Category Archives: 818 Boss Babes

Connections Through Teaching Tagalog

Marie Urquidi, the author of DLI Parent books, a series of Dual Language Immersion books teaching both children and parents Tagalog (Filipino). Starting this series during the pandemic, her goal was to introduce Tagalog to her children while keeping the cost of learning affordable and the time committed to learning flexible. She shares a bit about her story with us

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When Beauty Is Your Passion

818 local, mother of three and Licensed Vocational Nurse, Khristine Talactac is a woman of many talents. Not only is she a LVN, she’s also a licensed Cosmetologist, licensed Body Art Practitioner, Blood Borne Pathogen Certified, Multi-Certified Lash Extension Specialist, Licensed Permanent Make-up Artist and Hyaluron Pen Certified Technician. Whew! That’s a long list of licenses and certifications. It only

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REAL MOM OF SFV: THE WOMAN BEHIND THE BLOG

Back in 2006 when the “Real Housewives of Orange County” was gaining popularity, one of my co-workers and I would joke around and say that they should include one for the San Fernando Valley. We envisioned ourselves traipsing around Ventura Blvd, going on shopping sprees, spas, and maybe having a mimosa or two at 10 a.m.—because you know it’s 5

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Meet Chef Vallerie Castillo-Archer, Executive Chef of Yamashiro Hollywood

In today’s Meet The (818) Interview, I have the honor of chatting with Chef Vallerie Castillo-Archer, the first female Executive Chef at the iconic Japanese restaurant, Yamashiro Hollywood. Her grandfather, who owned a bakery in Chef Vallerie’s hometown in the Philippines, played an integral role in her love for food. And, yes, her culinary journey literally began when she was

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Meet Claudia Chaverra, Owner of Your CBD Store Northridge

In today’s Meet The (818) Interview, I chat with Claudia Chaverra, owner of Your CBD Store Northridge. She was featured in the #818bossbabes series last March because of how she turned a life-altering tragedy into her motivation to help her community. In 2017, after surviving the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting in Las Vegas, Claudia developed PTSD. Several attempts

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