Yuliya

Born in Ukraine and raised in San Francisco, I am now struggling to stay sane in the suburbs of the Biggest Little City (where there is no Dim Sum).  Since none of my career choices of actress, lion tamer or astronaut panned out I found myself blogging about life at  http://www.shesuggests.com/.  Also? I post a lot of pictures of my kids - one human, one canine.  You have been warned.

This Means I Get To Use Real Butter, Right?

In the first section of William D. Lassek and Steven J. C. Gaulin's new book, Why Women Need Fat: How "Healthy" Food Makes Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever, they look at how the American diet has changed in the past forty years. The authors say that one of the biggest changes we've made is taking a step away from saturated fats, which was supposed to to make us healthier. But has it? ...more
For me the key issue is processed foods. My rule is simple if I can make it myself I can eat it. ...more

The Repercussions of Unanticipated Acts

Sometimes the things that stick with me from a book are the little things -- the throwaway comments and observations that on the surface really don't have a lot to do with the story being told. Yes, I can be a bit random and it's only fitting that one of the things that is sticking with me from Jeffrey Zaslow's The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters really has nothing to do with wedding gowns, marriage or even love. I am talking about unanticipated acts. ...more
In my case if every single thing hadn't happened in my life exactly the way it did I would have ...more

The Love We Wish For Our Sons

Jeffrey Zaslow wrote The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters because he has three daughters whom he loves very much. He is an involved parent who cares so much that his daughters know this that he wrote this book and dedicated it to them. I have nothing but respect for that, but at the same time I have to wonder -- what about the love we wish for our sons?...more
I think it's because women are the ones who throw the party (the wedding) they are the hostesses ...more

Is Marriage Obsolete?

In Jeffrey Zaslow's The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters, he talks about a lot of different aspects of marriage. Why people marry. What people think of marriage. He peppers the book with statistics. One I was surprised he brought up was the idea that some people believe marriage is becoming obsolete. ...more
I came across an article recently that in Mexico City (I think?) where they proposed allowing ...more

The Repercussions of Unanticipated Acts

Sometimes the things that stick with me from a book are the little things -- the throwaway comments and observations that on the surface really don't have a lot to do with the story being told. Yes, I can be a bit random and it's only fitting that one of the things that is sticking with me from Jeffrey Zaslow's The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters really has nothing to do with wedding gowns, marriage or even love. I am talking about unanticipated acts. ...more
I think about this all of the time, particularly when I can't fall aslep at night, I lay awake ...more

Have You Been to the Magic Room?

The big moments in Jeffrey Zaslow's The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters might remind you a bit of an episode of Say Yes to the Dress. The bride enters a special room with what she hopes is the dress that she will wear at her wedding. When the dress is right, it's a powerful moment. One that I have not experienced. ...more
I really hate shopping so I wasn't too keen on the whole wedding dress shopping experience. ...more

I Did Not Expect to Be Hurt or Loved By Blogging

When I started blogging, I thought it'd just be me and my laptop. I'd just be posting interesting items from my online shopping experience here, and I'd have a million readers who'd thank me for showing them the way with gorgeous stuff for their babies, toddlers and themselves. Come back when you've stopped laughing. ...more
Awesome post! really I expect nothing less of you at this point in your blogging career.more

Do You Really Know What Your Kids are Eating at School?

While filming Two Angry Moms and writing Lunch Wars Amy Kalafa found many surprising things in school lunches. Some of the caffeinated beverages and fried foods in the school cafeteria were expected, but learning just how much of this junk food was being served at school was surprising. Things like candy being used as a reward in the classroom made her realize that kids were exposed to a lot more junk food than even she thought. ...more
I don't have a school aged child yet but I remember very vividly what I ate when I was in ...more

Are Internet Friends "Real" Friends?

She Suggests asks an important question: are bloggy friends real? Can someone be considered a close friend if you never see them or interact with them in real time? And most importantly, do the friendships we start online translate into friendships offline when you finally meet face-to-face: and if they don't, is it a "real" friendship? ...more
That is exactly what I have been thinking about since I wrote that post, that the real issue ...more

How to Succeed in Portland Without Really Recycling

I'm spoiled living in here Portland, Oregon. Not only is my city beautiful, with mild weather, rolling hills and ample green space, but most folks around here are so enlightened they give birth naturally under their favorite tree. No matter what neighborhood you live in, there's an acupuncturist, a Buddhist temple, a yoga studio and a medical marijuana dispensary all within 300 feet of your solar powered micro house. ...more
Fantastic. I keep lobbying to move to Portland and now I will be even better prepared! Except I ...more