor of Earth Month and Earth Day, April 22, San Diego Mama will be going green for the next two weeks. Don't worry... that doesn't mean I am going to recycle my blog posts! I will just be sharing some friendly tips and tricks for making our homes greener places...check back daily!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Weekend Happening: Art Alive @ The San Diego Museum of Art

What: Family Arts Workshop @ the Art Alive exhibit, San Diego Museum of Art.

Free with Art Alive admission. Walk in and experience a garden of projects for children and families to enjoy together. Activities will include creating flowers from recycled materials, reading nature-inspired stories in the children’s reading area, and building a paper garden on the walls.

When: Saturday April 12 - Sunday April 13, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Where: San Diego Museum of Art

Thursday, April 10, 2008

MamaVote: Questions for Local Politicians

With the June primary election quickly approaching, San Diego Mama is looking to do a little sleuthing. We're going to talk with local candidates about their plans for improving San Diego...and hopefully get the inside scoop.

Do you have a hot topic you want to make sure we cover? Do you have a question you want to make sure we ask?

Now is your chance Mamas...just send your question or suggestion to, and we'll be sure to ask.


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

What's New At San Diego Mama?

We're always updating our website with new articles, music picks and giveaways...check out what's new:

Author Emily Falconbridge shares some cute birthday gifts you can make long as you can sew a fairly straight line.

This week we are giving away a darling Baby Bunch, as well as 10 Andys Airplanes DVDs...enter to win now!

And, check out the Mamas Mix music pick this week...Colbie Caillat...perfect for the approaching summer weather this weekend.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

San Diego Mama Favorite: Santa Barbara

My family and I took a short trip to Santa Barbara a few weekends ago. It is only a 3 hour drive so it makes for a perfect weekend getaway. I thought I would share a few of the favorite things we case you were looking for a fun spring vacation.

Day 1
We drove straight to Stearns Wharf, where we rented a surrey bike and rode along the coast for about 3 miles. Our 2 year old loved every minute....though I wouldn't recommend this if you are 32 weeks pregnant.

Then we ate lunch at a restaurant on the wharf called Longboards. The food was yummy and the service was quick...though not terribly friendly. Be careful on the way out...I got pooped on by a bird.

We spent the afternoon driving around Santa Barbara exploring the city by car, while our daughter napped. We drove by the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, but didn't go in. They looked like a lovely way to spend the afternoon, though.

We finished the day off with a dip in the hot tub at our hotel. Note: We stayed in Ventura, to save money on hotel all the Santa Barbara hotels were booked. However, I wish I had paid the extra money and just stayed in the city. While it was a beautiful drive back and forth to Santa Barbara, it was a little too much driving for one weekend.

Day 2
We started the morning at Chase Palm Park, so our daughter could get all her wiggles out. The park was empty but fantastic. There was a pond as well as a carousel, which I think was my daughters favorite park.

Then, we headed over to the El Presidio State Park. This wasn't our favorite part of the trip, but it was fun to see a bit of the history.

We ate lunch at a local pizza place, though we were hoping to eat at Paesano's Pizzeria (1429 San Andres St, Santa Barbara) was highly recommended by several websites, but was closed on Sundays.

We drove around in the early afternoon while my daughter napped again. Then, we spent the remainder of our afternoon hanging out at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (which is free on Sundays...if you go before June 15 they have a great exhibit featuring the art of childrens books) and enjoying the downtown atmosphere.

We had a wonderful time. If you have any favorite haunts in Santa Barbara...please share!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Calendar Pick of the Week: Friday Knitting Club

Looking for a relaxing Friday evening out? Check out the Friday Knitting Club at The Lilypad Store.

When: Friday, April 11, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Where: The Lilypad Store

Check out their website for a full list of events - including themed children's storytimes each week!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Weekend Happenings: Mario Kart Wii Driving School

I think this weekend's pick would be perfect for children over the age of 6. It sounds like a blast for kids of all ages!

What: Mario Kart Wii Driving School. Parents and kids get a crash course in Kart racing with the new, intuitive Wii Wheel™ (a steering wheel accessory for the Wii Remote™ controller) at the Mario Kart® Wii Driving School. Inside a 24-foot glass display Driving School truck, visitors experience new vehicles and courses while learning how to drive in the slickest conditions including roads strewn with banana peels, turtle shells and other wacky road blocks.
Upon course completion, visitors are awarded an official Mario Kart driver’s license personalized with their photo, nickname, vehicle of choice and other fun facts.

When & Where: Horton Plaza on April 4 (10:00 AM - 8:00 PM), and the Wave House @ Belmont Park on April 5-6 (11:00 AM - 8:00 PM Saturday and 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM Sunday)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Featured Mama: Jennic Law of Kangaroo Boo

Each month we highlight moms who are fulfilling and living their dreams. Check out this month's featured mom - Jennic Law - the founder of Kangaroo Boo.

Not only does she run a darling online shop full of imaginative and creative toys for children, but she has also battled cancer and donates a percentage of her profits to charity.

Read about how this amazing mom is living her dreams!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

123Move! with Villa Musica

I just signed my 2-year-old daughter up for the 123Move! music class by Villa Musica - San Diego's Center for Community Music Education. I am very excited to let my daughter explore her creative, musical side. And, I know the instructor, Isa Sabey, so I am sure the class is going to be fantastic!

However, Villa Musica is looking for 3 more students to fill the class...SO, if you are a Mama looking for a great, fun, musical class for your 2-3 year old...then check it out!

Here's the details:

Description: This class introduces children to music and dance through creative movement. Using colorful props, imagery and music, children learn basic elements of dance in an age appropriate manner. Through the use of imagination and personal expression they become aware of how their bodies move and gain confidence in their natural abilities.

Spring Session (10 weeks) April 4 - June 6, 2008

Location: La Jolla, University Lutheran Church, 9595 La Jolla Shores Drive
Ages 2 and 3 (parent/guardian participation required)
When: Friday Mornings 10:00-10:45am
Cost: $120.00

Just go HERE to register for the class. I hope to see you there!