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reviewed Beaumont's. June 07, 2011
On a whim, we hit Beaumont's for an early Sunday afternoon supper this summer, and it was firing on all cylinders.       Great menu selection, great service, great food quality, …
reviewed Terranea Resort. June 07, 2011
posted in MBlocal
Terranea Resort
   This has to be one of the best local treasures we've discovered in ages.  My husband and I wound up here after a mishap with our original plans for a weekend getaway to celebrate …
reviewed Dragon Martial Arts. February 10, 2011
posted in MBlocal
Dragon Martial Arts
Our preschooler has been begging to try martial arts for over a year. We told her she could start when she was four, and she held us to our word! For her birthday, she asked to do karate, so we looked …
reviewed Little Bee: A Novel. January 25, 2011
posted in Powell's Books
Little Bee: A Novel
I'll give Little Bee points for drawing me in - it was a compelling and super fast read. The main character is very well done, however I couldn't muster any empathy or even much likability for …
reviewed The Lion King (musical). December 28, 2010
The Lion King
The Lion King blew me away the first time I saw it (probably around 2005 or so), but after going again recently (fall 2010), I found it slow and tedious in parts. I think this was largely due to seeing …
reviewed Big Bear Cool Cabins. December 27, 2010
Big Bear Cool Cabins
We used this service as first-time visitors to Big Bear Lake, which is in driving distance to where we live in California.  This was also our first time using a vacation rental service to book a …
reviewed Waterfield Muzetto Vertical Laptop Bag. December 08, 2010
Waterfield Muzetto Vertical Laptop Bag
Earlier this year, in anticipation of attending a couple industry tradeshows, I was searching for a vertical laptop bag, and coming up painfully short on the mainstream sites.       …
reviewed Mangiamo. December 08, 2010
posted in MBlocal
Overall, Mangiamo is a quality restaurant that works for entertaining friends or family, which was why we went.  This review is only based off of one experience, so bear that in mind.  We also …
reviewed South Bay Aquatics Swim School. November 18, 2010
posted in MBlocal
South Bay Aquatics
Overall, we've experienced South Bay Aquatics to be a phenomenal facility with an excellent philosophy and approach to children's swim instruction.  It has significantly benefited our daughter, …
reviewed Delta Airlines. August 17, 2010
posted in UP UP & Away!
Delta Airlines
I think it's fair to say that most people's expectations of airlines are pretty low these days.  We pay more for less, but it's a necessary evil so you just sort of take it.  Being …
reviewed Amazon.com Subscribe & Save. June 24, 2010
Subscribe & Save offers 15% off AND free shipping on anything you routinely use, automatically delivering a shipment every one, two, three, or six months. Free shipping plus a discount put the service …
reviewed Boot Scoot Bikes "Zoomer". June 24, 2010
Boot Scoot Bikes
I recently learned about the idea of balance bikes for young kids (also called peddle-less bikes).  Basically, they're bikes without peddles, intended for kids to learn balance prior to tackling …
reviewed Princess Bean's Messy World. June 03, 2010
posted in The Family Room
Princess Bean's Messy World
This was a fun Saturday outing, and a great chance to share a story with my daughter that demonstrated a different kind of princess.  The intended message is that you don’t have to look or …
reviewed Four Daughters Kitchen. April 13, 2010
posted in MBlocal
Four Daughters Kitchen
General: why is this unique and different?   Perfect vibe, atmosphere, and decor, set things off to an awesome start.  Very "beachy" - just what I expect most South Bay spots …
reviewed Inglourious Basterds. April 05, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Inglorious Poster
What a fantastic film!  I see a lot of movies, but not very many "films", if you know what I mean.  This one was an awesome ride, that ranged from incredibly tense to laugh out loud …
reviewed From Trolls to Stars: The Commenter E.... March 14, 2010
posted in SXSW on Lunch
From Trolls to Stars: The Commenter Ecosystem
Takeaways      Wasn't aware there are actually people out there responding to their own comments and flaming themselves just to dial up attention (referenced by head of Engadget …
reviewed Monkeys with Internet Access: Sharing.... March 14, 2010
posted in SXSW on Lunch
Clay Shirky Presentation
Biggest Takeaway      SO enjoyed this!  Super compelling -- Clay asks that we consider how much value we can get out of civic sharing, taking into account the feelings and responses …
reviewed Avatar (2009 film). March 01, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Well, here goes nothing.  I've not really done movie reviews before, and honestly am intimidated to a degree by the major film buffs who are incredibly adept at breaking down plots, themes, and …
reviewed Baby Delight Supreme Snuggle Nest. August 19, 2009
Snuggle Nest
I probably should just write a review re: co-sleeping and that would get to most of the reasons I liked this product. Meantime, I'll just say that this gadget is quite useful for the first couple …
reviewed Doula. July 16, 2009
posted in Joy In Birthing
Illustrated representaiton of the Doula concept
I've been procrastinating this review for quite some time now, mainly because I'm not sure if I can do this rich topic full justice.  It's a truly multifaceted subject matter, with endless potential …
reviewed "Family Time" by Ziggy Marley. June 04, 2009
posted in Music Matters
Family Time album cover
What a GREAT album!  I so crave great music that my daughter enjoys as much as I do... it's a constant challenge and continuous search.  As a life long, relatively rabid Bob Marley fan, it was …
reviewed Yo Gabba Gabba!. April 24, 2009
Yo Gabba Gabba
After hearing an inordinate amount of buzz about this show from moms & dads in every parenting circle imaginable (hipsters, midwest traditionals, uber-moms, etc) - I finally checked it out.  …
reviewed Rescue Me. April 19, 2009
Rescue Me
I just have to dive in and say that I adore this show and am nothing shy of elated that it's FINALLY back on the air with a new season on FX.    I'll update this review with more detail …
reviewed Pilates. April 19, 2009
posted in Healthy Lifestyle
Let me start simply.  I LOVE Pilates.  I've quite literally been day-dreaming about it ever since I stopped going during my 2-month-turned-into-2-year adjustment to motherhood.      …
reviewed Carrie Underwood. April 19, 2009
posted in Music Matters
Carrie Underwood
I'd be very curious to know if American Idol's producers could've fathomed finding a talent of this caliber and who would grow to be an artist with incredible longevity and relevance long after taking …
reviewed BabyBjorn Infant Carrier. April 18, 2009
This infant carrier must be one of the most popular items on most baby registries, and for good reason.  As my due date grew nearer, and the shower came and went, the boxes of baby gear began to …
reviewed Changeling. April 13, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Changeling (2008)
You really have to go a ways to lead with Angelina Jolie and be directed by icon Clint Eastwood, and yet create this lame of a film.  Considering the incredibly disturbing nature of the subjects …
reviewed Summer Infant Day & Night Handheld Co.... March 07, 2009
Summer Infant Video Monitor
This is by far one of the most useful items of baby gear we've had in the two years since our daughter arrived on the scene.  At first it felt pricey - and actually, my husband gave me some grief …
reviewed True Blood. December 27, 2008
True Blood Logo
HBO continues their run of amazingly high quality series (however slowly and painfully far apart they seem to debut).  The buzz about True Blood hit me before it even aired, however I was a cynic …
reviewed 2008 Olympics Opening Ceremonies. August 12, 2008
posted in Awesomeness
2008 Olympics Opening Ceremonies
I really may not even have the words to explain how incredibly beautiful and amazing this show was.  And I'm a pretty wordy person.  You sort of expect to get swept up and inspired by these …
reviewed Polliwog Park Summer Concerts In The .... August 07, 2008
posted in MBlocal
Polliwog Park - Summer Concerts in the Park
This is a tried & true haunt for our family in the summertime.  Everyone brings food & picnics to this lovely park, which slopes down a huge hill and has a small lake & great playground …
reviewed Noah's Ark at the Skirball Cultural C.... August 05, 2008
posted in Los Angeles
Macaroni Hedgehog from Noah's Ark at The Skirball
Ok, so wow, wow, and wow.  I'd heard great things, but this surpassed any expectations we had when we set out with toddlers in tow for a little museum fun on a Friday afternoon.     …
reviewed Trader Joe's. August 01, 2008
Trader Joe's
Seriously though, it's like my little oasis.  A truly happy place.  My kid gets a balloon... I get amazing selection of what is basically a curated grocery experience, crazily low prices (without …
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