The Reasons Having A Dog Prepares You For Parenting

Why Having a Dog Prepares You For a Baby I remember the day each came into my life. The joy, the fear, and the major learning curve for each. My first often tempted my patience. My second had many health issues in her first months of life. Each taught me that life is precious. To […]

Five Inexpensive Tips for Looking Amazing on Zoom Virtual Meetings

After spending most of 2020 on Zoom for virtual meetings and TV segments, there are a few tips I have managed to master on how to look your best on virtual Zoom meetings. Whether Zoom, Skype, or the myriad of other platforms, the effect and need are the same. While Zoom chin is a thing […]

The Best Neutrals to Have for Your Handbag Collection

If you have ever wondered what colors you should have for your handbags, I hope this post helps you! This color list is based on the advice of my grandmother. You can read the post here on what are the six colors you should have in your wardrobe. She was always practical but had a […]

Is It Crazy to Have Handbags in the Same Colorway?

I know a collector of handbags and I spoke to her recently about her pursuit of the purse. In our chat, we talked about many of her handbags being in the same colorway or color scheme. That is, in the same color family – like all black or brown for example. As a fashion expert, […]

The Best Way to Get Kids To Wash Their Hands

If you are reading this, then you know how hard it is to get kids to wash their hands – whether they are two or twelve! So I want to introduce you to some of my favorite soaps for kids! I have used all of these soaps with great success and they have wow-ed many […]

Five Fun Things To Do With Kids During Coronavirus Confinement

In the coming weeks, it will be a parenting challenge to keep things exciting and engaging at home. Everyone has experience with their kiddos declaring ultimate boredom after a week of school vacation or a few snow days in a row. However, with the coronavirus school closures entering week three for many (with more weeks […]

Five Ideas to Keep Kids Occupied During the Pandemic

The COIV19 pandemic is a tough time for us all. However, there are things we can do as parents, and as families, to make this tough time terrific. Send a Letter Encourage your kids to write a letter to a classmate each day. It fosters a connection, and kids love to get letters. If you […]

Move In Countdown Week 7: Home Design Advice

After seeing the progress on the house, it is amazing that it is finally taking shape. As I walk around our future home, I can remember every step and home advice decision made along the way during the home design project. As a result, there are things that I have learned that were essential to […]

Countdown to Move In – When the Project Does Not Go As Planned

It is week 8 in the countdown. This week I am writing about one of the most frustrating things in new home construction and new house construction design – when not everything goes as planned! Building a new home and designing a new house has its challenges! Home Construction Mistake #1: Not according to plan […]

You CAN Adopt Two Littermates from the Same Litter!

You CAN adopt two littermates and bring home two puppies from the same litter at the same time. Don’t let those other online blogs tell you that you cannot. You may have landed on my site in tears because they have made you feel so horrible about even contemplating such a canine crime! While adopting […]

Is Getting Two Puppies at the Same Time a Bad Idea?

When I hired a dog trainer, he said that 9 out of 10 trainers would discourage anyone from getting two puppies at the same time. However, many breeders/dog agents think it is fine to get two puppies at the same time and be raising two puppies at once. So who is right? Our Own Tale […]

4 Alternative Uses for Phone Sleeve Wallets

One of the most popular smartphone accessories out there right now is the adhesive cell phone sleeve wallet. It is a small sleeve of plastic, rubber or leather that is stuck on (via an adhesive) to the back of your phone. Monet is one popular brand of which I got complimentary sample. It is one […]

How Much Money to Spend on a Birthday Gift

Once you get that “{Your child’s name} has been invited to {friend’s name} birthday party!}”  – the big question looms – “How Much to Spend on the Birthday Gift” for said friend? I often wonder how much of a ‘friend’ this person is to my child too. Are the besties? Does this child even say […]

4 Tips For Taking a Great selfie

According to a recent 2018 article in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, the authors lay out a recent phenomenon exacerbated by the selfie boom. Specifically, a growing rate of ‘nose jobs’. Boris Paskhover, a surgeon and assistant professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, sometimes has patients pull out their selfies to prove that their noses are […]

Tips for Reading to Your Child

As seen in my blog post here, the benefits of reading to your child has enormous impact. From improved vocabulary to less aggressive behavior, books can foster a bond between parent and child. While the benefits of reading may be clear, how to incorporate daily reading may be less obvious. Here are 5 tips for […]