Pumpkin Spice Latte & Frugalista Chic

Ahh... the holidays are upon us... Images of sugar plums dancing in our heads while dreaming if Santa Claus will be providing us with treats (or a big fat lump of coal) under our Christmas trees. Who am I kidding?! That is what I want.. those images on the books I read to my son at bedtime. ...more

I love the holiday drinks. I splurge on Starbucks too. That is actually one of my favorite ...more

Live. Now.

Instead of getting in line to buy a toaster oven at 4AM on this day after Thanksgiving, we slept in, had a leisurely breakfast with family and friends, and just returned from a peaceful stroll at the museum. Trust us, it was the perfect antidote to yesterday's chaos!  It also reminded us about the simple pleasures we discuss in our upcoming book Bitches on a Budget, and about an exhibit we recently visited at the National Portrait Gallery....more


So true. Too much Tiger, not enough heart.

Xo Roz


Downtown Charlie Brown

Just a few family friendly things I love about Burlington, Vermont: ...more

I went to the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center a few years ago. My friends have a ...more

When Culture Is Passed Forward Like the Telephone Game

Is it possible to find a cultural truth? Will a day come when we accept the good and bad things about our cultural influences? Can we accept our various ancestors without hurt and rancor? Judging from the past year or so probably not. Perhaps learning about our past is much like the Telephone game many of us experienced in a school classroom. ...more

Yes  like our ex prime minister refusing to apologise to the stolen ...more

An artist's date

Keeping a date with an artist is an important part of my life.  Not the fantasy kind of date of extreme youth, but a date to appreciate the art that surrounds us, made by geniuses living or dead.  With a little planning, I can be at a museum or a play, a movie or a concert or a festival, soaking in the output of creative souls. ...more

Toronto's Nuit Blanche

If you are in the Toronto area this weekend you must head downtown to check out Scotiabank's Nuit Blanche Toronto 2009. At sunset on October 3 until sunrise the next morning the city will be transformed by art installations from close to 500 artists. Best of all, it's all free. ...more

An historical week

We have had a bit of a historical week. Firstly, it was my birthday and I am reaching an age where my birth seems like some sort of historic event. Then we spent Sunday at the Imperial War Museum in London because rebel daughter is studying the second world war. My birthday celebrations went very well. We took the girls swimming, bought some knock-down bargain shoes, after I flirted briefly with the idea of high heels and a complete change of look before trying a pair on and falling over, and hit the charity shops for some children's books....more

The Hermitage

I hadn't originally planned on going to the Hermitage when we visited Nashville, Tennessee this past weekend; however, after asking a friend of mine who lived in Nashville for years where she would go I took her advice. It was well worth every dollar that we paid. The weather was perfect warm but not too warm. The tour starts out with a very well produced movie that gives a general history of Andrew Jackson's life(he is the guy on the $20 bill), but short enough the children did not get bored. Headsets were included in the price of admission. ...more

Artists of all sorts, feature your work

Hi, I'm Rachel. I run DailyPepTalkFromABestFriendEveryday I post a pep talk, a podcast, and a whole bunch of pics and art. As an art lover, I'm interested in promoting artists with a picture on my site and a link to your blog or info. If you check my site and think your work would be good match, please feel free to contact me. I like all sorts of arts and crafts, jewelry, photos, antiques, cute animals, food and recipies with pics, anything really. ...more

Dead bodies as exhibits: Educational events or Macabre business?

I drove by the billboard and felt my stomach churn again. I can't make myself see this as a good thing. Looming in lurid color is a billboard for entertainment at a local casino -- an exhibit of over a dozen dead bodies with the skin partially removed, preserved in polymers, posed to display various organs. Some bodies still have their faces (or part of them) on. Some do not. They have all been put through a process called "plastination" so that they will "resist decomposition". ...more

"Different strokes for different folks" as they say...

You can have my ticket if anyone ever ...more