The average total child-rearing costs for a child born in 2012 and living at home through age 17 range from $173,490 to $399,780, depending on the family's income level.
I'm just returning from an amazing 9 day adventure in Peru. Our group of eight people hiked and camped on the 27 mile Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It was amazing, spiritual and at times very challenging.
We always wonder how fashion celebrities have radiant glowing skin every time they step out onto the red carpet. I spoke with a few of our in-house skin specialists about the possible beauty treatments our beloved celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Beyonce and top models use to maintain their perfect skin and here is what they had to say....
Towards the end of January, I received a copy of Paulette Lambert’s new cookbook, The Wellness Kitchen. Years of hosting a food blog, and working in the food industry in general, have definitely played a role in expanding pant sizes and plumper cheeks.
As a matchmaker, I can easily say that over-analytical behavior is hands down the number one crime in dating. There’s no place for cerebral decision-making in matters of the heart.
A few years ago I moved a client from her home to a newer condo. She needed to downsize and simplify her life. The condo was really transformed into a great space. Recently that same client contacted me to work on another, smaller space. This time the budget was pennies in comparison to the last project. In fact it was less than $3000. I was lucky in the fact that I knew her style and taste and had a few leftover pieces to work with.
Online criminals continuously change their operating methods. That's why it is crucial that Internet users keep up on the latest scams and the steps to take to protect their personal and financial information when online.
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” That old familiar saying tells you exactly what to do when a hefty lot of negative is flying your way. No one tells you what to do when you have eight or nine perfectly ripe avocados on hand, and we all know that the worst thing you can do with perfectly ripe avocados is let them go to waste. I had this figurative batch of “lemons” in one hand and a bag of cocoa powder in the other. The logical thing to do was make a cake.
As a senior fitness specialist for many people over the age of 65, I always incorporate exercise to improve balance into sessions. That's because each year, more than 1/3 of people over the age of 65 fall. Injuries from falls, such as hip fractures, are serious and prevention is the key.
Scarves and gloves but not just any gloves, sleeve gloves took over the runway. This princess inspired look might be a little similar to the knee high socks but this time around we moved from legs to the arms.
A few years ago I was contracted to work on a house in the hills. The residence hadn’t been touched in over 20 years and with that came all the usual suspects. It was full of the 1990’s design aesthetic; Berber carpet, a mauve and sea foam color palette along with travertine furnishings. I knew I had my work cut out for me. It was a challenge.
I’ve been hearing about the importance of breathing, and how it can help me relax and be more present, centered, and even feel better. Do you have any special breathing exercises you can share here? Thanks, RO
California winters are hardly annoying, but they are a tad bit cooler than the rest of the year. For those of us with tiny or short-haired, prone-to-be-cold pups, here’s a list of indoor playgrounds and activities for your pets!
Potato, potahto, tomato, tomahto. You can interpret the lyrics of this old song as literally or figuratively as you like, but today, we’ll go with the latter. What makes guacamole guacamole?
If you’re a resident of Los Angeles, you probably know the LADWP (Los Angeles Department of Water and Power) from the utility bill that comes in your mail. But you might not know about a couple of neat tools that the LADWP provides - absolutely free!
Financial planning is more than just a good idea. Research has consistently shown that people who have financial plans -- and who work with financial advisors -- save and invest far more and are nearly twice aslikely to feel on track or ahead of schedule in preparing for major financial goals, such as retirement.1
Last weekend Louis Vuitton revealed its new look at the Rodeo Drive Flagship store…although I didn’t get a chance to make the drive to Beverly Hills, I found some great photos that show how amazing the store looks.
A few years ago, a good friend of mine was a volunteer at Make A Wish. She was given the task of doing a room makeover for a lovely teen girl here in LA. Unfortunately, she didn’t know where to start. My phone rang late one night asking for my help. Without any hesitation, I jumped at the chance to help my friend create a new bedroom for the more than deserving teen.
It’s a new year, and I’m feeling optimistic but with waves of discouragement and confusion about my life path. I think I’m on track, but sometimes I get sabotaged by negative thoughts and feelings. How can I claim my life purpose and live it with empowerment and success? I welcome your insights, thank you, RS
Sometimes that alarm can go off pretty early for some of us, and if you're like me, you don't exactly spring out of bed yelling; "I can't wait to sieze the day".
Have you ever had something at top of mind, or at least in your list of to do’s, and for some reason, it just never gets done? That’s what happened during most of January. In December, we filled a friend’s birthday cake with a caramelized pineapple and ginger sabayon that was inspired by two previous successful sabayon flavors. If you’re not familiar with sabayon, don’t think we’ve gone all fancy on you.You too can pull together a sabayon. If you do it in a timely fashion, maybe you will make it to the party with dessert in hand.
The biggest challenge in dating today is that people expect to find their version of perfection…or at least someone who totally fulfills their ‘list of requirements’. We’re a culture who likes to check, check, check things off our list. The problem is, that’s all backwards. Of course you need to make sure that you’re meeting people within your range of fundamental priorities. But at the end of the day, it boils down to the feeling, not the list. When you feel that indescribably delicious chemistry with someone, I guarantee you’re not going to care about those extra pounds / the color of her hair / his height / her degree / his job, etc.. You’re NOT. You’re going to be so happy that you finally connected with your person that you will just deal with the pieces that aren’t a perfect fit.
Calling all moviestar pets and stage moms and dads! Have you always felt your pet was perfect for the big screen? Does your dog, cat, parrot, goldfish steal the spotlight at every chance? Or have you just simply always wanted to be a stage-parent? You’ve come to the right place. Below are some first steps you can take in getting your pet into the spotlight. Break a leg!
I thought I should mixed it up a little and try to share a trend that many of us forget to appreciate. If you’re planning to have a bad hair day and desperatly need something to keep you stylish, try wearing a hat. The biggest trends are wide-rimmed fedoras, embellished hats, and animal inspired hats. You won’t be disappointed and can find them everywhere in the malls.