101: dry shampoo

101: dry shampoo

January 27th, 2015

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had to wash my hair daily to keep it looking fresh. And while not always so convenient, it was never really a problem till recently. Now that I’m older, my hair has gotten much drier. And in addition to regular straightening sessions, I’m visiting the colorist every […]


favor-“ette”: pinhole press

favor-"ette": pinhole press

January 20th, 2015

For almost 25 years I’ve been archiving my family’s photos the same way – gathering the year’s worth of pictures and painstakingly taping them into an album, collage-style. If I’m super organized I will have broken the task down into two sessions – one mid-year, the other at the end of the year (I think […]


favor-“ette”: an onion tip

favor-"ette": an onion tip

January 13th, 2015

You would be hard pressed to find someone who cries more than I do while chopping onions. I’M THE WORST. We’re talking buckets – burning eyes, smudged mascara – the whole package. Short of goggles, I’ve tried every trick in the book – freezing the onion, chopping it under running water – and nothing worked. Till […]


happy new year – let’s eat!

happy new year - let's eat!

January 6th, 2015

Happy New Year all! Hope your holidays were fabulous, spent doing things you love with those you love most. We had a busy and fun break #sixteendaysofnoschool. There were LOTS of movies – both the child and grown-up variety. Highlights for me were “Song of the Sea” (gorgeous animation and a refreshing break from the […]


double take/portraits over time (giveaway!)

double take/portraits over time (giveaway!)

December 16th, 2014

It is such a privilege to share this book with you all today. Several years ago I became fascinated with the documentary series “Up” – which followed the lives of a group of British 7-year-olds. The director, Michael Apted, visited the children every seven years, until the age of 56 (you can read more about […]


favor-“ette” mermade brooklyn (giveaway!)

mermade brooklyn

December 9th, 2014

In keeping with the holiday gift theme this month (did you catch my kind-of-a-gift-guide last week?), I’m thrilled to share not one but TWO lovely giveaways with you all. Though be warned: if you win you “may” just want to keep these for yourself (no judging). First up? Mermade Brooklyn. Mermade is the creation of […]


a gift guide (of sorts)!

art of plants

December 5th, 2014

It seems that every blogger/magazine/lifestyle site I know puts out a holiday gift guide. And I enjoy them all – love when someone else does all the legwork to find that perfect dog gift/under $25 gift/babysitter gift/Secret Santa gift JUST FOR ME. I’ve abstained from doing my own guide because I honestly didn’t think I […]


what food banks really need – and not so much

what food banks really need

November 24th, 2014

Though food banks and shelters need donations all year round, there is no doubt that the holidays are a particularly difficult time of year (especially in colder climates). My friend Sara shared this article last week and it struck SUCH a chord with me. We have recently gotten involved with Family-to-Family,  and as Noah and […]


local flavor: dreamworks’ “north pole adventure” at ridge hill!

ridge hill dreamworks north pole adventure

November 14th, 2014

Noah and I had a blast last week previewing DreamWork’s “Dream Place North Pole Adventure”, smack in the center of Ridge Hill. One of only eight in the country (and the only one in the New York Metro area), DreamPlace is a 2,000 square foot holiday cottage, decked out to the max. You are greeted by […]


favor-“ette”: a taco (shell) tip

use a fork to keep a taco shell upright

November 11th, 2014

As the holiday madness (a.k.a., baking every single day) descends, I find myself turning more than ever to certain dinners. Dinners that can be made ahead (like stuffed shells). Dinners that use ingredients that I have on-hand, when I “forget” to prepare in advance (like a quick ragu sauce). And dinners that ask nothing more […]