Quick tips for hosting on Thanksgiving.

Food: prepare ahead! Make lasagna and freeze, chili or soups, bake or buy some cookies/muffins/croissants. Stock up on chips, salsa, assemble a quick cheese tray, have plenty of wine etc. Find a good deli where you can buy some prepared salads, stuff for sandwiches and buy some pies from local bakery. You do not have to make everything but you should have enough food that lunch or dinner doesn’t stress you out. Eat out at least one meal, your guests really ought to take you out for a dinner. One of my favorite things to get are frozen croissants from Trader…

Best gifts for kids – holiday guide!

I remember researching the web last year and thinking man those fingerlings look kind of silly but hey, maybe I’ll pick them up for stocking stuffers but no need to get them now. And next thing I knew they were sold out everywhere, all moms were in full on panic and I got a tip that Toys R Us had a last minute shipment so I raced over asap. And dont even get me started on LOL dolls. LOL on parents – who comes up with this crap? Like who invented shopkins? Why wasn’t it me and also, I need…

Taking family photos for holidays.

It’s that time of the year to start thinking about Christmas/Hanukkah cards. I have a handful of good tips to share! I love your children and love seeing how they grow up but I love you too! I love love family photos on holiday cards, seeing all my friends with their children. Get in on the fun! And by fun I mean of course it’ll be more stressful but hey! It’s the season. 🙂 Try to finding a coordinating element to your outfits. And I don’t mean this: With the younger children try having matching dresses for children and your…

Why 40’s suck…

You spend your 20s wishing you were older/prettier/wiser, had your education/career/relationships sorted out. Insecurities galore. You get to your 30s. hopefully some of the fog has cleared, you’ve met someone, married, you are off to having children which is a random circle of gaining weight, losing weight, breastfeeding, babies, toddlers, etc. The second you take a breath and think I got this! something changes and you realize you know nothing and are keeping it together by prayer and duct tape. So ta-da! all of a sudden you are 40. Doesn’t feel much different. Kids are bit older. House is nicer….

Sales Worth Visiting

If any of you needs a black tie gown or a wedding dress, head to Woodbury Commons in upstate NY. Neiman Marcus Last Call store is closing and everything is 60-80% off. There was fur (didn’t buy any, though it was hard), jeans, and a breath taking array of gowns. Every designer, every price point and they even had bridal gowns. Not the poofy – i can hide the ring bearer under this – kind of dresses but more modern, slimmer ones with gorgeous detail. I gasped when I saw the dresses. The selection is really amazing from really high…