pink peppercorns

Not so many people have pink peppercorns in their pantry, and we think that should change. Besides being a different accent (the taste is bright and spicy but not too much) than black pepper, they can even be put whole into salads or on a cheese board. They smash easily so it isn’t like eating […]


wooden bowls

I moved across the street from the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens a few years ago and I love wandering the gardens with my boys and then stopping at the gift shop. It has become my hidden spot for last minute kid and adult gifts. The toy selection is well curated and always with a nature or […]



opener

Here’s a gift you can stack up, comes with a gift card, is $39, and is made in the USA. We love these kid apron sets from Odette Williams, a mom based in Brooklyn, who is going to also be making them adult sizes soon. Let’s hope in time for this Mother’s and Father’s Day?! […]


plates1

I was at a friend’s house for brunch and after our dirty dishes were cleared, she set out stacks of simple white side plates and black permanent markers. We were directed to grab a plate and start doodling. Even those claiming zero artistic ability got into this surprise art project inspired by designer James Victore’s […]



xmas tree

In the December issue of Martha Stewart Living, food editor Lucinda Scala Quinn gives her lineup of favorite cookbooks from the last year. Her requirements? ”Given my limited shelf space, I only keep books that answer three important questions: Did the recipes work? Is the food delicious? And did I learn something? Of the dozens of […]


turpanwrap

I’m pretty much a fan of everything Katherine and Greg Turpan do in and out of their perfectly edited housewares store, Turpan, in East Hampton. Their minimalist wrapping (pictured here) is reason enough to buy every present from Turpan. It made me think that, while I will likely not make canvas sacks to accommodate my […]


teething toy

I just bought a letter E teething toy from this wooden toy company. I’m not a toy snob–Emilio’s last new toy was a stack of plastic measuring cups from the kitchen–but these convinced me to splurge. And then I discovered they have this toy of the month club (three months for $67), which seems like […]



tradition

My dad gave our daughter a silver coin for her first Christmas, and continues to do so at every year. He buys her the American Eagle Silver Coin that is one ounce of silver, which the U.S. Mint puts out each year. We keep all of them in a coin book, which has become one […]


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