The most versatile shoes

crocsWhen I was pregnant I was doing a lot of walking around New Orleans and I needed a pair of flats that were comfortable enough to wear all day, would look good with both skirts and pants and also be appropriate for work.  That’s a tall order for a pair of flats. Believe it or I found some great… Continue reading

Just can’t get enough

I can’t stop watching this video!  It just brightens my day up.  Love this song and Bruno Mars.

I spent a little time in Hawaii and watching him takes me back to that time, driving a two-tone yellow beetle and flashing the hang-loose sign to everyone else who had one too.  We ate a lot of rice (they eat it with every meal!) and macaroni salad and called each other ‘bra’ and were friends with someone named Ku’u’ Ipo which means my sweetheart in Hawaiian.  It’s truly a magical place.

If you want more Bruno Mars, watch his serious dance moves in this video and his tribute to Amy Winehouse.

Is anyone else obsessed?

Wise words for parents and beyond

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I remember watching Celebrity Rehab (yes, I watch all rehab and addiction shows…it’s an addiction…DOH!) and Dr. Drew said that addicts who have neglectful parents often do better at rehab and are more likely to kick the habit than addicts with helicopter parents.  This really shocked me!  It didn’t make a lot of sense until I heard some very wise words from a very wise woman…

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The most organized my closet has ever remained

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I am an organized person. I aspire to it and even have a Pinterest board to show it, but most attempts start out well and then become too difficult to maintain.  Then I ran across an idea, tried it, and it actually works…

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Mad Men – I miss you already

224164-mad-men-mad-menThe finale of Mad Men was on last night and I have so many emotions!  I’ve been reading some post finale stories this morning like this one and this one.  I so hope that Don did have some kind of revelation and it didn’t just lead to an ad for Coca-Cola.  He was always on the cutting edge of human emotion so it’s no surprise he know what people wanted at that time…what would sell.

I loved the heartrending conversations around Betty’s illness.  Sally is so grown up and mature with her dad in dealing with this secret.  She has to betray both her mother in telling him the news and him in asserting her independence even though she knows he disagrees with her, at least for a moment.  And then the scene where Don and Betty talk on he phone.  How difficult it must have been for him to hear what she said.  You could see the ache of their lost love and youth in that moment when he says “Birdie”.  Finally the scene where Sally walks in on the two boys trying to make dinner, having to be so much older than their years.  Kids are amazing.  So was Betty.  She was consistent right until the very end.

I was surprised that Peggy didn’t take Joan up on her offer to be a co-owner in the production company.  In the end, I suppose Peggy is a creative and probably would have been frustrated having to run her own business.  But I do hope for an exciting future for her and I am sure she will get it.  And it was the perfect ending for Joan. I loved seeing her excitement about her new beginning.  She wouldn’t give up, her ambition was too strong.

Nothing was better than the conversation between Peggy and Stan.  I just love how much he loves her.  He knows her, he knows every bit of her, and he loves her so deeply because of it.  We could all see her coming to the realization that she loved him and that was absolutely amazing TV.  I could feel every single dueling emotion she was feeling as she admitted her feelings while fighting them at the same time, and then finally embracing them.  They are an awesome couple and I can completely imagine their long enduring love affair.

Of course Pete goes off in a jet with his wife and daughter.  That moment when his wife gets out of the car all decked out was hilarious.  She deserved some happiness, they all did.

Finally, Roger. He’s with a woman his own age who can give him a run for his money.  What I liked best about his story is his mentorship to Peggy in the second to last episode.  I will never forget her rollerskating around the office drunk while he plays the piano (or was it an organ?) and then consequently coming into the office the next day with her sunglasses on, cigarette hanging out of her mouth and that octopus painting under her arm.  Next time I need some confidence I will imagine that I am her.

I will miss that show and have a feeling it won’t be long before I want to go back and re-watch it all over again.  Thank you for such a wonderful show!

What did you think of the finale?

Combatting sibling rivalry

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My coworker has an interesting issue.  Her son who is 11 participates in a lot of activities and often wins medals and trophies even if it’s just for participation.  Her daughter, who is 9, is jealous of this and they are both left feeling awful.  My coworker doesn’t know how to handle it because you don’t want to make one feel bad about participating and winning and you don’t want the other feeling like they aren’t good enough.  It’s heartbreaking, really.

It just so happened that I started reading Siblings Without Rivalry right after we talked about this and I discovered the most amazing tip…

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Big Bear Lake, California

We took a really wonderful trip to Big Bear Lake, California to visit a very old friend and meet her new little one.  The town was absolutely adorable and all decorated for the fall.  It was warm during the day but cool at night so we could sit outside all bundled up and have a glass of wine after the kids nodded off.

It was nice to get out of town for a few days and not think about anything but eating and drinking and being merry.

Here are a few pictures from our trip:

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Playgrounds are always fun.  I got this great shot of him coming down the slide.

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This bear never ceased to be amazing, it was a hit with Isla.

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There was a scarecrow competition going on, I told him to put some straw in his teeth. 🙂

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They were completely perplexed and in love with this rare find. They kept asking for coins so they could make a call.15522629205_3cbdc09df2_z

Beautiful view.  The guys got along so great.  I wonder what they are talking about…

We had a wonderful time!  I highly recommend visiting if you get a chance, winter or summer!

PS The drive was about 6.5 hours which was longer than we thought but we got the new Kindle Fire which was great entertainment for the toddler.  I highly recommend it as an option for kids because you can DOWNLOAD from Amazon Prime…amazing.