holidays, Travel, Uncategorized, writing

California Traditions: the Tournament of Roses

Something I take for granted living in Southern California is how close  we are to many events. This morning was the 130th Tournament of Roses lovingly called the Rose Parade. The theme this year was The Melody of Life, in celebration of the music in our lives and was a beautiful and multicultural experience. There… Continue reading California Traditions: the Tournament of Roses

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Family, holidays, Kids, Shopping, Style, Uncategorized

A Guide to Last Minute Gift Giving

If you’re where I am this year, then you’ve only got gifts for half the folks on your list, and are currently in a cold sweat dreading a trip to the local mall. Never fear, here are some gift ideas that avoid the mall. Though you still may get into a fight over a parking… Continue reading A Guide to Last Minute Gift Giving

Decorating, Family, holidays, Shopping, Style, Uncategorized, writing

Christmas traditions in decor

It's been a chilly 81 degrees here in So Cal, and though the mornings have been on the crisp side, the afternoon temperatures have made it easy to forget that we are indeed in the month of December. At least I seem to have forgotten, as it is now 10 days until Christmas, and while… Continue reading Christmas traditions in decor

Kids, Money savers, Shopping, Style, Travel, Uncategorized

Saving money Saturdays: the Citadel Outlets

Happy Tuesday! I know it's not Saturday, but we took a trip to the Outlets on Saturday, so that counts. Sort of. Take a trip south on the Interstate 5 from Los Angeles, and you'll see a set of peach-colored buildings with Babylonian-style architecture.  This is where you want to stop. The Citadel buildings have… Continue reading Saving money Saturdays: the Citadel Outlets

Kids, Style, Travel, Uncategorized

Sunny days at the beach

It's Labor Day today, and we're finishing up what was a busy three-day weekend.  Today has a bit of a slower pace.  The husband is back at work since we didn't make any big plans for the holiday, so it's just the kids and me.  Our plan is to join the throngs of people headed… Continue reading Sunny days at the beach