In 1976, Joan Barnes—a Californian mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play & Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children’s’ cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beck to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
Parenthood is a big job and a little help can go a long way when it comes to easing concerns and making confident decisions for your family. The team of certified nurse midwives at Beach Cities Midwifery provides a wide array of services for potential, expectant, and new parents, including natural birth, after birth, and family planning services. They also teach courses on pregnancy nutrition and exercise, breastfeeding, and infant care. With their guidance, expectant mothers can explore birthing options and develop strategies for the next few months during sessions that take place at Beach Cities' three locations around the area.
As a stay-at-home mom of two daughters Michelle Dickinson spends lots of time chronicling their childhood from behind her camera. For Michelle Dickinson Photography, she channels that same motherly affection as she snaps pictures of newborns, toddlers, and older children sleeping and at play. Conducted outdoors or at her client's homes, Michelle's sessions also accommodate engaged couples and families. After their shoot, her subjects can keep their favorite images as digital proofs, custom cards, or prints and gallery-wrapped canvases up to 16"x20" in size.
Jason DeLaughter arrived at the idea for Insta Glam Photo Booth after stepping inside a photo booth himself. In combining this experience with the glitzy aesthetic of Las Vegas, Jason's booths take on a high-class atmosphere, with certain packages even including red carpeting, velvet ropes, and surly inflatable bouncers. Guests play into the glamorous extravagance as they don peculiar hats and play with props before following the kiosk's simple instructions. The system's customizable nature allows for rentals to be set up as traditional booths encircled by curtains or as an open-air space for fitting in large groups.
For more than four decades, Soboba Medical Group's physicians have funneled their expertise into weight loss and nutrition, led by board-certified internist Dr. Allen Jay. Their custom treatment plans, based on each client?s history and weight-loss goals, incorporate medications such as nutritional supplements and lipotropics. Each plan facilitates initial weight loss, but also aids with long-term physical maintenance, preventing damaging yo-yo dieting.
To complement the weight-loss programs, the center offers supplementary treatments. Body wraps with vitamin B12, for example, are designed to relax and re-energize clients.
Halloween31 preps adults, kids, and pets with everything needed for a seasonally appropriate costume. Pair a Lady Gaga blond/yellow wig ($16.99) with a silvery spangled jumpsuit to pose as your favorite glam-rock astronaut. Three silent, wide-eyed percussionists can entertain haunted houseguests with a blue Navi Avatar makeup kit ($9.99), a few empty pots, and glow-in-the-dark paint left over from Columbus Day. A Meat Market bloody foot & calf ($14.99) can complete a Bill Gates costume and Leg Avenue mini top hats ($12.99) make for sexy Monopoly theme parties. Become a fan of Halloween31 on Facebook to get an additional $1 off in-store purchases, so you can look great for Halloween parties or costumed trips to the grocery store.