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STITCH FIX delivers current clothing to lazy moms

July 15, 2014

I’m pretty sure that STITCH FIX was invented just for me. Since it started in the Bay Area, it is highly possible that someone overheard my weird clothes-shopping peculiarities in some coffee shop and launched it into a startup. That really happens out here. The deal is that real-life human stylists create a box of 5 items […]

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Creative Father’s Day gift: One memorable photo

May 22, 2014

When my step-dad turned 50, I gave him a framed black and white photograph of the venue where he married my mom, a Spanish-style courthouse in Santa Barbara, CA. I bought it on one of the stock photography sites and had it framed. Whether or not a photograph is your style or you are more […]

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Binge-worthy TV: SCANDAL

February 5, 2014

What follows is an actual email dialog between myself and my friend, Crystal (both moms of three small people): FROM ME TO CRYS {Re: notes on SCANDAL} Have you watched SCANDAL? Whitney turned me onto it and I watched the first season on Netflix in two days. Granted the first season was only seven episodes, […]

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If it isn’t a “Hell Yeah”

June 18, 2013

I read that zinger from an interview with Danielle Smith, and it really stuck with me. As a near-obsessive Yes-sayer, I need some reminders about when and how (and even why!) to say no to life’s little requests. Danielle says, “Your time is precious. Value it. Make it a ‘Hell Yeah.’” Read the whole article […]

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Tech Tuesday: Diggity for digging through social media

April 30, 2013

Here’s the common situation: A super smart friend, let’s call her Julie, who always has easy cooking shortcuts when I go to her house, posted a question on Facebook asking about family dinner ideas. I remember that I loved at least five of the ideas Julie’s friends shared in the comments, but now I can’t […]

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Tech Tuesday: On-demand parenting advice

April 9, 2013

If all the top parenting experts were your best friends and available in that “call me anytime” way via skype, then your middle-of-the-night feedings might start to look a little bit like KidsintheHouse.com. Worried that you’re holding your baby too much? A top pediatrician will reassure you. Have questions about if you’re producing enough breastmilk, […]

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Tech Tuesday: How I use Pinterest to solve my fashion angst

January 15, 2013

If my closet could magically fill itself with well-fitted (pressed!) clothes that suited my shape and whims without me ever having to set foot into an apparel store, I would be a very happy girl. I hate shopping; I like having cute stuff but not all the picking and sore feet that goes along with […]

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A few thoughts on family holiday cards

November 29, 2012

As I documented last year, I am a bit obsessed with family holiday cards. (See the ones I actually sent out in 2011.) I love receiving them, so I feel obligated to send them. This isn’t an obligation I resent, actually. I look forward to selecting them and mailing them out. I realize MANY people […]

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Love or shove: holiday outfits for little kids

November 11, 2012

Buying holiday outfits for my kids is not a tradition I’ve embraced so far in my parenting career. Well, not totally true. I do buy holiday jammies every year. What I mean is a fancy party dress with patent leather shoes or a little man-style outfit that is specially selected for holiday parties. When I […]

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Activity #195: Teach your preschooler about money

July 10, 2012

Fellow rookie parents, I discovered a website for teaching kids about money and I wanted to share. Wait, don’t click away just yet. I realize how boring that sounds (“Teaching about money.” Blech). But really, I could argue that teaching your children about money is one of the most important things you’ll do as a […]

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How many places can you walk?

September 23, 2010

Sometimes Heather and I worry that we are making assumptions about our readers’ lifestyles that aren’t true. We assume everyone lives in a place like we live, where you can walk to a dry cleaner, corner markets, and to some pretty great destinations if you are willing to push a stroller for 15 or 20 […]

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Trade your babe’s clothes up with ThredUP

February 15, 2010

I recently received an invitation to become a founding member of thredUP kids and want to share the link with you guys. Heather and I are big proponents of the adult clothing swap, and have brought kids clothes to our swaps, but never had enough focus on kids to organize that piece of it. At […]

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