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Kelley Helfand

Adventures of a Modern Mom: What it's really like to be on 'Wheel'

Adventures of a Modern Mom: What it's really like to be on 'Wheel'

I recently went bankrupt, but it wasn’t as bad as you might think.

April 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Adventures of a Modern Mom: Particularly cool fad is making the rounds

Adventures of a Modern Mom: Particularly cool fad is making the rounds

When the holidays or my sons’ birthdays roll around, my parents, looking for gift ideas, ask me, “What are they interested in right now?” The key words in that question are “right now.”

February 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Adventures of a Modern Mom: School's book fair is fun, rewarding experience

Adventures of a Modern Mom: School's book fair is fun, rewarding experience

Twice per school year at Manzanita Elementary School the Family Faculty Organization, or FFO — which is similar to a PTA — puts on a book fair. The students go nuts over it. They love books, and they love to read. I’ve been a co-chair of the book fair for the last 2ƒ years, and it’s a fun an…

December 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Adventures of a Modern Mom: Aging is less cool the more you do it

Because of the Sept. 1 kindergarten cutoff date where I grew up, and because my birthday is in early September, I was the first of my high school friends to turn 16, get my driver’s license and start driving. I was also the first of my college friends to legally get into bars. On both occasi…

October 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Downtown Tucson is growing into a vibrant destination

For many years, I was a “city girl.” I lived in Chicago — not “Chicagoland” or any of the suburbs that are miles and miles from the city.

September 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Adventures of a modern mom: Those nice things about Coronado Island are all true

Adventures of a modern mom: Those nice things about Coronado Island are all true

Shortly after our family moved to the Foothills, we heard friends and acquaintances talk about Coronado, Calif. People raved about it. They told us it's a wonderful vacation destination, with beautiful beaches, lots of green parks and activities for the whole family. One friend described it …

July 25, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Adventures of a modern mom: Food no-nos make shopping a challenge

Sometimes I go to the grocery store and feel like there is nothing suitable to buy. There are so many books and schools of thought regarding what we should and shouldn't eat.

May 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Adventures of a modern mom: This 'most interesting man in world' to be at book fest

Adventures of a modern mom: This 'most interesting man in world' to be at book fest

A series of humorous commercials for Dos Equis beer features a character touted as "The Most Interesting Man in the World." The Man is shown in exotic settings easily performing feats such as freeing a bear from a trap and surfing a killer wave.

March 07, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Adventures of a modern mom: Thanks for ideas about how families can help

In my last column, in late December, I wrote about our family's desire to find a consistent volunteer opportunity for the four of us. We have had difficulty finding that, and I asked readers to write in with suggestions. I would like to thank the readers who shared the following leads with me:

February 14, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Opportunities to volunteer with children seem scarce

'Tis the season of giving, and volunteer opportunities abound. Preston's and Griffin's elementary school has a holiday project in which food, clothing and toys are collected for needy families at another elementary school in Tucson.

December 20, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Adventures of a modern mom: Boys learn lesson despite missing school

Adventures of a modern mom: Boys learn lesson despite missing school

A draft of a speech with Franklin Delano Roosevelt's edits is on display at a Pearl Harbor museum.

October 25, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Adventures of a modern mom: Boys learn lesson despite missing school

Adventures of a modern mom: Boys learn lesson despite missing school

A week before the Catalina Foothills School District fall break, I emailed Preston's and Griffin's teachers to let them know that the boys would be missing the three half days preceding the two-day break, and I felt guilty.

October 25, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Adventures of a modern mom: Chefs, kids, teachers never fail to impress

As summer winds down, here are a few topics that have come to mind lately.

September 06, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Adventures of a modern mom: Book-hungry son needs recommendations for summer

Adventures of a modern mom: Book-hungry son needs recommendations for summer

Avid reader Preston Helfand, 8, doesn't leave home without two books - his current read and a backup in case he finishes it.

May 17, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Adventures of a modern mom: Book-hungry son needs recommendations for summer

Adventures of a modern mom: Book-hungry son needs recommendations for summer

Our son, Preston, who is 8, can't get enough of books. He loves to read. He won't leave home without a book in his hands. Actually, he takes two books with him wherever he goes - the one he is currently reading and a second book as a backup in case he finishes the first book.

May 17, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Adventures of a modern mom: March may just be most wonderful time of year

I feel like March is giving Christmastime a run for its money as the most wonderful time of the year.

March 29, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Adventures of a modern mom: Disconcerting news on the music, toy store and author front

Today I'd like to share some thoughts I've had on music, the Tucson Lifestyle "Best of the City" article and the passing of author Jeffrey Zaslow.

February 23, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Adventures of a modern mom: Christmas lights have always made my holidays bright

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is enjoying the lights. I grew up in Kansas City, Mo., and a very important holiday tradition there is the Plaza lights.

December 22, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Adventures of a modern mom: Giving thanks is year-round event at my home

Over the last year or so, as we sit down to dinner, our family has gotten into the habit of sharing something aloud that we are thankful for. It has been great for us to stop and reflect on the wonderful things in our life, some major, some trivial.

November 24, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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