Life Lessons

A Smart Mom Knows All About Quitting

I Quit. Everyone needs to learn to quit. Really, they do. Whether it’s a bad job or a bad relationship, at some point in life you need the skills and the experience to say: “I’m out of here.” Of course, the tricky issue is determining the right time for your child to throw in the...
A Dining Disaster Made Right

A Dining Disaster Made Right

Pete Wells, in the New York Times, downgraded the restaurant Daniel in New York City from four to three stars. In part, he says, “for turning its best face away from the unknowns, the first-timers, the birthday splurgers, the tourists.” In the book, Bitches on a Budget, without naming the restaurant, I chronicled just such...
The One Fund Boston

The One Fund Boston

Please consider giving to the One Fund Boston, set up to help victims of the Boston bombings.   I Am a Bostonian and I Refuse to Be Afraid* I am now a resident of Beirut and Jerusalem and Baghdad and Kabul and London and Belfast and Oklahoma City. I refuse to be afraid. Yesterday’s bombings shook...
Whiskey Love

Whiskey Love

Whiskey is all the rage. Watered down or otherwise, we’re big whiskey drinkers. Not to brag or anything, but we were way ahead of the blade with the complete tutorial we gave you in our first book, Bitches on a Budget, but just in case you’ve forgotten the lesson, here is an abbreviated primer on all things whiskey. (Pay attention,...
A Gender Gap in Tech Gear

A Gender Gap in Tech Gear

We have a complaint. Truth be told we have lots of complaints, but we’re on a ranting diet and are limiting ourselves to one really good rant a day. We’ll keep this one short and sweet. There is a gender gap in gizmo gear and we’re sick of it. Have you noticed how many gizmos,...
Heel Power. Men Lust after Women, Women Lust after Shoes.

Heel Power. Men Lust after Women, Women Lust after Shoes.

We’ve been thinking about shoes and why we love them. Why is it we have so many pairs and they are all so different? (One might argue that the twelve pair of basic black heels in our closet are all the same, but they’d be missing their complex nuances: the slightly different heel heights, subtly...
College Admissions: The Envelope Please

College Admissions: The Envelope Please

These are the weeks when seniors in high school are hearing the good, and the bad, and the ‘we’re not sure yet’ news. Even before the letters (or e-mails) arrive, the college admissions frenzy has left both kids and parents emotionally raw. After all the testing, tutoring, campus visiting, essay writing, financial aid form processing...
Sports and the College Sweepstakes

Sports and the College Sweepstakes

Urban legends abound about how to get your children into the college of your dreams. Kids need to get straight As, play multiple sports, speak multiple languages, star in the school play, start their own social networking site, volunteer at a homeless shelter—no, solve the problem of homelessness in their town. We won’t lie: The...
Smart Mamas Know About Oldways

Smart Mamas Know About Oldways

A big thank you to my friends at Oldways for running a wonderful piece about the new book, Smart Mama, Smart Money! If you don’t know about Oldways, it’s time to head over to their website and got acquainted. Their mission is to “change the way people eat” by using the old ways as a...
Smart Mamas' Guide to Afterschool Activities: Getting Your Money's Worth

Smart Mamas’ Guide to Afterschool Activities: Getting Your Money’s Worth

With the Olympics in full swing, kids everywhere are tumbling off couches, swamping local pools, running back yard races. How does a mom harness that energy in an affordable, healthy and balanced way? Just in time for back to school, our newest book (released today, YAY) offers you the sane guidance you need to navigate...
Smart Mama, Smart Money a "Must-Read"

Smart Mama, Smart Money a “Must-Read”

The first review is in for Smart Mama, Smart Money: Raising Happy, Healthy Kids Without Breaking the Bank, and it’s a rave!  In a starred review Publisher’s Weekly  calls it “informative, entertaining, and applicable, this is a must-read for “smart mamas” and papas.” (Read the full review below.)    A Publisher’s Weekly  pick of the week:  Smart Mama, Smart Money: Raising...
Teaching Pleasure, Individual Responsibility and the Value of a Good Old Fashioned Ice Cream Cone

Teaching Pleasure, Individual Responsibility and the Value of a Good Old Fashioned Ice Cream Cone

Whether it’s looking both ways when crossing the street or not touching their privates in public or making safe choices when it comes to drinking and drugs, it’s a parent’s job to instill in their kids the values and habits needed to make wise choices. The same is true when it comes to food and...