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Win cash for your PTA from Cozi!

Win cash for your PTA from Cozi!

Hi, Chaos Crew… I know many of you are heavily involved in fund-raising for your schools, so I thought I would pass along this opportunity to win some cash for your PTA. The sponsor is Cozi, the fun family calendar/organizer program that I like so much. Cozi was a sponsor of Satellite Sisters last year, [...]

Do your kids walk to school? Or anywhere?

Do your kids walk to school? Or anywhere?

Yesterday, this piece in the New York Times caught my eye. Why Can’t She Walk To School? maybe because it summed up so many of the issues that I find stifling ( to our kids) about modern parenthood. We hover. We overprotect. We blow everything out of proportion. We are quick to judge other parents. [...]

Lian's Friday To Do List for September 11th

Lian's Friday To Do List for September 11th

It’s Early September, bringing with it a new school year, a change in the weather, and a day of remembrance. Lots of meaningful moments that can shape our To Do List for the week….Remember the Day Spend the weekend reconnecting with family, friends, former co-workers in honor of those lost in 2001. It was a [...]

Radical Parenting: How to Communicate with your Teens and Tweens

Radical Parenting: How to Communicate with your Teens and Tweens

Hi, Chaos Crew. Thanks for the love on the closet post. Even though my closet is not magazine-ready, it appears to serve my purpose well, if you all are to be believed!I am writing away on that darn– 10 pages yesterday alone! And the mo’ is flowing as I was up in the middle of [...]

The Chaos Chronicles meets Sunset Magazine

The Chaos Chronicles meets Sunset Magazine

While taking a procrastination break from my writing retreat, an e-mail subject line caught my eye. My friends at Sunset Magazine had some news! I like when Sunset Magazine lets me know about an easy, 5 ingredient dinner or an unknown beach getaway in Santa Barbara or the best paint colors for my kitchen. Articles [...]

The Great American Apparel Diet

The Great American Apparel Diet

Attention, Shoppers, Put down that t-shirt! It’s September 1!Lian here.Our friend Sally Bjornsen is on a journey and you can join her. Today, Sally and other intrepid shoppers began The Great American Apparel Diet. No clothes shopping for clothes for one year. ( Excluding underwear and accessories which Sally for which has a whole rational! [...]

Homework for Parents: What Books should Kids read at School

Homework for Parents: What Books should Kids read at School

Hello, Chaos Crew. My children have an unexpected "smoke day" off, due to the nearby Station Fire in La Canada. So that means an unexpected day of carting them around and feeding them 3 squares. Instead of recording a show ( now that Sarah is available to post), I am off to the air-conditioned, hermetically- [...]

Advice for New High School Parents Compiled!

Advice for New High School Parents Compiled!

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Chaos Chronicles Friday To Do List

Chaos Chronicles Friday To Do List

It’s time for the weekly To Do List here at Chaos Chronicles. because my older son started school two weeks ago, I’ve lost that "summer weekend" feeling: lazy, carefree, mindless activity. I am in Fall mode: organize, accomplish, re-energize.So here’s my To Do list:Breathe Seriously, not as easy as it sounds. The La Canada Fire [...]

Going Postal with the Yetis

Going Postal with the Yetis

Amongst my many failings, er, flaws, is my inability to get things into the mail. Just ask my family and friends who are still waiting for 2008 Christmas cards ( True story: addressed, stamped, no photos, never sent.) or wedding gifts ( Don’t I have a year?) or birthday greetings ( Anytime in the month [...]