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A Cool Way to Stay Warm This Winter
December 18, 2014
Shopping for a new jacket can be challenging, especially if you live in a place like I do where the temperature outside can drop faste...
Getting Our Just Desserts
November 21, 2014
My Aunt Jo used to say, “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” She uttered that phrase any time we complained or didn...
October 16, 2014
He passed the interview with flying colors. “Why do you want to live with us? What challenges are you looking for? Where do ...
Finding My Inner Yogi
September 18, 2014
When my friend Jane invited me to try a hot yoga class, I hesitated. I thought yoga was for ‘other’ people. ...
A Kitchen Gadget I Can’t Live Without
June 20, 2014
There are certain things in our kitchens we can’t live without. I don’t mean the obvious ones—the sink, the st...
Paying It Forward Can Be Priceless
May 23, 2014
There’s an old joke . . . “Let’s eat grandpa.” “Let’s eat, grandpa.” ...
How to Get Your Mojo Back (Healthy Snacks, Baby!)
April 24, 2014
Open fridge . . . nothing to eat. Open the cabinet . . .nothing to eat. Lower expectations . . .and then repeat. You kn...
How to Save Money Without Really Trying
March 21, 2014
How can I save a buck? That’s the million-dollar question. I’ve experimented with various cost-cutting meas...
Get Fresh With Me
February 21, 2014
I recently learned a fact that in all my years of eating packaged bread I had never known. It was news that would change my life&mdash...
She’s Full of Scrap
January 17, 2014
They say scrapbooking is a great way to cherish your favorite memories and organize photos that are lying around your home. ...
Does Your Medicine Cabinet Need a Makeover?
December 20, 2013
I used to consider myself an organized person. Every morning I showered, toweled, and moisturized. I kept toiletries— liquid han...
Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Makes Thanksgivukkah!
November 8, 2013
When my daughter first sent me this Buzzfeed link about a dual Thanksgiving and Hanukkah celebration, I thought i...
Chase to the Cut
September 13, 2013
“You didn’t make the cut, but thanks for trying.” It was the story of my life, fruitlessly chasing my ambitions ...
Snoring: It’s Nothing to Sneeze at
July 31, 2013
My husband Chris and I have been married over twenty years and each evening after saying goodnight to our three children we...
Nineteen Piles and Counting
May 24, 2013
Chances are no matter how organized you are things accumulate on your kitchen counters and grow into piles, and those piles beget pile...
Meet the In-Laws
April 25, 2013
Marriage is a package deal. You open the package—you deal with the in-laws. No exchange policy, no returns, no ...
My Husband Gave Me a Complex For Our Anniversary
March 7, 2013
An anniversary is a day of remembrance—when we remember how good we used to look when we first got married. It’s also ...
Revelations from My First CAbi Party
February 7, 2013
I was wary when my friend Patty invited me to a trunk show called CAbi that she was hosting. In New Jersey a tru...
When It Doesn’t Pay to Take a Staycation
January 10, 2013
When my husband Chris told me he wanted to take a family vacation during our children’s winter break, I resisted. I told him...
Thoughts and Prayers
December 19, 2012
In deference to the heartbreaking tragedy last Friday, I have departed from my weekly Musings to send thoughts and prayers to the...
Five Mistakes to Avoid at Your Hanukkah Party
December 13, 2012
Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. It’s an occasion my husband and I mark by throwing an an...
Animal Skin “Hide”-and-Seek
December 6, 2012
I have an affinity for animal skins. Not only do I drive a car with leather car seats and carry an alligator pocketbook, I ...
I’m Keeping Victoria’s Secret
November 29, 2012
They say you can tell a lot about someone by looking at her garbage, but you can also tell a lot about someone from looking at her cat...
The Tongue and the Restless
November 23, 2012
Some of us grew up under constant correction from parents and teachers about our back posture: “sit up straight,&rdqu...
Previews of Coming Contractions
November 14, 2012
Home delivery used to mean a mustached man named Raul driving an oxidized Ford Pinto and tossing the morning newspaper into our neighb...