Halloween Taco Dip

HallowenBy Catherine McCord
• 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
• 1/4 cup greek yogurt
• juice of 1/2 lemon
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 3/4 cup mild chunky salsa
• guacamole
• 1/4 cup sour cream (for spider web)
• 2-3 black olives (for spiders) (more…)

Take Back Our Kids Public School Education

Why Judith Manouchehri is running for BHUSD Governing Board

By Judith ManouchehriBy Judith Manouchehri
I’m thrilled to be running for Beverly Hills Unified School District Governing Board because Beverly Hills is not just my home, it’s shaped me. My commitment to BHUSD is demonstrated through my volunteer work on both the Beverly Vista Middle School PTA Executive Board and as an elected member of the Hawthorne School Site Council. Further, my involvement in our City extends to my roles as a member of the Beverly Hills Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce. I have a deep understanding of not only a collaborative professional setting, but of a public service mindset.

I’m the only candidate that’s a true product of our entire Beverly Hills school system. I’m proud of my BHUSD education that allowed me to go on to study Political Science and Public Policy at UCLA, where I then earned my JD on the other side of the tracks, at USC’s Gould School of Law. (more…)

Healer’s Advice on Finding Peace

Sivaphone Sarinas is a mother and healer

Q:As a healer, how do you help others process their own feelings and find their peace?
A: As a healer it’s important for me to be aware and respect that every person I connect with is going through their own unique journey and everybody processes emotions differently. Empathy is also key in how I help others process their feelings and holding a safe space for my clients to feel their emotions. Guiding others to find their light and release any energy that does not serve their highest good is important for me as a healer. Uplifting clients to empower themselves and find gratitude in their journey/experiences is a beautiful purpose in life and as a healer. Finding peace is also part of the process. Helping others find their peace is about reconnecting with themselves, going within and honoring yourself. I also like to focus on the daily little things that makes us happy and brings us peace. I believe we can find peace in many things such as self-care, reading an inspiring book, listening to music/podcasts that uplifts your energy, going into nature to ground yourself, meditate, and being around people who supports and love you. (more…)

Coping with the Loss of a Father

Shirin Yadegar shares coping mechanisms for losing a loved one.

shirinWhen I lost my father on August 28, 2022, my entire being was instantly shattered. Initial pains of loss are so deep and hurtful, your mind becomes paralyzed. I was robotic the first week as we sat shiva, the 7 day Jewish mourning period. I made arrangements for my father’s burial and memorial services. I slept nightly with my mom to comfort her. I veiled my sadness to be strong for my mother, brother, husband and children.

The first morning I woke up in my own bed on day 8 of my dad’s passing is when I began to process the enormity of losing a father. It felt like I had been stabbed. My heart was split in two. One was filled with memories. The other died with my father. So I began to mourn and heal. (more…)

Preventing the Summer Slide

Reinforcing student learning through daily activities.

By Janis Adams

carolyn mahboubiWe are all familiar with the concept that students lose significant learning gains over the summer— the infamous Summer Slide.

One of the original studies on the subject from The American Educational Research Association states, “summer loss equaled about one month on a grade-level equivalent scale” and was found most detrimental for math. More recent studies, however, assert that the average student loses 17–34% of the prior year’s learning gains specifically in language arts. (more…)

14 Challenges for Emerging Adults

By Carolyn Mahboubi

carolyn mahboubiMost professional Coaches will tell their clients what to think.

The truth is we need to learn how to think.

I’m an expert in helping emerging adults integrate their emotions, core values and actions in service of their life goals. Teaching them how to think is the skill and mindset shift that leads to the transformation they (and their parents) desire.

They don’t need me (or you) to tell them what to think because they have inherited a world so wildly different from ours that we’d be at best, deluded, and at worst, harmful if we force them to follow our advice. (more…)

Improve Your Health with Hot Yoga

Owner of Hot 8 Yoga, Deanna Ainsworth explains the benefits of hot yoga.

Q: Why was hot 8 yoga created?
A: Hot 8 Yoga was created to have a clean, safe and serene studio to practice in the heat. The vision was to have a clean environment to practice multiple styles of yoga in the heat. I feel we have set a new standard of cleanliness for hot studios. Hot 8 Yoga is founded on the 8 limbs of yoga. Therefore connection with self and others is a big part of why Hot 8 Yoga was created. (more…)

15 Parenting Tips, From My 15 Years at The Pump Station & Nurtury

By Cheryl Petran
My daughter Daniela turned 15 in April, and with that I’ll be celebrating 15 years with the Pump Station! Over the years, I’ve interacted with literally hundreds of credentialed parenting experts and thousands upon thousands of expecting and new parents. I’ve heard EVERYTHING – so I thought it might be fun to share 15 tips I’ve learned over the past 15 years! (more…)

Planning the Perfect Family Vacation

By Gabo Najenson
Q:Why should families travel to Israel?
A: Israel is a very versatile country with a rich history of the Holy Land that has existed for over 5000 years.

Traditions and spirituality in countless historical sites have been preserved for thousands of years. Walking through many of the streets of Israel feels like you have been transported back in time. At the same time, Israel is the startup nation filled with modern elements of nightclubs, vegan restaurants and more.

The journeys within Israel will take you from ancient synagogues to breathtaking hikes in the wild. (more…)

A Revolutionary Education Approach

Innovation has been key to School of Rock’s success, beginning with its core music-education approach, The School of Rock Method™, which earlier this year, was awarded a U.S. Patent validating it as an exclusive concept and practice. The groundbreaking School of Rock Method builds musical proficiency through its proprietary Method App™, Method Book™ collection, SongFirst® approach, Method Engine™, and performance-based music curriculum. (more…)