The Hot List

Stumped on what to get the kids on your holiday list? We’ve rounded up the hottest picks of 2017 with everything from Christmas must-haves to local treasures.   Toddlers/Preschoolers: The New Teddy Ruxpin Bear He’s back, baby! This year’s most coveted toy is a refresh […]

Beat Black Friday

Looking to score the best deals this holiday season? Whether shopping for toys or a 60-inch TV, use our expert tips for saving the most bucks on this year’s holiday shopping. Make a Plan Instead of wandering aimlessly through the mall in the wee hours […]

Deck the Halls Together

Holidays pose as the perfect opportunity to cash in on some quality family time. Everyone seems so busy with activities, social media, school, and work. But for a moment—gasp! maybe even a week—things seem to slow down (ff course not for you though, mom.) You’re […]


Make Holiday Memories

Whether you’re looking to keep the kiddos entertained or start a lasting family tradition, here are five ideas to help you kick off the holidays.   Countdown to Christmas Forget the cheap chocolate calendars and opt for a homemade Christmas countdown. Glue 24 plastic cups […]

Birthdays & Beyond

Put away the piñatas and bid farewell to balloon animals, because birthdays just got better. After hosting over 5,000 birthday parties—and being crowned ‘Best of San Joaquin’ nearly a dozen times—Zap Zone Laser Tag in Stockton is an interactive way to celebrate. Paul Clark was […]

Run Against Hunger

The holiday season has long since focused on family traditions and a full table, so this Thanksgiving morning, the Stockton Emergency Food Bank invites you to make filling someone else’s table a new family tradition at the 13th Annual Run and Walk Against Hunger. Children […]

Little Green Lies

I’m going to preface this story by saying I’m lucky; since birth my three-and-a-half-year-old has been a (mostly) healthy eater. Some nights he refuses to eat anything but hot dogs and French fries, but for the most part getting him to eat green vegetables and […]

SJ City Guide

Theatre for Families

Make theatre your family’s next tradition. For children, attending live theatre performances at a young age increases their ability to feel empathy and demonstrate tolerance. It also enhances literary knowledge in a way reading and watching movies does not. Attending as a family is a […]

It’s Turkey Time

Are you craving a taste of turkey but don’t want to wait until Thanksgiving to get your fix? How about a roasted turkey sandwich from Whirlow’s Tossed and Grilled to feed your craving?  This turkey Havarti sandwich is the essential combo of savory and sweet. […]

Raise Thankful Kids

Raise good humans—that’s the goal. Kids can start learning how to express gratefulness at a very young age, with a little guidance from parents.   Age 1+ Integrate thankful vocabulary young. The first steps to teaching kids how to be thankful are using the words […]

It’s a Jungle Out There

A visit to the emergency room is stressful regardless of age, but it can be absolutely terrifying for young children. Adventist Health Lodi Memorial Medical Center’s ER sees roughly 12,000 pediatric patients a year, and Leadership Lodi has teamed with the hospital to ensure a […]

At Home Mag

Suzanne’s Pomegranate Salad

Pomegranate season is reason to celebrate! You can’t go wrong with a fusion of fresh, juicy, tangy, and healthy–and this simple yet savory Pomegranate Salad recipe delivers.  Arugula, Pomegranate, Fennel, Citrus & Goat Cheese Salad Ingredients: 1 Large bag of arugula 1 Large fennel bulb, […]

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