Category Archives: Shopping

How To Survive A Children’s Birthday Party (With A Little Baby Magic)

Ever since my daughter started preschool, my social life revolves, thrillingly, around kids’ birthday parties.  These parties are as formulaic as Groundhog Day–if the groundhog was turning three and had the Ebola virus.  The kids play, cough on each other, get dirty, eat pizza, drink from each others’ juice boxes, wipe their noses on their […]

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10 Books My 3-Year-Old Daughter Is Loving Right Now

I started taking a children’s book writing class because, you know, fantasy work-from-home job.  The class has made me appreciate how hard it is to craft a kick-ass kids’ book–one that grabs my daughter’s imagination AND doesn’t make me want to shoot myself when I have to read it 100 times on demand. I thought […]

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Will I Ever Be Able to Button This Jacket?

You’d think my wedding day would be motivation enough to finish losing the baby weight. After all, my first dress fitting is just three months away (!!!) and the designer made me promise I’d be at my goal size by then. But lately, I’d been trying to reach that goal by “thinking thin,” which I […]

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Farewell To The Naked Palace of Loehmann’s

I went to Loehmann’s today for the last time and I’m a little verklempt.   Like many an east coast Jewish girl, I grew up shopping in the discount department store known for its great deals and famously communal dressing room.  I learned a lot in that dressing room.  A teen boy dreams of seeing a […]

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Beautify Your Home (And Make Your Kids Smarter) With This $250 Art Giveaway

What’s wrong with this picture? How about the fact that there’s a huge blank wall over my couch?  It’s begging for a piece of art, yet it remains naked, year after year.   That’s because, like many people, I believed: 1) Art ain’t cheap. When you’re saving for pre-school tuition and ballet classes, there’s not much […]

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