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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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favor-“ette”: a taco (shell) trick

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 […]

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favor-“ette”: Madison Reed (sponsored post)

favor-"ette": Madison Reed (sponsored post)

November 5th, 2014

This post is brought to you by Madison Reed, the revolutionary new hair color that’s better for your hair. Click here to learn more about Madison Reed.  If you ever doubted my love for you all – doubt no more. Because I’m showing you my ROOTS, people – and I don’t show my roots to just anyone […]

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family-to-family: a local organization doing more than just “good”

family to family logo

November 3rd, 2014

I am so proud to use this space every now and then to share with you some special organizations that are doing great things in their communities – and beyond. Today I’d like to introduce you to “Family-to-Family“, and a special project they are launching for a very short time. First, a little about Family-to-Family: […]

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halloween “in the house”: cheesecloth ghosts!

cheesecloth ghosts

October 28th, 2014

As we decorated the house for Halloween and I pulled these out I realized that I’ve never shared them here! These ghosts (courtesy of Martha Stewart) are probably my favorite decorations, and they are insanely simple to make too! Here’s how: Styrofoam mannequin heads (available at wig/beauty supply stores or on-line) Cheesecloth (two standard-size packages […]

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local flavor: “phoebe g. green” book launch party!

phoebe g. green

October 24th, 2014

I am beyond excited to be part of the launch party for my friend Veera’s new chapter book series! Veera Hiranandani has penned a food-centered chapter book series, “Phoebe G. Green”, and she will be hosting a panel discussion on food for kids and out-of-the-box school lunch ideas. Joining me on the panel are chef-owner Matthew Karp of Plates and […]

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