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Stories by Eve Kelly

Bra help

Advice about over-the-shoulder boulder-holders

“No matter what gravity does to your boobs, I don’t think you’ll ever go to Walmart with them tucked into your pants.”

Fresh takes on ice cream sandwiches

“A full sandwich is pretty big, three inches high and six inches across.”

Summer has the Kellys exploring the boom in gourmet ice cream sandwiches. “We are baking cookies all day long, so that we can serve you the absolutely freshest, warmest cookie for your custom ice cream ...

Hydrate your hair for the summer

Summer of Love. That’s what my hubby Patrick is calling it. We’ve been invited to eight weddings of friends and family. Eight. Love is in the air. But my poor hair, it’s not feeling the ...

Learn how to cook

Date night gets cooking

“Our ‘Endless Main Course Salads’ class contains a solid hour of knifing skills.”

Dad’s Day on the Bay

“What’s not to like?” I asked. “The $215 an hour,” my daughter answered.

Father’s Day. Didn’t we just celebrate 2014’s? That’s how I felt as my daughter and I discussed some options over cappucini and a quattro stagioni (four seasons) wood-fired pizza last week at Caffé Calabria in ...

Soapmaking 101

“Because the lye is a caustic chemical, the class starts with a lecture on safety.”

My oldest daughter has been thinking artisan ever since buying handmade coconut-milk soap at a farmers’ market. “Every time I use it,” she says, “I think, I could do this.” Besides soapmaking tools and ingredients, ...

Buying stuff for a Memorial Day party is a patriotic gesture

Door decal features Abe rocking Wayfarer sunglasses with “Original Hipster” written below

Celebrate Memorial Day like a Lincoln.

Juice cleanses to feel lighter and tighter

“The real magic is that your taste buds change during the cleanse.”

“A juice cleanse is when you drink only juice for some period of time, typically three days,” said Hanna Gregor, owner of OH! Juice in Downtown (619-760-1292; ohjuicecleanse.com). “It gives your digestive tract a break, ...

On the trampoline scene in a big way

San Diego's best spots to jump for joy ... and exercise

“We turn off the main lights and turn on black lights, party lights, and fog machines.”

Apps for kids

Well-spent screen time

“Point your device at the sky and it will tell you what you see.”

PASS the fire extinguisher

Mobile fire-safety service to the rescue

“We teach people the PASS method, which stands for pull the pin, aim, squeeze, and sweep.”

Have a new Easter

A mani-pedi for Easter? Why the heck not?

“I am hoping the Easter bunny brings me new lingerie, chocolate, coffee, tickets to concerts, and housecleaners, all in that order.”

Travel safely on St. Patty’s Day

Get totalled this St. Patrick’s while a sober driver takes the wheel

“We are a charity that educates people about planning when going out with groups of friends.”

Tea like a dragonfly ride through the African bush

“Juicy brightness dapples your palate like light filtering through a poppy parasol.”

Ice skating for tweens and teens

Put the boredom on ice

“Word has it that the San Diego Ice Arena in Mira Mesa is the ‘it’ spot for tweens and teens on Friday nights.”

A flurry of ski and snowboard rental deals

The school offers a stationary carpeted slope and a revolving carpet to help practice skills off the snow.

Don’t let your kid grow up fat

When baby fat isn’t baby fat

“We made butternut squash mac ’n’ cheese, with squash substituting for cream. The kids were blown away.”

Citify your New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve festivities in the Kelly home bounce between ringing in the year at private house parties to lounging at home with appetizers, drinks, and movies. “We’ve never done the Downtown NYE party scene, ...

A live wreath to go with your live tree

From succulents to air plants, living holiday wreaths grow on you.

“There’s an ocean-themed wreath that uses starfish instead of poinsettias. It looks very cool.”

Get your Christmas tree on

Annual high point for inner lumberjacks

You can choose and cut your own tree, or if you are not feeling your inner lumberjack, the farm will cut your tree for you.

The biggest Christmas show in San Diego

Well-traveled stuffers Solana Beach This shop is a bargain-hunter’s paradise amid the fun (but pricey) shops of the Cedros Avenue Design District in Solana Beach. Stocking stuffers galore, and all with a touch of thoughtfulness ...

Where to get your cracked iPhone screen repaired

I have joined the clumsy throng: I have cracked my iPhone screen. “I got into this by learning to fix my own phone,” said Dakota Claussen of Quick Fix Tech Repair downtown (619-702-8071; quickfixtechrepair.com). “Then ...

Solar-powered pilgrims dancing in the sunlight

“I’m a fan of subtle home decorating for the holidays,” offered pal Nancy. “Just not into plastic pilgrims and strobe-lit pumpkins. Thanksgiving in our home is pumpkins hollowed out and filled with succulents, tall clear ...

Healthy meals right to your door

“I might make a lasagna that uses vegetables instead of pasta noodles.”

Not gummy worms or gummy sharks or gummy frogs or gummy penguins...

Tough judgment at the gummy bear taste-test table.

“Gummy bears have a magical light-capturing quality to them that makes people smile.”

Grown-ups just want to lounge in the hot tub

“I can’t afford a pool,” lamented my friend Shawn. “So what?” I replied. “Grown-ups just want to lounge in the hot tub. And it’s less water, and it feels great on your back.” Jay Gavin, ...

Gifts for the new mom (and baby)

“Look out for Mr. Stork, that persevering chap. He’ll come along and drop, a bundle in your lap...” My friend Bernice sat singing the song from Dumbo as we sipped cappuccinos one recent morning. The ...

Ways to save water and money

Water accordingly, desert dwellers.

Landscaping and gardening in a drought is tough and expensive, so I started looking for ways to save water and money. “The first thing to do is evaluate the irrigation system,” said New Way Landscape ...

Sophisticated water sports

No drought at Pirate Reef, Lazy River, or in the FlowBarrel

Last week, I stopped by the new waterfront park at 1600 Pacific Highway with the kids and had a picnic by the enormous fountain and its “interactive” water arches. My little ones got drenched and ...

A tourist in my own town

My college roommate came to town, her first visit to San Diego since we graduated an undisclosed number of years back. “I have limited time,” said Crystal, “and I want to see it all, by ...

Gourmet popsicles

“Oooooh, fancy,” said my youngest as I pulled a strawberry-orange juice popsicle from its mold. (Up until that moment, her pops had all been single-flavor.) Her comment reminded me of something I’d heard about gourmet ...

Chocolate-covered strawberries

My childhood friend Serena’s bridal shower is in two weeks. Our friend Lisa is preparing Spanish tapas. Bernice is bringing two gallons of her husband Frank’s amazing sangria. My job is to bring a few ...

Things to do

What do you mean you’re bored?! An anti-ho-hum compendium.

Jetpack America Want to feel like Superman? After a training video and in-office instruction, strap on a jetpack and take to the air. During the 15- to 60-minute ride, the water-jetting pack can go as ...

Swing dancing is the happiest dancing

“Swing dancing is the happiest dancing around,” says Margie Adams, owner of 2 to Groove in Clairemont Mesa (619-291-3775; 2togroove.com). I like happy, so I asked for more info. “If you’re a newcomer, I suggest ...

Gifts for grads

Congratulations on graduation — now get a job.

“My parents wanted me to travel to Europe after my college graduation, expand my horizons.”

Sailing America

“Anyone who does happen to lose their lunch while sailing will get it back with a gift certificate to a restaurant just down the street.”

Capture your rain

Spooked by the water bill? Here’re solutions.

I have no idea how I ended up with a $600 water bill, but it spooked me to the point where I was hesitant to put in a garden this year. Then I saw my ...

Bloody marys and Roman showers for Ma’s day

“You’ve got to help me,” my brother William said sotto voce while glancing at his wife Beth across the room. “Mother’s Day is coming, and I’ve got nothing.” Little brother looked terrified. He’s a lousy ...

The three basics of proper piercing

“Each piercing needs to be its own special moment in your life.”

Are your piercings medical-implant grade?

Relieve itchy skin with olive oil and/or vinegar

Skin care for mummy.

“It depends on where the itch is and the age of the person.”

Get your dog supplies delivered

Way beyond animal rights.

“We have seven office dogs that eat the treats and play with toys all day.”

Olympic Games Party

Shaun White has nothing on Morph Man.

The invitations went out through Facebook. They included a photo of my man in a morphsuit: full-body stretchy spandex, red and white stripes over the face, stars down the right arm, the American flag. This ...

Photographs for Valentines' Day

The Bootylicious shoot is popular.

“Curves are in, and I am going to work on making those curves look delicious.”

San Diego's top spots for picnics

“The park offers a bird’s-eye view of downtown skyscrapers, planes lifting off from the airport, Mission Bay, the ocean...”

Walking San Diego

“It’s a bit of a mountain getaway feeling if you ignore the freeway noise.”

Walks around town, walks in the mountains, walks next to the freeway that make it easy to pretend you’ve gotten away from it all (if you ignore the sound of traffic).

Where to go zip-lining in San Diego (over rhinos!) and beyond

It’s a new year, and the Kelly family is looking for a new adventure. “Zip-line riding is on my bucket list,” offered my husband. “I’m on it,” I said. “Our flight-line Safari is pretty popular,” ...

Christmas joy over all 12 days

“On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, twelve drummers drumming, eleven pipers piping, ten lords a leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids a milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese ...

The gift of raptors

If you should happen to fall in love with falconry...

“This year, I’m giving the kids the gift of raptors,” said Patrick. Lord, help me, I thought he said Rapture. But, no: we have several sons who are nature enthusiasts, and Patrick had just stumbled ...

The most practical gift

Really sick Christmas socks, anyone?

I hated getting socks for Christmas when I was a kid. So did my husband Patrick. It always struck me as a daily necessity dressed up as a gift. So, imagine my puzzlement when, upon ...

The gift of cheesemaking

Cheese 101

"I have enough stuff,” said my aunt-in-law Cheryl when I asked her what she wanted for Christmas this year. “I prefer gifts I can eat or things to do.” I thought of cheese. Cait Gunderson, ...

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