Lauren Barack
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Hi to all TwitterMoms! I'm your featured contributor to business & finance for families. I would LOVE to hear stories from you - questions you might have on how to better shore up your family's financial future and even success stories of your own.

Besides writing for you, I work as a journalist writing on subjects from identity theft to college savings, Bollywood to childcare. My words have appeared in Parenting, KQED, Newsweek, MSNMoney, Variety, The Independent (London), The St. Petersburg Times, and other national (and international) media outlets.

I've written for radio and television as well — working for Vh1, Comedy Central, and MTV — a time highlighted by failing to light Milton Berle’s cigar during a limo ride to a photo shoot. He forgave me. But my real skill, according to my daughter, is my ability to bake the ultimate chocolate chip cookie — perfected during a six month stint at the Nestle Toll House test kitchen.
What kinds of things do you typically Tweet about?
education, parenting, business, tech, what catches my eye.
What are your areas of interest?
mommyhood, business, blogging, home & garden, technology, crafting, the arts, work-at-home, fitness, movies, writing

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My $30 Face Lift

Spent 8 minutes this week having my eyebrows shaped. Yes, I am aware how ridiculous this is. That a decent pair of tweezers and a steady hand can do the same thing and for $30 less.

But there’s the rub. I don’t have a steady pair of hands – nor do I trust my visual abilities to know if I’ve done the trick or not. When I started seeing Connie two years ago, my fascist technician, she fairly yelled at me for the destruction I had brought on my face.

“This is too short. This… Continue

Posted on September 18, 2009 at 5:12am — 1 Comment

Is The Recession Over For You?

With the up and down news lately that unemployment is getting better, getting worse, consumer spending is back, now it's not — I thought I'd ask the center of this key universe —

Is the Recession over for YOU?

So I'm really hoping to hear from TwitterMoms....and I think some other readers would like the opportunity to check in.

I'll start - The recession is most definitely not over for my family. Jobs are still there - but pay cuts are still there as… Continue

Posted on August 20, 2009 at 6:09pm — 9 Comments

Will Free Admission to National Parks Make You Hit The Road?

For any mom (or dad) living near a National Park, this is an offer that's almost too good to be true — this weekend entry fees at more than 100 of our National Parks is free of charge.

Yes, free.

Now, that might not be that much depending on which National Park you live near. Sure Muir Woods costs just $5 for an adult who wants to tour the kings of all redwoods, but Yellowstone might set you back… Continue

Posted on August 13, 2009 at 10:47pm — 3 Comments

Staycation or Vacation?

Like most families, we've made some adjustments for our summer plans.

A trip we take nearly every August to Big Sur got scrubbed. Instead, an economical visit to family in Los Angeles substituted. (Economical in that hotels, car rentals are not needed.) In fact, most of our days are spent hanging out with the cousins, grabbing ice cream cones in the park — a staycation, albeit one we flew about 3,000 miles to take.

However, one of us (okay, I'll admit the guilt) got the… Continue

Posted on August 6, 2009 at 8:06pm — 2 Comments

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Feb 2, 2009
Lauren Barack commented on Lauren Barack's blog post Tempranillo + Tea Lights = Date Night
"Love these suggestions Angelina! Especially the farmers market! I wish I could be as disciplined as you about the cable, but living in New York, it's sometimes hard to venture out when the movie night urge strikes - and it's 14F and the…"
Feb 2, 2009
Angelina Howard commented on Lauren Barack's blog post Tempranillo + Tea Lights = Date Night
"Wonderful post. I agree that we can change our lifestyles, yet still enjoy life. Our family has enjoyed many stay-at-home nights. I honestly feel that we are closer now that we are budgeting. Two of our cutbacks were: Cancel Cable: Blockbuster…"
Feb 2, 2009
Lauren Barack commented on Lauren Barack's blog post Tempranillo + Tea Lights = Date Night
"That's true Kristen. I think we do need to spend a bit when we can - and I'm not opposed to hiring our babysitter...but I think people start to imagine budgeting like broccoli and forget that cutting back doesn't have to be an awful…"
Feb 2, 2009
Kristen Andrews: Featured Contributor of Style commented on Lauren Barack's blog post Tempranillo + Tea Lights = Date Night
"small changes can add up like saying no to my kiddo when he wants something he doesn't need and cooking in instead of going out. We still do love going out to eat we just don't do it as often. One thing I am concerned about is that we will…"
Feb 1, 2009
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Tempranillo + Tea Lights = Date Night

We all know budgeting is not fun. Good for us? Yes. And for many, now a necessity. But that doesn’t mean with some creative twists, sticking to a family budget can’t be an opportunity to shake up your regular routines — and interject some fun into your financial planning.When I sat my family down this January and told them we were going to start watching our expenses a little more closely — and buck the national trend by saving more than spending — I knew I would have to get inventive. Cutting…See More
Jan 30, 2009

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At 1:15pm on May 1, 2014, Mary said…

How are you today?
I hope you are well and healthy, if any, to the glory of God Almighty.
please dear do not embarrass or surprise to get such a letter from my good ness My name is Mary, I saw your information on this site and I'm interested to hear from you, and I want to be friends Please, I want to contact me directly to my email address private ( more information about me and my photography.
Thank you and good day
Yours in love,

At 5:16pm on November 22, 2009, Amy Robbins-Wilson said…
Hi Lauren,

Just stopping by to let you know that my new music video for my lullaby Child of Sunshine is finished! Would love to know what you think :)

You can see it at:
If you enjoy it, please share it with as many people as you can.

All downloads from now through the end of 2009 will be donated to the Children's Miracle Network as they helped us so much when our son was born 6 weeks early.

Hope you are well!
Amy Robbins-Wilson
At 9:34am on August 25, 2009, Beatrice C. said…
Hello Lauren! My name is Beatrice and I sell Ardyss body reshaping garments for women of all ages, sizes and body types. I came here specifically for the mothers who are interested in losing the baby fat and getting back in shape, as well as for the ones who are pregnant and looking for extra support during pregnancy. If you are, let me know and I'd be happy to provide you with more information about the company and answer any questions. Have a blessed day and I hope that you are enjoying motherhood. :-)
At 7:30pm on August 20, 2009, Sandra Regalado said…
Hi Lauren-thanks for the msg. I miss the NYC energy & vibe although I do love living in the south especially during the summer. It is very laidback which after 5 yrs I have gotten used to but every month or so I need some of that mojo. thanks agian for the note!
At 2:36pm on August 19, 2009, slclay said…
Thank you for befriending me. I really appreciate it since I am new to this twitter thing. Please bear with me and keep being an inspiration to all of us mothers who want to connect with other mothers but not quite sure of how to get started. A friend surely helps! Thanks again!
At 8:09pm on August 18, 2009, Denise Anzaldua said…
HI Lauren, thanks for being my friend!
At 7:26pm on August 18, 2009, shirley may said…
Thanks for adding me as your friend. I look forward to get to know you better. I am a housewife and I am very active in a club for Japanese Floral Arrangements.
At 4:00pm on August 18, 2009, Wendi McNeill said…
Hi Lauren, Thanks for adding me as a friend:) would love to share about raising teen daughters…it’s definitely a Rollercoaster ride! My best advice for parents with younger daughters is start early…a lot of love, sharing, patience and caring with just the right amount of discipline as well. Wishing you the best…thanks again:)
At 11:32am on August 5, 2009, Karen Reynolds said…
Thanks Lauren, looking forward to chatting. Yes, it's a very important issue that affects all of us regarless if you're for or against.
At 6:32am on May 18, 2009, Amy Larison said…
Just stopping in to say hello to other Twitter Moms..... Have a great day!

Amy (from the Dallas,TX area)




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