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 introduce you to SPLATZ soap! Especially with COVID-19, washing hands is more essential than ever – and it is more required than ever! My kids never had […]

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 […]

5 Tips for Running a Marathon in the Rain

After running 7 marathons (five Boston Marathons and two others) I have a lot of experience running in various weather conditions. Don’t forget all the 20 mile pre-Marathon training runs too! I’ve run Boston when it was 100 degrees, I’ve run Disney in the rain. I’ve trained in the snow. Regardless, it is never fun […]

Kudo Banz Review: Alternative to a Chore Chart

Wondering ways to manage (and maybe even improve) your child’s behavior. Whether it is tantrums, going to bed on time, eating dinner or going to the bathroom, there are several ways to go about making an impact. The most positive and effect way is through positive behavior modification. This past summer, I discovered a unique […]

Tips on Picking the Perfect Bag

According to the PurseBlog – a website devoted to all thing purse related, today is National Handbag Day. In honor of this occasion, I wanted to share some things to consider when you are getting ready to buy a handbag – designer or consignment, big or small, luxe or moderate. Use for it. Do you […]

What to Pack for a Day at a Disney Park

What to pack for a Disney vacation is one thing. Packing for a DAY at Disney in the Disney Parks is something else entirely. There are times I want to wing it without having to carry anything, but I always regret it. Having key items with you in the Disney Parks can make it easier […]

5 Tips for Consignment Store Shopping

Whether you shop consignment online or in person, there are key tips you should know before you start shopping. Shopping at consignment stores can be a great way to find unique pieces, great deals or access to items that may typically out-of-reach budget wise. So here are five tips for consignment store shopping you need […]

Cultural Stress Tips: What it is and how to reduce it.

April is National Stress Month. I usually don’t focus on National days or months. Yet, this one hits close to home. We all know about parenting stress, dating stress, and middle school stress. However, there is a new stressor out there that is impacting us all more every year. It’s called Cultural Stress: the stress […]

4 Ways: How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks

If you have gained weight and lost it or have been pregnant, you are probably aware of stretch marks. Plus wonder how to get rid of stretch marks! Women of all ages regardless of height, weight, or parental status are susceptible to stretchmarks. Though it is thought that genetics plays a role for some of […]

Six Ways to Save Money on Birthday Gifts

When the round of birthday invites start showing up in your kids’ backpacks or in your mailbox, it can cause dread; for your calendar and your wallet. The kids jump for joy to have pizza, cake and fun. We jump to make a birthday gift appear without breaking the bank. The number one tip I […]

Apple Picking Tips

Apple picking is a big tradition in my family. It has been a fall activity consistently for over 35 years! With that many apple picking seasons under my belt, I have apple picking tips to share for your Apple picking trip this season! Apple picking tip #1 Know what kind of Apples you want to […]

How to Save Money on Back to School Shopping

It is the time of year when (other than Christmas) we parents spend the most amount of money on our kids – all for the sake of going back-to-school! It can be a breeze or a full-on hurricane depending on the list your school gives you for ‘must-haves’, and other random requests. As well as […]

Thinking of Giving Up Blogging? Me too.

It used to be fun. It used to be about friendship. It used to be about connections. Now it is about content rather than communication. It is about foes and not friends. It’s about likes and not love. It’s about analytics and not outreach. These may be similar reasons you are considering in giving up […]