Weekend Links: Articles, Photos, Events and More!


Beyond The Brochure's 3rd year speaking at the wonderful Aria Montessori Preschool in Pasadena. What a great place!
Beyond The Brochure’s 3rd year speaking to families about kindergarten admissions at the wonderful Aria Montessori Preschool in Pasadena. What a great place!

Oakwood School Holiday Boutique is open to the community.  A chance to see the school and shop! November 13, 2013, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM in the Music, Dance and Athletic Center. Valet parking available on Lemp Ave. Kick-start your holiday shopping at the Oakwood School Holiday Boutique! Get a jump on some chic and festive shopping while supporting a great cause. The impressive and thoughtfully curated vendor list includes Joe’s Jeans, Jacqueline B., Shelley’s Fashion, Soto Boutique, SY Devore, Curio and Kind, Clare Vivier, Classy Bag Lady, and Tough Cookies. Browse jewelry from Eden Rox, Stella & Dot and Maya Brenner, to name a few. For additional updates follow us at Oakwood School or https://www.facebook.com/OakwoodSchoolHolidayBoutique.


We spent last weekend in Anaheim for a hoops tournament:



Here’s a piece about one of Viewpoint School’s assemblies written by my friend Matt Steiner of Launch Education Group. It gives insight into the amazing culture of my kids’ school! (Launch Education Group)


Are standards too high at Harvard-Westlake School? An interesting article about the stress and demands on students at this top-ranked school.  (LA Times)


At Scottsdale Country Day School in Arizona, a 3rd grader was threatened with expulsion for these graphic drawings and journal entries that depict and describe violence.  The kid’s parents are furious and pulled him out of the school. (CNN and CBS5az.com)


The headmaster of the elite Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Delaware has been arrested on charges of dealing in child porn. The school’s alumni include Dr. Oz and congressman and senators. (abclocal.com)


I’ll be chatting with moms at BabyTalk LA later this week. Have a great weekend! Christina


Click on This Girl Walks Into A Bar to check out Bungalow Clothing shopping experience

Hear KOST 103.5 FM “Getting Into Private School” Interview and Photos, Summer Camp Links!

KOST 103.5 FM Interview

I was so excited to be invited by Kristen Cruz, the awesome morning co-host on KOST 103.5 FM to talk about getting into private elementary schools. Kristen is a mom of two kids. Sorry, the link is no longer available. 


Co-hosting a lunch at my home for some of L.A.’s most fabulous and inspiring mom bloggers was one of the highlights of my week!

My favorite mom bloggers!
I had some of my favorite mom bloggers over for lunch! My co-host was Matt Steiner of Launch Education Group (pictured next to me)!


My family and I were in San Diego for my son’s soccer tournament last weekend. Lots of fun!

A rare chance to play goalie and loving it! FCLA Club Team in San Diego
A rare chance to play goalie and loving it! FCLA Club Team in San Diego


Momangeles and I put together a fantastic list of summer camps for kids ages 4 and up. These include camps at private schools like Willows, Brentwood, Curtis and more! Click on Momangeles. 


Have a great weekend- Christina



Wordless Weekend: L.A. Summer Daze

Album Cover. One of my daughter's projects in photo class at Marlborough Summer School
My son at a soccer tournament in the OC. Team is FCLA/Galaxy Club
Our family at Disneyland for my kids' birthdays
Tennis Tournament at UCLA
Our family loves hiking at Tree People in Coldwater Canyon-my daughter and our dog (Taken with Instagram)
Take the Expo Line to the super-cool "Cleopatra" exhibit at California Science Center
Blogging! Writing for Beyond The Brochure, Momangeles and SuperMommyNot. (Taken with Instagram)
A decadent afternoon. The 100th anniversary of the BH Hotel. (Photo: Instagram)


Oh, The Places They Go!

Cabo San Lucas

France, Italy, London, Los Angeles, Mexico, Asia. No, I’m not talking about the vacations of celebrities and supermodels, although they jet set too. I’m talking about the spring break vacations of some of L.A.’s private elementary school families.


Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of exposing kids to new places, cultures, foods and countries. And, I’m no stranger to Five Star resorts. Still, I’m astounded at the luxe vacations private elementary school parents take their young kids on for spring break. We’re not talking about high school or college graduation. We’re taking about 2nd grade spring break, 4th grade spring break, even kindergarten spring break to Thailand, Costa Rica and Switzerland.


Moroccan getaways, villas in Cabo, excursions to Japan, Thailand, Paris, Costa Rica and London. Statement vacations reign supreme. Jetting off on a moment’s notice without the hassle of horrifying body scans or sweltering 6 hour delays on the tarmac comes with the territory for a few of these families.


At The Willows School, a kid who traveled to an extremely exotic and faraway locale for spring break this year, regaled the entire grade with a slide show of the family’s trip, complete with editorial commentary that was meant to dazzle classmates.


I think its wonderful for kids to see remote places while they develop an appreciation and respect for other countries not their own. But, my kids will have to wait a while before we embark on a 15 hour flight to anywhere. Right now, my kids think Hawaii is awesome (because it is!) and I’m not going to try to try to change their opinion. My family also loves hanging out right here in my hometown.

Dinner with friends and family at The Reel Inn, Malibu, then a walk on my hometown beach. At Topanga Beach
Topanga State Beach
Lovely Los Angeles

If you’d rather wait until the kids are older to jet off to a fancy resort on the other side of the world, I’m with you. There are a lot of cool cultural and outdoor places to go right here in Los Angeles. Jennifer Brandt’s piece for Lifetime Moms about taking her son to the beach during her “summer of nothing” is so fun. Michelle Chiklis writes about a perfect day spent hiking in Temescal Canyon and then a bit of retail therapy. While spending the day as a tourist in your own city may not get your kid invited to present a slide show to the class, its certain to entertain and enlighten her.


Want to talk about summer vacations? How about Machu Picchu, Peru. Anyone want to go? Anybody at all? I thought so. They’ve already arrived and are posting pics on Facebook.


Wordless Weekend: Name That L.A. Private Elementary School!

A new Arts and Education building is coming soon to this well-established Valley School (photo: Toluca Times)
A mildly religious Hancock Park K-6 school
This Preschool-8th has a Montessori-inspired approach in the early years
Kids have been known to remain on this school's wait list for 5 years before being accepted
This super-popular school has a gorgeous campus and student uniforms
This is a Catholic school in Brentwood