It’s no secret that wish lists are one of the easiest ways to simplify holiday shopping. But wish lists can be a little, well, impersonal. Where is the fun in buying exactly what someone wants? (Disclaimer: This is coming from someone who loves to find the perfect gift.) But I do recognize how helpful it can be to have some […]
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Tis the season for holiday open houses, office Christmas parties, and—for better or worse—endless amounts of small talk with acquaintances and strangers. If you find yourself at a loss for words on the party circuit (like I do), do not fear. I talked to a slew of mingling pros, who offered simple conversation starters anyone can use. 1. From humorist […]
A few years back I made, with my husband, perhaps my best new year’s resolution ever: that I would no longer say “I’m so tired.” Really, with three kids, constant Sisyphean house projects, a full-time job, and lots of self-generated internal anxiety (am I the only woman in the world who wakes up at 5:35 a.m. and cannot fall back […]
Hanukkah—the Jewish festival of lights—begins on Saturday, December 8 after sunset, and I can’t wait. There’s nothing I love more than the simple ritual of lighting the Menorah and singing the Hanukkah blessings. Oh wait, there is one thing I love more: Eating Hanukkah jelly doughnuts—also known as sufganiyot! I usually buy my jelly doughnuts (both Tal Bagels and the […]
This past weekend I attended a one year-old birthday celebration where the hostess, and my dear friend, served hot apple cider (spiked for the adults). It was the perfect cocktail to celebrate such a special occassion, plus kick off the holiday season. Our friends at HuffPo Taste have an apple cider and spiced rum recipe that caught my attention. It requires early planning but promises a great outcome. See […]
Looking for a way to spruce up your holiday table? Trade traditional, handwritten place cards for baby photos—the more embarrassing the better!