11 Ways Motherhood Prepares You for Competing in The Amazing Race

11 Ways Motherhood Prepares You for Competing in The Amazing Race

Back in April, I was having dinner with my friend Megan, who was about to turn 40. “What do you want to do to celebrate?” I asked her. “Go for a run, or a hike? Get pedicures?” I wasn’t prepared for her answer: “They’re holding auditions for The Amazing Race in downtown San Francisco tomorrow.” she said. “I want to try out.”

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Lynn Johnson is Empowering Girls Through Go Girl! Theater Camps

Lynn Johnson is Empowering Girls Through Go Girl! Theater Camps

This summer across the Bay Area, Lynn Johnson will be spreading a compassion revolution. You won’t find her holding up protest signs or rallying for her cause. Instead, you’ll see her on- and backstage with the more than 600 young girls aged 6 to 14 who are enrolled in her two-week Go Girl! theater camps, held everywhere from Palo Alto and Sonoma to the East Bay. As co-founder and CEO of Glitter & Razz Productions, the company behind Go Girl! Camps, Johnson, along with her life and business partner, Allison Kenny, strives to bolster these girls’ social and emotional skills and embrace their “girl power” through the creation of their own plays—writing them, creating sets and costumes, and ultimately performing them before an audience. Many of these girls have never before set foot on a stage.

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Stephanie Morales & The Mother Nurture Center Offer a Respite Along the Parenting Path

Stephanie Morales & The Mother Nurture Center Offer a Respite Along the Parenting Path

Stephanie Morales can peek out her living room window and get a good look at the old wood-shingled courthouse building on the South Bay’s Redondo Beach Pier. Inside its blue doors lies the Mother Nurture Center, which Morales founded in June 2014. The center is her dream come true. If you live in the area and happen to fit into one of Morales’s four “P”s categories—Planning a Pregnancy, Pregnant, Postpartum, or Parenting—it might be your dream, too. As Morales explains, “It’s a place for prevention and support for all things related to perinatal health, and a welcoming community and resource for all growing families.” 

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Meet the Huseny-Sandoval Family, NoPA, San Francisco

Meet the Huseny-Sandoval Family, NoPA, San Francisco

When knock-it-out-of-the-park restaurant Nopa opened in the Western Addition in 2006, it helped to turn the area north of Golden Gate Park’s panhandle into one of San Francisco’s hippest ‘hoods: NoPA. Some people flock there to bask in that hipness. But it’s irrelevant to Doniece Sandoval and Sadik Huseny, who moved in just before the restaurant did. To them, the neighborhood feels like a big family—something that’s not easy to find in today’s transient world.

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Max Ventilla of AltSchool is Taking Tech—and More—to the Classroom

Max Ventilla of AltSchool is Taking Tech—and More—to the Classroom

“It’s insane,” says Max Ventilla, founder of AltSchool in San Francisco. “There’s this notion that the preschool you apply to is a feeder for the elementary school, which is a feeder for the high school, which is a feeder for college, and that if you don’t choose right from the beginning, your kid is going to be a drop-out and have no job prospects.” Insanity notwithstanding, that mindset was strong enough to set Ventilla to thinking strongly about the future of his daughter, Sabine’s, education, and how he might alter its course.

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Kristin Groos Richmond of Revolution Foods is Recruiting Kids for a Healthy Eating Revolution

Kristin Groos Richmond of Revolution Foods is Recruiting Kids for a Healthy Eating Revolution

On her early morning drive to her Oakland, CA, office Kristin Groos Richmond is already thinking about lunch. Not her own, but the more than 1.5 million fresh, wholesome meals her company will lovingly distribute throughout the week to schoolchildren across the country. She’s also thinking about the small details that make the difference between kids gobbling up the food or leaving it untouched on their cafeteria trays. Details like white cheddar rather than orange cheddar in a quesadilla, and the red kidney beans Louisiana kids expect to find in their jambalaya.

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