The Journey is the Goal: How Summer Camps Empower Young Performers

By Carrie-ann Pishnak
Executive Director of the Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts

As the summer sun paints the sky with hues of warmth and possibility, parents across Los Angeles find themselves embarking on a quest to enrich their children’s lives with experiences that foster growth, creativity, and confidence. For many, the journey begins at the Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts (YADA), where the magic of musical theater summer camps has flourished for the past 27 years, producing alumni such as Lily Collins, Kiernan Shipka and Lilla Crawford.


4th of July Recipe

Grilled Zucchini and Burrata Board

Vesela Asenova
Vesela Asenova

  • 3 small zucchini
  • 1 heirloom tomato
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 of a baguette
  • 1 garlic clove for rubbing the crostini
  • 2 Burrata cheese balls
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbs Basil Pesto
  • Basil leaves


My Infertility Journey

By Emily Felt
Before We Held You in Our Arms is a recently released children’s picture book that draws on the love and desire of parenthood long before the baby cuddles and snuggles. Emily Feit, a Los Angeles native and licensed clinical social worker, wrote this book after her long personal journey with infertility. After having her twins through multiple rounds of IVF and her son through surrogacy, she was inspired to write this heartwarming story after she noticed that many children’s books about infertility did not touch on the emotions that go along with the infertility journey. Authoring this book is Emily’s way of helping to open the conversation between parent and child about how much the child was desired before they were born. Gentle and age appropriate, the book is a love story between parent and child. (more…)

June Father’s Day Recipe

Lamb Chops; Citrus & Sage

Kim Kushner

Ready in 20 minutes
Serves 4-6 people
Lamb ChopsThis is a super easy marinade that can be blitzed together in just minutes. Orange and sage make a wonderful combo, add the wine and honey, and it becomes next level good! Sometimes, when I’m feeling risky, I throw in the whole orange, unpeeled into the food processor – this adds great, vibrant color and just the right amount of bitterness. (more…)

Glow Girl Certified Clean Makeup by Female Founders

By Melissa Meyers


Everyone always asks me for my EXACT clean beauty product picks so I thought It would be a great idea to highlight several female founders who are leaders in the space.

As an editor for over 25 years, I’ve tried and compared tons of products. It’s my job to research, test, educate, and offer you my tips and takeaways. Keep scrolling to see the best nontoxic #glowgirlcertified (GGC) winners that are effective and rival even the best, luxury department store brands! None of the products listed below contain parabens, phthalates, sulfates, talc or many other hormone and endocrine disruptors.  Tip: If you are looking to replace any of your makeup with cleaner alternatives, a great resource is the Think Dirty App if you want to check to see the toxicity levels of the products you currently use. 


My Father’s Day Card in Heaven

I lost my father on August 28, 2022. This is my Father’s Day card to him in heaven.

By Shirin Yadegar

Dear Dad,
This is my second Father’s Day without your sweet smile, soft voice and strong embrace. The words for this card flow with the same rigor of my tears. There is so much lost in the past 22 months. The loss of hearing your genuine love, smelling your sweet scent and listening to your gentle voice. Camille, who you always called the “professor” hasn’t washed your sweatshirt she took from your closet so when she wears it she can hold on to your scent. (more…)

Final Exam Prep

By Angela B.
AngelaWe’re all familiar with finals season. Most teachers give you notice all year about their final exam. They tell you the things that might appear, give you a multitude of study guides, and yet the final exam always sneaks up on you when you’re least expecting it. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Everyone feels the antsy, jittery rush of May and June. (more…)

May Mother’s Day Recipe

Grilled Peaches, Burrata, Basil & Mint
Grilled Peaches Ready in 15 minutes
Serves 8 people
Summer in a salad! Grilling the peaches is a great way to release the sweet juices, and soften the peaches slightly. Burrata is essentially a creamy pouch of stretched mozzarella cheese filled with creamy soaked mozzarella; it is luscious and sweet. Serve with toasted sourdough bread and a glass of wine, and you have what I’d consider the perfect meal. (more…)

Lifestyle Habits and Food to Heal Inflammation

By Mariana Rossano

Inflammation is the body’s way of signaling us that it’s lacking balance. And when we lack balance in our lives, the first things to address are our sleep, hydration, movement, and nutrition.

Sleep Deeply
Are you getting restful sleep? Consistent deep sleep throughout the night is crucial to reducing inflammation. We all know how difficult the day can feel when we have a bad night’s rest. Now imagine if this was almost always the case.

Over time, the body’s norm becomes stress. While subtle for some and obvious for others, not resting well stresses the body. Therefore, when you try to reduce inflammation, developing a nightly routine before bed to ensure deep sleep is crucial. (more…)

Executive Functioning and Kindergarten Readiness

By Janis Adams

Whether your child is developmentally ready to make the move from preschool to kindergarten may depend on whether they are successfully mastering some very adult sounding competencies called “executive functioning.”

Executive functioning is a set of skills: the capacity to plan ahead and meet goals, display self-control, follow multiple-set directions even when interrupted, and stay focused despite distractions, among others.

In other words, executive functioning is the ability to prioritize tasks, filter distractions, and control impulses — lofty goals for a preschooler! (more…)