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Feb16

At least we beat the British.

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This week, UNICEF released a report on child welfare (a PDF of the report is here). First, the good news: the children of the United States are doing well—compared to third-world countries! Now for the actual news: in the rankings of 21 industrialized countries, we’re, hmm, second to last. Ouch. Here’s the list, from best […]

Feb16
Price Tag Cage Match: Lengthening Mascaras

Price Tag Cage Match: Lengthening Mascaras

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Happy Friday! And welcome to a new occasional-totally-not-on-a-regular-schedule feature here at the Advice Smackdown: the Price Tag Cage Match. This is where I’ll use two products — one expensive and one from the drugstore — that promise the same results, and see if the expensive version is really any better. Then I’ll lock them in […]

Feb15
Best Ideas for Eating Out with Kids: In fact, when I finish this we’re going to dinner.

Best Ideas for Eating Out with Kids: In fact, when I finish this we’re going to dinner.

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My biggest budget weakness used to be Target and the Baby Gap sale rack. But one day (after a few therapy sessions) I was able to stop buying things we didn’t really need just because, “it was on sale!” Now, my biggest budget weakness is eating out with my family. It’s terribly wasteful but I […]

Feb14
The Perfect Pair

The Perfect Pair

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Dear Ms. Amalah, Since having two beautiful babes in the last 3 years, lets just say I haven’t exactly deemed my wardrobe a priority. Now, while trying to lose the baby weight I’ve decided it’s time to get some good staples in my closet, starting with a pair of jeans. I have high standards or […]

Feb13
Best Alphabet Toys & Decor: Won’t you sing with me….

Best Alphabet Toys & Decor: Won’t you sing with me….

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First, last week I told you I’d update you when we made our final decision about our valentines. After a lot of discussion we all agreed to make the chocolate treats and use the robot valentines so the kids would be able to write their names on the cards. You can see the process here […]

Feb12
Eye of Darkness

Eye of Darkness

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Dearest Amalah, I have a problem so, duh, who better to answer it than you? There are dark circles under my eyes. Huge, dark, purple circles that NEVER go away. I’ve had them since I was a kid (now 24) and I’m starting to get annoyed. Most of the products I’ve found are designed to […]

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