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About Barb Szyszkiewicz

Barb Szyszkiewicz

Barb Szyszkiewicz

Barb Szyszkiewicz enjoys reading, writing, cooking, writing about cooking, and reading cookbooks! You'll find her not-so-secret recipes at SFO Mom Fridge. Barb lives with her husband and three children in southern New Jersey--and that's her real last name, not a typo.

Posts By Barb Szyszkiewicz

Think It’s Too Soon for Back to School Shopping? Think Again.

July 6, 2011 |

It's that time again: time to start scouting out the best back-to-school bargains on notebooks, calculators, markers and protractors. The kids might think it's too early to shop for school supplies, but notebooks don't come with expiration dates and back-to-school sales don't last forever.

Keep in mind that school supplies that are shiny and new on the first day of school may well run out by Halloween. It's good to stock up on many of the essentials to stave off that Sunday-night run to the nearest shopping center for new crayons and glue sticks.   Read More

Save Your Skin! 7 Sunscreen Myths Debunked

June 23, 2011 | 2

The FDA recently imposed new labeling guidelines for sunscreens, but manufacturers won’t be required to use them until next summer. Ensure skin safety now with our skin protection tips!Read More

For Father's Day, Skip the Boring Tie and Plan an Adventure

June 16, 2011 | 1

While Daddy might wish to spend his entire Father’s Day napping in his hammock or watching sports on TV with a beer and pretzels near at hand, it’s a good bet that the kids have other plans.  Usually these plans involve pestering Dad to get out of his La-Z-Boy or hammock, or asking when the golf tournament will be over so they can switch the channel to SpongeBob Squarepants.  That is not a recipe for a happy Father’s Day—for anyone.

If your family’s in a Father’s Day rut (surf ‘n turf on the grill and yet another tie for Dad), why not get out of the house and do something different, making memories that will last a lifetime? Read More

Giveaway: Airbush Spray Tan From The Glo Studio

June 6, 2011 | 2

Would you like to WIN a tan that's a safe alternative to baking under the sun's harmful rays?  The GLO Studio has perfected a tanning method that makes your skin look great but allows you to avoid sun damage.  They've even made sure that this tanning method contains 100% organic DHA and 95% natural ingredients.

One lucky winner in the Venice, CA or Scottsdale, AZ area will win a FREE airbrush tan at The GLO Studio.  Five other winners will receive a 50% discount on a tan.

CLICK HERE for your chance to win an organic airbrush than at The GLO Studio!

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Does That Model Home Come with the Furniture?

June 3, 2011 | 1

You've tagged along behind your realtor on house tour after house tour when you finally make your way to the home you'd love to call your own.  Everything about it is perfect--until you remember that you still have to furnish the place, which is twice the size of your current place.  That's when you start wishing that along with the bathtub and kitchen sink, your new home came fully furnished with a dining-room set and a couch or two.

What can you do when you've sunk your life savings into a down payment and have nothing left over for a table and chairs?

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Mani-Pedi Giveaway at Bellacures: $45 Value

May 31, 2011 | 1

Here's your chance to WIN a manicure and pedicure from the salon that L.A. magazine calls "high-end at high speed." When you go to a nail salon, you expect a special experience.  When you go to Bellacures, you always get star treatment.

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How Your iPad Can Make You a Better Cook

May 16, 2011 | 3

Almost every cook has a secret recipe--and most celebrity chefs have a signature technique that makes all their dishes special.  Emeril's got "Bam!" and Rachael Ray promises fun, fabulous food in 30 minutes or less. Paula Deen, meanwhile, is all about the butter.  But every last one of them has terrific (and terrifically expensive) cookware, appliances and cooking gadgets to make that kitchen magic happen.

Whether you cook out of necessity or make a hobby out of trying new recipes and creating your own signature dishes, you'll find that one of the best cooking tools available won't be mentioned in cookbooks.  In fact, you could get rid of all your cookbooks if you just have this tool.

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Workout Like the Stars, SPX Pilates Giveaway at The Studio MDR

May 11, 2011 |

The Studio MDRLooking to change up your workout routine? Make sure you get the most mileage out of every minute you sweat. That's what you'll do when you try the SPX workout at The Studio (MDR) in Marina Del Rey, California.  Vital Juice says, "Imagine the toughest workout you've ever done.  Now multiply it by ten."  Enter now for your chance to win a free workout at the The Studio MDR.

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How to Dress Growing Kids on a Shrinking Budget

April 22, 2011 |

It's spring:  time to put away the hats and gloves and puffy coats--and discover that all your kids' warm-weather clothes are too small!  How can you, and your household budget, keep up with kids that seem to grow taller overnight?  It's easy when you bring the family to Old Navy for new clothes!  They've got easy-to-wear, easy-to-wash clothes for the entire family.

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Remember Rubik's Cube?

April 11, 2011 | 1

Were you ever to save that annoyingly addictive puzzle? I couldn't do it, but my brother could.

It was a fun game, but I don't think I'd like it immortalized on the wall of my bedroom.  However, a friend of my family is trying to convince my daughter that she should do exactly that when she chooses a new paint color for her room.

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Weird Holiday Monday: Singers Wearing Hats Edition

April 11, 2011 | 1

April 11 is International "Louie Louie" Day! Besides "Tequila," it's one of the few popular songs that sounds equally great when played by a marching band.

April is Straw Hat Month! That may be, but I'm still trying to get past that whole matching coat-dress-and-hat Easter outfit my mom insisted on buying me when I was little.  My sister and I were dressed like little tiny Jackie Kennedys, before the big sunglasses.  No, I will not show you a picture.

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