Beside Every Great Woman Are Her Great Girlfriends

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‘Even longer,’ Pooh answered.
– A.A. Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh”

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I can’t believe how fast the week is flying by!  Especially since I’m still on a high from my past weekend… You see, this past weekend I was reminded just how fortunate I am to have so many beautiful girlfriends in my life.  Over lots of delicious glasses of wine, beautiful vineyard and cellar backdrops, and laughter to fill the entire day and night, I was reminded about how much a person needs his or her friends. 

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The Struggle to Stay Forever Young — Is Real

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For the past eight years, each summer sometime in July I start to reflect on the fact that I will be having another birthday within a few weeks.  I start thinking about the year that’s passed, as well as what’s to come.  And I mostly start to panic a little inside wondering if anyone can accurately guess my age – or worse yet, think I am older than I really am.  I also begin to reflect on all of the many little age-fighting secrets my mom shared with me as well as the few things I’ve discovered on my own in the last ten years.  Yes, the struggle is real – but the struggle can be overcome!! Continue reading

To Baby Or Not To Baby…

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I’ve been ruminating over the idea of talking about this subject for quite some time now, but I recently came to an epiphany about the whole thing.  You see, I’m in the latter half of my 30s, and now that I’m a certified adult, employed full-time with health benefits, and now (technically already) married, the big question is no longer years away, so distant that I don’t need to stare at its panic-slash-pressure-inducing face like I am now… Do we have kids or do we not?life decisions, parenting, parenthood, newlywed, new chapter, becoming a mother, friends are all having babies, baby shower, internal clock Continue reading

New Summer Reads: ‘Shrinkage’

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I just got my copy of Bryan Bishop’s new book Shrinkage, his first-hand humorous account of dealing with brain cancer and a tumor in the middle of his young thriving eventful life which appeared to be on the road to huge success… Some may know ‘Bald Bryan’ as he’s called from the Adam Carrolla show, and here he tells his story about how strong the human spirit is, and how powerful laughter is as medicine. Continue reading

Summer = Food Fests & Ice Cream

Bonjour, mes beaux amis!food gps rib festival 2014, los angeles, bbq, barbecue, ribs, salt and straw, scarpetta, corazon y miel, picnik, spice table, mexicali taco and co, escala, portland, ice cream, summer, summertime food, food festival, In the last ten years, Los Angeles has grown into its own right as a true culinary destination with never-ending choices of cuisine.  Aside from our proud food truck heritage, LA has also become known for its food festivals, and the list of new summer festivals celebrating food keeps growing.  There’s the Grilled Cheese Invitational, the LA Taco Festival, the LA Street Food Festival, and most recently the first annual FoodGPS Rib Festival. Continue reading

DineLA Restaurant Week In Session!

Bonjour, mes beaux amis!dineLA, restaurant week, los angeles, dine LA, american express, amex, dining, restaurants, summer, discounted menus, new restaurantsIt’s that time again – DineLA’s Restaurant Week!!  I cannot wait to check out a few old favorites who I haven’t visited in a long time, like AOC, Craft & Piccolo, and I’m also looking forward to checking out the newer kids on the block like Willie Jane, Night + Market, and The Wallace.

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Taste Of What’s To Come

Bonjour, mes beaux amis!betty's pie whole, encinitas, california, desserts, personal pie, savory pie, wedding, weddings, planning, catering,The weekend has been busy thus far with wedding things, decisions and fun stuff like TASTINGS!  Even though I’ve been counting down to our wedding date in October, I don’t think I’ve shared that we are actually having a second reception in November closer to home in San Diego!  So yes – it’s been double duty for us as far as planning is concerned… exhausting, chaotic but also ridiculously awesome and tremendously fun!  Not to mention – we’ve gotten the chance to sit through TWO TASTINGS!  Yeah, the wedding planning doesn’t suck. Continue reading

Biênvenue, République.

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It’s an early Saturday morning here in LA, and it’s going to be a busy weekend for me with all of the wedding stuff.  But my better half and I kicked off the weekend perfectly with a Friday night dinner date at LA’s République.  We’re still talking about it – and planning our next visit.

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