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Help, I washed my son’s iTouch! Advice Needed!

Help, I washed my son’s iTouch! Advice Needed!
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Good Friday Morning, Chaos Crew… Drinking coffee, packing up and heading home from Mammoth, after a full day of skiing, mais oui. But I spotted the desperate subject line above  in my e-mail box this morning and thought, “Let’s take this one to the Crew!” So here’s the letter from Lisa… Lian — I’m looking […]

Staycation Tips, Spring Cleaning and More

Staycation Tips, Spring Cleaning and More

Hi, Chaos Crew… It’s a gorgeous Thursday morning here in Mammoth Lakes, California. Another day of spring skiing is the plan, then packing up and heading home tomorrow. But there are a couple of links I wanted to let you know about Sell it, Mom! Marketing staycation is your job! Staycation Tips at makinglifebetter.com. In […]

The To Do List for Easter Weekend

The To Do List for Easter Weekend

Hello, all… I  thought about working up my usual to do list, but then I looked outside at my garden. It made the trip to the smog check,  the registering the car at AAA, the packing and loading of the mini-van for our ski vacation and the dishes in the sink seems pretty small. So […]

Customer Service As a Family Value, Part Deux

Customer Service As a Family Value, Part Deux

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to activate my parenting! That’s right, people. I had a situation at home and I  saw the opportunity to teach my son about one of my closely held values: Customer service is a right, not a privilege. To get background  details  and read the whole story, go to Customer […]

Sibling Rivalry? Get Some Boxing Gloves

Sibling Rivalry? Get Some Boxing Gloves

Old Skool Parenting Strategy for Sibling Rivalry I cracked myself up today, which, as you all know, happens to  me all the time at CCHQ.  This afternoon, while I was working on an advice column about sibling rivalry for makinglifebetter.com, I thought about a “parenting strategy” my mom and dad used for taking care of […]

Yes! I Sold my Novel! Helen of Pasadena coming November 2010!

Yes! I Sold my Novel! Helen of Pasadena coming November 2010!

I am thrilled to announce that I have sold my first novel. Helen of Pasadena will be published on November 1, 2010 by Prospect Park Books. Woo-hoo! What’s it about you ask? Here’s a brief synopsis: Helen Fairchild,  is leading a privileged Pasadena existence: married to a pillar of the community; raising a water polo- […]

Join me in Rethinking Institutionalized Snacking

Join me in Rethinking Institutionalized Snacking

Can one cookie make a diffrence? Yes. Chaos Crew, you know that I have been working on my anti-snack platform for quite a while.  I was inspired by Newsweek’s Magazines cover story on childhood obesity to formalize my view.  Today, in a new column at oprah.com, I launch my anti-snack platform as part of my […]

Let Kate Gosslin Dance! She’s has 8 kids to support!

Let Kate Gosslin Dance! She’s has 8 kids to support!

Please don't make me go home and face all those kids! There, I said it. I think everyone needs to back-off reality TV personality ( I refuse to follow the words “reality TV” with the words “star” or “celebrity”) Kate Gosselin for taking a gig on Dancing With The Stars. She is a single mom […]

Monday Morning To Do List

Monday Morning To Do List

How did it get to be Monday already? The weekend passed in a vortex of youth sports and laundry. Now, my husband is out of town again, the calendar is packed with activities and carpools and I have a zillion work things to accomplish this week.  Feels like I need a Monday Morning To Do […]

Chaos Chronicles Podcast 225 is up!

Chaos Chronicles Podcast 225 is up!

Looking for podcast about Modern Motherhood that  includes a potpourri of topics, from sports parenting to  Sandra Bullock, from creativity to studies about happiness? The Chaos Chronicles podcast 225 is for you! It’s got it all– and more! On the show this week: Alex Chilton: my college radio imaginary boyfriend A tribute to Alex Chilton, […]