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Allie Firestone

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Allie Firestone

I'm a teacher, a writer, a coffee junkie, a grammar lover. I'm determined to visit as many countries as I can and believe just about anything can be fixed with a good baking session and a yoga class. A few of my faves: reading, traveling to off-the-beaten-path locales, eating (and drinking) out with friends, hiking in the woods, running before the rest of the world wakes up, my dog, and Cal football (Go Bears!).

Stories by Allie Firestone

Finances: the way my mother puts it, they’re simple. Take in more money than you shell out. Sound advice, I say. But what happens when...
There are literally hundreds of diets that have been promoted as the latest, greatest, and easiest way to lose weight. Unfortunately for those of us...
Summer is chock-full of scents, and that’s one of the reasons I love it. Picking up on the huge variety of smells—whether it’s freshly-cut grass,...
If I motivate myself enough to actually pull on my workout gear and then walk all the way to the gym, I’d better be getting a worthwhile...
I recently completed the most difficult physical thing I’ve ever done—climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Though I’ve run multiple...
I remember my first conscious exposure to artificial sweeteners. A friend in college baked an entire batch of cookies with a calorie-free sugar...
When do we tip? How much? What’s too little, too much, insulting? In order to squash the awkward tipping moment, asking everyone from valets to...
Even the McDonald’s Happy Meal is getting expensive. Food inflation has been low since the 1980s, but recently basics like bread, milk, eggs,...
My mom always told me that sugar would rot my teeth. But after a recent scolding by my dentist for brushing too hard (how else am I supposed to get...
Whoever said ignorance is bliss couldn’t have been referring to bank account numbers and gas prices. No matter how hard I try to ignore them,...
Thanks to the incessantly climbing prices at the gas station, the precarious balance known as my net worth is starting to teeter a little too far in...
My understanding of the power in a homemade cookie dawned on me when I was eight. My Ohio-born mother, whose attitude toward the California natural-...

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