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J.Jill “What Works For Me” Week #1 Winner !

J.Jill “What Works For Me” Week #1 Winner !

Hi, Chaos Crew. Let’s hear it for Alison Holland from Mora, Minnesota, our Week #1 winner of the J.Jill What Works For Me Contest. We asked you to respond to the phrase: What Works For Me. For Alison, that answer wasn’t easy, as she is the Alpha Mom in her house: the breadwinner with a [...]

Conquer Mommy Brain!

Conquer Mommy Brain!

A common refrain I hear from moms is, “I love my kids… but I miss my brain.” You get so wrapped up in the logistics of your life, you succumb to Mommy Brain.   Too many details, too little time… and where are my car keys anyway? Motherhood doesn’t have to mean a lower IQ, but [...]

Monday To Do List: What Works For Me!

Monday To Do List: What Works For Me!

Ready, set, go! I can already tell from the first few days that the month of October is going to be high-pressure, high octane and a lot of fun. If I can only keep up the pace! Here’s what’s on tap for me this week: Read, read read. Talk, talk, talk. Listen, listen, listen. In [...]

The New Chaos Chronicles Podcast #305 is up!

The New Chaos Chronicles Podcast #305 is up!

Yes, a new podcast and a bee-yoo-tee-ful new Helen of Pasadena ad ( see right) , all up on the same evening. I’m off to celebrate my sister Sheila’s Birthday, which you’ll hear all about on the podcast. Also, on the podcast: More Extreme Dental Work Beverage News:  To Pom or Not to Pom? and [...]

Ten Things to Like This Tuesday September 28, 2010

Ten Things to Like This Tuesday September 28, 2010

I was hoping to make my Ten Things to Like List all about pot roast and spiced pumpkin lattes, but it’s been 110 degrees here in Pasadena, so the usual comforts of fall do not make my  List today. Instead, here are some of the products, websites, concepts, people and things that I am liking… [...]

MOB Alert: Etiquette is Job #1

MOB Alert: Etiquette is Job #1

As a Mother of Boys — or a MOB– I feel like I have a duty to prepare my sons to take their place in society someday as informed citizens, productive employees, and really excellent dates.  While teaching them about voting and completing chores may seem more important than, say, the art of small talk, [...]

Calling all Teachers! J.Jill wants to say, “Thank You!”

Calling all Teachers! J.Jill wants to say, “Thank You!”

Love the Wearever Line. Really, once you put these super comfortable, simply stylish pants on, you will never want to take them off! I know we have a lot of teachers in the Chaos Crew, so I was really thrilled when my sponsor J.Jill sent me this bit of intelligence this week. Yes, Teachers, J.Jill [...]

What’s Your Volunteer Personality?

What’s Your Volunteer Personality?

Calling all Volunteers! What's your Volunteer Personality? The volunteer season is here! There are opportunities galore at school. Or at any number of extracurricular activities that your child may be involved in—from cheer to football to dance.  So, what’s your volunteer personality? The Queen Bee You are going to be uber-involved anyway, so you might [...]

The Social Bailout: A Do or a Don’t?

The Social Bailout: A Do or a Don’t?

Okay, Chaos Crew… I did something I rarely do this weekend. I bailed. Yup, I bailed on the ballroom dancing on Saturday night and the neighborhood picnic on Sunday. My excuse? Extreme allergies. Truly, I was a not-ready-for-socializing mess, thanks to the seasonal Chinese Elm that bloom the middle two weeks in September here in [...]

What Works for Me: Have you entered our J.Jill contest yet?

What Works for Me: Have you entered our J.Jill contest yet?

J.Jill Pick of the Week: I have my first magazine photo shoot for the book next Monday. I am thinking about this sweater for the shot. Without the hat, of course! Hello, Chaos Crew, I wanted to update you on our What Works For Me contest that we are hosting with our sponsor J.Jill.  The [...]