My Dream Disney Vacation


I mentioned in a previous post that when I was a kid, I would plan out detailed trips to Walt Disney World – including itineraries, hotel reservations, and more. While the particulars are a little different now than they were when I was younger, I definitely do still have a dream trip in mind. Continue reading

Why I Have Seven Savings Accounts


Yep, you read that right. I have SEVEN savings accounts. Does that sound crazy? A few years ago, I probably would have thought so, too. But hear me out.  Continue reading

SURPRISE – I Don’t Love Bullet Journals


At first glance, the idea of a bullet journal sounded right up my alley. As it is, I have a pretty serious notebook addiction (I cannot walk out of that aisle at Target without a new one.) and I’ve carried a trusty paper planner since I got my first one in homeroom in middle school. Continue reading

Shows Over Bros


In the 50’s, everyone watched I Love Lucy. The 70’s had Happy Days and M*A*S*H. The 90’s? Friends and Seinfeld. But beyond those decade defining shows is an entire subset of other just as significant shows – the shows of the NEXT generation. Continue reading

A SOCIAL Experiment


Even though I have accounts with all the major social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat…), I’ve never been one for sharing every detail of my life. I think there are two main reasons for that. Continue reading

Stitch Fix – Seventh Heaven


Happy Birthday to ME!

My husband and I are starting to get serious about saving to buy a house. The thought of saving up upwards of $20,000 is scary; the thought of then handing over those $20,000 in one fell swoop is even scarier. In any case, to do my part to save up our pennies, I’ve decided to put a hold on most extra purchases…including my regular frou-frou Starbucks order and, yes, new clothes.

BUT since it was just my birthday, I decided to go out with a bang, or in this case, a fix. Continue reading

Girl Time Matters


This past February, I had the pleasure of embarking on my very first Ladies Weekend with two of my best friends. Since they had both left New York City for more suburban pastures, we needed a good excuse to all get together again for more than just a passing dinner or happy hour when they swing through town.

I’m not sure when along the way we decided it would become an annual tradition, but now I don’t know what I would do without it. Continue reading

Divided We Will Fall


“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” – Desmond Tutu

As I was walking from my office to the subway yesterday, I saw a black man asking a white police officer for directions. In my mind, I thought that if the black man was scared, he had every right to be.

Then this morning, my subway hit a turn roughly, and I felt a little hand grab mine. I looked down to see a little black boy (who I later found out was three years old) smiling up at me – completely fearless.

Immediately, my heart ached for both of them, for the fear and hate and ugliness that man likely encounters on a regular basis and for the uncertainty ahead for that little boy. Continue reading

TLF Book Club: Spring 2016 Update


Dear George R.R. Martin, 

I hate you.

Sincerely, Cristina

At the end of last year, I decided on a reading goal for 2016. And I then thought it would be great to have these quarterly updates here as a kind of accountability check throughout the year to keep me on task.

Then A Feast for Crows happened.  Continue reading

Day by Day on the Ruby Princess


First we talked about packing and getting ready for the Alaskan adventure. Then we tackled the basics – eating and sleeping. Now, let’s take a closer look at how we passed the time during our week aboard the Ruby PrincessContinue reading