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Organizing, printing and framing pictures… argh!

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I used to spend lots of time organizing the thousands of pictures I have on my computer and phone, until I started “flagging” all of my favorite pictures via iPhoto on my Mac. 
Here’s how it all goes down: Once a week:I look at pictures from my iPhone and my camera.Tweak pictures with autocorrect tools, cropping, etc.I add the pictures I like to individual foldersI flag them so they’re all still in 1 folder in my Mac (besides being in individual folders)      1.Folder for my son       2.Folder for my daughter       3.Folder for family       4.Folder for the pictures taken at the kids’ school I flag them so they’re all still in 1 folder in my Mac (besides being in individual folders)At certain times of the year, I print out my books full of pictures from the folders (photo books can be printed just about anywhere – Shutterfly, Costco, Snapfish, Apple, etc.) Here are some examples of events I print books for:
     1.End of a school year      2.Birthdays      3.Graduations      4.End of summer    …

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 10

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Culture Crush Book Review: Youth Series for Summer Reading, or, Life After Harry Potter

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Summer is on the way, and with the ending of the school year, plenty of time for reading great books abounds. If your child, like mine, has read the entire Harry Potter series for the eighth or so time, you may need some recommendations for fresh and exciting summer reading. Unless specified, these titles should be appropriate for grades 3 and up.



By Lisa
Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage: Seven books in this Juvenile fiction series, plus additional tie-in books/stories, allow for hours of fantasy, as readers journey with Septimus and a cast of characters through many adventures with magic and alchemy. This series is particularly good for the young reader, as there’s silliness and humor, plenty of action and very little violence.
Sisters Grimmseries by Michael Buckley: What happens when you discover that Fairy Tales are based on real people? This Juvenile fiction series presents the adventures of two young sisters as they become fairy-tale detectives and try to right some wrongs. With…

Stand with me...

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In a recent interview, Maya Angelou mentioned a quote that both moved me and made me dig deep into my relationship with the women in my life. She started by saying that a week before this interview, she spoke at a venue with 10,000 people in attendance and as she stood there, she said to herself “I come as 1 but I stand here as 1,000." She talked about feeling the support, strength and courage of her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother as she stood there. 

When I started writing this article, I felt as though my quote would be “I come as 1 but I stand here as 1” because all of my life I have felt a small piece missing. I have lacked women as role models (mother/grandmother figures) and their sense of strength and courage supporting me in my life. Before I started to write this, I took Maya Angelou’s quote literally, and I did feel that I stood alone. I felt that one piece of me was missing, but I couldn’t do anything about it, because the mother figures in my life are either…

Every day is Monday… by Christine

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Every day is Monday… The challenge of spring events to celebrate the end of school, the beginning of summer or any other event has begun. The stores are advertising barbequing favorites like ribs, chips, potato salad and pie. I associate these foods with summer fun, family fun and good times. I can’t think of a time when celebrating with these foods has been completely miserable. This association can create the cravings for the food and the fun. It’s hard to separate the two and realize you can have just as much fun with roasted chicken and fruit salad. I know it can be done.

I also noticed as the school year was coming to a close for my daughter, and despite the school district’s rules about healthy snacks and foods, parents and teachers created exceptions. There was ice cream sundaes, ice cream floats, pie, cakes, popcorn and cheesecake being served up. It is hard to believe in this day and age of so much awareness about healthy foods, and childhood obesity that we would be encour…

An Early Father's Day Gift to My Dad!

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- Fabiola

Culture Crush Game Of Thrones #28: Your Weekly Ass Kicking

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Each week, we'll discuss the latest hard knocks in Game of Thrones, who kicked ass and who got theirs kicked, all wrapped up in a neat little recap. We'll clarify some kinks in the story, too. This is your Spoiler Alert warning, so read on with caution.

By Lisa

Episode #28: Second Sons (air date 5/19/13)

This week in Game of Thrones, we are in for some surprises. Three leaders of the mercenaries Second Sons meet with Daenerys and two of them proceed to insult her continually. The third, Daario Naharis, remains aloof. She attempts to buy their swords and they leave with a barrel of wine to consider the offer. Later that evening, Daario Naharis shows up in Dany's tent, with the heads of the other two leaders, and pledges the Second Sons to Dany.

Sansa's wedding to Tyrion is a subdued affair. Joffrey insists that he will give her away at the altar, and then proceeds to be his usual mean spirited self. He threatens he will rape her that very night and in the future. At…

Life Is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 10

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What I would tell my younger self at my High School Graduation

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At the tender age of 38, I started to fill up my notebook with things I have done to better myself and evolve. I realized that I'm capable of healing from all of my life's wounds. Here's the list of things by which I would love to continue to live. Also, if I could go back in time and tell all of this to my 18-year-old college bound self that would have been a major score and saved me a lot of heartaches and sadness!! If my younger self knew even 10% of the stuff that I know now, then my life now could possibly be even sweeter. But, it is what is, and I'm happy to know better at this very moment. 
Dear younger self,
You don’t have to know what you’re going to be when you grow up, right at this moment. Don't panic. There's plenty of time for everything and you will change your mind a few times and start all over again... that's okay!
Create your own reality: If you want to have women whose shoulders you can stand on, seek them out.Don’t sit around waiting for …

Roman Summer Salad

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Bestie Note: Looking for a delicious and quick summer salad?  Look no more.  This salad is so easy to make and super tasty!  I left out the anchovies but I'm sure it's delicious either way.  
Ingredients 1 cup balsamic vinegar 1 cup pitted green and black olives, halved 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves 3 anchovy fillets, drained and chopped 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced 8 fresh basil leaves, shredded 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 pound vine-ripened tomatoes (about 3 tomatoes) Directions Cook the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over low heat until thick, syrupy, and measuring 1/4 cup, about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Combine the olives, parsley, anchovies, capers, garlic, basil, pepper, and olive oil in a small bowl and toss to combine.
To serve, slice the tomatoes into 1/4-inch thick rounds and place, slightly overlapping, on a serving plate. Spoon the olive and parsley mixture over the to…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 10

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Summer Hair

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Summer fun-filled days are not always the kindest to our hair. They can bring shades of brass and green. But, they don't have to...

Luckily, there are now a lot of hair care products with sun protection. These help on a daily basis. I use a spray leave-in conditioner from Rene Furterer every time I get out of the shower (or pool.) I love the rest of their sun line also - from oils to creams, there is an array of sun protection options for your hair. 

For my brunette clients, I always recommend those products when the sun gets stronger along with always wearing a hat when in the sun for an extended period. Colored brown hair loves to turn brassy as the sun oxidizes the color. In fact, some of my brunette clients prefer to go a little darker in the summer and lighter in the winter because they know how quickly their hair lightens in the strong Southern California sun!

For anyone getting in a pool - first rinse your hair with tap water and put a conditioner through it. Your hair cuticle…

Culture Crush Game of Thrones #27: Your Weekly Ass Kicking

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Each week, we'll discuss the latest hard knocks in Game of Thrones, who kicked ass and who got theirs kicked, all wrapped up in a neat little recap. We'll clarify some kinks in the story, too. This is your Spoiler Alert warning, so read on with caution. 

By Lisa

Episode #27: The Bear and the Maiden Fair (air date 5/12/13)

Jaime Lannister makes a big jump in his growth as a human being, this week. His arm is healed enough for him to return to King's Landing, with Qyburn the ex-Maester. Roose Bolton again reminds Jaime of his promise to speak well of him to his father, Lord Tywin. Bolton is heading out to the Twins for Edmure Tully's wedding to one of Lord Walder Frey's daughters. Jaime is bothered to leave Brienne behind at Harrenhal, but Bolton insists. Brienne and Jaime part company with mutual respect, and Brienne releases Jaime from his debt to her if he will fulfill her promise to Catelyn Stark. Jaime assures her he will return the Stark girls to their family.

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