A White Christmas or a Tropical One? How Our Family Blends Cultures During the Holidays

Growing up on opposite sides of the world, Alfie and I have very different ideas of what a traditional holiday celebration looks like. We both celebrate Christmas in the Western tradition. We both grew up with Santa Claus, Christmas trees and stockings. But that's where the similarities end. From the weather (white Christmas versus a tropical one) to the decorations (holiday cards versus Nativity scenes), our holiday traditions are literally worlds apart!...more

Under Stone, Over Sea: Crossing the English Channel By Car

Whoever it was who said it's the journey that counts, not the destination, must have said it while crossing the English Channel in a car with his family. ...more
You are very adventurous! And your kids must be very well-behaved. Not sure I would brave such a ...more

What It's Like Inside Olympic Park

The 2012 Olympics have begun, and after weeks of worrying about everything from security to traffic to the weather, the British are finally starting to relax, cheer Team GB on and enjoy the games they've spent seven years preparing for. I've been vacationing in the UK for almost a month now, and I've seen the level of excitement increase each and every week....more

The Worst Valentine's Day Gifts Ever

Valentine's Day is coming up, and you've got less than a week to come up with the perfect present for the love of your life.  What's it going to be?  The usual flowers and candy?  An original love sonnet?  A trip to Greece?  I don't know you and I'm no Dear Abby, so I can't tell you what the perfect present is -- but I can certainly tell you what it isn't.  There are some things you just should not be gifting on Valentine's Day, no matter who you are or who your mate is. ...more

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Behind the Scenes at the "American Idol" finals

I was a rabid American Idol fan for eight seasons, but when Season Nine started, I took stock of my must-see TV list, realized there were way too many shows on it, and decided that AI had to go. So when I found out I had won a trip to the Season Nine American Idol finals, my second thought (after AAAAAAAHHHHHH!!! OMG I WON!) was, "Drat, it came one season too late." But how could I miss the chance to see Simon, Randy, and Ryan? Besides, an all-expense-paid trip is an all-expense-paid trip, so I quickly got back into the AI spirit, chose my favorites (Go Michael! Go Crystal!), made my I LOVE SIMON COWELL poster, and got ready to enjoy myself. ...more

The results show was amazing! We had the same crappy seats but the whole show was kicked up a ...more

Sibling Rivalry: It's Not Fair!

With three children in the house (and two of them twins), sibling rivalry is inevitable. It's rampant. And it's exhausting to referee. I don't keep a tally of how many birthday parties and playdates each child has or buy presents to make up for any shortfalls, but I do what I can to even things out, keep the accusations of favoritism at bay and generally preserve my sanity domestic harmony. ...more
I remember a friend telling me one of his daughters used to complain that her sister 'was ...more

How to Make Perfectly Shaped Cookies

I love baking cookies, but until recently I've never been fond of baking cut-out cookies. I've always found them to be too much effort, the results too uneven, the taste too bland. For lazy bakers like me, bar cookies like lemon squares or heath toffee bars are the only way to go: just dump your whole bowl of batter into a pan and cut into squares! ...more
Your cookies look great! I have dozens of cookies to bake this week, so I will be picking up ...more

Guilty Pleasure Movies: My Secret Oscars

For every "best of" list, you can bet there's going to be a "worst of" counterpart. For instance, right on the heels of this year's Oscar nomination list comes the Golden Raspberry Foundation's Razzie award list, with nominations for worst actress, worst actor, worst picture and so on. ...more

I saw The Ugly Truth only for Gerard Butler, and I almost could not stomach that much cliché ...more

My Top Five Ridiculous Parenting Products

My sister-in-law recently gave birth to a baby girl, and when my daughter and I went shopping for baby presents, I was amazed by the multitude of new products that have come up in the six years since my sons (3Po and Jammy) were born....more
Oh well, I think all depends on the specifics of each situation.Yes, the Pee-pee thingy is a ...more

Join the new San Francisco Bay Area BlogHer group!

Calling all Bay Area peeps -- I just created the San Francisco Bay Area BlogHer group! Join if you are attending BlogHer '09 and want to meet up before the conference -- or if you aren't attending but still want to meet other bloggers and get a tiny taste of what BlogHer is like.  Here's a link to the group: http://www.blogher.com/groups/san-francisco-bay-area-bloghers ...more