Fadra’s 3rd Annual Highly Unusual Gift Guide

2014 Gift Guide

Are you ready for some Christmas? Or Hanukkah? Or whatever reason you have to rush out and buy something to show someone how much they mean to you? Then I’ve got just the right thing for you. I don’t know why but this year I’m actually ready for Christmas. I mean, I’m not physically ready […]

The Good News and Bad News about the Shark Rotator Vacuum

Shark Rotator Vacuum

There are two camps of people, I’ve learned. Those that love to vacuum and those that don’t. I happen to fall into the former category for reasons I can’t entirely explain. I have no real domestic skills or desires but I somehow find vacuuming, painting, and cleaning windows all extremely gratifying. Even though I’m well […]

Hosting A Casual Get-together in 3 Easy Steps

3 Easy Steps to hosting a casual get-together

Big holiday parties are easy to plan. In fact, planning is always the easiest part. We often host Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve dinner. And next month I’m hosting our book club/holiday party in the the neighborhood. I can plan with the best of them. Plan the food: Sometimes heavy, sometimes light. Perhaps one item in […]

I was an idiot when I started my blog

Fadra on Blogspot

When starting a blog, I usually meet people that fall into one of two camps: 1. Those that simply started a little blog to keep their family members updated on how their little peanut was growing and to share pictures of their BAYBAY 2. Those that read all the well known blogs before they were […]

What to Do When Your Kid Asks for a Sip

Barefoot by the Sea

I make a lot of parenting decisions based on instinct and not necessarily from parenting books, parenting experts, or even friends and family. Every child is unique. Every family is unique. And every family situation is unique, especially as it relates to alcohol. In my household growing up, you couldn’t find any alcohol in the house, not […]

The Intel Inside (of a Best Buy Store)

Intel Experience

One day, my friend asked me if I could take off on Friday. Normally a working stiff, she decided to take the day off and asked if I wanted to join her. Of course I had work to do. Of course I don’t get paid unless I work. But even freelancers need a day off. […]

Big Hero 6: The Latest Kidult Movie You Should See

BIG HERO 6 cityscape

Just another animated flick that your kid will drag you to? Not a chance. Big Hero 6 is the first official “kidult” movie I’m recommending. No, kidult is not a real word. Yes, I made it up (actually, when I googled it, I found it on Urban Dictionary so I’m not as original as I thought). […]

That One Time on the Autobahn…

VW Golf

Some experiences in your life will always make you look back and wonder how you survived. For example, when I was five years old, I was playing in the woods with my three-older sister and her friends. We were exploring unknown territory as kids back in the 70s used to do. I clearly remember that […]

Scary Netflix Movies for Everyone

Scary Netflix Movies

Today is Halloween. Tomorrow is the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos). And on top of all that, it’s also time for Daylight Savings to come to an end (fall back – yay!) So I encourage you to sit back, crack open that bag of your kids’ Halloween candy and stay up late getting the Dickens […]

KidsLink: An App to Organize Your Entire Family (even pets!)

Sling for broken arm

A few ago, my son fell off the wagon. Well, he fell off a wagon. Not the wagon but that wasn’t the most interesting part of the story. He fell off a wagon and complained in his overly dramatic way that his arm hurt. He was screaming, crying, and begging to be put out of his misery (I told you […]

Everything You Need to Know About Beaches Turks & Caicos

Barefoot by the Sea

If you read anything about my recent trip to Beaches Turks & Caicos, you’re probably in one of two camps. The first one is I didn’t go so can you please shut the hell up about it already camp. I get it. I did THREE posts on my trip last week where I showed you my best […]