My Mother Articles

A New Kind of Monopod


Century City


In Your Face


The Middle of the Road


My Mother and Coca Cola Wish You a Happy Valentine’s Day


White Trash


That was the subject line when my mother sent this picture.

My Mom is Funnier than Your Mom


Here’s today’s picture, the subject line she sent was “LA’s Best?”.

LAs Best smoke shop tokes

I got super busy today working on two really different projects and eating Fresh Brothers salad like the bowl was a feedbag attached to my neck.

Tomorrow I’ll blog properly… I hope. Or maybe even tonight.

Lucky Ducky


If you’ve ever met my mother the chances are good that she took your picture. Periodically I’ll be sharing her pictures here, they have a tendency to show her sense of humor which is one I enjoy.

Lucky Ducky So You Can Sleep Through Black Friday (now called


Remember when I said that we spent November 10th shopping? Remember when I told you my Mom hates shopping? Well, my mom hates shopping less when the folks from hand her a little envelope of cash.

So basically with the Savvy app (or website) you take the items that you want and put them on a “want” list. This is good for people who aren’t me. If you’re me, you take the items you want and put them in your home. I have little use for delayed gratification and my husband will be pleased to know that there are only a few things that I actually want.

Now, if you’re me the “want” list is short but the shopping list is long. I don’t shop sales because my experience tells me that by the time things are on sale I’ve either decided I don’t want or need them or they are sold out of my size.

This is where Savvy comes in.

Most retailers will honor price changes within 10-14 days. Most consumers do not walk around with a pocket full of reciepts looking for cash back on a price adjustment. Savvy shoppers do and now steps in to make people like me appear to be savvy shoppers.

Basically you enter your receipt (just snap an iphone picture) and then savvy saves your items. When prices drop sends you an email. You can just pop back into the store and get your money.

So yeah, you can go shopping all week before the stores look like a tornado hit them and then leisurely drop in at J Crew in 12 days and get the price adjustment. It’s really smart.


Any good start up is only as good as it’s executive team. The folks who were at the event were telling us about their lead engineer who grew up in a really tough part of Los Angeles and overcame odds that were stacked against him. Maybe the mimosas made us more receptive to the message, but combining that with the fact that the marketing manager seems to truly admire his wife… well, Mom and I were smitten.

It’s in beta, so if you need your technology to work perfectly at every turn this is not the app for you. If you’re excited about new ideas, getting sale prices without having to shop sales, and supporting new business models then this is for you.

And really, the folks at gave my mom a really great birthday, and that just tickles me.

Savvy is available in the itunes store and coming soon to the Android market.

UPDATE April 20, 2012: The app is the same (actually it’s a heck of a lot better) and it’s now called eyeona… you know like Eye On A… as in “I have my eye on a new belt.” Check it out at

I Did Secret Shopping Today


It’s my mom’s birthday today and there was a blogger event that involved shopping. The folks hosting asked us to bring a non blogging friend and I asked my mom to join me.

She said, “I hate shopping and I hate that mall.”

“Perfect,” I replied, “I’ll pick you up at 9.45. They’re serving booze, it won’t suck.”

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Brunch and mimosas did the trick. Mom and I showed up for a lovely brunch and then we were sent around the Grove to play with this new app.

Here’s the thing about it. I love technology. I love shopping and I love brunch, it was a no brainer inviting me. I was bound to love it.

My mom loves technology, she does not love a pre-beta application (she wants it finished and shiny) and hates both shopping and brunches (but she does enjoy a mimosa). Mom LOVED the app in every way. Next week I’ll share all the details with you, but trust me when I tell you that it’s good for everyone, and the founding team is so kicky sweet that you’ll want it to take over the world.

Of course I left the Grove after three hours of shopping and headed straight to the Cheese Store in Beverly Hills, ate a huge slab of something smelly, soft and nutty along with a half a loaf of bread and now I’m near comatose on the sofa. I’ve got to pull my slovenly self up in a minute so I can grab those kids from school and start with the fun part of the day.

Also, parents, is it just me or have the after sports snacks gotten wildly out of control?