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Tips for Vacationing with Extended Family

Last week, three generations of my family converged on a single house on Cape Cod. It was the first time we rented a house together and I’m sure we all carried in some anxiety about how it would work. Could active little kids, moody teenagers, grown sisters and their husbands, and nearly-retired grandparents all live peacefully under one roof for […]

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The Best Weekend-Getaway Shoes

A weekend getaway does not require multiple bags of clothes and shoes. In fact, the only thing that should be weighing you down is the thought of how much fun you’re going to have. So lighten up! The key is to pull together smart, versatile pieces—clothing, yes, but shoes, too. We picked six pairs—two pairs each for a weekend away […]

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Hairstyles That Will Get You Through a Weekend Away

I know, it sounds like an impossible task. Everyone runs into this problem: You’re going away for the weekend, but you don’t want to lug along your vanity. We all have the same plan of attack: You do your hair perfectly for the first day, which will last the second day as well. But the third day your hair is […]

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Are You Dehydrated? A Trip To The Loo Is a Clue.

I’m not sure when the dog days of summer officially start and end, but it sure feels like we’re smack in the middle of it…it’s hot, it’s humid, the sun beats down both beautifully and rather unrelentingly. As a result, it’s all-too-easy to become dehydrated in such weather—and even more so during periods of exertion or exercise. Just the other […]

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Tell Us Your Favorite Ice Cream Topping + Ice Cream Giveaway!

As much as we love plain old ice cream, toppings can sometimes take a scoop to new levels of perfection. Do you prefer the traditional choices like chocolate sprinkles, butterscotch, and walnuts? Or do you go for the more unexpected picks like white cheddar popcorn, yogurt covered pretzels, and gummy worms? Some typical. Some bordering on did-I-really-just-ask-for-that?! Don’t judge until […]

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Why Life Is Better When Viewed From the Backseat

Like many American families, we spend a fair amount of time in the car in the summer. Middle goes to sleepaway camp, which involves road trips for drop-off, visiting day, and pickup.  Our August vacation begins and ends with a gigantic trek to and from New Hampshire, where we arrive just in the nick of time before we all kill each […]

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5 Best Summer Beauty Products

When I think of my favorite summer beauty products, my first thoughts go to what I wouldn’t be able to live without. Here are the five products I’ve recently discovered, which I can’t bear to part with during these humid months. 1. Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Spray, $28, macadamianaturaloil.com This spicy scented oil will tame frizz all day and mend […]

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Use Aluminum Foil to Clean Your Grill

Don’t toss that piece of aluminum foil that you grilled your veggies on once the coals are cool. Instead use it to help clean off any bits of charred burger or chicken breast that might be lingering on the grate. Simply wad up the foil, grip the ball with a pair of tongs, and use it to scrape off any […]

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