Chaos Chronicles


Kids going Back to School? Time to Tap into your Creative Spirit

Kids going Back to School? Time to Tap into your Creative Spirit
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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 […]

Chaos Chronicles Podcast 428 is posted… and My Friday To Do List

Chaos Chronicles Podcast 428 is posted… and My Friday To Do List

Hello to all the Chaos Crew, especially those scrambling to get ready for Hurricane Irene. If it makes you feel better, my mother is very worried for you all, having lived in Connecticut most of her life. She now worries vicariously for people hosting weddings, owning second homes on Cape Cod and Long Island and […]

Attention School Volunteers! What’s your Volunteer Personality?

Attention School Volunteers! What’s your Volunteer Personality?

Hello, Book Fair Chairs, Team Moms, Hospitality Heads and Candy Drive Honchos!  The volunteer season is here. There are opportunities galore at school, in booster clubs, on the sidelines, behind the scenes at theatrical events. Before you sign your name on the Yes-I’m- Interested Sheet, determine your volunteer personality. The Queen Bee You are going […]

Parenting Book Give-Away: If I Have to Tell You One More Time

Parenting Book Give-Away: If I Have to Tell You One More Time

Over the next few weeks of the Back to School season, I’ll be posting a series of special blogs to get you  (Mom and Dad!) back to school. Today’s post is a Q &A with Amy McCready, author of “If I Have To Tell You One More Time,” a new parenting book that uses Amy’s […]

Parenting Book Give-Away: If I Have Tell You One More Time

Parenting Book Give-Away: If I Have Tell You One More Time

Over the next few weeks of the Back to School season, I’ll be posting a series of special blogs to get you  (Mom and Dad!) back to school. Today’s post is a Q &A with Amy McCready, author of “If I Have To Tel You One More Time,” a new parenting book that uses Amy’s […]

Are you a Do-It-All Mom? Tell us how and you could win $5,000 !

Are you a Do-It-All Mom? Tell us how and you could win $5,000 !

Sharpen your pencils and get writing for a chance at a $5,000 college scholarship! Today was officially Back to School Day at our house. I knew we were in a bit of trouble because our vacation ended perilously close to the start of school. (Note to self: Don’t do that again!) The day commenced with […]

Vacation Re-entry: The Summer Reading Countdown!

Vacation Re-entry: The Summer Reading Countdown!

Back in Pasadena after 9 days of vacation, relaxing, swimming, sunning and family time. It’s always good to get home, isn’t it? Except, of course, when the first words out of your mouth upon pulling in your own drive-way are, “Do not turn on that TV! Do not check Facebook. You have exactly 36 hours […]

Trying to Relax after 18 months of Non-relaxing

Trying to Relax after 18 months of Non-relaxing

I have had a whirlwind 18 months. Not that I’m complaining. Work is good and life happens. As we used to say in 2009, it’s all good. It  just  all to happened at once: book tour, podcast & blogging, TV writing, lots of speaking gigs, kids, parents, stuff.   Whee. I know I need a […]

Chaos Chronicles 425: Custers; Is Divorce Contagious; Fall Fashion Trends and 8 Things to NEVER say to your Husband

Chaos Chronicles 425: Custers; Is Divorce Contagious; Fall Fashion Trends and 8 Things to NEVER say to your Husband

Did you get your grilling newsletter this week? Grilled banana & pecan sundaes! Not too late to sign up at makinglifebetter.com. Click here for recipe. Getting a jump on the new podcast– and hopefully getting out the door on time tomorrow– by recording Chaos Chronicles 425 today. And I had plenty to say! On this […]

Pre-Vacation To Do List: Paperwork? Yes. Honeybaked Ham? No.

Pre-Vacation To Do List: Paperwork? Yes. Honeybaked Ham? No.

Like most modern families, getting on vacation nearly kills us. We double up on our regular work and house activities in the week before, so by the time we hit the road, we’re doubly exhausted and doubly confused as to why they call it “vacation’  at all if it’s so much effort. But a half […]