o/n15 capsule wardrobe!

o/n15 capsule wardrobe!

October 6th, 2015

Is it me, or was September, like 5 minutes long?? My last capsule was June/July/August, and yet – not only have I been wearing these same items for all of September too – I haven’t even thought of switching things up. I guess there have been a number of factors at work here: 1. Back to […]


favor-“ette”: a baked goods tip

favor-"ette": a baked goods tip

September 22nd, 2015

So do you ever find yourself baking late at night, and then wondering what to do about that still-warm sheet of cookies/pan of brownies/tin of pie? Go to bed. It’s ill-advised to cover hot or warm baked goods using traditional wrappings (plastic, tin foil, etc.). Steam and/or condensation will form – even if there’s just a […]


favor-“ette”: lucy knisley

favor-"ette": lucy knisley

September 15th, 2015

Here is just a short – and random – sampling of things you will probably never hear me say: “Can’t WAIT for our upcoming camping trip!” “Try this goat cheese; it’s delicious!” “You like my dress? Thanks, I sewed it myself!” And so on. And – up until very recently, I would have included the […]


favor-“ette”: a brown sugar tip

favor-"ette": a brown sugar tip

August 25th, 2015

I use brown sugar often in my baking, so I always have it on-hand. To keep it from hardening I store it in the freezer after I open a bag. That said, I recently reached for a new bag in my cabinet, and it was rock. Hard. See what I mean? I almost tossed it, […]


favor-“ette”: how to quickly slice grape tomatoes

favor-"ette": how to quickly slice grape tomatoes

August 18th, 2015

I recently wrote a post for mom.me, sharing my favorite kitchen hacks – many of which you’ve seen here! – and it reminded me of a couple more I have up my sleeve! Like this: Because you never slice just one or two grape tomatoes, amiright? Here’s what you do: Place as many tomatoes as will […]


101: five quick “clean-up” tips (sponsored)

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August 17th, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BackToClean #CollectiveBias There’s something about summer that seems to make rule-bending come so naturally. Food rules, bedtimes, all the “rituals” take a hiatus once school lets out. And this card-carrying neat freak doesn’t even stress as much about the […]


nyc-etc: my favorite “nyc” tips!

nyc-etc: my favorite "nyc" tips!

July 30th, 2015

So one question I get asked a LOT is: “How do you find all the cool stuff you do with your family?” So I thought I’d share with you how it is that I spend so much time in the city (and surrounds), with a seemingly never-ending list of “to-do’s”. SO……. it comes down to this: […]


i can’t/she can: “natural” skin care

i can't/she can: "natural" skin care

July 21st, 2015

On a dreary mid-winter day a few months ago, my good friend Deirdre came to the house and gave a presentation on a company called Beautycounter. Deirdre’s passion about the company – and its mission – really made me want to learn more, particularly in light of the fact of how apparently ZILCH I knew […]


j/j/a15 capsule wardrobe – checking in

j/j/a15 capsule wardrobe - checking in

July 9th, 2015

So – I’m about halfway through this capsule period and what can I say? I love it! This approach continues to make life (a.k.a., mornings) much easier, and – as with the last capsule – I may even have TOO many choices. I did swap out one pair of pants for a more comfortable pair, and […]


favor-“ette”: a few berry tips

favor-"ette": a few berry tips

June 23rd, 2015

It’s officially summer – which means the berries (blue, straw, rasp, black) are coming fast and furiously into my kitchen. As does the “berry stress”. You know what I mean – do I rinse them right away, or as needed? Do I leave them in the original package or transfer? Store them covered or open? And […]