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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 better known as 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… Continue reading California Traditions: the Tournament of Roses

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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

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Christmas Traditions

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

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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