a blog by jennifer cho salaff

Friday, April 17, 2015

Week in review

What are you up to this weekend? I've been wanting a bubble tea all week so I'm gonna head downtown to Koko Bakery (one of the few places in Cleveland to get good boba) and fulfill my craving.

Have a beautiful weekend!

love, -j.


Afghan girls love to skateboard. This is absolutely awesome! (Colossal)

The moral bucket list. (The New York Times)

Favorite Hillary reactions. (A Cup of Jo)

White lace shorts. Do or don't? (Cupcakes & Cashmere)

Newspaper reporter and photojournalist make the list of worst jobs of 2015. Really? (Time)

Are you selfish if you don't want children? (The Atlantic)

My new favorite font: Hillvetica. (Kottke)

The perfect roast beef sandwich. (Melissa Clark/NYT)

It's Anna Kendrick's Booty vs. John Kransinski's Proud Mary. (Lip Sync Battle)

You've been sleeping under a rock for the past 24 hours if you haven't yet seen the new Star Wars trailer.

[In and around Cleveland:]

Jewelry designer Liza Michelle has some sage advice: sometimes the end is actually just the beginning. (Design*Sponge)

Johnny Manziel apologizes (again) to his fans. (The Plain Dealer)

Photo by Jessica Fulford-Dobson via Colossal.

How to tie a scarf (22 ways)

I had no idea you could wear a scarf like a gazillion different ways! Watch this video. It will blow your mind.  

The belted scarf.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Best zit zapper

I know a thing or two about fighting acne. I got my first zit in the sixth grade. Fast forward 28 years and I'm STILL waging war against them.

This awesome spot treatment from Mario Badescu is my latest secret weapon. When I feel a zit coming on, I dip a cotton swab in the magic pink sediment (calamine, camphor, sulfur and salicylic acid) and leave it on overnight. The next morning that red bump has shrunk like a raisin in the sun.


Face oil can help with your breakouts, too.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Kids and money

Teaching your kids about money can empower them with valuable life skills.
(Illustrations by Phoebe Thomas for love, -j.)

On tax day, I couldn't think of a better story than reposting this article on teaching kids about money. As parents, it's our duty to instill in our children good habits, how to treat others, why it's important to have manners, how to take care of the planet, to dream big and work hard, to love others and show kindness... the list goes on and on and on.

Why wouldn't we add "money management" to that list?

Here are four ways you can help your kids to be wise with their money. After all, in his or her mind an interaction with the man in the ice cream truck could be a crucial financial decision! 

Here's to empowering your child.

love, -j.


(Post originally published on 4/15/14)

Benjamin Franklin, in his letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1789, wrote, "Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Sardonic as this proverb may be, it's probably on everyone's mind. Especially today.

Tax Day got me thinking about the concept of money. How hard it is to make. How we spend it. How important it is to save. In our house, we make it a point to be open with our children about money. All questions ("How much money do you make?") and issues ("Why should we give our money away?") are on the table.

But how do you start those conversations? I sought the advice of local expert Rodney Drake, VP of Consumer Segment Strategy at Cleveland-based KeyBank, and he offered these super simple, super helpful financial tips. 

Even as early as age 3, children can start thinking about how money is used to pay for things. And don't be surprised if your child displays his or her inner-bookkeeper. "Accountants are born, not made," says Drake. 

tip: Next time you're at the grocery store with your child, invite her to compare prices with you. Take fun items (like cereal or her favorite snacks) and ask which products are most expensive, least expensive, etc.

Sort change with your child so he can learn the difference between pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.

tip: Use small mason jars (like these) and have your child make labels for each type of coin. Hearing the plink, plink of the coins as he sorts change is sure to be an exciting activity! 

Consider providing an allowance at ages 5, 6 and 7. "This is a good time to help children set priorities and to reinforce personal family values," says Drake. "Encourage them to allocate their allowance to savings, spending and other -- such as charity or sharing."

tip: A $2 weekly allowance could be divided as follows: 80 cents for personal spending; 20 cents for charity/sharing; $1 for savings. "Parents can support savings by offering an incentive," Drake recommends. "[Have your child] set a savings goal and agree to match it when the goal is met." 

School-aged children can start learning the difference between spending money on something they want versus something they might need.

tip: Parents can reinforce wants vs. needs by watching TV/Internet commercials or looking through print advertisements with their children and talking about the products, how much they cost, how long it would take to save for that product, etc. 

Love your kids. Hug and kiss and hold 'em. Pray for them. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

K-Pop til you drop

My ears perked up when I listened to this NPR report last night about the growing influence of Korean pop on American culture. Nickelodeon is the latest US company jumping on the K-Pop bandwagon with the debut of its new tween sitcom Make It Pop.

For the full story click here

If you need to brush up on your K-Pop knowledge, here are a few music videos for your perusal.

This one, from Girls' Generation, already has 6.8 million views and was uploaded only five days ago:

This one, from 2NE1, is a little bit Missy Elliott, a little bit Nicki Minaj:

Boy band EXO is kinda like a Korean wannabe Backstreet Boys:

And of course, the K-Pop granddaddy of them all:

Photo of Girls Generation via Pinterest.