I had to have dermatological surgery last week. I'm okay; it's just another mole gone rogue. When my (new) dermatologist referred me to a particular surgeon, I didn't question the recommendation. Come to think of it, I didn't do much of a background check on my new dermatologist either, because she was in my insurance network. I drove to the hospital 30 minutes away. SIDE … [Read more...] about Bad Bedside Manner: Why Background Checks Are Important
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My husband and I have been talking forever about building a house from scratch. We bought the house we’re in now twelve years ago, before we had children. It’s a great house, and it’s served us well, but we’ve outgrown it. Our backyard (or back strip, as I call it, with it’s tiny patch of grass) was great when I had toddlers, but when my kids play back there now they look … [Read more...] about Building a House From the Ground Up
Our family of four headed north from our home in Santa Monica in our loyal 2002 Volkswagen Van to visit San Francisco and explore the North California Coast up to the Redwoods of Mendocino and across the central valley of California to the historic gold country along Highway 49: Nevada City, Downieville and the Yuba River. We spent two nights in San Francisco, a splurge at the … [Read more...] about Rivers, Bluegrass and Gold – A Northern California Roadtrip
Parenting is a process, not an event. Part of the parenting process is decision making. When it is time to eat, there are decisions to be made. When it is time to go outside af-ter being inside for too long, there is a decision to be made. When it is time to plan a vacation, there are decisions to be made.Who Makes the Decisions?It is easy to see this process through a black … [Read more...] about Keeping Your Child’s Needs in Mind
What will draw smells out of a closet? Closed closets can be hosting a variety of strange, musty smells when you finally open the doors. This is especially true in a room belonging to a child. Remind the family that dirty clothing should be tossed into the laundry bin instead of being shoved into the closet. Cleaning the closet, airing out the clothes and removing shoes with … [Read more...] about What Will Draw Smells Out of a Closet?