Friends, Flowers, and Perfect Harmony

Lee Lindsey and I go way back. We first met at a party at Jerry and Mick Jagger’s place on the island of Mustique in December 1986 when we bonded over being new mothers (Tatjana and Sam are born just 5 days apart), and have… Keep Reading »

Tatjana Rhodes: Girl Gone Good!

Now that Tatjana is finally starting share her work on her Vimeo channel, its time to do a little shameless promotion of my talented daughter. I don’t think there was ever any question that she would go into the arts.
The young artist
Initially it seemed animation would… Keep Reading »

Judge Julie & Friday Food Tips

Well my chickadees, I’ve been invited to be a guest chef  critic on one of my favorite cooking shows today, so I don’t have time to write a new bog post. Here are a few of my favorite Friday Food Tips from the past to keep you entertained while… Keep Reading »

Highlights of 2013

The year could not have begun on a better note – Tatjana came home and I finally got to meet the boyfriend. Poor Aaron hardly knew what hit him when he was immediately whisked away to Newport Beach to meet the grandparents too. Living directly… Keep Reading »

Merry This, Happy That, & Gratitude

“Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response” – Mildred Barthel
Some of us seem to be naturally positive people who wake with smiles on our faces, I’m not one of them. I have to start my day with a grateful list to positively charge… Keep Reading »

How To Avoid OVER Indulging On The Holidays

Thanksgiving signals the beginning of family get-togethers and holiday parties, and along with it a lot mindless grazing and stress eating that can pack on the pounds.  Statistics suggest that the average person gains between 2-5 lbs. over the holiday period. I know when I… Keep Reading »

Friday Food Tip: Packed Lunches

A Personal Chef Approach™ member mentioned her frustration in coming up with new school lunch ideas in our forum this week. Since it is a pretty universal dilemma, I thought it would make a great Friday Food Tip. Here are a few of the ideas that I… Keep Reading »

Happy Birthday Wishes

Whoa, I can’t believe so many years have flown by so quickly, but I am wishing you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY, and your best year yet, Tatjana. One full of love, happiness, great health, and tons of success!

I love you so much, and I am so proud of the… Keep Reading »

Ombre! A Hair Color Makeover

I used to be married to someone famous for his frequent hair color changes, so it barely registered on the richter scale of surprise when my then seven year old daughter phoned me excitedly one day to say “Mummy you’ll never guess what color hair… Keep Reading »

(EX)Rock Wives Speak Out

MTV did a show in the late 1980″s Called Rock Wives Speak Out. The commercial for it was so melodramatic that every time we heard Jerry Hall announce the title in her infectious Texan drawl, we would burst into fits of laughter. Since I had… Keep Reading »

Sentimental Concerts

I’ll never forget my first concert, in fact I remember it distinctly. I was ten years old, and I had brought home a straight A report card, so my mother rewarded me with tickets to see Aerosmith. I proudly donned make-up and my grubbiest, frayed,… Keep Reading »

London Return Ticket

Jewels: Tatjana heads back to London today, and as usual, I have a massive lump forming in my throat, and tears welling up in my eyes. At least this time I know she will be going back to the loving arms of her boyfriend –… Keep Reading »

If These Walls Could Talk…

Once upon a time Luggala was my home away from home. Within it’s walls I lived a fairytale existence far beyond anything my own imagination could have conjured. While my weeks were filled with the ravages of divorce, my weekends were spent surrounded by natures… Keep Reading »