Posts filed in family matters

The Best Part of Breaking Up

This will be my first Christmas away from family and friends back east. In an attempt to offset any homesickness, I immediately set out to create new memories. My first step was possibly a bit much: I nearly drowned myself in holiday cheer via a constant stream of Christmas tunes on Pandora. Step two was better: I embarked on a mission to get holiday spirit into the house. Literally. Girl needed a tree. In hindsight,… read more »

Palin Pauses

Bristol Palin, part of the now infamous Sarah Palin household, was recently featured in a new anti-pregnancy, public-service announcement (PSA) launched by The Candie’s Foundation. Neil Cole, CEO of the Candie’s fashion brand, launched The Candie’s Foundation in 2001 after discovering that raising awareness about the consequences of teen pregnancy was an issues niche that is severely underserved by corporate America. Since then, a string of celebrities—from Beyoncé, Ciara, and Jenny McCarthy to Vanessa Minnillo,… read more »

Slim pickings

So last week, I was an almighty scrubbed up diva holding court in NYC — fending off too much service, sushi and love. And today, an elder sister — holed up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina with an immediate family count that hoovers at 30 — and a woman forced to barter for essentials. It is indeed a lovely beach front home with many desired amenities (hello elevator), but a bedroom count that… read more »

Burger King shapes up

Ahhh, Burger King. The Kwasnicki’s grew up as a Burger King family. The reason? Two-for-one Whoppers, of course – how else do you feed an army? (Remember when you had to sell the World’s Finest Chocolate bars as a school fundraiser? The ones with the “buy one Whopper, get one free” coupon on the wrapper? The Kwasnickis, of course, had plenty of wrappers to redeem because — hello, I have seven siblings — and we… read more »

Jesus in Tribeca?

… or in the child-folk? Sadly, I will *not* be attending the Tribeca Film Festival this year, but you can. The box office is open and Mom’s day is not so far away. ESPN is now in the game, so there’s also something there for the boys (men) in your life. Interesting that the hot tickets are about what the kids are doing. Last year it was the heart-warming urban Mad Hat Ballroom. This year… read more »

There’s always back story

Seth Godin is a favorite of mine. I came to know of Seth and his work when hired (geez, over 10 years ago) to be part of the team that very successfully (ahem) launched Fast Company Magazine. It was a wonderful time for business (the new economy), and Bill Taylor and Alan Webber were on the scene first, both capturing and propelling the movement with its much touted rag. It was an equally wonderful time… read more »


Is it now politically correct to be fiscally responsible? Shopping at discount stores is making more sense to an increasingly dollar-conscious consumer. Yes, I am dollar-conscious. Despite what my dad (a.k.a. my creative accountant) might think, I know exactly where my conscience is, and exactly where my dollars are spent. Yet, I still enjoy the ever-so-decadent stroll through a fashionable boutique, and the rush of the even more decadent purchase. I do realize that any… read more »