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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

Grocery Coupons: Do You Go to Extremes?

April 9, 2011 | 1

I'm the first person to encourage others to use grocery coupons.  It's amazing how much money you can save on your everyday grocery purchases by using coupons.  And I'll admit that yesterday, when I found an about-to-expire "save $5 on your next purchase" coupon in a pocket of my purse, I made a trip to the supermarket to take advantage of that $5 in free groceries (hello, chicken drumsticks for tonight's dinner!)

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More than Just Free Wi-Fi

April 8, 2011 | 1

You've known for years that you can enjoy free wi-fi access at Starbucks while you nibble a scone and sip your skinny soy latte.

But did you know that you can also enjoy, through the Starbucks Digital Network, FREE access to various paid sites and services such as The Wall Street Journal and ESPN online.

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Dunk It!

April 8, 2011 |

How many computer keyboards have you ruined because you spilled coffee, water or Dr. Pepper on them?

How many methods have you tried to clean cracker crumbs, pretzel salt and potato-chip bits from between the keys of your keyboard?  Vacuum-cleaner attachments, Q-tips, blow dryers and canned air are never quite up to the challenge.

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Tying the Royal Knot

April 7, 2011 | 1

Thirty years ago, teenage girls the world over were captivated by the royal wedding as Lady Diana married Prince Charles and became a princess.

It was just like a fairy tale--horse-drawn carriage and all.  We all wanted her dress.  And her hair.  The jewelry was in demand too.  (The husband, not so much.)

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Safely Accessorized

April 7, 2011 |

Concerned about the levels of toxic metals in the "fun jewelry" your daughter wants to buy at the mall?

You can breathe easier about that now, as national jewelry seller Tween brands has pledged to eliminate the toxic metal cadmium from bracelets, necklaces, and other items it sells.

Cadmium has recently been found to cause neurological damage, much like lead does.  It can also damage the kidneys and bones, and is a known carcinogen.

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Too Much of a Good Thing?

April 6, 2011 |

There's a new toy in town, and it's causing a bit of controversy among moms.

Most baby dolls come with a bottle; some of these toy bottles even have that fake white liquid inside, that moves when you tip the bottle to "feed" the doll.

This new doll doesn't come with a bottle at all; you see, it's designed to encourage breastfeeding.

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It's All Cosmetic

April 6, 2011 |

About a week before the spring musical, I figured it was time to spring some news on Mr. Third Grader.  He has loved being in the high-school play, but I was wondering if this might be a deal-breaker.

"You might have to wear makeup for the show," I told him.  "What do you think about that?"

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Parking Karma

April 5, 2011 | 1

Few things are more dangerous than a teenager with a camera phone.  My daughter, still almost two years away from legal driving age, has spent the past couple of years tormenting her older brother's friends about their parking skills.

When they visit, they park in the street in front of our house.  She has taken it upon herself to be the Parking Police.

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Pregnancy and Glamour

April 5, 2011 |

You thought Bridezillas were bad?  They've got nothing on the hormonal, pregnant moms in the affluent Upper East Side.

These moms are enrolled in MomPrep, a training academy for well-heeled moms-to-be.

Or should I say high-heeled moms-to-be?

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Hands Off My Prom Dress

April 4, 2011 |

One of my favorite episodes of "I Love Lucy" is the one where Lucy and Ethel unwittingly buy identical dresses for a charity fund-raiser.  After they each break their promise to return the dress, they wind up onstage at the fund-raiser, tearing pieces off each other's gowns in a fit of anger.

It's much the same for teenage girls, currently in the midst of Prom Season.

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Weird Holiday Monday: Eat at the Wheel Edition

April 4, 2011 |

April is Grilled Cheese Month! That may be, but my favorite time to eat grilled cheese is August, when I can get garden-fresh Jersey tomatoes for my sandwiches.   I wonder if there's any way to lobby for moving this observance...

April 6 is Drowsy Driver Awareness Day! Drink more coffee.  Eat peppermints.  Open the window.  Turn the radio up loud.  Pull over and take a nap.  But whatever you do, if you're sleepy, don't drive.

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