Link: A time for tradition
I wrote the November cover story for OC Family magazine on the subject of creating lasting, memorable family traditions.
The article opened my eyes (and informed by life as a mother) to ways of spending no money to build lasting memories important for kids and their parents.
Link: Announcement of Lariat iPad news app
In September 2014 I co-taught a course at Saddleback Community College on “Interactive Media Design.”
The course was proposed to the state by my friend, Amara Aguilar, who was then department chair at Saddleback. She decided to leave for USC, so I was brought on to develop and act as lead teacher for the mobile journalism design course.
I was hired two weeks before the semester started, and in that short time I wrote the course syllabus and planned the first few weeks of course content for myself and the assistant teacher, MaryAnne Shults.
It was a whirlwind semester, especially as the course was considered a “go” with only two students, because it was such a valuable topic to the university.
In that one semester, our course introduced students to researching audiences, developing a strategy, building content for a mobile publication, designing a mobile app, submitting to the Apple App Store and marketing a product.
The iPad app was approved and published in the iTunes App Store for a few months. It is no longer published, however, due to the cost of hosting the app.
Link: Inspired moms
I was invited to write the OC Family magazine annual cover story about the top interesting picks of inspired moms in Orange County.
I really loved getting to meet and learn about each woman. I was awarded an awesome opportunity to tell each mother’s story in a way that would then inspire other moms in the county.
After writing two articles for the OC Family newspaper section, I was contracted to be a monthly columnist for the magazine. My column on the 0-2 age range began in January 2014. The columns are similar to stories – in that I find and interview appropriate sources — and are a column in the sense that I develop the editorial content and schedule.
January 2014: Keeping cherished memories (Modern ways of preserving memories of your child’s firsts)
February 2014: Food for thought (What vitamins and minerals are most important for pregnant or breastfeeding moms)
March 2014: Baby talk (The latest research and advice on nurturing your baby’s language development)
April 2014: That baby looks great on you (The how’s and why’s of baby wearing)
May 2014: Picture this, baby (A round-up of professional photographer tips on capturing the spirit of your little one best in a photo)
June 2014: Eat well, baby (A nutrition and healthy eating habits guide for babies and toddlers)
July 2014: The 411 on baby troubles (A guide on baby health problems)
August 2014: ‘Please sleep through the night’ (Information and tips on baby sleep)
September 2014: Essential decisions (When to stay at home, go to the doctor, drive to the hospital or call 911)
October 2014: Ding, ding ding! It’s time for dinner! (The importance of family dinners and how to make it happen in today’s busy families)
November 2014: Make the season bright (Helpful information for families on how to reduce stress during the holidays)
December 2014: Child’s play (A gift guide based on a tot’s developing skill set)
January 2015: New Year’s resolutions for new parents (Seven pledges for new parents so they can lead a healthier, happier life as mom or dad)
February 2015: Hoping for a miracle (Encouraging stories from families of babies born with rare illnesses)
March 2015: Leaving your child in good hands (Best practices for choosing the right care for your child)
April 2015: Early detection is key (Conditions and other things to watch for in a child’s first year)
May 2015: Beyond the baby blues (A really important story to me when I’ve had friends who have suffered from postpartum issues)
Link: Labor of Love
I was chosen to write the January OC Family magazine cover story. My mission: to tell the birth stories of three Orange County women. One woman gave birth in a pool in a birthing center, another in a hospital using an epidural and another in a hospital attempting a natural labor that turned into a cesarian delivery.
I loved listening to the stories of these women. Giving birth is certainly not a new practice – but still, every single delivery is a miracle. Even for the same woman each labor is unique and beautiful on its own.
In this story, I set out to not compare and contrast each different labor. I instead worked to tell each woman’s story on its own. I then included statistics and history of different labor forms and developments.