As life, in general, gets faster, carving out time for chores such as laundry and grocery shopping has gotten increasingly harder, especially for working professionals and busy parents. It is no wonder, then, that a number of companies have sprung up, across the Silicon Valley, to try and fill this need gap and provide services such as groceries delivered to your doorstep. Can you imagine there are 8 great options for grocery delivery service in Palo Alto? While it is not surprising to see such an offering from companies like Safeway, North America’s second largest supermarket chain, it is interesting to note newer players like Google, Amazon and even Walmart, are now providing grocery delivery services under Google Express Shopping, Amazon Fresh, and Walmart Grocery respectively. Continue reading
5 things I did to help my son become a better reader
Here are five things I did to help my sone become a better reader: Those of you who are blessed with sons who embrace reading from a very young age, a glass of wine to you! But for many of us it is an ongoing battle. When my son was younger I was faced with the great challenge of how to help nurture in him a love of reading. It was always a struggle, especially when it came to having him read books that were at his level. At his previous school in New York, Hackley School, he was not the worst reader at all, but I always felt that he needed to build his reading stamina, and be encouraged to pick up a book on his own without me directing him to do so. His school had an excellent reading program and there was a reading specialist on the staff to guide the reading curriculum in the classroom, as well as to identify where every child was on the reading spectrum.
I truly enjoy spending quality time with my husband, and raising 3 children makes it even more challenging to do so. The person who invented date night may have had us on mind as this is just the fix that helps sustain our relationship and makes us realize that among all the chaos, we need to make time for us.
Our key to choosing a winner date is great food, great atmosphere, ability to connect. Here are our top 5 date night restaurants in Palo Alto that fulfills our date night craves
This is a personal story very close to my heart! It’s about a time, way back when we knew very little about the vast black-hole that was the internet. People still used super slow dial-up connections, and we were kind of wary about sharing any information online. It was in this climate of skepticism and resistance that chatrooms on various interests began to appear. Chatting started to become popular, and was considered exciting, if slightly risqué, and provided a mechanism for the internet to start connecting people from around the world. Out of this medium instant message was born. Fifteen years ago, I met my husband online, on AOL. He sent me an instant message by searching the AOL communities. This was back when you needed to purchase a monthly subscription to be able to connect to the internet, and thinking up unique usernames was almost as much fun as finding all kinds of different people to befriend in the AOL communities. Sending photos, however, was definitely not feasible, and everyone banked on the anonymity the internet gave us to be more comfortable with this new mode of communication. I was not looking for love online, but it found me.
There are a multitude of factors to be considered when one is looking to relocate, and finding a new place to call ‘home’. Even within a single city, the general atmosphere, as well as the facilities available, can drastically change when moving from one neighborhood to another. In Palo Alto, there are a variety of areas, all promising different living experiences, to choose from. Today we shall attempt to talk about some of these regions, just to get a sense of what they are like, and to make a comparison among them much easier.
With real estate prices being as high as they are, and rents skyrocketing, affording large houses is not an option for many of us. Add to that expenses such as children’s education, childcare, activities and medical bills, not to mention the added time and maintenance that large houses require, and one is almost thankful for smaller homes!