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Beyond The Brochure

Christina Simon

Christina Simon
Los Angeles, California, USA
March 22
Mom Blogger
Fat Envelope Publishing
Christina Simon is the co-author of “Beyond The Brochure: An Insider’s Guide To Private Elementary Schools In Los Angeles.” She also writes the blog, about applying to private elementary schools in Los Angeles and the ups and downs as life as a private school mom. Christina is a former vice president at Fleishman-Hillard, a global public relations firm. She has a 9-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter. Christina lives in Los Angeles with her husband and kids. She has a B.A. from UC Berkeley and an M.A. from UCLA. Christina has written recent guest blog pieces for The Huffington Post, Salon.Com, Mamapedia, BlogHer Syndication,The Mother Company, The Well Mom and numerous other blogs.


MARCH 27, 2013 8:13PM

My Elusive Quest For Mom Friends

 Making mom friends is harder than I imagined it would be

Lately, I’ve read several good articles and blog pieces about the difficulty of making new mom friends. I can identify with these authors because last year seemed to be my year of constant angst about friendships. Do I have enough friends? How can I make new friends? Does it reall… Read full post »



The Trendy BFF Necklace For Girls (image: Bing Images) 

Up until recently, I didn’t pay much attention to the term “BFF” or Best Friend Forever. I’ve seen the term used on mom blogs and elsewhere, but the few times I’ve paid attention to it, I assumed… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2011 10:50AM

Don’t Hit The Ball Back

Not long ago, I had an interesting conversation with a friend I hadn’t seen in awhile. We’re not close, but we like each other a lot and every time we run into each other, we can’t stop talking. She recently went through a very contentious divorce. She has children and theRead full post »

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AUGUST 31, 2011 4:02PM

Being A Motherless Mother

 Love and happiness

My baby son and me, 2003  

My mother was a complicated person in life and in death. She died when I was nineteen, after a long battle with breast cancer. Actually, calling her struggle a “battle” isn’t entirely accurate because she never once saw a doctor.&nbRead full post »

AUGUST 29, 2011 9:24AM

Being A Supermom Is Overrated

A new study from the University of Washington in Seattle finds that while working outside the home is good for mothers’ mental health, so-called “supermoms” have higher rates of depression than those working moms who are willing to let go of their expectations of perfection at homeRead full post »

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AUGUST 18, 2011 3:16PM

Who Is Stealing L.A.’s Bus Benches? And Why?

Bus Bench La Cienega 1

Today, A missing bus bench on busy La Cienega Blvd. (Photo: iphone with Instagram) 

Somebody is removing Los Angeles bus benches and residents are angry. Well, some residents are mad. Mainly those people who ride the buses and want to sit down with their groceries, their kids orRead full post »

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AUGUST 15, 2011 10:36AM

The Irrational Economics Of Overparenting

For weeks, my husband and I have been trying to get together with family friends at their request. It’s something we’ve done many times over the years with our two families, until recently. What’s changed? Their three kids’ activities have become so tightly booked they don&rsqRead full post »

Willows garden snapshot 

The Garden At My Kids' L.A. Private Elementary School (photo: my iphone)

This is a somewhat warped tale about class, geography, race, wealth and bureaucratic bungling. As a private elementary school mom, I’m often asked why the Los Angeles private elementary school admission proceRead full post »

AUGUST 8, 2011 9:03PM

Oh, Mrs. O!


(Photo: Annie Leibovitz for Vogue Magazine) 

My friends know I’m a huge fan of the President and Mrs. Obama. Still, I write this knowing that many Americans are justifiably unhappy with the President. A failing economy, wars and out-of-control joblessness are legitimate reasonsRead full post »

AUGUST 2, 2011 1:36PM

Cocktail Play Dates


(Image: Bing Clip Art) 

A big story today on ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA) highlighted a growing trend: moms who drink wine at play dates. These events are known as cocktail playdates.

The first time I heard about this topic was a few years ago, when the book, SippyRead full post »

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AUGUST 1, 2011 11:58PM

Talking To Strangers

 Goggles Conversation Piece

Goggles: Strangers Stop To Speak To Her 

The other day my 11 year-old daughter told me she thinks I’m friendly and outgoing. I was secretly thrilled. Those aren’t two adjectives I’d use to describe myself, but I’ll gladly embrace them, especially coming froRead full post »

Cigarette Street art2 

I snapped this photo of a poster on a mailbox in Los Angeles on 3rd Street/Crescent Heights.  Maybe some of you have seen it before, but I hadn't and it caught my attention. Photo: My iphone Read full post »

 Mayim Bialik by Khurak

Mayim Bialik (photo

When I asked the question, “Are Celebrity Moms Too Perfect?” on my Los Angeles private schools blog, it was a reasonable question based on recent—and very controversial-- statements made by two celebrity moms made about parenting.Read full post »

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JULY 24, 2011 10:48PM

I Quit My Six Figure Corporate Job, Slamming The Door Behind

 Home office

My home office. There's nothing corporate about it.  

When I couldn’t take it anymore, I quit my job. Not in the usual, professional, two-weeks notice method preferred by corporations. No, I walked off the job. A six-figure, corporate job. I slammed the door behind me. LiterRead full post »

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JULY 20, 2011 10:15PM

When My Step-Mom Stepped In

 Anne and Me 2 At game

Me and my step-mom, Anne, at my son's football game 

I never expected to call anyone my step-mom. To have a step-mom means your dad got divorced and he remarried or his wife died. In my case, it was the latter. My mom died when I was nineteen, meaningRead full post »

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JULY 17, 2011 9:28PM

Two Urban School Gardens: Small Spaces, Big Impact

 Willows Garden 3

(The Willows Community School Garden/photo: The Willows School) 

An Urban Private School

The garden at The Willows Community School, an urban school in an industrial area of Culver City, CA, sits on the corner of the main yard. When my daughter started kindergarten, I quickly reaRead full post »

Today, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar nominated the Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House located in Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, for inclusion on the list of United Nations World Heritage Sites. 

To qualify for World Heritage status, a building must be, among other things, a “masterRead full post »

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JULY 13, 2011 1:53PM

The OWN Network Should Be Disowned By Oprah



(Image courtesy of Dish Networks/Bing Images) 

Today, Oprah Winfrey announced she will take over as CEO of the failing Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), according to The Wall Street Journal and This is in addition to her current title of chairman. In May, Oprah Winfrey endeRead full post »

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JULY 9, 2011 12:15AM

“Carmageddon” Zooms Towards Los Angeles

Freeway 405

(Photo: Popwatch)

On July 15-17, L.A .will experience an event that could bring the city to a standstill: the two day closure of a portion of the 405 Freeway that connects the San Fernando Valley to the Westside of L.A. The freeway closure is necessary in order to remove half… Read full post »

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JULY 6, 2011 8:42PM

Would You "De-Friend" Your Friend's Kid On FB?


(Photo courtesy of clip art/Bing) 

My daughter is 10 years old and just completed 4th grade at a progressive, private school in Los Angeles.  Lately, I’ve been astounded to see how many of her classmates have their own Facebook pages. 

My first encounter with k… Read full post »

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JUNE 29, 2011 2:32PM

Black Churches, "Amazing Grace" & Feeling American

I’m American through and through. Not like the apple pie kind of American but, there are certain things about me that brand me as an American. They aren’t good or bad, they just are. I only speak one language, English. I was a workaholic when I had a corporate job. IRead full post »

In a recent post, Tara Kamiya, founder of the wonderful blog, Multi Cultural Familia, wrote about the surprise she encountered when she got ready to open a daycare, “Now as I complete my application to start a daycare in New York State I find out that ‘Time-Out’ is prohibiRead full post »


BH Backyard 1

The View From My (Sort Of) Beverly Hills Backyard 

The seemingly impossible happened. I live in the 90210. Yes, Beverly Hills, for those of you who don’t live in Los Angeles. But, as I’m sure you do know, the home of Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills (one of my… Read full post »

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JUNE 22, 2011 5:05PM

Careful: Being A "Perfect" Parent Can Doom Your Kid

The hottest parenting article of the moment, “How To Land Your Kid In Therapy”, is in the July-August issue of The Atlantic Monthly, written by therapist and mother, Lori Gottlieb. The article, which has set the mommy blogs abuzz, and is sold out on newsstands, suggests that the current cRead full post »

One teen mom, Casey Anthony, is infamous, at the center of a captivating trial for the murder of her 2 year-old daughter. Another teen mom, Bristol Palin, daughter of Sarah Palin, is famous for things that aren’t entirely clear. Yet these two young moms have a surprising amount in common includ… Read full post »