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Friday, December 28, 2007

Mountains of Trash

I hope you all had a merry Christmas, and that you are coping well with the mountains of trash that is created by all of the gift-giving and festive dining. It is at times like these when I can have my own Andie MacDowell moment and obsess about just where all the trash goes!

I have come up with some solutions that are not quite above board... let's just say that if you see some crazy lady doing the Tasmanian devil behind your local grocery store (over-sized trash bins), be kind, and realize that the Retro Housewife has momentarily "lost it" and may really, really need to deposit all those boxes in those very inviting bins.

I leave you for today with some investment advice: Tip the trash men! This time of year, it is probably the single best investment you can make!


Monday, December 24, 2007


Merry Christmas


Catholic Bashing - The DVD Game

Catholic Bashing the DVD Game Hey everyone, just in case passive Catholic bashing was just not doing it for you, New Line Cinema has just made it possible to get ACTIVE!

That's right, invite all your friends over for a jolly good game of "Bash the Catholic Church" and pretend you're not!

You and your friends will have hours of fun amusing yourself at the expense of Catholics everywhere, and best of all if somebody accuses you of "Hate play", all you have to say is: "Nuh ahhh".... just because there is a Pope convening with bishops, doesn't mean it is the Catholic pope! It could be any old pope convening with any old bishops!

The real point is to question authority! (A real boomer concept which can be roughly interpreted to mean: Criticize anything that might require social obligation or sacrifice - because this would inevitably hinder one's own egocentric pursuits.)

Of course, one could also question NewLine's motives, wisdom and morality for producing a film that insults and degrades the nation's largest religion.


Sunday, December 23, 2007

Calling GenX and Millennials - Important Announcement

Update: Here are the generational breakdowns according to Strauss and Howe:
  1. G.I. Generation Born 1901 - 1924, Currently 82 - 106 years old.

  2. Silent Generation Born 1925 - 1942, Currently 64 - 82 years old.
    1. DemocratSENATOR JOSEPH BIDEN, JR.: Birthdate: November 20, 1942,
    1. RepublicanJohn McCain: Birthdate: August 29, 1936 (Panama Canal Zone)
    2. RepublicanRon Paul: Birthdate: August 20, 1935 (Pittsburgh, Pa. )
    3. RepublicanFred Thompson: Birthdate: August 19, 1942 (Sheffield, Ala.)

  3. Boom Generation Born 1943 - 1960, Currently 46 - 64 years old.
    1. DemocratSENATOR HILLARY CLINTON: Birthdate: October 26, 1947,
    2. DemocratSENATOR CHRISTOPHER DODD: Birthdate: May 27, 1944,
    3. DemocratFORMER SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS: Birthdate: June 10, 1953,
    4. DemocratREP. DENNIS KUCINICH: Birthdate 1946,
    5. DemocratGOVERNOR BILL RICHARDSON: Birthdate: Nov. 15, 1947)
    1. RepublicanRudy Giuliani: Birthdate: May 28, 1944 (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
    2. RepublicanMike Huckabee: Birthdate: August 24, 1955 (Hope, Ark.)
    3. RepublicanDuncan Hunter: Birthdate: May 31, 1948 (Riverside, Calif.)
    4. RepublicanMitt Romney: Birthdate: March 12, 1947 (Detroit, Mich.)
  4. Generation X Born 1961 - 1981, Currently 25 - 46 years old.
    1. DemocratSENATOR BARACK OBAMA, Birthdate: August 4, 1961

  5. Millennial Born 1982 and later, Currently 25 or younger.

On our latest 8 hour drive to the mountains we got lucky and found a radio show that was one of the most interesting and informative I have ever heard. My husband and I were so glued to the radio that it seemed to cut the trip in half.

What were we listening to? An interview with author Neil Howe who coauthored several books with Bill Strauss, including
The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy
. I had heard neither of the authors nor their books, but nearly everything Mr. Howe said during this 3+ hour interview rang true. My husband and I would turn and look at each other periodically, nodding our heads in agreement, and rather amazed at the accuracy with which Mr. Howe described the present state of society, and the qualities and foibles of current and past generations. (I am now a believer! We bought and downloaded two of their books to listen to on the ride home.)

Now for the troublesome part. In their book The Fourth Turning, the authors say that we are heading into a period they call "Crisis":
Just after the millennium, America will enter a new era that will culminate with a crisis comparable to the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Great Depression, and World War II. The survival of the nation will almost certainly be at stake.
During the program, Mr. Howe made the comment: (I am paraphrasing)
"It would probably be better to have someone from Generation X leading the country to steward us through the crisis"
(as opposed to a Boomer.... Millennials are still too young)...and then he went on to say that among the current presidential candidates, there is only one GenX'er. Just when he said who it was, we hit static and missed it! But whoever it is,


I am researching it, but in the meantime....does anybody know?

Follow Up: Barak Obama is the GenX'er. I don't agree with him on some of his policies, but he is the man we want if you subscribe to the theories of Howe and Strauss. The question is: If you don't agree on policy, is it better to have somebody who actually does something than somebody who does nothing? Comments?

Follow up to comment:
I am Gen X. Was born in 1970. Recently, a boomer expressed very negative comments about my generation: we have no ambition, we are lost, confused, self-centered, etc. I was offended and did not recognize myself in this portrait. I certainly value family more than material success but that does not mean I have no ambition.
That is what the Boomers say about us GenX'ers. I have heard that many times as well. Howe & Strauss (H&S) say that GenX is self sufficient, values practical compromise over pie-in-the-sky ideology, tends to cocoon and surround themselves with close friends and family and gets things done. That suits me just fine!

Just look at the political stalemate we have today. Right and Left are in their corners and are shouting names and accusations at each other. Can you imagine what will happen if we face a real crisis with that sort of paralyzed leadership? Out with the Boomers!


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Who is Hogging

All right Cyber-Shoppers! I just tried to go to to snag the last of my Christmas gifts and I got this message:

"We'll be right with you. It's a little crowded in here right now, and to make sure everyone enjoys shopping with us, we're asking new visitors to wait here a few moments while other shoppers finish up. We'll refresh your browser and welcome you in momentarily. Thanks for your patience! "

Can you please hurry it up already? And leave some for the rest of us! In case you are getting the same message, you poor, Macy's deprived visitor, console yourself with staring at their logo a bit:


Monday, December 17, 2007

What's New!

December is a very busy month, I am sure I don't have to tell y'all that! I have about half of my Christmas shopping done, my daughter is now home on break and is currently yelling questions from the family room because the TV doesn't work. (It does, we were just watching Apple TV on it last night so the input button is on the wrong setting.)

It never ceases to amaze me how my normally bright kids who get almost perfect scores on their PSATs and just took the first prize in the Lexus Environmental challenge, become completely helpless when they walk through the front door. I guess they just want to be taken care of again, and be kids.

Anyway, I have a few items that I have been working on:
  1. Greek Recipes - I have just entered 3 Greek recipes from the 1950s, and there will be many more to come. Greece is one of my favorite places to visit, and I love the food so I am excited about building up a supply of recipes! Contributions are welcome BTW!
  2. Christmas Recipes and Retro Christmas pages are coming along nicely...while still a work in progress, there is some fun stuff that I have dug up!
Hope you like them, and don't stress too much over Christmas shopping!


Tuesday, December 04, 2007

My Oooohhh That's Pretty Christmas List

Hi There Again!

I did a list of green gifts, I did a list of Made in America gifts and now I'm doing a third and final list of things that are just too pretty/cool not to put in some sort of list!

I am doing some online Christmas shopping of my own and have found a ton of stuff that I would like for Christmas! I know, me me me! But I haven't bought a new handbag in about 5 years. I really shouldn't admit to that in a public forum, but somehow there are always priority purchases that gobble up all the money! (Tuition, food, mortgages - How 'bout them Adjustables!)

I am sure you can relate...

So anyway, here goes:
  1. Cole Haan Handbag at Smartbargains.comHandbags at SmartBargains - (the pictured handbags!) Extra 20% Off Top Handbags

  2. Shoes at SmartBargains!! While Inventory Lasts...Last Chance Shoes Extra 30% Off The earlier you get to this event, the better!

  3. Here's a little twist on the gift card idea: Design your own Visa gift card - like giving money with a personal touch...
  4. I love this little pink camera by Kodak - there's also a pink "fashion pak" to go with! And, a Kodak coupon to save you some money! 15% off all InkJet Paper + 20% off accessories with camera purchase at the Kodak Store!
  5. New Yoox coupon code: christmas@yoox for 10% Off - which is great beause Yoox just started the second Vintage Chanel promo - it sells out really fast though - especially the Chanel accessories! This Yoox code is valid until December 14th. Enjoy! And when that yoox coupon expires, here's a new one! New & Exclusive! Free Express Shipping + Free Gift Wrapping on all orders on YOOX.COM, Use HOLIDAY07@YOOX on checkout. This coupon code is valid until Dec 20.

  6. Oh the wonder that is Saks 5th Avenue! Saks is offering an "Online Exclusive Gift Card Event" and this event is two days long! From Friday, December 14th through Saturday, December 15th, We can get a free gift card worth up to $450 by using coupon code DECEMBER7B. ***This offer is an online exclusive December 14th – it won't be in stores until December 15th.*** How do you like them apples!? I suggest you try the sale section, where you can, for example, save $1,400 on this Versace Silk Sequin Top: Versace Silk Sequin Top
  7. Origins - the makeup and skincare line has a nice friends and family coupon code! Take part in our Friends & Family offer with 25% off your purchase and 2nd day free shipping! Use the Origins coupon code 1207FF2 Valid 12/16 to 12/18;
  8. TBC

Saturday, December 01, 2007

December Items

Shop Christmas Decor at I'm NOT paranoid! This evening on 60 minutes, Andy Rooney confirmed what I suspected: "Christmas" has been banned from public life.
12 Deals of Christmas 2007

"There's one word that's never mentioned though - not once in any of these. You know what the word is? The word "Christmas" is nowhere in any of these 27 catalogs I have. The word they use to replace "Christmas" is "Holiday."

I did a little survey to see who is not afraid to use the word Christmas:
(See the banner ads I have posted here...)
Christmas Banner

Christmas Banner

Gund Christmas Gifts

Wisconsin Cheeseman


Hanukkah starts this Wednesday. (December 5th) - David's Cookies Are OU-D Kosher - Use Code KOSHER10A For 10% Off - Rugelach, Message Cookies, Cakes & More. Free Shipping!
Does anybody know what OU-D means? Note: I am looking for some help in putting together a "Hanukkah over the decades section" much like the Retro Christmas section. Anybody with something to share, advice or tips please send me an email @ Retro Hanukkah



Friday, November 30, 2007

Mind Your Manners

Manners. Etiquette. Protocol. Formality. Polite Society.

These are not words that we visit very often any more; they all imply behaviour that is meant to benefit others in society, are outward facing and not particularly concerned with one's inner child, self-fulfillment, personal freedom or instant gratification.

They are not cool, man! Take it easy! Don't be so stiff, uptight, old-fashioned! Call everybody by their first name, as if they were your best friend. What is the matter with that? We're all equal, right?

It can certainly be nice to let your hair down, throw on some sweats and mosey into class, work, a church or a restaurant, right? I mean who wants to go to all the trouble of getting dressed up? (I am guilty of this one in particular, and am certainly not excluding myself from my own criticism. I shall not permit myself to watch TV for 2 weeks or until I clean up my act!)

I started to ponder all this as I was making another desperate attempt to sort through the daily mail, as well as the pile that accumulated while I was up in Tahoe. Why do I get so much darn mail? I get at least 3 letters a day (right now it can be as many as 7 or 8) from various charities wanting money from me. Some are worthy, some less so, some I suspect are even scams. I would need several hours a day just to sort through, read and respond to all of these requests (not to mention that I would soon be broke).

How did this happen? How did seemingly everyone with a cause get my name and address?

I'll tell you how! I gave money to a few charities or causes, and lights and bells went off somewhere in a room where someone shouted "We've got a live one!" A sucker. That's me!

So, what does this have to do with manners, etiquette and the like? Please let me explain.

After the alarm was sounded, my name was quickly entered into a database and was sold, traded and even written on the bathroom walls of a few upstart political campaign offices. I was officially fair game! It is "anything goes" because businesses, politicians and even charities have taken society's lead and have abolished those trivial niceties that would have prevented the phone from ringing at dinnertime and my personal information from being treated as an asset to be exploited for others' gain.

It seems that all of those stuffy old rituals served a purpose after all! Maybe they were a pain in the arse sometimes, maybe they interfered with one's personal freedoms, but they also protected us from ourselves and others and in many cases were the grease that allowed the gears of society to turn.

Nowadays, because we all insist on the right to act like spoiled children in a candy store, we have to make laws to force people to behave in the way they should have in the first place. And if you think stuffy old society limited your personal freedom, just wait until you get a load of what the government can do.

Let's make 2008 the year that manners and civility replace the aria of "me me me me"!

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should!

Pass it on!


Monday, November 26, 2007

Made In America

Hi All,

After all the "Made in China" scares, I am making an attempt to buy my Christmas gifts "Made in the USA" or Europe at least, especially when it comes to toys for my nieces and stocking stuffers and gifts for my own two teenagers. It isn't as easy as I thought, so I am compiling a list and I will publish it here as I find new Made in the USA resources.

I have nothing against foreign made products, except when they cut costs at the expense of the safety of the consumer. Then, I believe the best remedy is "Money Talks" so I am Yakking away!

  1. HearthSong - Great site for toys. They have a discount shipping coupon too (for $4.99 flat rate shipping)! Use coupon code HSA056 at checkout.
  2. Made in the USA @ Orvis - I had the Orvis customer service help me with this! The link should automatically call up all of the Orvis products that are "Made in the USA". And, while I was visiting the site, I found a nifty coupon code: FALL2007 good for $10 off $100+ purchase. Orvis has really nice stuff...if you have a sporty guy or gal on your list, be sure and check them out.
  3. Vermont Country Store - Here is a list of products at the VCS that are Made in the USA - Some are even handmade! I like the Fisherman's Sweaters - would make great gifts.
  4. Lehman's Toy Selection Made in the USA - Check out the handmade Ann and Andy Dolls - Now there's a retro gift idea!
  5. has a selection of Made in USA toys: Buy toys made in the USA at
  6. TBC

December 7th Follow-Up: I was listening to NPR the other day and they happened to be discussing a study of 12,000 children's toys and which ones had toxic levels of this and that. Their findings were not encouraging to say the least. They mentioned this site: where you can go and check different toys against their list of findings. One of their findings stuck in my head: Children's jewelry was found to contain enormous amounts of lead. Which jewelry, I can't say, but considering that jewelry is worn next to the skin, and can easily be put in mouths, I'd be extra careful if you are planning to buy jewelry for a child. Remember: Nothing messes you up quite like lead!


Friday, November 23, 2007

Hope You Had a Fabulous Thanksgiving

I meant to write yesterday and wish the world a Happy Thanksgiving, but what with cooking, eating and then flopping down on the couch like an overstuffed walrus, I just didn't get to it! I am sure you can relate!

Although I have to admit, my daughter cooked 90% of the meal! Oh JOY! Can you believe it? A daughter who can make an entire Thanksgiving dinner including 2 homemade pumpkin pies and cranberry sauce from scratch - meaning she started with berries and sugar. A truly proud moment in a mother's life!

And today, well today we are feasting on variations of turkey, which will inevitably answer the yearly question of "Turkey is so delicious, why don't we make it more often?" that is always posed as hungry feasters savor their first bite of turkey and stuffing.

Two days later, as one sits at the morning breakfast table pondering the turkey omelet, that sits on the table in front of us, we nod our heads in understanding and mutter... "Oh Yeah, That's Why"

On another note, I have been scouring the Internet and all of the Black Friday sales hoping to find the perfect bargain on 1 pair skis, 2 snowboards, some cross country skis or maybe snowshoes, and all the boots, poles, gloves and other paraphernalia that one needs in the snow. This year will be our first winter in our little cabin in the mountains, and the winter activities are an integral part of my 2008 diet plan. Did you know that cross country skiing burns up to 800 calories an hour? Size 8 (OK 10) here I come!

On a final note, one of the reasons I have not yet found even a pair of ear muffs, is that I was distracted my email which kept turning up even more fabulous offers for things that were not 1 pair skis, 2 snowboards, some cross country skis or maybe snowshoes, or all the boots, poles, gloves and other paraphernalia that one needs in the snow.

One of the offers that kept me busy for an hour and a half was this EXTRA 50% Off + $2.99 shipping coupon (coupon code: FRIENDS77 ) from Designer Linens Outlet. You can either sign up for the newsletter and get the code, or just use mine! Pretty awesome deal if you ask me!

The other offers were from my favorite designer rag site Yoox, they have some fun offers: Free Shipping, an Extra 20% Off and the ubiquitous Holiday Gift Guide.

Don't spend all your money today though, because after Black Friday comes Cyber Monday...that's when it's time to roll up your sleeves and get serious.


Sunday, November 18, 2007

Spa 101

I don't know why I don't do this more often! Have "Treatments" (In the vernacular of spa people) at the spa I mean! Maybe it's the fact that one can quickly run up a bill of several hundred dollars... and still be tempted to cash in the college fund of your first born for additional treatments!
Luckily, the Red Lane Spa (as all the spas are called at Sandals resorts) was having a special for novices like me (this will have been my 3rd spa visit - ever - but I promise you not my last), and was offering a Spa Sampler - 50 minutes of sheer heaven that included a massage and facial for $99 - that is a bargain, believe me. And just to ease my guilt a bit, I brought my daughter too as it is her tuition that would be at stake! (For now, college is still on!)

The special offer was the real deal - no skimping or up selling - and our specialists, Dwight and Andrea were just that: Specialists!

Oops gotta run... Got a pedicure in 10 minutes!


Saturday, November 17, 2007

Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream...

I dreamt I got on a plane and flew to Jamaica! It was one of those dreams that seemed very real, but then what in the world would I be doing in Jamaica just before Thanksgiving?

And then I woke up, looked out the window and saw this:

And then I realized that sometimes dreams DO come true!

Greetings from beautiful Sandals Resort in Jamaica!


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Latest Dirty Word - "Christmas"

Perhaps I am overreacting, perhaps I am just getting old, but I sort of liked the word "Christmas" and all it stood for and I am sorry to see it replaced by "Generic Shopping Season #6" or as those with clever marketing minds refer to it "The Holidays".

In the old days, the phrase "The Holidays" was used to refer to several celebratory occasions, usually occurring close together on the calendar. Back then we called it "plural". But now, since "Christmas" has been deemed profane, "The Holidays" is now a euphemism for that-which-cannot-be spoken. If there were a union for words, I dare say they would call out a strike in protest of the extra work generic words must perform these days!

That lazy Christmas! No wonder it is an unmentionable! Sitting around relaxing in the sun sipping eggnog while poor Holiday must now handle both singular and plural duties! And what of the effects on the other words? Shall they also be corrupted by Christmases' sloth? It can't be long until "Passover" and "Ramadan" catch on and join Christmas in the Bermudas!

And that sneaky "Birthday" is just waiting for the day that science perfects the test-tube-baby process forcing us to retire "Birthday" lest we offend those-who-were-technically-not-born. That means Holiday will have to work 365 days a year, work overtime during Generic Shopping Seasons 1-6, AND pull duty as an adjective! (Holiday stone, Holiday certificate).

What if Holiday goes on strike? Then what? What if all the words go to the Bermudas to sip eggnog and lie in the sun?

Woof. Woof Woof Woof, Bow Wow, Woof Woof? WOOF, WOOF WOOF!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Say What?

Those excitable Belgians are at it again! Not content to just sit around and make chocolate or devise new ways to make Belgium difficult to find on a map, the Belgians have decided to embark on a program of polite ethnic cleansing.

Porquoi? One may ask, if one is not afraid of being bopped over the head with a stale baguette. It seems that the Belgians are no longer coping very well with most of the country speaking Dutch, while a handful of renegades insist on speaking French.

Tensions are mounting in Belgium: Witnesses have told horrific tales of "seasoned politicians rolling their eyes and tut-tutting" and there have been unconfirmed reports that the Belgians have just broken their own post-war record for squabbling (148 days, set in 1988, over a disagreement about what color to paint the knobs on regulation post-modern maritime mailboxes). Citizens interviewed on the streets of Brussels have claimed that the situation was "most upsetting".

It is unclear how or why this latest linguistic opschudding has occurred, although there is a rumor that it all started when a French speaking Belgian made the assertion that "French is a much prettier language than Dutch" and that "Dutch is really just German with bad spelling".

Het is de oorlog!!!!


Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

I have a treat for all you Moms out there with kids who will be trick-or-treating tonight! A great recipe I found from 1977 to serve your kiddies before they embark on their spooky trip! It is called "Great Pumpkin Meatloaf" and it is designed to fill 'em up with real food so that the candy consumption stays at a minimum!

I hope you like it, and I hope your kids like it! Be safe and have a very FUN and Spooky Halloween!


PS... Visit my Halloween pages for some Retro Halloween Fun!
This just in! My favorite designer duds shop just sent me a nice Halloween surprise! Yoox is offering An Extra 15% off an "Exclusive Fall/Winter Bags and Shoes Selection" - Hey! I need one of those! - until Sunday, Nov 4. Some of the designers featured: Alexander McQueen, D&G, Jil Sander, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Prada, Viktor & Rolf, Ferre', Marc Jacobs and many more.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Funny Conspiracy Theories!

Sometimes, if you just take some current event items from the newspapers and line them all up nice and purty, you can get some really wild ideas! Let's Play, shall we?
"Within the ranks are simmering rivalries. Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ) founder Bill Gates, the world's richest man for 13 years, and his pal Warren Buffett, who holds the No. 2 spot despite enormous charitable donations, are quickly losing ground to Mexico's most-monied man, Carlos Slim HelĂș. HelĂș's net worth is up an astonishing $19 billion this year--the single biggest one-year gain in a decade--and is now just $7 billion shy of Gates and $3 billion less than Buffett." Forbes
Bill Gates Ousted; Carlos Slim Now Holds World's Fattest Wallet, Report Says, Garcia's Sentido Comun, which translates as "common sense," reckons Slim and his family own a fortune equivalent to 8 percent of Mexico's gross domestic product. Fox News
Mexican entrepreneur whose extensive holdings in a considerable number of Mexican companies through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso, SA de CV, amassed interests in the fields of communications, technology, retailing, and finance.
Telmex operates 90 per cent of the telephone lines in Mexico. Another Slim business, Telcel, supplies almost 80 per cent of the country’s mobile phones. Mr Slim acquired Telmex for $1.8 billion in 1990. CNN

"Guillermo Ortiz, head of the Bank of Mexico, estimates that due to monopolies like Slim's: "Economic growth is one percentage point less than it could be with real competition. There are not enough jobs to keep workers from migrating to the United States and investment is being driven to countries like Brazil and China.”"

"In August 1998, Telmex launched 'Mexico En Linea' - a program that allows expatriate Mexicans living in the United States to purchase phone lines for family and friends back home. … Telmex USA has received around one million applications for phone lines, of which 70% are generally approved."
"Not surprisingly, Slim is publicly adamant about keeping the flow of illegals heading north so they can send remittances back to his captive customers in Mexico."

Hey! I have an idea! New Game! Let's ask our politicians the question:

Have you received campaign contributions from Mr Slim or anyone acting on his behalf?


NY Times Article

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Head For The Hills

I am sitting here freezing although it is hot outside. We have had the air conditioner running for 2 days straight now (which is going to cost a small fortune) and the dogs are going stir crazy. My son doesn't seem to mind - he is on vacation this week and is holed up in his room with his computer.

Yesterday I walked to the mailbox and by the time I got back, my eyes were stinging and I was covered in a layer of gritty soot.

Sooooo....I am packing up the car and heading for the hills! Well mountains, actually. I am off to Tahoe - assuming I can find a highway or freeway that is open to get out of here! This makes you really appreciate the need to breath fresh air!

I don't think our house is in any danger... the nearest fire is at least 15 miles least it was when I went out on my surveillance trip last night around midnight!

If you are one of the poor souls who is really affected by this mess, my heart goes out to you! Just remember...stuff you can replace! People you can't!


Monday, October 22, 2007

Fire Season! What's Hot In California This Year?

Here we go again folks! This was what I saw yesterday as I stepped outside:

That funny yellow dot is the sun.
But breathing is no fun...
So, we thought we would get out of town, head toward the beach and get a bit of fresh air.
And we wound up in Malibu...
Which was unfortunately also on fire.

So we went back home again.

The end.


Sunday, October 07, 2007

New Dirty Words

We all know that there is certain language that one shouldn't use in polite company, at work, and at school. That language has typically been limited to the list of four letter words and slurs, or particularly hurtful talk.

That list is rapidly expanding. For example, my son told me on Friday that they are not allowed to say: "This is America, speak English". This new forbidden phrase was revealed to the student body in an assembly where a group of students acted out a little skit, where (I guess) some people were speaking a language other than English, and another kid said: "This is America, speak English." The students were then instructed that this was not allowed.

I am not so happy with this new rule. First of all, why isn't the school administration telling the foreign language speakers that it is rude to carry on a conversation in another language when not everybody can understand what is being said.

Secondly, why is the school interfering with the students' freedom of speech? High school students are old enough to regulate their own social interactions, without being censored by politically correct zealots.

Thirdly, forbidding English speaking students from speaking out against rude behavior is in effect forcing them to be subjected to rudeness without recourse. Are they just supposed to suffer in silence?

Didn't we all kind of agree that English was going to be the language we Americans speak? Neither my mother's nor father's families came from English speaking countries, but they happily learned English because that is the common language here, and they were here to be Americans. My father was 15 when he started learning English.

Shouldn't the school be actively encouraging speaking English? We really don't want this country to turn into a dual- or multi language country. Why? There is not one place in the world where two languages are spoken that doesn't have trouble because of it.

With all the different religions, cultures and traditions we have in the US, it is the use of a common language that unites us. You may be Jewish, your neighbor a Christian, and the mailman a Muslim. Perhaps the family across the street worships trees. But, when we open our yaps, we can talk to each other because we all speak English.

So, before it becomes a crime, I am going to say it!



Friday, September 28, 2007

Lost In Translation?

Have you ever noticed that different cultures find different things funny? Here are a few jokes I have translated from German into English (well I am giving it my best shot!) I haven't heard Americanized versions of these jokes, so I am curious to see if you think they are funny!

Joke Number 1:
Q. Why do blonds always walk by the medicine cabinet on their tippy-toes?
A. Because they don't want to wake up the sleeping pills!

Joke Number 2:
"This is the last time I am going to tell you!" the doctor yells at the nurse, "When you fill out a death certificate, you enter the name of the disease the patient died of under "Cause of Death" and NOT the name of the doctor who treated him!"

Joke Number 3: This one is a little long...
A priest and a nun are playing ping-pong. The priest is somewhat out of practice and before long, he misses the ball completely and says "SH%T, ... I missed!". The nun reprimands him for this, because God does not approve of swearing!

The two continue playing, but after awhile the priest loses it after missing the ball completely again and says "SH%T, ... I missed!" At this the nun gives him another, this time very stern, reprimand.

The priest pulls himself together and the play continues, but it doesn't take long before he hits the ball completely off the table! He can't control himself and yells "SH%T, ... I missed!!!", whereupon the sky darkens ominously and a violent thunderstorm begins! All of a sudden, the nun is struck by a bolt of lightening! The priest, now cowering under the ping-pong table, hears a booming voice from above: "SH%T, ... I missed!!!!"

Have a nice day!


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Where to Go to College?

Where? No really, I'm asking! My daughter is a junior in high school now; the time when students start weighing their options, researching schools, trying to find the right mix of affordability and quality.

There are the pie in the sky options: Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Yale, Columbia...those fine old institutions with excellent reputations for their unyielding devotion to the pursuit of knowledge. Oh yeah, and the piece of paper you get at the end that pretty much guarantees the holder admittance to the good life. (After you pay off the $150,000 in student loans).

A parent can lose sleep at night just thinking about the cost of sending one's offspring off to college. You want only the best for your children, right?

Well cheer up! Recent events have shown that many of those pricey places are full of numskulls, and you can in good conscience tell your child that you are not going to waste your money to have them be taught by idiots.

Who am I to judge you say? Well, here is why I say this. Let's take Stanford as an example. The Hoover Institution has invited Donald Rumsfeld to come hang out for a spell. Many on the faculty at Stanford have signed a petition trying to prevent Mr. Rumsfeld from doing so (students too, but they are young and ignorant so they are excused.)

My point is as follows: This is not about whether you like or dislike, agree or disagree with Donald Rumsfeld. It is about a group of people who are employed by what I used to think was one of the finest universities in the US, who are supposed to be interested in truth and knowledge, categorically refusing to give an opposing viewpoint a forum.

Here is a man who for better or worse has been advising on, shaping, creating and deciding American foreign policy for roughly 40 years and these Brainiacs don't even want to listen to him? Because they somehow know that he is immoral? How do they know that? Does the sun go dark and do flowers wilt when he is near? Because they work at Stanford and therefore know everything? Don't you have to know a few facts to make a judgement like that?

Wouldn't they be just a little curious to hear what a man like Rumsfeld has to say in a non-soundbite environment? Couldn't they entertain the notion that perhaps Mr. Rumsfeld has a few useful things to say just based on his unique perspective? I guarantee you there are things that this man knows that nobody else does. The chances of us learning about them are small, but the chances are ZERO if we refuse to even listen.

What does a math professor and an art history professor know about global politics anyway? Do they really think they know better? How can you be sure you haven't gone off the deep end in your thinking if you are surrounded by people who "think" just like you? Here is their official gripe:

"We view the appointment as fundamentally incompatible with the ethical values of truthfulness, tolerance, disinterested enquiry, respect for national and international laws, and care for the opinions, property and lives of others to which Stanford is inalienably committed."
I mean seriously. How can you write something like that without drowning in the hypocrisy of it?

Cross Columbia off the list too. If the President of the school is such a dope1, you know the rest of them can't be much better.

Cornell hired one of the 2 professors who were crucifying the 4 Lacrosse players at Duke University, so they must look for only those qualified to "Leap before you Look".

The collective motto of our nation's higher learning institutions seems to be:

"Who Needs Reality? We Have Opinions!"

So I am going to save my money....after all I have my own opinion, and it's FREE!


1 For not listening to his mother when she told him "There is no excuse for bad manners", for giving our enemies all the more ammunition against us, and for having the audacity to say things like this: "According to Amnesty International, 210 people have been executing In Iran so far this year, 21 of them on the morning of September 5th alone." US Executions (See: Pot vs. Kettle)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Excuse Me, Why Am I Calling You?


(Race to find my cell phone)


Robovoice: "This is Sears Home Delivery calling, please hold while I find a customer service agent"

(Some elevator music... ****Dingaling****)

(The only reason I stay on phone despite Robovoice is that we ordered a new, Energy Star fridge for our vacation home from We were using more electricity in the empty house than we do for our entire lived-in house! oops! Somebody on the line now!)

CSA: "Hello, This is blah, blah, blah, What is the phone number of the order you are calling about?"

Me: Uh...(try first number - not in system, then cell phone number - the one they are calling me on, not in system, then number for vacation house where new fridge will be delivered, nope not that either)!

CSA: "Did you buy this on or in the Store?"

Me: ""

CSA: "Well sometimes when you buy things on, it doesn't get entered into our system!"

Me: "But you called me..."

CSA: "You will have to call to find out about your order."

Me: "But I don't really want to talk to them, you called me! Doesn't that mean my number is in the system?"

CSA: "They have a different system than we do." (I absolutely love it when employees of companies start to explain the convoluted internal systems they use as if it should be obvious to me, and as an excuse as to why they are not responsible for anything...)

Me: "OK, well I'll do that then...bye!"

***Call Ends***

I don't mean to pick on Sears, this kind of thing happens to me all the time when dealing with customer service departments...

But usually, I have called them! Sheesh!


E for Effort

People have been making fun of this young lady (Miss South Carolina) because she stumbles a bit with her world peace/end poverty question. But Come On!, what could she really have answered?

The correct answer would have been "Because they are a bunch of Dumb-Asses", but that doesn't seem very pageant like now does it!


Thursday, September 13, 2007


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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Barak Obama Stops By

Maybe they are used to this kind of thing in Iowa or New Hampshire, but out here in California, we are not so used to seeing US presidential hopefuls in person (unless you happen to have tons of money and influence and are throwing them a schmooze party in Hollywood), so I thought it was rather exciting to hear that one had decided to come to town and talk to the regular folks! (Yes, we do have regular folks out here...)
So this morning, I grabbed my camera and my DH and I headed to Santa Barbara to see the American political process in action in the form of Senator Barak Obama at a rally held at Santa Barbara City College. I have never been to such an event before, and didn't really know beans about Mr. Obama, but I have to say it was a very pleasant experience (except that I forgot to put on sunscreen).
I would highly recommend going to hear a presidential candidate if you get the chance, whether you support him or her or not, because you become a better citizen for it. In the case of Mr. Obama, it could turn out to be a major event in American history.

He is a great speaker; one of those rare people who really connects with their audience and is able to communicate his ideas and intentions in way such that I could believe that he believes in what he was saying. (Not always the case you know).

I have heard people say that he is not experienced enough to be president, but I found him to be rather confidence inspiring. He spoke about health care and said he intends to make sure that health insurance is available to every American by the end of his first term as president.

He told us that his mother had died of cancer when she was just 53, and that she had been diagnosed during a period when she was changing jobs, so had the happy experience of spending the last few months of her life trying to determine whether her new health insurance would cover her treatment. I tell you this because IMHO, an experience like that makes it more likely that health care would be a priority for President Obama (There...I said it!).

My favorite thing that Senator Obama said was that he will tell it like it is, and tell the American people where he stands on an issue. I hope he means that, and I for one, am going to hold him to it.

PS...did I mention he is also very handsome? (and seems to be a genuinely nice man.) Also, rumor has it that he and his wife are staying with Oprah in Montecito (she has a $36 million house must be plated in gold or something...and will be hosting a party of some sort for the Obamas.) Just had to throw that last bit of gossip in! Ta! Update: I was wrong about staying with Oprah...she did throw a party for him...but they actually stayed at what I still refer to as Fess Parker's Hotel. They call it something different now!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

The Value Of a Housewife - Things I Wonder About

Recently I picked up a used book from the early 90s at my local Vons during one of their used book sales (a veritable gold mine for the retro-researcher) titled (rather inappropriately): Women, Men, and Society. - (My suggestions for more accurate titles include:
  2. Why We Hate White Males, or
  3. Symptoms Of The Grass Is Always Greener Syndrome.)
It is all about so-called gender inequality.

Gender inequality. Just to recap, by that the authors mean that men's lot in life is better than women's. They also complain a lot about how men always get to do the important things, while women get stuck with the boring old jobs that men don't want. This book was in use as a college course text book, and has been used (and still is being used) to brainwash an entire generation of Americans.

So as a result of this, women have run out and busied themselves with getting to do important things too. Which has resulted in some oddities, like women getting the "right" to go get themselves killed in war, (Too!) If men decided to feed themselves to lions, I guess the authors would want women to start slathering themselves up with BBQ Sauce next?

With this I mean to point out that most men, once faced with the realities of war, would rather not be shot at or blown to bits, but sign up for the job anyway because they have a sense of honor and duty to protect their home and family.

So I had this funny little conversation running through my head:

Authors: "But women have a sense of honor and duty tooooooo (whiny 2 year old voice)."
Me: "Yes, I know that, dear, but somebody has to care for the things we are fighting to protect."
Authors: "But men get all the important jobs (remember to invoke the 2 year old)."
So that got me thinking about what is important. Health, Home & Family and hopefully enough resources to live comfortably and maybe enjoy a few of the finer things in life. Pretty much everything else in life, from international politics to molecular biology, is a means to achieve those ends.

So in reality, women throughout history have been entrusted with caring for the very things that we value most. Men have been our servants, our laborers, whom we have tasked with obtaining the various items on our list that we require to care for home and family.

We had the Grail and we tossed it in the garbage so we could go look for it.

Now I understand that the search can be part of the fun and all that, but that does not mean that the Grail is worthless! Does it?


Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Mars and the Vogue Fall Fashion Issue

Most of us are familiar with the book "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus", even if we haven't read it, we get it that men are sometimes living on a different planet than us gals. If we somehow manage to forget, trust in the fact that the darlings will do or say something to remind us!

For example, my DH and I had just embarked on the 7 hour drive from our vacation home to home-home and I had stocked up on magazines to entertain myself with on the long drive. I pulled out the first, the September issue of Vogue
(EXTRA-EXTRA LARGE - Our Biggest Issue Ever - 840 pages of FEARLESS FASHION)
and happily hunkered down for some fashion enjoyment.

Which prompted the following comment from DH:
"Oh is that that Vogue magazine? I read about that on Slashdot!"

(He gets that tone in his voice which lets me know that he is about to tell me something very wise that he is sure I must not be aware of.)

"Some guy counted all the pages that were advertisements in that magazine and found that Seven-Hundred-Something pages were just ads!"

(Background music: Ground control to Major Tom...)

There it was. All I could do was smile and do my best to reply with a male-ego-saving

"Oh Really?"

I couldn't pull it off though, my smile turned into giggles and I had to explain that women buy Vogue for the articles the same way men buy Playboy for the articles. A look of understanding crept across his face.

3 - 2 - 1 Blast OFF!

Communication has been established...Houston, we hear you loud and clear!


Monday, September 03, 2007

Happy Labor Day!

I hope everybody is having a wonderful labor day week-end, and has the day off to spend time with family and friends. Today is a great day for a picnic or a barbecue or even a labor day parade, despite what this gentleman thought in 1910:
"And it's high time that Labor day were celebrated for what it really is not a mere holiday picnic and parade- but a day of tremendous significance, set apart and dedicated to the glory of all labor and to the exalting of its ideal the democracy of common endeavor."
Remember: Drive Safely on the way home - You Booze You Lose! (I mean driving under the influence...but that doesn't rhyme!) Labor day is a very busy day for the Grim Reaper!


PS: If you are home doing projects, here is a last minute coupon for the Inside Store: Labor Day Sale! Save 12% on state-of-the-art items for all your home improvement projects! Coupon Code: LABORDAY12 Ends Sept. 3

What Year? - Take a Guess!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Where Did Summer Go?

Is it just me, or is time passing faster? School has started already and I am still mentally planning my summer vacation!

What is it about being an adult that makes time just fly by? When I was a kid, summer seemed to last so long that I almost forgot I went to school at all during the long vacation. Even in high school, summer vacation seemed to be much longer, and was filled with lazy days of going to the beach, boredom, trips to the mall and hanging out with friends (plus the occasional summer job).

Has somebody checked to see whether the earth is spinning faster?


Friday, August 24, 2007

The Rock and Roll Housewife

Question: What do Housewives and Elvis have in common?

Answer: Why, they both like to Rock and Roll!

OK maybe not ALL housewives like to R&R, but The Rock and Roll Housewife sure does! Her name is Renee Cologne and she just came out with a new album which just happens to be very apropos...

I just added a page about her in the Gallery (for the artsy housewife in all of us...).

Stop by and have a listen!


Thursday, August 23, 2007

Flabby Arms and Bread!

Here is a toning tip from the past, that was most likely not acknowledged as such by our grandmothers, but is surprisingly effective!

Have flabby arms? Bake bread!

Not with one of those new-fangled bread makers! The old fashioned way! Mix yourself up enough bread dough for a few loaves, dump the dough out on a lightly floured board, and knead for 5 - 10 minutes! The next day you will become acquainted with your triceps, aka the flabby part of your upper arm. Bake bread 3 times a week and you will be going sleeveless this winter just to show off your nicely toned arms!

Pop the bread in the oven 45 minutes before dinner and lure your family to the dinner table with the smell of freshly baked bread.

Nothing is better than fresh bread with a pad of real butter melting on top!

Here is my favorite bread recipe - It is quick and easy.



Monday, August 20, 2007

Holy Cow! Housewives are HIP!

I can't believe I missed this article!
"Today's young women have abandoned feminism and are ready to live the life of an old-fashioned housewife, according to a new survey."
And this!
"Forty years after the 'Women's Lib' movement, less then a quarter of today's twenty-somethings - dubbed the "Easy Girl" generation - aim to be a career woman, with seven-out-of-10 saying they are not willing to work as hard as their mum had to."

I had the feeling I was on to something, but I was totally surprised by this article. So Gals, we are not alone! Say it LOUD, Say it PROUD!



Friday, August 17, 2007


I have not been as chatty lately because I have been furiously trying to remove skunk smell from every nook and cranny of our house. DH and dogs had a run in with a skunk. In all the excitement, the three stinkers ran into the house before I could say "boo" and in the process skunked up the whole place. Thus, these last weeks of summer vacation are being spent on project "Deskunification".

Of all the various skunk remedies out there, this is the one I found works best:

  • A bottle or two of hydrogen peroxide
  • A box or two of baking soda
  • Several squeezes of Palmolive
(Most recipes for this apply measurements, but believe me, you won't be in the mood to measure things out carefully). Rub it into the coat, then rinse with the warmest water your furry friend can tolerate. (WARM NOT HOT!!!)

It removed 95% of the smell from Beagle, and 100% from darling husband, but only 25% from our large dog. Unfortunately, I found no advice on how to get a 170 lb dog into the bathtub when he doesn't want to go into the bathtub.

One more thing about that mixture...don't mix it and store it because it'll apparently explode. Although, if Project Deskunkification fails...



Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Runaway Retro

Ever have one of those days when you feel like nobody appreciates you and all the work you do?

We just returned from a mini-vacation up in Tahoe, and I walked into the house to find dishes piled up in the kitchen which had at least 3 different types of mold growing on them, various milk containers with enough of the contents remaining to sour and smell like the dickens, and the rest of the house looking, in general, like a Frat House (think Delta House from Animal House). You see, my son had stayed home, and my husband had had to return for work during the week.

This is one of those times where a Retro Housewife can question her sanity and her choice of career. Never mind that the vacation actually meant looking after two households instead of just one, but to have it so blatantly forced upon me upon return; Leave and Chaos will prevail.

Enter the Runaway Retro! While I battled mess and mold, I plotted my escape. I will show them, I thought! I will run away to Europe, be free as a turtle, see foreign lands, pick up after NOBODY.

I mentally bought my plane ticket; I even had a nice little debate in my head about the benefits of flying this airline over that airline. I then thought about how to fit everything I would need for a life on the run into one of those "Backpacker" backpacks, which are the adult equivalent of a stick with a bandanna tied to one end that accompanied me on similar adventures when I was 7.

I had a plan and it was a good one!

Today things are back to normal; husband off at work, teenage son...still asleep, teenage daughter... in Croatia. It is quiet and peaceful, the house is clean, the laundry is done, and I have some time to myself. Maybe I will still run away, but right now that backpack seems awfully heavy.


Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Importance of Knowing Stuff

The nice thing about gravity is that any debates concerning its existence here on earth are likely to be short, as those on the wrong side of the gravity debate will be quickly persuaded by the facts.

One can still argue over the morality or desirability of gravity, (without it we would all be catapulted into space and perish vs. ridding ourselves of gravity would stop people, planes and other items from smashing into our planet at an uncomfortable speed). I guess it is one of those cases where you must consider the well-being of the many vs. the needs of a few. (Unless of course somebody figures out how to make money by selling gravity, then we would quickly take gravity management out of the hands of nature and turn it over to say, Haliburton or Enron and call it Economic Growth.)

But it is really no fun to argue and debate if neither party has knowledge of the topic. It is even less fun to, for example, fly in an airplane built by people who have no knowledge of how to build an airplane. It doesn't really matter how loudly or persistently or eloquently they proclaim their ability to build airplanes, if they have never attended airplane building school, chances are they don't really posses the skills needed to build airplanes. Even if they do manage to put together something resembling an airplane, it most likely will not meet the high standards that most airline passengers seem to demand these days (remaining intact while airborne comes to mind).

The reason I bring this up, is that we are entering into one of those periods at the end of which we are going to have to elect a new president. I propose that this time, before we put on our red or blue colors, lets make sure we weed out the idiots. No more "C" averages in college! If you are an average Joe or Jane, don't vote for somebody who is "like you". Could you run the country? I sure couldn't! I don't want somebody like me, I want somebody a whole lot smarter and experienced than me. Not some regular guy or gal who could be one of us.

The position of the Presidency calls for greatness, let's make sure we have a chance at that before we all start squabbling over the so-called issues.

To use the airplane analogy, if we have a quality airplane, we can still argue about where to go, but without one, it all becomes moot because we will just crash and burn.


Insurance: The Concept

Stealing from others to pay for yourself (health care)(.?..) free health care so where do you think the money comes from the trees?

I just wanted to comment briefly on the idea that a nationalized health care system is stealing from others, and to clarify that such a system is in no way "free".

Any talk of health care is implicitly referring to a system of insurance. Insurance is a financial instrument used to reduce the impact of catastrophic events on any one individual or entity. One does not typically refer to the purchasers of insurance as "thieves", nor see the financial institutions underwriting insurance policies as perpetual "victims".

An Example: If I purchase auto insurance and then am unfortunate enough to crash into a tree, asking the insurance company to reimburse me is not stealing.

In fact, people who buy insurance are acting very responsibly, because they are helping to ensure stability in society by being able to live up to their own personal and professional obligations.

I hope that helps.


PS, No I don't think the money will come from trees, it should come from policy premiums and reserves. I would elaborate, but I am boring myself with all this insurance talk.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Sleeping With Your Husband....His iPhone, Remote Control, A Power Cord And The Old XBox

This morning I woke up with an imprint of a very large remote control on my rear-end. This is not the first time this has happened by any means; before the (comparatively smooth) iPhone came out, I would regularly wake up with a dial-pad impression on my cheek which, if seen in the mirror before one has had one's coffee, can look like some hideous disease and cause one to scream.

Sometimes during the middle of the night I wake out of a rather restless sleep to find that I had not properly swept the bed of electronics, and have been snoozing on the innards of a computer of some sort. Or, it could be that it is not my DH or our beagle taking up all the room at the bottom of the bed, but is in fact the now unloved and obsolete XBox (that has been replaced by the new and much better (!??) XBox) which has taken up residence in our bed in protest.

On My Side!

I must confess that I do not have a solution as of yet, complaining will only lead to short term reductions in the number of electronic bedfellows, which only serves to make me complacent and careless, until the night I climb into bed only to crack my head on that month's technological innovation.

I am also wary of ultimatums...I just may not get the answer I was hoping for.

So, just remember! Be kind to the nightly imprinted...There might just be a Frys Electronics opening soon near you.


Monday, July 23, 2007

New Kid In Town

David Beckham 23I have always felt there is much to admire about the game of soccer. (Lecherous grin)...

David Beckham
There is a new kid in town, his name is David Beckham (Yes, as in Bend It Like...), and it only cost the LA Galaxy about a gazillion dollars to get him here, but if the crowd's reaction was any indication, it'll be money well spent.

Plus, Mr. Beckham comes with a Mrs! Yup! None other than the former Miss Posh Spice, now known officially as Victoria Beckham.

(Readers of People Magazine will know that Mrs. David Beckham is BF with Mrs. Tom Cruise).

Both were in attendance to watch Becks play his first game with the Galaxy on Saturday, as was the Govenator. Soccer just went GLAM in California.


Chelsea vs Galaxy
P.S. Beckham is #23... and the other guys are fun to look at. ;-)

Friday, July 20, 2007

And Now Some Fun! YOOX Code, Nordstrom Sale, Macys Code, and La Redoute Coupon Code - Life is Good!

So Fashion Fanatics! This is probably not news to you, but all the stores are busy bringing in their Fall lines, so the summer stuff is cheap, cheap, cheap! Some are even discounting the Fall Fashion for a few days! So if we can't afford to see a doctor, at least we can look good! Here are the best sales I have seen so far! Plus, it's Friday, so SMILE!

Yoox Coupon Code for free shipping + Big Sale!

1. Free Standard Shipping this weekend on! Register and use weekend@myoox at checkout.


3. Here's another code I just got in an email: ONLY4YOU@YOOX. It is only valid until August 1st and only on these FALL WINTER ARRIVALS ON YOOX.COM

*** SaleNordstrom Anniversary Sale

Don't miss this sale! For example: Stuart Weitzman Sandals (item id: 177495) marked down from $198 to $129 (there are much more sanely priced shoes too) and I checked are $198 there... so these are real savings!
Shop 'til you drop!


Macys was kind enough to send me a nifty coupon for 25% Off Clearance - before everyone else (snicker). Here is the Clearance Section - where the code is good and the code is


La Redoute Coupon Code:

Fall Preview Sale - 20% off any item with code LRF20FAV, 7/16-8/5