You may be broke if you can't distinguish between wants and needs.

The Money Savvy Mommy: 8 Signs You Might Be Broke

by Mira Reverente There are two ways to be poor, according to a recent story on MSN Money. There are people who don’t earn much and live below the federal poverty line like 47 million people or 15 percent of Americans, according to the US Census Bureau. Then there’s another kind–those who make good money […]

The boy scout troupe lead the way for the opening of the Reyes Adobe Days parade.

Agoura Hills Seeks Sponsors/Volunteers/Parade Entries For 12th Annual Reyes Adobe Days

(The following is from a press release) The City of Agoura Hills is now accepting applications for sponsors, volunteers and parade entrants to be part of the 12th Annual Reyes Adobe Days (RAD), coming this fall October 6-9, 2016. Sponsor and volunteer support helps provide the free cultural activities and entertainment enjoyed by over 15,000 […]

A business card is still one of the best marketing tools out there.

The Money Savvy Mommy: Make Your Business Cards Work For You

by Mira Reverente “Oh, I’m so sorry, I just gave out my last one.” “I haven’t ordered them. Can I write down my number on this Post-it/flier/receipt?” “I have some in my car. Want me to get it?” Have you ever heard one or all of the above at a business or social event? I […]

Setting a budget teaches kids that sky is not the limit with money.

The Money Savvy Mommy: Why You Should Teach Your Kids How to Budget

by Mira Reverente I tried something new this past back-to-school. I gave my 12-year-old a budget. In the past, she would just give me a school supply list and a clothing list. We would head to the stores and we would buy everything on her lists, regardless of whether I could afford it or not. […]

If you do receive something for free, accept that there may be strings attached.

The Money Savvy Mommy: When Free Isn’t Really Free

by Mira Reverente What’s the catch? That’s what comes to mind when I hear that something is free. I’ll admit it. I love free stuff as much as the next person. Who doesn’t? But unless you’ve been living under a rock for much of your adult life, you know they aren’t really free right? Free […]

On the main stage, Hartman creates a drawing for lucky audience member, Isabelle.

‘Fairly OddParents’ Creator, Chalk Artist to Headline 2016 Reyes Adobe Days

Butch Hartman–the creator of Nickelodeon’s Fairly OddParents, Tough Puppy and Danny Phantom–and chalk artist Tracy Lee Stum, will be the grand marshall and featured artist, respectively, at the 12th annual Reyes Adobe Days (RAD), Oct. 6-9 in Agoura Hills. Hartman, who will premier Bunsen is a Beast on Nickelodeon in 2017, recently designed the Noog Network app and […]

Cupcakes and Wishes is a charity started by Kamdon Kodimer, 13 (left), so sick kids at Children's Hospital LA can have birthday parties. Also pictured is his mom, Lisa, and Alex Stiller.

Photo Gallery: Community Expo Showcases Women in Business

Women-run businesses and non-profits were represented at the Women’s Expo, held at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center on Sunday. Enjoy some highlights in our photo gallery.

Local Business Serves Up Waffles, Raises Funds for Charities

Local Business Serves Up Waffles, Raises Funds for Charities

In 2013, Todd Ross, owner of the Westlake Village-based mortgage brokerage, The Ross Group, started serving waffles to neighboring businesses and clients to “encourage a sense of community. At the time, he had no idea how popular the idea would become. ‘Our first event, we caused a power surge in our office as we connected five […]

Osteria Orto: An Authentic Taste of Italy in the Conejo Valley

Osteria Orto: An Authentic Taste of Italy in the Conejo Valley

by Mira Reverente Dreaming of an Italian getaway or food-based vacation this summer? Look no further than Agoura Hills and Osteria Orto. Well-Traveled Chefs Opened in May, the restaurant’s earthy decor recalls the rustic ambiance of a Tuscan villa with lots of charm and character. The food is another story, inspired by the Marche region of Italy from […]

Credit scores are "hot" in the dating arena these days.

The Money Savvy Mommy: Is a Low Credit Score a Deal Breaker?

by Mira Reverente I usually don’t write about dating–online, post-divorce or otherwise. I just don’t consider myself an expert by any stretch of the imagination. However, the recent experiences of friends in the dating arena has made me reconsider my choice of topic for this week, as it relates to money and credit. Apparently, even though […]