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Local Parent Bloggers

Suki Wessling


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Writer, stay-at-home mom, educator,

web designer, homeschooling parent

Suki's Blogs


Aimee Citron


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Aimee lives in Santa Cruz with her husband and two-year-old daughter. She writes the Daily Citron, a blog devoted to finding and sharing tips for frugal living, money management, living "green," parenting,

and cooking.

Aimee's Blogs



Trudie Ransom

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Jewelry Designer

Single mother of Lexi, owner of two dogs Jazmin and Ziggy.

Born in Brighton, England but calls Santa Cruz her home. Tri-Athlete

Trudie's Blogs



Lorraine Pursell

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Honaunau, HI
(formerly Santa Cruz)
Conscious-Parent Mentor & Coach

I empower you in "Your Greatest Job On Earth! --Parenting!

Lorraine's Blogs




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(Icons/Graphics) Fairy1.jpg      For those gifted with the ability to write, an inspiration muse sits on their shoulders.  Everything in their daily lives is grist for the mill. Kernels of ideas arrive in phrases, images, sentences, paragraphs in their minds as they go about the day's parenting and working activities until they are bursting with the desire to send ideas through fingers to keys.  We are so fortunate to have a delightful variety of parent bloggers writing for all of us.


     Suki, Aimee, Trudie and Lorraine challenge us, make us laugh, teach us, cause us to re-think positions and let us know that we are not alone on our parenting paths.  We feel as though they are our friends as we get to know them through their blogs.  If we met them in the park we could take up an instant conversation as if we had known them a long time.  But would they know us?


     Not if we have been one of their silent readers!  Would they like to know us?   "Yes!" say our four bloggers.  They want to hear from us: what we like, don't like, an expansion of their ideas, our own similar/opposing experiences. 


We can tell from our back end stats that you are reading their blogs.  Could you take the next step and click on "Comments" at the end of their blogs, say "Hi" and give them feedback!  And if you have a lot more to say, each of them is ""





Suki Wessling's Blog: I want to go to school!



It's the one thing homeschoolers don't want to hear their kids say:

"Mom, I want to start going to a regular school."


My daughter has been punctuating our conversations with this sentiment for the last few days.


She's only six, and it's been well over a year since she's had to spend a full week in a traditional school setting, so it's hard to know how seriously to take it. Like all six-year-olds, my daughter's statements often mean something that adults would consider completely unrelated. To six-year-olds, it's obvious!

So I have been questioning her further: "What would be different if you went to school?" >>>>>



Aimee Citron's Blog: Fighting the Spendaholic Urge




     When you're living a frugal lifestyle, you may find there are times when you feel an incredible urge to buy something, or anything. These urges are probably most common for those of us who are recovering spendaholics- our brains have been conditioned to enjoy spending, so it's difficult to let go of that source of pleasure. Here's a set of questions I find it useful to ask myself when I want to buy something at retail: >>>>>



Trudie's Blog: Honolulu Triathlon - Trudie's Dream Comes True



     Trudie is now an athlete.. my teammates and I flew to Honolulu on Friday 15th May.  On Saturday we swam 0.9 mile in a beautiful bay. We had to do this earlier as the very scheduled box jelly fish were due to float in on the 17th May, and seeing as they are rather dangerous we were given the option to swim on Saturday.


     Swimming in Hawaii is delicious - the water is warm, dont need wetsuits... Oh how will I ever be able to swim in Santa Cruz again?? I had so much fun swimming that I zigzaged my way up and down the course and still managed to swim the extra distance within 30 minutes.. No box jelly fish to interrupt this event..   The next day...  >>>>>



Lorraine's Blog: Stop, Drop and Talk



     Recently, I was reminded about how important this simple message is. Remember during school fire drills we were instructed to "Stop, Drop and Roll" when our clothes were on fire? Well, just as important as putting out clothes-on-fire is putting-out-troubles with our kids before they happen. >>>>>



Events for You!


(Icons/Graphics) LadyDetectives.jpgFri, 5/29, 5:30 - 8:00pm & Sat, 5/30, 10-4pm, Friends of the Library Book Sale Friends of the Library Members only (join at the door!): Friday 5:30-8pm $1.50/lb for most books. Saturday, 10-1 ~ $1.50/lb for most books. 2-4 ~ $5/bag. Civic Auditorium, 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz

Calendar for Details

Sat, 5/30, 10am-2pm, Life Lab Birthday Party
The UCSC Farm Life Lab will celebrate its 30th birthday with a party. The Banana Slug String Band will perform while families enjoy honey tasting, wheat threshing, garden crafts and face painting. Activities will range from tractor rides and farm tours to storytelling and visiting the chickens. Of course, there will be delicious natural foods.


Sat, 5/30, 2pm, Hike & Poetry with Patrice Vecchione. Be inspired by nature while discovering the strength and resonance of your inner voice. Join local poet Patrice Vecchione as she leads a group walk through the beautiful redwoods of Henry Cowell State Park and guides you through writing exercises inspired by the natural world. Bookshop Santa Cruz


Sun, 5/31, 7pm, Are you a writer or illustrator of kid books? Have you wanted to be? Or are you maybe just a grownup who loves kid and young adult books? Young Adult novelist Jill Wolfson, Newberry Award Winner Paul Fleischman, and renowned illustrator Jim Lamarche will be here to talk about their own creative process. Join us ‘in conversation' with these authors, and bring your curiosity, your questions, and your appetite as there will be snacks and goodies! Bookshop Santa Cruz


Sat, 5/30, 8am-12pm, Curriculum Fair 8am-12pm. Free admission. Buy, sell and trade games, music, toys, furniture, play equipment, instruments and more! Meet teachers and providers from all over the county. Come sell or just enjoy the event--and find some great treasures too. St. Stephens Church, 2500 Soquel Ave. Santa Cruz

Calendar for Details

Sat, 5/30, 1-3pm, Wormshop, Learn how worms can eat your food scraps and make beautiful vermicompost for your garden. A


Sat, 5/30, 11-2, Computerized Spinal Scan and Posture Evaluation With Dr. Ian Chambers, Network Chiropractor. Receive computerized evaluations of muscle tension and hands-on posture assessments. Find how your spine is coping with the effects of physical, emotional and chemical stress.New Leaf, West Side Santa Cruz


Sun, 5/31, 10am-2pm ,The S.O.S. Fun Run, The event will take place throughout the Soquel High School campus and feature food booths, music, and activities for all attendees. The S.O.S. Fun Run is a project of the Soquel High Fund and benefits the sport programs at Soquel High, Santa Cruz High, Harbor High, Pacific Collegiate, Branciforte Middle, New Brighton Middle, Mission Hill Middle and Shoreline Middle.


Sun, 5/31, 10:30am-1pm Kids' Music Concert with Orren and the Hiccups, Carnival and Cook-Out, Simcha Preschool fundraiser. Family activities such as a bounce house, face painting, cupcake decorating, and carnival-style games are included in the price of admission. A raffle/silent auction and refreshments also are planned. $5 for kids under 12 and $10 ages 12 and older, under 2 free. Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos.

Sun, 5/31, 10am-4pm, Family Fishing Festival. Bring the family to Quail Hollow Ranch County Park in Felton as the Santa Cruz Fly Fishermen host a day of free fly fishing activities for the whole family. Try your hand at casting, see fly tying demonstrations, watch fast action fishing videos, and watch a fly rod being built. Kids can make a fish print souvenir, create a fish mobile, collect aquatic insects from the pond, and see live stream insects that fish like to eat. All equipment will be provided as well as free hot dogs and hamburgers. For details go to


Sat & Sun, 5/30-31, Pro-Am Beach Soccer Tournament, Join in or watch on Main Beach.
It's fast and fun!


(Site Photos) LorraineLowRes.jpg5/31  Lorraine Pursell leads a full day event, "Design the Family You Want, Transformational Workshop" at the Vets Hall in Santa Cruz. nly $25 with free parking and potluck lunch. Bring a friend for free.
♦ Learn the 3 KEYS to discipline that WORK
♦ Learn how to give yourself a break and make it EASY!
♦ See how your child learns to make good choices & develop good habits
♦ Instill pride in a JOB WELL-DONE while teaching critical life skills.
Pre-register at or call Lorraine at 808-936-4370.


Sat, 6/6 8pm, Back by public demand, the White Album Ensemble returns for "IMAGINE," a concert with members of the Santa Cruz County Symphony. 60's attire is suggested! This concert offers a rare opportunity to hear treasured Beatles music live with full rock and symphonic instrumentation. Don't Wait! This concert sold out last year!

Calendar for Details

Tues, 6/9 11:45-1, Brown Bag at the Library: Small Business Survival Series, Repair Your Credit Now!! Bay Federal Credit Union Will Teach You How

Sun, 6/14, 11-4, B-B-Q, Grilling and Smoking 101.  Blackboard Catering presents a fantastic 6-hour workshop and hands-on class where you will learn from the pros the best way to bbq, grill and smoke your favorite meats, veggies and more. Get ready to taste and savor these methods of cooking have to offer!


Fri, 6/26 12-8pm, US Women's Expo, For the woman on the go...Who wants to stay in the know. The Expo is everything that will help to empower women in their every day lives. The U.S. Women's Expo is a one stop shop for the woman on the go who wants to stay "in-the-know" on the latest in beauty, fashion and so much more! Santa Clara


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Tara Redwood School

...Empowering children to make a positive difference in the world...

June 2, 3, 4

We still have openings in our Primary and Elementary classes.

Come and visit our beautiful campus, meet the teachers and learn about

Essential Education.

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Ages 3-12

We welcome your inquiry.

5810 Prescott Rd

Call to visit today!


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Friends of Santa Cruz

Public Libraries





Friends Preview Night

Fri, May 29




Free to Public!

Sat, May 30

10-1pm $1.50/lb

2-4pm  $5/bag


Qualified Schools,

Nonprofits & Organizations

Sat, May 30, 1-2pm

Call 420.5798

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SC Civic Auditorium

307 Church St


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