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FANtastic Family Alliance Network!

Where to go for family resources?

Today I'm proudly introducing the Family Alliance Network, or FAN.

We describe it as a trusted family resource specialist in Santa Clara County.

With 13 members in one year and like-minded business professionals, it may be the South Bay’s best-kept secret.

The organization's goal is to help parents take care of their home, family and, most important, themselves!

Ask our experts about a particular need or concern, and you'll realize the depth of knowledge they have in their areas of expertise. That's why we think it's FANastic!

Our members include:

What makes FAN unique to the marketplace? It started with a business model like the Rotary service clubs, Chamber of Commerce organizations and BNI. However, our goal is to serve Santa Clara County families.

FAN participates in six community events a year catered to helping local families with their needs.

To learn more and view our members' listings online, please click here.

What would you like to know from a FAN expert? We’ll do our best to answer your question and post the response in a future column. Stay tuned!

Lenore Sanborn July 20, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Tamara, you bring up such a good point. And truly, I think recognizing that you are lacking something is the first step. Here are some things to consider to help make a plan & get those photos back into your life! 1. How do you want to enjoy those photos? (on a wall? in a book? on a boat? with a goat?) ...LOL just kidding. 2. Where are they? Best to get them all in one place- maybe once each month or right before the holidays. Many programs will do automatic updates as well. 3. When can you do it? Can you spend a 2 hours a month? How about 1 day each year? Decide how much time you are willing to devote to this project and set it aside. 4. Make it FUN! Some people enjoy playing with paper & stickers, other people enjoy enjoying a glass of wine as they make a photobook on their computer. Others find that they will truly get it done when they do it with friends or family. Whatever will make it pleasureable will also help make sure it gets done. I hope this helps!
Lenore Sanborn July 20, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Carla, Digital or paper? We actually make a custom wall calendar with the holidays & events for all 3 schools & family holidays. We also use google calendar so that we can sync between our various cell phones & computers. Around October (or now) we also throw some family photos into a calendar for the year & have fun reliving the previous year's activities as we look ahead to the current year.
Lenore Sanborn July 20, 2012 at 01:47 AM
AWESOME! It's so nice to have a central place for everyone to refer to with all the info together!
Lenore Sanborn July 20, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Kirsten, Great points! I also appreciate the fact that each of the FAN members is a small, local business with an understanding of local resources as well. Especially important when you need to meet in person or more importantly, need a realtor who understands the local market and what our needs are as a family.
Carrie Vawter-Yousfi July 23, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Thank you all for your wonderful insights and questions:) Coach Carrie

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