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Archived Since:July 27, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Making Sense of your Money with Capital One 2: My Family’s New Year’s Goals

Back in December, I shared with you how we use 360 Savings from Capital One to help keep our financial house in order.   I’m back in January to tell you how Capital One is helping our family achieve our New Year’s Goals this year. My...Show More Summary

2016: Strength

I’m not one for resolutions. Every year I’m tempted – the allure of the clean slate makes me want to rise anew as a better (smarter, richer, more organized, and yes, thinner) person. But I’ve learned by now that no, I’m not going to wipe down the sink every night, or give up scotch, or run a marathon. Show More Summary

What I’m Reading – Fall 2015 and Top 10 Books of 2015

It has been a while, hasn’t it?  My pace of reading has slowed again, because knitting (and Christmas knitting, which was a whole other ballgame) but also because I delved into some more serious/ambitious books than I had read earlier in the year. Show More Summary

Making Sense of Your Money This Holiday Season with Capital One

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Presents, parties, pantomimes. Tickets to the Nutcracker. Messiah singalongs. Party dresses. Warm coats. Toys for Tots and toys for your tots. Live Christmas Trees. Christmas Cards. This time of year is festive, but it’s also expensive. Show More Summary

Stocking Stuffing for Grownups

Christmas morning has always had a very specific progression in our household.  At some godawful early hour of the morning, the children wake up the parents (or, in my case, since my dad was always up in the middle of night, he would...Show More Summary

Things that are important

My father would have turned 69 last weekend.  Sixty nine doesn’t seem that old to me – my grandmother is ninety three and still going strong – but in January, it will be five years since we lost him. I say we lost him, but do we really...Show More Summary

My Latest Obsessions

Temperamentally, I tend towards moderation.   I like to vary my menus, I rarely binge-watch TV shows, I don’t wear the same clothes, or the same shoes, every day.   There are a few things that catch my fancy, that I feel compelled to return to and even to proselytize. Show More Summary

What I’m Reading: Cookbooks!

I know I am late on another What I’m Reading post (and a lot of other things) but I thought I’d do a roundup of some other fun reading I’ve been doing/using lately – Cookbooks!  I thought I’d give you a review of some of the cookbooks I’ve been reading and cooking from lately. Show More Summary

Eat Like It’s Summertime

There’s no denying it.  We are on the last gasp of summer.  Children are back in school.  Labor day is around the corner.  Even in Los Angeles, where the heat will continue for a month or two, the mornings are darker, the marine layer more persistent. Show More Summary

What I’ve been Reading – May, June, July 2015

    I got seriously behind on these reading posts, and not because I haven’t been reading!  A lot of these are new (or new to me) offerings from authors I’ve read before, so it was interesting to compare the books and my reaction toShow More Summary

Totally Classic Potato Salad

There are certain foods that just scream “summer.”  Tomato sandwiches, of course.  Corn on the cob.  Watermelon.  Peach ice cream.   And potato salad. Of course, potato salad isn’t necessarily seasonal  – the ingredients – potatoes, celery, eggs — are easy to find year round. Show More Summary

Cookbook Review: Fika and Rhubarb Cordial

I am used to thinking I am an anglophile. And I am a sometimes francophile (which is a heritable trait), but it turns out I am also a raving swedophile. The evidence? I go to Ikea for fun. The meatballs! The pretend rooms! The dishtowels! The furniture kits (legos for grownups). Show More Summary

Finding a Babysitter with Urban Sitter

When we moved to L.A. ten years ago, we were thinking about starting a family, and we wanted to be close to family.  This was a smart move on our part – my mom is tremendously helpful with getting the Nuni to activities and picking her up from school, and my mother in law comes for extended visits. Show More Summary

What I’ve Been Reading – March and April 2015

As some of you might know, I got quite sick at the beginning of March, which seriously threw me off my reading (and cooking) game.  I found myself starting and not finishing a lot of books and turning to Netflix instead of the Kindle (helped by the fact that I have not mastered knitting while reading). Show More Summary

Springtime Butter Lettuce Salad with Herbs

It’s springtime. We Californians have stopped clinging to even a hope of winter (though a late Alaskan rainstorm this week has been very welcome!) and even in Boston, where it seemed like winter would never end, I’m beginning to sense a new hopefulness in their tone. Show More Summary

Kids Reading with Kindles

I am a reader.  Let me rephrase that – I am an avid reader.   I read 52 books last year,which added up to almost 19,000 pages.  I LOVE to read. I am a reader because I grew up in a house of readers – my parents were both English professors, and our house was lined with books. Show More Summary

Book Review: Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin

Longtime readers of this blog may know I’m a huge fan of Gretchen Rubin –  I loved The Happiness Project, which helped me through a tough time in my life.   So when I had the opportunity to read her new book, Better than Before, I jumped at the chance. Show More Summary

Sesame Banana Bread

Before I had children, I knew about the downsides.  I knew about the sleepless nights, the chaotic house, the picky eaters.  But nobody told me about the bananas. You see, being a parent mean you always have old, tired, browning bananas in your fruit bowl. Show More Summary

Trader Joe’s Cheap Wine Pick: La Granja Tempranillo

I have a confession:  I’ve been holding out on you.  This wine is probably the reason I started the Trader Joe’s Cheap Wine Pick series in the first place. This is the best cheap red wine I’ve found, and I almost always have a bottle or two hanging around the house. Show More Summary

What I’m Reading – February 2015

This month was  less prolific than last – in part because I have taken up knitting, which lends itself to TV-watching more than reading, sadly, but which is a marvelous stress reducer (until you have to frog the last 10 rows you knit...Show More Summary

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