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Stories by Eve Kelly

Children of the corn maze

Halloween can be more than candy and costumes

The largest corn maze in Southern California is in Temecula. The Big Horse Corn Maze (951-389-4621) covers a whopping 11 acres and takes one to two hours to navigate at an easy pace (45 minutes ...

Ways to waterproof your iPhone

Glub, glub, glub, your phone’s in a tub

The first step toward texting underwater.

At last, a cold-brew coffee with zing and no sting

“We recommend a proportion of two parts coffee to one part water.”

My kids love visiting Starbucks for their cold-coffee sweet treats, but I’ve found myself preferring the bitter side of things as I get older. When a friend praised local roaster Dark Horse Coffee’s cold brew, ...

Birds on the brain, in the sky, and, thirdly, up close

Where to see your fine-feathered friends

My ten-year-old has birds on the brain ever since she got a pet parakeet, and she’s eager to see some that don’t live in cages. Natalie at Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary in Del Mar ...

Date night suggestions

Here are some cheap or free (but fun) options

Bills need to be paid, the kids need to eat, and the bank account is light after a round of expensive dentistry for the family. (If booze is the number-one curse of the Irish, bad ...

Smart shopping for back to school

Don’t be a wasteful first-worlder

Where did the summer go? I blinked and it was suddenly August. Another blink, and August was gone too. As I shared a cocktail last night with a couple friends at Polite Provisions — I ...

Like learn to be alone, expect suffering

Two poems by Katie Darby Mullins

Genesis 30:6, Rachel Gets Her Wish A man, a woman, another woman, and then the child who belongs to all three of them, come screaming and beautiful into the world… — John Darnielle The night ...

Let’s talk about Limeade

High hopes dashed

It’s hot: time to gather the family and taste limeade. We started with the straight stuff. Simply Limeade ($2.99 for 59 oz. at Sprouts) can be found in most grocery stores. “It smells like lime ...

Even the kids like bowling

One hammered two strikes in a row

The leisure days of summer make my mind wander to all the extras I can’t find time to do the rest of the year. One such activity is bowling. The whole family enjoys it but ...

Permanent makeup doesn’t last forever

“I cannot legally say that it is pain-free because sensitivity varies.”

My friend Sophie’s eyeliner is permanently perfect — because it’s permanent. “Permanent makeup is a tattoo,” explained Jeanee Lusby, owner of Natural Look of Permanent Cosmetics in La Jolla (866-550-LOOK), “but it isn’t really permanent ...

Bawk bawk! Chicken broth!

“Stock tends to pick up richness from the bones as it’s made.”

Sometimes, there’s no homemade chicken stock in the freezer. So I zipped around San Diego and gathered up a bunch of chicken juice — mostly broths, but also a few boxed stocks — from the ...

Keeping cool in the inland suburbs

The kids need some waterin' about now

There's no gloom in June anymore.

Partially submerge with the sharks

And then eat prime rib, lamb, and pasta

Uncle Max wants to go swimming with sharks when he visits this year. “It’s a metaphor made literal!” he marvels. Shark Diver (855-987-4275) runs several adventures, including a five-day trip to Guadalupe Island, about 175 ...

Flower choices for the low-water garden

Pretty, but not too thirsty

On the hottest day of last summer, we hosted a wedding reception in our backyard. The thermometer hit 103 degrees as the guests arrived at 2:30 in the afternoon. Our guests clustered in the shady ...

Now read this, Cookie Monster

There’s Cookies Tonight, the Cravory, Good Stuff Cookie...

My daughter likes to bake at home, so when her birthday comes along, she likes to make it special by bringing in professional confections. But this year, she has begged off cake — including cake ...

Hazelnut spreads square off

That one hazelnut-chocolate spread isn’t the only one

Which one comes out on top?

Volunteer opportunities for teens

A preemptive strike against the summer doldrums

“It is not mandatory to give or receive a hug, but we have not had any recipients deny one yet.”

Kid-friendly runs through mud and foam and for yogurt

Your little peeps could be running every month, sometimes twice

My teens participated in the Color in Motion 5K chalk run last month with a bunch of their friends. They returned triumphant after the jaunt around Qualcomm Stadium, looking as if they had returned from ...

Party with bunnies and chicks to pat

Let’s get out of the house on Easter

“Our big, gentle bunny will provide a great photo op and hand out small bubble bottles.”

Decorating ideas for Easter

Whimsical (and affordable) touches

Our backyard’s prima donna moment comes in late March and early April. The wild lilac’s violet blue flowers complement the rose bushes’ magenta blooms. Orange and lime tree blossoms compete with the tiny pink blooms ...

Coding is cool, kids!

Computer science education classes and camps for the young'uns

“Sometimes the kids have to solve a puzzle, and sometimes they have to take a quiz.”

What to do for Valentine’s Day

San Diego lovey-dovey stuff

Sitting in the sun, dreaming up Valentine’s Day for my man... Spoiled much, San Diego? I was thinking. Our problem here isn’t finding something to do, it’s choosing from so many options. Where I grew ...

Who makes the best hot chocolate?

Swiss Miss? Ghirardelli? Trader Joe’s?

Cocoas with chemicals and some that prompt squeals

Pick your chai

A chai tea should provide a cinnamon kick

“The temperature heat followed by the spice heat...I like it.”

Fancy flights over San Diego

A dramatic shift in perspective

"New Year, new perspective,” I told Patrick. “You’ve never seen your city from above, except through some scratched-up plastic window in coach. What about a hot-air balloon? No windows, scratched or otherwise. Just a balloon, ...

Wrapper's delight

Wrap your present like you care

“I wrapped one with the Sunday comics, one in an old map, one in a beautiful silk scarf...”

Airsoft gunplay around the county

Boys will be boys and shoot things

Boys like to shoot guns. I like children to remain uninjured. Airsoft, which involves shooting one’s friends but also involves plastic BBs and full facemasks, sounded like it might be a way to meet halfway. ...

A gift for a grieving friend

“I like necklaces — keeps the deceased close to the heart.”

This has been a rough year for funerals. We are attending more than I wish to acknowledge. This past week it was a dear friend’s mama. Besides the usual flowers and meal, which feel sort ...

El Niño is coming. How’s your chimney?

“We had to call animal rescue to remove a raccoon and her babies.”

Pay these people to banish the raccoons from your chimney.

A hot bowl of comfort

“It was the kind of soup that brings comfort right down to your toes.”

My friend Lorraine has a golden soul. She’s the type of person who surprises you with coffee deliveries at that exact hour of need, who sends supportive texts throughout the day, who drops off mountains ...

Where to get a great pumpkin

Make like Charlie Brown

“The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed over 2000 pounds.”

Pick an apple, any apple

Galas are sweet, Jonagolds are a little tart, and Grannies are really tart

It's not a bit like fall, but pick apples and pretend.

Rodents love barbecues

Hire someone to get up in your grill

"At least half of the barbecues I work on have rodent droppings where the burners are, and/or nests, and/or actual rodents inside. People are cooking rodent droppings along with their food. "

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; “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.

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