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Almost Famous meets World Famous

While living in Los Angeles, it’s easy to forget that Hollywood A-listers drive the same routes, frequent the same coffee shops, and take their kids to parks just like you. Last Friday I was trapped again at the local playground with Eloise, who was still not ready to go home. I felt the sting of the…

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And all that Jazz: Summer Sounds at LACMA

Aside from the Santa Monica Pier, Eloise’s current favourite place in Los Angeles is LACMA (Los Angeles Contemporary Arts Museum). She does not love the museum for its galleries, though there are some beautiful pieces. What draws her to this urban oasis are the expansive grounds and climbing trees, the bubbling tar pits, the contemporary outdoor sculptures, and…

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Photography: Scott/Summers Family Reunion

Last month we drove 1,793 miles round-trip from Los Angeles, California to Pagosa Springs, Colorado for a family reunion. We allowed two days for driving to Colorado and wondered if 424 miles was too aggressive when Eloise asked after thirty minutes, “are we there yet?” I reached into the surprise bag, and pulled out the iPad in hopes of covering…

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Grapefruit Rose Spritzer

Ah summer. Later curfews. Endless pool parties. Sun kissed skin. Thirst quenching summer spritzers. When an endless summer day includes day drinking I prefer a light refreshing sip to quench, not drench, my thirst. Enter the wine spritzer. I acquired the taste for spritzers while living in the West Indies. The Caribbean’s warm sea breezes and soft sand…

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Faux Pet Salon

Silence from Eloise’s bedroom means one of two things: looking at picture books or the stealthy dismantling of her room. Earlier this week, it was the latter of the two. She had grown tired of cutting ribbon and yarn for a bird’s nest and decided Dr. Brown Bear’s coat was in need of a summer trim. “Mom, his fur is covering his eyes…

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Are you there Self? It’s me, Myself.

Of late, my reflection shows an older version of my youthful self. Even after a good night’s rest, puffy bags hang like buoys anchoring my heavy eyelids. Wrinkles and sunspots mock younger years spent sunbathing and carefree living. As I scan my chin for unruly hairs I wonder, “Are you there, Self? It’s me, Myself.” Like millions of…

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Fiesta! Fresh Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

¡Olé! It’s Cinco de Mayo!   Me gusta Cinco de Mayo, even if I cannot claim an ounce of Mexican heritage. Regardless, Chef (who’s French) and I join the festive spirit by raising our margarita stems to salute Mexico’s victory in 1862 over the French at el día de la Batalla de Puebla. We, and many others, do not recall the battle…

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Gift ideas for Mother’s Day

With Chef’s birthday less than a month away, I was browsing the internet this week for gift ideas. And while I tried hard to focus on the mission at hand, I kept opening new windows to Mother Day’s gift guides. An hour later, I had filled up a board on Pinterest with wishful pins and still had nothing sorted for his…

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Curb Your Child’s Chillaxing

I consider myself a smart and sophisticated woman. My resume would lead you to believe I am schooled and cultivated. But ask my 4-year old daughter, and you will be told I know much about nothing. Did you know worms cannot drown, and spider monkeys do not have thumbs? Translated, her childish slander claims she knows more about animals than me. This…

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When it all Clicks: Mastering your DSLR

This blog post is for any parent, like me, who bought a fancy DSLR camera after the arrival of your firstborn. It is also for those expecting parents who are wondering if they should invest in a DSLR and some photography courses before the arrival of bébé. After the birth or our daughter in January 2011, I…

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