Cake Decorating & Happy Birthday Wishes

Jewels: This week is both Tatjana’s and her boyfriend, Aaron’s birthday, so you can imagine how excited I was to receive this timely guest post from premium member Lane Buckman. Her son “Thor” as we have come to know and adore him, also celebrated his… Keep Reading »

Atoms of Gratitude: The Glass Half Full

The gigantic lump in my throat, and that wind-kicked-out-of-me kind of pressure on my chest have become familiar symptoms after 14 years of putting my daughter back on a plane to England. You would think it would get easier with practice and age, but honestly?… Keep Reading »

Atoms of Gratitude: My Greatest Production

Some of you wonder why I speak fondly of my ex, or why one should push past all the resentment, and try to find forgiveness in their hearts when a marriage does not work out. This is my reason. No matter how much success either of… Keep Reading »

Cinema that Matters

There are two films being released this Friday. Mirror Mirror starring Julia Roberts, and clearly the underdog film, a documentary called Bully already causing huge controversy over the “R” rating the Motion Picture Association of America slapped on it. The Weinstein company are releasing it without rating in response,… Keep Reading »

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Chalking Up Another Birthday Today

You would think by now I would have outgrown loving birthdays, but no, I still get as excited as I did when I was two. Evidently that Daisy gets excited too. She woke me barking her rendition of “happy birthday” at 6AM. Thanks Daisy, but I… Keep Reading »

My Year in Review, 2011

The last week of the year is when I really notice all that I have to be grateful for. Taking stock of the year’s accomplishments, triumphs, and fun (and making a mental notes of where my weaknesses could be strengthened) helps me set new goals… Keep Reading »

Baking, Holidays, & Memories for Generations

Jewels: If you’re lucky, you have memories of baking with a family member that will warm your soul for a lifetime. As a child for me, it was my Auntie Vera. She made this time of year magical! It was a tradition I lovingly passed onto… Keep Reading »

Spider the Web for a Halloween Party Menu

I know the holidays are officially upon us when my neighbors are out digging up their lawns in preparation.
Getting spooky in the hood
Is it just my neighborhood (I live in tinseltown, home of the fiercely talented set decorator and specIal effects people), or is your town… Keep Reading »

High Tea Texan Style at Lavendou

In stark contrast to my last post about coffee tasting“Starbucks-style” on a spice plantation in Bali, guest blogger Lane Buckman shares her much more refined high tea experience with the Fabulous Girls Club of

Julie Anne and Tatjana Rhodes
Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. Sounds absolutely divine, Lane!  The… Keep Reading »

I am Mother, Hear Me ROAR!

I believe that mothers have the power to change the world. Why? We are motivated by the fiercest of instincts known to man, the maternal instinct. In full swing it will not falter when confronting fear or greed, because for those fleeting moments it pulses… Keep Reading »

Happy 25th Birthday Tatjana!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TATJANA! It’s mind boggling to me that my baby is now a quarter of a century old! After almost as many hours of travel as years old she is (the Rhodes’ family version of candles on a cake) – we are finally soaking up… Keep Reading »

Proof Mini Me is a Chip Off the Old Block

It’s amazes me how much alike a mother and daughter can be – even when they live with 5000 miles apart!

Tatjana and Julie Anne Rhodes
Tatjana and I have always shared interests. We both love to steal away for a matinee (it must be that playing… Keep Reading »

Food in Film: Like Water for Chocolate

Like Water for Chocolate (1992) by Penelope Worley
Nick, Tatjana, and Julie Anne Rhodes
Just like Julie Anne ties in one of her scrumptious recipes to her blog of life’s adventures so too does this film blend in a recipe into each portion of the story. Originally… Keep Reading »