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Stories by Eve Kelly

Painting and wine classes in San Diego County

‘Didn’t you used to want to be an artist?” I asked Patrick as I dragged him out the door. “At least I’ll get a drink,” he grumbled. We were on our way to a Painting ...

Instant oatmeal taste test

Casa Kelly’s 2013 New Year’s resolution is healthier living — nutritious eating, physical activity, and enlightenment of the mind. The easy part for shopper Eve is the eating. Out go the chips, in come the ...

The Best BBQ Sauce

Sauce for your bones

We use a lot of barbecue sauce in the Kelly house. Our favorite has always been Gates Original. It hails from Kansas City, and my mom sends me a bottle every year at both Christmas ...

Ways to quit smoking

Kick cigarette butts in 2013!

The cognitive thought-based method versus hypnosis for quitting the habit.

Cough remedies

Remedies to kick a cough and keep a cold at bay.

Takes some green to chase away the holiday blues

A list of things to do over the holidays in San Diego.

“Viejas Outlet Center has the largest outdoor skating rink in Southern California.”

Peppermint-themed birthday party turns up Peeps and Pop Rocks

My youngest daughter always feels ripped off at this time of year because her birthday comes just three days after Christmas. She gets a second dose of presents, but we’re usually too wiped out to ...

Eggnog taste-test party

Since when is straight eggnog not good enough?

Pipes and tobaccos

Put this in your pipe and smoke it

Contentment and pipe smoke filled the air in the late-night hours after the Thanksgiving feast. My brother Bill, visiting from Kansas, puffed merrily away on our patio, reveling in the mild California evening. Patrick, meanwhile, ...

Thanksgiving Volunteering Opportunities in San Diego

Lose yourself in the service of others.

My son recited a Gandhi quotation at dinner. “‘I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let ...

Thanksgiving Turkey

‘Don’t cook for Thanksgiving this year,” said Patrick’s mother. “You know what?” I answered. “I’m not going to fight you on that. It’s been a long year.” “So, where should we go? Our treat.” I ...

Natural peanut butters

Sometimes you like to get raw and wild with your peanut butter.

Equine and Wine Adventures

Wine country rides in San Diego’s backcountry.

Presidential Party Favors

Political party: fun and games associated with Obama and Romney.

Zumba Shimmy

Zumba classes are more than “Here’s my butt, here’s my butt.”

Getting old-looking? Supercharge your skin!

My college friend Sarah is hitting a milestone birthday this year. The number shall remain secret. The ladies in our dance group want to shower her with gifts, and they’re thinking makeup. “Eve, can you ...

Best Places to Train as a DJ in San Diego

It started at Disneyland, of all places. The park brought in a DJ to perform in sync with a light show built around Tron: Legacy. My teenage son saw stars. He already makes music on ...

Paddleboarding

San Diego’s stand-up paddleboard lesson prices

Run, Coyote, Run

Backyard coyotes love backyard chickens.

Renewable Sandwich Bags

“Each plastic bag takes over 1000 years to break down.”

Reusable sandwich bags reviewed.

Well Drilling

Who will dig your well in San Diego County? Will they certainly find water?

Gelato Sampling in San Diego

“Gelato is like tacos — it’s street food, not high-end fare.”

Hydrate While You Dehydrate with Coconut Water

“We should make a new drink, the Hangover Prevention.”

Testing the O's

In the testing kitchen: cereals shaped like O’s and hugs.

It’s Not All Sexy Times in the Face-Painting Biz

Tips and prices of some San Diego face-painters.

‘Face painting gets a bad rap,” said Megan Norgan of the Rosy Glow Paint Co. (858-633-ROSY; rosyglowpaintco.com). “People think it has that carny feel or that it’s cookie-cutter. But my aim is to show it ...

Hike, Bike, Bowl

Summer’s only half over — off the couch, kids!

Dogs Versus Rattlers

Dogs in San Diego County are at great risk of rattlesnake bites. Have them trained not to be.

Simple Snacks for the Road

"On the road again…” Every June, Patrick starts singing the Willie Nelson classic. He loves summer road-tripping. He doesn’t like planning them, however. Guess who that job falls to? This year he’s dreaming of his ...

Shade Sails to Beat the Summer Heat

Getting out of the summer heat with shade sail options from local firms.

Loving, Hating, and Eating Frozen Fruit Bars

Fruit-bar feeding frenzy (voracious lip-smacking included).

Survey of Mascara Users

Through rain, sweat, and tears, mascara that delivers.

The Incredible Accessible Uke

Tiptoe to the ukulele store.

There’s a uke craze in the Kelly home. The ukulele comes everywhere: in the car, to school, to the beach. Our oldest son begged for one for months. “It’s so convenient and portable,” he pleaded. ...

Getting Rid of Gophers

Gophers be gone!

What’s the price of war with your yard rats?

Detergent for Sensitive Skin

Learn to make — or buy — detergent for sensitive, rash-prone skin.

Magicians Book Up Fast

Magician shopping for the next party.

Soil, Worms, and Gardening

Most San Diegans need good soil for backyard gardens. Where to get it, how much, and for how much?

Tater Tot Perfection

Whenever I hear the word ‘tots,’ I think of Napoleon — Dynamite, that is, not Bonaparte. Bully kid: “Napoleon, give me some of your tots.” Napoleon Dynamite: “No! Go find your own!” Napoleon understood that ...

Inside the Easter Basket

I snagged an invitation to Easter in La Jolla this year, so I decided to bring the host some fancy Easter baskets for her two lovely daughters. I started with the basket. Joe at World ...

For Easter: Chicks?

I see the signs that spring has arrived at the Kelly home: hours of planting, barbecue dinners on the patio, wafts of jasmine floating in the kitchen window, and loads of requests for baby animals. ...

Pitching Machines: Best Buys

Every park I see these days is swarming with kids throwing baseballs. My ten-year-old is pushing hard to join a team. But while he’s had years of catch with his dad, he hasn’t done much ...

Irish Whiskey: A San Diego Taste Test

“You do know that God created liquor to keep the Irish from conquering the world, right?” I smiled at my Irish hubby. “And tea to keep Irish women’s mouths from yapping at their men?” he ...

Boxing for Exercise

Patrick’s a little jealous of my new exercise regimen. I told him we should work out together, but he doesn’t want to belly dance. So we looked into boxing. “We offer Western boxing,” said Dustin, ...

Who Is Riding Electric Bikes These Days?

“The greatest thing about an electric bike is that it operates just like a regular bike,” said Ike Fazzio, owner of San Diego Fly Rides (619-888-3878; sandiegoflyrides.com), located in the Gaslamp. “If you’re feeling strong, ...

Scuba Lessons for Zonies

The Zonies are coming, the Zonies are coming! Friends of ours, actually, fleeing the heat of a Phoenix summer and looking to rent a house near the ocean. The first item on their agenda is ...

San Diego Gardening in February

My husband’s happy place is in his yard. Around this time of year, he spends hours deep in thought, cultivating his land, composting, relishing the odors of moist, tilled earth. He’s prepared a bed for ...

Lice!

One (horrifying) word: lice. Claudia Alvarez, manager at Hair Fairies in La Jolla (858-459-5423; hairfairies.com) told me that the best treatment was careful removal by hand and comb. “Lice need the scalp to live. They ...

Roller Skating in San Diego

“Roller skating has been around since the 1700s,” Bernice read from her iPhone. “It’s funny to think of the founding fathers on skates. I’ve always associated roller skating with the 1970s.” “Did they have the ...

Belly Dance Your Belly Away

New Year, new me, etc. Maybe lose weight with…belly dancing! “I’ve danced my whole life,” said Sabrina (858-337-1728; sabrinabellydancer.com). “I studied dance at UC Irvine, and in my second year I saw belly dancers at ...

Sippin' the Diem: Black Tea

We spent an afternoon testing black tea in anticipation of my mother-in-law’s annual visit. Husband Patrick was assisting. The salesman at La Mesa’s All Things Bright and British said that it’s important to prepare tea ...

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