I have never been very good at staying on task.  I am distractible and can at times, be a hopeless procrastinator.  Years ago I started following the Fly Lady, a woman (now a movement almost) who touts the benefits of, among other things, tackling tasks with a timer. I still have that timer I went […]

SPF ratings are calculated very carefully, and based on a certain amount being applied during testing.  If you’re being too skimpy with sunscreen, then the SPF number on the bottle isn’t going to do much for you. Most of us (it’s estimated that between 50-60% of us) are way too skimpy with sunscreen. How much […]

With the kids home from school for the summer, there seems to be even more mess, more laundry, more dishes than before. Though we’re getting the kids to help out more and more with cleaning and putting things away, I don’t exactly have a Cinderella living here. Or I do, but it’s me. I’m trying […]

I’m a first generation American, and though my parents didn’t really go all out for the Fourth (they’re British – to be fair they don’t really go all out for anything) we always went to see a big fireworks show. This year it looks like I’ll be hosting a pot luck BBQ at my place, […]

I am a very poor packer.  I either over pack or under pack.  I forget critical items like my toothbrush or underwear or medication, but remember to pack three bikinis…for a rainy climate.  I hardly ever pack the makeup I need and rarely remember makeup brushes, so am left smudging everything on with my fingertips. […]

I don’t suit floppy summer hats – they dwarf me.  They also just too shapeless for me and seem to suit flowing maxi dresses but not much else.  Since I tend to wear a lot of shorts in the summer, a fedora is better.  It hides beach hair when necessary and still gives a little […]

I got these the other day when I (ostensibly) went to Target for paper towels, which I uh, forgot.  Target gives me a little ADD and next thing I know, I see a cute something and it’s like OH! Something shiny!  So this was my something shiny that caused me to completely forget the paper […]