Health & Wellness

Take care of yourself and be socially selective this holiday season.

The Money Savvy Mommy: 10-Step Guide to Rocking the Holidays

by Mira Reverente Today, I voted and I am hopeful. Just like many Americans, I will await election results with bated breath and hope for the best for our country and for our kids. Meantime, I am also hopeful about the upcoming series of holidays and festivities. I want it to be special just like […]

Celebrate wins - big or small.

The Money Savvy Mommy: 5 Ways to Set Goals and Smash Them

by Mira Reverente It’s not quite the New Year yet, but I am already thinking about my goals for 2017. Note that I said goals, not resolutions. For me, goals are more specific and measurable. Resolutions sound temporary, trendy and whimsical, something that’s bound to become forgotten come Valentine’s Day or Easter. Some of the […]

Make a will. Don't put it off. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones.

The Money Savvy Mommy: Why You Need a Will

by Mira Reverente There is something about single parenthood or getting older, or both, that makes one take a step back and do some reassessment. Recently, I was thinking, “What would happen to my kids if I suddenly pass away next month or next year?” And also, “What about my house and other assets? Will […]

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 […]

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 […]

You can stay sane this back-to-school season with a few tips and tricks.

The Money Savvy Mommy: Back-to-School B-A-S-I-C-S

by Mira Reverente Today, I got a jump start on this mania called back-to-school season. Even though my own daughter’s first day of school is not until the latter part of August, my exchange student started school today. As I was driving her to school, I came up with a plan in my head to […]

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.

Stop living your life for others. Bend the rules sometimes.

The Money Savvy Mommy: Stop Being a Perfectionist

by Mira Reverente I am a recovering perfectionist. For the longest time, I have been stuck in the never-ending quest for the perfect childhood, the perfect college, the perfect marriage, the perfect children and so on and so forth. I blame my dad. Well, partly, but in a good way too. He held me to […]

Designate a "worrying period" then move on quickly before it saps all your joy and energy.

The Money Savvy Mommy: Worry Less, Live More

by Mira Reverente I come from at least three generations of worriers. My maternal grandma worried about everything under the sun and so did my mom, and my mom’s sisters. So there’s a lot of worrying that goes on in my family, enough to spread around our respective neighborhoods and two continents where my extended family […]

Stop making excuses and take that leap of faith.

The Money Savvy Mommy: Stop Making Excuses

by Mira Reverente “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”  – Jim Rohn Have you ever heard someone say they won’t do something because they’re afraid? The retiree who won’t travel, because they’re afraid of traveling alone; your friend who won’t launch a business, […]