10 Stereotypes You Face When Traveling Globally as a American-Californian Woman

stephliebold heheh Yes I guess so! I'd actually prefer Dr Dre's 'California' to Katy Perry's ...more

We believe

I realize at the ages of 8 and 6 years old the time our girls believe may be limited before someone or something alerts them to the realization of what may be real during the Christmas season.  Our intent when this does occur is to keep the belief alive with the magic of the season.We watched the movie Elf recently and my eldest had to read all the credits to see who was Santa, thankfully they listed Santa :)  For now, our girls still believe in Santa Claus and our Elf on the shelf, Earl. Their excitement for this season bubbles over and out....more

The Time Radar Online Beat Me To The Punch

Okay this was a totally unexpected title to a post right? I know. LOL! ...more

Small Business Saturday Plans Today

Today is Small Business Saturday promoted by American Express and I am please to support the following and enact the day ahead ! ******Its true it is raining ...a lot of water is falling to the ground and causing puddles to form around town. I am going to brave the weather in hopes that traffic is light so I can see my favorite small businesses light up!...more

"Crazy" Women

I was watching the AMA awards a few nights ago, and admired how Taylor Swift makes  ...more

On <i>If</i> and <i>Whether</i>

Among the many quirks of the English language is the use of the conjunctions if and whether to make conditional statements.  While this is probably beyond boring to most of you, it holds a certain appeal to my nerdy proclivities....more

Finding Love "Beyond The Lights": A Conversation with Writer-Director Gina Prince-Bythewood

Love is a comfort. Knowing someone loves you gives you courage and confidence in yourself. I want to share what I have with others so they know that it is possible. – Gina Prince-Bythewood...more

Why I Hate The Elf On The Shelf

I'm not happy about this post. I love mocking ridiculous things, but I feel most comfortable poking fun at stuff I like. Things like my college football team, my kids' quirks, my brother's ability to get free stuff from anyone he meets, and how my mom identifies herself by name when she leaves me a message. "Oh, hi Amy. This is your mom. Susan." My favorite target is myself. But today I turn my disdain outward, to a society that complains about consumerism and too many commitments, but spends $30 dollars for the privilege of managing the "magic" of a cheaply made stuffed elf during the busiest month of the year....more
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Black Friday Shopping? Don't Leave Home Without (Reading) This

So, it's Black Friday week.It used to be a day -- Black Friday, so-named because American shoppers spent so much money Christmas shopping the day after Thanksgiving that companies literally went from being in the red for the year to being in the black in a single day. But now it's an entire week. Oh, heck, you know the story. Some stores get the jump on things, and offer Black Friday sales a week or so early. So I guess that makes it Black Friday Fortnight....more