ARTKIVE BestOfLA PicksWhat do you do with your child’s artwork? It’s one messy dillema that we all begin to struggle with at pre-school level and believe us, it just gets worse. Just ask Jedd . As a Father of a 9 & 6 year old, he is in the thick of it! How did he fix this problem for all of us parents? You’ll want to know more… (more…)


MomAngeles Radio with Kristin Cruz, Laura Nickerson co-hosts. We showcase the #BestofLA bakeries with Mom & Entrepreneur Darian of “Design My Treats”. Tonight we debut the Justin Bieber song “Sorry”..Laura makes a dessert request that’s never been done before..And we learn that Amazon literally sells any shape cookie-cutter you could possibly need, just ask Darian. You’ll want to know more… (more…)

It’s time to #1 Understand what Veterans Day is all about. #2 Find out if your school/work will be closed tomorrow or Wednesday (like ours). #3 Teach our kids by including them in celebrating this holiday & those who serve / have served our country.

From this Military & Police Daughter/Firefighter’s Wife to all who protect our country, I am grateful for your service & the sacrifice your families make to help make that possible.

CruzIN The Holiday with these 8 Tips for Veterans Day with the family: 8 Ways to Express Appreciation on Veterans Day |

Eat CAKE with Kristin Cruz & Gemma Touchstone at The OC Fair

Let’s get some CAKE! Coming up this weekend is the sweetest shin-dig in town (and the reason I’ve been doing my daily cardio routine). It’s called “CAKE: The Sweets & Party Expo”. Get ready for major eye-candy in the OC. Your Pinterest page is about to explode. This is my call-out to all foodies, fun-loving party-goers & party-throwers, YOU can’t miss this event.

SAMPLES & SWAG this Saturday & Sunday. Visit the Radiant Cakes booth, Gracie Stone Sweets, & Albert’s Petite Sweets. Then while you are munching & taking in all the style inspiration, go meet The Hostess (& my homie) Gemma Touchstone. If you ask me, she is the sweetest thing there ;-) Meet her & get her to sign her new book for you PARTY STYLE {available now at Target & Amazon btw). Listen to my interview with her on iTunes <3


Bring the kids because there is a whole kids area for them to decorate cupcake’s with Baking With Melissa. They can do the Kids Create Zone hosted by Club MomMe.
Get VIP tix & you get 2 exclusive BONUS hours 9am-11am Saturday morning. You can hang out in the VIP lounge sponsored by Party Pieces Perry. There’ll be demo’s, door prizes, classes and more..

special-offer ticketsThe CruzIN California Special Friends & Family deal:
Get $5.00 tickets regularly $45.00 just follow the event bright link and look for the Friends & Family Ticket choice!

I want to get my SoCal moms hooked up now, so scroll down if you want all the links to win tix & prizes. I hope I get to see you this weekend at CAKE! I’ll be the one in heels, with 2 kids & frosting in my hair. That’s my “party style” since becoming a mom. How I roll. XO, Kristin (more…)


Thanks to Westfield Century City, Vinci Academy and MomAngeles, we get to explore the world of color through the words of author Drew Daywalt’s best selling “The Day The Crayons Came Home”. Bring your kiddos! We will be coloring, listening to a story (read by me, your favorite LA radio morning mommy) and finding out how contributing your used crayons can help kids & teachers across the nation.


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Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA threw another amazing Party on The Pier last weekend. We celebrated 16 years of fundraising with the stars under the SoCal sun, with friends & family. VIP CHECK IN

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We were checked-in & given festive lariats. Welcomed into the (UCLA) party with fanfare & paparazzi. You could feel the energy coming from inside the big white tent. Walking the “Blue Carpet” with celebs like Sofie Reynolds from Disney XD’s Gamers Guide, Lauren Taylor from Disney Channel’s Best Friends Whenever, Skai Jackson from JESSIE, Francesca Capaldi from Dog With A Blog & so many more famous kids that made me the coolest mom ever according to my 7 yr old Izzy. As she get’s older those moments may become more rare, so I’ll take it!

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Once inside it was all Dodger blue in the VIP tent with catered salads, desserts, and cold drinks. Each table had a centerpiece of mini Dodger baseball batts and a few of the table actually had real Dodgers players sitting at them! I just happen to sit near Tim Leary. Totally random of course. It had nothing to do with my husband “Fireman Matt” being a major sports fan or that we both grew up in LA in the 80’s with Dodger-mania. GO BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The place really was packed with a record breaking attendance & the funds raised topped all other years to date; over $1 million dollars! Mattel really throws a generous party with all the toys a kid could dream of. Santa Monica offers the perfect location. Industry insiders donated insane packages for the silent auction like Tickets to (my fave) iHeart Radio Music Awards & VIP passes to Dancing With The Stars and more..


Celeb Moms & Dads walked the carpet and show their support. Sarah Michelle Gellar walked the Blue Carpet with her always adorable son Rocky. She happily stopped for interviews looking so fresh and pretty in a comfy-chic floral dress. And you know we had to pose for some shots. Actually I think everyone just wanted to see Rocky. So adorbs.

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This was a beautiful day and a huge success thanks to so many wonderful people who make it happen here, on the pier, every year. Extra special thanks personally to Dustin Judy for handling media so masterfully & always with a smile (How does she do that?!) & MomAngeles for introducing me to this organization & for helping to get the word out in a major way! And of course Barbie for being so sweet to my shy lil guy who I think has his first crush now ;)

If you would like to learn more about MCH UCLA & want an invite to attend next year just listen to my show with their spokesperson Danielle Dietz who is absolutely amazing. This is a cause you will want to be a part of however you can be, and Mattel makes this event an exceptionally fun way to do it. Hope to see you & your family on next year!

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Click this link & get a free month of jewelry from ROCKSBOX. I’ve always only picked companies & stores to work with that I genuinely LOVE. (And I’ve turned down some biggies that I’m not a fan of. So I can sleep at night & we can help promote good energy all around & you can trust my recommendations.)

When I was asked to be a social influencer for this company so was .. Well honestly the ROCKSBOX email sat in my in-box for a while LOL. I finally read it & started doing my research. I asked some other fashion blogger friends about it & check with my mommy friends who subscribe to delivery box memberships, like a lot. I went to the website & did my window shopping. I knew I needed to jump in, like fast, before their offer expired!

Their marketing team is a group of really cool girls who I email with all the time. They have an serious eye for style trends & they love social media almost as much as I do. It’s been a match made is sparkly heaven. And they even gave me a way to share a little slice of it with you❤️

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HAVE FUN & share your picks with me on social media #beyourbrightest

XO, Kristin


While life couldn’t get better or easier here on the beach, so should it be in the kitchen. Wrapping up Summer & prepping for the Fall can be tricky, a juggling act, & mostly all happening way too fast!

Busy parents need all the super-easy DIY we can cook up now. Follow my Pinterest boards for more pins like this fishy cupcake one & I’ll see y’all after the sweet loooong weekend.

Happy Labor Day to you & your family from me & mine 💙 ~Kristin•


Jonathon Bijur walks us through what happens in Tinkering School through the eyes of a facilitator & father with an art & (MIT) science background.

The groundbreaking learning camp “Tinkering Camp” became a favorite of parents from Chicago to LA. Now you can experience the magic & wonder at reDiscover Center in Culver City.


Open House: Sunday Sept 13 10am – 2pm

Free food! Free activities! Free tees for the first 100 people! And I heard a rumor there may even be donuts (& power-tools!). Hear more about it now from one of the DADS on #MomAngelesRadio

P.S. reDiscover Center has a really cool Pinterest page that I can totally recommend you follow. Craft, decorating, and holiday ideas with recycling & reusing! It’s where I found this cool piece that I seriously need..Right? SO cool.



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Another VIP invite from & iHeartMOMS: Eat, Drink & Be Fancy! Join us at Paramount Pictures Studios Backlot September 4 – 6 for Los Angeles Times “The Taste” next weekend!


Here is a special Discount Promo Code, scroll to Bottom of the Tickets Page to enter Discount Code TASTY10


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Don’t pack that Summer maxi dress away yet. There is so much good food here, & we can do it in style (and a nice loose fit). Plus there really isn’t any better way to do LA than on a New York street, in the middle of Hollywood. We have one more outdoorsy party to attend before Fall really kicks in. Wait. We’re in LA. Nevermind. Party on, fancy people.

Cheers! XO Kristin