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

Room & Board on the Ruby Princess


ICYMI: My family and I recently got back from an amazing vacation – cruising Alaska on board the Ruby Princess.

If you’re planning an Alaskan cruise (or any cruise, really) soon, be sure to check out my post about prep and packing.

This week, though, we turn our focus to two of my favorite activities both on vacation and in life: eating and sleeping! Continue reading

Prepping to Cruise on the Ruby Princess


Something I didn’t mention in my planning post last week was the amazing trip I just got back from – a cruise to Alaska with my husband’s whole family to celebrate my in-laws 40th wedding anniversary!

Okay, so my mother-in-law picked and booked the trip for us (brava!), but you know I couldn’t leave it at that. I researched the ship, all the ports we’d be stopping at, packing suggestions, weather, you name it! And now that we’re back, I can share all that planning with you…including what was worth the trouble, and what wasn’t.  Continue reading

Schedules, Projects & Lists, OH MY!


If there’s one thing I really love doing it’s making plans. I tend to be more of a pen and paper kind of gal, so there’s always a notebook in my bag filled with random ideas and lists.  Continue reading

Broadway Review: She Loves Me


For a few months before leaving my last job, I was on an adjusted schedule where I worked half-days on Wednesdays and Fridays. Long story short, I was feeling overwhelmed with my schedule and thought it would help to have a little time to myself during the week to work it all out.

When I found out that my new schedule had been approved, I made all kinds of plans, including using online lotteries to see some Wednesday matinees. Mainly, I ended up going home and taking a lot of naps… Continue reading