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Rachel Maddow is My Husband’s Freebie & My Kids are OK With That

Rachel Maddow -- NBC Universal Photo: Virginia Sherwood

Rachel Maddow is an amazing journalist and broadcaster, and I have the utmost respect for her. In this political season, hers is a voice of reason in the midst of silly chaos swirling around us all. And my husband is sweet on her. He’s been watching her show basically nonstop since the Republican primaries began, to watch their drama unfold and to see what would happen (and who could have ... Read More »

Tuck Room Tavern: Star-Studded Grand Opening

tasty BBQ ribs and coleslaw at Tuck Room Tavern Westwood

Getting to sample some of the menu from the new restaurant Tuck Room Tavern was a wonderful experience, and getting to meet the woman who created it was even better. Sherry Yard, famous for her years as pastry chef and partner to Wolfgang Puck, is a lovely, down-to-earth person, with an easy smile and warm, open nature that makes you feel welcome. The design of Tuck Room Tavern is also ... Read More »

Easy Ice Cream Dessert Idea for 4th of July

Easy Red, white & Blue Ice Cream

This is an easy dessert idea for 4th of July, or for any day you’d like to eat semi-homemade ice cream! I’ve made a fun, festive ice cream dessert for my family’s 4th of July BBQ that involves simply two half-gallons of vanilla ice cream, two cups of fresh strawberries and two cups of fresh blueberries. And it’s super easy! Start with one half-gallon of vanilla ice cream and let ... Read More »

Kerstin Florian Now Available at One Spa at Shutters on the Beach

Kerstin Florian products at One Spa Santa Monica Shutters on the Beach

One Spa, at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, is now offering signature and body treatments using Kerstin Florian skin care products. The signature treatment, called the Moroccan Hammam Ritual, lasts 120 minutes, and is described as “…a cleansing, detoxifying journey with an ultimate tactile and sensory experience.” The two body treatments are the Aroma Renewal Experience, which lasts 90 minutes and involves aromatherapy and includes a full body ... Read More »

3 Reasons to Visit Phoenix This Summer + Giveaway

Play time at the pool - Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

Phoenix, Arizona is a great place to visit, especially with your family, and we’ve got three reasons you should consider it a great destination for Family Travel, even in the Summer. 1. Water Sure, it’s hot in Phoenix, so what else is new? But to counteract the heat, Phoenix has plenty of what we in California are lacking right now: water. And you can find it everywhere, like in the ... Read More »

Ford “Fusion Labs” Debuts at Made LA June 10-11

Ford Fusion #Fusion #MadeLA

Made LA, the two-day fashion, music and cultural event held at LA Live, included the Ford-sponsored “The Stores” – a curated bazaar of dynamic shopping experiences, anchored by Ford’s latest interactive design project, Fusion Labs. Ford has become a leader in sustainable design, with an emphasis here on design, which is what helped lead to these collaborations: Fusion Denim Lab – In collaboration with emerging designer, 69 Denim. This collaboration highlights Ford’s commitment to sustainable design and materials. ... Read More »

Happy 85th Birthday Farmer John!


Farmer John is turning 85 and they celebrated by showcasing some terrific recipes using their products at Perch in Downtown Los Angeles. The rooftop lounge at Perch was a spectacular setting to show off the menu, created by Executive Chef Gerardo Benitez. We sampled Applewood bacon wrapped scallops, dry-spiced baby back ribs, an all-natural bacon cone, pork loin + pineapple + peach skewers, ham steak & white cheddar sandwiches, pork ... Read More »

Casper House Opens on Abbot Kinney

Casper House on Abbot Kinney in venice

Casper, the sleep startup named one of the “Best Inventions of 2015” has opened a “Summer House” on Abbot Kinney Blvd. The Casper House will be open to the public until early Fall. Casper partnered with illustrator Jefferson Cheng to create the experience and décor of the house. Everything inside is illustrated, making it appear as if you’re entering into a Casper coloring book. The house will be selling Casper’s ... Read More »

Buca di Beppo Now Open at The Farmers’ Market Los Angeles

Pope table at Buca di Beppo Farmers market

Buca di Beppo is now open at the historic Farmers Market in Los Angeles, and my family recently got to check it out. Buca di Beppo is practically made for families, with large portions, served family-style, and so many decorations all over the walls you will never run out of eye-spy material. The new location at the Farmers’ Market is ideal since it’s situated right next to the Grove and ... Read More »

Yummy Spoonfuls Launches at Target Stores June 12th

Camila Alves McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Agatha Achindu at Yummy Spoonfuls launch party

Yummy Spoonfuls, co-founded by moms and entrepreneurs Camila Alves McConaughey and Agatha Achindu, was celebrated at a celebrity-studded party in Bel-Air, with appetizers inspired by (and using) some of the 31 organic, flash-frozen baby and toddler foods in the line. Yummy Spoonfuls was inspired by the McConaughey’s and Achindu’s own childhoods eating fresh and organic foods grown in their native countries, Brazil and Cameroon. Yummy Spoonfuls meals are designed in ... Read More »

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