I love being a Big Sister


This is my “Little Sister” Maricruz and me, dropping off baby blankets for a baby shower at a clinic in Los Angeles. This is the type of place that takes people whether or not they have insurance, and whether or not they are “legal.” They do an amazing service for the women who seek their […]

I did a half-marathon! (part 2)

half marathon 3

After months of training and complaining, the race day itself was truly magnificent. This post is going to be rather long, because I think the best way to share the experience with you is to reprint the letter I wrote immediately afterward to my supporters. I love this “action shot” because it manages to make […]

I did a half-marathon! (part 1)

after finish

This is one of those posts that I’ve been meaning to write for a long time and for one reason or another it kept getting pushed. First it was lack of a picture, then other details, and recently because there was simply too much to tell. So I’ve decided to turn it into two posts. […]

Thrifty Threads

The following is a reprint of a previously published Thrifty Threads post. I’m low on submissions, so please keep those photos coming! Meanwhile, if you missed it the first time, enjoy the story of Jane’s perfect sweater she scored for free! Welcome to Thrifty Threads, AKA Most Stylish Compact-y outfit, where readers model their favorite […]



This is one of those times my non-consumer lifestyle has become so ingrained I thought I should share it with you. A couple of weeks ago, my “Little Sister” mentioned that her dad was supposed to buy her some new shoes but he flaked so her mom was going to buy her some (her father […]

Thrifty Threads

Alyson TT

Welcome to Thrifty Threads, AKA Most Stylish Compact-y Outfit, where readers model their favorite secondhand clothes. A compact-y outfit is used or recycled, from Goodwill, a thrift store, a consignment shop, a clothing swap, a yard sale, ebay, Craigslist, or anywhere else you find used clothing. I am thrilled to present this beautiful photo of […]