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Friday To Do List for April 13: Take in the Pasadena Showcase House of Design

Friday To Do List for April 13: Take in the Pasadena Showcase House of Design

A stormy Friday here in Pasadena, but that doesn’t dampen my enthusiasm for this year Pasadena Showcase House of Design opening on Sunday, April 15th.  Click here for more information and tickets   As you can see, this year’s makeover queen,   a 1927 Spanish Revival in La Canada, is impressive from the outside. And, I […]

Do the Work Wednesday #7: Tapping Into Your Creative Spirit

Do the Work Wednesday #7: Tapping Into Your Creative Spirit

I am often approached/accosted by fellow mom friends asking the same question, “Lian, how do you do it?  The writing, the podcast, the cranky e-mails to companies about their appalling customer service. You’re always busy with something creative.” Then, these same moms follow-up with the lament, “I wish I had some creative outlet in my […]

Friday To Do List for April 6: Brunch, Write and Re-Think the College Tour

Friday To Do List for April 6: Brunch, Write and Re-Think the College Tour

I hope those of you on Spring Break are enjoying a little break from your regular school year routine. Do you think that’s what Spring Break really means? I never thought about it like that.  I know we are here. With only one son to get off to school int he morning, it’s seems exponentially […]

Vogue Diet Mom Controversy: How to Talk to your Daughter about Weight

Vogue Diet Mom Controversy: How to Talk to your Daughter about Weight

On Chaos Chronicles podcast 510, I talked about the controversial article in Vogue by Dara-Lynn Weiss about putting her 7 year old on a diet. I had the opportunity to read the Dara-Lynn Weiss article before the controversy hit the web, so I went in unbiased. My first thoughts when I read the article were […]

What We Find When We Go Looking for Facebook

What We Find When We Go Looking for Facebook

Today, I spent the day writing and then “upgrading” my Facebook pages to the Timeline layout. (It doesn’t feel like an upgrade when they threaten to do it for you!) Trying to find photos and logos that fit the FB specific sizes proved to be challenging– but I did come across some perfectly fine photos […]

Crowdsourcing Dinner and Other Requests

Crowdsourcing Dinner and Other Requests

Last week, I opened my organic produce box and there was a big bunch of bok choy. While I’ve enjoyed bok choy over the years, I’d never actually cooked any myself.  My rationale? What’s the point of  of Irish girl attempting  Asian cooking  here in Southern California? It almost seems insulting to the many fine […]

Chaos Chronicles 508: The Hunger Games; Real Simple Time Pie Charts & Trayvon Martin

Chaos Chronicles 508: The Hunger Games; Real Simple Time Pie Charts & Trayvon Martin

Heading into the weekend, Chaos Crew, with a new Chaos Chronicles podcast for you. On the show this week: The Chaos Chronicles: DIY fallout or What Happens when the neihbors realize you like to do your own home repairs The Good and Not So Good of Social Media: The Trayvon Martin Case and The Shockingly […]

Do the Work Wednesday #6: Marathon or Sprint?

Do the Work Wednesday #6: Marathon or Sprint?

On the podcast over the last couple of weeks, I’ve given a shout-out to my friend Linda who was helping my friend Kate train for the Los Angeles Marathon that took place last Sunday. According to a great email from Linda, I’m happy to report that Kate not only finished the 26.2 miles, she actually […]

New Satellite Sisters Show up…

New Satellite Sisters Show up…

Good Monday morning… This weekend, we recorded a Satellite Sisters podcast on Sunday morning. Take a listen, if you haven’t. It explains what’s been happening behind the scenes in our lives, mainly as adult children caring for our aging parents. Click here to listen to Satellite Sisters 031812 I’ll follow up on Thursday on the […]

Chaos Chronicles Podcast 508: Summer Schedule Stress; Dads vs. Huggies & A Tribute to Ocean Spray

Chaos Chronicles Podcast 508: Summer Schedule Stress; Dads vs. Huggies & A Tribute to Ocean Spray

Top of the morning to all of you. I know it’s a day early, but happy St. Patrick’s Day. I’m in the mood now, as I just watched my sister Sheila, a third grade teacher,  win the Jig Contest at her school. She drafted me to attended for moral support and my particularly loud clap. […]