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The price of freedom: My $9k dream vacation

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Running away from home for a 10-day painting vacation in France came with a price — $9,079.80, to be exact. But it’s what I wanted to do. I had a great time. Plus, I learned the value of letting go. “Me first” is my new mantra! Everything was new. I’d never gone on a vacation by myself before. Never went …

How to budget a Miami vacation & not feel like a loser

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My daughter and I recently discovered Miami and can’t wait to go back. This crazy, seaside metropolis delivered excellent surf, shopping and dining on a budget. The trip left us rich in memories from our first mother-daughter vacation in three years. That’s right. Three. Whole. Years. Between her doing her thing and me doing mine, our priorities and schedules just …

New study on Asian Americans & their $ issues: Making America Work

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What are the economic realities of being Asian American? For the many answers to that question, a new report was released today. It’s filled with interesting details, including comparison numbers for Latinos, blacks and whites. With a population of 17 million, Asian Americans account for 6% of the people living in the U.S. — as well as 6% of the …

Vegan dessert porn: 7 desserts made with my daughter at ICE

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If you think “vegan” and “food porn” are incompatible concepts, these photos will change your mind. The pictures are from a vegan dessert baking workshop that I took with my daughter Gabi. We enjoyed making these goodies — and then, stuffing ourselves with them afterwards. Let’s start with your first question…What is a vegan? Vegans are animal lovers who do …

Letting go of the kid so that we can both grow up

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How did this all happen so fast? My daughter Gabi has only a few days left of high school. Then we’re into prom season, summer goodbyes and then…packing my only child off to college. After that, we are each on to totally new lives. This is one of the moments I’ve been working towards since the day she was born. …