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Feed Your Family For Less

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

With the holidays right around the corner, many of us will be searching for ways to take a bit of the sting out of our grocery bill. is a new grocery-savings website that provides the latest information on sales at local stores along with an easy coupon-matching service for shoppers.

The process is simple:  Type in your grocery list and up pops a bunch of printable coupons for the items on that list. You can save your selections for future use so you don’t need to keep re-typing them.

Founder Gerald Buckley is a father of four young children and knows firsthand how expensive groceries can be. So he launched Grocio to help give other families a break on their food bill. Check out the site’s video demo.

Great idea, Gerald! We can all use a little help with the grocery bill — especially with Thanksgiving right around the corner.

Thanks, Kind Target Customer

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

It had been one of those days.

Dishwasher problems. The contractor working on our deck railing took a chunk out of the deck. Long work day.

And then I ran to Target to get a bunch of stuff, and the cashier stashed, on the rack under my cart, the plastic box, raisin bread and vitamins I purchased. (He put the bread and the vitamins inside the box.)

As he did that I said to myself “don’t forget that stuff when you get to the car.”

You guessed it. I got home, unloaded everything and realized I was short one plastic box, a loaf of raisin bread and my One-a-Day for Women. I’d left the cart in the parking-lot cart-drop-off area. Someone was probably headed home with a plan to make raisin-bread French toast tomorrow, I figured…

But maybe not.

I called Target and asked for Customer Service.

“Did anyone turn in a plastic box with a…”

“With a loaf of raisin bread and some vitamins?” the guy said. “Got it right here behind the counter.”

How nice to be able to share with my teenager my little tale about the nice person who brought my little box of goodies back into the store.

Sometimes that’s all it takes, I told Matt, to turn “one of those days” into a pretty darned good day.

To the very kind person in the Target parking lot… Thanks.

She’s Size 12 — And That’s Just Fine

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

If you have a teen or tween daughter, you’ll want to check out a wonderful new essay on weight, weight loss and body image over on

Writer Stacy Lipson, who was a recent guest writer here for “I Was Bullied As a Kid,” tells it like it is when it comes to feeling fat in high school, doing restrictive dieting, gaining, feeling pressured from others…

And then she read a book that changed how she looked at her body: Size 12 is Not Fat, by Meg Cabot and started looking at herself in a new light.

I’m a Stacy Lipson fan. I love not only her writing but also her honesty and her willingness to put herself out there for her readers.

Check out this essay. Then share it with your daughter.

Mummy Milk!

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Leave it to our creative friends at New Jersey Family magazine to share a terrific recipe for Mummy Milk.

The milk looks a little creepy… Just right for a Halloween treat for the kids. (OK, I want to try it, too.)

Throw in a plate of brownies with one of those little candy-corn Pumpkins on the middle of each square and you have a great Halloween surprise!

Chill, People! (Your Kids Are Watching)

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

I had $2.99 worth of fresh basil (a big container from Trader Joe’s) in the fridge and didn’t want it to go to waste, so I thought I’d whip up a batch of pesto.

Trader Joe’s was out of the required pine nuts, so I figured I’d bite the bullet and stop at Bristol ($$$) Farms on the way home to just grab some, figuring I’d pay maybe a dollar more there. I didn’t see the price, but when the checker rang them up, I saw that they were $23.99! (For about 10 oz of pine nuts, if the bag was even that large…)

I was friendly and polite but said I just couldn’t pay that much for pine nuts, and I asked for a price check to make sure they weren’t mis-marked. What happened next was worth the hassle. Talk about a hoot!

Three or four beautiful-people Bristol Farms customers stood behind me in line — and the body language, exasperated looks and sighs that came from from this crew, because they had to wait two extra minutes for a price check, were hilarious. They looked completely put out, and one man and his wife were so ticked off, they practically got in a tiff right there about whether to stay in that line or find a new line.

We’re talking about a price check that took about 90 seconds. How do they respond when hit with a real problem? Did their parents not teach them anything about being patient and considerate? It eye-opening to watch these beautifully dressed people in their 30s and 40s sink into a toddler-worthy snit over such a minor inconvenience. (And yes, we’ve all had things happen where we HAD to get home to the babysitter in the next five minutes, or we HAD to get to the hospital to be with a family member, but that didn’t appear to be the case here.)

But humorous moments aside, it made me wonder… Do these folks care that their kids are watching them when they behave as if the world exists solely for their convenience and other people are merely road blocks on the way to getting what they want?

Are Energy Drinks Safe for Kids?

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Good grief. There are now more than 200 different “energy drinks” on the market in the U.S. Is that a good thing? Probably not, in out under-rested, over-caffeinated society.

And when it comes to kids and teens gulping down these concoctions, parents need to take note: A typical 12-ounce energy drink has about three times the amount of caffeine in a 12-ounce Coca-Cola and nearly the same amount of caffeine as in a cup of coffee.

To learn more about these drinks, check out my new article over at Then let me know what you think. Do you allow your kids to drink energy drinks?

Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival: A Perfect Mother’s Day Gift (But Honey, Don’t Make Me Wait That Long!)

Friday, February 26th, 2010

I love food. I love wine. I’m nuts about all things Disney-related. So, really, honey, it’s a no-brainer: Take me to Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival for Mother’s Day, OK?

Although if you’d like to go sooner, I’m good with that, too… The Festival runs from April 16 through May 31, with lots of cool events. Tickets for the Signature events are on sale here.

If you’re really into cooking, check out the Napa Rose Cooking School with Chef Andrew Sutton. And there’s much more:

Daily Events

  • Complimentary demonstrations featuring culinary experts and celebrity chefs, including Guy Fieri (love him! I’m a big “Triple-D” fan), Cat Cora and Robert Irvine
  • Seminars that feature wine, beer and spirits

Signature Events (additional fee required)

Taste Food-Wine-Life May 29, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

Presented in “grand-tasting” style, this event offers delectable creations from Disney chefs, outstanding wines and live entertainment. Theme park admission not required.

Festival Wine Walks and Beer Walks Daily

Enjoy tastings of your favorites, and discover the flavor of new wines and beers as you stroll through Stage 12, at the Festival Showplace.

Winemaker Dinners

Fridays: April 23, 30, May 14 and 21
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Award-winning wines paired with delectable culinary creations at Steakhouse 55, with Chef Jason Martin

Brewmaster Dinner

Friday May 7
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Join experts from Karl Strauss Brewing Company for delicious food paired with beers, at Steakhouse 55

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Riedel Glass Tasting

Saturdays, April 24, May 28
6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In this fascinating class led by an expert from Riedel, learn why the glass matters when it comes to wine tasting. Guests at this event will go home with a tasting set of four Riedel Vinum series lead crystal wine glasses.

Sweet Sundays

April 18, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Enjoy Sunday morning buffets featuring elegant dessert items from acclaimed pastry chefs, at the Festival Showplace inside Disney’s California Adventure.

Taste Wine Like an Expert

Saturdays: May 1, 8, 15 and 22
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Entertaining education with Sommelier Joy Cushing of Napa Rose restaurant

Napa Rose Cooking School

Saturdays: April 17, May 1, 8, 15, and 22
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Executive Chef Andrew Sutton of Napa Rose leads guests in preparing a four-course gourmet meal. Guests receive a commemorative chef’s coat, embroidered with the Festival logo.

Whether you love to cook, want to learn more about wine — or just love to eat(!), there’s something here for you. Happy (early) Mother’s Day!

Wordless Wednesday: You Never Forget Your First Taste of a Sopapilla…

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Here’s a Great Grocery List for 2010

Monday, January 11th, 2010
Plate of Raspberries and Blueberries

I don’t know about you, but I get a little weary of hearing about all the things my family and I shouldn’t do, health-wise.

That’s why I’m all over the book, Longevity Made Simple (Williams Clark Publishing; $13.95) by Richard J. Flanigan, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of cardiology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Kate Flanigan Sawyer, M.D., MPH, a medical officer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Together, this father-daughter team presents simple strategies that focus on preventing the top 10 diseases that kill more than 75 percent of Americans. The good news: Exercising just 30 minutes a day can help prevent all 10 of them. Try finding a pill that does all that.

Eating healthfully doesn’t have to be all that complicated, either. The authors recommend these “superfoods” for your family:

Almonds and walnuts
Bell peppers
Citrus fruits
Cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and bok choy
Fat-free or 1-percent milk
Garlic and onions
Olive oil
Red wine (no more than one 5-ounce glass per day for women)
Sweet potatoes
Tea (green or black)
Vegetable juice (try reduced-sodium juice or make your own with whole veggies in a blender)
Whole grains

OK, this I can do. Today I’ll grab my son and we’ll walk the dog for 15 minutes, I’ll do 15 minutes of an aerobics DVD and I’ll make a 15-minute family dinner of broiled salmon, spinach salad and microwaved sweet potatoes.

Check out the book for more simple ways to improve your family’s health. It’s easy, I promise. Here’s t a healthy 2010!

Who Needs a Hill?

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009


Merry Christmas to my brother, Lee!

We shared many adventures together as kids growing up in Ohio and Arizona, but apparently going down steep hills on a sled wasn’t one of them.

I wonder how long it took us to go 20 feet?