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Kids Get Paid to Watch TV

Do you know any children between the ages of 7 and 12 who like to watch TV? 

No, that’s not meant to be rhetorical. Taylor Research has a new research opportunity available for Kids who are 7-12 years old.  If you have children in this age range, please click this link to see if you prequalify for this research study.  If you have friends or family with kids in this age range, please be sure to forward this information.

Topic: Television Viewing Study for Kids 7-12 Years Old
Dates: Tuesday, August 22nd or Wednesday, August 23rd
Times: Morning, Afternoon, and Evening Time Slots
Duration: 2 Hours 15 Minutes
Incentive:  $150

Please Note: Completion of the survey does not constitute confirmation for participation. If you are selected to participate, you will be contacted by one of our team members to complete the screening process and confirm your participation. This survey is for market research purposes only. There will be no direct sales or promotions as a result of your participation. Your individual responses will be kept confidential and anonymous and reported only in the aggregate.

Viewing the Eclipse with San Diego Moms & Kids

While San Diegans will only see about 60% of the celestial event of the century — a total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st — it will still be amazing. Check out this video simulation of what we can expect to experience.

Chelsea and I are super excited to share it with our children and YOURS! There are multiple viewing parties happening throughout the county, but we’d like to invite you to come to OURS.

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No, we won’t have telescopes, scientists or the ability to craft our own eclipse viewers like some schools, libraries and museums are offering. This is simply a gathering of families looking for a safe way to view the eclipse without the chaos of the larger event crowds.

We will hand out 25 sets of eclipse glasses to moms who pre-register. Participants must be present to collect their complimentary ISO 12312-2 compliant and CE certified eclipse glasses. The lenses of our glasses will filter out 100% of harmful ultra-violet and infrared rays and 99.999% of intense visible light for your safety.

What: Mom’s Guide to San Diego Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Where: Grossmont Center Mall, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive — meet in front of Reading Cinemas

When: Monday, August 21st from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


Other fun eclipse events to consider include Sky Party @ The Library (multiple libraries across the county) and the free Eclipse Viewing Event at the RH Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.

Dear Parent or Guardian: California Requires This Health Assessment For Kindergarten

If you have a child attending public school for the first time, California has a bit of homework for you. In addition to following a vaccine schedule, the state has a Kindergarten Oral Health Assessment Requirement. Passed in 2005, Assembly Bill 1433 requires that your child has a dental checkup by May 31 of his or her first school year.

“The thought behind this requirement is that children in dental pain are unable to concentrate and learn in school. Further, it could lead to missed days at school,” says board certified pediatric dentist, Ellen Im, whose Poway office offers oral health assessments for students. “When we meet our kindergartners, we provide an array of services such as performing a clinical and radiographic examination, providing oral health instructions and dietary counseling, and assessing caries risk, speech, and oral habits,” says Dr. Im.

According to the State of California, more than half of its kindergartners have experienced tooth decay.

“Tooth decay is an infection that often worsens and can be painful if left untreated,” says Dr. Im. “Damage to baby teeth can affect permanent teeth, which is another good reason to start regular dental care as soon as the child turns one or has their first tooth,” Dr. Im says.

Dr. Im says that dental evaluations completed within 12 months before your child enters school will meet the state requirement. “AB 1433 is one way schools can help children stay healthy. At the same time, it helps parents establish a dental home for their children, ensuring they have access to services their children need.”

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Im, call (858) 679-6660 or visit

For more information about California’s Kindergarten Oral Health Requirement, visit


Sell! Shop! Save!

There’s a new way to save and to earn money in town, and it’s called SD Savers. Moms can clear the clutter in their closets and sell gently used baby, kid and household items to make money.

The best part? NO consignor fee for first time participants and no fee to shop. Woo hoo!

Need to buy a few things for the family? Come to the SD Savers kids’ consignment sale next week and stretch your family budget! There’s no fee to shop, and savings can be up to 90% off of retail. The SD Savers sale will be held August 16th – 19th in the Miramar / Mira Mesa area.

Cathy, the owner of SD Savers says, “As a mom of 2 kids with a busy life and tight budget, I wish SD Savers Kids Consignment Sale will save you time and money! We will have thousands of kids clothing, toys and equipment, plus household items at super low prices.”

The SD Savers Kids Consignment Sale is a well-organized event for children’s and small household items. Local families consign their new or gently used items and shoppers find great bargains at 50-90% off retail prices. You can find toys, clothing, baby gear, books, strollers, pack-n-plays, children’s furniture, games and play equipment at a fraction of what you would pay in a retail store. SD Savers also has a household section and special place for women’ accessories.

Consignors! Tag your items this weekend using SD Savers’ easy online system and drop your items off for the sale next Wednesday and Thursday in the Miramar / Mira Mesa area.

This event only comes every 6 months, so don’t miss it!

Location: 7060 Miramar Road, (next to Savory Buffet)

San Diego, 92121

Public Sale: August 18 10am—9pm

August 19 9am–5pm **Most items 50% Off Sale @2pm

Drop-off: August 16 -17. You can start tagging NOW!

Deadline for registration and tagging: August 16 @ midnight

Visit for more information

Mind/Body Approach to Learning

Have you been looking for a preschool program that has it all?  Well, look no further!  Petits Amigos is a combined Spanish immersion and gymnastics preschool program for children. 

Petits Amigos’ mind and body approach to learning dedicates attention to the cognitive, social, and physical development of all children.  This Reggio Emilia-inspired Spanish program focuses on the early development of language skills and incorporates gymnastics, music, art, interactive play, gardening and science as mediums for language learning. 

Research shows that early exposure to a second or third language has numerous advantages including:

  • Improved reading abilities
  • Improved math and english skills
  • Increased native-language abilities
  • Higher academic achievement
  • Increased cognitive thinking
  • Improved attention control
  • Better problem solving skills
  • Enhanced listening and memory
  • Higher SAT and ACT scores

Petits Amigos also offers language tutoring and parent participation French and Spanish classes for children ages 12 – 32 months old. In these highly interactive classes, parents and toddlers learn Spanish or French through movement, floor and lap activities, interactive songs, and chants that stimulate a child’s natural response to language. Parents will learn songs and expressions to practice in class and at home. This is a great opportunity to bond with your little one while also fostering your child’s listening and motor skills, language development and sense of balance and rhythm.

Want to try it out?  Petits Amigos is offering a FREE family sing-along on Tuesday, September 12

Petits Amigos is located inside Gyminny Kids Gymnastics Center
17022 Camino San Bernardo
​4S Ranch
For more information visit

Don’t “Mom” Alone

Are you pregnant? A new mom? Feeling confused or overwhelmed? You don’t have to “mom” alone!

Every stage of pregnancy and motherhood brings interesting changes that are best experienced with the support of other women going through it right along with you!

Join us on August 24th for a moms’ and moms-to-be night out at the Melting Pot in La Jolla. We’ll indulge with creamy melted cheese, fresh entree salads and decadent chocolate fondu. Our new and expectant mom mingle won’t just satisfy your belly, it will make you giggle, warm your heart and leave you feeling cared for and supported.

photo credit: The Melting Pot

This event is a partnership between The Mom’s Guide and The Parent Connection, teaming up to help connect you with a support system, must-know tips & awesome prizes! Tickets are available on Eventbrite for $30 each.

Ticket price includes cheese fondu, chocolate fondu, an entree salad, door prizes, games, chair massage and raffle ticket!

What: New & Expectant Mom Mingle

When: Thursday, August 24th 

6:30 – 8 p.m. 

Where: The Melting Pot, La Jolla UTC

8980 University Center Lane


Action-Packed Family Fun at Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes

Thank you for this special guest post by Sara Wacker Johnson!

Marvel fans, assemble! The all-new show Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes is coming to San Diego!

Whether you’re a Marvel newbie or a lifelong fan, this show will have you on the edge of your seat! I was able to check out one of the performances a few weeks back in Ontario, CA, witness the incredible action and effects brought to life on stage, and see all the greatest Marvel Super Heroes live and up-close!

photo credit: Marvel Universe Live!

This exciting adventure brings the Avengers, Spider-Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Doctor Strange together to defend the universe from evil. The Marvel show transports the audience around the world and into space to defeat villains and find the mystical Wand of Watoomb before it falls into the wrong hands. Kids and parents alike sat in wonderment, then gasped as the Marvel characters flew above our seats, including Spider-Man swinging around the arena!

photo credit: Marvel Universe Live!

The incredible cast, made up of very skilled stunt performers, aerialists, acrobats, martial artists and motorcyclists, show off their superhuman strength through jaw-dropping stunts and battle scenes. While Marvel is known for their action-packed storylines, this performance portrays more than just fighting. The characters will have you laughing with Guardians of the Galaxy’s “Rocket” and “Groot” and in awe as you watch Bruce Banner transform into the mighty Hulk right before your eyes.

From exciting motorcycle stunts to mesmerizing aerial silk dancing, this Marvel Universe LIVE! production is truly entertaining for the whole family.     

photo credit: Marvel Universe Live!

You can check out the amazing action-packed stunt show for yourself from August 24 to the 27 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. Tickets are on sale now at

The Moms’ Guide is giving away a family 4-pack. Comment here with your favorite Marvel character for your chance to win tickets to see the show in San Diego – Opening Night, Thursday, Aug. 24 at 7pm or Friday, Aug. 25 at 7pm.

Celebrating Double Digits at the Beach

My son turned ten today, and we’re celebrating with a low-key, family beach camping trip in San Elijo.

The view from our $35 per night spot is simply amazing. How lucky are our California kids that they get to enjoy family trips like this?

California beach camping reservations are notoriously difficult to book. But starting August 1st, California State Parks are attempting to make the reservation system easier with Reserve California, a new camping, lodging, and tour reservations service. This new system promises to be more user-friendly and offer greater accessibility to more visitors for the highly sought-after camping and lodging locations.

The new reservation system will move from a block or on-sale day reservation period to a rolling window. When I booked this trip, I had to be online at 8 a.m. on January 1st to have a chance at snagging a spot anytime in the month of July. Now, visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date.

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months from the current date. Camping and lodging inventory will become available each day for a period of six months in advance. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.


Beach camping is not glamping. It’s sandy (duh!)

The restrooms are pretty dirty (although we’re glad they are here!)

You have to bring everything you need — tents, chairs, pop up tent, bedding, food, drinks, beach toys, etc.

You’d better bring some $$$ too if you’d like to take a shower. 2 minutes costs  $.50 (but the water is warm and the pressure is good, so I can’t complain)

It’s all good for a 10-year-old boy who says this is one of his favorite birthdays ever.

It’s one of our favorite family vacations as well. If you’d like to book your own awesome California camping trip — beach or otherwise — be sure to visit starting next week. I’ll be there trying to plan our next family adventure.

Christmas in July – Basic Invite Style

The holidays will be here before we know it, and this month you can give yourself the gift of knocking one thing off your Christmas to-do’s early AND get a Mom’s Guide discount!

Intrigued? We’ve teamed up with Basic Invite just in time for Christmas in July and sharing some mid-year cheer with all of you San Diego moms.

So, what exactly are we crossing off of our Christmas lists? 2017 Christmas cards!

It’s not one bit too early for Christmas cards. Summer is a great time to take family photos, and Basic Invite is offering 30% off holiday cards for Christmas in July. This is a great opportunity to get your Christmas cards designed and ordered so all you have to do is pop them in the mail come December.

Aside from an awesome discount and one less thing to cause chaos when the holidays roll around, getting your Christmas cards ordered in the summer gives you the chance to put a unique twist on your seasons greetings. Embrace the summer vibes and create unique Christmas cards. Choose a funky design, bright colors, or upload a family photo from your summer vacation. Everyone sends out the typical red and green greetings, but you deserve to stand out!

Basic Invite is an online stationery company offering invitations, announcements and cards for all of your major life moments. They’ve been in the invite biz since 2006 and are a leader in online stationery.

Basic Invite has hundreds of designs to choose from, and they are all customizable. With 180 colors and endless personalization options there is a style for everyone and a card for every occasion.

Take advantage of Christmas in July this year and customize your holiday cards now! Choose a classic foil design available in gold, silver and rose gold and don’t forget to pair your look with one of 40 colored peel-and-seal envelopes.

Our gift to you – use code holi30 — for 30% off of your holiday cards.

Merry Christmas… in July!

Add a Little Magic to Your Child’s Birthday

It’s pretty rare that we’re invited to a birthday party that features a magician, so it was a real treat last month to be amazed and entertained by The Amazing Dana.

The tricks were tricky, the jokes were clean and the whole show was appealing to a wide range of ages — parents included!

Our kids especially liked the opportunities to appear in the show, especially for the crowd-pleasing levitation trick. 😉

Dana Law is a dad and a grandfather and loves working with kids. His rate is about $250 per hour of hands-on entertaining of a large crowd. Call him directly to talk about variations of the show we booked. Dana is friendly, responsive and professional. There’s a reason he has 130 5-star reviews.

He’s also fun and, what else? — A M A Z I N G

Who knows, your little ones, like mine, might just be inspired to learn a few magic tricks of their own after watching an Amazing Dana show! For more information . . .

The Amazing Dana