Christal Roberts

How Big Is a Kid-Sized Food Portion?

Portion sizes for kids are out of control. That's the thought I had last week when over dinner at a restaurant, my friend's 4-year-old was served mac and cheese in a pasta bowl large enough for the Jolly Green Giant. ...more
Rita Arens And I bet she may even teach her friends a thing or two.more

Queen Latifah Stars as 'Bessie' on HBO: The Good, The Bad and The Naked

There’s a scene in the new HBO film Bessie where Bessie Smith (Queen Latifah), legendary Empress of the Blues, is putting on a tent show for a packed house when a group of Klansmen drive up and threaten to burn the place down.  Bessie jumps off the stage, confronts them and kicks one, snatching his ax and threatening him with it.  “Better pick up your sheets and run!” she says, before returning to the stage and finishing her show to rapturous applause. ...more
Glad you had a chance to see it. Thanks for letting me know what you thought.more

'Game of Thrones' Season 5: For the Women Especially, It's All About the Power

As loyal viewers know, Game of Thrones is, to paraphrase Buffy, all about the power: who has it, who wants it, how to get it and how to keep it. With the deaths of Joffrey and especially Tywin Lannister, the struggle for power is greater than ever in Season 5. Suddenly, alliances that were unthinkable last year may be on the brink of reality....more
@Pr3ttyKrak3n WomenTricks Onward and upward for the Ladies!  Thanks for commenting!more

Your 2014 Guide to Hot Cyber Monday Deals

Attention cyber shoppers! Cyber Monday 2014 has arrived and with it a wide range of deals on anything you could possibly have on your holiday shopping list. To help you navigate the sales, I've put together some tips and links to make your cyber shopping fun and fruitful....more

The Ugly Secret Insurance Companies Don't Want You to Know

If you're a homeowner, listen up, because I'm about to save you some money. ...more
retiredby40 Good for you! Every dollar adds up.more

5 Reasons to Hit Fall Garage Sales

Fall isn’t only the best time to go apple picking, gaze at colorful fall foliage and think about costumes for Halloween. Fall is also a good time to hit your local garage and tag sales. Unlike spring and summer sales, depending on where you live, fall garage and tag sales are often chock-full of items to get you and your family decked out for the holidays....more

When Remodeling a Bathroom, Remember the Details

I recently renovated my downstairs half bathroom (or, as some call it, my powder room). Though I’m thrilled with the final result, my renovation journey was not without its speed bumps. Google, Consumer Reports and Pinterest helped, but still didn't stop me from ignoring some important details—especially because so many products have to be ordered online, sight unseen. ...more
That was one of my first decisions: no moving the pipes or the electric. That way lies madness. :-)more

I Hurt Myself Playing Candy Crush

I woke up one day last week and couldn’t move my thumb. My left hand throbbed, and the base of my thumb especially felt like it had been crushed in a door. At first I thought I’d slept on it and the pain would subside quickly. But instead of getting better, over hours, then days, the pain got worse....more
@LauraCC4Life123 Oh my, you are hooked! Just give those fingers a break now and then.more

Jeff Bezos and The Washington Post Sale: Why It's A Good Thing

The announcement earlier this week that founder Jeff Bezos was going to purchase the Washington Post for $250 million hit news junkies, Washington insiders and media pundits with the punch of a stack of extras tossed on a street corner. Image Credit: Adam Glanzman via Flickr ...more

Dance Theatre of Harlem and Why Ballet Isn't Just for White Girls

When I was a kid, like so many little girls, I took ballet lessons.  Every Saturday morning I packed up my pink ballet box, slipped on my leotard and trailed my mother downtown to the Brooklyn Academy of Music for class. I was the only black girl in the class but I didn’t care.  More formidable was the ballet master barking instructions, making me jump as I moved tentatively across the polished floor.  I don’t know that I was very good, but I do know that I loved to dance....more
@GloriaMalone So glad to hear from you!  I love that your daughter is pursuing something she ...more