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First time voting!

What a great feeling, voting in my first US federal election. It's my right as a new citizen but also a great privilege. I voted by mail almost two weeks ago. I liked doing it that way. I knew who…

my ikea essentials

Whenever I head south down the 405 freeway to my closest Ikea store I bring a list of essentials. I would never try to decorate my whole house with Ikea furniture but then again I would never decorate my home…

the newest U.S. citizens

Today, along with around 4900 other excited foreign-born green card holders, I became an American citizen at an enormous ceremony watched by another 5000 people inside L.A.'s Convention Center. I made some new friends along the way, Elva from Mexico…

hang out and chill out

Each time I go back to Australia and spend the holidays with my family, I find myself outside hanging washing on the line. They still do that there. It's not unpleasant. In fact, it's lovely. It's a quiet, almost meditative…

gorgeous storage

The Nest 9 by Morph/Joseph Joseph My kitchen is not huge. It's not tiny either but I can't go all Martha and buy every appliance and gadget available and hope there will be enough space to store it. That's ok…

best beach towels – links

Co-ordinating color-block, stripe & medallion design (source: Pottery Barn) Now is a great time to go through that taggety collection of misfits that is your beach towel collection and replace them with a plush pile of gorgeous new towels, if…