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reviewed Bristol Farms Cupcakes. July 22, 2008
Bristol Farm Cupcakes
My cupcake was good, but there was no comparison between what I got at Bristol Farms and what I've had a places like Sprinkles and Crumbs. The cupcake itself was beautiful...however, the frosting was …
reviewed Creative Memories. July 22, 2008
Creative Memories
For those who don't know, creative memories provides a host of products that can be used for scrapbooking. They also have a very interesting consulting service where you can actually speak directly with …
reviewed Tuesday's With Morrie. June 20, 2008
Tuesday's With Morrie
This is a great book that really shows the benefits that can come from cultivating relationships with people who are older and wiser. In the book, Mitch becomes reacquainted with an old college professor …
reviewed Overcoming Life's Disappointments. June 20, 2008
Overcoming Life's Disappointments
This book really helped me get through a rough spot in my life. Rather that telling people to simply "get over" what's bothering them, Rabbi Kushner encourages people to have their moment before moving …
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This book provides outstanding guidance on how to deliver fantastic presentations. The author is an extremely experienced communications coach and has advised top executives from many of the nation's …
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As someone who recently went through a job search, I could definitely relate to Barbara's book. Her discussions of less than ethical recruiters, strange unknown standards, and supposedly insightful "personality" …
reviewed Sally Field. June 14, 2008
Sally Field
I really like Sally Field. I think that she is extremely versatile and can't remember a movie that she was in that I did not like. The other thing I like about her that really seems to differentiate her …
reviewed Samsung Digimax S500 Digital Camera. June 14, 2008
Samsung Digimax S500
I love my Samsung S500, when it works. I have taken it on numerous trips without problems and I have beautiful pictures to show for it. HOWEVER, I have had a number of problems with both the batteries …
reviewed Fast Food Nation (book). June 13, 2008
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Although I still do resort to fast food occasionally, this book really made me aware of the economic and health tolls that this "convenience" really takes. From an economic perspective, fast food has …
reviewed Return to Paradise. June 13, 2008
Return to Paradise
This movie is in many ways similar to movies like Midnight Express and Brokedown Palace. The plot involves 3 Americans who spend their vacation living it up on beaches of Malaysia. Two of them leave, …
reviewed Red Doors. June 13, 2008
Red Doors
Georgia Lee does an excellent job of showing the clash between modern and traditional values in a fun, unique way. The movie is very fun to watch and goes by fast, as you find yourself getting engrossed …
reviewed Brokedown Palace. June 13, 2008
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Brokedown Palace is a must see if you enjoy traveling abroad.     This is the story of a trip to Thailand gone horribly wrong, with the main characters winding up with long sentences …
reviewed Quaker Oats. June 13, 2008
Quaker Oats
Sure, Quakers is cheap and readily available. However, there are definitely MUCH better tasting oatmeals (I think even making your own oatmeal likely would come out better). Quakers has a consistency …
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I have read all three books in this trilogy and they are all interesting and easy to follow. However, the content is extremely disturbing, as it well should be considering the books discuss pervasive …
reviewed A Thousand Splendid Suns. June 13, 2008
A Thousand Splendid Suns
I actually liked this book even better than Kite Runner.     Unlike Kite Runner, this entire story takes place in Afghanistan. The fact that you are really able to see each transition …
reviewed Three Cups of Tea. June 13, 2008
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote
There is no question that Greg Mortenson is an extremely inspiring man. This tale of his experiences in Pakistan will not only entertain and inspire you, but will also give insights into a very different …
reviewed The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. June 13, 2008
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Ina Garten has an amazing way of making even the most simple recipes (ex. hummus, roasted carrots) amazing. She provides very easy to follow step by step instructions for all of her recipes, and many …
reviewed The Family Stone. June 13, 2008
The Family Stone
From the commercials, The Family Stone seemed like your typical romantic type movie. However, that was definitely not the case. The movie, which chronicles the holiday season with the Stone family, profiles …
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More than 85 Broads explores the unique choices women make as they go out in the working world, have children, and try to make a difference. This book does an amazing job of showing that there is not …
reviewed Saved By the Bell - Seasons 1 & 2. June 13, 2008
Saved By The Bell
You've gotta love Saved by the Bell! While my high school experience didn't necessarily live up to the expectations set up by Zach and gang, this show nonetheless was one of a handful that really defined …
reviewed Real Women Have Curves. June 13, 2008
Real Women Have Curves
Having known many people who have gone through a similar dilemma (staying at home and helping the family versus pursuing dreams), I realize what an emotionally charged issue this is. I think that the …
reviewed Doctors. June 13, 2008
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This is an all around excellent book. Well researched, well thought out, and well developed throughout. Segal is an amazing author, and its hard not to quickly get engrossed in the book as the characters …
reviewed The Undomestic Goddess. June 13, 2008
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I always have trouble reading on planes because I get distracted/anxious to get wherever I am going. However, on my recent 17 hour flight to Thailand, I knew that I best find something that could keep …
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Bennetts makes a very interesting argument for why women should stay in the workforce, even when they don't necessarily have to. Through using case studies, sociological research, and even her own experience, …
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Many people assume that people remain poor simply because they are unmotivated or unwilling to work hard. However, through old fashioned investigative journalism, Ms. Ehrenreich proves that poverty is …
reviewed Love Actually soundtrack. June 11, 2008
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This movie is one of my favorites of all time. However, a lot of this is due to the excellent music. The soundtrack really compliments the movie well and if you see the movie, you will most likely want …
reviewed Swingers. June 10, 2008
Swingers
This is a really funny movie that definitely has some grain of truth. Anyone who has/currently lives in LA will likely find this portrayal of the LA dating scene pretty accurate. Vince Vaughn is excellent …
reviewed Overachievers. June 10, 2008
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Overachievers chronicles the lives of high achieving high school students. Through following several high school students throughout the course of the year, Robbins is able to pick up on trends that are …
reviewed No Country for Old Men. June 10, 2008
No Country for Old Men
I am not a "movie connoisseur" so I cannot comment on things like the cinematography of the film. However, speaking strictly about plot line, I can't say that the movie lived up to all the hype. While …
reviewed The Exodus. June 10, 2008
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The Exodus profiles the plight of Holocaust survivors in post WW2 Europe. The book profiles the unique journey these survivors had from the refugee camps in Europe all the way to  their move to Israel. …
reviewed Thomas Friedman. June 10, 2008
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I love Tom Friedman's writing for one simple reason--he has the amazing gift of being able to turn the world's most complex issues into simple, understandable information. For example, in his book From …
reviewed The Amazing Race. June 10, 2008
The Amazing Race
This show is so much fun to watch! Not only does it take you all over the world, but it also examines the dynamics of relationships and how they respond to stress. You really get a true idea of who each …
reviewed We Plan, God Laughs. June 10, 2008
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This book discusses the inevitable--the fact that we often plan for things, but wind up not attaining the things we originally planned to. The very down to earth, wise Rabbi Sherre Hirsch discusses how …
reviewed Empire Falls. June 10, 2008
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The first time I picked up Empire Falls, I couldn't really get into it. However, the second time, once I made it past the first few chapters, I could not put it down! Russo does a great job of developing …
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As someone interested in development and social welfare, I have read many books on the topic. However, where most lay out lofty, unattainable goals, this one focuses on concrete action steps that actually …
reviewed Bridget Jones's Diary (book). June 10, 2008
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This book is a blast to read! You will most likely find yourself laughing out loud at Bridget Jone's interesting antics. Despite Fielding's "out there" approach, you will definitely be able to relate …
reviewed On My Own Two Feet. June 10, 2008
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In this book, Manisha Thakor and Sharon Keder lay out a fool proof plan for budgeting, investing, and saving your money. Even as someone with a business background, I have found that these topics are …
reviewed Patrick Molloy's. June 10, 2008
Patrick Molloy's
Patrick Molloy's is definitely a fun place to go watch a game and have a few drinks. However, every time I've been, the service has consistently been unacceptable. The bar runs various promotions such …
reviewed Nic and Stef's Steakhouse. June 10, 2008
Nic and Stef's Steakhouse
The Food:  Simply delicious! Highlights include the table side Caesar salad, gourmet mac and cheese, sweet potato fries, lemon meringue pie, and of course the steak! The steak is always perfectly …
reviewed Chinois. June 10, 2008
Chinois Santa Monica
Chinois is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in LA. Their artful presentations of Asian classics are delightful.     Food: The food is Asian fusion, with a California flair. …
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